OSSEO-FAIRCHILD, Wis. (WEAU) -- The Osseo-Fairchild boys basketball team beat Eau Claire Regis for the first time since the 2013-2014 season behind 33 points from junior Logan Mulhern. The Thunder and Mulhern are out to a 3-1 overall record and a 2-0 start in the Cloverbelt. Mulhern is our Osseo Automotive Athlete of the Week.
“It’s the best feeling you can get. There’s not a better feeling than beating Regis,” Mulhern said with a smile on his face.
85-70, a 15 point victory over the Ramblers for the Thunder last Thursday; 33 of those 85 points came from the deceptively quick junior guard, Logan Mulhern, who’s averaging over 27 points per game and doesn’t look to be slowing down.
“This year, we have a different mindset,” Mulhern said of his thriving Thunder. “Our teams in the past years – they haven’t cared. This year, we care. We want to win. We’re here to win.”
He’s hard to stop from beyond the arc, but he’s most effective off the dribble and getting to the rim using the spin with the left hand finish.
“If we need a bucket anytime, give it to him in the post and he scores. It helps a ton,” Ethan Dahl, a senior forward for the Thunder, said of Mulhern. “He’s always being a leader for us. Any time we got a problem, he’s there to help.”
“It’s always nice to have a big player like him being able to score from the perimeter and from inside, always gathering those rebounds, kicking it out for us other players to shoot, too,” Caden Boettcher, a junior guard for the Thunder said.
His offseason work is paying off and showing up in the stat sheet, but more importantly, the win column.
“He’s a gym rat. He loves the game,” Thunder head coach, Tim Popple, said of Mulhern. “As a coach, there’s not much more you can ask for. He always wants to be playing a game, whether it’s whiffle ball in the backyard, volleyball or basketball. It’s just the competition that he likes.”
And that competitive fire has left just one thing on his mind.
“Expectations for me? Winning the conference,” Mulhern said sternly.
“Things look pretty good for us, but the most promising thing for me is we have a lot of opportunities to grow yet,” Popple said. “There’s a lot of potential we haven’t reached yet, in terms of individual player potential and as a team that will hopefully come out towards the end of the year.”
A game to mark on your calendar is the Thunder’s matchup with McDonell Central on December 21st. Arguably the top 2 teams in the Cloverbelt will face off to see who has the upper hand early on in conference play.