Tomorrow at the Kohl Center, the Eau Claire Regis girls basketball team will battle Oshkosh lords in the Division 4 state semifinals as they continue their quest for back to back state tiles...SportScene 13's Jenn Chapman introduces us to one of the leaders of the ramblers, senior heather Bowe, in our Gordy's Athlete of the Week.
Heather Bowe, the 2011 MVP of the WIAA State Tournament, dream to play for the University of Wisconsin was about to become a reality, that was until a late night phone call in June. After the Badgers underwent a coaching change in the spring, the new head coach Bobbie Kelsey informed Bowe that her scholarship offer was being withdrawn.
Heather Bowe, Regis Senior: “It was kind of unfortunate that Coach Kelsey didn’t want me to be a Badger anymore because that was kind of my dream but I’m just really thankful for Vanderbilt and I really think that it’s a good fit for me and I’m almost happier to be going there, to a school and a program that wants me there.”
The 6 foot Eau Claire Regis forward has been tabbed as one of the best players in Wisconsin, averaging around 21 points and 8 rebounds per game.
Katie Stone, Regis Senior: “She’s an all around player, she can pass the ball, she can dribble the ball, she can shoot the ball pretty much from anywhere on the floor.”
Coach Cody Rumpel: “Somebody as talented as Heather a lot of times can get complacent with their basketball skills. But it’s something that she wants to work every single day. If we have a practice where she doesn’t sweat as much as she should, she’ll let me know about it, which I think is kind of neat as a coach.”
Bowe, who also had a tremendous presence on the volleyball court for the Ramblers, says the confidence she has in her teammates take the pressure off her.
Bowe: “I don’t really feel as much pressure, sometimes I do but I’m really lucky to be surrounded by such great teammates that they take a lot of the pressure off cause I know if 2 or 3 girls are gonna sink on me, they’re gonna hit a shot, take care of the ball, play their role, because they do an amazing job every game.”
Rumpel: “One thing that is Heather Bowe is that she’s a tremendous team player, I think a lot of people feed off her energy at practice and kind of see how she progresses in her career.”
That energy and drive has Regis right back where they were last year in March…heading to Madison, this time to defend their title.
Bowe: “Words can’t describe what we felt when we were sitting there about to run out there last year. It was unbelievable, we just got chills, we’re excited to do it again.”
And although she won’t be a Badger, Bowe will leave all that she’s got in her high school career out on the Kohl Center floor. For prep athlete of the week, Jenn Chapman, SportScene13