Posted On: 02/15/18 6:16 PM
Zach Bremer emerged as a valuable player for both his high school and AAU teams because of his ability to do a little bit of everything.
Bremer, a 6-foot-5 senior from Lake City is doing a lot of pretty much everything this season and the Tigers are on track to win their fourth conference title in as many seasons because of it.
“It’s going pretty good,” Bremer said of the season. “We’re really developing as a team lately and everybody fits their role pretty nicely.”
The Tigers certainly aren’t coming from nowhere. They went to the state tournament a season ago — one that outsiders pegged as a rebuilding season — and returned four starters. They could’ve been found in the top-10 in most preseason rankings.
22 games in and the Tigers are still towards the top of most rankings and it’s been a season full of high-water marks including a dominant win over Prescott in the Breakdown Border Battle, runaway wins over quality non conference opponents like St. Charles and Maple River and overwhelming success in conference play. Bremer’s done his part in a big way, going from more of a utility glue guy to a reliable scoring threat. He’s averaging roughly 13 points per game while still providing strong defense and an impactful floor game.
“Coach really had me switch roles and it’s allowed me to be more of a scoring threat,” said Bremer. “We’ll pound it inside and when teams load up inside, I’ll go outside. With our handoff offense, guys like Nate [Heise] and Marc [Kjos] draw a lot of attention and when I’ve got the ball, there’s a lot of room to work.”
Bremer has drawn a lot of Division III interest from schools in Minnesota and Wisconsin and said he’s close to making a college decision.
“I’m planning on playing and I’d like to make a decision fairly soon,” said Bremer. “I visited River Falls and I really liked it. That’s a school I can see myself at. I’ve got a few other visits I’d like to take still. Riverland and UW-Stout. I want to go into Ag Engineering and Technology.”
For now, Bremer is eyeing finishing up his senior season with as much success as possible. So far, the season has gone about to plan as the Tigers are 19-3 on the season and on track to not only win the Hiawatha Valley League, but also earn a top-two seed in Section 2AA.
“I think we’re on pace with the expectations we had,” said Bremer. “We could be ahead of it but we kind of have some of those days where we don’t think as much. I think we can work a little harder at times in practice. Our goal right now is to win the conference title. After that it’s winning a section. But like coach says, we take it one game at a time. We talk about goals at the beginning of the season. After that we don’t talk about it a whole lot.”