Posted On: 10/29/19 2:00 PM

La Crescent went from a team that struggled to win a game during a high school season three years ago, to a team that won 22 last year and has a chance to eclipse that number again this winter. One of the key cogs in that rise has been Luke Schwartzhoff.

Schwartzhoff, a 6-foot-7 forward, averaged better than 15 points, eight rebounds and two blocks for the Lancers. He’s looking forward to one more season. And he expects his team to be right there with the best teams in Southeast Minnesota.

“We return six guys from last year,” said Schwartzhoff. “We have three returning starters. The guys we lost were strong, tough nosed guys. We have some young guys coming up who can shoot a little more. We’ll be a little more perimeter-oriented from a guard perspective. We’re excited about what we could do.”

Schwartzhoff is one of the best big men in not just Southeast Minnesota, but also the 2020 class. He’s skilled with his back to the basket and possesses solid footwork on the block. He does a good job making first contact when establishing post position and seeks out

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