Nick Goeglein wasn’t meant to be on the Spring Lake varsity basketball team as a sophomore, but after his older brother Tyler tore his ACL during football season, the younger Goeglein was added to the team to fill a void in the middle.
“Though I’m glad Tyler recovered from his ACL injury, it was probably the best thing that ever happened to Nick,” said Lakers’ coach Bill Core. “He was pulled up to the varsity sooner than what we were anticipating. He kind of got thrown in the fire a little early. I think that was really the start of his development.”
And what a development it has been.
Goeglein went from a backup as a sophomore, to the lone junior starter on last season’s conference– and district-championship squad, to the main man on this year’s edition.
“It was nice having Austin (Johnson) the other two years because he was great at carrying the team,” Goeglein said. “This year it was my turn to do some of the work.”
The big man has certainly put in his fair share, nearly quadrupling his scoring average from about four to sixteen points per game.
“I don’t know if I’ve had anybody improve as much as he has from last year to this year,” said Core, who has been the varsity coach for 13 seasons.
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