Former Badger HS duo now play on Beloit College's court
BELOIT The past two basketball seasons, Lana Wieseman, a standout high school player for the Lake Geneva Badger girls team, has been cheering on her brother, Laramie Wieseman, at Beloit College where he’s a player on the Bucs squad.
This year, the 6-foot Lana will be playing in a number of back-to-back games on the same court as her brother as a first-year player for the Beloit College women’s team.
“I looked at a lot of different schools, and I didn’t choose here, just because (Laramie) is here,” Lana said. “But it was nice having someone here that I knew right away … and I think he likes the idea I came here, too.
“I knew Beloit was a great academic school and I like to be close to home, because my family likes to come watch me play.”
Lana and Laramie’s parents are Lyndon and Lise Wieseman.
Laramie said it didn’t take any arm twisting to get his sister to join him on the Beloit College campus.
“It didn’t take much from me,” Laramie said. “She came to a lot of my games last year with my family and I think she liked what she saw with the different programs and how she would fit in here.”
Lana plans to major in biology or health sciences at Beloit, similar to her brother’s course of study, which are a major in biology and minor in education.
Because both take courses in the sciences, they often see each other on campus, especially at the college’s center for the sciences.
“I see (Lana) almost every day, it’s surprising,” Laramie said. “I see her a lot and it’s a good thing.”
Lana Wieseman comes to Beloit after a stellar career at Badger High School in Lake Geneva, where she averaged 18.5 points and 8 rebounds a game as a senior, leading her team to a 16-8 record last season.
“She’s a threat from all aspects on the floor, she’s a hard worker and the intangibles were definitely there as well as what she can do on the floor,” said Beloit College women’s coach Jennifer McCormick. “She’s a very versatile player.”
Versatility also is a term often used to describe her 6-foot-3 older brother who has seen limited playing time in his first two collegiate seasons.
“He’s been playing behind some pretty good players the last couple years, but he’s continued to work hard, which says a lot about him as a person and his character,” said Bucs men’s coach Brian Vraney. “He’s an OK three-point shooter, which is something I think he’s been working on. He’s a solid post defender and he’s got a pretty good knack for finding the ball when it comes to rebounding.”
In his senior year of high school at Lake Geneva Badger, Laramie averaged 10.2 points per game. In two seasons at Beloit College, he’s played in 21 games, averaging just over one minute per game, scoring 22 points.
Laramie is confident his playing time will increase this season.