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Blake Ress, Commissioner
Washington senior center Luke Zeller swished a half-court shot at the overtime horn to give his team a 74-72 triumph over Plymouth in the IHSAA Class 3A championship game in front of a sellout crowd of 18,345 at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
Pilgrims’ senior guard Geoff Scheetz nailed a record five treys for 15 points in the contest. The previous standard was four treys by Brian Bell of Muncie Southside in 2001.
Washington’s Luke Zeller wins the Arthur L. Trester Award for Mental Attitude
Zeller is a 2005 McDonald’s All-American who has led coach Dave Omer’s Hatchets to a 26-2 record and their first trip to the IHSAA state championship game since 1942. He is a finalist for the Morgan Wooten Award as the McDonald’s National High School Player of the Year based on character, scholarship and community leadership/involvement.
Zeller earned All-Tournament honors at the Hall
of Fame Classic in
In the classroom, Zeller is the Valedictorian of his senior class of 164 with a perfect 4.00 cumulative grade point average and he will graduate with an Academic Honors Diploma. The All-American Scholar annually participates in the Dr. Suess “Read Across America” in elementary schools. He is a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and he is a volunteer for the Camp Illiana Habitat for Humanity.
“Luke truly embodies the values of being a
student-athlete by his mental attitude, scholarship, leadership, and athletic
Members of the IHSAA Executive Committee present the Trester Award to the outstanding senior participant in each classification of the boys’ basketball state finals. The recipients of this award, who were nominated by their principals and coaches, must excel in mental attitude, scholarship, leadership and athletic ability in basketball. The award is named for Arthur L. Trester, who served as the first commissioner of the IHSAA from 1929-44.
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Class 3A Championship Game Quotes
Plymouth Coach Jack Edison
“Some of you people are from the south and you know this Washington team, so up until this week for us Plymouth people, you’re familiar with what they did tonight and not surprised by it. When you get a player like Luke Zeller you really have to be happy for him. He not only plays like he did tonight but for you northerners that don’t know him, he’s a better person even yet than he played tonight.”
“He (Zeller) might have played his game of the year tonight but what do champions do on championship night? They rise to the occasion like that. I’m just fortunate to be around a group that kind of hung around in there with them. And then you get to know Dave Omer and no one could be more deserving for him to end up his career this way.”
“We were as concerned with his (Zeller) passing tonight as we were with his shooting.”
lay-up by Randy Davis that gave
“That was the third option, but just so you don’t think Randy went off on his own, I did kind of grab him before he went out of the huddle to try to keep the third option primary in his mind. Benge and Sheetz were the first two options.”
“We expected them to lob the ball to him (Zeller) and then anybody who got it, take them out of their rhythm. He gets it curling across the middle of the floor going to his left….I don’t think he shot it left-handed, but he probably could have…….did we make him earn it, I thought so.”
question, “Is this the greatest shot in
….yeah…in this situation, it had to be under a second when it cut lose.
On what to tell the kids-
“Maybe your dads or grandpas don’t say much, but you know…you know. You know they know, you know when you do something neat for them they have that look in their eye and that kind of says it and they don’t have to say cheap stuff like “You tried your hardest and you gave your best.” I may say something to them, but some of you are going to have to help me because I have no clue what it will be.”
“It’s a situation where it doesn’t sink in for awhile. We came to the huddle and I told them we had to make a play with no more than one dribble. We had time for one dribble but I didn’t want somebody just catching the ball and wheeling it down the floor in a “Hail Mary” type fashion. After they saw our set and called timeout, Luke (Zeller) said get me the ball and I’ll score. I said OK. It was a Christian Laettner-type play’, he caught the ball, made a quick, reverse dribble…right down the middle. Luke is a great shooter. He’s always been a great shooter. Him (Zeller) making the basket doesn’t surprise me, it was the time he had in which to make it that was the most surprising.”
“I think my
son said it best. This makes up for all
the years of frustration in trying to get here.
We have been beaten on shots like that, maybe not exactly like that but
last-second shots, made turnovers at the end of the game to lose sectionals,
and the bottom line is we have not been good enough to get out of our sectional
the last few years with
(On Zeller’s shot)
“He said God told him he was going to make it. I said, I wish you had told God to tell me.”
(On his retirement)
think me going out (retirement) had anything to do with the way we played. I made that decision a year ago. I have a lot of respect for everyone of these
kids because of the attitude they have had in the past. We are as good of a team, maybe not the best
individuals, but we are as good of a team as there is in southern
“It was a
situation where I didn’t want anybody else on the team to have that shot on
their shoulders. Win or lose I wanted to
have it. If it was missed, I wanted it
to be on me and the same thing if it was hit.
Isaac (Stoll) and (
(On the Randy Davis lay-up before Zeller’s heroics)
“The up-and-under shot was very impressive. It was also very depressing. He (Randy Davis) made a very impressive shot. They are a great team. After they hit that shot there was 1.8 seconds and I knew what I was going to have to do.”
(On coach Omer’s last game)
“It’s the perfect ending. I told someone that it’s like the AMEN on a great season. It’s a great way to go out.”