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Legacy Leadership Award
2024 Legacy Leadership Recipients

Executive Board Recipient: Loren Homb

The information for Loren is presented by the Executive Board and Legacy Leadership Committee of the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association.

Argyle School District
● 1979 - 1984 Middle School Social Studies and HS Driver Education Teacher
● 1985 – 1989 Middle and High School Social Studies Teacher
● 1980 – 1984 Head Girls Volleyball Coach (5 seasons)
● 1979 – 1989 Head Boys and Girls Track Coach (10 seasons)
● 1982 - 1983 Girls JV Basketball Coach (1 season)
● 1983 – 1987 Head Girls Basketball Coach (5 seasons)

Monroe School District
● 1989 – 2011 6th grade Teacher
    6th Grade Team leader

    • 2011 – 2021 Driver Education Teacher (Private Driving School in Monroe)
    • WIAA Official
        ◦ 1978 – Present Volleyball, Cross Country, and Track & Field
        ◦ 1978 – 2022 Basketball official
        ◦ Officiated 16 different WIAA State tournament events:
        ◦ Volleyball – 8 State Tournaments
        ◦ Basketball – 3 State Tournaments
        ◦ Track & Field – 2 State Tournament
        ◦ Cross Country – 3 State Tournaments
        ◦ Member of WIAA Officials Advisory Board 1998 - 2000

Community Involvement
● 1997 to 2022: Ambulance Driver with Green County EMS (25 years)
● 2015 to present: Emergency Vehicle Operator Instructor (Blackhawk Technical College)

Years of Service in the WBCA Along with Positions and Projects in the WBCA:
● 1986 – 1990:       Girls All Star Games Site Chairman at U.W. Oshkosh
● 1991 – Present:  Girls All Star Games Chairman at Madison and Wisconsin Dells
● 1991 – Present:  Executive Board Member
● 2010 – Present:  WBCA Hall of Fame Committee Member
● 2010 Selected to the WBCA Hall of Fame as Friend of Basketball


I am proud of the work of the WBCA and during the last 39 years I have seen tremendous changes. If we made $1,000 from the games in the early years, we thought we were doing a good job. Now we are donating over $100,000 to the MACC fund and other charities within the state of Wisconsin. We are doing more for players and coaches than we have ever done in the past. Our awards and honors have grown and have become goals for many of the players and coaches around the state.  I have enjoyed working with everyone on the Executive Board over the past 30 years, many of whom I have officiated their games. I have enjoyed the friendships that I have acquired over the years. The WBCA has become my second family and I would do anything for them. I feel very honored to be considered for the Legacy Award.

Boys Player: Steven Clark, Oshkosh North

StevenClarkOshkoshNorth.jpgThe nomination information and presentation for Steven Clark are provided by Brad Weber, the Head Varsity Boys' Basketball Coach at Oshkosh North High School in the Oshkosh School District.

I am writing to nominate Class of 2024 Steven Clark from Oshkosh North High School for the WBCA Legacy Leadership Award. Stevie is a great candidate for this award because of his continued contributions to the game of basketball, our community, and his school. He exemplifies what this award embodies by showing strong character, courage in the face of adversity, and a dedication to others through service. I encourage you to strongly consider him based off of his approach and behaviors.

“Action is character” F. Scott Fitzgerald

Stevie’s character traits are revealed through his actions. Since I have known him he has been an active member in our schools. He has gone back to his elementary school and read to the current students. He has given presentations to his old middle school to promote finding your passion and pursuing it. Stevie is a member of our Polaris Honor Society and a member in our FFA club. He also pours into the basketball community by being a 3 year captain our our varsity team, mentoring our captains on the subvarsity level, as well as helping out with our youth program at practices and camps.

Another area where Stevie’s strong character traits are demonstrated is within his family. He is an integral care taker for two foster medical children which their family has adopted. Besides being a great big brother, he knows how to work all the machines including a home oxygen concentrator, gtube machine, mobile oxygen tanks etc. He also helps to drive his other siblings, who have visual disabilities, and is now a paid respite provider! These actions and behaviors are unique in our society; especially for a teenager.

“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” — E.E. Cummings

Stevie has always been confident in who he is. One thing that people are always amazed to hear is that he is a bee keeper. Bee keeping is a passion of his and he is not afraid of what others will say. He experienced bullying in middle school; a combination of his dad being the head coach in the district as well as him having unique interests that differ from the norm. Another unique development from being a bee keeper is that Stevie discovered that he is allergic to bees! Not only did this not stop him from following his passion it also created more opportunities to show courage. He now goes to get shots from the doctor to build up an immunity to it. More than once he has had a scary reaction to the dosage, yet he keeps coming back for the shots and working with the bees. Stevie has oozed courage throughout his development into the person he is.

"What you do has far greater impact than what you say."- Steven Covey

If you look at all of the examples that have been provided you will see that Stevie’s life is centered around serving others. Service within the education community. Service with students and players. Service for the environment. Stevie has already researched the Colgate University community to see where he can become involved next year when gets to campus. He is more than a basketball player! He is an invested member in all of his environments.

Girls Player: Alana Durtschi, Albany/Monticello

AlanaDurtschiAlbany.jpgThe nomination information and presentation for Alana are provided by Derik Doescher, the Head Varsity Girls' Basketball Coach at Albany/Monticello.

“There are three essentials to leadership: Clarity, courage, & humility.” I can’t think of a better quote to summarize the leadership of Alana Durtschi of Albany HS. For four years, Alana has epitomized everything that a coach & athletic director looks for in a basketball player.

Alana’s leadership on the basketball court has led to countless individual & team successes and awards. At the halfway point of her senior year, Alana is a two time all-conference player, POY in the conference as a junior, D5 WBCA first team all-state as a junior, over 1,000 point scorer, two time team MVP, and has led the “Lady Comets” to three consecutive regional championships, three sectional finals, and the first ever STATE appearance in school history as a junior in 2023.

What overshadows all of these basketball accolades is the most humble, giving, dedicated, & empathetic student athlete I’ve ever been around. Alana Durstchi is all of these on a daily basis. As a junior, Alana and a teammate decided to help out our youth basketball organization with finances that had been depleted largely due to COVID years. Alana Durtschi and Abby Hollis spearheaded a 3 vs. 3 tournament hosted at Albany HS called the “COMET CLASSIC.” Alana and her teammate did all of the planning, organizing, advertising, & facilitating of the tournament. The inaugural tournament in 2022 raised $1,900.00 for the Junior Comet League Youth Basketball organization. This last November of 2023 was the 2nd Annual “COMET CLASSIC” that raised over $3,800.00 for the JCL. ALL money raised went back to the youth basketball organization. This money has helped numerous boys and girls in small rural Albany to have an affordable chance to play the game of basketball that has been such a big part of Alana’s life. This example shows the CLARITY that Alana has. She understands the “BIG PICTURE” of life and what it means to help others. With the help of her teammate, she has the vision to find a way to have an impact and follow through with that vision.

Alana’s freshman year of basketball, she was moved up to the varsity level right away. If you watched Alana play you would have never known. Since day one, she has had the courage to be a leader in the roughest stretches of the game, in the locker room, & in the hallways of AHS. This takes courage & usually isn’t brought to fruition until one’s junior or senior seasons. Not with Alana, it has been her courageous personality that has changed our entire program for the last four years.
I have countless stories of the humility side of Alana. I can honestly say, I have never met anyone, not even an adult as humble as this young lady. When she was approaching her 1,000 point during midway point of her senior season, it was NEVER talked about. Alana didn’t want any attention drawn to her accomplishment. She never talked about it to the coaches, teammates, or friends. When she was named the POY Six Rivers Conference as a junior and first team all-state, she was appreciative, but deflected all the attention and rather put it back on the team. Her teammates adore her and follow her lead, not her lead through words, rather her lead through actions, work ethic, & humility.

In summary, the characteristics that Alana has led with have had a profound impact on the community of Albany and AHS. The high school has 82 students total in grades 9-12. Every little girl that walks the halls in our 4k-12th grade building wants to be like Alana. They see more than just a star basketball player. Alana is the class of 2024 valedictorian, she is a class officer, involved in NHS, Student Council, 4H where she shows animals in the local fair, along with also playing volleyball & softball for Albany High School. Alana is involved with the Albany United Methodist Church and has participated in numerous summer youth church mission trips. As a father of three young daughters, I can proudly say that Alana is their hero & I thank her for being such a great role model to my children and all the children of the Albany Community. For all of these reasons I wholeheartedly recommend Alana Durtschi as a nominee of the WBCA Legacy Leadership Award.

About Legacy Leadership Award

Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association and Midwest Athletes Against Children’s Cancer Legacy Leadership Award

Steven, Alana, and Loren's legacy leadership awards will be presented at the All-State Awards Program and Banquet.

The award was established in 2019 to honor the legacy, leadership, and lives of WBCA Executive Board members John Cary, Jerry Petitgoue, and David Royston in recognition of their leadership qualities, characteristics in interpersonal relationships, and achievement as Board members.

John Cary served as the MACC Fund's director for nearly 37 years until his retirement in 2018. During that time the cure rate for pediatric cancer increased from 20 percent to 80 percent. The MACC Fund, since its inception in 1976, has contributed over $67 million dollars to childhood cancer and related blood disorder research. The WBCA has proudly contributed $2.9 million dollars towards that amount.

Jerry Petitgoue of Cuba City is the winningest coach in Wisconsin high school basketball history, retiring following the 2023 season. Petitgoue has coached Varsity basketball for 55 years achieving a career record of 1027-270 with three state championships . He is presently in his 26th year as the Executive Director of the WBCA.

David Royston and his wife, Joy, have led Sports Impressions since 1989 and JustAgame Fieldhouse since 2006 in Wisconsin Dells. Their partnership with the WBCA and the MACC Fund has been a catalyst for the growth in membership and donations. JustAGame provides a home for the WBCA Hall of Fame, Fall Coaches Clinic, and the WBCA-MACC Fund All-Star games.

The WBCA-MACC Fund Legacy Award will be given annually to an Executive Board member and senior student who demonstrates the exemplary qualities of Character, Courage, and Service.

A committee established by the Executive Board has been given the honor and privilege to lead the yearly process of selecting an Executive Board member and student recipient. The 2019 recipients were Dan Burreson, Executive Board member from Mineral Point, and MacKenzie Lindow, student-athlete honoree from East Troy High School.

The committee invites your consideration to nominate a student in their senior year who exemplifies the qualities of character, courage and service. Please join us in the journey of honoring the legacy of three exemplary leaders and two outstanding organizations.

Past Recipients


Executive Board Recipient: Loren Homb
Boys Player: Steven Clark, Oshkosh North
Girls Player: Alana Durtschi, Albany/Monticello


Executive Board Recipient: Niki Sutter
Boys Player: Isaiah Deitz, Chequamegon
Girls Player: Olivia Close, Wauwatosa East


Executive Board Recipient: Ken Barrett
Boys Player: Logan Uppena, Potosi
Girls Player: Makenzie Breunig, Sauk Prairie


Executive Board Recipient: Eli Crogan
Boys Player: Logan White, Wausau West
Girls Player: Maty Wilke, Beaver Dam


Executive Board Recipient: Dennis Uppena
Player: Brady Olson, Cuba City


Executive Board Recipient: Dan Burreson
Player: Mckenzie Lindlow




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