MERRILL - For many high school athletes, the chances of playing their sport at the next level is rare.
But for one Merrill basketball player, that chance turned into a reality.
Merrill's senior guard Quinn Steckbauer announced this week he will play division three basketball ball at UW-Oshkosh in the fall 2019.
Steckbauer averaged 19 points a game and a combined 227 points, 36 rebounds and 45 assists as a junior.
He also earned second-team all-Wisconsin Valley Conference honors. Steckbauer said he would never stop short of achieving his goal to play college ball.
"It was always something I really thought I'd like to do and then the last couple of years it became a goal of mine to really strive for," Steckbauer said. "When I went to Oshkosh and talked to Coach Lewis and his staff I just really felt welcomed and felt it was the place for me."
Three-year head coach Jake Schalow has coached Steckbauer throughout his high school career. Schalow said he couldn't be more proud of the young man he's become.
"He's really grown, especially off the court and his ability to lead the team. But he's also gotten a lot better and has made some really big jumps," Schalow said. Not only from the first summer I got here to now, he's really made some big strides and improved his game."
Steckbauer said he still has one thing to accomplish before graduation.
He plans to lead the Merrill Bluejay basketball team on a state run starting in November.