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Nate Woller battles through injuries to earn All-State honors


Story By Nathan Meihak
Local Sports Published 03/17/2021 9:03PM, Last Updated 03/17/2021 10:35PM
Merrill - Heading into the boys basketball season there were many questions surrounding what the season would look like during a pandemic. Add to that injuries and a brand new coach, it looked like the odds were stacked against Merrill's Nate Woller.

But he took down those barriers in his senior season. Woller was named to the coaches association all-state honorable mention team for Division 2. Merrill had a great season as a team, advancing to at least the second round of the playoffs for the fourth year in a row.

Woller was a big part of that success, he averaged 17 points per game and captained an offense that put up 62 points per contest. But, the most impressive part of it all was that he dominated while battling ankle issues all season.

"Before I played my first game, I sprained my ankle so that was kinda rough. Then I re-tweaked it," said Woller. "Then in the Wausau West game I sprained my other ankle, so I just had bad ankles the whole season. It was rough, but I played through it and it turned out pretty good."

Woller now joins a small list of Merrill players who've made all-state in recent years. He says that practicing and playing with those guys went a long way in his development.

"They really showed me how to do it," explained Woller. "They helped me in practice everyday and it's great competition to play players like everyday in practice. It really elevates your own game."

Nate hasn't committed yet, but his career may continue at UW Stevens Point next season.
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