Athlete of the Week: Logan Krause

Gillett senior excelling in final season on court

Senior Logan Krause has averaged 14.3 points per game during Gillett’s last six games. (Contributed photo)

Athlete: Logan Krause

Sport: Boys basketball

School: Gillett High School

Year: Senior

For most athletes, senior year marks the final time many basketball players will step onto the court, making each second that much more memorable. For Gillett senior Logan Krause, who was born with a heart defect and has needed two open-heart surgeries, every moment of his high school basketball career has been a blessing.

With that thought in the back of his mind, Krause has left it all out on the court and helped Gillett find plenty of success over the years. This season, Krause is averaging just under 10 points a game and is among the Marinette & Oconto Conference leaders in assists per game. He’s scored in double figures in each of the team’s last six games, including a 28-point outburst against St. Thomas Aquinas Academy on Jan. 26.

Q: When did your interest in basketball begin?

A: From little on, I grew up watching my brothers play basketball. I was always told that ever since I could walk, I had a basketball in my hands and wanted to dribble and shoot around.

Q: What’s your favorite part about a basketball game or the basketball season?

A: My favorite part of the game is when we are doing well and connecting as a team. I also like listening to the crowd backing us up, especially when my family is there cheering me on.

Q: What’s your favorite memory of competing on the Gillett boys basketball team?

A: My favorite memory was last year when I was recognized as the conference leader in assists.

Q: What serves as your motivation while playing on the court?

A: My motivation is knowing that I have been fortunate to be able to be cleared to play all four years of high school basketball with my heart condition. Even though we’ve had a rough couple of years, I have been taught to give 100 percent no matter what the situation is and just take one basket at a time. Knowing that this is my last season, I want to try my best and leave everything on the court.

Q: With just a couple of weeks before the start of regionals, what kind of things does the team need to keep working on in order to be in the best position possible to win games?

A: I think we need to have good, consistent effort during practices. With each game, we need to stay focused and aggressive and do the little things well. If we go out on the court with confidence and play hard on both sides of the ball, we will be successful and do well.

Q: Do you have any pregame rituals?

A: My pregame ritual is to listen to some music and do some ball-handling drills that I took away from the Otter Basketball Camps I attended.

Q: Do you look up to any particular athletes? If so, why them?

A: I definitely look up to my brothers Dustin and Nick who had successful basketball careers at Gillett High School. I also enjoy watching Kyrie Irving in the NBA because I like his play style.

Q: What is your favorite thing to do when you are not in school or competing in a high school sport?

A: I like hunting, fishing and spending time with friends.

Q: Favorite TV show, movie and musical artist?

A: My favorite TV show is “American Ninja Warrior.” The Harry Potter series are my favorite movies, and I like to listen to Drake.

Q: Name one thing about yourself that not many people know.

A: Some people may not know that I was born with a heart defect, and I have had two open-heart surgeries.

Q: What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?

A: The best piece of advice has been from my dad who said, “Have no regrets on or off the court.”