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It runs in the family: Zoey Wohlleber carrying on basketball tradition

It runs in the family: Zoey Wohlleber carrying on basketball tradition
Zoey Wohlleber is already one of the best basketball players in South Dakota. (Courtesy: Tony Howard)

SUMMIT, S.D. (BVM) — Zoey Wohlleber of Waubay/Summit High School is an astounding athlete. She began suiting up for the varsity basketball team in seventh grade. By eighth grade Wohlleber had become a starter. As a sophomore this past season, she scored her 1,000th career point.

Wohlleber led the 2019-20 Eagles to a 15-5 record and was one win away from qualifying for the SoDak 16. This is of course just the beginning for Wohlleber who still has two years of high school left. With her talent and determination to always improve her game, the sky’s the limit.

“That’s probably one of my strengths is just keep working hard and know that if you keep working you’ll get something out of it,” said Wohlleber.

That hard work is not going unnoticed. “Each year she gets better and better,” said Eagles head coach Tony Howard. “It’s exciting to think you can be around her and coach her for two more years.”

Her stats alone are impressive, but Wohlleber is also following in an unexpected family tradition at Waubay/Summit. Starting with her aunt, Lori (Wohlleber) O’Farrell, and then her twin cousins, Logan and Presley O’Farrell, they have all been great basketball players.

Lori was inducted into the South Dakota Sports Hall of Fame in 2014 and is one of the top scorers in the history of South Dakota high school girls basketball with a career total of 2,490 points. Her daughters, the O’Farrell twins, collected many accolades during their high school careers including a state championship. Both went on to play college basketball at Augustana University.

“Watching my two twin cousins play I just always wanted to be like them,” explained Wohlleber.

Wohlleber fell in love with basketball by being around the game at a young age and watching Logan
and Presley play.

While Wohlleber doesn’t have it as a goal, she still has time to try and be the greatest scorer in her family by topping her aunt’s mark of 2,490 career points. “That’d be amazing.”

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