Pieper to join state basketball Hall of Fame
Former Ranger still holds scoring records
Monday, August 05, 2013 7:00 PM
WISCONSIN DELLS - Anthony Pieper's spectacular Wausaukee High School basketball career began in an old gym that has since been torn down. His legacy will last forever.
Lade Majic of the Harlem Ambassadors pins Anthony Pieper and was whistled for a “WWE takedown” during a 2009 fundraiser for Wausaukee Youth Basketball. Pieper will be inducted into the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. EagleHerald file photo
2013 WBCA Hall of Fame Inductees
Friends - Bob Lehninger, Wauwatosa; Elmer Lemon, Madison
Referees - Tom Fiedler, Eau Claire; Lee Roberts, Rio
Players (girls) - Keisha Anderson, Racine Park; Shelly (Coyle) Carmichael, River Valley; Heidi (Blomberg) Michaelis, Prentice; Angie (Halbleib) Murphy, Middleton; Katie Voigt, Lakeland; Vicki (Voss) Gosden, Clinton
Players (boys) - Roy Birk, Waukesha; Dick Peth, Tomah; Anthony Pieper, Wausaukee; Calvin Rayford, Milwaukee Washington; John Rushing, Milwaukee Lincoln; Travis Tuttle, Argyle
High school coaches - Don Anderson, Prentice; Jack Capelle, Wisconsin Dells/Barneveld; Jim Kerkvliet, Racine Park; Ralph Kramp, Milwaukee Old Notre Dame; Marty Messar, Luck; Jeff Schweitzer, Columbus; Clay Shaffer, Platteville; Ted Voigt, Lakeland
Pieper is a 2013 Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame inductee.
He will be among 12 players to be inducted at a ceremony Oct. 5 at Chula Vista Resort.
More than 20 years after Pieper led the Rangers to the 1993 Division 4 state championship, he remains at the top as Wisconsin's all-time leading scorer with 3,391 career points.
Pieper started every game in his high school career. As a freshman, he averaged 18.6 points per game. He averaged 28.8 ppg as a sophomore for a Ranger team that advanced to the state semifinals. He scored 41.2 ppg as a junior and 39.9 ppg as a senior.
Pieper holds the state's single-season scoring record with 1,063 points as a senior.
He helped lead the Rangers to three conference championships, four regional titles, two sectional titles and one state championship. Despite playing a brutal nonconference schedule against much larger schools, such as Milwaukee King, the Rangers were 85-20 during Pieper's career. Wausaukee won more than 20 games in each of his four seasons.
A four-time first team all-M&O Conference selection and three-time M&O most valuable player, Pieper was named Milwaukee Journal Player of the Year in 1993 and WBCA Mr. Basketball in 1993.
He scored 30 points in a game 66 times during his high school career. He also scored more than 50 points in six games.
Pieper also played four years of football and baseball for the Rangers. In football, he started every game in his senior year, switched from all-conference quarterback to wide receiver and was selected to the all-state team. He played pitcher and shortstop and played in every baseball game for four years.
Upon graduation from Wausaukee High School, Pieper attended Marquette University. As a freshman, he was the sixth man on a team that advanced to the NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen before losing to Duke. The next three years he was a starter.
Marquette went to three NCAA tournaments during Pieper's career and finished second in the NIT in 1995.
Pieper scored 1,234 points in his career at Marquette, but primarily earned accolades for his defense. His collegiate coach, Mike Deane, said that along with Scott Skiles, "Anthony was as tough a defensive guard as I have ever been associated with."
Pieper went on to play four years of pro ball overseas. He played in Slovakia, Austria, Sweden and Ireland. A severe knee injury ended his career in 2002.
Pieper was born into a basketball family. His father, Gene, was a longtime coach at Wausaukee and later in Florida, where he has retired. His mother, Susan, also coached. Older brother Phil scored more than 1,000 points at Wausaukee and played at UW-Oshkosh. Older sister Anne also scored more than 1,000 points at Wausaukee and played at UW-Milwaukee.
Together, the three siblings combined for more than 6,400 points in high school.