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Basketball, the Family Business

Junior Brooke Krogmann follows older brother’s basketball success
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Keevan Hauschild
During the first game of 2024, Brooke Krogmann (11) shoots a free throw. Krogmann scored a career-high 32 points against Beckman.

It is safe to say that basketball runs in the Krogmann family. 

Since she was in third grade, junior Brooke Krogmann has been playing basketball, trying to follow in the footsteps of her older brother. Growing up, she watched her older brother Derek succeed on the court as he was a member of multiple state tournament teams, he holds multiple school records, and he went on to play collegiately at the University of Northern Iowa. 

Against Vinton, junior Brooke Krogmann finishes through contact. Krogmann recorded 19 points, 10 blocks, and 7 rebounds in the game. (Keevan Hauschild)

Krogmann strives to be as good of a player as her brother, and she’s shown that over her first two and a half seasons. 

As a freshman, she started every single game where she averaged around 11 points per game shooting an outstanding 55% throughout the season. She helped lead the Hawks to their first 10-win season since the 2015–2016 season. 

“Freshman year was a learning experience for me, but I still had a really good season,” Krogmann said. “I knew after that year, I would play a bigger role in the offense going forward.”

During her sophomore season, which was the first season coached by Brad Wubbena, Krogmann increased her scoring, rebounds, and blocks per game.

“Brooke took a major jump from her freshman year,” Wubbena said. “She works hard to achieve the goals she sets for herself.”

Through the first twelve games of her junior season, Krogmann yet again has seen a major improvement in scoring and rebounding as well as blocks. She has also had to adjust to how different teams defend her because she is usually one of the tallest people on the court. 

“It’s a challenge for me to score some games, like when we scrimmaged Linn Mar, because they were double and sometimes triple teaming me,” Krogamnn said. “In games like that, I know my teammates will find ways to score while I find other ways to contribute, which includes trying to get as many rebounds as I can.”

As she has found other ways to contribute, she also broke one school record. In their final game before holiday break, Krogmann saw herself stand at the top of the school career block record previously held by Morgan Salow, a 2005 graduate. She leads the entire state in total blocks this season with 70 through the first twelve games.

“I don’t like to pay attention to things like leading the state in blocks,” Krogmann said. “When I see it, I’m like ‘Oh, that’s pretty cool,’ but I like going out and playing basketball with my friends more than anything.”

Brooke Krogmann records her first career triple-double against Dyersville Beckman on Jan 2. (Keevan Hauschild)

In the first game of 2024, Krogmann recorded a career high of 32 points as well as hauled in 18 rebounds and blocked 10 shots. She almost outscored the entire opposing team on her own.

“I was able to dominate against Beckman because I had a small defender on me,” Krogmann said. “My teammates were able to get the ball to me in ways I could score with ease.”

With at least seven games left in the season, Krogmann is on pace to finish the season with over 400 points, over 110 blocks, and over 215 rebounds. She is also on pace to surpass the 1,000 career point milestone this season as well. 

“As a freshman, I could not imagine myself scoring 1,000 career points this early in my career,” Krogmann said. “It has been a goal of mine since I was a kid.”

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Hello everyone! I’m Keevan Hauschild and I am a senior here at West Delaware. This is my third year of journalism. Outside of yearbook, I am currently involved in baseball, NHS, Speech, Play, Student Council, and a part of the West Delaware Students for Desired Change group. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my friends, lifting, listening to music, attending sporting events, playing golf, and taking pictures. I’ve been running a photography page, khausproductions on Instagram and K-Haus Photography on Facebook. Both of these pages have grown an insane amount throughout the last two years. After this year, I’m heading to the University of Iowa where I am majoring in Journalism/Mass Communications, Sports Media, and Marketing with my end goal of working at ESPN one day. 

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