Lake City's Nate Heise has emerged as a starter for the University of Northern Iowa men's basketball team.
Heise is a 6-foot-4 freshman shooting guard who is off to a banner start to his college career. He is one of just four UNI players who has appeared in all 24 of the team's games. Heise has made 20 starts and is averaging 31.1 minutes played per game, which is third on the team.
He is averaging 7.7 points, 3.5 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.2 steals per game. He has also blocked 16 shots. He is shooting a stellar 82.2 percent from the line and 40.0 percent from the field. Heise has made 24 of 79 3-point attempts (30.4 percent).
Heise, the Post Bulletin Player of the Year in 2020, scored a career-high 18 points in a win over Coe College on Jan. 25.
Northern Iowa has a 9-15 record, 7-11 in the Missouri Valley Conference.
Mason Madsen, a 2020 Mayo grad, has continued his recent surge for the University of Cincinnati men's basketball team.
Madsen, a 6-4 freshman guard, was injured to start the season and missed the team's first eight games. Since then he has played in nine straight games as a reserve.
During the past five games Madsen is averaging 8.4 points per game. He scored a career-high 11 points last week in a 91-71 victory over Tulane. Earlier in the week he scored nine big points and was 3-for-4 from 3-point range in a narrow 70-69 victory over Tulsa.
Madsen has been getting more playing time and is now averaging 15.9 minutes per game. He is averaging 6.0 points and 2.6 rebounds per game. He is shooting a solid 47.2 percent from the floor and has made 9 of 26 3-pointers (34.6 percent).
His twin brother, Gabe Madsen, played in two games early in the season for Cincinnati before deciding to opt out the rest of the year.
The Bearcats have won six of their last seven games and are now 9-8 overall and 7-5 in the American Athletic Conference.
The Mayo Civic Center Region 1 Wrestling Hall of Fame induction will be held as a virtual event this year.
Region 1 will induct nine new members in 2021 and the virtual event will be at 5 p.m. on April 10. The link to join the Zoom event can be accessed at http://www.clashmn.com/hall-of-fame-senior-banquette and it is open to the public.
This year's class features athletes Brad Fisher, Jason Rhoten, Chris Steele and Tom Theede; athlete/coach Mike Buringa; head coach Matt Ryan; assistant coach Jay Wheaton; official Rod Hoesley; and contributor Donita Flodeen.
Rochester's Pete Lundquist has been one of the team leaders for the Gustavus Adolphus College men's basketball team during the 2021 season.
Because of the pandemic, the MIAC didn't start the season until February and the Gusties have played just four games. But Lundquist, a 6-7 forward, has been the team's top scorer so far. The senior is averaging 15.8 points per game. He is also leading the team in blocks (2.5 per contest) and is third in rebounding (4.8 average).
Lundquist, a Mayo grad, is shooting 51.0 percent from the floor and 72.7 percent at the line.
Gustavus is off to a 2-2 start and is only scheduled to have three more games during the regular season.
Guy N. Limbeck is a sports writer for the Post Bulletin. His Local Notebook appears each Tuesday. He can be reached at email@example.com.