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Heath Hotzler, Published April 27 2007

Guida plays role in landing recruits

Buffalo High School boys basketball coach and former Concordia guard Nick Guida doesn’t meddle in his players’ collegiate courtship. But he’s not above making a suggestion.

“I tell my players that if they are interested in playing in the MIAC, they should take a trip up to Moorhead and see what it’s like,” said Guida, who was the Cobbers starting point guard as a senior during the 1996-97 season. “I let them make up their own minds.”

Karl Olson and Darrin Olmscheid, who helped lead the Bison to the Minnesota Class 4A state title this year, took Guida’s advice.

After visiting the Concordia campus, the duo signed with the Cobbers.

It’s a major coup for coach Duane Siverson, whose team finished 4-21 last season.

“I think it’s a great deal for our kids to be able to go up there,” Guida said. “And it’s going to be a great deal for the university and community. They are both very talented kids.”

Olson, who was also looking at several other Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference competitors, scored 17 points in the Bison’s 67-65 victory against Armstrong in the state final.

Olmscheid had interest from NCAA Division II schools Northern State University (S.D.) and Minnesota State Moorhead.

The 6-foot-6 forward led Buffalo with 25 points in the title game.

He drilled 6 of 6

3-pointers and hit the winning shot with 2.4 seconds remaining to give the Bison their first state championship. Olmscheid, also a left-handed pitcher, will likely play for the Cobbers baseball team.

Guida said he discussed the opportunity to be part of rebuilding Concordia into a consistent winner following Olson’s and Olmscheid’s visit to campus.

“I think they know about the ups and downs that Concordia has had the past few years,” Guida said. “I told them that we went 5-19 during my first year. By the time we were seniors, we were much better.”

Wisconsin guard signs with MSUM

The Minnesota State Moorhead men’s basketball team recently signed Wisconsin prep player Chad Thompson.

A three-year starter, Thompson averaged 13.5 points, six assists and 5.2 rebounds per game at Wausau West High School. He was a first-team

all-conference selection.

Thompson averaged 16.3 points as a junior and 10.1 points as a sophomore.

“He was a very solid high school player,” Dragons coach Stu Engen said. “I think he’s a very

well-rounded player He’s a kid that’s solid in a number of different areas.”

Thompson, whose brother, Andy, redshirted at MSUM last year after transferring from Minnesota-Crookston, impressed Dragons coaches during workouts with the team three weeks ago.

“He moved laterally very well,” Engen said. “He shot the ball well and he can play defense.”

The Dragons also signed Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton’s Jake Driscoll and Hawley’s Andrew VanHavermaet earlier this month.

Readers can reach Heath Hotzler at (701) 241-5562 or hhotzler@forumcomm.com. Hotzler’s small college blog can be found

at www.areavoices.com