As part of the celebration of 50 seasons of Marian University basketball, we take a deeper look at the careers of the three student-athletes who played basketball and were part of the inaugural class for the Marian Hall of Fame in 2012.
Tanya (Leonhard) Wiesner set the standard for women’s basketball players at Marian over her four-year career. Wiesner was LMC Rookie of the Year in 1994, followed by All-LMC honors in her next three seasons.
In 1995, she averaged 23 points and 13.1 rebounds per game, earning her NAIA All-Region and Third-Team All-American honors. Two years later, she repeated as an All-American selection after averaging 20.4 points and 13.1 rebounds per game. Her impeccable knack for getting to the basket enabled her to post 1,958 points in her career, which still stands as the most points of any Sabre in program history. Her scoring average of 19.2 points per game sits atop the career rankings as well.
She also still ranks atop the career leaderboard for field goals made (755), points per game (19.2), free throws made (446), total rebounds (1,127), rebounds per game (11.0), and steals (201). Wiesner also still sits third in program history for field goal percentage at 48.4-percent.
Kerri (Holz) Huebel was a multi-sport standout during her years at Marian where she lettered in both volleyball and basketball.
Huebel boasted a solid basketball career with her name still littered throughout the Sabre women’s basketball record book. She went on to earn LMC All-Conference recognition over all four years of her basketball career and still ranks 18th in program history for scoring with 886 points. In her senior season, she was able to convert the ninth-most three-pointers for a single season in program history (52) with the fourth-highest three-point percentage in a single season at 41.9-percent. For her career, Holz still ranks in the top 10 in program history for games started (fourth, 100), three-pointers made (fourth, 154), and three-point percentage (fourth, .352).
Also an outstanding volleyball player, upon her induction in 2012, Huebel ranked first in program history for matches played (142), sets played (501), and assists (5,266). She also ranks second in kill percentage (.333), fourth in aces (124), sixth in digs (1,107), and ninth in assisted blocks (223). Over four seasons with the volleyball team, she never lost a conference match (48-0) and led her teams to national tournament appearances in 1999 and 2000. Each year, her teams won at least 28 games, including the 2000 squad that compiled a school-record 30-6 mark. That year, she was also named the Lake Michigan Conference Player of the Year, earning her fourth All-Conference selection in the process.
Casey Jackson left his mark after just two seasons with the men’s basketball team, transferring from Kaskaskia Community College in 1987.
He was a two-time All-Lake Michigan Conference First-Team selection. In the 1987-88 season, he also garnered All-WCIC and NAIA All-District honors after leading the Sabres to their most prolific season in school history. Marian went 29-5 in that 1987-88 season with a perfect conference record at 14-0 to earn the program’s first conference championship. The 29 wins also set a program record for a single season besting the 1980-81 squad that went 22-6 to earn a WCIC title.
Jackson scored 1,078 points in just two seasons, which still puts him in 14th on the all-time Marian scoring list. The 1987-88 season saw him score 541 of his points, fourth-most for a single season in program history, with 140 assists, 10th-most in a single season, and 71 steals, third-most in a single season. His historic 1988-89 season saw him score 537 points, fifth-most for a single season in program history, with 68 steals, fifth-most in a single season.
For his two-year career, he still ranks 10th for field goals made (412), fourth for three-point percentage (.409), second for scoring average (16.6), and eighth for steals (139).
Marian basketball hosts the first NACC doubleheader of the season tomorrow, Saturday, Dec. 11, against Concordia Chicago with the women tipping at 2 p.m. and the men following at 4:15 p.m.