Alumni Update: Rumpza leads a comeback

Published 6:40 pm Thursday, November 15, 2018

Blooming Prairie grad John Rumpza hasn’t received a lot of snaps with Winona State University, but he made his final appearance of this season count as he helped led Winona State University to a 24-20 win over Concordia-St. Paul in the season finale Saturday.

Blooming Prairie grad John Rumpza drops back for Winona Stae University this season. Photo by Brian Russell

Rumpza threw the the game-winning eight-yard TD pass to Connor Schultz with 36 seconds left in the game.

Rumpza, a junior, came into the game with the Warriors (8-3 overall) trailing 17-14 and WSU trailed 20-17 late in the third quarter.

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Rumpza played in four games this season, throwing for 129 yards and two TDs.


Austin grad Gach Gach is off to a strong start in his senior season at West Texas A & M (4-1 overall).

Gach has started all five games and he is averaging 8.2 points and 5 rebounds per game, while shooting 88 percent on free throws.

Austin native Both Gach made his return to Minnesota as he came off the bench to tally seven points, one rebound and two assists for the Utah Utes in a 78-69 loss to the Gophers in Williams Arena Monday.

Both had four points in his season debut for Utah (1-1 overall) as the Utes won 75-61.

Austin grad Tate Hebrink started his first career game for UW-River Falls as the Falcons beat Central 103-77 on Nov. 10.

Hebrink had three points, four rebounds and three assists in the win.

Hebrink in the Falcons will take on the University of St. Thomas in USBank Stadium at 6 p.m. on Nov. 30.

Austin grads Duoth Gach and Oman Oman have both been early contributors at North Dakota State College of Science.

Oman, a sophomore, has averaged 13.8 points and 6.3 rebounds per game while shooting 51 percent from the field, 45 percent on three-pointers and 71 percent on free throws.

Duoth, a freshman, is averaging 11.3 points per game while shooting 52 percent from the field and 56 percent on three-pointers.

Blooming Prairie grad Taylor Hagen had three rebounds in 12 minutes in a 102-61 loss to Marquette for the University of Northern Iowa women’s basketball team recently.

Hagen is in her senior season for the Panthers (1-1 overall).