Each week, Comm
enter RandBallsStu (branding!) tracks down a former Minnesota sports figure about whom you might have otherwise forgotten. This usual involves a smidgen of Internet research during his lunch break and occasionally ends with an angry phone call from the huntee where we stammer a lot and apologize (Jeff Brady edition). Stu?
The Hunt Down
Name: Skipp Schaefbauer
Claim to Fame, Minnesota: 1993’s Mr. Basketball for the state of Minnesota and the Strib’s Metro Player of the Year. Schaefbauer hails from Elk River, which didn’t even have a Sonic back then.
Claim to Fame, Everywhere Else: Schaefbauer attended East Carolina before transferring to Illinois State, where the Sherburne County Sharpshooter (a nickname I have just made up and is so terrible that I hope Michael edits it out, oh too late) shot over 40% from beyond the arc in his junior season. His senior season ended with a broken leg during the conference tournament, forcing him to miss Illinois State’s first-round overtime victory over Tennessee in the 1998 NCAA tournament.
Where He Is Now: Apparently still in Normal, Illinois, the home of Illinois State, where as of 2009 he was a fire fighting triathlete. He does not appear to have live-tweeted the event. Here’s a picture of Skip (sic) playing tennis in 2012. Here’s a picture of Normal Mayor Chris Koos with former U.S. Rep. Debbie Halvorson.
Is He on Twitter: maybe?
Has He Ever Been in a Twitter Feud with Patrick Reusse: no. But Uncle Pat did uncover Skipp’s political leanings in 1997.
Glorious Randomness: Normal, Illinois is the birthplace of legendary Midwest burger chain Steak ‘n Shake, and was founded by the perfectly named Gus Belt.
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