Catching up with Zacher
By Jarann Johnson
Trevor Zacher was a great high school athlete. Zacher’s high school career is highlighted by leading his team to two state championship titles, one in basketball (2012) and one in baseball (2012). After graduating from Beulah High in 2013, the former all-state athlete started his journey into collegiate athletics.
The first stop for Zacher was at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, an NCAA Division 2 school. Zacher averaged about 17.5 minutes per game and scored 7.2 points per game during his freshman season.
Zacher also had a strong shooting touch at the free-throw line, making 41 out of 45 free throw attempts during the 2013-14 season. Even though Zacher’s freshman season went well, the then-freshman felt like the fit wasn’t right at Mines and decided to transfer to Bismarck State College.
Zacher believes part of the reason that he didn’t quite feel at home at Mines was because he was rushed to make a college decision during his senior season. Zacher said he was given a few days to reject or accept Mines’ scholarship offer, and didn’t want to lose the offer so he took it.
Zacher said he realized how much of a misstep his early decision was in the recruiting process for him as a senior when he started talking to coaches this spring as a junior college (JUCO) recruit.
“I should have maybe waited a little bit, been more patient,” Zacher said. “Later on, like this year, I talked to other coaches and they were like, ‘Yeah, we were going to talk to you during your senior year but then when we heard you had already committed before the season started, we were like, whoa.’ So when I heard that it was like, ‘Oh, I should have been more patient’,” Zacher said.
Zacher felt like his lone season at Bismarck State College went well, but didn’t proceed in the postseason like he and his team wanted. Zacher was a starter for the team and one of the top scoring options, along with Linton-HMB grad Tanner Purinton.
“We were a just above .500 team but, with the playoffs going like they did, it didn’t feel like it was a good [season], I guess – just because we got upset at home to a team that we did beat by 20 twice. That was tough,” Zacher said.
The team that upset Bismarck State College was Dawson Community College, located in Montana. Bismarck State College won both regular season meetings by a large margin, 82-66 and 95-75.
Zacher also played well in both games – in the first game he recorded 7 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals. In the regular season finale against Dawson, Zacher recorded 12 points.
Zacher had an active game in the first round of the playoffs against Dawson, collecting 7 points, 7 rebounds, 1 assist, and 3 steals, but it wasn’t enough – his team fell 91-84.