TEUTOPOLIS — Losing a super-sectional game is tough.
Losing two super-sectional games in one year is even tougher.
Missing a buzzer beating shot in a one-point loss and being on the mound during a 3-1 defeat is downright devastating.
That's exactly what happened to Teutopolis athlete Kyle Pruemer in 2012. In March, Pruemer saw a last-second layup attempt roll around the rim, roll off the rim and fall to the ground in a 60-59 loss to Normal University High School. To say Pruemer cost his team the game would be ridiculous. The Wooden Shoes wouldn't have been in contention with Normal University if not for Pruemer's 20 points and 10 rebounds.
“With all the size Normal U had, he was the best post player on the floor that night,” Teutopolis basketball coach Andy Fehrenbacher said. But, Pruemer's competitive nature made the loss tough to stomach. “I think about it every day,” he said. “It really, really weighs on you.” With 0.6 seconds left, down by one point, the Shoes had the ball out of bounds at their end of the court.
Fehrenbacher wasn't confident that his players would have enough time to take a decent jump shot, so he called a play where Jared Waldhoff would toss the ball towards the rim and Pruemer would try to quickly tip the ball into the basket. “Jared put one heck of a pass at the rim and Kyle went and got it,” he said. “Nine times out of 10, that ball falls.”
Unfortunately for Teutopolis and Pruemer, March 6, 2012, was the one time out of 10 the shot didn't fall, ending the Shoes' season earlier than they had hoped. In May, Pruemer's super-sectional demons re-emerged, this time on the baseball diamond.
Against an underdog Trenton-Wesclin team, Pruemer gave up two first-inning runs before settling down and getting in his rhythm.