SPASH graduate leads March Madness Cinderella story
STEVENS POINT (WAOW) -
A Stevens Point Area Senior High graduate led one of this year's NCAA Cinderella stories.
Jakob Gollon and the 14-seed Mercer Bears triumphed over the 3-seed Duke Blue Devils on Friday.
On Sunday, Gollon's family and friends rooted his team on again during their third round matchup against Tennessee.
It was a whirlwind of a weekend for these fans in Stevens Point.
James Gollon, Jakob's younger brother, calls it "a dream come true."
The members of the Gollon family have become instant celebrities.
"Everyone in the community knows my name and knows my brother's name," James Gollon said.
Jakob Gollon graduated from SPASH in 2008 and is now a senior starter for the Mercer Bears basketball team.
"I'm so happy for him that he finally got his dream come true. He wanted to make it to the NCAA at least once, and with this being his last year, I'm just so glad for him," said Jerry Gollon, Jakob's father.
He says he is feeling a rush of emotions.
"I can't sleep. I can't think. I can't eat. I'm just nerved out. I'm just totally nerved out," he said.
He shared his excitement with several friends and family Sunday. They gathered in Stevens Point to watch their hometown hero play under a national spotlight.
"It's really neat to see somebody who came from a pretty small town to do so well on the court and in life," said Judy Lemke, Jakob's aunt.
Family members say Gollon has so much support because of the example he sets in the community.
"He's always able to help people who need it. He volunteers a lot with his team," James Gollon said.
This is one moment the Gollons say they will never forget.
Jakob's mother Deb was with Jakob at the game in North Carolina.
She will be returning home to her family after the Mercer Bears fell to Tennessee by a score of 83-63.