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Strickland was 4-sport star for Brookfield Central Lancers

Kreitmeier considered top soccer player ever

May 6, 2014

Editor's Note: The annual Brookfield Central Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Celebration is set for Saturday, May 17, at the Westmoor Country Club, sponsored by the BC Athletic Booster Club. This is the second of three series on the Class of 2014 Inductees.

Ben Strickland (1999-02)

In this day and age of specialization, there are very few athletes like Ben Strickland. Strickland is one of those amazing multiple-sport athletes who excelled at three sports all four years of high school and earned 11 Varsity letters.

In track, Strickland earned a varsity letter all four years of high school. Strickland was an integral part of two Greater Metro Conference Championship track seasons in 2001-02 and finished three of his four seasons in La Crosse at the state track meet.

Strickland was a part of the 4x400 relay team that captured a bronze medal at state his sophomore year. His junior year, that same relay team came back to state to improve their standing and take second in the event along with setting a school record.

That same season, Strickland was part of the 4x200 relay team that took second in state. His senior year was capped off by another medal at state in the 4x400 relay, taking third in that race and contributing to the Lancers taking second in state.

In basketball, Strickland was a 3-year varsity letter winner, earning all-conference honorable mention both sophomore and junior years and honorable mention all-area senior year.

He was a part of a basketball program that won back-to-back conference championships and went to state in Madison all three years on the varsity. He was a team captain as a senior and finished his career 10th in all-time assists with 170.

Football is where Stickland excelled. As a rare four-year varsity letter winner in football, Strickland was able to start his career off on a team that won the conference championship and was state runner-up in 1999.

As a sophomore, he was named second team all-conference as a running back and was voted honorable mention all-area. As a junior, he was named first-team all-conference at defensive back and second team all-conference as running back.

As a team captain as a senior, Stickland amassed 2,105 yards rushing, 253 yards receiving, 27 touchdowns, accounted for 179 points overall and had three interceptions. For his efforts, he was recognized as the GMC Back of the Year. He received additional recognition of first-team all-conference defensive back, was selected to the all-area first-team, named the NOW Newspapers Suburban Player of the Year, named first-team All-State and proudly played in the WFCA All-Star Shrine Game in 2003.

Strickland was part of a team his senior year that won the GMC championship and his last high school game was played at Camp Randall Stadium where the football program finished its season as the state runner-up.

Strickland's last game of high school football was on the same field as his first collegiate game, as he took his talents to the University of Wisconsin as a walk-on to the football program. At Wisconsin, Strickland earned a scholarship after just his first season of eligibility and went on to be a four-year varsity letter winner, a four-time Academic All-Big Ten selection and a team captain in 2007, his senior season.

Strickland played in 51 games and was part of a senior class that still remains the winningest class in school history with 40 wins. Strickland was also part of the 2006 team, which, along with close friend and fellow Hall of Famer, Joe Thomas, led the Badgers to a school record 12 wins in 2006. Strickland was a part of two Outback Bowl Appearances (2005, 2008) and two Capital One Bowl Championships (2006, 2007).

His love of football and passion for teaching serve him well today as Strickland is the defensive backs' coach for the Badgers. He has been a part of three Big Ten Championship Teams (2010, 2011, 2012) and three Rose Bowl Appearances (2011, 2012, 2013). Strickland and his wife, Laura, live in Madison and are expecting their first child in June.

SCOTT KREITMEIR (1986-89)

Scott Kreitmeir, in the eyes of most experts, is simply the greatest soccer player to ever play for Brookfield Central. He was a two-time state tourney MVP, a member of the U-20 National Team and a three-time Olympic Festival participant. He is widely regarded as the best soccer player to ever come from Wisconsin.

A four-year letterman for the Lancers, Scott was named first-team all-conference in both his sophomore and junior years. As a junior in the fall of 1987, he was also named first-team All-State.

His senior year, he led the Lancers to the state semifinals, when recognition of his greatness poured in. He became the all-time leading scorer in school history and his four goals in a game during the state competition were a record. His honors that year included first-team all-conference, first-team All-State, All-Midwest, All-American and MVP and Gatorade State Player of the Year.

Scott attended the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and led the Panthers to the NCAA Tournament his freshman year. But, the call of greater soccer competition was too strong, and Scott left college to pursue a dream of playing professionally in Munich Germany for three years (1991-1993).

In 1994, Kreitmeir returned to Milwaukee to play for the Milwaukee Rampage and was named to the All-Star team that same year. In 1997, playing for the Milwaukee Wave, he led the team to the NPSL Championship. Later, while playing for the Milwaukee Bavarians, he led his team to the National Championship three times (2001, 2002, 2003) and the Open Cup National Championship in 2003.

Scott is currently a local business owner residing in Waukesha and still remains active in soccer, working with youth in the community.

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