JHS Golf Banquet Recognizes Retiring Coach Steve Milligan; Gives Special Award To Will Giesler (PHOTOS)

PHOTOS: Missy Krempp & Cindi Milligan (Click for larger view)

JASPER (NNDC) – The Jasper High School golf team presented retiring head coach Steve Milligan with a special plaque Thursday night during the team’s annual banquet held at JHS.

Milligan announced earlier this year, he was retiring after 11 years as the JHS Boys coach; he was also the Girls head coach for nine seasons.  His teams won a combined 16 Big 8 Conference championships and made 12 IHSAA state finals appearance (six by each team).  Milligan this spring was inducted into the Indiana High School Coaches Association Golf Hall of Fame in Zionsville.

Also given awards last night at the banquet were the now-graduated Reid Lorey who was named the 2015 team’s Most Valuable Player.  Senior-to-be Josh Krempp was awarded the Most Improved Player after coming back from back surgery last summer.  Other awards went to Carson Pierce for Best Mental Attitude, and Will Giesler who was given a special Best Mental Attitude Award after he was ruled ineligible to play varsity this past spring by the IHSAA, but stayed with the team.

The IHSAA also ruled that Giesler will not be able to play varsity next spring for JHS.  The ruling was made after Giesler, who has spent most of his young life growing up in Chile moved to Jasper in January of 2015.

Giesler who is known as “Willie from Chile” by his JHS golf family, was born in Evansville.  His family moved to Chile when he was 2 1/2.  His parents worked in the Peace Corps at the time.

He lived in Chile until December of 2014 when he moved to Jasper.

Giesler, who lives with his aunt and uncle, was hoping to play varsity golf at JHS this spring and possibly continue to play in college.

But this past spring, the IHSAA ruled that since Giesler played basketball for his high school team in Chile up until the end of the first semester in 2014, he had to wait at least a year before competing in varsity sports here in Indiana.

Also the school year in Chile actually runs from March through December.   The IHSAA also ruled that when Giesler arrived at JHS for the second semester in January of 2015, he was actually starting what would be his senior year as far as sports eligibility.

Add in the fact, he also had to wait a full calendar year because of the transfer, he will not be eligible to complete in the spring of 2016.

The IHSAA, understanding the complexities surrounding Giesler’s transfer did allow him to play for the Wildcats’ junior varsity team this past spring which he did.

“That’s a young man you have to respect,” said Milligan who won a personal battle with cancer while serving as JHS golf coach.

“When he came to me this past December to tell me about the IHSAA ruling, he offered to say with the team and play JV as well as be our varisty student manager.”

Milligan also said, “He is a super kid, and he made our varsity team better by being at every practice and match this season.”

His father, James Giesler, a Jasper native, was at last night’s banquet when the team presented his son the award.

Giesler showed his golf skills during the recently complete Dubois County Amateur Golf Tournament Sponsored By The Herald.

Giesler finished fourth overall and had a the low score of 70 on the final day of the tournament this past Sunday at Sultan’s Run Golf Club.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Below is our story earlier this summer of Steve Milligan’s induction into the Indiana Golf Hall of Fame…

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