They were high school teammates.
And although they will no longer be teammates, Collin Holzer and Solomon Weider will probably still take a few college classes together.
POINT LOOKOUT, Mo. – They were high school teammates.
And although they will no longer be teammates, Collin Holzer and Solomon Weider will probably still take a few college classes together. And, if they can get some details worked out, may even be roommates.
Weider and Holzer were both standout athletes at Dixon High School, who graduated following the 2012-13 school year. They teamed together one final time on July 6, playing for the blue squad in the 19th annual Pilz & Friends All-Star Basketball Games on the campus of College of the Ozarks.
The two will stay together as athletes in college, albeit in different sports. Both plan to attend Westminster College, an NAIA university located in Fulton, Mo.
Holzer, a 6-0 guard, will be a member of the men's basketball team at Westminster while Weider, a 6-2 catcher, will be a member of the Jay baseball squad.
Both Holzer and Weider said they were pleased to represent Dixon one last time during the Pilz event. Now, both are ready to get their respective college athletic careers started.
Ending For Holzer
"I view it as the end of my high school career," Holzer said of the Pilz All-Star event. "All of those players are all high school guys; not all of them are going to play college ball."
Holzer had a huge senior season for the Dixon Bulldogs, leading the squad to an undefeated Frisco League championship and a 19-8 overall record.
According to Dixon officials, Holzer broke the school boys' basketball career scoring record that had been held by Mizzou legend John Brown. He averaged a whopping 26.8 points per game, 7.3 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 2.3 steals as a senior, earning Missouri Sportswriters/Sportscasters Association all-state honors.
Now he is working to make the jump to the college level.
"I'm doing a lot of work in the weight room," he said. "I'm am trying to get bigger, because most athletes are bigger and stronger in college. You can't just get by on skill at that level."
Being a smaller-type guard, Holzer knows he will be required to be more of a ball handler in college than he was at Dixon.
"I will probably be a combo guard in college, playing both (shooting guard and point guard)," Holzer said. "I know I've got to be able to handle the ball. In high school I was a shooting guard. Now I'm going to run more point."
Weider also had a solid basketball season for Dixon last season, averaging 13.7 points, 6.6 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 2.2 steals as an all-district forward.
However, baseball is where he made his biggest mark as a Bulldog, playing a key role for four years. He helped lead Dixon to the district championship and sectional round of the baseball state tournament in 2012. This past season Dixon's baseball squad finished 15-6 overall, losing to Cuba in the Class 3 District 9 Tournament title game.
Weider has been an all-state selection by the Missouri Baseball Coaches Association the past two years as a catcher. He was also one of the Bulldogs' top pitchers in 2013.
As a senior Weider batted .476 with 24 RBI, 24 runs scored and a .560 on-base percentage. On the mound he finished 5-3 with a 2.26 ERA with 65 strikeouts in 43 1/3 innings.
After the season Weider was selected to participate in the Missouri Baseball Coaches Association's Senior All-Star Game in St. Peters. In that event he drove in the winning run and was named the game's most valuable player.
For his Bulldog baseball career Weider had a .422 batting average with 104 RBI, 102 runs scored, a .488 on-base percentage, 49 stolen bases and a 1.090 on-base/slugging percentage.
And although he's ready to get his collegiate baseball career started, Weider admits he'll miss basketball.
"It's great; basketball has been a lot of fun," he said. "I'm going to miss it."
Weider is not playing on summer baseball teams this year.
"I'm doing the basic things, like hitting," he said.
At Westminster Weider figures to continue to play behind the plate, as well as a little outfield.
"I probably need to work on a few things," Weider said. "I'm not playing to the best of my ability yet.
"You're always learning; especially as a catcher."