“He Was the Show”: Dave Voskuil Dominated County Hoops

Dave Voskuil came to Gibraltar as a sophomore and promptly got to work as the centerpiece of one of the great teams in Door County basketball history.

Dave Voskuil shows off the form that poured in 1,464 points from 1967 – 1970.

“He was the show,” teammate Paul Woerfel says.

Voskuil made it look effortless, say those who watched him play. With an easy-going demeanor, a soft shot, and a quiet confidence, he was the leader of a Gibraltar team that was among the best small school teams in the state from 1967 – 1970.

Known to pull up and shoot from half court in Gibraltar’s cracker box of a gym, he finished his career with 1,464 career points. That total, garnered in just three seasons, remained the county record for nearly 30 years before Southern Door’s Nathan Vogel surpassed it in 1999.

Though his total has been eclipsed, no player has approached his career scoring average of 24.4 points per game. His 46 points versus Sevastopol in 1968 remain the Door County single-game record. Incredibly, he scored all 46 of those points from the field, with no free throw attempts.

Voskuil went on to play college basketball at Lakeland, where he scored 1,601 points and was a three-time all-conference performer. He was inducted into Lakeland College Athletic Hall of Fame in 1979.

He passed on his sweet shooting stroke to his son Alan, now a captain for Division I Texas Tech University averaging a team-high 14.4 points per game and shooting 85 percent from the charity stripe. Oh, and he’s shooting 45 percent from beyond the arc, a shot that wasn’t yet invented when his dad was draining shots from half-court in Gibraltar’s dusty Old Gym.

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