Every week until September, Nevada Sports Net will unveil its top-four athletes to come from a Northern Nevada high school as part of our ongoing Mt. Rushmore Project. Athletes are judged on their complete career, including high school, college and professional levels. This week, we will honor the top-four athletes to hail from Bishop Manogue. Players are listed in alphabetical order and include their graduating year in parenthesis. This series is presented in partnership with Champion Chevrolet.
Year opened: 1948
Kevin Jepsen (2002): Born in Anaheim, Calif., and raised in Reno, Jepsen was almost untouchable playing at the 3A level for the Miners. The state Gatorade player of the year as a senior in 2002, Jepsen led Bishop Manogue to the state title while going 9-1 with a 0.84 ERA. He allowed just 15 hits while striking out 116 batters in 58.2 innings, tossing five no-hitters (two solo; three combined). He was a second-round pick in the MLB draft, going 54th overall, the fourth highest selection of a local directly out of high school in the MLB draft. After landing a signing bonus of $745,000, Jepsen joined the Angles organization and was a minor-league All-Star in 2008, the same year he played for Team USA in the 2008 Summer Olympics where he won a bronze medal. He made his big-league debut in 2008, retiring Derek Jeter, Bobby Abreu and Alex Rodriguez in order. He logged 10 major-league seasons (2008-16, 2018), going 18-33 with a 4.00 ERA and 27 saves in 469 innings of relief.
Logan Miller (2009): Born and raised in Reno, Miller is one of the best pole vaulters in state history. She won the large-class Northern region championship three consecutive seasons, doing so as a sophomore, junior and senior. She was state champion as a junior and senior, vaulting 12 feet, 5 inches as a senior, which at the time was the second-best mark in state history (it still ranks eighth). A two-time team captain, she was voted Nevada's female vaulter of the year her junior and senior year. Also a high-level gymnast, Miller competed collegiately at Washington where she was a three-time All-American in pole vault (first team in 2012 and second team in 2011 and 2013). The 2012 Pac-12 runner-up, Miller finished fourth at the NCAA Championships that season. She also had an 11th-place finish in 2011 and 12th-place finish in 2013. She earned a silver medal at the NACAC U23 Championships and her jump of 14 feet, 4.5 inches was a Washington school record (now ranks third).
Ollie Osborne (2018): One of the elite golfers to attend a Northern Nevada high school, the 22-year-old senior at SMU has already played in three PGA Tour events, including two majors (he's the only local to play in the Masters). He grew up on Montreux Golf & Country Club, playing the course on a near daily basis. He won the Nevada large-class state championship as a junior, helping Manogue to a runner-up finish as a team. He also finished sixth in state as a sophomore and seventh as a freshman. He was top 12 in state all four years of high school. At 19, he made his PGA Tour debut, playing in the Barracuda Championship, missing the cut by one point in the modified Stableford scoring system. In 2020, he was runner-up at the U.S. Amateur, which qualified him for the Masters and U.S. Open. He missed the cut at both events, but was low amateur at the 2021 Masters. Osborne has won two individual college titles, eight team titles and has two top-60 finishes at the NCAA Championship with his best finish being tied for 47th in 2019.
Joe Wieland (2008): Coming a few years after Jepsen, Wieland was the Miners' next great ace and joined him as the only two Miners to reach the majors in one of the big four sports (baseball, football, basketball, hockey). The 6-foot-3 right-hander had a spectacular senior season in which he held batters to a .166 average while striking out 115 batters, one of the highest figures in state history. He also had a state-record 76 RBIs, which led the nation, and was named state player of the year by the Las Vegas Review-Journal and Reno Gazette-Journal. Committed to San Diego State, Wieland was a fourth-round pick (123rd overall) in the 2008 draft, signing with the Texas Rangers and turning pro out of high school. He moved quickly through the minor-league system, throwing a a no-hitter in Double-A before debuting in the big leagues in 2012 at age 22. He appeared in 12 big-league games for three teams, posting a 6.32 ERA, and pitched in Japan and Korea from 2017-19, going 26-24 with a 3.83 ERA.
Toughest omissions: Kristen Saibini (2002) is the best female soccer player to hail from Northern Nevada and still ranks first in state history in assists and fourth in goals scored. ... Bobby Hunter (2011) was a standout basketball player who played his college ball at Oregon Tech, Santa Fe College and Illinois State, averaging 8.8 points, 2.9 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.1 steals per at the D-I level. ... Brad Meyer (1991) was a three-time state champion in cross country and the Division I-A state record-holder in the 800-meter, 1,600-meter and 3,200-meter runs. ... Donna dePolo (2017) is an elite swimmer, with breaststroke being her specialty. She is a two-time U.S. Olympic trials qualifier and qualified for the NCAA Championship in two seasons, with a best of 21st in the 100 breast in 2021.
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