Rolf Iversen is another of the great athletes that Waseca High School has produced. Rolf graduated from Waseca High School in 1969 and from St. Olaf College in 1973.
Rolf earned eight varsity letters, four in track and four in basketball. He also participated in football as a ninth and tenth grader. At St. Olaf, Rolf participated in basketball and track.
In high school, Rolf gained a lot of recognition in the basketball world. At 6’9” he was a true “big man” in the late 1960’s. In 1968, in an age when not many players were over 6’5” in high school, Rolf teamed with his 6’5” brother Jan and 6’7” classmate Gene Wood to form what was billed as the tallest frontline in the state. That team even had a 7’0” reserve.
In 1969 Waseca was ranked as the number one team in the state all year in an era when there was just one class in high school athletics. That team advanced to 21-0 before losing to Austin in the section tournament, a game in which Rolf made 12 of 13 shots from the field.
He helped lead his basketball teams to three consecutive conference championships, the first time that has been done in Waseca history. An All-Conference player, Rolf scored 1000 career points, just the second player in school history to score 1000 points. For a time, he held school single game and single season records for best field goal percentage.
In track, Rolf was a solid scorer in the shot and discus. He held the school record in the discus until it was broken by fellow Hall of Fame member, Steve Cunningham.
A memorable highlight in Rolf’s high school career came in the District Four Championship game against Owatonna, an outstanding team that year with a couple of outstanding future college stars. Trailing by one with the ball out of bounds and two seconds left in the game, the pass-in went to Rolf, and he put it up off the glass and the ball circled the rim at least a half dozen times before falling through at the buzzer for the win.
Rolf was also a member of the National Honor Society and was an individual who was blessed with a tremendous sense of dry humor.
Today, Rolf resides in Waseca with his wife, Mary, and son, Jan, 14. Rolf is a lawyer and the owner of Iversen Law Office in Waseca.