WCCO-TV in Minneapolis to Feature Augustana Basketball

SIOUX FALLS - Augustana men’s basketball standout Cody Schilling, selected Freshman of the Year in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference last season, is featured on “Life to the Max” to be shown on WCCO-Television (Channel 4) in Minneapolis Saturday, February 27, at 11:05 p.m.

Cody is the all-time scoring leader in Minnesota high school basketball history and graduated from the state's smallest high school. Segments were filmed at Cody's family farm, in the Ellsworth High School gym and during the Viking's victory over visiting Southwest Minnesota State in January.

Like many rural towns, Ellsworth, MN, relies on farming, a strong sense of community, and an even stronger work ethic during these tough times. And like other small towns, the boy’s basketball program is a focal point and a tremendous source of pride. In the first segment, host Mike Max introduces fans to Carla and Clayton Schilling’s middle son, Cody, a name that has become synonymous with winning. Visit the high school, the family farm, and see the roots of Minnesota High school basketball’s all-time leading scorer.

The 16-minute segment also features Viking coach Tom Billeter who was miked during the game, giving viewers an up-close view of game day at Augustana.

Augustana College with an enrollment of 1,800 is nestled in the progressive city of Sioux Falls. A private college with a strong academic reputation, Augustana also has what many describe as one of the premier men’s basketball programs in NCAA Division II. Join the “Life to the Max” crew as they travel to Sioux Falls and continue the story of Cody Schilling. Discover how he is doing at the next level of competition.

LifeTouch sponsors the show each week. Paul Harmel, LifeTouch CEO, is a native of Arlington, SD, and graduated from Augustana in 1972. He played on Arlington High School’s state Class B championship basketball team in 1968, and at Augustana was a teammate of Bill Gross, now the Vikings’ athletic director.

LifeTouch has been in operation for 70 years and has 25,000 employees worldwide. The company specializes in childhood, student, and family photography. LifeTouch also has a media production division.


Bruce Conley
Director, News Information
Phone: 605.274.5526
Fax: 605.274.4903
bruce.conley@augie.edu