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Athlete of the Week: Wittenberg-Birnamwood's Mitchell School

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Wittenberg-Birnamwood senior Mitchell School has a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving.

Not only did his team narrowly win its season opener, 51-48, over Mosinee last night. Our Athlete of the Week also reached a big milestone.

School became only the second person in program history to score 1000 points in his career. He surpassed the milestone in the fourth quarter of last night's game and finished with 30 points and ten rebounds.

School now has 1,005 points to his name and also is Wittenberg-Birnamwood's all-time leader in steals. He is the first Charger to reach the mark since Pete Krull did it in 1975.

"I've just been waiting for it for awhile, I just kinda wanted to, now that I've passed it, I don't really have to think about it anymore," School said. 

For three years, School has been both a varsity football and basketball player. But the transition between sports was never easy.

"You never quite get your shot 'til the season is in full swing," School said.

But in his senior year, School decided to skip football season, opting to spend more time focusing on basketball.

"I love the game of football, it was definitely a big decision," School said. "I took three or four months thinking it over. I didn't know what I was going to do."

"It just shows you how much Mitch loves basketball and how devoted he is to getting better every day," Chargers' head coach Lon Ebel said. "And his goal is to go on and play. So he spent the time in, throughout summer, throughout football season just working on his game and getting better every day."

School says he has no regrets, and the numbers prove it. He's reached the one thousand point milestone and he hopes his decision to focus on basketball provides even bigger results for his team. 

"We hadn't had a winning record for a few years now, so I'm hoping to get over that mark." 

 

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