Scoring 1,000 career points is a rare accomplishment for any high school basketball player.
But in the past four months, at least eleven athletes from Central Wisconsin have reached that mark.
"I had a lot of pregame jitters coming into the game," Wittenberg-Birnamwood's Mitchell School said.
"It was really exciting," Marshfield Columbus-Catholic's Elizabeth Manlick said. "I was confused at first. Because everyone was cheering more than normal, for a free throw."
"I was 4 points away," Colby's Sarah Gamillo said.
All these athletes are describing the same thing. The feeling of scoring their 1000th career point.
"It meant a lot. I remember writing letters to myself of what you want to accomplish," Gamillo said. "I want to leave, not like a legacy, but I want people to remember me and scoring that 1000th point would really help."
Reaching the milestone was not an easy task. It meant scoring point number one in their freshman year.
"You have to be able to score as a freshman, you have to have teammates around you who are willing to pass the ball to you as a freshman and look to you to score," Marshfield Columbus-Catholic girls' basketball coach Bryan DeVries said.
But this season has seen more than a handful of athletes reach the magic number. From Wittenberg-Birnamwood's Mitchell School, who reached quadruple-digits by the first game of his senior season, to Owen-Withee's Aleyna Goerlitz, who accomplished the feat in the playoffs.
"Every year has a different group of athletes and you'll hit waves where there's a group of seniors or group of juniors that are really tremendous athletes," Colby girls' coach Randy Rau said. "It's not something that happens every year. If it happened every year, it would be raised up to 1500 points because it wouldn't become necessarily so special anymore."
But no matter how many players do get to that coveted number, being part of the 1,000 point club is still special.
"It's really exciting to be able to know that you've reached something that a lot of people strive to get to," Manlick said. "I guess that wasn't one of my goals set as a basketball player, but it's really cool to be able to accomplish it."
"I guess it's reaching the four digits. It's so much cooler."
And it's a memory they'll have for the rest of their lives.
1,000-point Scorers from Central Wisconsin
KIM LECHELER (ABBOTSFORD)
SARAH GAMILLO (COLBY)
ELIZABETH MANLICK (MARSHFIELD-CC)
MITCHELL SCHOOL (W-B)
ALEYNA GOERLITZ (OWEN-WITHEE)
JENNY LINDNER (NEILLSVILLE)
JAMIE PITT (AMHERST)
KORY KINCAID (CRANDON)
MARY SIGLER (ASSUMPTION)
CADEN UNTIEDT (EDGAR)
HOLLY DENFELD (EDGAR)
JOHN KEEFE (MEDFORD)
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