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Athlete of the Week: Caleb Schroer, Wisconsin Rapids

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WISCONSIN RAPIDS (WAOW) - Early in the Wisconsin Rapids hockey season, senior Caleb Schroer broke the school's career scoring record. However, there was no celebration. Schroer chose to keep the milestone to himself.

I had a bunch of kids around me and stuff, so it's not like I wanted people going around saying that it was my record,” Schroer explained. “Everybody contributed to it.”

Not even Schroer's coach, Pat McDonald, who recently earned his 300th win as a coach, was aware.

I knew he was close,” McDonald said. “But when it happened, I didn't know. It took our assistant coach to point it out to us. (Schroer) kept it really quiet, pretty low key about it.”

With the milestone already under his belt, Schroer topped off his record-breaking career with 87 points this season. That helped lead Wisconsin Rapids to its first Wisconsin Valley title since 2005.

I knew we'd be experienced,” Schroer said. “We have a good group of kids so I knew we'd do well, but I'm not sure that I thought we'd do this well.”

The senior said the best part wasn't necessarily the victory, but the way in which his team won.

After routing Wausau East on the final night of the season, the Red Raiders headed to the locker room and listened on the radio as SPASH defeated Wausau West in overtime. With that, Wisconsin Rapids earned a share of the conference title.

I've seen people in professional sports do it,” Schroer beamed. “They'll go and watch the screen in the locker room and everybody freaks out. It felt exactly like that. It was really neat to be a part of that.”

Wisconsin Rapids lost in its sectional semifinal on Tuesday, but for Schroer, hockey isn't over.

I plan on playing junior hockey next year and then whatever that leads to,” he said. “Hopefully maybe go play in college after that.”

Schroer tells me he recently signed a tender with the Fairbanks Ice Dogs on the NAHL.
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