Thursday, January 6, 2011

1,000 Point Watch

Scoring 1,000 points in a high school career is a huge accomplishment. Consistency and hard work are necessary in order to achieve this feat. On Tuesday night in Weare, Katie Cullerot from John Stark became the latest NHIAA player to reach the milestone.

Cullerot (pictured left) is the 7th active NHIAA player to score 1,000 points. Here is a look at each of them.

Already this season there have been 3 players to score their 1,000th point...

Kelley Collins, Groveton HS - Collins scored her 1,000th point right before the holiday break. She did it in a 57-28 victory over Woodsville, a game in which she scored 27 points, nearly outscoring the opposition by herself. Collins has led Groveton to a 6-0 record, with each win being by 10 points or more.

Katie Cullerot, John Stark Regional HS - She entered Tuesday night's game vs. Pembroke needing just 4 points to reach the mark. Cullerot scored her 1,000th point early on in the game, and finished with 15 points and 5 assists as the Generals defeated the Spartans 58-23. Cullerot is a 5'8" guard who is the #8 ranked player in the Class of 2011 and has committed to play at Assumption College.

Mike O'Loughlin, Milford HS - O'Loughlin reached the mark over the holidays while playing for Milford in the Cheshire Tire Holiday Festival at Keene State College. He was named MVP of the tournament while leading the Spartans to the tournament championship. The 6'3" guard has had a great career, as a 3 year starter and 4 year varsity player. He is the #3 ranked player in the boys Class of 2011 and has been recruited by a wide variety of both colleges and prep schools.

There were also 5 senior players who reached the 1,000 point mark last season as juniors...

Kristen Hrubowchak, Campbell HS - She's had an exceptional career for the Cougars, and scored her 1,000th point last season during the playoffs. The 5'8" point guard looks to lead Campbell to a state title this season after losing in the Class M championship game last March. Hrubowchak is currently the #15 ranked senior in the NHIAA.

Josh Morgan, Campbell HS - Morgan reached the plateau in Campbell's playoff win over Farmington last season. If you talk to opposing Division III (Class M) coaches they will probably tell you it seems like Morgan has been playing against them forever. He's been slashing to the basket and shooting it from long range for the Cougars for 4 years now. The 6'1" guard has had an exceptional career thus far.

Steve Spirou, Pelham HS - The #6 ranked senior on the boys side, Spirou scored his 1,000th point around mid-season last year. This is even more impressive considering his first 2 years he played alongside Justin Hojlo, who was one of the more prolific scorers in the state. Spirou helped lead the Pythons to the Class I title game as a sophomore and hopes to get back there this season as a senior.

Brooke Springfield, Conant HS - It's hard to accomplish much more than Springfield has in her high school career. The 5'8" guard not only scored her 1,000th point as a junior, but she has also won back-to-back Class M Player of the Year awards. She has already committed to player her college basketball at Southern New Hampshire University. Springfield has led Conant to 2 Class M state championships in her 3 years there. And oh by the way she is also the school's all-time scoring leader. What else is there for her to prove? Not a whole lot, but you can bet the #2 ranked player in the girls Class of 2011 will find a way to do it. Springfield's father Dave is also a member of the Conant High 1,000 point club, as is her aunt Karen Belletete.

Allie Wagner, Kennett HS - Like Springfield, it's tough to accomplish more than Wagner has. She's already scored 1,000 points, she's led her team to a state title, she's been a 1st team all-state player and she has committed to play her college ball at Merrimack College. Wagner scored her 1,000th point last March while leading the Eagles to a memorable run to the state title by defeating previously undefeated Lebanon. She is the state's #3 ranked senior.

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