We're up to #8 on the list, and this one is basketball related. The 2009-10 Orrville boys basketball team was special for lots of reasons, but their two standout players accomplished very impressive individual milestones mere weeks apart from each other.
#8 - Jake Bolyard & Zach Wasson both join the 1,000-point club.
Before the 2009-10 basketball season, there were only 10 members of the 1,000-point club and no one had joined the club since Renauld Ray in 1996, but after the season, both Jake and Zach would etch their name in the books of Red Rider basketball history.
Jake scored his 1,000th point on February 26th in a 3-point loss to Wooster and Zach punched his ticket to the century club on March 12th in the district title game against Triway (at the College of Wooster).
Jake tallied 537 points in his senior season (6th most all-time) and ended his Red Rider days with 1,157 points (also 6th all-time). In both single season and career points, Jake ranks right behind his father, Tom, but carved his own unique identity as one of the most deadly shooters to even don the red, white & black.
His junior and senior season saw Jake rack up 957 points (20.36 average over 47 games). He's currently a freshman at the University of Northwest Ohio and leads his team in scoring with 20.1 points per game, which is also in the top 25 in the nation among NAIA Division 2 schools.
Only Marcell Denson had more points (1,223) going into his senior season than Zach Wasson (1,073). The Malone University commit has seen his yearly points jump from an average of 13.13 his freshman year to 14.38 his sophomore year to 17.85 last season. Through the four games he's played in so far this year, he's averaging 24 points per game and his career points stand at 1,169 through the December 22nd loss at Mansfield Madison.
He'll have a hard time cracking the top two scoring marks in Orrville history, currently held by Denson (1,722) and Kevin Summers (1,681), but his impact on the hardwood these past four years at Orrville put him among the all-time greats.
He'll likely end his career as just the 2nd member of the 1,200 point-600 rebound club along side Denson (782 career rebounds).
Congrats to both on making the 2009-10 season so special and continued success on the basketball court and in the classroom as well.