There is not an athlete at any level that does not enjoy breaking records. This 2015-16 season has earned a place in the history books at Harrisburg Academy. We have crowned the male and female top all-time scorers in basketball. Owning a record is a legacy that student-athletes can feel proud of and it often justifies all of the hard work and hours of practice. Our students are very humble about their accomplishments, and when Laura M. ’16 presented her senior speech on breaking 1,000 points, it validated my opinion of this young lady. She gave all the credit to her teammates and coaches. She also pointed out that if it weren’t for Claire M.’16 sharing the court with her for four years and dishing out assists, she simply would not have been able to get those shots and the points that came with them.

Laura became the Girls’ Basketball all-time leading scorer, surpassing the previous record of 789 points held by Alex Smith ’02. Laura has bucketed over 1,140 points to date, with a few games remaining. In addition, she is second in career steals (365). Also this year, Claire became the 2nd Girls’ Basketball all-time leading scorer, with 888 points, and owns the career steal record (393). Amelia N. ’17 became the first Girls’ Basketball player in school history to grab two 200-plus rebounds in a season in a career.

For the Boys’ Basketball players, Jalen G.’17 has the most college scholarship offers ever offered to an Academy student. He became the Boys’ Basketball all-time leading scorer with 1,681 points, surpassing 1,275 points previously set by Stephen Pedersen ’08. He also owns the most points scored in a game single game record (60). His teammate, Noah S.’18, broke two rebounding records that have stood for 25 years. Noah now has the single season rebounds (268) and single game rebounds (26) records.

But wait — there’s more! In the pool, Varsity Swimming Team captain, Cameron C.’17, now holds the school records for the 50 and 100 freestyle events, with times of 24.47 and 54.09, respectively. With a swim meet this Saturday, maybe even more records will be broken.

The excitement continues this week as the Academy’s Varsity Girls’ Basketball team, with a winning record of 17-5 during the regular season, and head coach, John Martin and assistant coach, Erin Giambrone ’06, play as the 3rd seed in the PIAA District III tournament — for the first time in school history! The Varsity Girls’ Basketball team hosts Lancaster Country Day in the quarterfinal game on Saturday, Feb. 20 on our home court. Come cheer on our Spartans!