Shane Zimmerman of the South Webster Jeeps reached the 1,000 point milestone during Wednesday night’s game pitting the Jeeps against the Minford Falcons. The bucket came with 4:16 left in the second quarter as he swished his second three pointer of the game to officially put the tally at 1,001 points. Zimmerman wasn’t done there, as he poured in eight total threes on the night and finished with a game leading 35 points.
“This means a lot to me,” said Zimmerman. “My grandfather and mother both scored a thousand points when they were playing high school basketball. I’m really glad they were able to both be here and see the game. I realized I was close a couple games ago against West.”
Zimmerman is the Jeeps leading scorer. He broke the threshold as a junior.
“The team relies on me to score. It’s my job, and it’s what I go out there to do. My goal is to eventually score 1,500 before I’m done here. I have to get passed my grandfather, he had 1,400,” Shane said with a smile. “I just want to also say I wouldn’t be where I am without my teammates.”
“He’s a great all around ball player,” said Mike Rose, Shane’s grandfather. “He doesn’t force shots. It’s a heck of an honor to have a grandson and a daughter both score a thousand points. Next year is going to be our year, Shane and all the juniors have stuck together so long, that’s their goal.”
“I’m just so relieved that it finally happened,” said Brandi Zimmerman, Shane’s mother. “Now he can focus on playing because he was very nervous for this day to come. I’m so very proud of him. Shane’s continuing the Rose tradition of being tremendous basketball players.”
Head Coach Ryan Fenton was also very proud of his junior leader.
“I am incredibly proud of Shane and his accomplishment,” Said Fenton. “Most importantly, I am proud of the young man he is becoming. He will be the first to tell you that his attitude wasn’t great as a freshman, but he has matured immensely. He is a great leader for our team and works his tail off every single day in practice. I never have to get on Shane to work hard because I know he’s going to bring it every single day. He’s a great young man and I’m excited to watch him develop into an even better, more successful adult.”
Zimmerman’s character can be summed up by a single play Wednesday night. It wasn’t a play in which he scored one of his eight three pointers, but a play in which he was battling for a loose ball. During the scuffle, a Minford player fell to the hardwood and South Webster came up with the ball. Instead of running down court for a four vs. five opportunity, Shane slowed and helped the Falcon player up before rejoining the play. He showed tremendous sportsmanship then and in every game he plays.
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