2018-02-08 / Sports

Two county seniors join 1,000-point club

Peterson: 942 points


SUTTONS BAY fans greeted Thomas Hursey with a victory tunnel despite a loss to Glen Lake on Friday. Hursey scored his 1,000th career point in the fourth quarter. SUTTONS BAY fans greeted Thomas Hursey with a victory tunnel despite a loss to Glen Lake on Friday. Hursey scored his 1,000th career point in the fourth quarter. Glen Lake coach Rich Ruelas had seen enough of Thomas Hursey.

“It felt like everything they were throwing up was going in,” Ruelas said. “Hursey hit some tough shots, but we made him work for it with a hand in his face. He was just on fire.”

Halftime adjustments and big games from Xander Okerlund and Cade Peterson allowed the Lakers to run away with a 77-50 win at Suttons Bay on Friday, but Hursey still managed to give Norsemen Nation something to cheer about with 3:39 remaining.

Hursey broke away on a fast break and scooped in a right-hand layup from the left side, moving his career total past the 1,000-point plateau.

The buzzer sounded and nearly all in attendance, including Glen Lake players and fans, stood and clapped for the senior sharpshooter.


GLEN LAKE players gather to celebrate Savannah Peplinski’s 1,000th point following a 74-43 win over North Bay in Suttons Bay. GLEN LAKE players gather to celebrate Savannah Peplinski’s 1,000th point following a 74-43 win over North Bay in Suttons Bay. The Ferris State University golf commit hugged his teammates and coaches, including father Todd Hursey, then walked up into the stands to thank his mom, Nichelle Hursey.

He finished with 26 points.

“To those who helped me celebrate my thousandth point last Friday, thank you so much,” Thomas Hursey wrote in a letter to the editor. “I appreciate the Suttons Bay fans and players for their ovations and congratulations. I am thankful for our amazing fans and the Norsemen community who come out and support us every night, especially the student section that brings a lot of energy. I am thankful for my family and friends for their support. I am thankful for my coaches and all they have done for me. I am especially thankful for my teammates that I have loved playing with.”

The milestone came just one night after Glen Lake senior Savannah Peplinski scored her 1,000th career point in a 74-43 road win over North Bay.

Peplinski entered the matchup needing 17 points to eclipse the 1,000-point plateau — and wasted little time in pursuing it.

“She came out and just killed us,” North Bay coach Jim Champion said. “She came out with her mind set and just buried us in the first quarter.”

Peplinski poured in 14 points in the opening stanza but wanted to reach the milestone from the 3-point line — and she had coach Jason Bradford’s approval to do just that.

The left-corner trifecta fell with less than five minutes to play in the game, prompting a stoppage of play and a round of applause for the two-time all-county performer. She hugged her coaches and teammates and later deflected credit in their direction.

“It was really exciting,” said Peplinski, who leads all county girls with 14.7 points per game. “My team really helped me a lot to get there. They would pass up shots just for me. It got to the point where I just said, ‘You guys can shoot — you know that right?’”

Peplinski was quick to mention senior teammates Allie Bonzelet and Jennifer LaCross, who are also in their fourth seasons on varsity.

Peplinski finished with a team-high 21 points — and, with the exception of one player who left the game with an injury, all of her teammates scored.

“In the second half she had some wide-open layups she passed up,” coach Jason Bradford said. “She worked the ball back around and set her teammates up.”

Peplinski followed up the performance on Tuesday with a season-high 22 points in a 75-46 win at Onekama — her most since a 23-point outing in a regional-final win over St. Ignace in Gaylord last season.

She enters a contest at Buckley tonight with 1,026 career points.

Glen Lake senior Cade Peterson, meanwhile, entered a game at Onekama last night with 942 career points. Peterson is averaging 14.2 points per night and has at least seven more games left this season.

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