Pierce City High School had two basketball players score their 1,000th career point this season. Wayne Joe Sooter and Kaelyn Osborn each reached the milestone during their senior campaigns which came to an end two weeks ago.
For Sooter, basketball runs in his blood.
"Everyone in my family played basketball," said Sooter. "I first started playing organized ball when I was five. I enjoy the flow of the game."
This season, Sooter was asked to embrace a leadership and mentoring role on the Eagles' team.
"Wayne Joe was our only senior starter this season in a lineup that featured three freshmen at times," said Pierce City coach Matt Street. "He was the spark plug that made our offense go. He showed our younger players the type of attitude and energy they needed to play with."
Sooter scored 508 points his senior season and wants to continue his playing career.
"I've had a couple of colleges contact me (Central Methodist University and Missouri Valley)," said Sooter. "I hope to get a scholarship and continue my education."
Sooter plans to major in accounting with a minor in sports medicine.
"The best advice I can offer the returning players," said Sooter, "is to keep your mental focus on the court. If you stay focused you can see the solution to any problem."
Sooter is the son of Missy Reid.
Senior Kaelyn Osborn reached the 1,000 career point mark early in the season, the achievement wasn't recognized until the previous year's statistical book was found late in the season.
"Coach (Tiffany) Dirks told me I crossed the mark four games into the season," said Osborn. "It's an awesome feeling and accomplishment."
Osborn participated in four different sports (softball, track, volleyball and basketball) during her education at Pierce City, but basketball is her favorite.
"I love the fast-paced physical nature of the game," said Osborn. "I love being a part of a team and basketball is a team sport."
A four-year starter for the Lady Eagles, Osborn said her fondest memory occurred her freshman season.
"I hit my head while in the bathroom and it started to bleed," said Osborn. "Coach (Doug) Weatherly said that he was going to make me a helmet and give it to me to wear the rest of the season. He had a way to always make me smile and want to play hard. Coach Weatherly was reason enough to come to practice."
Osborn plans to attend Crowder College in Neosho in the fall and pursue a degree in elementary education with the ultimate goal of becoming a coach.
"I have always had the support of my parents," said Osborn. "My mom has taken at least a billion pictures of my games. She is without a doubt my biggest fan. They have never missed a game and have always been there for me."
Osborn is the daughter of Roger and Traci Osborn.
"My advice to younger players is to work hard every day," said Osborn. "No one is going to give you anything that you haven't worked towards obtaining."