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Mustang boys reach 1,000 points

Charlie Schuh1 / 2
Alex Gehlert2 / 2

Charlie Schuh, a senior basketball player for the Kelliher/Northome Mustangs, gives the saying "There's no I in team" true meaning. Instead of focusing on getting his 1,000 career points Jan. 28, he was more focused on his team winning the game -- which they did.

"I was really excited when I scored my 1,000th point, but I was concentrated on winning the game more than anything," Schuh said.

Schuh, along with teammate Alex Gehlert, who is only nine points away from his 1,000 point, are two of four players Mustangs Head Coach Bob Stueven has coached that have reached this achievement. Stueven, who has been head coach for five years, is extremely proud both Schuh and Gehlert.

"Charlie is an unbelieveable kid," Stueven said. "He is on the A Honor Roll. He is very coachable, listens, he works hard, even as a senior and would do a freshman job. He is just that kind of kid. I think if any parent had the opportunity to pick what they'd want a son to be like, Charlie would be the guy."

Schuh said that when he first started playing basketball, he wasn't very coordinated and never imagined he'd be a 1,000 career point scorer.

"My older and younger brothers are very coordinated, so that made it harder," Schuh said.

Stueven went on to say that Gehlert had very similar qualities.

"Alex is a great kid, also," he said. "I would say Alex's true passion is music. He is a phenomenal guitar player. To be able to have to two talents is amazing. He is one of those kids with true dedication and works very hard."

Gehlert, who has the opportunity to reach 1,000 points with only nine points to go, is anticipating the feeling will be a rememberable one.

"I guess its going to be a good feeling," he said. "As long as I don't get hurt."

Gehlert, also a senior, has been playing basketball since he was young and enjoys this sport as well as baseball in the spring.

"If I can make the 1,000 points this Thursday, I bet there will be a lot of back slaps," Gehlert said.

Both Schuh and Gehlert have been starting players since they were sophomores.

"Some kids don't even get to play until their junior year," Stueven said. "It's pretty incredible that these boys have such talent to start at such an early age."

Stueven boasted that Schuh has not only scored 1,000 points in his overall career, but that this season alone he almost has 400 points.

"Charlie has been averaging 24 points per game in 18 games," Stueven said. "If he can keep this up, he has a great opportunity to score close to 500 points this season."

Stueven complimented the rest of his team as well.

"The rest of the guys not only fill a strong part of the team, but of Charlie and Alex's achievements as well," he said. "The other guys were out there assisting them. They all do a great job."

So far this season, the Mustangs are 12-6, currently on a six-game winning streak. Stueven, along with the entire team have high hopes for the the fast approaching playoff season.

Also hitting the 1,000th point highlight is Kelliher's Ann Poxleitner, who hit her mark Jan. 26. Look for her story in next week's issue.