Platte Valley senior Cora Schissler doesn’t mind being a bit repetitive — at least when it comes to scoring points, racking up wins and excelling, all around, with her Broncos girls basketball team.
About a week ago, on Jan. 21, Schissler accomplished something she has done 1,000 times over. Yet, this felt unlike anything that she — and most others — had ever achieved before.
While scoring 16 points, swiping four steals and dishing out two assists, Schissler surpassed the 1,000-point mark for her high school career — an elusive and coveted milestone for any high school player.
Perhaps most importantly, her Broncos defeated Sterling 67-18 to remain undefeated and in firm contention for their second consecutive Class 3A state title.
Schissler is averaging a team-high 16.9 points per game to go with 2.3 assists per game (fourth on the team) and 3.4 steals (second).
She has been a pivotal leader for Platte Valley, as the Broncos (13-0 overall, 5-0 Patriot League) have won 27 consecutive games, including this past year’s title game.
Going out in style
As many have likely heard, Greeley West will be playing the final games in its longtime gym, Clayton Gymnasium, when it plays host to Windsor for a girls basketball game at 5 p.m. and a boys game around 6:30 p.m. Feb. 5.
The Spartans are preparing to move into a new building and a new gymnasium next school year.
As part of the festivities, the school is selling a variety of shirts commemorating 65 years in the gym. To purchase a shirt, go to gwboosterclub.itemorder.com. Orders must be placed by Feb. 8, and the shirts are expected to be ready within two weeks.
Also, on Feb. 5, the high school building will be open for those who want to walk those halls and take a trip down memory lane.
At halftime of the varsity basketball games, the school will honor and recognize people who have coached in the gymnasium and have made a heartfelt commitment to Greeley West athletics.
Past players can email tributes of their favorite Spartans coaches to Greeley West athletic director Ryan Hilbig at [email protected].
Tributes should include the coach’s name, the year you played for him/her, your favorite memory playing for this coach/team and your name and graduating year.
This past week, a couple more local standout prep athletes announced their intentions to compete at the college level next school year.
This past Sunday, Severance senior Trevin Hull announced he has committed to play football at Division II Adams State University in Alamosa.
Two days later, on Tuesday, Roosevelt senior Cooper Walton announced he will play Division I football as a linebacker for the University of Montana.
This past fall for the Silver Knights (9-3), Hull caught 40 passes for 828 yards and eight touchdowns. He also carried the ball 12 times for 87 yards.
On defense, he amassed 71 tackles, 49 solo. He also had two interceptions and one fumble recovery.
Walton made a similar impact for Roosevelt (12-1).
On offense, he carried the ball 35 times for 252 yards and seven touchdowns.
On defense, he had 94 tackles, 44 solo, to go with five sacks, an interception and five fumble recoveries.
Both teams made it to their classification’s semifinals — Roosevelt in 3A and Severance in 2A.
100 with plenty more to come
Earlier this month, during the Cheyenne Mountain Clash on Jan. 8, Eaton senior 170-pounder Ryan Dirksen earned the 100th win of his high school wrestling career.
He has numerous victories since then and no doubt has more to come as the top-ranked wrestler in 3A at 170 pounds, according to On The Mat.
Dirksen is 28-0 this season.
A season ago, he went 19-2 and was second in the 3A state tournament at 152 pounds. As a sophomore, he went 42-7 and won the 145-pound bracket.
He went 21-10 as a freshman at 132 pounds.
Bobby Fernandez covers high school sports for the Greeley Tribune. Reach him at (970) 392-4478, by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @BobbyDFernandez.