It took until the final minute of the first half, but West Forsyth junior Broc Bidwell had finally done it.
He’d already had quite the start to his week – just three days before the Wolverines’ region tilt with Lambert on Tuesday, he notched his 1,000th career point in a win against Roswell.
But with late second-half layup against the Longhorns, he achieved something that enhanced his legacy at his school even more. With his fourth point of that game, he became West’s all-time leading scorer, an accomplishment that the Wolverines called timeout to recognize.
The previous leader, Jimmy Staiti, was waiting in front of West’s bench to greet him, and handed Bidwell the ball he used to break his record.
“I grew up and I watched him a lot when he was there, so when I got the opportunity to play, I was ready to take a chance and it worked out,” Bidwell said. “I'm super excited to be where I am.
“It was a cool moment, being able to be out there with him and having my name up there with someone great like him. He definitely congratulated me and seemed happy to pass it on.”
And Bidwell’s achievements weren’t the only milestones that the county’s basketball scene saw in the past week. Denmark junior Sutton Smith and Pinecrest Academy senior Caleb Bohn both reached the 1,000-point mark one day apart. It’s an achievement that illustrates a kind of reliability and durability that is hard to attain.
“To be able to say I was a 1,000-point scorer is probably one of the coolest things I can say,” Bohn said. “I’d say it's one of the hardest things I've done in my high school career, just because of how consistent you have to be. It's literally four years of nonstop consistency, so being able to do that has been awesome.”
Bohn’s momentous shot came in the Paladins’ Jan. 11 matchup against Mount Paran off a reversal from teammate and fellow senior Hank Lynch. He didn’t know he’d done it until he heard and saw the crowd’s reaction. He became the first Pinecrest basketball player to reach 1,000 points since Regina Metz did it back in 2017, and the first boys player do it for the Paladins since they joined the GHSA.
“I saw everyone standing up and clapping, so I was like, ‘I just did it?’” Bohn said. “I was just focused so much into the game at that point. I knew how many points I needed, but I didn't realize I had hit it at that point. It was pretty cool. I just felt relieved at that point because I'd been thinking about it a while before the game.”
“To be able to say I was a 1,000-point scorer is probably one of the coolest things I can say,” Bohn said. “I’d say it's one of the hardest things I've done in my high school career, just because of how consistent you have to be. It's literally four years of nonstop consistency, so being able to do that has been awesome.”Caleb Bohn, Pinecrest Academy senior
Basketball isn’t even Bohn’s primary sport: he’s committed to play baseball at Mercer University after his senior year is over. Even so, he decided to stick with basketball and became a more well-rounded athlete as a result.
“I think just because I love the sport, I think that's why I've been able to stick with it for so long,” Bohn said. “Some people just burn out of their second sport that they play, but also having really good teammates like Josh (Boeye) and Hank, they're just fun to play with.”
For Smith, the moment was more obvious and a little bit more dramatic. Just a few points away from 1,000 against Chestatee on Jan. 10, he stepped to the free-throw line.
“I wasn't really thinking too much about what I needed or whatever,” Smith said. “I was just kind of playing, but I went to the free-throw line and everybody had their phones out, so I kind of had a feeling.”
Smith missed the decisive shot, but he redeemed himself just seconds later when Denmark got the offensive rebound and hit a short jumper.
“It was really cool,” Smith said. “It was kind of something that I wanted to do when I was younger, thinking about high school basketball. Obviously it takes a great situation, great teammates, great coaching, but it was something I was glad to do.”
Smith and Bidwell are good friends that grew up together and work out together on a regular basis. That training played a part in the duo each reaching 1,000 points, a feat made more remarkable by the fact that they both still have a senior season left to play.
“I guess that would end up adding a lot of points to (the record),” Bidwell said. “I don't know if that'd be my main goal, but it is cool to be able to accomplish it and still have stuff to look forward to in the future and kind of build on what I've already done.”