Mott-Regent senior scores 1,000th career point
By COLE BENZ | Herald Editor
When Mott-Regent senior guard Brady Wegh went to the free throw line in the second half of their win against Bowman County on Jan. 20, the whole gym was silent as he drained his 1,000th career point in a Wildfire uniform.
“You could hear a pin drop,” said head coach Nate Zachmann, who has coached Wegh since he was an 8th-grader added to the varsity team.
Wegh himself said he was excited for the moment, but quickly gave credit to those surrounding him on the court for the help they’ve provided.
“It was pretty cool,” he said. “It was a good feeling, but I know that it wouldn’t have happened if I wouldn’t have had the team I had with me.”
Zachmann said it was a great feeling to watch him accomplish the feat.
“It was just a really, really surreal moment,” he said.
The coach holds individual meetings with each of his players, and prior to the start of the season, Zachmann and Wegh talked about how close he was to 1,000 points. He was only 205 away, and they made it one of the many goals for the 2016-2017 season.
“He looked at me and said ‘Ok, let’s do it,’” Zachmann said.
“Each game we got closer, and looked in the book and counted down how many points [were needed],” Wegh said.
So after each game they convened and talked about where Wegh was on the stat line, and calculated that it was only going to take 22 more points.
Wegh scored 23.
The moment came when he was sent to the free throw line.
“He finally got it on a free throw,” Zachmann said. “It was just a really, really surreal moment.”
Wegh was able to get that point at home, which was an added bonus for him and the community.
After he made the basket, Zachmann called a timeout to let Wegh and the crowd enjoy the movement. The crowd gave him an ovation and Wegh was given the game ball, and then the game went on.
“It was just a great accomplishment, and we were really excited to be able to do it at home, and especially with a win,” he said. “It was just a great atmosphere, it was really a lot of fun to be a part of.”
Wegh echoed those sentiments, saying that he was happy to share the moment with the community.
“I was just happy to do it in our gym, on the home court, in front of the home crowd,” he said.
Zachmann credits his accomplishment to the hard work that Wegh puts in.
“When your best player, is also your hardest working player, everyone knows the bar is set, and a standard has to be met,” he said. “He’s done a very good job of, besides scoring, he does a lot of other tangible things for our team.”