Lutheran celebrated two milestones in a span of three days in late January.
First, girls basketball coach Mike Scheele picked up career win No. 100 after an 85-51 victory at Reedsville on Jan. 25.
“It was really a great experience,” Scheele said. “And like I’ve said to everybody, it’s been a culmination of my 10 years at Lutheran High as a varsity coach. From the players that have been to the players that are current, as well as the players will be. It’s never, for me, been about the wins. But the lessons that we’re learning and the preparation that we’re working toward to help prepared Christian leaders for their future. That’s really where it’s been for me.
“The 100 wins is very special for all of that, and all of the players again that haven been there, are there and will be there.”
Then on Jan. 27, Crusaders boys basketball coach Nick Verhagen won No. 200 as a result of a 57-54 victory at Christian.
“We’ve had a lot of really talented basketball players, a lot of hard-working, dedicated basketball players,” Verhagen said. “And outstanding assistant coaches that were – and continue to be – very driven and dedicated to preparing our guys every game. Yeah, I’m pretty lucky.”
To make it even better, Verhagen’s son, Casey, won the game with a three-pointer at the buzzer.
“I didn’t put it all together in the moment,” Nick said. “It was a high, emotional game. But after having some time to reflect, that’s one of those moments I wouldn’t have forgotten anyway … having Casey hit that for my 200th is something that I’m sure we’ll talk about and watch the replays when we’re a little older than we are today. It’s an outstanding memory for us to continue living with for a long time.”
Another historical night?
Barring something extremely unusual, Lutheran senior Casey Verhagen surpassed the 2,000-point total Saturday against Valders (after deadline). He needed three to reach the mark.