2010-01-21 / Sports

FR’s Newman Hits 1,000 Point Mark

By Chanin Rotz-Mountz STAFF WRITER

Jesse Newman has spent much of his life with a basketball in his hand. Whether it was “dunking” with his Little Tykes basketball at the age of four or having fun with teammate Andrew King years later playing a hardcore game of Nerf basketball with a hoop attached to his bedroom door, Newman has never stopped loving the game.

Always having a goal in the back of his mind for himself as well as the Cardinal team, Newman was recently able to achieve a personal goal he set during his freshman year at Forbes Road Junior/Senior High School – reaching the plateau of scoring 1,000 points. On January 5 against the Northern Bedford Panthers, the 17-year-old reached his goal and has never looked back.

Newman netted 19 points during the Sideling Hill League match against the Panthers, and in the following two games went on to again reach double digits (20 and 18 points, respectively) against rivals from Tussey Mountain and Hyndman.

“It felt like a huge load was lifted off my shoulders,” Newman, the son of New Grenada residents Tim and Robin Newman, told the “News” of scoring 1,000 points. In reminiscing about the evening’s events, Newman even noted he thought his monumental shot came up just short and accordingly shouted out “short” to his teammates positioned under the hoop.

Since that time, Newman has set his sights on his newest goal – helping lead his team to the District 5-A playoffs and eventually bring home another District banner to the Forbes Road School District.

“I think we can do it ... I just want to help the team the best I can and get us to the playoffs,” said Newman, who has also been an integral member of Everett’s golf team in recent years, in addition to having a passion for both hunting and fishing.

While he has grown up watching NBA greats like Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant and even as a child had aspirations of being an NBA star himself, Newman pointed out his own inspiration and perhaps greatest influence over the years has been his father. Even though the father and son have only teamed up together for summer leagues, Newman states his dad has taught him everything he knows along with great support and coaching from coaches Jeff Gelvin, Ned Cromer and Randy Meck.

The biggest lesson learned on the floor to date has been teamwork. “It’s great working with my friends to achieve a common goal,” said Newman, who went on to thank his parents and grandparents for their ongoing support.

In the meantime with the end of the 2009-10 season looming and just a month until post-season playoffs begin, Newman plans to continue doing what originally helped him achieve his goal – practice hard and put in extra time on the court.

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