Shannon Wuensch thoroughly enjoyed her Saturday.
The Marian Central senior went to the high school in the morning for an alumni girls basketball game and saw the Hurricanes’ career scoring leader, one year removed from playing at Loras College, play in that game.
A few hours later, Wuensch eclipsed Sharp’s record with 23 points in Marian’s 50-39 victory over Wheaton Academy. Wuensch, a third-year varsity player, had 961 career points heading into the game and needed 14 to pass Sharp’s record of 974.
After the record-setting hoop, the game was stopped and Wuensch walked over to the bench and shared a hug with Sharp, who is a sophomore assistant coach with the ’Canes.
“[Sharp] played with my sister Brittany,” said Wuensch, a 5-foot-81⁄2 guard. “I watched her play in high school and she was a fantastic player. It was so much fun to watch her in the alumni game. It’s really cool to have that relationship with her. She said it was nice to know me and have me break it rather than some random person she doesn’t know.”
Wuensch scored a few points her freshman season when she was called up for the playoffs. She has been a three-year starter since and has a shot at becoming the Hurricanes’ first girls player to score 1,000 career points in Monday’s game against St. Francis.
“It’s such an honor,” Wuensch said. “I’m so excited. This year (11-6) has gone so well for us; the last couple years weren’t so hot. It was just the last couple weeks that I realized this was a possibility.”
Wuensch has not made her college decision. She wants to major in nursing and is considering smaller schools, at which she would play, or larger schools, where she would just be a student.
All-Star day: The Illinois High School Hockey League North Central All-Star Games will be played at 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 today at the West Meadows Ice Arena in Rolling Meadows. Crystal Lake South and the CCM Tigers, which takes players from Crystal Lake Central, Dundee-Crown and McHenry, will be the two area teams represented.
CCM players will play for Team 2 in the first game. South players will play for Team 3 in the second game.
Playing for CCM will be forwards Anthony Casaletto, Colin Telmanik and Dakota Slone and defenseman Trevor Banas. Representing South will be forwards Jake Bigos, Matt Kinker and Shane Gustafson and defenseman Connor Hudak.
The games will consist of three 20-minute periods and there is no charge for admission.
On a roll: Dundee-Crown bowler Karissa Gonio is putting together a good season. Gonio set school records with nine consecutive strikes and a 265 game for the Chargers.
That 265 game also was part of a 660 series for Gonio.
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