In a game against the North Surry Greyhounds on Jan. 22, Wildcat Josh Spainhour sank his 1,000th point in front of a crowd of fans at West Stokes High School.
Many knew that Spainhour was on the verge of hitting his 1,000th point before the start of the game.
After hitting a jump shot moments into the first quarter, the crowd jumped to their feet and erupted in cheers.
“I feel like it’s a pretty big accomplishment,” Josh said. “I’ve worked my whole life for this. It’s good to see that hard work pay off.”
Wildcats Coach Dan Spainhour said he is very proud of Josh and what he has accomplished throughout his high school career.
“He is one of the hardest workers I have ever coached,” Spainhour said. “He didn’t come about this by accident.”
Coach Spainhour said that he has seen Josh put in a “countless” number of hours in the gym, honing his game on the court.
“Practice doesn’t make perfect,” Josh said. “But, practice gets you as close to perfect as it can. It all depends on how hard you want to work.”
Josh is one of only four players to sink 1,000 or more points in their high school career at West Stokes. He was preceded by Tyler Newell (1,119), Justin Hauser (1,023) and Austin Fleming (1,000).
But, Josh says that his accomplishment would not have been possible without the hard work of the players around him.
At the close of the game against North Surry, Josh had a total of 1,021 points. With several games left this season, Coach Spainhour said that Josh is well on his way to becoming the school’s all-time leading scorer.
Josh said that he feels that the Wildcats are on track to go far in the playoffs this year.
“We’ve just got to make sure we bring it everyday,” he said.
Josh, who has been playing basketball since second grade, said that he plans to play in college.
“I haven’t decided where to go, but I definitely want to play,” he said.