Senior joins 1,000-point club
By Erik Buchinger
Senior guard Tyler Petermann scored his 1,000th career point in the Truckers’ 56-50 victory over Freedom on Tuesday, Dec. 20 to improve to 6-0.
Petermann has played on the Clintonville varsity team in all four years of high school and came into the game needing just three points to reach the 1,000-point milestone.
“In my freshman year, this was definitely something that didn’t really cross my mind,” Petermann said. “As the years went on and playing time and scoring went up, it kind of popped into my mind, and I knew it was a possibility.”
Petermann made a two-point field goal early in the game, and midway through the first half, he became the seventh player in Clintonville boys’ basketball history to score 1,000 points in a career.
“Nathan [Krueger] was driving on the left side, so I just spaced into the corner, and he dished out to me, and I let it fly from three, and thank God it went in,” Petermann said.
When Petermann hit the shot, the Clintonville crowd erupted.
“To me, it was just another shot, but as soon as I heard the entire crowd just go crazy, it was an unbelievable feeling,” Petermann said. “The atmosphere was unbelievable and extremely loud. It was awesome.”
Petermann said a few members of the crowd spread the word that he was nearing the milestone.
“The crowd was very aware,” Petermann said. “There were a couple of people who knew I only needed three points, and they let everybody else know, and it was like a big party in there.”
Being able to complete the accomplishment at home was an important moment, according to Petermann.
“It definitely means a lot to it at home,” Petermann said. “On the road, it definitely wouldn’t have been as big of a deal, but to be at home and to do it in front of our home crowd, it means a lot.”
Petermann finished with a game-high 19 points, and his career point total currently stands at 1,016.
Senior forward Nathan Krueger contributed 14 points, and sophomore guard Samuel Wittman also finished with 14 points for the unbeaten Truckers.
Petermann said the achievement would not have been possible without the help of his teammates throughout his high school career at Clintonville.
“It definitely means a lot to me,” Petermann said. “It’s a goal I set for myself, but it’s definitely something I couldn’t have done without all my teammates along the way all four years.”
Clintonville will return to action on Monday, Jan. 2 against Wittenberg-Birnamwood on the road at 7:30 p.m.