Two seniors reached scoring milestones Thursday to evoke names of some of the top prep basketball players in county history, and a third moved closer to his school's career record.
Romeo Weems became the career scoring leader at New Haven, and Lake Shore’s Caleb Bates reached the 1,000-point plateau as both led their teams to victories.
Richard Washington of Clintondale got point No. 1,000. His came as he scored a career-high 38 while the Dragons lost in overtime to Madison.
Bates, a post player, had 19 points and 19 rebounds in a 79-43 MAC Blue victory over visiting Anchor Bay.
The 1,000-point club at Lake Shore includes Travis Conlan, the 1994 county Player of the Year who led the Shorians to the state Class B championship that season, and Jon Zajac.
Conlan later played at Michigan and played professionally in Europe.
Zajac played at Eastern Michigan.
Weems scored 30 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in a 76-47 MAC White victory at Grosse Pointe South, passing Eli Sims as the Rockets’ all-time scoring leader.
The 6-foot-7 Weems, a four-year varsity player who has signed with DePaul, has 1,869 points.
Sims, the first two-time county Player of the Year, scored 1,840 in a career that ended in 1971.
Sims helped New Haven to Southern Thumb Association championships and regional finals as a sophomore, junior and senior.
He was named Player of the Year in 1970 and 1971.
Jeff McCool of Stevenson, who won in 1984 and 1985, was the only other two-time Player of the Year.
Weems won the award last year.
Lake Shore and New Haven are in first place in their respective MAC divisions.
The Rockets are ranked No. 4 in Division 2 by The Associated Press. They have a one-game lead over Warren-Mott in the White.
Lake Shore leads L’Anse Creuse by a game in the Blue.
Washington has 1,029 points, 19 behind Clintondale career leader Derrick Brown, who graduated in 1996.
Washington's Dragons are 4-3 in the Silver Division.