On Tuesday, February 6, in front of a packed house on Senior Night, the Shamrocks put up a fight against St. Clair, but fell short 61-43. The best part of the night, though, happened with 2:19 left to go in the 4th quarter.
Senior Lauren Gerlemann entered the game with a career scoring total of 986. She needed only 14 points to reach the 1,000-point mark. At the 2:19 mark, Gerlemann grabbed a defensive rebound, pushed it up the floor, and banked in a short jumpshot. That jumpshot pushed Lauren over 1,000 career points. She finished the game with 15 points.
Fellow senior Emily Scheer commented on her teammate, stating, “1,000 points is a great accomplishment, and it takes a lot of hard work. I was very proud of Lauren, and I was glad I got to be a part of my best friend’s major achievement. The last four years have been filled with so many great memories, and I’m glad she could achieve this milestone as our senior year winds down.”
In her 3 years as a varsity starter, Lauren has averaged roughly 13 points and 7 rebounds per game. She has also averaged around 2 assists and 2 steals per game.
Head coach Doug Peirick commented, “Lauren has a great attitude towards making herself and those around her better every day. That is why all of her teams have been so successful. She is a role model that our younger players could and should model their basketball efforts around. No matter what we are doing in practice, she never takes a drill or a play off. Lauren has been a great asset to New Haven athletics, and will be very missed after graduation. With her work ethic and mindset to constantly improve, she will be successful in whatever she chooses to do.”
In addition to being a standout on the basketball court, Lauren has also been a tremendous part of the past few years of success on our volleyball and track teams. Lauren was instrumental in helping the track team to the final four the last 2 years, with last year’s run culminating in a state championship. In her sophomore year, she was a part of our state champion 4 by 400 relay team, and the state champion in the triple jump. Last year, she was state champion in the long jump.
In volleyball, Lauren was named to the academic all-conference team 2 times, and academic all-state 3 times. She was also named to the all-conference team 2 times, all-district 2 times, and all-state in her senior year.
When asked about Lauren, volleyball coach Jaime Hoener stated, “I think Lauren is a great example of what an athlete in a small school should be. I know that her favorite sport is not volleyball. I don’t even think her second favorite sport is volleyball! However, she gave it her all to help her classmates be successful in their favorite sport. In return, her classmates did the same.”
Lauren, your constant dedication and commitment to this school both in athletics and the classroom have been very much appreciated. Congratulations on 1,000 points, and thank you for your commitment to our school.