Growing up, Ripon High School senior Ben Vander Plas spent plenty of time in the gymnasium watching Scott Gillespie.
The son of head coach Dean Vander Plas, Ben looked up to the prolific scorer and passer.
He can now look back at him.
The senior broke Scott’s all-time scoring record (1,603 points) last week Thursday in Ripon’s sectional semifinal win over Waupun.
He finished the contest with 1,606 career points and added 21 more two days later in a 78-63 win over Martin Luther to go to state.
“It’s feels pretty good,” Ben said of breaking Scott’s record. “I remember coming to practice with my dad and seeing Scott just go to work; I think he was a big part of the player I am today.”
While Ben is honored to break Scott’s mark, which was set in the 2006-07 season, it is not what he is worried the most about.
“Right now, I really am trying to focus on the team and what we’re trying to do as a team,” he said, referring to winning state. “I’m trying not to look at that too much, but it’s pretty cool.”
Ben noted he didn’t know if Scott’s record was attainable when he entered high school, and the mark has just as much to do with the team as it does him.
Read the full story, which also includes information on a rebounding milestone he reached, in the March 16, 2017 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.