Warrensburg's Alex Quigan achieves 1,000 career points

WARRENSBURG Alex Quigan floated through the air and flipped the ball through the hoop. The agile move was effortless for the Senior, but it was a landmark moment for both the high school senior basketball player and Warrensburg Central School history. Alex achieved his 1,000 career point at Warrensburg High with the deft move Tuesday night, in a game between Warrensburg and North Warren. With 6:31 left in the fourth quarter, the game play was stopped, and Alex was corralled to center court. There, his fellow players congratulated him, and Boys Varsity Coach Rich Schloss handed him the ball with which Alex hit his 1,000th point for Warrensburg. His tally would be greater if it included his points scored at Bolton as a Freshman, where his Varsity career started. His mother Melanie Quigan and father David Heighton joined him in the spotlight. As Alex made his landmark shot earlier and drew a foul, Warrensburg Athletic Director Doug Duell watched the 62 forward strip the net to make it 1,001. Alex is an inside post payer with an outstanding nose for the ball, he said, looking at a blue-and-gold banner high on the wall of the gymnasium, which listed 13 other notorious players who achieved the 1,000-point mark in school history. The banner listed names that will live on in local history: Bud York, Terry Kollman, Jim Lindblade, Jill Toney, Dave Mahler, Amy Monroe, Matt Blair, Noah Shaw, Darin Rafferty, and Crystal Stone. Recent Thousand-Pointers Judy Durkin, Carter Combs, and Rachelle Black are to be added soon to the banner, Duell said. After the game, Schloss praised Alexs athleticism and drive. This is a great achievement he said. Alex works hard for us -- hes been our mainstay. Alex began his career thowing a Nerfball through a Fisher-Price hoop in his bedroom, his mother said, then later played every day on a court in Boltons Rogers Park, long into the night after his friends went home. Hed stay there for hours, and find his sweet spots on the court, sinking the ball again and again, Melanie Quigan said. Later, he played various youth basketball teams, and was a Varsity player for Bolton Central as a 9th grader. As a sophomore, Alex chose to move to the Warrensburg School District to attend a bigger school, where he could leave a bigger mark in regional athletics, Melanie Quigan said after the game. Alex progressed to play on regional teams, including the Adirondack Mountain Men and the Adirondack Timberwolves. Hes played with the latter for three years. Hes also a standout on the regional Amateur Athletic Union team, traveling to New York City, Montreal Boston and elsewhere for league tournaments. Alexs athletic achievements include football as well as basketball. Although hes played as a wide receiver, Alex gained notoriety as a kicker. For at least several decades, Warrensburg -- like many other schools in the region -- never even attempted field goals when in range. But Alex kicked a 44-yard field goal last year as a Junior, and a 46-yard field goal this past fall -- both set new school records. His 46-yard accomplishment secured him a 9th-place all-time Section II record, and in practice, hes hit a 52-yarder. Stepping off the court Tuesday, holding his 1,000-point game ball, Alex smiled despite his teams 67-43 loss to North Warren. This feels good, he said. But I wish it came with a win over North Warren.

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