LAKE GEORGE - Two Lake George Basketball players have reached substantial career milestones, and Coach Dave Jones presented the two with commemorative basketballs Monday afternoon to honor their respective achievements.
Senior Jake Nelson was awarded for setting a new Lake George High School record for career rebounds, and Nathaniel Miller was recognized for recently breaking his 1,000 career-point milestone.
In staging a surprise celebration, Coach Dave Jones cut Monday's basketball practice short, invited the players to watch game tapes while feasting on pizza, and presented the basketballs to Seniors Nelson and Miller.
Nelson surpassed the reboounding record set by Keith Esch about five years ago. Nelson's been averaging about 16 rebounds per game this year as well as about 10 points.
Jake is the son of Bruce Nelson of Queensbury and Georgene Passeri of Lake George.
Local sports observers have said Jake's achievement is substantial particularly because he set the record in only three years of play.
Jake said he wasn't focusing on a countdown on the record or garnering awards.
"I just do my job which includes grabbing rebounds, " he said Tuesday.
Nathaniel Miller, son of Tom and Kristine Miller of Lake George, broke the 1,000-point barrier Dec. 26.
Miller said Tuesday he was inspired by his brother Josh who graduated from Lake George in 2000.
"I always wanted to do what he accomplished," he said.
About five others have surpassed the 1,000 point mark in Lake George High School history.
Nathaniel Miller's been averaging about 18 points per game this season and 9 rebounds.
The team is among the two top teams this season in the Adirondack League, and has had only one loss so far in their 2008-09 campaign. They also have been ranked 7th in the state in a recent coaches basketball poll for schools their size.