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One thousand reasons to smile.
With a third quarter layup in a recent game against Tree of Life, Shekinah Christian School basketball player Joel Headings became just the second boys hoopster in school history to accomplish that lofty milestone.
A senior, Headings has a career scoring average of 12.1 points per game and has seen significant varsity playing time since his freshman season. He averaged 11.0 as a freshman, 10.1 as a sophomore, 14.1 as a junior, and is currently averaging 13.2 as a senior with three games remaining in the regular season.
“I’m just so proud of Joel,” said Shekinah coach Keith Lambert. “He’s overcome a lot of adversity in these past four years. He’s a really tough kid who has dealt with a number of injuries, but nothing has kept him down.”
Luke Shetler (class of 2012) holds the Shekinah scoring record with 1,125 career points. According to Arnold Shetler, Luke’s father and former varsity coach, there were some strong scorers in Shekinah’s more distant past. However, the team played fewer games back then and the totals cannot be verified due to insufficient records.
“I’ve always said that with team success comes individual accomplishment, which is certainly true with Joel,” Lambert said. “He’s played a huge role in our team’s successes during these last four seasons, so I’m really glad that he will get the chance to look back with pride on his personal achievements as well.”