Wabeno/Laona's Chrisman makes school historySubmitted: 02/13/2016

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WABENO - Somewhere in Wisconsin Friday night, students played a high school basketball game.

Some teams won. Others lost.

And one made history.

Wabeno/Laona's Cooper Chrisman did something no one else has ever done in the schools' history: score 1,000 points before his senior year.

"It's pretty huge," says Cooper. "I mean, I don't even know how to explain it really. It's so surreal right now, just how much work I've put in to finally come to this point. It's something I've always kind of always had in the back of my mind. My brother did it, and I had to go through that. Living in his shadow, kind of, but I don't know. I try not to think about it too much."

It's almost an unwritten rule that, when a player is that close to history, you don't talk about it too much.

That's why, when the head coach of the Rebels, who just also happens to be Cooper's dad Mike, was asked if he was more excited to see a potentially undefeated season, or his son hit a thousand career points, the answer wasn't automatic.

"[Pauses] The undefeated season, definitely," says Mike. "This was a season, this was about five guys on the court. Cooper would be the first one to tell you it's a team sport, and these kids are just as big a part of this as Cooper is."

It all came down to a season finale against conference opponent Three Lakes, with Cooper just 15 points from the mark, but the points wouldn't come right away.

His first shot got blocked.

His next shot falls short.

But then, thanks to precise shooting, and unselfish play from his teammates, it put him one triple away from the record books.

And he nails it.

And there's no better way to score 1,000 points than at home, in the regular season finale, on senior night, against a conference opponent, and with a Northern Lakes Conference title on the line. It's like a story book ending.

"Cooper, [laughs], Cooper is a great kid," says Mike. "You know, he puts a lot of time into it, a lot of sacrifices the past few years, and he's just a great kid. And I'm proud of him. I'm not going to sit here and lie, I'm very proud of him and what he's become as a basketball player."

But that basketball player doesn't want to stop with just one record in his pocket.

"Try to be the leading scorer in both schools," says Cooper. "I think it's like 1,500 or so for Laona."

And who's to say he can't get another record?

Story By: Dan Marz

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