Featured Athlete of the Week: Owen WhiteSubmitted: 01/15/2018
Story By Mark Spillane

Featured Athlete of the Week: Owen White
RHINELANDER - If you follow Northwoods basketball, you know the name. Rhinelander senior Owen White has accomplished a lot in his high school career, but he recently added another achievement to the list.

"It's my first 1,000 point scorer so it was kind of unique so for him to be able to do that on our home floor, I think made it extra special," said Rhinelander Head Coach Derek Lemmens.

White crossed the milestone on January 5 with 22 points against Tomahawk. He says he was happy, proud and relieved.

"It's obviously really special, it's a big number in high school basketball to get to 1,000, but leading up to the moment I just kind of wanted to get it over with," said White.

White's coaches say his path to the 1,000 point club began long before he was ever in high school.

"When you see a guy like that going up the ranks, and you see them working in middle school, you see them at your camps, you see all the time they're putting in, for them to have those moments is really special," said Lemmens.

Perhaps the best part is how quickly White reached the milestone.

"His freshman, sophomore and junior year he missed games every single year because of injury so to score this early in your senior year knowing you missed games; that's an impressive feat," said Lemmens.

Once White reached the mark, it was back to business as usual. He tallied 21 points and 12 rebounds as the Hodags topped Antigo 66-53 last Friday. The win also showcased the depth that Rhinelander has offensively.

"Everyone on our team can shoot and score," said White. "It just really opens up the game for them and me, because having them out there, I'm able to get it inside more because teams aren't able to come double like they used to."

With more room to work than in the past, White has the freedom to pick his shots.

"We trust him. He's just got to go with his instincts," said Lemmens. "If he wants to take that shot, we're going to trust him. If we think at any time he's taking too many, then we'll let him know."

So far, that trust is paying off in a big way for first-place Rhinelander. White and the Hodags are back on the court Tuesday night to face the Medford Raiders.

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