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Basketball season was marked with new school records fall

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HARTINGTON — A couple of school records were inked into the school record books at Hartington-Newcastle and Cedar Catholic after the conclusion of this year’s basketball season.

Hartington-Newcastle’s Abbe Morten set two Hartington-Newcastle school records. She became the school’s all time-leading scorer when she wrapped up her career with 1,115 points.

Morten was also one of only 45 girls to reach the 1,000-point plateau this season, according to statistics compiled by Stu Pospisil of the Omaha World Herald. 

Morten also set the single game scoring record, hitting for 34 points in a win against Walthill.

The Cedar Catholic boys set a new standard for three-point shooting. The Trojans hit 162 three-point attempts this season.

Several new marks were also recorded at Laurel.

The LCC boys basketball team not only claimed the state title this year, but several LCC players also inked their names in the school record book.

Noah Schutte became the all-time leading scorer for the Bears. His 2,086 career points is more than any athlete to ever wear an LCC, Laurel-Concord or Laurel basketball uniform. 

The total also places him at No. 20 on the Nebraska High School All Time scoring list.

Schutte also set a new school standard for career rebounds, yanking down 1,141 in his four years with the Orange and Black. 

That output was good enough to put him in ninth place on the state’s all-time list.

Schutte’s 2019-20 output of 407 rebounds was better than any high school basketball player in the state, according to Stu Pospisil of the Omaha World Herald. 

Evan Haisch also broke a school record in a win over Summerland. His 43-point effort in the game was the most points ever scored in a single game by an LCC player. 

Haisch’s 13 three-pointers in the Summerland win was also a school record. It was also the best single game three-point performance in the state this year.

Haisch’s 76 three-pointers was not a school record, but it was one of the top three-point efforts in the state this season, according to Pospisil. 

Pospisil said only seven other athletes, regardless of class, had more three-pointers during the 2019-20 season. 

Ty Erwin also made Pospisil’s list of notables this season. He was one of 44 Nebraska basketball players this season to record at least 1,000 points in his career.