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YAIAA hoopsters close in on milestone

A quartet of YAIAA hoopsters are closing in on a millennial milestone, and a fifth is within reach of breaking a monumental record at one of the area’s top basketball programs.

Kyle Krout (Hanover), Trey Shifflett (William Penn), Noah Ayers (Biglerville) and Darin Gordon (Spring Grove) could all reach the 1,000 career points plateau before season’s end, joining the 1,000-point club with this season's new members Eli Brooks (Spring Grove), Kobi Nwandu (Northeastern), Jordan Ray (York Country Day), Courtney Dimoff (Red Lion) and Jordyn Kloster (Northeastern).

Shifflett, who sits at 989 points as of Jan. 22, is the closest. The senior averages 14 points per game, so he realistically could reach the milestone in the Bearcats’ next game, which is at home Jan. 27 against Dallastown.

Ayers will most likely follow. Still only a junior, the Canner averages 19 points and needs 23 to reach 1,000. Biglerville plays at Fairfield and at Bermudian Springs next week.

Gordon and Krout are making strong late-season pushes to reach the mark before they graduate. Krout is 110 points away with six regular-season games left, and Gordon needs 70 in five games. Fortunately for both, their teams should easily make the postseason barring some drastic downfall, which will add a few games in case they need more time.

William Penn’s Montrel Morgan needs just 31 points to break the Bearcats’ all-time career points record (1,451), held by Morgan’s cousin Kelvin Parker. The Bearcats host Dallastown and Central York next week. How neat would it be for Bearcats fans to see that record fall at home?