Florence’s Kaden Schuls reached the 1,000-point benchmark on Tuesday, February 4. Playing host to rival, the Niagara Badgers, Schuls and his Bobcat teammates got off to hot start and did not look back. Entering the contest, Schuls needed 21 points to hit the milestone with 8:24 remaining. The 3-point shot, assisted by teammate Blake McLain, halted the game. Athletic Director Kris Johnson and Varsity Boys Coach Bryan Bomberg presented Schuls with the game ball. “I want to thank my teammates, my family, our awesome fans and my coach for a fun night,” Schuls said. “This means the world to me, it’s a dream come true, I can’t even explain my feelings right now…it’s just amazing!”
Schuls, who moved up as a freshman because of his speed and athletic ability, according to coach Bryan Bomberg, saw his first varsity action against Saint Thomas Aquinas on December 22, 2016. Schuls did not score in that game; however, played some quality minutes on the defensive side of the ball. Florence won that game on a game winning three-pointer by Glenn Berry. His first varsity points came in a loss on the road against the Elcho Hornets on January 24, 2017 where he registered six points, all coming from behind the arc.
“I am so proud of and for Kaden,” said Bomberg “He really has put a lot of time into the gym and has had some great teammates along the way. In the moment, it was pretty special, but reflecting today, I think it is even better. Seeing the videos and pictures, the milestone night for Kaden and his family is pretty neat. I may not have liked that he held that follow through for as long as he did after the shot went in, but I am proud of him and will let that one slide a little. Kaden just has made so many changes and really has grown so much as a person. From when he first started on our team until now, it’s a night and day difference – on and off the floor. Kudos to him for wanting more and not settling.”
Currently sitting at 1,009 points, Schuls joins eleven other former stand outs from Florence High School (with teammate Riley Hixon due to hit 1,000 shortly as well according to Bomberg). Kari Flunker; 1,951, Jaclynn Kriegl; 1,498, DeAnna DeMuri; 1,447, Chris Witynski; 1,195, Patty Smith; 1,146, Bill Counter; 1,340, Dion Wolosyn; 1,123, John Kriegl; 1,082, Joe Kriegl, 1,038 and Josh Enders; 1,014.