|As Season Ends, Whittaker Ends Record-Shattering Campaign
|Whittaker Ties Career Scoring Record as Eagles win 5th Game
|Feb 1, 2005- Nathan Whittaker tied the 11-year-old SHS career scoring record last night in action against Hillsboro. He draws
even with Derek Dace, perhaps the most celebrated athlete in the history of Sullivan athletics. Barring an injury, he will take sole
possession of the top spot Friday night at homecoming, against traditional rival St. Clair. Good seats are likely to go fast, so if
you plan to witness this historical event, be advised to come early. JV start time is 6:00, with the varsity contest to follow.
Whittaker reportedly exited the game voluntarily with over 30 seconds left and the game in hand, paving the way for a magical
moment Friday night. Josh McMillen added 21 points, providing the difference, in addition to Whittaker's slightly above average
42-point effort, as Sullivan won their 5th contest of the season. Guard Tyler Crouch also reached double figures at 12.
Sullivan's season record now stands at 5-14, with 5 games remaining.
|Whittaker Poised to Shatter Records
|January 30, 2005- Active Sullivan Eagles Basketball legend and likely Four-Rivers Conference MVP Nathan Whittaker is poised
to break several major Sullivan records in the coming days. He now has 618 points on the season. With 6 games left on the
schedule, he needs to average just over 21 points in the remaining games to break Rob Sanders' 24 year-old single season record
For all intents and purposes, Whittaker has already broken the single-season points per game record held for 48 years by Cleo
Cline, which stood at 23.9 PPG. Whittaker is currently averaging 34.3 points on the season, and even if he is shut out for the
remaining 6 games, he would finish at 25.75 PPG.
Whittaker now has 2063 career points, just 42 short of Derek Dace's 11 year-old mark of 2105. With his season-high so far
sitting at 45 points, it is conceivable that he could break this record tomorrow night against Hillsboro. The more likely scenario,
however, would have him breaking the record sometime in the first half of Friday night's homecoming contest against St. Clair,
which would be a storybook scenario in front of what could be the biggest crowd in the history of the program.
In addition, Whittaker is climbing quickly up the career rebounding list. By combining Jody Brown's compilation of the career
rebounding list with the Post-Dispatch's statistics from this year, Whittaker's rebounding total stood at 633 prior to the Salem
game, leaving him with 7 games left to amass the 40 boards he needs to catch Doug Cuneio at #5 all-time. He began the season
at #9 and has already passed Butch Miller (8), Jarrett Dace (7), and Gary Biermann (6). However, there is disagreement between
Coach Brown's totals and those of the Post's website, which taken on their own would put his pre-Salem total at 655 (22 more
than Coach Brown's). Using the Post's figures, Whittaker is almost certain to close his Eagles career as the #5 rebounder in
school history. In either case, he will apparently end up behind only Derek Dace (1236), Rob Sanders (901), Phil Coppage (765),
and Jason Woodcock (720).
Whittaker began the season at #7 on the career 3-pointers list at 82, and has since passed Matt Lattimore (86), his brother
Justin Whittaker (88), Matt Tiefenbrunn (89), and Michael Rubenstein (91). Prior to Salem, his total was 113, behind only Brett
Strauser (137) and Derek Dace (154). He would need to average about 3.4 treys over the final 7 games to seize the 2 slot,
which, although possible, seems highly unlikely, since he is averaging just over half that (1.8) for the first 17 games.
Though there are still at least 2 or three players who could arguably be called the greatest in Eagle Basketball history, Nathan
Whittaker's myriad accomplishments over the past 4 years have certainly earned him a prominent place in any such discussion,
and The Eagles Nest wishes him and his fellow Eagles great success over the remaining games of the 04-05 season.
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