Noah Kollock has been Almond-Bancroft's leading scorer each of the past two seasons, and is on pace to achieve it again for a third straight campaign this year. All those buckets culminated into an incredible accomplishment last Friday night, when Kollock broke the record for the most points scored in school history.
"I did not think it was possible, I knew it was a lot," says Kollock. "Especially coming in as a freshman, it's hard to, you don't even know the groove of varsity basketball and everything."
Eagles head coach Curt Lamb said simply: "You knew coming in at a young age that he was going to be a special player."
Kollock is more than just a scorer though, he won the Central Wisconsin South Conference player of the year award last season. If you ask him which accolade means more, the player of the year, or the school record, his answer is telling.
"Probably the conference player of the year, because that's more like everything, not just points and scoring points, so yeah it just shows how much work I've put in."
For his career Kollock has shot over 50% from the field, 40% from three, and 80% from the free throw line, a remarkable achievement for any high school player. If you ask people around the program though, they're not surprised, because they knew that he was special from the moment he joined the team his freshmen year.
"In the biggest games he made some big shots for us," said Lamb. "You think back to the regional final (Kollock's freshmen year) at Marshfield Columbus. The final minute he hit two big threes for us to win the regional championship, (he's) just been one of those kids that has that special ability."
The Eagles sit atop the CWC South, and are looking to break through to Madison this year for their first state tournament appearance in program history.
"Oh it would mean the world," says Kollock. "It would just mean that everything we've ever done since we were growing up, shooting the ball around, doing little practices, barely knowing how to play basketball, and to know with all the work that everyone's put in. It would definitely be the best achievement of my life to this point."