Newland's 1,000 Points Recognized

Newland's 1,000 Points Recognized
Posted on 11/17/2020
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In a blast from 35 years past, Indian Lake is now officially recognizing our first ever basketball player to score 1,000 points in his career. 

Indian Lake Boys Basketball Head Coach Zach Overturf presented 1985 graduate Deron Newland with the traditional 1,000 point ball and a jersey to be hung on the gym wall during a recent practice. 

Newland was surprised by the honor saying, “It’s humbling, no doubt about that! You don’t get awards without teammates and coaches. Although this looks like an individual award, it’s very much a team award. It’s very humbling after this many years.” 

Newland played ILHS Varsity Basketball from 1983 to 1985. However, there was a coaching change, at the time, and the official score book from Newland's sophomore season went missing. As a result, he never knew exactly how many points he scored as a Laker, though estimates based on his junior and senior season had him approaching 1,000.  

During the past few months Coach Overturf researched news articles and pieced together proof that Newland scored a total of 1,022 points during his career.
"I actually started this last year when Austin Parker scored 39 against Ben Logan.  People thought that was the record for points in a game, I had no idea. So I decided to go back through all individual, team, and coach records...Long story short, I just wanted to give credit where credit was due with all of our records in the program."

After graduating from Indian Lake High School, Newland went on to play basketball at Bluffton University, where he still holds a record for one of the best three-point field goal percentages. He has also served as an assistant coach in the Indian Lake Basketball program in recent years. 

Newland says after all this time he is still close with several of his Indian Lake basketball teammates.