By Matt Kane
Following an unprecedented season on the football field, Delano senior Calvin Wishart is back on the basketball court this winter, and, in two games, has already set three team records.
First, in the Tigers’ season-opening 68-52 win over Waseca last Saturday, Dec. 2, at the Tiger Activity Center, Wishart shattered the Delano career points record with a 32-point effort.
Needing seven points to match Toby Hanson’s record of 1,526, Wishart scored Delano’s first eight points to quickly move himself on top. The 32 points gave him 1,551 points for his four-year varsity career.
“It’s a great accomplishment, and I could not have done it without the help of all my teammates from the last three or four years, as well as the coaches,” said Wishart. “They all put me in the spot to be able to get to that point; credit to them.”
Hanson applauds Wishart’s feat.
“It’s a tremendous accomplishment and I couldn’t be more happy for him,” said Hanson, who, like Wishart proved in one award-winning season of football this past fall, is good at any sport he tries. “He’s an incredible ball player with a great work ethic that sets him up for the success that he has had so far in his young career.”
One game: One record for Wishart.
Five days after taking over the top spot on the career scoring list, Wishart scored 47 points Tuesday in Delano’s 104-88 win at Princeton, breaking his own former single-game record of 43 points set last season against Hutchinson. Also at Princeton, Wishart’s 17 assists set a new record.
The 47 points upped Wishart’s career total to 1,598 points.
Wishart is now the career leading scoring for the Delano boys, but he is second on the points list for all Delano basketball players. Cecily Checkal is the school’s all-time scoring leader for both genders with 1,846 points.
Needing just 248 points and considering he more than doubled that total in each of the previous two seasons, Wishart is easily on track top Checkal’s mark.
“It will be cool to accomplish that as well, for sure, but it’s not a big goal or anything,” said Wishart, who constantly stresses the big picture. “Goals for me are just to stay healthy, win games, and make a state tournament run that we’ve been deserving for the past couple years now. We just have to take it one game at a time.”
Read more about Wishart’s record-breaking efforts in Friday’s edition of the Delano Herald Journal.