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Gila Ridge player first in school history to top 1,000 career points

Jamison Kay Gila Ridge High School junior Jamison Kay became the first boys basketball player in school history to reach to 1,000-point milestone for his career.

Kay, a junior, scored his 1,000th career point during the White Mountain Holiday Classic Basketball tournament in Pinetop, Arizona. He surpassed former Gila Ridge standout and current San Luis High School head coach Marcus Weeks (844 career points) earlier this season.

“This is a huge accomplishment for Jamison,” GRHS head coach Joe Daily said. “He has put in a tremendous amount of work into his game. Coming in as a freshman, he was always known as a scorer and someone other teams have tried to shut down. His ability to continue to score points while being a great teammate is a huge attribute to our teams’ overall success.”

The Hawks also took home the White Mountain tournament title for the first time, securing a 6-0 record and knocking off San Tan Foothills, 68-61, in the championship game on Saturday, Jan 4.

As Gila Ridge enters the second half of the season, Kay, a three-year starter for the Hawks, has a chance to set some additional individual records. He has 269 points on the season, fewer than 100 away from Weeks’ single-season school record (368). Kay is also 23 3-pointers away from breaking Joe Turner’s 2011-12 school record for 3-point shots made in a single season.

“I am really proud to hold the school record for points,” said Kay. “But honestly I am just focused on this season and winning games with my teammates. We are starting to click right now and I am focused on doing whatever I can to help the team win.”

The Hawks have played the White Mountain Holiday Classic the past eight seasons. Their previous best finish prior to this year’s championship was fifth place.

James Kuzniak