BY CARISSA SITKI
Lady Indians’ senior, Brooke Runge, scored her 1,000th career point at home on senior night, February 18, during a game against Neoga in which Altamont was defeated, 57-54.
Runge, daughter of Jason and Tammy Runge, was 21 points away from the achievement at the start of the game and scored exactly enough to hit her 1,000th during the game. She is only the 10th girls basketball player at ACHS (out of 45 seasons) to hit this mark. “It’s pretty special that only 10 other people have done this,” Runge told the Banner, “It feels so good and it’s something that can never be taken away.”
Reaching 1,000 points on senior night made the feat even more meaningful, according to Runge. “I hit two major milestones in one night,” she said, “It would have been better if we had won the game, but it still felt awesome.”
Runge, a multi-sport athlete who is involved with volleyball, softball, and cross country, said she’s been playing basketball since around the third grade. “My parents are my biggest motivation,” said Runge, “They always encouraged me to be the best I could be, but didn’t push me too hard like some parents do.”
Next year, Runge will be attending Parkland where she has already signed her letter of intent to play Women’s Basketball for the Champaign school. “I’m really excited about playing [basketball] at that level and traveling and playing with other like-minded teammates,” she said, “I’m excited about all of it.” Runge added that she is looking forward to every aspect of her college career.
Runge said that she will miss the “atmosphere” of playing basketball for the Lady Indians. “We had so many fans, more than any other school in the area,” she said, “I’m really going to miss the big crowds, the band, really everything.”
If Runge could give one piece of advice to upcoming ACHS girls basketball players it would be, “Don’t let the vibe of being in a small town intimidate you, you can rise up and accomplish so much even in a small town.”
Runge said she is thankful for all of the support she received over the past four years, from family, friends, the community, and her coaches. “I’m blessed to be able to play basketball in this area and blessed to have had such great coaches during my time here.”