January 30, 2013

Sophomore Ryan nets 1,000

BEEKMANTOWN — It’s nearly impossible to ignore Shannon Ryan’s 6-foot-4-inch frame.

However, no measuring stick indicates hard work.

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After hitting a free throw with 4:41 remaining in the third quarter of Beekmantown’s 45-36 victory over Saranac in Champlain Valley Athletic Conference girls’ basketball, the sophomore became the 46th player in Section VII history to eclipse 1,000 career points.

Ryan is the third player in school history to reach the milestone, joining Suzanne Frenyea (1993) and Erika Covey (2002).

“It’s a great honor to be in a group with such highly-regarded girls’ basketball players,” Ryan said. “I can’t emphasize enough how much of an impact my coaches and teammates have had on me achieving this. They’ve pushed me to become the best player that I can be, and I couldn’t have done this without them.

“Coach (Greg) Waters works so hard at getting us into shape. He’s a great guy and fun to be around. I really don’t think that is something you can get at every school — someone who is such a great person as a coach.”

Each of Ryan’s two older brothers have also surpassed the mark. Keegan went over 1,000 Dec. 11, while Thomas (2011) finished his career with 1,080 points.

“When I went to the free throw line, I was thinking about all of the times I would play with my brothers in the driveway,” Ryan said. “They’re so much stronger than me, but it definitely helped out a lot. It’s really special to get it the same year as (Keegan).”

Waters, who has coached at the varsity level for 29 years, admires Ryan’s commitment on and off the court.

“She is a really good role model for all of her teammates and our program,” Waters said. “In order to achieve something like this, you’ve got to put in all the extra time, and she’s set a good example for what needs to be done. Playing AAU and attending camps year-round has proved to play an impact in her development as a player.”

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