Area Male Athlete: PR-B's Holm rockets to top of the list
Nathan Holm went from not on the list to the top of the list this season
The list was Pine River-Backus’ list of 1,000-point scorers for the Tigers boys basketball program.
Holm entered the season needing 210 points to crack 1,000 career points. After reaching that milestone, he added 383 points to break Vic Rinke’s 1967 program scoring record of 1,380 career points.
The final 33 points came during the Tigers’ 77-29 Northland Conference blowout of the Laporte Wildcats Tuesday.
“I kind of knew I was close just from what the coaches and my family were telling me,” said Holm. “I didn’t really know, but I knew I was close. I didn’t break it until about a minute left in the game. We called a timeout and my coach announced that I was the leading scorer.
“I was excited and relieved to have it done with. People were always asking me how close I was. I kept telling them, ‘I don’t know, but I think I’m close.’ It’s nice to get it and I know a lot of the younger guys were excited. It was nice for them.”
The four-year varsity player reached the 1,000-point mark in a 65-25 loss to Pequot Lakes Dec. 22. Fourteen games later, he was breaking the program mark. Helping the forward get there was a 38-point game against Verndale Jan. 17, a 38-point game against Red Lake Jan. 20, a 29-point game against Walker-Hackensack-Akeley, a 31-point game against Park Rapids Jan. 31, a 29-point game against Menahga Feb. 2 and a 30-point game against Staples-Motley Feb. 11.
“These were both goals of mine,” said Holm. “Last year I was a junior and I kind of expected to be the leader this year because we graduated so many seniors off that team. Coach ( Shaun Howard) told me I should be able to get to 1,000 this year and the record was also in sight.”
Holm’s numbers last season were 363 points (13.4 per game) 144 rebounds (5.3) and 74 assists (2.8). He shot 42.6 percent from the field and 68.6 percent from the line. This year he’s averaging 23.9 points, 8.6 rebounds, 4.1 assists and hitting 79 percent of his free throws.
Holm said just having experience and a better knowledge of the game has helped him this season.
I was not expecting this at all,” said Howard. “I expected him to improve because I knew he wanted to get better, but I had no idea he was going to be playing like he’s played so far.
“The one thing he just wants to do is get better. He’s working in practice as hard as he possibly can. He spends extra time shooting. He’s become a lot more consistent with his shot. I think he’s had one bad game where he didn’t shoot the ball well.”
A three-sport athlete, Holm played football and will play baseball. He said he’ll wait until the end of the season to pick where he takes his talent next year. Despite a quality football season, Holm would like to play basketball in college.
“Right now, I just want to finish the season strong, win a playoff game or two and just keep getting stronger and playing better as the season goes,” said Holm. “After that I’ll lift weights and try and get stronger to play at the next level.”
Other notable performances:
Basketball: Ben Birch, Wadena-Deer Creek, scored 24 points against Hawley and 17 against Menahga.
Matt Valentine, Little Falls, scored 30 points against Milaca.
Cole Hunstad, Pillager, scored 22 points against Menahga.
Seth Auger, Staples-Motley, scored 22 points Pine River-Backus.
Nathan Holm, Pine River-Backus, scored 30 points against Staples-Motley.
Hockey: Joey Bergquist, finished with 28 saves in a 5-0 shutout of Wadena-Deer Creek.
Wrestling: Jordan Chouanard, Jarod Novak, Adam Bast and Cooper Blau, Aitkin, won Great River Conference individual championships.
Blake Miller and Blake Petrich, Staples-Motley, won individual titles at the Albany tournament.
Darian Rubner, Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus, won an individual title in the Morris tournament
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