Without fanfare, which is her style, Megan Arns added another exploit to her already splendid athletic resume.
On Jan. 20 the senior point guard became the third-leading scorer in Brainerd High School basketball history.
After that game against Bemidji, Arns had 1,377 career points, one more than Jim Smith, who went on to play at the University of Kansas.
Earlier this season she passed Randy Fabel (fifth on the BHS list) and Jon Emerson (sixth).
Arns trails only Margit Rinke, a 1993 graduate (1,750 points) and 1997 graduate Chris Bjorklund (1,718). Arns has 1,476 following 20 points in Tuesday's game against Rocori.
Warrior athlete of the week
Sport -- Girls' basketball
Position -- Point guard
Year -- Senior
Age -- 18
Height -- 5-foot-10
Other sports -- Volleyball, softball
Memorable sports achievement -- Playing in 2002 state softball tournament, scoring 1,000th career point in 2003
Grade-point average -- 3.5
Favorite food -- Pizza
Favorite TV show -- "Friends"
Hobbies -- Sports
Future plans -- Play softball at University of Minnesota
Athlete she admires -- Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter
Parents -- Chuck and Rita Arns
"It's quite an honor to be up there with those people, especially working hard to get where we are, and that I was able to get there with the help of my teammates," she said.
Arns was promoted to the Warriors' varsity as an eighth-grader, played at Pequot Lakes as a freshman and returned to Brainerd as a sophomore.
"It will be a long time before another girl is going to pass her, as far as points," Warriors coach Carl Hendrickson said.
"There are different calibers of athletes and kids," he added. "Megan's in that caliber. She's so humble about all the things she's accomplished, yet she's so competitive at everything she does. I think she's unique in that way."
Arns had a unique night Saturday against St. Cloud Apollo, pouring in a career-high 27 points and collecting 12 rebounds and six steals.
"I was open quite a bit because our team was playing pretty good that night," Arns said. "It might not have looked that way, but we were setting picks, working together, looking for the open person."
Arns surveys the floor from her point position, where she brings the ball up the court and distributes it to teammates. Unlike many point guards, Arns is often the Warriors' first offensive option.
"She's basically here to help at whatever spot we need her," Hendrickson said. "Last year we couldn't move her around. We needed her on the point.
"This year we've tried to move her from time to time, but she's so valuable on the point. She runs everything for us, even though a lot of times she doesn't get the ball back because we've already shot it. But she always seems to be in position to get a big rebound, whether it's an offensive or defensive one.
"What can you say about a girl who has made a mark like Lindsey Whalen has on Minnesota basketball? Megan has made that mark with Brainerd basketball, having been here so long."
Arns has made her mark despite regularly facing box and one and double-team defenses.
"They've all tried to do little things to take her out of her game," Hendrickson said. "She has accepted all of that and done a remarkable job of keeping her head and keeping the rest of the team together."
Brainerd High School 1,000-point basketball scorers (total points, name, year graduated):
1,750 -- Margit Rinke (1993)
1,718 -- Chris Bjorklund (1997)
*1,476 -- Megan Arns (2004)
1,376 -- Jim Smith (1951)
1,337 -- Randy Fabel (1978)
1,318 -- John Emerson (1958)
1,216 -- Shelly Breen (1992)
1,128 -- Sarah Northway (1993)
1,044 -- Todd Vanek (1990)
* Through Feb. 10, 2004
Other notable efforts:
Chris Woodard, Ty Hunt and Derrek Matson, Nordic skiing, qualified for the boys' state meet.
Christina Roberts, Rebecca Mueller, Hanna Stadem and Ashley Schmolke, Nordic skiing, qualified for the girls' state meet.
Katie Perpich and Kathleen Lorenz, gymnastics, earned all-conference honors.
Tom Zelinske, wrestling, won his 112th career match.
Adam Thiel, floor hockey, had three goals and one assist and Jacob Ray had one goal and four assists vs. Rochester.
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