There isn't much Cory Umland hasn't accomplished as a high school athlete.
You wouldn't know it by talking to him, however. The soft-spoken Verndale Pirates senior lets his athleticism speak for him.
The captain of the boys' basketball team reached 1,000 career points against the Pillager Huskies Feb. 10. The 6-foot post needed seven points, but finished with 19. He eclipsed the mark on a turn-around jumper in the second quarter.
"He knocked in a free throw early in the game and then had three field goals," said Verndale coach Greg Johnson. "He knew he was close, but we didn't do a lot of advertisement. He is a low-key guy and doesn't show a lot of emotion either way. He didn't do a lot of talking about it while I was around."
Despite not talking about the mark, Umland said he wanted it. The three-year starter is the fifth boy and sixth Pirate overall to reach 1,000.
Verndale 1,000-point scorers
2003-Raya Kern 1,241
1969-Dick Finck 1492
1973-Paul Seaton 1,215
1995-Eric Runyan 1,078
1959-Jack Schmitz 1,050
2004-Cory Umland 1,045
"I was pretty happy," said Umland. "The whole goal was to get it. I knew I was going to be able to get it this year. That's what I was pushing for. Being the fifth one, that is pretty big."
Umland set up the night by scoring 14 points against Laporte Feb. 9. He finished the week with 33 points against Menahga Feb. 13.
The four-year varsity player is shooting 48 percent from the field and 71 percent from the line. He's collected 36 blocked shots, 25 steals and 22 assists along with 326 points. He's averaging 17.2 points and 9.2 rebounds.
"His athletic ability is really good," said Johnson. "He shoots the ball well. A lot of guys take a lot of shots and miss a lot of shots. His career shooting percentage is 48 percent and that takes into account that he does shoot the 3-pointer."
Umland is undecided where he will go to school next year. As a quarterback he helped Verndale's football team to two state tournaments, including the 2002 Prep Bowl.
His versatility and leadership might be his biggest strengths. He can score anywhere on the court, which opens things up for his teammates.
"Right now I have a bunch of guys who like to get me the ball down low," said Umland. "Teams usually put a bigger guy on me so we can put someone else down low for the mismatch and I can come out and play on the perimeter. It makes it harder for teams to guard us because we can bring the big guy out of the middle."
Johnson said Umland excels at the 15- to 16-foot jumper, but added there aren't many places he can't score from.
"To get 1,000 points you have to be consistent," Johnson said. "We do play close to 25 to 26 games a year, but not everyone is getting that many points. You still need to put up decent numbers."
Other notable performances:
Basketball -- Ben Stoll, Pillager, reached 1,000 career points with 32 against Verndale.
Michael Grieme, Wadena-Deer Creek, scored 26 points against Pine River-Backus.
Roman Haberkorn, Aitkin, scored 22 points against Greenway, 22 against Onamia and 22 against Hinckley-Finlayson.
Chad Brever, Staples-Motley, scored 30 points against Crosby-Ironton and 20 against Fergus Falls.
Hockey -- Aaron Jorgensen, Little Falls, had 62 saves against St. Cloud Tech and 27 against Sartell.
Kyle Dickhaus, W-DC, had a goal and two assists against Pequot Lakes.
Wrestling -- Jared Oyster, Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale, earned his 194th victory in the B-H/V triangular.
Brian Wood, C-I, reached 100 career victories with two pins at the Ottertail Central triangular.
Jon Andres, Pierz, was 3-0 with three pins last week.
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