EVERETT — Everett senior Jared Colledge knew scoring 1,000 points was possible this season, but he knew it would come in time.
That time came with a surprise as the Warrior broke the plateau on the road at Windber, Saturday night.
“My mom hasn’t missed a game during my career,” he explained. “I told her to attend my brother’s banquet he had. I was so far off, so we didn’t expect it. I told her I wasn’t worried about me scoring 1,000 because I wasn’t scoring very good. I felt pretty good in warm-ups and it happened.”
Colledge entered Saturday night’s game against the Ramblers needing 35 points. His season-high was 18.
The Warrior netted 40, with his first basket of the fourth quarter being the milestone.
“It feels pretty good,” Colledge noted. “I’ve been waiting awhile.
“I’d like to thank all of my coaches and family. All of my friends who helped me get here.”
Colledge is the first boys basketball player to record since Adam Miller, a 2005 graduate. He also becomes the seventh in the program’s history to score 1,000 points.
He entered the 2018-19 season just 148 points shy of the milestone. While the Warriors hold a 7-2 record, his shots weren’t falling like they usually do. He was averaging 14.125 points per game as he took on Windber.
Colledge has been a key part of a successful Everett boys basketball program. Playing all four years under head coach Adam Phipps, Colledge has been part of two teams who reached the district title team, as well as a semifinalist team.
Both his freshman and sophomore years, the Warriors knocked off highly touted Chestnut Ridge teams. In 2015-16 the Warriors fell to Berlin Brothersvalley, 68-45, in the district title game, meanwhile a year later, the Warriors stumbled 59-48 against Westinghouse in the subregional title game.
Last year, the Warriors fell to the Lions, 62-58, in the subregional semifinal.
“I enjoy coaching Jared,” Phipps explained. “In the classroom, Jared carries a 4.0 GPA. In basketball, I describe Jared as a one of the best competitors I have coached. He does not back down on any challenge given to him.
“Jared is the best pure shooter I have coached. He feeds off of defending the opposing team best ball handler. He loves to pressure the ball and create turnovers. Jared’s work ethic will allow him to exceed in anything he does in the future.”
In all, Everett has finished his first three years, 46-25. This year, the Warriors have an 8-3 record after a win over Fannett-Metal on Monday, 86-31.
The senior Warrior is known for his high-intensity play, as well as his three-point shooting abilities. Colledge led the Warriors with 25 threes as a freshman, and he has led the Gazette coverage area the last two years. Last year he accumulated 74 three-pointers and he had 61 as a sophomore.
“I expect to do it again,” Colledge said.
“It was tough here at the beginning, but I’m hoping to come around.”
Colledge is a two-sport athlete for the Warriors, also playing baseball in the spring.