By Ben Otte
Michael Fox has been the backbone for his team all season long. His agile, 6-foot-5 presence has paved the way for a more successful season than the basketball program has seen in years.
“He works very hard and it’s gotten us a lot of success this year,” Schmehl says.
The hard work Schmehl talks about has provided Fox the opportunity to outshine many of his opponents. On both sides of the court, the results from that are seen on the scoreboard. Points can say a lot about a team, but more recently they’ve said a lot for Fox himself after scoring his 1,000 point versus Southwestern in the regular season.
“Many people were talking about it. I was just glad to get past that point to clear the air,” Fox said. “It’s a big accomplishment.”
Entering Senior Night versus the Mustangs, Fox only needed 17 points. After nearing a whopping 25-30 points in prior games, this seemed like no challenge for Fox. In the second half versus Southwestern, Fox stayed on target once his critical two-point basket lost its balance off the rim and dropped through the net. “The feeling was just really good and it showed that hard work really pays off,” Fox said.
Many teams have been able to limit Fox’s scoring ability, according to head coach Steve Schmehl, causing other players on the Lion squad to bring their game, particularly players such as junior Stone McCreary and sophomore Jason Rebuck.
“Stone and Jason have been huge for us this year. When other teams have pressured me a lot this year, those guys been really easy to find and come up big,” Fox said.
Whether Fox pours in baskets himself or makes quick passes to his skilled teammates, the three-year starter has proven great aggressive ability not only from inside the paint, but from beyond the arc.
“Mike is a leader. He does what he can for his team and they know it,” head coach Steve Schmehl said. “He’s done a lot for this program. We’re very proud of what he’s done and what he will do in his future.”
Following the mark of his huge milestone, Fox was quick to hand his mother, Bonnie Fox, a bouquet of flowers in the stands. “She just means a lot to me. She’s always been there and been such a great supporter.”
Fox now has become the thirteenth Red Lion boy to reach this epic milestone following Spencer McCreary in 2010.
“I take it as an honor, having the privilege to be on that list. Those are some really good basketball players.”
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