WAUPUN — It took Owen Theune a little longer than anticipated to start the season, but the Waupun senior finally reached a career milestone Tuesday night.
Theune canned a 3-pointer 3½ minutes into a non-conference prep boys basketball game against Appleton North, hitting 1,000 career points and propelling the host Warriors to a 67-43 victory.
“To be honest, I kind of wanted to get it over with,” said Theune, who finished with 10 points and seven assists. “It’s been floating around. You try not to think about it, but it feels good. I’m thankful for such good teammates. They’re the reason (I got to 1,000 points).”
Theune entered the season with 973 career points and scored 13 in Waupun’s opener against Waterford and 11 against Valders last week, putting him one long bomb shy of the mark.
“I was going to take it however I could take it,” Theune said. “Whatever open looks I could get from my teammates, that’s what I was going to take.”
The money shot came off a feed from Reece Homan on a 2-on-1 break. Homan had an open look to take it to the rim, but instead passed to Theune, who launched a triple in front of the Lightning bench.
“That’s the mentality; we know that to have special things happen for our team, you have to give to the team,” Waupun head coach Dan Domask said. “The team doesn’t get to that without the sacrifice. ... I mean sacrifice in terms of your personal stats and goals. They just need to be second in line compared to your teammates.
“If we are able to continue and get better at that, then maybe we can be something special.”
Theune’s 3 started a 16-4 run to make it 22-7 for Waupun (3-0) with 10:35 remaining in the first half.
The Lightning (0-5) cut the deficit to 24-13, but Waupun junior Marcus Domask hit a 3 to halt Appleton North’s momentum.
Marcus Domask finished with a game-high 24 points to go along with eight rebounds and five assists. Domask went over the 1,000-point mark himself in the season opener.
“I think we have six in our school history,” said Dan Domask, Marcus’ father. “This would be seventh and eighth and that’s not too many in all those years.
“To have two at one time, I’m blessed as a coach and those kids have earned it. It’s a nice milestone.”
Waupun pushed its lead to 60-35 on a Connor Kamphuis jumper with 5:24 remaining in the second half, as a mid-period spurt broke the game wide open.
“A couple of times, I thought we could extend that even further and we sputtered a little bit here and there,” Dan Domask said. “You give credit to the opponent; there’s a lot of nice athletes on Appleton North. We were able to at one point able to sneak it up into the upper 20s and felt a little more comfortable.”
Waupun’s Trevor Vande Zande finished with 11 points and three steals while Homan, the one who helped Theune reach his career milestone, finished with eight points and 10 rebounds on the night.
Theune received a special game ball — as did Domask earlier in the season — presented by his teammates after the game at center court.
“I’m very thankful,” Theune said. “I’m very thankful.”
WAUPUN 67, APPLETON NORTH 43
Appleton North 21 22 — 43
Waupun 34 33 — 67
Appleton North (43) — Koleske 5, Kritzer 4, VanHandel 12, Watson 1, Overstreet 12, Mischler 1, Blom 5, Crowley 3. TOTALS (FGS FTM-FTA PTS: 13 10-16 43.
Waupun (67) — Marcus Domask 24, Trevor Vande Zande 11, Jak Lenz 2, Owen Theune 10, Blakely Weisman 2, Tyler Wiese 3, Connor Kamphuis 2, Keegan hartgerink 3, Gabe Keach 2, Reece Homan 8. TOTALS (FGS FTM-FTA PTS: 26 8-12 67.
3-pointers: AN 7 (Koleske 1, VanHandel 1, Overstreet 4, Crowley 1), W 7 (Domask 3, Vande Zande 2, Theune 1, Wiese 1). Total fouls: AN 14, W 12.