By Geoff Kimmerly
Second Half editor
Joe Liedel brought Erie-Mason to the MHSAA Semifinals for the first time this winter with one of the top 3-point shooting performances in state history
The junior guard’s 91 3-pointers over 26 games tied for 15th most for one season, and with a season to play, he’s already among the most prolific long-distance shooters over a career as well.
Liedel has sank 241 3-pointers – to rank ninth on the career list – over 69 games the last three seasons, and will need 99 as a senior to tie the record.
See below for more recent record book additions in boys and girls basketball, and click on the headings to see those record books in full.
Ionia senior Brady Swinehart put up some big point totals this season, including during the first quarter of his team’s Jan. 9 win over Lakeview. Swinehart scored 25 of his 31 points during the first quarter, tying for eighth-most points scored in one period. He also was added to the records for a string of 35 straight free throws over nine games during the 2017-18 season that tied for the eighth-longest in that category.
New Haven tied for ninth-most 3-pointers in a game Jan. 22 against Grosse Pointe North when it sank 19 in the 88-59 win. Six players had at least one 3-pointer, with Romeo Weems dropping six and Ronald Jeffery III connecting on five. New Haven also just missed the single-quarter points list with 38 during the second of that game.
Andre Anthony tied for the third-most steals in one game with 13 for Burton Faithway in its 71-33 win over Howell Kensington Woods on Feb. 19. The senior also scored 24 points and had 12 assists and seven rebounds in the win.
Portland St. Patrick senior Brandon Scheurer finished his four-season varsity career this winter on the career 3-pointers list with 201 in 598 attempts over 81 games. He also is a standout baseball player and will continue his career in that sport at Saginaw Valley State University.
Hannah Brown finished her four-season varsity career at White Cloud this winter with her second entry for 3-pointers in one season, making 76 over 20 games with a high of 10 against Remus Chippewa Hills on Jan. 22. She will graduate fifth on the career 3-pointer list with 251 over 85 games, and she also made the career free throw list with 326 in 435 attempts. As a team this season, White Cloud connected on 154 3-pointers to make the records on the way to finishing 14-6.
Ellie Taylor graduated from Midland Dow in 2017 all over her school’s girls basketball record book – and among the top 3-point shooters in state history as well. She made the single-season 3-pointers list with 73 as a junior and 77 as a senior, and her 242 over 91 games and four seasons are the fifth-most all-time. Taylor plays at Northwood and played a season at St. Louis University.
Holly senior Rebecca Fugate matched an accomplishment from her sophomore year when she connected on 16 free throws (in 19 attempts) against Hartland on Feb. 28. She will continue her career next season at Wayne State University.
Niles Brandywine rode long-range sharp-shooting to a 23-3 record and District and Regional titles this winter. Brandywine made 186 3-pointers, tied for 11th most, on 626 attempts, which rank 10th. The Bobcats also made the single-game list with 15 3-poiners in a District win over Eau Claire. Six players made 3-pointers in that game, led by Bethany Duval with four.
A pair of performances over five days in January 2016 put Roseville’s Nija Collier on the record book lists for points and rebounds in a game. On Jan. 22, the then-junior scored a school-record 46 points during a 75-68 win over Center Line. On Jan. 26 during a 61-48 loss to Marysville, she grabbed 30 rebounds to tie for 10th most in one game. Collier recently completed her second season at Kansas City Kansas Community College.
PHOTO: Erie-Mason’s Joe Liedel (1) puts up a shot while surrounded by defenders during his team’s loss to Pewamo-Westphalia in the Division 3 Semifinals last month.