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Kaubris honored for 1,000 points
RUMFORD -- It’s certainly not something to be taken lightly because only a handful of individuals reach the milestone. Still, numerous basketball players dream of being able to score over 1,000 points during their high school careers.
The mark became a reality for Cam Kaubris, who joined the exclusive club in a game against Jay on Martin Luther King Day. The Falcons had another game on the road later that week at Saint Dominics.
The team finally returned to Puiia Gymnasium on January 25 against Carrabec. In a pre-game ceremony, MV athletic director John Bernard presented Cam with the game ball (sent up by Jay) and a DVD copy of the game. Cam promptly walked across the court and gave the materials to his parents Matt and Pam.
Kaubris entered the game at Jay 25 points shy of 1000 and scored 17 in the first half.
“I had no idea that I was closing in on the mark,” said Kaubris, who made one of two free throws early in the fourth quarter for 999. “My team had kept it quiet, so I didn’t know.”
Kaubris made a free throw with 3:55 remaining, the horn blared and he looked over at teammates standing and cheering. The game was promptly stopped, in honor of reaching the milestone.
Former Mountain Valley graduates who are members of the 1000-point plateau include Matt Gaudet, Andy Bedard, Jeremy Belskis, Andy Shorey and Kristen Arsenault.
Kaubris joined older sister Alexa, a 2005 graduate of Dirigo who also scored over 1,000 points during her career. The Cougar teams went 92 and 1 during her four years (she was a four-year starter). They won three state titles and her only loss was in the state title game her junior year.
Alexa went on to have a standout career at Bowdoin College, graduating in 2009. The Polar Bears teams were 99 and 19 during her four years, and qualified for the NCAA tourney each year (advancing to the elite eight twice). They were also NESCAC conference champs three out of four years.
She scored nearly 900 points in college (hampered by foot injuries her senior year). Her senior year she was named a 2009 NESCAC All-Academic and All-Sportsmanship award winner.
Mountain Valley senior Cam Kaubris is pictured with Falcon Coach Rick White, who presented him with a basketball and game video before a home contest Jan. 25 for reaching the career 1,000-point mark during a road contest with Jay on Jan. 17. (Times photo by Bruce Farrin)