CHAMPLAIN - On Dec. 11, the Northeastern Clinton Central School Cougars' Matt Farbotko sealed the deal on his 1,000-point venture, helping his team defeat rival Plattsburgh High School in Champlain Valley Athletic Conference boys' basketball.
"It's a great feeling to be only the second person to reach 1,000 points in our school's history," said Farbotko.
Farbotko scored 32 points for the Cougars, which led the team to a huge win. Normally, it would be the biggest game of the year and a one-point game throughout, but the Cougars jumped out early and never looked back, rolling to an 83-57 victory over the Hornets.
Farbotko has been playing year-round since he was in the fifth grade, showing a talent for the game since he began playing.
"I really have to thank Robb [Garrand] for helping me through the years, bringing me to tournaments, and making me work hard enough to become a great player," Farbotko said.
"My brother, Mike, really helped me out, too. He always told me things I did wrong so I could get better and helped me out at home when we would play one-on-one outside," he added.
Farbotko is a four-year varsity starter for the Cougars and has seen a lot of playing time throughout the years because of his determination and passion for the game.
He averages approximately 23 points per game, which is the top of the CVAC, and is one of the leading scorers in New York State for Class B. He also ranks highly with his rebounding ability.
The Cougars are proving to be one of the top teams in the league. Farbotko and the rest of the Cougar team are looking to add to this accomplishment by winning the CVAC championship and, even more, the Section VII championship.
Nick Barcomb is a student correspondent from Northeastern Clinton Central School.