Brady Snyder didn't know his exact career point total entering the season, but the senior point guard for the Canal Winchester High School boys basketball team knew he was closing on 1,000 as the season began.
Snyder also knew that likely would mean surpassing his father, Indians coach Lyndell Snyder, on the program's all-time scoring list.
"We always joke around saying I'm going to be No. 1 in the family. It's a lot of fun back-and-forth between us," Brady Snyder said, laughing. "I knew I was in the 900s, but that was all I knew."
Snyder had 934 points to start the year and passed the 1,000-point mark on a layup early in the fourth quarter of a 69-50 win over Dublin Scioto on Dec. 11. He added 22 points in a 66-44 win over Groveport on Dec. 14 and scored 19 more the next night in an 82-71 win at Briggs.
Entering a Dec. 18 game at Central Crossing, Snyder had 1,045 career points -- nine more than his father.
His older brother, Brendan, scored 940 points for the Indians from 2011-15.
Canal Winchester was 5-0 overall before facing the Comets and is 2-0 in the OCC-Capital Division entering a Friday, Dec. 21, home game against Franklin Heights.
"(Scoring 1,000 points) means a lot to me, but to pass my dad would be everything," Snyder said after the game against Groveport. "That's always been my main goal."
Snyder is the 15th 1,000-point scorer in program history. He ranked 13th on the school's all-time scoring list before playing Briggs, 34 points away from cracking the top 10.
"I really tried to downplay it with him and the team," coach Snyder said. "I figured that would take care of itself within the first few games."
B.J. Mullens is Canal Winchester's all-time leading scorer with 1,868 points, although the 2008 graduate spent his freshman season at Harvest Prep. He went on to play one year at Ohio State and in the NBA with the Oklahoma City Thunder, Charlotte Bobcats, Los Angeles Clippers and Philadelphia 76ers from 2009-14.
Coach Snyder had 1,036 points for the Indians from 1986-89. He scored his 1,000th point during a tournament game against Fisher Catholic in 1989.
"I hit a 3-pointer on a fast break to get 1,000," coach Snyder said. "I remember it like it was yesterday."
Next in Brady Snyder's sights are 2006 graduate Sean Elliott and 2003 graduate Hernandez Skiver, who were tied for 11th all-time entering the week with 1,065 points, and 1960 graduate Zeke Alspach, who ranked 10th with 1,078.
"Brady is a lights-out shooter, maybe the best one I've ever played with, and he handles pressure better than anybody I've ever played with," guard Jake Howard said. "He improved a lot over the summer. There wasn't a lot to improve from, but he still managed to improve a lot. His defense is a lot better. It's hard to get by him."
That was on display late in the third quarter against Groveport, which Canal Winchester started with a 13-2 run to take command. Snyder, who hit a 3-pointer as the buzzer sounded to end the first half to tie the game at 25, stripped the ball from a Groveport player, completed the steal and then made a pass the length of the court to Bilal Sow, whose layup gave the Indians a 14-point lead at 50-36.
Snyder's play means not only that opponents often concentrate their defense around him, but also that he draws the attention of opposing fans, including those in student sections. Groveport's student section chanted "overrated" at Snyder several times in the first half, when he was limited to seven points. He scored 15 in the second half.
"I don't pay much attention to that," Snyder said. "Saying that, though, it motivates me to show them I'm not overrated and just show people my game."
Wrestling team off to strong start
The wrestling team won its first two tournaments this season and had each of its seven competitors win at least one match in the Liberty Classic held Dec. 14 and 15 at Olentangy Liberty.
Canal Winchester opened Dec. 1 by winning the 11-team American Legion Post 81 Invitational at Jackson, scoring 318 points to finish ahead of runner-up Greenfield McClain (286). Chance Brown (160 pounds), Cian Rose (126) and Patrick Zamble (182) all won titles to lead the Indians.
Seven days later, the Indians racked up 273 points to edge host London (267) for the championship of the 13-team Harry Steel Invitational, as Cameron Cross (152), Michael Gallagher (132), Jared Mattox (170) and Ethan McGlone (138) all earned runner-up finishes.
Canal Winchester then finished 24th (40) in the 30-team Liberty Classic behind champion Macedonia Nordonia (174.5). The Indians had no placers, but Brown, Cross and Gallagher each went 3-2 at 145, 152 and 132, respectively.
Canal Winchester's next meet is the Kevin Cleveland Memorial Tournament on Jan. 5 at Dublin Scioto.
Klamorick to lead cross country teams
Pending board approval, Michelle Klamorick will be the next coach of the boys and girls cross country teams.
Klamorick has coached the Canal Winchester Middle School teams the past three years and also was a varsity assistant. She replaces Jeff Kline, who coached the Indians for six seasons.
Athletics director Pat Durbin announced Klamorick's hiring Dec. 11.
"I have had the opportunity to coach many of these athletes at the middle school and am very excited to coach them again," Klamorick said. "I believe in my runners with all my heart and it's very important to me that they believe in themselves."
Kline was an assistant coach from 2000-2013 and took over both teams upon the death of longtime coach John Bender in September 2013.
Klamorick's son, Reece, is a junior on the boys team and her eldest daughter, Allena, is a sophomore on the girls team. Both have been among their respective teams' top seven for their entire prep careers.
Her middle daughter, Marissa, will be a freshman runner next year.
Coach Klamorick also is a paraprofessional at the middle school.
Below are the coming schedules for the Canal Winchester boys basketball, girls basketball and swimming & diving teams:
*Dec. 21 -- Home vs. Franklin Heights
*Dec. 21 -- At Franklin Heights
SWIMMING & DIVING
Dec. 21 -- Gahanna at Gahanna YMCA