GOSHEN — Charlie Yoder broke an old scoring record last Friday night, but it was not the oldest high school boys basketball career scoring mark in the area.

Charlie Yoder surpassed the Westview career record of 1,711 points set by Gary Yoder back in 1973.

While 1973 is a long time for a record to stand, there are three Elkhart County programs that have records dating back even longer.

Goshen has the oldest mark, set by 1969 graduate John Ritter, who finished his career with 1,523 points. Ritter broke a school record that had stood since 1929 when Lloyd “Bunk” Williams ended his GHS career with 1,174 points.

Ritter had a remarkable career at Goshen. He netted 15 points as a freshman, 232 as a sophomore, 507 as a junior and a whopping 769 as a senior. Goshen posted an impressive record of 70-23 during his four seasons playing for Indiana Basketball Hall of Famer Art Cosgrove.

Fairfield’s career scoring mark has stood since 1971 when Doug Brookins finished his prep career with 1,293 points. He tossed in 227 points in his sophomore season, 465 as a junior and 601 in his senior campaign.

The other county school record that predates 1973 is at Northridge with 1972 product Dean Weirich finishing with 1,823 points. Weirich played his freshman season at Middlebury, scoring 19 points for the Middies. Middlebury and Jefferson schools were consolidated into Northridge for his sophomore campaign. He scored 449 points that season, followed by 656 as a junior and 699 as a season.

Weirich’s total of 1,823 points was the all-time Elkhart County record until a future-NBA player named Shawn Kemp came along at Concord. Kemp completed his career in 1988 with a grand total of 2,134 points. He tallied 341 points as a freshman, 516 as a sophomore, 626 as a junior and 649 as a senior.

Kemp’s career mark is the 31st best in state history. Damon Bailey (1990 Bedford North Lawrence graduate) is the all-time Indiana leader at 3,134 points.

Following are the career scoring leaders and members of the 1,000-point club at current and former Elkhart County high schools.

CURRENT SCHOOLS

BETHANY

Eliot Friesen 1997 1,146

Seth Kauffman 2010 1,104

Seth Brenneman 2018 1,098

CENTRAL

Derek Drews 2005 1,358

Demarco Taylor 1994 1,195

Rod Roberson 1977 1,153

CONCORD

Shawn Kemp 1988 2,134

Jamar Johnson 1990 1,456

Dairese Gary 2007 1,330

Ron Iwema,1961 1,210

Franko House 2013 1,176

Filip Serwatka 2015 1,141

Shawntes Gary 2005 1,018

Warren Linn 1960 1,001

FAIRFIELD

Doug Brookins 1971 1,293

Randy Burkholder 1977 1,194

Jeff Miller 1981 1,175

Jayme Mathews,1997 1,168

Ryan Thwaits 2000 1,146

Ben Werner,2007 1,140

Luke Stephens 2018 1,099

Joe Line 2015 1,091

Brodie Garber 1995 1,074

Brian Bechtel 1989 1,019

Jerrold Kauffman 1981 1,018

GOSHEN

John Ritter 1969 1,523

Andrew Hershberger 2003 1,306

Lloyd Williams 1929 1,174

Dave Culp 1968 1,128

Marc Ruhling 1983 1,037

Matt Grieser 1992 1,032

JIMTOWN

Troy Neely 1980 1,159

Tyler Leighton 2005 1,082

MEMORIAL

Ross Hales 1989 1,322

Markese McGuire 2013 1,246

Jimmy Powers 1974 1,235

Daimon Beathea 1991 1,226

Kevin Sindle 2006 1,201

Karvel Anderson 2009 1,146

Walter Lewis 1983 1,130

Hank Smith 2019 1,092

Todd Johnson 2012 1,073

NORTHRIDGE

Dean Weirich 1972 1,823

Brent Eaton 2008 1,564

Nate Ritchie 2014 1,388

Aaron Thomas 2000 1,262

Wendall Troyer 1980 1,245

Todd Janes 1997 1,215

Eric Eaton 2004 1,124

Roger Prough 1994 1,112

NORTWOOOD

Ryne Lightfoot 2006 1,673

Andy Hirschy 1995 1,552

Vinny Miranda 2017 1,305

Skyler Titus 2009 1,274

Todd Grove 1980 1,114

Zach Zurcher 2014 1,093

Jonathon Wilkinson 2014 1,092

Ryan Bradley 2003 1,052

Todd Sheets 1976 1,009

FORMER SCHOOLS

ELKHART

Garvin Roberson 1970 1,356

Ray Ball 1954 1,006

JEFFERSON

Terry Johns 1967 1,245

Jerry Garber 1966 1,194

Bob Stickel 1953 1,029

MIDDLEBURY

Ross Krider 1958 1,049

Don Weirich 1966 1,033

MILLERSBURG

Max Bailey 1958 1,313

NAPPANEE

Jerry Lambert 1963 1,133

Mel Dean 1966 1,118

WAKARUSA

Leland Weldy 1953 1,054

Greg Keim can be reached at greg.keim@goshennews.com or 574-533-2151, ext. 326. Follow Greg on Twitter @gkeim_TGN

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