By Zach James
Assistant Sports Editor
GOOSE LAKE —
Funny how just 50 points in a season can motivate someone.
Addie Oberman likes that she became one of the very few Northeast Rebels to score 1,000 career points earlier this month, but that didn’t seem to be a reachable goal following her freshman year.
Oberman had just 50 points after her freshman year, according to Northeast coach Chas Jargo.
“I didn’t know much about her, or anyone else when I got here,” said Jargo, who made the move to Northeast in 2011-12 after guiding East Central to a share of the Big East Conference title in his only year there before the school closed. “Addie has been a really good scorer since I started coaching here. She’s been a really fine offensive player.”
Oberman started heating up her sophomore year when Jargo first appeared on the scene. In 2011-12, Oberman scored 16.6 points a game, which was best on the team and 17th best in Class 2A.
“It’s been my goal ever since my freshman year,” she said. “I’ve always strived to excel in something, and reach to break records, so when I found out that I had actually reached the goal, I was really, really happy.”
Oberman put the work in, and since basketball is her favorite sport, she was willing to put the work in after that freshman season so she could enjoy the moment the school gave her last week.
Oberman was presented with a commemorative ball recognizing her achievement before the Rebels faced off against Prince of Peace on Dec. 17.
“My freshman year gave me the motivation to push my way through,” she said. “I decided that I needed to work harder starting my sophomore year, and I worked my way up to the 1,000.
“I always wanted to prepare myself the best way I thought I could, because I knew I was good at basketball and loved the sport.”
When Jargo came in, he didn’t really know who he had to score, but he was easily reassured.
“My first impression was, ‘OK, I got somebody who can score,’ and she’s done that for us ever since,” he said.
Things got better during the 2012-13 season. Oberman jumped from being one of the better shooters in Class 2A to being one of the higher scorers in the entire state. Oberman had the ninth-best point average in Iowa (20.1 a game) and also scored the 12th-most points (463). The Rebels moved up to Class 3A with the addition of a fifth class last academic year, and Oberman finished third in 3A in points and points a game.
This season is off to a good start as well. Northeast stands at 6-1 at the holiday break, and now that Oberman has reached a personal goal, she works to reach a team goal with the players she loves to play with.
“I’ve enjoyed playing with them for a couple years now, and I’ve actually liked playing with some of the underclassmen for the first time,” Oberman said.
Jargo isn’t afraid to throw out his three sophomores – Aleenah Marcucci, Alyssa Roth and Allison Oberman – in varsity play. Addie believes they bring a unique dynamic to this squad.
“It’s been a great experience,” she said. “I’ve noticed that our actual game situations have been a lot quicker when the underclassmen are in there, and we’ve been able to get the job done.”
So what else is there to accomplish?
“State tournament,” Oberman said without hesitation. “I really want to push getting there. Watching our boys make it out there a few years ago was a really great opportunity.”
She says the opportunity to play under the lights at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines would mean a whole lot more than scoring 1,000-plus career points.