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Ranger senior Will Sexton leaving his mark

BY CY PETERS
Unaka senior and four-year varsity player Will Sexton has moved into 11th place of leading scorers at Unaka.

Sexton passed the 1,200-point mark in a win over Happy Valley on Jan 30. He trails Eddie Hardin by 75 points who is the 10th all-time leading scoring in boys basketball.

Bo Gouge was labeled the first Ranger to score 1,000 points in a career way back in 1948. Since then 17 players have accomplished this feat with now coach Aaron Dugger, the all-time leading scorer with 1942 points.

Rusty Chambers, Richard Hodge, and Logan Carrier round out the top four.

Eddie Holly is now fifth and still Unaka’s high-game scorer with 43, set in January of 1971 against Mountain City.

Sexton came close to breaking that record as a junior against University High scoring 42 last season.

Dugger came close twice scoring 41 and 40 in back to back games. Kyler Lewis is the only other Ranger to score over 40 points in a game in 2017.

Gouge was the Rangers first leading scorer at over 30 points setting the record at 31. It stood for four years until Raymond Lowe scored 34 points in 1952 and he was the first Watauga Conference scoring champion.

In 1957 Zayne Peters broke Lowe’s record by scoring 39 in a game, the record stood until 1971.