Groshek and Fraaza join 1,000-point club

Witt-Birn seniors have played together since 4th grade

Contributed photo Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School senior Trevor Groshek, center, scored his 1,000th high school career point during the Chargers’ victory over Northland Pines Jan. 5. Groshek is the third Charger in school history to pass the milestone. He is shown with, from left, his sister, Marissa Groshek; mother, Sherry Groshek; father, Dave Groshek; and coach, Lon Ebel.

Trevor Groshek and Cory Fraaza achieved a milestone this season that just two other basketball players in Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School history have accomplished.

The seniors each broke 1,000 high school career points, nearly one month apart from each other.

“It’s very exciting,” Chargers head coach Lon Ebel said. “It’s been a big accomplishment for both of them. They’ve had an opportunity that most kids don’t get to experience.”

Trevor Groshek became the third Charger in history to score 1,000 points during a home victory over Northland Pines on Jan. 5. Groshek needed 14 points at the start of the game to hit 1,000 — he scored 15.

“It was a surreal moment because I knew coming into game that I needed 14 points,” Groshek said. “I was the most nervous going into that game because I wasn’t sure if I was going to hit it, so when it happened it was just an amazing moment.

“Since it was a home game, there were quite a few people there and everyone knew I was getting close, so when it happened everyone went crazy and that made it really special.”

Groshek, who has started every varsity game since his freshman season, knew he had a good chance of reaching the milestone this year.

“I wasn’t sure what I’d be capable of at the start of my high school career,” Groshek said, “but once I played varsity freshman year, I knew if I continued to play what I was capable of, and as long as I could stay healthy, that I was probably going to get it.”

Groshek started playing in third grade and competed with AAU teams in middle and early high school. He attributes his continuous participation in sports growing up for his ability to reach the exclusive benchmark.

“I think just always being in a sport, and putting in that extra work in the offseason and with AAU, is what really pushed me to reach something like this,” he said. “Playing multiple sports kept me in shape and working hard throughout each year.”

Cory Fraaza became the fourth Charger in history to join the 1,000-point club during a Feb. 2 win at home against Manawa, in which he scored a game-high 26 points.

For Fraaza, the moment came as a surprise. He thought he was just going up for a layup until he heard fans erupting in the stands.

“It was kind of crazy because I didn’t know it was my 1,000th point,” Fraaza said. “I thought I was five or six points short, and then everyone started going crazy and we called a time out, and that’s when I realized I must have hit it.”

Fraaza knew scoring the 25 points he needed against Manawa to reach 1,000 would be difficult, but he had an added motivation and help from his teammates.

“My parents were leaving for Mexico two days after that game and they were going to miss the next three games, so I knew if I didn’t get it in that game that they were probably going to miss it,” he said. “My teammates kept feeding me the ball because they knew I needed a big game to get it and they knew I wanted it in that game. It was really special to me that my parents were able to be there for it. “

Fraaza, who started all but one varsity game during his high school career, said playing with his three brothers on their half-court home gym growing up was a large part of his skill development. He started playing basketball in second grade and has played with Groshek since fourth grade.

“It’s super cool because Trevor and I have played on the same team since we were young,” Fraaza said of reaching the milestone with Groshek, “and in seventh grade we both played eighth grade ball together. We played on the same AAU team from sixth grade through freshman year. We’ve played together almost since we started, so I’m really glad I was able to get this with him.”