PHS senior reaches the ultimate basketball milestone

Monika Jurevicius, Sports editor

This season, senior varsity basketball player Madi Stark achieved 1000 career points,  as well as becoming the all-time leader in assists and steals.

“I really loved playing basketball and everything about it just made me want to keep moving forward in it and getting better not only for myself but for my team,” Stark said.

Stark achieved 1000 career points, most all time assists and steals (both 188 according to her MaxPreps profile) during the night the Pirates were against Mundelein High School for senior night. 

“Breaking all the records was really a surprise to me just because I knew Nicole Capalbo and she was an amazing basketball player here at Palatine and I would have never thought I would have been able to do what she has done,” Stark said. Capalbo is the department chair of guidance at PHS and a well known former athlete within the community. 

The girls basketball program congratulated Stark with balloons and posters that upped the excitement for her achievement. As well, Palatine’s Red Ryders showed support by coming to every game, providing an enhanced experience for the senior basketball player.

“I want to thank all the people who came to watch us all the time,” Stark said. “They really made my senior year something I will remember forever. They always helped us through our games and never failed to make us smile after.”

Stark started playing in fourth grade when she was able to play for Palatine’s feeder league, an opportunity for young basketball players that live within PHS boundaries. She officially fell in love with the sport in seventh grade as she joined her first Amatuer Atheletic Union.

“We all worked together so well and I loved everything about playing with girls outside of my school zone,” Stark said.