By: Samantha Bonifas
1000 points. It’s every player’s basketball dream, but few achieve the goal. In the history of Mustang Men basketball, not one player has scored 1000 points, until 2021. Oakley Rosno, a junior point guard, became the first player to reach 1000 points in Silver Lake boys basketball history and set a new record in the program in the subdistrict final against Heartland Lutheran. He says his mindset in every game is to win. “Every time I step on the court I give everything I have.” With just 11 points to go before hitting the milestone, Rosno hit 3 crucial three pointers in the game to not only make his mark on the program, but to also lift his team to the district finals for the first time since 2005. “1000 points is a great accomplishment. Without the help of my teammates I would not have been able to achieve it,” said Oakley. Averaging a 10 points per game as a freshman and 18 points per game as a sophomore and junior, Oakley has been a contributing factor to Silver Lake Mustang basketball since 2018. Oakley has been coached to 1000 points by his father, Todd Rosno. Todd commented, “As a coach, you desire kids to work hard for team success. As a father, you hope for the same. Oakley breaking the school record this season for career points, assists, and steals and then scoring 1000 points in his career shows the work he has put in over his years to be successful in so many areas on the basketball floor. As a coach and parent, I am extremely proud of him.” Oakley’s passion for basketball has led him and his team to be successful. “Basketball is a kind of like a way out for me. It is relaxing. I never feel pressure, because it’s just a game. 1000 points felt relieving. I take every game like a business trip. It felt good, but it was a job that had to get done,” commented Oakley. 1000 points isn’t the end for Oakely as he is already setting goals for his senior season. “Next season I want to get to the state tournament and end my high school career on a high note,” he says.