By Travis Stahl
for IN|Whitley County
COLUMBIA CITY — Most sports fans love to examine sports records. Comparing statistics of the all-time great players gives fans a source of debate. Most sports fans have an opinion and those statistics give them the facts to support their point of view.
But numbers don’t lie. In the world of Columbia City basketball’s all-time greats, Bill Schwarz is still the king as the school’s top scorer ever with 1,646 career points. Most people don’t know the players on the list after Schwarz, though.
Schwarz graduated from Columbia City in 1960, so his scoring record has held strong for nearly 60 years. Some great scorers are part of the history of Eagles basketball but nobody has come close to Schwarz’s record. It took 50 years for a player to even climb up to second place — when Drew Benedict ended his CC career with 1,272 points.
The third all-time scorer in CC history is Parker Hazen. Hazen, who currently plays forward for Valparaiso University, scored 1,123 points in his career for the Eagles. Parker’s brother Brachen is not far behind him on the list. Brachen is at Ball State now and ranks seventh all-time for the Eagles after scoring 1,019 points. Both brothers were able to play four years of varsity basketball for the Eagles.
Current University of Saint Francis guard Derek Hinen is fourth on the Eagles’ all-time scoring list. Hinen graduated from CC with a total of 1,097 points for his career. Hinen was recently featured on ESPN’s SportsCenter for hitting the game winning shot for USF against Marian.
Hinen climbed up to fourth on the list by just a few points. Fifth on the school’s all-time scoring list is Brent Johnson. Johnson had 1,074 points during his career. Johnson’s total is just ahead of the sixth all-time scorer Tom Wood who had a total of 1,045 points. Wood played for the Eagles in the mid-60s and is the last Eagle on the list who was over 1,000 points.
Gary Hively is eighth on the Columbia City all-time scoring list. Hively was just four points shy of hitting the century mark with 996 points. Right behind Hively on the list was one of the key players on the Eagles run to the state championship game in 2004. Doug Sheckler is the ninth all-time scorer in Columbia City history with 967 points.
Trevor Shively was a four-year letter winner for the Eagles. Shively was also close to 1,000 points as he ended his time at Columbia City with 938 points which puts him 10th.
While Schwarz is still the king of Columbia City basketball some other greats have also put up big points. Hinen and Benedict, along with the Hazen brothers, having achieved their milestones recently has brought new attention to the school’s all-time scoring list. It also raises the age-old question of whether or not anybody will ever beat Schwarz’s mark. For 60 years the answer to that question has been, “no.” But records are made to be broken.