During his four years at Nokomis High School, few players had the impact that 2020 grad Carter Sabol had on the basketball court. On Friday, Jan. 7, the fans got a chance to properly thank Sabol for his contributions.
Surrounded by family, including grandparents Tincie Sabol and Tom and Vickie Detmers, siblings Brayden, Audrey and Alivia Sabol and parents J.J. and Erin Sabol, Sabol was presented with a plaque honoring his achievements at halftime of the Redskins’ game against Lincolnwood.
The school’s all-time leading scorer and rebounder for boys basketball, Sabol finished his career with 2,199 points and 986 rebounds. Not only did Sabol play in all 131 games Nokomis played during his four years, but he scored in all 131 as well.
Seven times the 6’8” forward scored 30 points or more (including a career-best 38 on Feb. 15, 2020 against Vandalia), with 42 games of 20 points or more and 115 games in double digits. Sabol also holds the record for most points by a Montgomery County boys basketball player and was the first to eclipse the 2,000 point mark officially, although former Irving legend Dale White may have done so during his career between 1943 and 1947, when records were not kept as closely.
The player Sabol passed for the county and school record, Mike Havera, is still second on the Montgomery County scoring list with 1,859 points, while 1965 grad Rick Brueckner (fourth at 1,701 points) and 1972 grad Neil Alexander (seventh at 1,617 points) are also in the top 10.
Gabe Cesaretti, who emceed the presentation, also mentioned the two Lincolnwood players on the county top 10 list, brothers Tate Snyder (1,693 points) and Kyle Snyder (1,668 points), who are fifth and sixth respectively.
Outside of his statistical success, Sabol was also a four-time all-conference first team selection, a nine-time all-tournament team pick, a two-time tournament MVP, a three-time Illinois Basketball Coaches Association all-state honoree and a three-time member of the State Journal-Register and Herald & Review all-area teams.
Sabol’s success wasn’t just individual, though, as Nokomis won two regional titles in his four years and made it to the regional championship game in the other two. In those four years under Coach Steve Kimbro, who was on hand to present Sabol with his plaque, Nokomis won 97 games and lost just 34.
Sabol, who was one to let his play do the talking, opted not to take the microphone when Cesaretti offered, but was clearly honored by the ovation he received from the Nokomis faithful and the visiting fans from Lincolnwood.
While Sabol’s excellence in basketball was honored on Friday, his future is on a different playing surface all together. An imposing right-handed pitcher for the Lake Land Community College baseball team, Sabol signed a letter of intent to play baseball at Division I Ohio University after completing his sophomore season in Mattoon this coming spring.
Montgomery County Boys Basketball Top 10 Scorers
1. Carter Sabol (Nokomis, 2020) 2,199
2. Mike Havera (Nokomis, 1997) 1,859
3. Brian Horst (Litchfield, 1985) 1,818
4. Rick Brueckner (Nokomis, 1965) 1,701
5. Tate Snyder (Lincolnwood, 2014) 1,693
6. Kyle Snyder (Lincolnwood), 2009) 1,668
7. Neil Alexander (Nokomis, 1972) 1,617
8. Larry Mormino (Hillsboro, 1957) 1,550
9. Tim Reynolds (Litchfield, 1975) 1,531
10. Dylan Miller (Hillsboro, 2015) 1,520
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