Bauck scores 1,000th point
Teamwork is nothing new to Isaiah Bauck, but every now and then an individual accolade is mandated for every member of a strong team.
For Bauck, it's just a matter of figuring out which team.
Bauck is a captain and floor leader of a basketball team full of seniors and talented underclassmen that are currently playing their best ball of the year on a six-game winning streak.
He's also brother to six sisters and a little brother.
He's the man on the family farm, while his father travels the country most of the year.
"All summer I have to work on the farm," Bauck said. "The only time I get off is to play basketball."
The Bauck family raises, shows and sells national champion sheep.
Bauck has been to the state fair every year, even as an infant. He and his family, travel all over the country participating in sheep shows, as far away as Georgia, Texas, Idaho and Pennsylvania
Bauck garnered numerous awards showing sheep at the state fairs in Minnesota and Iowa last year, but he credits his uncle for the know-how.
"My uncle Darin is the secret. He knows his sheep. He can see a lamb when it's a yearling and know that's going to be a good sheep."
Bauck still finds time to participate on the New York Mills' bowling team and last spring was a member of the golf team.
If that is not enough, he has been a volunteer referee for the local youth basketball program in NY Mills the past three years, as well as refereeing games region-wide from Bemidji to Fargo.
Thursday night, he had a team of over 20 family members, in attendance, to watch him score his 1,000th career point in Menahga.
As the game was halted to award Bauck the game ball and as he accepted a standing ovation, it felt like a turning point for the Eagles' basketball season, which did not get off to the best of starts.
"We are really playing well as a team right now and sharing the ball. We don't care who scores as long as the team does. We are making good passes and they are as good as a layup."
Anyone who has watched Bauck play would know, aside from passing, he likes to shoot.
"If I'm open and it's a high percentage shot, or I am driving to the hole, I'm going to shoot."
Bauck gives a lot of credit to Coach Bryan Dunrud for his success and the team's turn in play this season.
"He goes around and scouts out teams and really prepares us well. He and Coach Hensch get us in the right mindset and practice is fun. We work hard and it's fun at the same time."
Bauck began playing basketball as a fourth grader and by the time he was in sixth grade he was six-feet tall.
"I've grown maybe an inch or two since then," he laughed.
He played in Waubun as a youngster, before moving to NY Mills his freshman year.
His father Duane and mother Sarah have played in integral part in Isaiah's playing career.
"Mom and Dad come to every game home and away. My dad has coached and brought us to tournaments since fourth grade."
It seems if one is born a Bauck it is mandatory to become accustomed quickly to being busy.
"My fifth to sixth grade year, we played something like 50 games."
With a dozen games into this, his final season in NY Mills, Bauck is quick to compliment his teammates.
The Eagles are very experienced. The team consists of all juniors and seniors, with one sophomore, Charlie Peeters, on varsity.
"Tristan (Huwe) knows his role in the game. Some games he's going to put up 20 points or have eight assists. He knows what he needs to do for us to win. He's a good team leader."
Some of Bauck's teammates lead in other ways.
"Frank (Peeters) brings a different level to the game."
Peeters is a very emotional player, like Bauck, and both combine with Spencer Imsande to create a strong and entertaining frontcourt.
"There is never a dull moment with Frank. Imsande's post moves have excelled. With him and Frank in the game, it's tough for us not to score."
As Bauck has proven over his career, it can be tough not to score.
He becomes the seventh 1,000-point scorer in NY Mills' history joining Troy Becker - 1,011; DeanWindel - 1,028; Ryan Peeters -1,088, John Karvonen - 1,093; J.J. Weller - 1,221 and all-time Eagle's leading scorer Erik Peeters, who scored 1,379 points from 2007-2008.