Two of Elizabethtown Area High School’s basketball players recently broke the 1,000 point barrier. Marena Lonardi (12) first broke 1,000 points against Lebanon, becoming the first girl from Elizabethtown to break 1,000 points since Sarah Fairbanks in 2012. Larry Locker (12) would break 1,000 points eight days later against Milton Hershey.
Lonardi, who has been starting on the varsity team since her freshman year, missed her entire sophomore season due to a knee injury. “I didn’t really think about [scoring 1,000 points] until I was 100 points away this year,” Lonardi said. But her scoring has been a key part of the team, including in last year’s district and state play-off run. While those bouts weren’t successful, she was able to help push the team to a section championship this year. “One of our big goals this year was to win the section, which we did for the first time in 15 years,” Lonardi said.
Lonardi will attend Lock Haven University where she will play basketball.
Locker began starting on the varsity team as a sophomore, but knew from freshman year that he had a chance to reach 1,000 points. Though he does credit his own dedication to the sport as reason for his accomplishment, Locker is especially grateful to his teammates. “My teammates played a big role in helping me reach 1,000 points as most of my points were scored off them passing me the ball,” said Locker. Next on Locker’s list of goals for his team is to win a championship, and he feels optimistic about this season. “We are playing very well together as a team. We lost one of our starters but we keep working hard in hopes to make a run in the playoffs,” Locker said.
Locker plans to attend York College in the fall and continue to play basketball.