Iowa State Bank recently honored former Fairfield girls basketball standouts and 1,000 point scorers Nicole Buch, Sami Fritz and Amy Breen with their names etched on the first three slots of a brand new trophy constructed to recognize the accomplishment with Fritz and Buch joining Breen during the last two seasons.
Meredith Flattery also said it?s something for area youth to see and strive for.
Buch, who broke the school?s all-time five-on-five era scoring record on senior night of this season, immediately said she hopes her mark is broken in the near future and reiterated that thought at the trophy presentation.
?We have a lot of talent coming up and I expect the record to be broken soon to be honest,? said the future college baller who added. ?I wish I could be here to play with all of those incoming freshman, but I?ll try to make it back for some games and I wish them the best.?
The reality of leaving town hasn?t hit the Trojan senior quite yet as she focuses on running and working out this spring along with playing basketball.
?It?s kind of crazy that it?s over,? said Buch. ?It hasn?t really set in too much, but it is a little bit as I get ready for college.?
Nicole will head to Missouri Southern State for a few weeks in June to join her teammates and then plans to return to Fairfield for the summer before heading to Joplin for good in August.
?I?m more of a homebody and I love Fairfield,? explained Buch. ?They?ve done so much for me and I?ve really grown to just love the place and my senior year is one I will never forget. It?s sad to think it?s about to be over, but it?s time for the next chapter and I?ve got to go on to college.?
Although Buch has been scouting Joplin for restaurants instead of learning to cook, she?s now thinking it might be best if mom just overnight?s some meals to Missouri.
Sami Fritz is a freshman at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska and is mainly ?just a student? according to the former Trojan sharpshooter.
She does try to stay active, swimming on the Bluejays club team, but admits it?s hard with the academic workload and the need to read and study most of the day.
Although Fritz is taking a lot of credits and misses the physical activity of high school, she does attend many of the University?s basketball games.
She said she didn?t grow up with athletic expectations being a Fritz in Fairfield, but she does admit there ?are a lot of us? and they like to be active in high school sports and more.
Fritz did want to leave her mark on the basketball program after her mother won a state title with the Trojanettes back in the day, and specifically had her sights on 1,000 points.
As for being from a small town in Iowa, Fritz says many of her classmates are from similar places and for her, it means learning that hard work and perseverance will get you farther in life.
Dan Breen was in attendance representing his daughter Amy who has an athletic family of her own in Minneapolis where she lives and works.
Not only did Breen have an outstanding career in high school, ?bridging the gap from the Trojanette six-on-six to the five on five style,? according to her father, but she won a state title with her AAU team while being named MVP and earning a full-ride to Nebraska-Omaha where she played for four years.
Before she left Fairfield, Breen was also named Gatorade Player of the year, a remarkable honor that is only bestowed upon one player in each state, each year.
Breen was really the first dominant player for the Trojans in the five-on-five era and after heading to UNO, played four years while scoring over 1,000 points and earning all-conference.
Dan admits Amy had some obvious talent and some advantages going to his basketball camps, but says she took sports seriously and worked hard and deserved everything she got.