Fitting then, that in the last regular-season game of the first year in the brand new facility that bears his name, there would be a shooting display that would make the late Highland High School Superintendent proud.
Landon Strobbe was on fire from behind the 3-point arc, drilling six treys and racking up a game-high 18 points, helping the homestanding Highland Rebels knock off the Izard County Cougars 62-38 Feb. 12 on senior night at the A.L. Hutson Memorial Center.
Later in the evening, the Lady Rebels made it a clean sweep with a 51-38 victory over the Lady Cougars.
In the boys' clash, while Strobbe could do no wrong from long range, the rest of the Rebels (7-15) were also dialed in from downtown, leading to 12 3-balls in the game for Highland.
Behind Strobbe's first three triples, Highland jumped out to a fast 11-4 lead in the first period.
But Izard County responded with an 11-0 period-ending run to keep the Rebs from running away early.
Trenton Hatman (10 points) started the Cougar surge with a jumper, followed by five straight points from Ryan Walker (12 points) and a baseline jumper by Caleb Cowan (seven points).
By the time Hatman racked up his second hoop of the frame, Izard County had pulled ahead 15-11 after one period of play.
Turns out that would also be the last time the Cougars would enjoy being on top.
Strobbe wasted no time in draining a pair of long 3s to open the second, followed by a trey from Jason Long (five points) that switched the lead back to Highland's side at 22-15.
Preston Harmon hit a 3-pointer late in the second for Izard County, but Strobbe had the last say with his sixth trey that splashed through at the buzzer, giving Highland a 29-20 advantage at intermission.
The Cougars did pull within eight points midway into the third, but Josh Honey (13 points) and Kenny Nicholson (eight points) banged in a 3-ball apiece to stake the Rebs to a 46-31 lead after three.
Brad Harris finished with six points for Highland, while Aaron Kahn had five and Garrett Johnson three. Donnie French and Jalen Belleton logged two points each.
Kyle King, Jake Dockins and Falko Zucker-Reimann recorded two points apiece for the Cougars.
On the girls' side of things, Kristina Langston and Alex Issacs teamed up to score all but two of the Lady Rebels' 24 points in the first half of play, as Izard County just could not stop Highland's (17-7) one-two punch on the low blocks.
Langston finished with 16 points, while Issacs led all scorers with a game-high 20 in the contest.
The Lady Rebels led 8-6 after the first period and opened that advantage to 15-8 midway into the second.
Rachel Harmon (eight points) then got on track for the Lady Cougars and nailed back-to-back 3-balls to pull Izard County within four, 18-14.
Highland used a 6-0 burst to open up a 10-point lead right before intermission, but Kaydie Campbell (12 points) hit a hoop at the buzzer to send the teams to the half with the Lady Rebs in front 24-16.
Izard County closed the gap to four points on a 3-pointer by Amber Hall (four points) in the third, but Highland wrapped up the stanza on an 8-3 run to take a 36-27 lead after three.
Highland only posted one field goal in the fourth, but Kaitlin Scribner (eight points) hit four free throws and Bobie Jo Cooper hit five, to give the Lady Rebels a 51-38 victory.
Whitney Davis finished with two points for Highland.
Trisha Arnold logged 10 points for Izard County, while Kristen Doty had four.
In a makeup game at Marmaduke Feb. 11, the Rebels topped the Greyhounds 61-52. Honey led the way with 17 points, while French and Harris finished with 13 points apiece.