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Senior guard gives WCA four years of production

Dakotah Kashmark shoots a jumper against Osakis. (Blaze Fugina/Echo Press)

Very few high school basketball players have the ability to be an offensive contributor through four seasons at the varsity level.

West Central Area senior guard Dakotah Kashmark is one of those rare players who has played significant varsity minutes every year since his freshman year. Kashmark’s hard work paid off as he scored his 1,000th career point for the Knights in a 72-41 road victory on December 20 against Royalton.

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“It’s great for him,” teammate Jay Zimmerman said. “He’s been scoring since ninth grade. He’s been a big part of this team and it’s good to be playing with him.”

Kashmark reached the mark by scoring 143 points as a freshman, 371 as a sophomore, 387 as a junior and so far as a senior, 117 points. After a January 2 game against Osakis, he was quick to give thanks to his Knights teammates for helping him reach the milestone.

“It’s exciting,” Kashmark said. “My teammates get me open a lot, and it’s a pretty good accomplishment.”

Kashmark did not score all those points on talent alone. Head coach Kraig Hunter said he is one of the hardest working WCA players through both the regular season and the off-season.

“We think it’s great because we try to get our kids to be really dedicated in the off-season in the gym, and he’s one of those kids that has bought into that,” Hunter said. “He’s had hours and hours of dedication in practice, so he’s very deserving of that.”

Kashmark still has plenty of time to add to his career scoring numbers this season as the Knights are 6-1 and are looking to finish near the top of the Prairie Conference this season.

Blaze Fugina

Blaze Fugina is the sports editor of the Woodbury and South Washington County Bulletin newspapers. Previously, Blaze worked as a sports editor for the Pierce County Herald and a sports reporter for the Alexandria Echo Press. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in May of 2011. You can follow Blaze on Twitter at @BlazeFugina.

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