Gunn, Weber Named All-State for Cougars
The 2013-2014 basketball season was a memorable time for Rector fans, as both the Cougars and Lady Cougars advanced to the Class 2A State Tournament. While both teams featured skilled rosters two players in particular stood out, earning All-State honors for their play.
Kendal Gunn is one of the most prolific scorers to ever play at Rector. Her 43 points in the opening round of the state tournament is believed to be the highest single scoring effort in Lady Cougar history. She finished with over 1,600 points as a three-year starter in high school.
"Basketball has been my life," Gunn said. "It's been like that my whole time in high school. I love it. Being a senior, I'm going to miss being out there with my teammates."
Gunn has earned numerous awards, including All-Conference each year since the ninth grade. In addition to All-State, she was named the 2013-2014 2A-3 Conference Player of the Year. She also is a three-time All-NEA selection.
"It feels really good (to receive accolades)," Gunn said. "It's probably one of the best feelings I've ever had. It makes me feel like I've accomplished something, and that all my work has mattered. Being named All-State shows me that I did what I was supposed to do. Having that award tells me that what I did made a difference."
Gunn, the 17-year-old daughter of Robin Gunn and Anthony Gunn, plans to play college basketball. She has been contacted by several schools interested in adding her talents to their program, but has yet to make a decision. Gunn says she plans to study business at college, but will also find time to coach, likely at the AAU level.
Reed Weber, the 18-year-old son of Brad and Hae Sun Weber, was a dominant force inside and outside for the Cougars this season.
In addition to being named All-State, Weber also was selected as All-Conference and All-NEA this season. He also has been invited to take part in the upcoming Sun Senior Classic.
Weber says his strong senior season was a nice cap to his high school playing days.
"My 10th grade year, being the ninth man on the final four team, and my junior year when I averaged something like five points as a starter made this year and getting All-State that much more special. Everything paid off. It makes me feel good."
Basketball has meant a great deal to Weber through the years.
"To me, it was a lifestyle. It gave me something to look forward to every day. I don't know what I would've done without it."
Weber says the excitement of the game is something he will always treasure.
"In a close game, when you make a big shot and the crowd cheers for, it's like the best feeling ever. I love that."
Weber is looking at colleges and considering playing at the next level. He is looking at a future career as a game warden, but would like to volunteer coach in the future.
Both Gunn and Weber will be remembered among the best to ever suit up for Rector's basketball programs. They have entertained crowds with their efforts through their countless hours of practice.