By Rich Palzewic
DE PERE – Girls’ basketball player Jordan Meulemans, a Division I commit to Butler University, broke the all-time career scoring mark at De Pere with a 25-point performance against Notre Dame Academy Feb. 15.
Coming into the season, Meulemans was 240 points behind the former girls’ leader, Jenny Steffens, who had 1,389 points in her De Pere career.
Once Meulemans passed that mark, De Pere boys’ leader Brevin Pritzl was next on her radar.
Pritzl, who played his college ball at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, had 1,720 points in his De Pere career.
“It’s been one of my main goals (to break the record) since coming into high school,” Meulemans said. “Now that I’ve succeeded in reaching that goal, it doesn’t feel real. It shows how hard I’ve worked over the years. I wouldn’t have done it without my teammates.”
Meulemans, averaging 25 points per game, also broke her own record from a season ago for most points in a girls’ single season at De Pere with 604.
Through 24 games this season, Meulemans has 1,753 career points.
Currently sitting at 20-4 overall and 16-2 in the Fox River Classic Conference, De Pere earned a No. 3 seed in the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Division 1 postseason.
“Our team is playing solid overall,” Meulemans said. “We play well as a team and are peaking at the right moment. I can’t wait to see what damage we do in the playoffs.”
De Pere Head Coach Jeremy Boileau said Meulemans has put in the work.
“Not only has she put in the work on the court but also in the weight room,” he said. “She often does this with no one watching or when she’s not being asked to do so. She’s invested lots of time in her game, and it’s helped the success of our team. All she cares about is winning and doing her best. Jordan deserves to be at the top of the list.”
Boileau also had the opportunity to coach Pritzl.
“The common theme with both of them is all they care about is winning,” he said. “They put in the work, are leaders and win games. If you put in the work, records will take care of themselves.”