POSEN -Sports records hold sway over athletes, coaches and fans because they are an excellent way to gauge excellence. When junior Korynn Hincka broke Posen's school career scoring record in Thursday's game, she was setting a milestone she could only improve upon next year as a senior.
The soft-spoken, polite Hincka barely seemed phased by breaking Lisa Wekwert's 1991 record of 1,393 career points. Hincka's current total is 1,408.
"It feel pretty good I guess. I don't really pay attention to that kind of stuff. I like to focus more on helping out the team," she said.
News Photo by Eric Benac
Korynn Hincka stands with coach Karl Momrik in front of the Posen sports “Mission Statement” banner just before practice. Momrik has worked with Hincka since the sixth grade and coached her at a varsity level since the 8th grade.
Hincka has been a standout player on a talented Posen team. She averages near 30 points a game and nearly a dozen rebounds. She's helped out immensely by her height, standing at 6-feet 1-inch.
Coach Karl Momrik has been coaching her since sixth grade. She started her varsity career two years later in eighth grade.
"Even at that age you already had an idea that she was going to be special. By eighth grade she was (5-feet 9 inces) already taller than me. Her height combined with her love and dedication to the sport has helped shape her into a great player," he said.
Hincka was a bench player during her first year but she still played enough to score 201 points.
Basketball is a family tradition in the Hincka household. Both of her parents played high school basketball while her cousin Nick is one of the key components to the Posen boy's basketball team.
"Her parents did a great job grooming her onto the sport early on in her life," Momrik said.
Momrik has helped shape Hincka and her teammates into a highly competitive team. They are undefeated this season and haven't lost a North Star League since Jan. 21, 2010, for a streak of 44 wins.
Hincka is a huge part of that success with her high powered defense and offensive skills as well as an understanding of the importance of team work in the sport.
"I've always been a team player. I like to keep the other girls up and excited since I'm the captain. It's important to me that I contribute to the team and not just show boat my own skills," she said.
Momrik doesn't want anybody thinking Posen is a one-player team focused on Hincka.
"Korynn is obviously important but basketball is a team sport and everybody on the team contributes. Bev Bednarski is an excellent fast break scorer who really keeps her cool when we need her. Ashley Meyers has really recently shaped up into the kind of scorer we need her to be while Anna Couture is on track to be second in the state for assists. Austin (Sharpe) and Elena ( Kowalski) do excellent work on rebounding," he said.
Hincka seconds her coach's opinion.
"I'm really just focused on preparing for the next game and for the playoffs. A regional championship win this year is really my big goal. I'm a little nervous about St. Ignace, they're pretty good and might give us a big challenge," she said.
Hincka has a chance to extend her record further with a Friday game in Arenac Eastern. It's a varsity doubleheader, with the girls playing at 6 p.m. while the boys play immediately after.
It could also be a milestone for Momrik as a win against Arenac Eastern would give him 100 career wins.
"It's not something that comes around often," he said.