EDISON, NJ -- Ryan Petela of Clark, a senior at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison, joined an elite club of W+H athletes on Wednesday when he scored his 1,000th point as a Ram in a boys’ basketball game vs. Dunellen in Laidlaw Gym.
The senior guard led the Rams with 19 points, including a free throw with 2:06 remaining in the fourth quarter that produced his 1,000th career point. Petela is the 10th male and 14th player overall in W+H history to reach the grand milestone.
“Scoring 1,000 points in high school has been a dream of mine since I started playing basketball, and to have it happen is one of the coolest feelings in the world,” Ryan said. “When that ball went through the net and my parents came out onto the court, the biggest feelings of accomplishment and happiness came over me. After countless hours of hard work with my dad in the offseason and battling every day at practice and in games with my teammates, to have it all work out and see the work pay off means so much to me.”
Ryan was joined at midcourt by his parents, John and Cecilia, along with W+H athletic director Karl Miran and head coach Bernie Buniak. Fans in the jam-packed bleachers celebrated wildly to honor Ryan’s milestone. Although the Rams lost the game, the home fans departed with a reason to celebrate. The school’s social media feeds buzzed well into the night with messages of congratulations for the newest member of the W+H 1,000-point club.
Ryan joins W+H hoop stars Brian Roach ’80, Janissa Delzo ’12, Arthur Blake ’74, Sarah Williamson ’98, Kevin Wyatt ’82, Justen Davis ’13, Ken Kaye ’95, Corey Boland ’08, Michael Campbell ’94, Valerie Pate ’92, Taylor Gerhart ’14, Rob Rizzo ’89 and Chuck Mayers ’74 in the 1,000-Point Club.
“Wardlaw+Hartridge has an extremely rich history and the amazing reputation our school has around the state is something I am fortunate to be a part of,” Ryan said. “To have my name in the record books and have my own little piece of W+H history is something I will forever be proud of and it is a memory I will never forget. To have my name alongside other fantastic Rams who have made their mark in W+H history is truly an honor and I am lucky to be included with such an extraordinary group of people.”
The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison is Central Jersey’s premier Pre-K-12 independent school. The campus is located at 1295 Inman Ave. in North Edison, near the Scotch Plains border and just five miles from downtown Westfield. It is a private, nonsectarian, coeducational day school that prepares students to lead and succeed in a world of global interconnection. Wardlaw+Hartridge provides an educational atmosphere characterized by academic challenge, support for individual excellence, diversity, and a familial sense of community.