Chelsea High basketball star Cesar Castro continued his superlative senior season by reaching one of the most coveted individual milestones in high school basketball.
Castro, a captain of the Chelsea High boys basketball team, scored the 1,000th point of his career in a 62-28 win over Shawsheen Tech Friday night before an appreciative home crowd.
As his proud family and friends looked on, Castro accepted a basketball commemorating his historic achievement.
Castro becomes the fourth boy and sixth girl in CHS history to enter the 1,000-point club. Craig Walker is the boys’ all-time leading scorer, followed by David Molloy and Lew Perkins. The school’s all-time leading scorer is Denise Chappell while Autumn Lopez is the only other girl to have scored more than 1,000 points.
Frank DePatto, director of athletics at Chelsea High School, praised Castro’s basketball skills and his leadership on and off the court.
“It’s an outstanding achievement,” said DePatto. “Without him we wouldn’t have an 11-1 record. He’s a fantastic individual as well.”
DePatto, an excellent outside shooter himself during his career, said Castro has the all-around game necessary to compete at the next level. “We’re expecting great things from him in the future.”
Chelsea High Principal Joseph Mullaney also congratulated Castro on his high honor. Mullaney, who was a teammate of Craig Walker for the Red Devils, played college basketball at North Adams State (Mass. College of Liberal Arts).