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Morris Sussex Sports covers 40 schools’ sports teams that consists of about 14,000 athletes in Morris, Sussex and parts of Warren counties. Out of those 14,000 athletes, Morris Sussex Sports and Parisi Speed School honors just one athlete who does something special each week with the Parisi Speed School Player of the Week.  Go to Parisi Speed School to raise your game and become faster, bigger and stronger.  Mention “Morris Sussex Sports” and receive a FREE Speed Pass to one of their world class training sessions.  

Over the holiday break there were a lot of stellar individual athletic performances between the regular season match-ups and holiday tournaments.  But we felt the the athlete that deserved the Parisi Speed school Player of the Week the most was Mountain Lakes basketball star Jake Schicke.  The senior forward capped an already astonishing sports career at Mountain Lakes as he surpassed 1,000 career points with his 19-point performance in a 64-53 win over Par Hills.

We caught up with Schicke to discuss his amazing achievement, what his favorite sport is and who his role model is.

Morris Sussex Sports: How did it feel to get such a big milestone as scoring 1,000th point?
Jake Schicke: It was a satisfying feeling because that was one of my long term goals I set coming into High school.

MSS: Did you anticipate being such a dominant player in multiple sports before coming into high school?
JS: I mean, I was always known for my athletic abilities but it took a lot of hard work in the off season and being pushed by coaches helped.

MSS: Do you prefer one sport (football, basketball or golf) over the other?
JS: Football and Basketball are both really fun to me, I give it my all in both sports but at the end of the day I think I have to say football.

MSS: Who is your role model?
JS: My Grandfather

MSS: Do you have a nickname?
JS: Jake the Snake

MSS: If you weren’t an athlete, what would you want to do?
JS: Be a photographer

MSS: Why do you wear numbers you do in football and basketball?
JS: I wore 21 in football because my brother was 81 and I didn’t want to take his number and 24 because of Kobe.

MSS: Do you have a favorite opposing gym you like to play in?
JS: Roxbury

MSS: What do you do on days off?
JS: Hang out with friends and listen to music

MSS: Who is the greatest athlete of all-time?
JS: Lebron James hands down.

MSS: What can we expect from Mountain Lakes hoops the rest of the way?
JS: Big things coming, especially in the county Tournament

MSS: Congrats again Jake and best of luck the rest of the way!

George Muha has been covering high school sports since 2006. He feels high school scholar-athletes are the most important part of the community and highlighting their achievements on the field, in the classroom and within the community is his personal mission.

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