Every high school basketball season, hundreds of players from across Cape Cod take the court. Some will play all four years for their school and have the chance to play in the postseason. Some will win championships, others will be named all-stars, but very few will accomplish what two Sturgis East seniors from Sandwich have done this season.
Meaghan Fitzgerald and Jacob Tobey both grew up playing youth basketball in Sandwich. They played on travel and all-star teams and moved on to play AAU basketball. Tobey and Fitzgerald chose Sturgis East High School, where they joined the basketball team as freshmen. Now four years later they will leave Sturgis East not only remembered for their accomplishments on and off the court, but with their names recorded in the school history books.
As rare as it is for anyone to score 1,000 points in a high school basketball career, the two Sturgis East players reached that milestone in the same season. It was the first time any male or female Sturgis player hit the 1,000-point mark in school history.
Tobey was first to hit the high mark as he led the Storm to a 63-52 victory at Norfolk Aggie on Thursday, January 29. Fitzgerald wasn’t far behind as she reached the 1,000-point mark on Thursday, February 12 in a home-game 52-21 victory over Cape Cod Academy.
“For me it was good to do it, because I know how hard I’ve worked over the past four years,” Tobey said of his accomplishment. “My coach told me when I was a freshman that he thought I had the potential to do this. That made me work even harder throughout the years. When it actually happened I was relieved.”
The day at Norfolk Aggie in Walpole when Tobey hit his 1,000th point the game was stopped to recognize his accomplishment.
“The refs stopped the game,” Tobey recalled. “My family and a couple of other people had come to watch. I got the game ball. It was exciting.”
Fitzgerald got off to a slow scoring start in the Storm’s game with Cape Cod Academy on February 12. By the end of the first half she had just five points. Everything kicked in from that point on as she proceeded to dismantle the CCA defense, scoring 19 points in the third quarter on the way to the win.
“It means a lot to have done this,” Fitzgerald said of hitting the 1,000-point mark. “My coach also put the idea in my head freshman year that I could do this. From that point I was working toward that goal. It was a huge goal and I worked so hard to reach it. It was a great feeling to hit it. When I hit it they stopped the game, it was crazy. There were teammates from my AAU team that had come to watch and my cousins, family and friends were there and got to share in it with me.”
On both occasions Tobey and Fitzgerald were awarded the game ball. They were both quick to recognize their teammates over the years in helping them reach their goal.
In addition to having received team MVP honors over the years with their Storm basketball teams, they are both four-time Cape and Island All-Stars.
Tobey, who also played soccer for four years at Sturgis East, and Fitzgerald, who played soccer and lacrosse, have their sights set beyond high school with the next step being college.
Fitzgerald has already been accepted at Curry College and has been in contact with the basketball team for whom she’ll play next year.
“I plan to major in biology and hopefully go on to become a physical therapist,” she said.
“I’m looking to play Division 3 basketball,” Tobey said. “I have been accepted to a couple of schools and I’ve spoken with some college coaches. I’ll try out for whatever school I end up going to or I’ll play club or intramural.”
Tobey’s first choice, to which he has been accepted, is Emerson College, where he plans to major in sports journalism. He is also considering Suffolk University, Springfield College, Bridgewater State University and Endicott College.
“I think it’s a great accomplishment for our school,” Tobey said of what he and Fitzgerald have done. “Sturgis is up and coming in so many sports. We’re already the top academic school in the state and we’re working toward making Sturgis a better school for sports.”