Adam Schroeder was an eighth-grader when Mark Dirksen was setting standards for Seton Catholic’s boys basketball program.
Dirksen became the first, and until recently the only, Cardinal to reach 1,000 points. When his senior season ended in 2009, Dirksen had scored 1,049 points during his Seton career.
That’s the next number on Schroeder’s list.
Now a senior himself, Schroeder has joined Dirksen at the 1,000-point plateau, passing that milestone in the Cardinals’ 51-40 road win at Wes-Del last weekend.
Schroeder scored 13 points in the win, and now stands at 1,002 points. He’ll look to add to that number Saturday when the Cards play host to University at Chuck Mosey Gymnasium in the first of their final six regular-season games.
“I remember when they built the gym and when Mark Dirksen scored 1,000 points. I told myself I was going to do that,” Schroeder said. “It was nice for all the work to kind of pay dividends.”
Schroeder has worked overtime in helping grow athletics at Seton Catholic.
He was on the first Seton program to win a sectional championship when the Cardinals captured a Class A baseball title his sophomore season. His junior year, the Cardinals earned state recognition in the Class A poll.
It was also during his junior season that Seton set a record for single-season basketball wins with nine. That’s another number the Cardinals are closing in on. They are currently 8-6.
“He’s been a driving force in building up the programs in both baseball and basketball the last four years,” said Seton boys basketball coach Josh Jurgens.
” … He’s done a great job being our captain. There’s nothing else I can ask from that kid.”
Schroeder averages a team-high 17.9 points per game and leads the Cardinals in assists and steals.
He’s netted double figures in all but two of his games from the point guard position, topping out with the season-high 32 he poured in against Oldenburg Academy on Dec. 1.
“He’s quick. He’ll beat you off the dribble,” Jurgens said. “He’s worked on his jump shot a lot. His 3-point shot really improved over the last few years. Overall, he’s an awesome talent.”
He’s earned respect throughout the area. Randolph Southern coach J.C. Price called Schroeder an “exceptional point guard” after the Cardinals downed the Rebels 50-39, and coach Bobby Jones of still-undefeated Hagerstown offered high praise for Schroeder after the Tigers stopped Seton 71-62 late last month.
“I’ve kind of built a reputation for myself as the kid from Seton,” Schroeder said. “It’s kind of nice to become the kid from Seton.”
Some other “kids from Seton” have played key roles in both the program and Schroeder’s development as an athlete. Two notable ones — his older brothers David and Evan.
David and Evan Schroeder were also members of the baseball and basketball teams, and helped Seton win the baseball sectional their senior season.
“Having them be two years older than me, I had to play up,” Adam Schroeder said. “I had to score against bigger kids. That’s really helped me the last two years.”
Schroeder has been a force for the Cardinals for four years, and his talent and drive were apparent from Day One, said former Seton head coach Scott Beaman.
“As a freshman, his IQ was off the charts. It was well beyond his years,” said Beaman, who coached Schroeder his freshman and sophomore seasons. “Physically, he’s gifted in the fact that he’s much stronger than a lot of kids his age. Really, what I loved about him was his kind of bulldog mentality. He played point guard how I would have played point guard, which is not backing down from anybody else. Ultimate competitor, but he also makes his teammates better.”
Beaman also coached Dirksen, who Beaman said had an inkling his records might not last long with Schroeder on the way up.
“He knew from the minute that kid walked in the gym as a freshman that his records were going down in a hurry,” Beaman said. “As long as he stayed healthy, it was going to say ‘Adam Schroeder’ all over the record books. And he (Dirksen) knew that, and he was cool with it and is really proud of that.”
Schroeder, too, is proud of his accomplishments at Seton — and is looking forward to the opportunity to add even more in the coming weeks.
Seton also has home games Feb. 12 with Tri High and Feb. 22 with Cowan.
“We’re kind of cohesive as a group, coming together,” Schroeder said. “It’s only on the up and up and for the rest of the year. To peak in March — that’s the entire goal.
“You can look at these first 20 games as a long preseason. We have some tough teams in there (our sectional), but that’s the end game. We’re looking forward to the postseason.”