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Salesman for 3

Senior guard sets school record for triples, leads Wildcats into postseason

February 24, 2012
By CHRIS DOBROWOLSKI - News Sports Editor ( , The Alpena News

Dana Salesman remembers watching former Alpena standout Rachel Gebauer launch threes for the Wildcats when Salesman was in junior high.

Salesman looked up to Gebauer back then.

Now, as far as the record books go, Gebauer is looking up at Salesman.

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Dana Salesman

Salesman became Alpena's all-time girls basketball three-point shooter when she broke Gebauer's career total of 77 in a loss to Cheboygan just over a week ago.

"It means a lot to know I left my mark at the school," said Salesman, a four-year letter winner for Alpena. "It was my goal at the beginning of the year and it was nice that I could accomplish one of the goals I set.

"(Gebauer) was someone I looked up to. I never thought I would be able to put myself in position to break her record. I saw her at the alumni game (in December) and she still had that sweet shot."

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Girls Basketball Districts

When: Monday, Wednesday and Friday

Where:? Class A?@ various sites

Class C @ various sites

Class D@ Posen

Class D @ Rogers City

It's been somewhat of a roller-coaster season for Salesman, who overcame a mid-season slump to finally notch the record.

"At the beginning of the season I was making two a game. I think I had four in a game two times," said Salesman. "Then I hit a slump and I couldn't hit any. It was really rough for me because I didn't understand why (I was struggling). I felt some pressure. I had to stop thinking about the record, which is what I was focusing on. As soon as I stopped focusing on it I got it two games later."

For the season Salesman has nearly half of Alpena's 53 three-pointers as she's buried 25 of her 124 attempts.

Salesman had 55 threes coming into the season so Alpena head coach Jenny Poli figured it was just a matter of time before Salesman had the all-time record.

"She's a three-year starter and she's been a mainstay for the last four years," said Poli. "She's been on the team through good games and bad games. In the past we've lived and died by the three. Last year we broke the school three-point record for a season (77). This year we've tried to get the ball inside first, then dish it out. She gives us an all-around game."

Salesman has the ball in her hands quite a bit as Alpena's point guard, and is second on the squad in assists with 30. Having the ability to distribute is a key part of her game, along with long-distance shooting.

"When she's not on she becomes a playmaker," said Poli. "If she is on we'd like to get 2, 3, 4 threes out of her."

Alpena will need all it can get from one of its senior leaders when the Wildcats head to Traverse City Central for the start of district action on Monday. Alpena is looking to defeat the Trojans after losing twice during the regular season - 54-46 in Alpena in December, then 47-27 in Traverse City last month.

"It would be nice to prove to everyone that once the (regular) season is over we can still do great things. It's a brand new season. Things can be different," she said.



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