Family Legacy: Elk Rapids’ Ball Family Adds Another to 1,000 Point Club
ELK RAPIDS – For many, sports means family.
But for Ball family of Elk Rapids, it means so much more. They are all together on the court, and now in the record books after senior Preston Ball made the 1,000 point club a few weeks ago.
Elks’ head coach Kevin Ball is the father of Preston and sophomore Spencer. He and his brother, the boys’ uncle Jeremy, played for Elk Rapids back in the 1990s.
They both held the No. 2 and No. 3 spot in points scored for the school.
That was until Preston joined the club and now has surpassed both of them, sitting in the second spot.
He reached this milestone in their game against Boyne City.
“I knew I was 13 away so coming into that game I felt like I was going to get it,” said Preston. “First half I only had three points, wasn’t playing great. Second half got a couple layups and the possession before I hit a three off an offensive rebound, then coming down the court on a fast break again I saw Spencer look up at me and I knew he was going to throw it to me soon as I got I was shooting it and it went in. It was a good moment.”
While the accomplishment is noteworthy all on its own, it’s even better to reach that milestone alongside his dad and uncle.
“Definitely will be special as a dad and as a family to have the 2,3,4 spots in the 1,000 point club and you don’t see that very often at a lot of schools,” said his dad, Kevin. “We’re excited and obviously we’ve been blessed.”
Now all three get their names hung in the rafters and etched into the record books, all thanks to a sport that has brought them all together.
Not to mention Preston reached his thousandth point with an assist from his younger brother, Spencer, and they got to share yet another moment in their athletic careers together.
“Spencer got me the assist on the thousandth, I got him the assist on his first soccer goal, he got me an assist on my last soccer goal,” recalled Preston. “So it’s great how that worked out.”
He will be able to keep adding to his point total next week with their first round of districts against Grand Traverse Academy.