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William Jeffress Sets McDowell Scoring Record



MILLCREEK TOWNSHIP, Pa. — On the wall at Paul Goll Gym in McDowell High School is a list of the 16 Trojans players to have scored 1,000 points in their career.

Of those players, Sean Smiley’s career point total has been the highest for 15 years, with the 1,426 total career points he finished with in 2005 standing as the school’s record.

The Trojans are going to have to invest in some new paint.

Junior forward Will Jeffress Will Jeffress became McDowell’s leading scorer in his team’s game on Friday night against Kennedy Catholic. Jeffress, a junior that could enroll in college as part of the Class of 2020, entered the game needing just 12 points to surpass Smiley’s mark. He scored the record-setting point on a free throw with 2:04 left in the third quarter.



“Coming into McDowell, it was a goal for me from my freshman year, just to write my name in the record books, be able to be on that wall and leave my legacy at this school,” Jeffress said.

Setting the career scoring record is an incredible accomplishment for any player, but Jeffress doing it before the end of his junior year shows the caliber of player the Trojans have. He’s cons

When compared to the rest of the Class of 2021, Jeffress was ranked as the No. 2 player in Pennsylvania and No. 11 small forward in the country, according to 247 Sports’ composite ranking. He holds Division I offers from Pitt, Penn State, Baylor, Memphis, Stanford, Princeton, Harvard and Yale.

Jeffress finished the game with 22 points as the Trojans downed defending PIAA state champions Kennedy Catholic. The Trojans have six games remaining before the postseason, including a rematch with the Eagles on Feb. 11.

“I’m just trying to live in the moment,” Jeffress said. “I’m the all-time leading scorer, but that’s not my biggest goal I want to accomplish at McDowell. We’ve got a lot of work to do. We want to get a state title.”



Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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