Notre Dame recruit Austin Torres scored 18 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as Penn defeated Fort Wayne North Side in the boys basketball season opener at Penn Saturday night.
The victory is the 500th in the career of Kingsmen head coach Al Rhodes.
"I’m very proud of the fact and very thankful that my wife and my family have been with me," Rhodes said after the game. "500 games to win is an awful lot of games. It also means you coached more than that, so that’s a lot of pain and heartache for the family. There have been a lot of very special players along the way and special teams. I’m thinking this is going to be another special team, here. I really like this group."
That group presented Rhodes with a special gold basketball that read "500" on it and had signatures from every player. Rhodes took pictures with the team and his wife after the game.
"You put so much time in--I especially wanted my wife Kathy out there with me (for the post-game ceremony), because of the fact that families make sacrifices," Rhodes said. "I’m very proud. It’s something that not that many people have done. I’m proud of all the kids who have been a part of this."
Rhodes is a Penn High School graduate and led Warsaw to the state championship in 1984.