Daniel Mahurin has enjoyed back-to-back games that have put him in the Grain Valley record book – the basketball record book.
Not bad for a guy who many of his followers would call a track star.
The Eagles senior guard is the reigning Missouri River Valley Conference champion in the 200 and 400 meter runs and was part of the Eagles’ 400 and 800 championship relay teams, but basketball is his sport.
“I run track because my mom ran track and loves the sport,” said Mahurin, who lit up Van Horn with 18 points in the first quarter of Senior Night to lead Grain Valley to a 69-46 victory. “But basketball is my sport. My dad used to coach, and I’ve played since I was old enough to walk.”
He walked all over Lafayette County, scoring 18 points – including four 3-pointers – to join an elite group of Eagles who have topped the 1,000-point milestone.
He heads into the new year with 1,009 points, and Grain Valley sports a 4-2 record.
“Daniel is a great player and an even better kid,” Eagles coach Andy Herbert said. “He’s a leader, he can take a game over – as we all saw on Senior Night – and he’s going to go down as one of the great all-around athletes in Grain Valley history.
“We’re expecting big things from him his senior year, and he’s gotten off to a great start.”
Mahurin will never forget his Senior Night performance, that included a rim-shaking dunk and a start that left Falcons coach Daniel Bieser searching for words to describe the senior star’s performance.
“We knew he was their shooter – but we didn't know anyone could shoot the basketball the way he did in the first quarter,” Bieser said after the game. “I don't think he missed a shot the first quarter.”
Mahurin hit all seven of his shots from the floor in the first quarter – including four 3-pointers.
“Senior Nights are always special, and this one was really special for me and the team,” said Mahurin, who is averaging just more than 17 points a game. “On Senior Night, your adrenaline is flowing, the crowd is going crazy and you're hitting every shot – it doesn't get much better than that.
“We have such great fans, and this was actually our first home game, so everyone was real excited. The fact that it was Senior Night made it even better.”
Yet, when you ask Mahurin about his ultimate senior goal, he doesn’t talk about 18-point quarters, 1,000 career points or standing in the Eagles spotlight.
“We only have one goal, and that’s making it to state,” Mahurin said. “It’s my senior year, and we’re lucky enough to have some great talent this year and I think we can make a deep run in the playoffs.
“I’ve played basketball for such a long time, and I know it’s all about teamwork. And with our coaches and our players this year, we’re playing some great ball. We’re all on the same page and having fun. We’re off to a good start and we’re going to get better as the season goes on. I’m a senior and this is the season I’ve been dreaming about. I can’t wait for our next game.”