A bright comet soars

Published 12:00 am Thursday, December 26, 2002


LAPLACE – St. Charles Catholic High School basketball player Michael Bonura was proud of what happened on the court Dec. 7 against Grace King High School. He was thrilled, but not overly thrilled by scoring the 1,000 point of his SCC career.

“I didn’t really worry about it too much. I just wanted the win,” Bonura said.

The Comet started to get excited about the achievement when he knew he was getting near the mark. He said the number was around 900 before the season began, but did not know when he would reach the 1,000-point total.

“It is a great honor to get this, but I would rather win than get 1,000 points,” he said.

When asked how he assessed his performance so far this season, Bonura replied, “about a 9 out of 10.”

He is playing on a team right now where there is not a “go-to” guy. Bonura is averaging 16.4 points and 6.5 rebounds per game for his club. That is up from 14.7 points per game during the 2001-02 season.

“My first three years here I think I was productive. Maybe I could have done some things differently, but I just went out and set goals and got them,” he said.

The outlook for this season, according to Bonura, is to win the District 10-3A championship.

“My goal is not to get 2,000 points. My goal is to hustle and play hard. We need to play to our potential and not get to the point where we are playing for pride,” he said.

Despite having a solid basketball career, Bonura plans on seeing where his baseball talent takes him.

He is currently a pitcher on the Comets baseball team. If things do not work out sports wise, the senior plans on getting a college degree, possibly in engineering.

“One thing you can always fall back on is your education. Being an athlete means being a student-athlete,” he said. “For me it’s education or no sports.”