The exploits of Central Noble senior Meleah Leatherman are well known at this point. What may be lost is that she is about to surpass the number 1,000 in her third different statistical category of her sports career at Central Noble.
On Friday, the Cougars will host senior night against Churubusco to celebrate Leatherman, Sydney Freeman and Anna Stayner.
On that same night, Leatherman should surpass 1,000 career rebounds as she currently sits at 999 for her career. Getting past that mark would be special as she would be the program’s only player to ever have 1,000 points and rebounds in their career. Leatherman has upped her rebounding every year and has grabbed 393 offensive rebounds to her 606 defensive rebounds.
Leatherman has grabbed 228 rebounds this seaosn.
“It’s very very exciting for me. I kind of knew that I was going to get 1,000 points and kills but getting 1,000 rebounds is something I didn’t expect, and was a huge goal for me this year, so I’m so so happy I was able to achieve that goal,” Leatherman said. “I wouldn’t have been able to get any of those achievements without my teammates.”
She also sits at 1,542 career points on the basketball court, second only in Central Noble history to current teammate and fellow senior Sydney Freeman who has 1,600 career points. Freeman also holds the school record in assists and steals.
Leatherman currently sits at 16.1 points and 10.9 rebounds per game for the 21-0 Cougars. After Friday’s senior night, they will look to defend their Class 2A state title as they host their Sectional.
While Central Noble has clinched at least a share of their first ever Northeast Corner Conference title already, Friday’s senior night game will clinch them an outright title.
“It’s crazy to think we are still undefeated, it almost seems unreal. I’m very excited to get to play for the NECC title since that is the only thing the team hasn’t achieved yet,” Leatherman said. “I just hope we can carry this energy and excitement as we go into sectionals next week. And of course senior night is always exciting, it will be so bittersweet for the senior class this season.”
This past fall on the volleyball court, Leatherman hit that third mark of 1,000 coming in the way of kills. She finished her career with 1,353 kills. She averaged 4 kills per set during her senior season. Central Noble volleyball finished 21-9 this past fall.
Leatherman has also been a standout in track and field, where she has finished eighth in the state in the high jump for the last two years. Needless to say, she will end her time at Central Noble as one of the school’s most successfully well rounded athletes ever.
Did Leatherman think that she would ever find this level of success individually or with her teams?
“No I never thought I would,” she said. “It’s crazy and I’m very thankful.”