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Pocernich Breaks Cromwell-Wright Records Under Leadership of Coach, Dad

Alicia Tipcke
Updated: June 21, 2020 11:31 PM

Since elementary school Cromwell-Wright's Micah Pocernich stood out on the hardwood.

During high school games he consistently led the Cardinals in scoring. Some of the recent graduate's motivation came from Bill Pocernich, his head coach and father.

"Basketball is something that both of us really enjoy a lot, so to be able to share that experience with him was really special," said Micah Pocernich, a 2020 Cromwell-Wright High School graduate. 

The guard said he fell in love with the sport after tagging along with his dad to practices while growing up.

Once Micah joined Bill's varsity squad, the father-son coach-player duo found their groove. In 2019 they helped lead Cromwell-Wright to their first Section 5A title in 23 years.

Micah tallied a game-high 37 points in that section championship game over Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa. He said breaking the drought meant more than clinching a state tournament berth.

"It meant a lot to all of us really. Playing for a school where boys basketball hadn't been this [good] for a while, it meant a lot to be able to bring that to all the younger kids that look up to the older kids. To be able to show them that you can do it, even at small school," Pocernich said, created a moment he'll never forget. 

The Cardinals would fall in the 2019 state quarterfinals, but Pocernich rebounded his senior year. In January 2020 he became the program's all-time leading scorer hitting 1,501 career points.

"The first half of that game [versus Silver Bay] I did not play very well. So at halftime coach kind of got on me a little bit and then we kind of picked it up in the second half. Then when I broke the record, it was really cool," said Pocernich. 

He'd complete his high school career with 1,942 career points in the 2019-2020 section quarterfinals.

However he still managed another trip to the state tournament, this time as a fan. In March he traveled to Minneapolis to cheer on his sister, Andrea Pocernich, and the Cromwell-Wright team in the Class A girl's state basketball tournament.

"That was a lot of fun too because we kind of have that experience that we share in a way," added Pocernich.

Pocernich will continue to follow in his parents footsteps this winter, who both played college ball, by playing DIII basketball at the University of Northwestern in St. Paul.


Alicia Tipcke

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