Legends: Stream could do it all on the court

ISHPEMING — Sarah Stream-Stanek had a star spangled high school basketball career at Westwood High School.

And only a couple of untimely injuries during her career at Michigan Tech kept her from doing the same at the collegiate level.

“I don’t think there’s any doubt, without the injuries, that she (Stream) would have broken every record here,” said John Barnes, who coached the Huskies between 2001 and 2010. “She was that talented and that driven a basketball player.”

As it was, she established a career stat line that would have been the envy of any cager.

Stream-Stanek scored 1,464 points, handed out a school record 439 assists and shot 82 percent at the free throw line. She hit nearly 40 percent of her three-point tries.

Her stats in high school were even more impressive. She totaled a school record 1,839 points at Westwood High.

“The most complete player we’ve ever had here,” WHS coach Tom Hammar said. “She did everything well.”

In her senior season, she led the Patriots to a Class C championship over defending state champ Inkster by putting in 36 points in the title game.

Inkster coach Jasmine Bracey described her as the “Ever Ready Bunny” afterward.

“She kept going and going — we couldn’t stop her,” Bracey said. “The best player we’ve seen all season.”

The year before Westwood had another good shot at winning a title, losing to powerhouse St. Ignace 73-72 in overtime in the regional final.

“That was the most disappointing loss I was ever a part of,” Sarah said in a 2004 interview. “We lost on a three-pointer at half-court.”

Her career at Tech was bittersweet. While leading the Huskies to three GLIAC titles in starting a program-record 126 games, it wasn’t all roses.

Two knee injuries (in 2005 and 2007) cut her into effectiveness as a junior and senior.

MTU made it to NCAA Elite 8 twice in that time, although Barnes felt the team would have had a better shot in the postseason with a healthy Stream.

“Sarah was such an integral part of those teams,” he said. “A great team leader.”

Stream-Stanek was chosen to the MTU Hall of Fame and the Upper Peninsula Hall of Fame in 2018.


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