Stephanie and Mark Seaman of Williamsburg Christian Academy's and Ashley and Billy Barnes of Walsingham Academy have grown up around basketball.
The offspring of prolific high school scorers, the brother-sister duos have replicated the feat of scoring 1,000 points each — and doing so in the same season.
Ashley and Billy Barnes each eclipsed the mark this week, becoming the first brother-sister combination at Walsingham to claim the achievement. Ashley scored her 1,000th point last Saturday during a 29-point effort against Norfolk Christian School. Billy reached the milestone Thursday, scoring 11 points during a 52-25 victory over Peninsula Catholic.
Their father, Billy Barnes, reached the milestone at St. John's College High School in Washington. In college, Barnes scored 1,000 points at William and Mary and is enshrined in the Tribe Hall of Fame.
"I am proud of both of them for their accomplishments," said the elder Barnes, who coaches Walsingham's varsity boys basketball team. "But what I am really proud of is that they play the game unselfishly and for the right reasons. They both place team goals above their personal goals. They both have a great work ethic, which serves them well on and off the court."
Billy Barnes never considered himself a scorer. "I never thought much about reaching 1,000 points," he said. "My main goal was to make varsity, become the best player I could be, and win games. The thought of 1,000 points never crossed my mind until about midway through this season, when I realized how close I was."
Ashley said she was unaware she was close to the milestone. "I was not told before the game how many points I needed, so when I scored the final point, I was completely surprised when play stopped. It was exciting and I was so happy to be there with my teammates and the fans that came out to cheer us on."
Mark Seaman joined the club during Williamsburg Christian Academy's blowout victory over Alliance Christian on Feb. 3. The next night, his sister Stephanie scored a season-high 38 points against Isle of Wight Academy to join her brother in the exclusive club. Their father, Steve, was an all-district selection at Tabb High School and played at Old Dominion.
"Getting my 1,000th point was a significant milestone for me," Mark Seaman said. "It is really meaningful because only a few WCA athletes have accomplished this and it's good to be in that kind of company."
The Seamans aren't the first siblings to score 1,000 points at WCA. Katie and Will Mausteller did in 2008.
"I feel honored to join them," Stephanie Seaman said. "They were players that we looked up to when we were younger and they were both extremely gifted basketball players."
Mark and Stephanie grew up playing basketball in the backyard and have fond memories of their pickup games.
"Mark is a great competitor and he never took it easy on me," Stephanie said. "Now, I'm really glad, because I think it made me better."
Mark agreed. "Stephanie has truly earned everything she has gotten and I'm really proud of her accomplishments," he said. "She plays the same way, every time she steps on the court. I've actually learned a few things from her during our high school careers."
Ashley had similar praise about her brother. "Billy's an outstanding player who's basketball IQ is much greater than mine," she said. "He is a much more well-rounded player than I am."
Billy noted that he has never played a pickup game against his sister. "I have never been foolish enough to play my sister one-on-one," he said. "If I never play her, then she can't beat me.
"She is a great player and I love watching her dominate the girls games. She is an unbelievable shooter, she literally doesn't miss, and I really respect the toughness and determination she shows on the court."
All four players say playing year-round basketball has helped their games evolve. Stephanie (17.8 points) leads Williamsburg Christian Academy in scoring and ranks second in the Metro Conference. Mark (17.5 points) also leads his team and is ranked fifth in the conference.
Ashley ranks second in the Tidewater Conference of Independent Schools in scoring at 18.1 points a game. Billy Barnes (17.32) ranks fourth in conference for the boys.
While the accolades are nice, the players have an understanding of their place in history.
"I have been blessed to play with and against some really great players," Stephanie said. "My goals in basketball will remain the same throughout my entire high school career. I want to always be a leader for my team and of course, help them pursue a second and third state championship."
Harvey can be reached by phone at 757-345-2352.