As of Monday morning, only two student-athletes in the history of Islesboro Central School had scored 1,000 basketball points. By the end of the day, that number had grown to three.

On Jan. 17, Eagle junior D.J. Johnson joined the school’s 1,000-point club in a game against visiting Seacoast Christian as the Eagles nearly doubled their win total for the season. Islesboro won 59-36 and Johnson finished with 17 points.

The individual scoring feat is hardly surprising considering the team’s remarkable success this winter.

The Eagles are 10-1 after a convincing 62-40 win over visiting Forest Hills of Jackman, the No. 1 team in Western Class D, on Tuesday.

Islesboro (10-1, 29.8561 points) is second in the Maine Principals’ Association Heal Point Standings in Western Class D, while Forest Hills (8-4, 33.4656 points) sits atop the 15-team region. The top eight teams qualify for the playoffs.

On Tuesday, Islesboro led 14-8, 33-18 and 49-28 at the quarter breaks against Forest Hills.

Johnson led the attack with 29 points, three rebounds and seven assists. Jason Hatch added 18 points and 10 rebounds, while Gerard Scherr had eight points and eight rebounds for the Eagles. Also, Charles Cilley chipped in seven points.

For the visiting Tigers, Evan Worster netted 18 points and Raymond Petrin 11.

In Monday’s game against Seacoast, Islesboro took the first quarter 23-11 and led 35-19 by halftime. At the end of the third stanza, the hosts were up 28-51.

Hatch led Islesboro with 15 points and 10 rebounds and Scherr added 18 points. Twelve of those points came from 3-point shots. Also, Max Mahan netted six and Cilley three. Johnson had five 3-pointers; Scherr, four; and Cilley, one.

J. Archer led Seacoast Christian with 11 points, followed by Gould with 10; Kerrigan, six; Gustafson, five; and L. Archer, four.

Against Seacoast Christian, Johnson, 16, joined teammate Hatch and former Eagle Zachary Conover in the school’s 1,000-point club with the islanders’ second hoop of the game, a 3-point shot that brought him exactly to 1,000 points about two minutes into the contest.

“It’s definitely a nice milestone,” Johnson said. “I’m really glad that I was able to get it.”

Johnson said the milestone was somewhat dampened because it was the ‘second’ time he reached it. In the previous game against Calvary Christian in Bangor he had made the same type of shot — a 3-pointer — but it was disallowed because of a foul.

“I already thought that I had gotten it so all those emotions were kind of used then,” he said. “It was a really nice moment, but it was just another basket.”

The highlight this time was that he made the mark at home in front of family and friends.

Johnson is the son of Donald William Johnson III, the former boys basketball coach at the high school, and Stephanie Doyle.

When the younger Johnson made the milestone shot “the gym erupted,” said Islesboro coach Andrew Leach. “There was a lot of positive energy from the fans who have seen D.J. play varsity basketball since his eighth-grade year. It was special to have it happen at home.”

“It was nice to get it at home though,” Johnson said. “I was really happy to be able to do that.”

After the shot went through the basket, coach Leach called a timeout to publicly praise his player as the crowd and both teams gave him a standing ovation and congratulations.

“D.J. is a very unselfish player,” Leach said. “He makes it very easy for the coaches because he is one of our most talented players but he is also our hardest worker. He puts in a lot of time before, during, and after the season.”

Johnson has been playing for Islesboro since eighth grade and playing basketball since about the third grade. He loves the sport.

“It’s a really great game,” he said. “It shows a lot of good aspects of not just what sports are about. It really brings out the best in most players in most cases. It’s a really great game. All my family has played it and it just gets passed down and I love everything about it.“

Johnson said it was nice to finally reach his goal because now he can focus on his season.

“It was kind of nice to get it over with and get on,” he said. “It just kind of nice to get that over with and move on to this next big game we have [on Tuesday, an important win over Forest Hills, in which Johnson led his team to victory].”

Johnson said this is the first time in a while the fans have been able to see a very strong Eagle court team “and our fans are great. They are really loud and really enjoy watching us play.”

Now with the milestone points behind him, Johnson and the Eagles can look forward to their season and making it the best it can be. And that is important to the young player.

“It really means a lot just because of how hard everybody works,” he said of the islanders’ strong record and regional standing thus far. “Everyone just works really hard and they are all really great guys. I love them all and it makes a really fun experience being with them all.“

Village NetMedia Sports Reporter Frederick Freudenberger can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail at fritz@villagesoup.com.