As various sports seasons pass, it seems more and more as if the record books at North County Christian may as well be renamed “The Josh Feld Chronicles of Achievement.”
Feld had already etched his baseball and football careers into school history, but this year, the senior has taken his basketball résumé to another level.
On Thursday, he broke the Crusaders’ all-time program records for points (1,216) and games played (101).
“I never shoot for them,” Feld said of records. “I never say, ‘Here’s a record I should try to break.’ It’s just all of a sudden, at the last minute, I hear about it.”
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Despite facing constant double- and triple-teams, the 6-foot-1, 185-pounder currently leads San Luis Obispo County in scoring at 21.2 points per game and is second in rebounding at 11.7 per game. Feld has led North County Christian (15-8, 8-0 Coast Valley League) to 48 league wins in a row and the No. 10 ranking in Division VI-AA of the CIF-Southern Section. All that has come after averaging a more modest 10.7 points and 8.4 rebounds as a junior.
“He took his game down low and started dominating,” said Crusaders coach Brian Ricks, a 2002 North County Christian grad. “He’s not 6-4 or 6-5, but he’s strong — football strong. He gets a lot of points in the paint for a guy not that big. He knows how to use his body and his strength.”
A four-year varsity player, Feld had always been capable of such gaudy production, Ricks said, but he tended to blend in more last year, when he was an all-league first-team member as North County Christian went 19-8 during a second-round divisional playoff run. With eight seniors having graduated from that team, though, Feld found himself needing to pick up the offensive slack, and he hasn’t disappointed. On Jan. 15, he broke a 16-year-old single-game school scoring record, pouring in 43 points in a 77-56 win over Coastal Christian.
“It was always there,” Ricks said of his scoring ability. “We just didn’t allow him to go that far up (in previous years).”
However, “the scary thing,” Ricks laughed, is that basketball may not even be his best sport. As a sophomore in baseball, Feld pitched the first perfect game in Crusaders history, collecting 12 strikeouts in a 7-0 win over Valley Christian. As a junior, the three-time all-CVL choice on the diamond won league MVP honors and led Division VII with 43 RBI.
He’s no slouch in football, either. Feld finished his 8-man gridiron career with 115 catches for 1,699 yards and 23 touchdowns, as well as 442 tackles — all program records. That came on the heels of his all-Division II junior season at linebacker, when he also took home the CVL Defensive Player of the Year award and led the Crusaders to the divisional semifinals.
“I’ve been raised, basically, with all sports,” Feld said. “Every year since first grade, I played at least two or three.”He said that in terms of playing collegiately, his best chance would be in baseball, which he may play at The Master’s College. The Mustangs are a consistent NAIA force, qualifying for seven regional tournaments since 1998.
“I think I have a good shot,” he said of his prospects for continuing his baseball career at the Santa Clarita school, which he has already been accepted to — although he has also applied to Cal Poly and UC Davis to be safe.
“That might be my decision,” Feld said of The Master’s. “But I’m waiting to see what other options I have.”
Of course, North County Christian is one of the smallest schools in the area, with an enrollment of about 75.
“The (Coast Valley) League may seem small and not as competitive as the PAC 7 or Los Padres League,” Feld said.
When he began high school, Feld, a Templeton native, once considered enrolling at Templeton High, and another time almost filled out paperwork he had requested in order to go to Atascadero High.
“I was thinking about it,” he said. “But I just felt like I had to stay at North County. I felt like God was keeping me here — that I was meant to be here. I guess He had a plan for me.
“Everyone knows everyone,” Feld said of the school’s close-knit feel. “It’s a privilege to be at this school.”
Ricks thinks he would put up similar numbers even if the Crusaders were to take on higher-level opponents for the duration of a season.
“Maybe it’d be a little harder for him to go down low because guys would be bigger,” Ricks said, “but he would find a way to score. He’d be able to shoot 3s just fine and get rebounds with the way he just attacks the ball.
“I truthfully think he could play with anybody in the county.”