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IdahoSports.com Announces High School Record Book Project
IdahoSports.com will begin to assemble an accurate record book starting today
Published: 1/19/2024 1:39:59 PM
Brandon Baney
Managing Editor/Broadcaster
brandon@idahosports.com
 

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A week ago, I published a story highlighting Kase Wynott’s chase for Idaho’s all-time career points scored record for boys basketball. The Lapwai senior is now 74 points away from breaking the all-time mark, set by Kamiah’s Jared Mercer in 1993.

Along the way, though, a problem emerged. The point totals and career list I used came from idahoops.com, which is a fantastic site full of great historical information.

However, multiple parties reached out to me after I published the story and explained that we had gotten the story wrong. The problem? Idahoops.com has Mercer’s career points total as 2,536. The actual amount (which we verified with Kamiah High School) is 2,589.

That may not seem like much (it’s a difference of 53 points), but when it comes to all-time records, we have to get it right.

I felt pretty foolish after I learned of my mistake, and I feel awful that I reported incorrect information. IdahoSports.com is the state’s most trusted resource for high school athletics information, and whenever we make a mistake, we have to own up to it.

My embarrassment eventually subsided, and was replaced by a different feeling: curiosity.

One question kept nagging at me:
Why isn’t there an official record book for Idaho high school athletics?



To be clear, the Idaho High School Activities Association does keep track of records for state tournament events, which is a great resource and a large undertaking.

But what about all of the regular-season statistics and accomplishments? State Tournament action represents less than ten percent of the total body of work across the entire season.

I guess I’m somewhat spoiled. I grew up in Montana, and their High School Activities Association put in the work to create an incredible record book.

Idaho should have something similar, if not better. So here’s my pledge to you:

Starting today, IdahoSports.com will begin to put together a record book. With the cooperation of Idaho’s high schools, I think this is an achievable goal. It may take some time, but we will slowly put together a book of records that will be as close to official as possible.

Over the next several months, we’ll reach out to every high school in Idaho and begin the process of collecting data.
I’m going to thank in advance the tireless amount of administrators and coaches, both current and retired, that will help make this project a success.

In the meantime, continue to enjoy Kase Wynott’s pursuit of Idaho’s all-time scoring record. How often do we get to say we watched history in the making?





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