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1,000 points may not equal elite status

February 17, 2013

In 1954, Roger Bannister ran the first ever 4-minute mile. He ran it in 3:59.4. In 1954, that was a feat that would have garnered front-page headlines. Today, the record has slipped down to 3:4....

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Mar-01-13 11:07 AM

Coming from a family of basketball players who have had full scholarships to college and coaching for 20 years this editors comment "may not equal elite status" is offensive to the athletes who have worked so hard to achieve this goal. May players go 4 years and never come close. Looking at the number of girls and boys players in the leagues in the area, only a select few have accomplished and some as Juniors. This should not ever be played down but phrased. To have a sports editor write this article is in poor taste and one who obviously never played or never achieved this 1000 point mark. A rare club and to all of you who have made it to the club - CONGRATULATIONS. Great job kids and keep up the great stats!!! This coach is impressed.

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Feb-25-13 2:48 AM

While I understand your reasoning about how the extra games, smaller rosters and such are contributing, I still think achieving 1,000 points for a career is more impressive, especially in the girls' games. I am a father of 3 girls, who all play basketball. I did the math of 11.9/game, and while it may not seem like much, the odds of a freshman girl getting that many points are low. Falling just 50 points short that year raises the average needed to 12.7/game. Again, not tremendous, but still higher. Falling short another 50 points the next year raises it up to over 14/game, which gets harder and harder. In addition, teams start to target that player, knowing they are a "scorer", which makes it even harder. While 1,000 points may not be the pinnacle of high school basketball anymore, it still should be considered rarefied air, not just a nice comment line on a high school resume.

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