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   Jeff Rhubottom (top, left) is joined by (clockwise from top right) Bill Jarrell, Randy Keefe and Terry (Perkins) Powell (wearing blue necklace).

Better late than never.

As I’ve constructed the one-man, semi-real shrine to excellence known as the Coupeville Sports Hall o’ Fame, I’ve zigged and I’ve zagged, plucking excellence from all decades.

And yet, I would be the first to admit, my decision-making process has always been at least slightly suspect.

Some people got in really early, and sometimes, for a thousand different reasons, some of the most qualified have been left to bide their time outside the doors of our digital hall.

Almost always it wasn’t intentional. I promise.

Today, we’re making up for that, at least a little, with the induction of four of the most talented Wolves to ever put a basketball into the bucket.

They all played multiple sports, and were standouts regardless of the season, but, with my recent deep dive into the CHS basketball records — which exist in a million little pieces — this fab four looms even larger.

So, way, way, WAAAAAAAYYYYYYYY overdue, let’s welcome Randy Keefe, Terry (Perkins) Powell, Bill Jarrell and Jeff Rhubottom to the Hall o’ Fame.

After this, you’ll find them up at the top of the blog, under the Legends tab, which is something they’ve always been, even if this writer has taken forever to get them enshrined.

Our first inductee, Powell, stands as one of the first true girls basketball stars in Central Whidbey history.

She led the Wolves in scoring for three consecutive seasons, tossing in 194 points in 1984-1985, 165 in the ’85-’86 campaign, then topping things off with a 314-point barrage in ’86-’87.

Working in tandem with fellow Hall o’ Famer Marlene Grasser (who netted 307 points that year), Powell was the leader of the first CHS girls hoops team to advance to the playoffs.

At the time of her graduation, Powell held the school single-season and career scoring marks for girls.

The increased pace of the game and addition of the three-point shot allowed a handful of other Wolves to eventually catch and pass her, but she remains #7 in career scoring with 673 points.

Her fellow inductees dominated in the ’70s, and the fact all three remain in the top 10 with both career and single-season scoring marks, is made more remarkable by two facts.

One, they all played before everyone and their brother got three points for hitting a shot behind the arc, and two, they suited up at a time when ninth graders either didn’t play high school basketball or were firmly affixed to the very end of the bench by their coaches.

That didn’t stop any of the three, though.

Keefe and Jarrell’s high school hoops careers ran from the ’73-’74 season (their sophomore campaign) through a journey to the state tourney in ’75-’76 as seniors.

One was maybe the most consistent scorer in school history, while the other caught his buddy at the end with a season for the ages.

CHS boys basketball has played 100 seasons (1917-2017), and Keefe owns two of the 10 best single season performances.

He rattled home 293 points as a sophomore, 398 as a junior (#7 all-time) and 397 as a senior (#8 all-time), leaving him with 1,088 points, third-best in program history.

Only two guys beat him, Jeff Stone (1137) and Mike Bagby (1104), and Stone had to throw down an Island-record 644 points as a senior to assure that, while Bagby, playing in the modern era, got a full four years as a varsity starter.

Jarrell didn’t come out of the gate quite as quickly as his running mate, settling for 83 points as a sophomore, fifth-best on that year’s team.

Then, something clicked and he went off for 357 points as a junior and 415 as a senior.

Snapping Keefe’s two-year run as team scoring champ, Jarrell’s senior heroics stand as the fifth-best single-season performance, and his 855 points lands him at #10 on the career list.

That ’75-’76 squad was one of the best the school ever had, and, along with the hot-shooting senior duo of Keefe and Jarrell, the Wolves got a huge contribution from a rampaging 6-foot-4 sophomore named Rhubottom.

He pounded away for 228 points as a sophomore, then took on even more of the scoring load over the next two seasons.

Rhubottom knocked down 325 as a junior (backing up Foster Faris, who went off for 348), then unleashed a beat-down as a senior.

By the time he was finished with the ’77-’78 season, Rhubottom had 459 points, which remains the second-best single season in school history, boys or girls, trailing just Stone’s once-in-a-century performance.

His 1012 career points will have him sitting #4 on that list when CHS raises a basketball record board.

Now, of course, we haven’t talked about the hundreds upon hundreds of rebounds hauled down, the assists doled out, the steals made off, or all the small plays this four-pack made.

But, even just talking about their scoring ability, it’s easy to see why Powell, Keefe, Jarrell and Rhubottom remain among the biggest stars to ever grace the CHS hardwood.

Hall o’ Famers, one and all, even if they had to wait way too long for it to be “official.”

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   Hunter Smith singed the nets for 332 points last season, the best performance by a Wolf boy since 2009. (John Fisken photo)

300 is a magical number.

You win 300 games as a Major League Baseball pitcher, you’re almost certain to be bound for Cooperstown.

Roll a 300 on the bowling lanes, and you are el perfecto.

And how many Spartans did Leonides need to hold the line against Xerxes? Yep, you’re getting it.

When we turn to high school basketball, 300 holds up. Score that many points in a season, which usually ranges from 20-27 games, and you had a great year.

While 400 points in a season is truly rarefied air, and 200 still very solid, 300 sits as a nice way to mark the gold standard, so that’s what we’re doing today.

Look at the history of Coupeville High School (100 years of boys teams and 43 of girls) and 300 points in a season has been achieved 56 times, by 41 athletes.

Boys hold the edge (42-14 in seasons and 32-9 in players), though Brianne King is the only CHS hoops star to achieve the feat three times.

While 13 other players (10 boys, three girls) have two 300-point seasons, King is also the lone Wolf to crack 400 points in a single campaign twice.

Some other facts to sprinkle into your next halftime conversation:

Twice, three Wolf boys have topped the mark during the same season.

1975-176 gave us Bill Jarrell (415), Randy Keefe (397) and Marc Bissett (302) while ’78-’79 featured Wade Ellsworth (392), Roy Marti (342) and Steve Whitney (337).

And yet, neither one of those CHS squads holds the single-season team scoring mark, which belongs to the ’69-’70 team led by Jeff Stone’s single-season record 644 points.

Those Wolves, the first Whidbey hoops team to win a district title, had five guys hit 200+ points (though only Stone cracked 300) en route to pouring in 1,815 points in 24 games.

On the girls side of the ball, there has been three times when a duo netted 300+ in the same year, with one of those times coming dangerously close to hitting the trifecta.

The ’86-’87 squad, the first girls team to make the playoffs, got 314 from Terry Perkins, 307 from Marlene Grasser and (just missing) 274 from Tina Barker.

Zenovia Barron and Ann Pettit also torched the nets together in back-to-back years, first in ’96-’97 (Novi 378, Ann 317) and ’97-’98 (Novi 376, Ann 363).

And while 300 is the magic mark, you have to give a brief shout-out to Tina Lyness (’99-’00) and Megan Smith (’09-’10), who came up one slim point short, each tallying 299 in a season.

Though, don’t feel too bad for Smith, who is on our list for a different season.

Also earning “close but no cigar” status are Pat O’Grady (296 in ’69-’70) and Lexie Black (295 in ’04-05).

But, we’re here to hail those who did achieve 300-point nirvana, the scorers and the dreamers, the best single-season performers in CHS hoops history:

(644) Jeff Stone ’69-’70
(459) Jeff Rhubottom ’77-’78
(446) Brianne King ’00-’01
(442) Brianne King ’02-’03
(442) Pete Petrov ’95-’96
(427) Makana Stone ’15-’16
(423) Arik Garthwaite ’97-’98
(415) Bill Jarrell ’75-’76
(414) Mike Bagby ’04-’05
(398) Randy Keefe ’74-’75
(397) Randy Keefe ’75-’76
(396) Brad Sherman ’02-’03
(392) Wade Ellsworth ’78-’79
(391) Del O’Shell ’81-’82
(388) Bill Riley ’72-’73
(388) Joe Whitney ’79-’80
(386) Brianne King ’01-’02
(386) Bill Riley ’71-’72
(380) Cody Peters ’08-’09
(378) Zenovia Barron ’96-’97
(376) Zenovia Barron ’97-’98
(374) Gavin Keohane ’97-’98
(367) Makana Stone ’14-’15
(365) Denny Clark ’63-’64
(364) Mike Bagby ’05-’06
(363) Ann Pettit ’97-’98
(357) Bill Jarrell ’74-’75
(355) Gabe McMurray ’94-’95
(348) Foster Faris ’76-’77
(345) Timm Orsborn ’87-’88
(342) Roy Marti ’78-’79
(341) Virgil Roehl ’92-’93
(340) Pat Bennett ’99-’00
(337) Steve Whitney ’78-’79
(333) Corey Cross ’70-’71
(332) Hunter Smith ’16-’17
(331) Amanda Allmer ’94-’95
(328) Rich Morris ’95-’96
(327) Megan Smith ’08-’09
(325) Jeff Rhubottom ’76-’77
(319) Denny Clark ’62-’63
(319) Randy Duggan ’71-’72
(319) Chris Good ’01-’02
(317) Ann Pettit ’96-’97
(317) Jeff Stone ’68-’69
(314) Terry Perkins ’86-’87
(313) Dan Nieder ’87-’88
(312) Judy Marti ’83-’84
(310) Tom Sahli ’52-’53
(309) Rich Morris ’96-’97
(307) Marlene Grasser ’86-’87
(305) Allen Black ’03-’04
(305) Chris Good ’00-’01
(302) Marc Bissett ’75-’76
(302) Hunter Hammer ’09-’10
(300) Gavin Keohane ’98-’99

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   Long before she had four kids, all of whom became CHS athletic stars, Marie (Grasser) Bagby was a rebounding machine. (Megan Hansen photo)

Marie Bagby is one of the most genuinely nice people you will ever meet.

It’s a trait she shared with her sister, Marlene Grasser, and one which filtered down into all four of her children.

But we’re here to talk about the Coupeville Sports Hall o’ Fame, and we’re here to discuss not Marie’s sweet nature, but her fire and drive on the basketball court.

That’s what carried her to great success as the first true modern-day girls basketball superstar at CHS, and it’s why she is being inducted (finally) into our little digital mecca.

After this, if you pop up to the top of the blog and look under the Legends tab, you’ll find her, enshrined under her maiden name, Marie Grasser, which means she and Marlene will always be paired.

For students at CHS today, the ones who see Marie on a daily basis as she works at the school, they know she’s a warm and welcoming presence and that she’s married to the ol’ ball coach himself, Ron Bagby.

They may even know her four children, April, Ashley, Mike and Jason, were all multi-sport stars who blazed across the campus, winning Athlete of the Year honors, setting records and carrying teams to state.

But what they probably don’t know is Marie was just as big a star in her day as any of her relatives.

In the days after Title IX, Coupeville High School finally powered up a girls basketball program, but it took until the FOURTH season before the squad got to practice in its own gym.


Prior to the 1977-1978 season (Marie’s sophomore year), the Wolf girls trekked out to Camp Casey, put their work in, then trekked back to campus to take showers.

As the Coupeville girls fought for respect, equality and some newspaper coverage (it wasn’t until the ’80s that articles started to expand past a size where you no longer needed a microscope to see them…), Marie was the program’s rock.

Players like Suzette Glover, Pam Jampsa and Kristan Hurlburt were among the early leaders in scoring, but #15 was a true two-way terror, scoring and hauling down an astonishing number of rebounds.

As I plow through the newspaper archives, one thing surfaces again and again in the truncated stories of the day — if there was a loose ball or a carom, Marie felt it belonged to her.

She pulled down 20 or more rebounds in a single game numerous times across her four-year career, with one game her junior season a particular standout.

Facing off with rough and tumble Concrete, Marie went off for 26 points and 28 rebounds, almost holding her own on the boards with the Lions, who mustered 31 rebounds as a team.

There have been some top-grade rebounding machines in Wolf uniforms over the years, from Sarah Mouw to Lexie Black to Makana Stone, but that 28 stands tall.

It’s the largest number for one game I’ve seen in my journey through the archives.

The early years of girls basketball at CHS were a tough road.

It took a decade before the Wolves posted a winning record and went to the playoffs, and longer before they made their first inroads at the state tourney.

But when you look back at the start of the program, it’s obvious — Marie Grasser was the spark that started things.

So today, for her superior skills on the court, for the talented children she gave her alma mater, for the classy way she approaches everything she does, we are very happy to welcome her into our little digital shrine.

It’s well deserved.

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   Jeff Stone (top, left) is joined by (clockwise from top right) Mike Bagby, Randy Keefe, Jeff Rhubottom, Bill Riley, Pete Petrov, Brad Sherman, Denny Clark, Arik Garthwaite and Bill Jarrell.

Want to impress people with random stats? I’m here for you.

As I pursue the basketball history of Coupeville High School, I’ve reached a milestone, having tracked down (fairly complete) scoring stats for every boys basketball season from 1960-61 to 2016-2017.

That’s 57 seasons and provides a pretty good overview of the Wolf program.

Now, CHS hoops has been playing since 1917, so I still have work ahead of me, though those early decades (with the possible exception of the ’50s) are fairly certain to be low-scoring affairs.

But, as I take a momentary break from digging through the dusty archives, let’s pause a moment and see if you can guess the answer to a bit of trivia.

Over those past 57 seasons, as shorts got longer, three-point bombs became a reality, and numerous sets of brothers passed through the school, how many players do you think scored at least one point in a varsity basketball game?

If you guessed 328 players, you’re either uncanny … or you looked ahead and cheated.

Either way, that’s what my research shows.

Having plowed through newspaper articles (some more helpful than others), yearbooks and (when they could be found) score-books, here’s everyone who put the ball into the hoop for the Wolves from 1960-2017.

With one small caveat. No one is claiming this is 100% correct down to the last point.

When your research is in a million little pieces and scattered to the wind, if you can walk away and say, “Hey, this is 98.6% correct,” then I think we’re OK.

And I feel OK.

CHS boys varsity basketball scorers (1960-2017) — * indicates active player:

Jeff Stone 1137
Mike Bagby 1104
Randy Keefe 1088
Jeff Rhubottom 1012
Bill Riley 934
Pete Petrov 917
Brad Sherman 874
Denny Clark 869
Arik Garthwaite 867
Bill Jarrell 855
Corey Cross 811
Barry Brown 769
Hunter Hammer 759
Steve Whitney 730
Dan Nieder 729
Chris Good 688
Gavin Keohane 677
Virgil Roehl 674
Foster Faris 668
Pat Bennett 659
Wade Ellsworth 659
Jason McFadyen 654
Rich Morris 637
Kramer O’Keefe 636
Wiley Hesselgrave 632
John O’Grady 611
Greg White 604
Joe Whitney 601
Brian Miller 597
Mike Syreen 594
Gabe McMurray 592
Randy Duggan 552
Roy Marti 551
Jim Syreen 550
Marc Bissett 549
Brad Miller 526
JJ Marti 520
Gary Faris 518
Cody Peters 518
David Lortz 502
Jason Bagby 499
Pat O’Grady 472
Sean Dillon 469
Hunter Smith 465 (*)
Frank Marti 462
Del O’Shell 440
Tony Ford 432
Caleb Powell 421
Ben Biskovich 407
Casey Clark 407
Nick Sellgren 406
Tom Logan 385
James Smith 382
Chad Gale 373
JD Wilcox 373
Ty Blouin 369
Caesar Kortuem 369
Ray Harvey 368
Pat Brown 355
Dick Smith 352
Glenn Losey 350
Timm Orsborn 345
Robin Larson 342
Byron Fellstrom 340
Kevin Faris 339
Michael Vaughan 337
Aaron Trumbull 330
Brad Brown 328
Charlie Tessaro 328
Ian Smith 324
David Ford 323
Bob Rea 320
Chris Marti 319
Gabe Wynn 316
Nick Streubel 314
Utz Conard 313
Ben Hayes 306
Allen Black 305
Noah Roehl 301
Blake Day 299
John Beasley 293
Risen Johnson 291
Brian Fakkema 290
Matt Frost 290
Mike Mallo 282
Keith Jameson 277
Terry Roberts 277
Kit Manzanares 275
Boom Phomvongkoth 275
Zepher Loesch 274
Alex Evans 272
Aaron Curtin 271
Tyler King 270
Joe Tessaro 270
Eric Hopkins 265
Harvey Wainio 265
Rick Keefe 259
Troy Blouin 256
Sean Callahan 256
Greg Fellstrom 248
Casey Larson 247
Jim Yake 247
Brandon Huff 245
Brad Haslam 235
Geoff Hageman 227
Curt Youderian 226
Ed Wood 219
Joel Walstad 217
Richard Cook 216
Ryan Keefe 214
Jordan Ford 210
Andrew Mouw 204
Vance Huffman 203
Tim Quenzer 202
Alan Hancock 198
Shawn Ryan 197
Trevor Tucker 194
Mike Millenbach 188
Dale Sherman 188
Scott Stuurmans 188
Wayne Hardie 178
Chris Cox 177
Evan Tingstad 177
Jerry VandWerfhorst 177
Anthony Bergeron 176
Mike Ankney 173
Ron Naddy 172
Dale Libbey 169
Tim Walstad 168
Randy Blindauer 166
Mark Bepler 165
Chad Brookhouse 163
Noel Criscuola 162
Monty Moore 155
Geoff Wacker 154
Bill Baas 153
Jim Faris 151
Steve Konek 149
Gavin O’Keefe 149
Ryan McManigle 148
Ryan Griggs 147
Hugh Abell 145
Ethan Spark 136 (*)
Craig Anderson 132
Mitch Aparicio 130
Scott Franzen 129
Ben Etzell 127
Pat Millenbach 126
Brian Shank 125
Jessie Smith 119
Scott McGraw 116
Christian Townsdin 116
Mitch Pelroy 115
Taylor Ebersole 114
Eric Taylor 112
Brian Barr 108
Joe Donellon 101
Jason McManigle 101
Bryan Hamilton 99
Brian Knoll 98
Morgan Payne 96
Christian Lyness 95
Ted Weber 91
James Meek 89
Dan Miller 89
Steve Bissett 87
Andrew Cashen 87
Carson Risner 86
John Sinema 86
Roy Mattox 83
Nick Morris 83
Caleb Valko 78
Ross Buckner 77
Matt Shank 77
JJ Johnson 76
Duane Score 76
Quinten Farmer 75
Matt Ortega 75
Mike Ellsworth 74
John Zimmerman 72
Jason Fisher 71
Tony Prosser 70
Les Jacobson 69
Tom Conard 68
Dean Grasser 68
Matt Bepler 67
Zack Swerdfeger 66
Ron Lamphere 65
Ben Hancock 63
Randy Stone 63
Mike Brown 62
Jason McDavid 62
Jeremy Staples 62
Brian Hageman 61
Erik King 61
David Davis 60
Tom Mueller 59
Brandy Ambrose 58
Steve Smith 58
Martin Walsh 58
Matt Helm 57
Dennis Terrell 57
Drew Chan 56
DeAndre Mitchell 56
Ellis Schultz 56
CJ Smith 54
Asa Owensby 52
Marc Aparicio 51
Chris Chan 51
Joe Kelley 51
Marvin Darst 50
Troy Hurlburt 49
Dalton Engle 48
Jerry Helm 48
Dalton Martin 47
Eddie Fasolo 45
Keith Dunnagan 42
Erick Harada 40
James Jorgensen 40
Nevin Miranda 40
Jeff Thomas 40
John Wyatt 40
Danny Bonacci 36
Hunter Downes 36 (*)
Charlie Toth 36
Jim Marti 35
Zeb Williams 35
Dante Mitchell 34
Dave Brandt 33
Ryan Kelley 33
Joey Lippo 33 (*)
Brian Roundy 32
Richard Barber 31
Ray Cook 29
Tim Leese 29
Ralph Lindsay 29
Rick Marti 28
Toby Martinez 28
Daniel McDonald 28
Joe Rojas 28
Todd Smith 28
Scott Sollars 28
Richard Benson 27
Mike Duke 27
John Holmes 26
Cameron Toomey-Stout 26 (*)
Mark Short 25
Tim Youderian 25
Jared Helmstadter 24
Trent Diamanti 23
Trevor Mueller 22
Dan Schleiffers 22
Jay Roberts 21
Dustin Van Velkinburgh 21
Matt Douglas 20
Jordan Emerson 20
Dean Strom 20
Scott Fisher 19
Scott Losey 19
Matt Petrich 19
Jason Raymond 19
Rob Blouin 18
Rick Keith 18
Marvin Mitchell 18
Gary Boyke 17
Jim Keith 17
Cedric McIntosh 17
Rick Frieze 16
Chad Nixon 16
Josh Wilsey 16
Steven Cope 15
Eric Dyer 15
Mike Lester 15
Brad Rogers 15
Henry Edwards 14
Todd Brown 13
DJ Kim 13
Mike Eaton 12
Guy George 12
Kole Kellison 12
Desmond Bell 11
Bill Hamilton 11
Ken Pickard 11
Jon Roberts 11
Chris Squires 11
Ben Winkes 11
Ron Edwards 10
Travis Hooker 10
Daniel Graham 9
Kyle King 9
Bruce Seiger 9
Fred Wyatt 9
Erik Anderson 8
Rob Fasolo 8
Kraig Gordon 8
Robert Shafer 8
Dave Wells 8
Charlie Cook 7
Brian Folkestad 7
Wayne Hesselgrave 7
Ed Cook 6
Chuck Hardee 6
Kevin King 6
Robert Kirkwood 6
Nic Anthony 5
Ariah Bepler 5 (*)
Jered Brown 5 (*)
Scott Davidson 5
JD Myers 5
Nate Steele 5
Andrew Bird 4
Bill Boze 4
Jason Legat 4
Morgan Roehl 4
Rusty Bailey 3
Luke Currier 3
Frank Mueller 3
Tracy Wilson 3
Teo Benson 2
Norm Enders 2
Chris Locke 2
Jeremy McCormick 2
Rich McCormick 2
Denny Moss 2
Tony Sherman 2
Stephen Stietenroth 2
Robbie Wanamaker 2
Oscar Liquidano 1

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   One of many blast from the pasts as I wander through Coupeville High School’s 100-year basketball history. (Megan Hansen photo)

Where have you gone, Jeff Rhubottom? Wolf Nation turns its lonely eyes to you.

As I plow through my current project — trying to track down the history of Coupeville High School basketball — it’s a mad swirl of players, some of whose exploits have unfairly slipped away into the mists of time.

But we’re going to change that!

Jeff Stone and Corey Cross, Bill Riley and Bill Jarrell, Randy Keefe, Denny Clark and Del O’Shell will once again get their moment in the spotlight, along side latter day legends like Brad Sherman, Mike Bagby and Pete Petrov.

Going through 100 years of hoops history (the first official CHS game was Jan. 19, 1917) is a daunting task.

There is no magical back room at the school where all the records were faithfully kept, so I’m relying on score-books which still exist (less than you’d think), old yearbooks and the dusty newspaper archives at the Whidbey News-Times.

The first thing I had to make peace with was there is simply no way to come up with a definitive historical record for rebounds, assists, steals, blocked shots, etc.

Even with the years where I have score-books to work from, the stat sheets have long vanished and newspaper articles were seriously lacking in non-scoring stats.

For example, Randy King coached CHS boys basketball from 1991-2011 and I obtained 18 of those 20 score-books. But not a single stat sheet.

So, my goals shifted slightly.

While it would be great to raise a basketball record board which showed the full range of stats, it ain’t happenin’ any time soon.

Instead, my plan is to have two boards, one for boys and one for girls, which will showcase the top 10 scoring leaders for a single season and a career.

In addition, the single-game scoring record will be honored.

For the boys, we know Jeff Stone poured in 48 against Darrington during the 1970 district title game, so game over on that one.

When I get to the girls, which will be easier (a lot less years to look at) and harder (painfully thin newspaper coverage in the early days), Judy Marti starts as the player to beat, based on a 32-point night in the early ’80s.

Doing this research, and working towards getting basketball its own record boards like track, football and volleyball, is long hours sprinkled with aha moments.

One of those comes from the aforementioned Rhubottom.

I had heard his name, in passing at least, and knew he was a player likely to appear on my charts, but I was surprised to find just how successful he was back in the day.

Having arrived on Whidbey in 1989, a decade after Rhubottom wrapped up his CHS hoops career, I had no clue he torched the nets for 459 points in the 1977-1978 season.

While my list is still a work in progress, with 55 of 100 seasons accounted for, what remains to document is mostly pre-1950s, when scoring would be much lower.

At the moment, Rhubottom sits with the second-best single-season performance (Stone’s mind-boggling 644 in 1969-1970 is untouchable) and is #4 career-wise.

I’m still working on stats for Corey Cross and Tom Sahli, so final standings could change a bit, but Rhubottom is golden. He will be on that board, two times.

And that is what has driven me, through the creation and installation of the school’s Wall of Fame for team titles, the revamp of the football record board and now the pursuit of basketball boards.

By bringing the greats of the past like Rhubottom back into the modern-day conversation, we pay tribute to what they accomplished, remind them they are not forgotten, and give today’s athletes genuine records to shoot at.

Past, present and future, all brought together, as I slowly go cross-eyed in the archives.

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