Kidd Graciously hands South scoring crown to Miner

February 13, 2004|by BOB PARASILITI

Scott Kidd now knows what being "the other guy" feels like.

That's not all bad. The former South Hagerstown basketball star finds himself on a list that includes Magic Johnson, Curt Flood and Mark McGwire, only on a lesser scale.

Kidd's 16-year stay on the top of the heap ended. He is now No. 2 on the Rebels' all-time boys basketball scoring list after David Miner scored 44 points Wednesday to eclipse Kidd's standard during an 86-39 win over Brunswick.

"It is like a high. It's a bunch of energy," Miner said. "Everyone is excited. It's an honor. What Kidd did was amazing."


It was almost a bittersweet experience for Kidd, who admits he doesn't mind losing the record. In fact, he's receiving more attention now than he did when he set his record of 1,486 points in 1988. Miner, who broke the record with his second free throw with 7:20 remaining in the first half, is now at 1,516 points and counting.

Next up for Miner is the Washington County boys public school scoring record of 1,782 points set in 1993 by Smithsburg's Colby Bachtell.

"Records are there to be broken," Kidd said by telephone Wednesday. "It's not like it's never been broken. When I broke it, it was set by Tim Mason (18 years) earlier. ... I guess that's how long it's supposed to last. I'm getting more coverage now than I did when I set the record."

No one was sure of the South record or who actually held it until Kidd started his run.

"It was kind of a last-minute thing," Kidd said. "No one knew what it was. I hit the 1,000-point mark in 1987 and then the coaches started to look it up to find out what the mark was."

Quick research came up with Tim Mason owning the South record, with more than 1,100 points through 1972.

"It was a goal to go for, but I wasn't trying to beat it," Kidd said. "I think it was 1,100-something, so it wasn't that high."

The 6-foot-5 Kidd beat the record quietly in December 1987 and had two months to add distance between himself and Mason.

"It wasn't a big deal," Kidd said. "To be honest, when it happened they didn't stop the game and there was no presentation of the ball. I didn't know about it until it was in the paper the next day."

South's only notation of Kidd's record is a commemorative plaque honoring the achievement. Miner held the trophy and was photographed with it and his teammates after Wednesday's game in a celebration.

As a Rebel alum, Kidd is satisfied knowing Miner gained the record with significant contributions.

"At least they are doing well," Kidd said of the Rebels' 15-2 record. "Back when I set the record, we had a good team only once. The nice thing about it is (Miner) is doing it while doing everything. He rebounds, has assists and scores."

And if Kidd is envious of anything about Miner's newly attained crown, it comes from the Rebels' chance to continue to play after the regular season. Now, every team in Maryland goes to the state playoffs. When Kidd played, teams had to earn the right to play on.

"They get to go to the playoffs. The only time I played in a playoff game was my freshman year when I was in West Virginia," Kidd said. "We were in the old Tri-State League - which we shouldn't have been in - and never got the chance to advance.

"Getting to the playoffs is big. That's why everyone who plays plays. The record might have been a bigger deal if we were winning."

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