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Kidd's grownup view keeps fleeting fame in perspective

February 15, 2004|by MARK KELLER

It's always nice when people have a refreshing outlook on things.

That's been the case this basketball season for Scott Kidd, who's seen two of the records he set at South Hagerstown High School in the late 1980s fall at the hands of David Miner.

First, Miner broke Kidd's single-game scoring record of 47 points by scoring 50 on Jan. 6 against Boonsboro.

Miner equaled that mark Tuesday against Clear Spring, setting him up to break another of Kidd's marks against Brunswick on Wednesday - South's career points total.

Miner scored 44 points Wednesday and followed up with 29 points to move well beyond Kidd's old mark.

Kidd's reaction was little more than a shrug of the shoulders.

"Records were made to be broken," Kidd said.

OK, in the book of sports clichs, that quote ranks second only to "We've got to take 'em one game at a time." But there's little doubt that's the way Kidd truly feels about losing his records.

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Apparently, there is more to life than being a high school legend.

I went to school with Kidd and got to know him a little during the time he played basketball at South. He was always one of the most laid-back people I knew.

He might have racked up 1,486 of the quietest points this area has seen.

South didn't have a very good basketball team at that time, certainly nothing approaching the powerhouse that South has become over the last five or six years.

When Miner first scored 50 points, I called Kidd to confirm what the record had been.

"It was 47 points, against Fort Hill," Kidd said. "And we lost."

Losing was an all-too-regular occurrence during Kidd's days at South. And there was no "everybody in the pool" playoff system like the MPSSAA now uses in basketball. You had to earn your way into the postseason by winning.

So, in that sense, Kidd could be bitter about losing his records to Miner, who plays on a team which will get into the playoffs no matter what kind of regular season it has.

He could argue that the additional playoff games that Miner has had skews the new mark, because Kidd never had the opportunity to play in the postseason.

Instead, Kidd is genuinely happy that his alma mater has turned things around on the basketball court and now is a perennial state championship contender rather than a perennial also-ran.

And Kidd holds no ill will toward Miner, the athlete who ended his 16-year reign atop the Rebels scoring list.

"It's not like it's never been broken," Kidd said. "When I broke it, it was set by Tim Mason (18 years) earlier. ... I guess that's how long it's supposed to last."

Apparently, life is more important than being a high school legend. Instead of hanging his hat on a 16-year old record, Kidd hangs his hat on life, and on wife and family.

That's who he is now, not a number on a plaque.

Yes, records are made to be broken, but you can only hope that more of the ousted record-holders could be as gracious as Scott Kidd when their mark falls.




Mark Keller is the sports editor for The Herald-Mail. His column appears every Sunday. He can be reached at 301-733-5131, ext. 2332, or by e-mail at keller@herald-mail.com

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