In the history of Kansas high school boys? basketball, there have been some incredible individual single-game scoring efforts.
In my book ?Club 50,? I documented 72 boys (from 62 towns) who scored 50 or more points in a single varsity game. Since the book was released in August 2009, that list has now grown to nearly 90 boys who had these prolific games.
Ten boys have had documented 60-point games in the state?s history with Norton?ville Cardinal Larry Hobbs holding down the top spot. On Feb. 11, 1966, Hobbs tossed in 69 points as Nortonville thrashed Meriden, 106-47. It remains the state record even today.
All of the players have unique and interesting stories, but no other player has matched the feats of Uniontown?s Dean Goodbody.
Goodbody was a prolific scorer both inside and out. The 6-foot, 2-inch forward starred in many games in which he faced double teams, triple teams and ever-changing defenses. On Feb. 14, 1977, Goodbody tossed in 50 points as the Uniontown Eagles defeated McCune, 98-73. For the game, the Eagle star netted 23 field goals, four free throws and also corralled 20 rebounds.
In the very next game, played just four days later, Goodbody did the unthinkable. On Feb. 18, despite numerous defensive schemes and strategies, he again scored 50 points as Uniontown defeated Marmaton Valley, 78-54. In the game he sank 23 field goals, four free throws and this time snared 14 rebounds.
?I wasn?t aware of my total points in the first game,? said Goodbody in an interview given in March 2009. ?I just kept playing and when I hit 50, Coach John Walker pulled me. In the second game, I knew my totals and Coach Walker said once I hit 50, he would take me out of the game. That was fine with me. I just wanted to win.?
In all of my research I have yet to find another Kansas boys? basketball player who has had consecutive 50-point games. Further research may change that, but for now the record resides with the Eagle from Uniontown, Dean Goodbody. He is another remarkable story from the basketball courts of Kansas Hoopla.
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