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This too shall pass

February 25, 2011 - Bill Speer
You knew sooner or later it would be eclipsed.

Still, the more years that went by one wondered.

This week Mio High School basketball standout Jay Smith's state scoring record fell by the wayside to Central Lake's Jasmine Hines. Smith's record stood since 1979. In the four years from 1976 through the 79 season, Smith scored 2,841. In a game this week against Traverse City Christian, Hines scored 37 points to now give her 2,860 points in her career. Previously she broke the state girls records for points, as well as rebounds.

Smith is a legend in these parts, not only for the magic he provided area gyms over the years when he played, but also for his collegiate coaching career at the University of Michigan and Central Michigan University.

I haven't seen Hines play but my oldest son Jeremy, sports editor at the Gaylord Herald Times, has on several occasions now and he insists she is the "real deal."

I will defer to his judgment.

For those of us who haven't seen this record holder in person, Hines has signed a letter of intent to attend Michigan State University. At this rate all of us might see her skills sooner rather than later on the floor of the Breslin Center.

 
 

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