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Reader Opinion: Congratulations to the All-Area Team

First, I would like to congratulate the All-Area Teams for both boys and girls basketball. I was able to see most of the boys who were selected while watching the Crosby-Ironton Ranger this winter and also attended a couple games on nights when the Rangers were not playing. Everyone who earned the honor was well deserved.

As a basketball player who began his career playing in the pre-3-point era, I am confused on the devaluing of the 2-point shot. More precisely, completely undervaluing an old-school center that plays on the post, rebounds, clogs the middle on defense and demands a double team on offense. They are definitely under-appreciated by the media, coaches and the All-Area Team selection process. The only center selected this year was to the honorable mention category.

As the proud father of Kyle and a center that has seen a lot of basketball at all levels, I know that I would love to play with or watch a player with the statistics below. Do the math—100 2-point shots at 70 percent nets 140 points while 100 3-point shots at 45 percent nets 135 points.

Kyle Skeim, Crosby-Ironton, senior, center, finished with 317 points (11.3 per game), 179 rebounds (6.4 per game), 27 assists, 31 steals, 51 blocked shots, 70 percent (132-188) from the field and 69 percent (53-76) from the line.

Finally, with all of the impressive numbers achieved in his high school career, the one that I am most proud of and the one that will serve him the most is his grade point average of 3.86.

Greg Skeim