Record keeping among high school athletics in Montana is an inexact science. In fact, there’s little scientific about it. Often times outstanding performances get lost in the fray and are never reported or officially recognized in the Montana High School Association record book.
Such was the case for a boys’ basketball game played 15 years ago.
Luedtke rolled out 50 points in a game at Libby that day in his senior season, the first of two 50-pointers on the year for the Chiefs’ leading scorer. He made 13 of his 19 attempts from three.
Ireland hit his on 22 attempts and finished with 42 points.
Luedtke, of course, went on to play for the Montana Grizzlies briefly before transferring to the Colorado School of Mines. There he was reunited with former Griz assistant Pryor Orser, the head coach at the Division II school in Golden that Grizzly football fans have recently taken note of.
The Ronan grad, who at that point also held the state record for 3-pointers in a season (100), finished his playing career at Montana Western.
Luedtke now coaches the Choteau boys’ varsity basketball team.
Ireland has plenty of time to perhaps repeat his feat or one-up the true state record holder. The Valley Christian Eagle is just a freshman, after all.