Numbers never lie.

I’ll grant you that.

But they don’t tell the whole story. In fact, they almost always leave out at least one or two pieces of information that would have changed our minds had they been printed near those same numbers.

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Just wander onto Rotten Tomatoes, a popular movie review site, and you’ll see what we’re talking about when the critics give a particular movie 25 percent.

“Not good,” you think to yourself as you move onto the next option.

Except you don’t move on. Thankfully, the audience score is visible as well, and they gave the film an 83 percent.

There is an entirely separate column that belongs in the back of this publication regarding differing opinions between movie critics and normal people.

Another time, though.

And it was a great film, in case you were wondering. Turns out, the average human is a lot more trustworthy than the people paid to promote whichever new ideology lands on their desk that morning.

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But back to numbers that have more relevance here, below are a few to ponder as you sip your Wednesday coffee:


The percentage of the time St. Maries’ volleyball team qualifies for the state tournament. In more easy-to-grasp numbers: 36 times in the last 41 seasons. That’s right, only five times have the Lumberjacks not made it to state over the past four decades (2003, 2014, 2015, 2018, 2021).

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The yards St. Maries’ football team accumulated in 2016 when it won 12 games and lost none en route to a 2A state title.

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Slightly smaller than the previous figure. That is how many points St. Maries’ boys basketball team was from a perfect season last spring. One loss isn’t bad either, especially when it comes to another eventual state champion.

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State champion wrestlers in the last five seasons for Lumberjack Coach Dennis Humphrey. And spinning off those two are another pair of noteworthy numbers.

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Seconds it took Dylan Edwards to win the 152-pound title in 2017. Dylan scorched through his four matches and pinned his final opponent in 34 seconds to cap his perfect season.

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The most wins by any St. Maries wrestler. That title belongs to Dylan Sotin, a 2021 SMHS graduate who won a state wrestling title his senior season, which marked his fourth state medal in as many tries.

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1,000 (x2)

The career scoring mark reached by – not one – but two Lakeside Knights last season. Kenyon Spotted Horse did it first, early in his senior season, followed by Day Day Higgins. The pair would both make major contributions to Lakeside’s successful run that ended with a third-place trophy.

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Scheduled winter sporting events across our three local schools, St. Maries, Lakeside and Kootenai. We’ve got plenty to look forward to, even after losing our precious hour of daylight.

Collin Scheel is the sports reporter at the Gazette Record.

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