Great but not the Greatest of the Day

Dallin Palmer had a great night against Kennewick: “Dallin Palmer rumbled for 300 yards and Stephen Garcia ran for a pair of touchdowns and threw for another as Southridge pounded the Lions on the ground.”

300 yards rushing is a rarity in high school football, any level of football really, and Palmer should be proud and probably thought no one in the conference would match it. He would be the talk of the league for the week.

However, Jacob Sealby had an even bigger night, setting a single game and career rushing mark, with 322 yards rushing against Sunnyside: “Sealby ran for 322 yards on 26 carries, setting the school single-game mark, previously established by Nate Gowing (305 yards) in 2005 at Davis. The 6-foot-1, 195-pound Sealby now has 1,312 yards rushing this season, giving him 2,175 for his career in purple and gold, eclipsing the mark of 2,088 set by Tyce Thomas in 2007.”

What an amazing night of football!

I tend to look at the stat lines in games, and I love looking for these types oddities. One player has a career game, which would normally be the highlight of the evening sports report, but another athlete in the same league (or even game sometimes) has a bigger one. Baseball is normally the arena where this happens most often, but it happens elsewhere as well.

Of course, my mind wandered right back to teaching and education in general. I sometimes see the stories in the newspaper or on television where a school is highlighted for its miraculous improvement in state test scores or the increase in the number of students taking AP courses, and I really wish there could be a regular segment of a news program or a section in the newspaper reserved for the greatness around us every day.

I want to hear about the incremental improvements over time in my local schools, to see the pictures and names of the kids who are the first in their families to earn a diploma, to read about the teacher who works with the most difficult populations without any accolades, to know about the teachers who work behind the scenes and put in boatloads of hours working to improve education for the kids, and so on.

The stories about individual greatness are fun, but I want the realities and the unsung heroes of my profession. Maybe I’m just channeling an old post–I don’t know–but I do respect those local greats who live without honors and awards and still do everything they can to help kids and colleagues.

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