Blackfoot's favorite daughter will return to her old stomping grounds when Raimee Beck and her Air Force Academy teammates come to Reed Gym on Thursday night. They will play a women’s basketball game against Idaho State.
To say that I am looking forward to seeing Beck again is like saying I kind of like pizza. I plan on being there early Thursday night and I am expecting to see quite a few members of the community in the gym as well.
Since her stellar career as Blackfoot High School, Beck has been a four-year starter for the Lady Falcons, becoming the twelfth player in program history to reach 1,000 career points. She currently ranks third on the all-time scoring list with 1,044 points. Beck is tied for school record in career 3-point field goals made with 173 and owns the school record in free-throw percentage (.825).
Beck is the lone senior on a team that is undergoing a rebuilding period. As that lone senior Beck will represent her team as their team captain for the 2010-11 season.
Beck is coming off back-to-back seasons where she was selected to the All-Mountain West Conference honorable mention squad and has been named the Falcons; Most Valuable Player in each of the past two seasons.
Being named MVP was for good reason as she set the Air Force Academy’s single season scoring record last year with 405 points. In addition Beck also led the Lady Falcons in scoring, rebounding, 3-point field goals, free throws made, free throws attempted, free throw percentage and minutes per game. She was second in steals and assists while ranked eighth in the Mountain West Conference with a 13.5 points per game average. Beck also finished in the Mountain West Conference top 10 in rebounding, free throw percentage and minutes played per game.
Currently the Falcons are 1-1 on the season, earning a win over Lipscomb at home and then dropping a contest at Big Sky Conference member Northern Colorado on Saturday. Beck had seven points in just 24 minutes of play during the win and led the Lady Falcons with 15 points in the loss at Northern Colorado.
As a fan, I can’t wait to see Beck on the court again. That being said, I would love to see Beck match up in a head-to-head battle against current Lady Bengal freshman and fellow Bingham County prep star Sheryl Bitter. If that wouldn’t be a prime photo opportunity, I don’t know what is.
Hopefully the administration at Idaho State will take notice of what should be an above average crowd in attendance. With the search for a new football coach underway, I hope that giving the local kids a shot at the Division I level will be a priority and that Thursday night's contest will showcase just what a pair of local kids can do to the attendance at the gate.
Attendance aside, Beck has shown that a local kid can and has succeeded on the Division I level. It’s just too bad that it had to be in the Mountain West Conference instead of locally where her greatest fans reside.
Mark High is sports editor of the Morning News. Contact him at email@example.com .