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The winner of the 2024 Kinetic Grand Championship: HumBULLdt Pie Factory
Competing for the glory at the annual Kinetic Grand Championship
Ryenne Kile and Taya HolmesJune 12, 2024

The 2024 annual Kinetic Race took place over Memorial Day Weekend. It launched on Saturday, May 25 at 12:07 p.m. from the Arcata Plaza and concluded...

Cast of Alice by Heart bowing at the end of closing night
Down the rabbit hole: A review of “Alice by Heart”
Ilana Maclay, Feature editor • June 12, 2024

Lights fade. Drapes open. The audience falls quiet. The Spring musical production of “Alice by Heart” opens with a beautiful image of Alice...

Ethnic studies class postponed yet again
Taya Holmes, Copy Editor • June 12, 2024

California will be the first state to implement a high school graduation requirement for an ethnic studies class. California is requiring that...

Bathrooms vandalised, students suspended
Caterina Morones, Production Manager • June 12, 2024

Admin closed multiple bathrooms until further notice due to accounts of vandalism, vaping, and other disrespectful acts. Principal Ron Perry...

Gary: The man behind the cemetery gate
Andrea Merezko, Social Media Director • June 12, 2024

When one goes to school it isn't plain to the mind what surrounds the school campus. Whether that’s coffee shops or gas stations for snacks...

Ballers Stretch the Truth

“Once you’re 6’0, you can say you’re 6’1” or 6’2” or 6’3,” and no one will question it,”
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“Once you’re 6’0, you can say you’re 6’1” or 6’2” or 6’3,” and no one will question it,” junior Liam Gorona said. 

Before the AIBT basketball tournament, I took to the court armed with a tape measure and primed to expose Arcata High’s prized athletes who had been stretching the truth. The results were shocking, revealing a significant disparity between the claimed and measured heights. 

Height can be a valuable asset in basketball, influencing a player’s ability to shoot over defenders, grab rebounds, and block shots. In a sport where every inch matters, the temptation to enhance one’s stature can be strong. Whispers on the court suggest some players might be giving their height a little boost. Whether it’s extra inches from those flashy sneakers or a crafty maneuver during official measurements, the phenomenon of “height inflation” is a slam dunk in high school hoops.

Locker room banter reveals a lot about the goings-on in high school basketball. Ballers claiming to be a LeBron when they’re more of a Kyrie is as common as air balls at halftime.

In the arena of competitive sports, height exaggeration breaks local borders, extending its reach to the pinnacle of professional basketball. An article by ESPN shows even seasoned veterans of the game aren’t immune to a bit of numerical embellishment. The analysis of self-reported versus measured heights in these elites revealed significant variance, with some players boldly claiming heights that stretched reality by several inches.

Zooming back into the high school arena, the aftermath of Arcata High’s height exposes thrusts real vs. reported heights debate into a new dimension. The spotlight not only illuminates the court but also penetrates the digital world, where stats on MaxPreps become the center of this numerical drama. It seems the heights showcased on MaxPreps, akin to a player’s highlight reel, might be donning a pair of metaphorical platform heels. Senior Kalani Butor’s reported height undergoes a curious metamorphosis from 5’4″ to 5’5″. As the digital scoreboard charts these fluctuations, the discrepancy between real and fake stats becomes pronounced. The game of inches isn’t just played on the court, but also within the confines of a slightly different ruler wielded by MaxPreps. Parallels between the professional and high school arenas underscore that, whether, on the grand stage or local courts, the temptation to embellish is a persistent player in the game of heights.

As players navigate the labyrinth of height inflation, it’s clear the game extends beyond, the court, infiltrating databases that document their feats. Beyond banter and fashion, there’s a serious side to height exaggeration. In basketball recruitment, accurate height impacts the future of local ballers. As Arcata High preps for the next jump ball at the AIBT/WAIBT tournaments, reality rears its head — not as a daunting opponent but as a tape measure of truth, ending shadows of exaggeration on and off the court.

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