For years, Greg Dreiling owned the record for career points in the Greater Wichita Athletic League for boys' basketball.
Last season, Wichita Heights standout Perry Ellis passed Dreiling as he led the Falcons to a fourth-straight 6A State Championship, finishing his career with 2,231 points.
After Dreiling's record stood for 31 years, most would assume Ellis' record would stick around for awhile, but Wichita North Redskin Conner Frankamp has other ideas.
After going through each and every game in the official Wichita North scorebooks, CatchItKansas.com has confirmed Frankamp is currently at 2,196 points. There was a descrepency in the numbers, so Wichita North Athletic Director Brian Becker went back and watched the game film to confirm the numbers from a game last season. (ed. note: this is a correction from original publication)
Because Frankamp and Ellis were offset by a year, CatchItKansas.com decided to match the two careers game for game. By putting each career into 25 game segments, you can see how the two City League studs compare.
Frankamp is currently 35 points behind Ellis, but Frankamp has two more regular season games, and at least one postseason game left in his career. He could play as many as seven more games.
When it's all said and done, Frankamp will most likely hold the career and single-game scoring records for the GWAL, plus have a gold medal playing for the U-17 Team USA. To counter, Perry Ellis was a McDonald's All American, and won four state championships, something that's never been done before in 6A.
No matter which way you look at the numbers, one thing is clear. Anyone who watched Ellis or Frankamp these last five years has seen two of the greatest to ever play in the Wichita City League. Considering the greats to have come before them, that is maybe the greatest accomplishment of all.
Taking a closer look at the numbers, a few interesting points stand out.
- Perry Ellis played more games than Conner Frankamp will play. Wichita Heights played 25 games every year, while Frankamp's Redskins didn't make state until his junior year. Even if North plays 25 games this season, Frankamp would still have missed nine games simply because his team didn't advance as far in the postseason.
- Ellis was the model of consistency. Only four times in his career did he score less than 10 points, with his lowest output coming in at six points in the tenth game of his career, (vs. Hutchinson, Jan. 22, 2009).
- The single-game career high for Ellis came in the seventh game of his sophomore season, when he poured in 38 points. Frankamp owns the GWAL single-game record with 52, which he did in the second game of his sophomore season, an 87-81 double-overtime win against Wichita Northwest.
- Frankamp not only has a higher single-game scoring mark, but also scored at least 39 points 12 times in his career.
- Frankamp has missed three complete games due to injury or illness. He was sick one game his sophomore year, and missed two complete games earlier this season due to a concussion suffered in the second game of the Dodge City Tournament of Champions.
- In the 62nd game of their careers, the two players crossed paths on the leaderboard. Frankamp scored 33 points in the 62nd game of his career, while Ellis scored 30. That put Frankamp at 1,290 career points, while Ellis was at 1,289. From that moment, Frankamp was on track to break Ellis' record.
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