For more than 30 years, Steve Schroeder made sure the statistical milestones of 5A Southern Idaho Conference boys basketball players were never lost or forgotten.
Now it is the 5A SIC’s turn to make sure Schroeder’s legacy lives on.
On Wednesday, Borah High senior Rylan Bergersen became the first recipient of the Steve Schroeder Memorial Scholarship, which will be given annually to the 5A SIC player of the year.
Schroeder, a physics and chemistry teacher at Capital High since 1969 who spent more than three decades keeping track of 5A SIC boys basketball stats, died at his Boise home Oct. 24, 2014, from complications of cancer.
“For years, there was really nothing in regards to records,” recently retired Borah coach Cary Cada said. “As far as the stats that he would send coaches weekly, we could see our individual players and individual teams and also how we stacked up against other teams.
“We all benefited from it, and Steve took a lot of pride in that. But more than anything else, it was always about the best interest of the kids and what it would do for them. That was the driving force behind his efforts.”
Schroeder’s weekly and season-ending reports were rich with detail, leaving no statistical category unaccounted for. He even did research to collect information on the years before he began keeping records.
“He just loved basketball. I think if he would have been a little bit bigger, he would have liked to try to play,” said Vicki Schroeder, Steve’s widow.
Vicki and two of the Schroeders’ three daughters attended Wednesday’s scholarship presentation.
“I think he would have been shy about it,” said Laura Krebs, the youngest of the Schroeders’ girls. “He didn’t like to take credit. He was more of a behind the scenes person. He was humble and didn’t like recognition, I don’t think.”
Bill Bogan, who runs Idahoops.com, offered to pick up where Schroeder left off. Conference teams previously paid Schroeder $200 each annually to compile stats, and Bogan offered to forgo the same payment in order to create the scholarship fund.
With 12 league teams, Bergersen was award a $2,400 scholarship.
“Bill Bogan, bless his heart, his response was, ‘I want the payment that you guys give to me for keeping stats for the season to go to the scholarship,’ ” Cada said. “Because of Bill Bogan’s generosity, that’s what made this possible.”