NDHSAA Throwback Thursday: Steve Blehm's 85-point Game


January 27, 2022 1:00 pm

By Tom Mix
NDHSAA Media Specialist

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NDHSAA Throwback Thursday: A look back at the game in which Devils Lake School for the Deaf sophomore Steve Blehm scored 85 points in a single game.

To set the scene: January 27, 1971 in Starkweather, North Dakota was the date and site for one of the state’s greatest individual sporting feats.

Steve Blehm, a standout boys basketball player for Devils Lake School for the Deaf, put together a career night and a scoring clinic as he scored 85 points in a single game helping his squad to a 122-22 win over Hampden High School during the Ramsey County Tournament.

Blehm scored 29 points in the first quarter, 15 in the second, 24 in the third and 17 in the fourth. He shot 68 percent from the field (38 of 56) and was 9-for-10 from the free throw line during the game.

The 85-point effort set a new state record for single-game scoring breaking the previous high of 71 points held by Eugene Baumgartner of Oriska.

The 1970-71 North Dakota Prep boys basketball season will forever be known for single-game scoring performances as the state’s Class A single-game scoring record was also set earlier that winter by Fort Yates senior Bob Eaglestaff. Eaglestaff scored 69 points in Fort Yates’ win over Hettinger High School.

Blehm finished his prep basketball career with 3,930 points and is one of the state’s all-time scoring greats.


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