Postcard from St. Louis

? Not a single shot, point, foul or timeout Saturday was official unless Scott Schumacher’s pencil made it so.

Schumacher, a former Wichita State University sports information director who now works for a Tulsa, Okla., sports publications company, was official scorer for the Kansas-Stanford showdown in the NCAA Tournament.

In relative obscurity, from a seat at halfcourt, he logged made field goals, made and missed free throws, individual and team fouls and timeouts.

“My job is to take what the officials report to me and keep it in the official book,” said the 39-year-old Schumacher.

Since leaving WSU in 1994, he has kept a hand in big-time college sports by pushing pencils at basketball games. He has scored U.S. Olympic Festival games and last year’s NCAA women’s Final Four. He works the annual Missouri Valley Conference tournaments.

Schumacher follows the Jayhawks, but his sentiments were set aside when the referee tossed the ball up at midcourt.

“Internally, I have feelings,” Schumacher said. “It’s not proper to express them at the scorer’s table.”

Couldn’t tack a few extra points on the Jayhawks’ total? Delete a foul or two?

“Not a chance,” he said. “I’m a neutral party.”

Postcard from St. Louis

? Not a single shot, point, foul or timeout Saturday was official unless Scott Schumacher’s pencil made it so.

Schumacher, a former Wichita State University sports information director who now works for a Tulsa, Okla., sports publications company, was official scorer for the Kansas-Stanford showdown in the NCAA Tournament.

In relative obscurity, from a seat at halfcourt, he logged made field goals, made and missed free throws, individual and team fouls and timeouts.

“My job is to take what the officials report to me and keep it in the official book,” said the 39-year-old Schumacher.

Since leaving WSU in 1994, he has kept a hand in big-time college sports by pushing pencils at basketball games. He has scored U.S. Olympic Festival games and last year’s NCAA women’s Final Four. He works the annual Missouri Valley Conference tournaments.

Schumacher follows the Jayhawks, but his sentiments were set aside when the referee tossed the ball up at midcourt.

“Internally, I have feelings,” Schumacher said. “It’s not proper to express them at the scorer’s table.”

Couldn’t tack a few extra points on the Jayhawks’ total? Delete a foul or two?

“Not a chance,” he said. “I’m a neutral party.”