Archive for Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Sports Gems: Coaches made impact on Bonner Springs athletics

September 12, 2007

This is part two of the review ofour schools' young coaches who used Bonner Springs School District as a stepping stone to further their careers. Some stayed in the district achieving much success while others moved on.

The senior member of this group was highly successful in this school district. Ken Tewell arrived in Bonner Springs about the same time I did in the early 1950's. Ken was hired as a 9th grade Math teacher and also served as freshman coach. Ken's mastery of mathematics enabled him to move up as the assistant superintendent of the district under Dr. Howard. Ken who was a pillar of the community was very active in city and school events. I teamed with Tewell in promoting several benefits that included the March of Dimes and raising funds for seniors to make their senior trip at the end of their school year. Ken was also high school score keeper for varsity and junior varsity.

In 1954 BSHS hosted the Kansas State high school activity association regional tournament. The whole school had to provide two score keepers for all the tournament games and Tewell recruited me to serve as the second scorer. Nine years latter I was still keeping score and I think Tewell was a spectator. He was well respected and liked by the faculties and very seldom ever had a problem with negotiations. Tewell later was appointed the Superintendent of the Bonner Springs School District. A position he held for many years before retiring. He remained a resident of Bonner Springs in retirement, where he is still active in civic affairs.

Another young coach who got started in her career at BSHS as a volleyball and basketball coach was Shirley Vaughn. Vaughn moved up as vice principal at the high school. She resigned to take a position in California because of her love for the beach. She was vice-principal at the high school before resigning to take a position at Huntington Beach Ca.

Another young coach, Bob Clark, got a contract in the district as a teacher and coach at the Bonner Springs Jr. High. This man being Robert E. Clark, the middle school is named in his honor.

I also omitted in my column last week was Phil Young who was one of the best liked and respected coach ever in the Bonner Springs School District. Phil was privileged to coach David Jaynes who as we all know achieved All American Honors in football at Kansas University. Young's team of 1969 advanced to the championship game in football, the highest ever obtained by a Bonner Springs football team.

Another coach I left out was Ken Russell who came to Bonner Springs high school in the late 1960's and resurrected our track program in the 70's when Bonner Springs won four state tournaments and our cross country team coached by Ken Atwell won the cross country state in 1978. Two of the state titles in the 70's, Joe Beck was coaching.

Several other young coaches that got their start in the Bonner Springs School District are still around with administrative positions. Steve Cook is currently the principal at Clark Middle School and Lisa Krone is the Vice Principal. Both started as teachers and coaches. Kristi Hoffine hired as a teacher and was a head volley ball coach now works in the central office.

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