Archive for Thursday, September 4, 2008

Prejudiced articles? Probably

September 4, 2008

Through the years, I'd covered high school sports for the Chieftain, so when Clausie Smith took over as publisher, he asked me to cover girls sports.

Since I had a granddaughter that would be playing, I told him I would be happy to take over girls sports, which didn't get started until 1976.

After some of my writeups, I sometimes would be subjected to callers that told me I was too prejudiced in regards to my granddaughter, Kristi. My usual answer was that I probably was.

Kristi is a great competitor, and even back in preschool days she would take a card game like Old Maid very serious and was ready to beat you. Cricket, Kristi's nickname, had highly successful years of sports at high school, where she earned varsity letters in volleyball, basketball, softball and track.

I believe her getting ink in the paper was much deserved. In her four years in high school she made the record books 13 times; seven in volleyball and six in basketball. To me, one of the more impressive basketball records was Cricket starting in 62 consecutive games. Sometimes playing with an injury or illness, she always managed to play.

She was highly competitive and always gave 100 percent in her sports. She also was named to all-league teams in volleyball and basketball. She was on the state championship volleyball team, teaming up with Kathy Bates and Amy Smith, with whom she had played for four years in grade school. One year in the offseason she and Bates were members of the Turner House AAU team, winning the regional and going to the state tournament in Roanoke, Va.

Cricket also had a good career playing softball for the Bravettes, hitting .375 as a freshman. She was also named female athlete of the year in 1986, and I am very proud having her name on my trophy at the high school.

Kristi also did well academically and was a member of the National Honor Society.

To me, it was gratifying to have her return to Bonner Springs after her graduation from Emporia State. After her high school, she played two years college basketball at Benedictine before transferring to Emporia State.

I think our district should be pleased having former students return to as a teacher. Cricket started her career at the Clark Middle School, where she coached basketball and volleyball. When Shirley Vaughn resigned as volleyball coach, Kristi moved up to coach the varsity. One of her highlights was winning the Wyandotte County Tournament. Her teaching record was very good and she has since been moved into a position into the district administration office. She is currently active in supporting her daughter, Haley, in sports.

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