Archive for Wednesday, November 28, 2001

Time to update the record books

November 28, 2001

In all my years of covering school sports for the newspaper along with coaching them for 30 years, I think it's safe to say I became a stat addict.

Recently, I have taken my addiction to the next level as I have begun an attempt to update school records.

Right now, the Bonner Springs school records in boys' basketball and football are not updated.

Even though those records are not up to date, however, it's not too hard to figure them out.

In football, David Jaynes holds most of the school records for passing as an all-state quarterback. Another all-stater in football, Mike Woolf, holds the single-game scoring record with 35 points, single-season scoring record with 87 points and the career scoring record with 232 points.

Both Woolf and Jaynes went on to KU on football scholarships and in the 1970s Jaynes was the Jayhawks' starter for a while.

The basketball record book might be even easier to update than the football one.

Eddie Nealy holds most of the school records in basketball, for both scoring and rebounding. After high school, Nealy attended K-State on a basketball scholarship and he also played 10 years in the NBA.

In 1978, the school district hired Jim Conaway to coach basketball and track.

Conaway was a bigger stat-addict that I am and when he was at BSHS he dug into the girls' basketball score books and stat sheets and brought the records up to date at that time.

After Conaway left the school district, I kept the records up to date until 1999 in both girls' basketball and volleyball. I have also kept wrestling updated to 1990.

Doug Kapeller, who has kept the baseball stats updated and Ann Decker, who has the softball records updated, have both helped me out a lot in my quest. I'm sure Bill Scott has all the tennis stats updated as well.

With all of the individual records flying around, I thought it was time to look at some Bonner Springs High School teams that have not been getting much recognition in the whole process and they are the nine state championship teams that represented BSHS very well.

These nine teams cover years like 1973, when Ken Russell's state boys' track team won it , up until the 1984 boys basketball team coached by Carl Taylor and coach Shirley Vaughn's state volleyball team.

BSHS had these nine state champions in a span of 11 years. The track program that Russell turned around should have five banners hanging and one cross country team coached by Ken Atwell should have one as well.

Golf is represented by Mike Bowker and Chuck Bowers, who won the two-man state tournament.

The girls state track team of 1980 had the best ever season. That Bravettes team won the Blue Valley, Olathe and Bishop Ward Invitationals, took first in the EKL, won regionals and then went on to win state.

The 1600-meter relay team of Viesta Suffren, Carol McGraw, Nina Kimbrough and Cheryl Chambers broke the state record and that record still stands.

Atwell's state cross country team of 1978 had a season that will be very hard to duplicate.

The Braves won the Olathe, Bonner Springs, Bishop Miege, Ottawa and Bishop Ward invitationals, and they also won their third straight EKL title, won regionals for the third straight year and finished as state champions.

Here are a few other teams who deserve some recognition: the 1969 football team coached by Phil Young was a runner-up in state. It was the furthest a Bonner Springs team has gone in football. Wrestling coach, Dick Burns' 1974 team was runner-up at state, which was also the best- ever finish by a Braves team.

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  • Did You Know?

In the 1919 to 1920 school year, Bonner Springs defeated Rockhurst 15 0 in football and 25-21 in basketball.

The 1920 Braves football team set a scoring record that will likely never be broken. BSHS defeated Stanley, Kan., 101 0.

Kathy Bates is the only BSHS athlete to ever make all-state in two sports. She did it in volleyball and basketball from 1984 to 1986.

BSHS had girls' sports long before Title IX came into effect. Girls played basketball and tennis in the past, and in 1909, Jane Water, the former postmaster in Bonner Springs, played on the basketball team.

In 1923, the Bonner Springs girls had a 7-2-1 record. The tie was against De Soto, and at that time ties were not broken.

To answer a reader having a controversy with another reader: Yes, Carl Taylor is the only BSHS coach to win the state in boys' basketball. It was in 1984.

Right now, the Bonner Springs school records in boys' basketball and football are not updated.

Even though those records are not up to date, however, it's not too hard to figure them out.

In football, David Jaynes holds most of the school records for passing as an all-state quarterback. Another all-stater in football, Mike Woolf, holds the single-game scoring record with 35 points, single-season scoring record with 87 points and the career scoring record with 232 points.

Both Woolf and Jaynes went on to KU on football scholarships and in the 1970s Jaynes was the Jayhawks' starter for a while.

The basketball record book might be even easier to update than the football one.

Eddie Nealy holds most of the school records in basketball, for both scoring and rebounding. After high school, Nealy attended K-State on a basketball scholarship and he also played 10 years in the NBA.

In 1978, the school district hired Jim Conaway to coach basketball and track.

Conaway was a bigger stat-addict that I am and when he was at BSHS he dug into the girls' basketball score books and stat sheets and brought the records up to date at that time.

After Conaway left the school district, I kept the records up to date until 1999 in both girls' basketball and volleyball. I have also kept wrestling updated to 1990.

Doug Kapeller, who has kept the baseball stats updated and Ann Decker, who has the softball records updated, have both helped me out a lot in my quest. I'm sure Bill Scott has all the tennis stats updated as well.

With all of the individual records flying around, I thought it was time to look at some Bonner Springs High School teams that have not been getting much recognition in the whole process and they are the nine state championship teams that represented BSHS very well.

These nine teams cover years like 1973, when Ken Russell's state boys' track team won it , up until the 1984 boys basketball team coached by Carl Taylor and coach Shirley Vaughn's state volleyball team.

BSHS had these nine state champions in a span of 11 years. The track program that Russell turned around should have five banners hanging and one cross country team coached by Ken Atwell should have one as well.

Golf is represented by Mike Bowker and Chuck Bowers, who won the two-man state tournament.

The girls state track team of 1980 had the best ever season. That Bravettes team won the Blue Valley, Olathe and Bishop Ward Invitationals, took first in the EKL, won regionals and then went on to win state.

The 1600-meter relay team of Viesta Suffren, Carol McGraw, Nina Kimbrough and Cheryl Chambers broke the state record and that record still stands.

Atwell's state cross country team of 1978 had a season that will be very hard to duplicate.

The Braves won the Olathe, Bonner Springs, Bishop Miege, Ottawa and Bishop Ward invitationals, and they also won their third straight EKL title, won regionals for the third straight year and finished as state champions.

Here are a few other teams who deserve some recognition: the 1969 football team coached by Phil Young was a runner-up in state. It was the furthest a Bonner Springs team has gone in football. Wrestling coach, Dick Burns' 1974 team was runner-up at state, which was also the best- ever finish by a Braves team.

  • * * *
  • Did You Know?

In the 1919 to 1920 school year, Bonner Springs defeated Rockhurst 15 0 in football and 25-21 in basketball.

The 1920 Braves football team set a scoring record that will likely never be broken. BSHS defeated Stanley, Kan., 101 0.

Kathy Bates is the only BSHS athlete to ever make all-state in two sports. She did it in volleyball and basketball from 1984 to 1986.

BSHS had girls' sports long before Title IX came into effect. Girls played basketball and tennis in the past, and in 1909, Jane Water, the former postmaster in Bonner Springs, played on the basketball team.

In 1923, the Bonner Springs girls had a 7-2-1 record. The tie was against De Soto, and at that time ties were not broken.

To answer a reader having a controversy with another reader: Yes, Carl Taylor is the only BSHS coach to win the state in boys' basketball. It was in 1984.

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