High school notes, quotes and random thoughts ...
The search for Lawrence High's next basketball coach has entered its fourth month, and the search committee is back to square one after being unable to reach an agreement with two coaches -- McPherson's Mike Henson and Wichita Carroll's Dale Faber.
"It's back wide-open," LHS principal Brad Tate said. "We visited with Faber and were unable to meet his terms. We're really having problems with salary in a way. We're applying the same criteria we would apply to any other coach or teacher we hire."
Tate has said all along that the committee was looking for a candidate with several successful years of large-school experience. He has been hindered by a district policy that gives only half credit for private-school experience.
"It's causing us to take a look and change some of our internal criteria," Tate said. "Originally, we wanted big school experience at the same type of school, and very successful. But for some of those coaches, we're unable to give them full credit for their experience."
Faber, who would have been credited with only six years of experience for his 12 years at Carroll, was made two offers. After he turned down the first, he told the Wichita Eagle, "My two friends Al made the decision. Financi-Al and sentiment-Al."...
LAWRENCE HIGH seniors Jennifer Trapp and Lindsay Lawton, two members of the Kansas Belles, will travel to Chatanooga, Tenn., July 2-10 for the AAU national girls basketball tournament. The Belles are making their third straight trip to nationals. Baldwin's Bonnie Butell also plays for the Belles.
Trapp, a 6-foot center, has signed a national letter of intent with Kansas. Lawton, a 5-5 point guard, has signed with Cowley County Community College.
"I had some offers from Division Two and Division Three and NAIA schools," Lawton said. "But I want to go to a Division One school. I couldn't go straight out of high school. Maybe in a year or two."...
Lawrence High junior softball catcher Kristina Johnson was named to the all-Sunflower League first team. Lions Tami McFarland, an infielder, and outfielder Keri Magnuson were named to the all-league second team.
The Lions finished 10-6 in the league, good for fourth place. Two years ago, LHS finished eighth. Last year the Lions were seventh in the league...
Scheduling hassles and open dates are a thing of the past for Eudora High. The Cardinals, who competed as independents the last several years, have joined the Frontier League.
"WE WROTE them a letter and they invited us to come to their meeting," EHS athletic director Larry McPherson said. "We gave a little presentation, and they voted us in. It was easier than I thought. We're happy."
The Delaware Valley League -- arguably a more suitable match for the Cards -- turned down a similar Eudora proposal in the fall.
EHS and Wellsville are the only Class 3A teams in the Frontier League. League foes Baldwin, Gardner-Edgerton, Garnett, Louisburg, Osawatomie, Paola and Spring Hill are in Class 4A.
"It's a tough league," McPherson said. "We'll have to step it up a notch."
The Cards will make their Frontier football debut with a new coach. Terry Gerstenberger resigned at the end of last season. His replacement was expected to be approved at tonight's school board meeting...