Archive for Thursday, May 23, 1996

JUNIOR HIGH COACHES LIKE LHS VACANCY

May 23, 1996

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High school notes and quotes as the 1995-96 prep season heads into the final weekend. ...

Interviews are scheduled to begin next week for the vacant head girls basketball coaching position at Lawrence High. LHS athletic director hopes to name a head coach by Friday, May 31. The job opened five weeks ago when Gary Hammer resigned after six consecutive winning seasons.

Three of Lawrence's junior high coaches have expressed interest in the job. Keith Gilliland (West), Bill Kelly (South) and Kristin Mallory (Southwest) have applied.

Also, David Platt, a sophomore boys basketball coach the past four seasons, has told LHS administrators he's interested. ...

Since winning three consecutive state team titles in boys track (1989-90-91), Lawrence has placed 22nd, fourth, 22nd and 14th at the season-ending meet the past four years. Just two years ago, Garrett Attig, now a senior, accounted for Lawrence's team total of six points with a third-place finish in the pole vault. Overheard from the LHS section in the bleachers at last week's regional, where the Lions placed a surprising second: "Lawrence is back." ...

Surviving the Class 6A baseball regionals was tough for six of last year's qualifiers. The only returners from the '95 tournament are Lawrence and Shawnee Mission Northwest, who tied for third after the consolation game was rained out. ...

Is another state championship in the works at Baldwin?

The Bulldogs claimed the 4A state girls basketball crown in March and the state boys tennis crown last weekend. The BHS girls track team, state runner-up by one point last year, dominated its regional in Paola and is favored this year. ...

Tonganoxie coach Chris Herron has seen enough of DeSoto. Last October, Herron's volleyball team, seeded No. 1 in its eight-team sub-state, lost to the seventh-seeded Wildcats in the sub-state final to end the season with a 33-2 record. Last week, Herron's baseball team, ranked No. 1 in 4A with a 16-2 record, was eliminated with a 2-0 loss on its home field by the Wildcats.

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