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Wooden drawing interest from recruiters

Major colleges stepping up efforts to lure Free State’s junior forward

October 11, 2001

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Free State High boys basketball coach Jack Schreiner could start a second career as a mailman.

With FSHS junior forward Keith Wooden receiving recruiting interest following a successful summer at the Nike All-America camp, Schreiner's mailbox at school has been stuffed. Schreiner receives the letters from big-time programs and forwards them to Wooden.

"I think he's received letters from 45 schools," Schreiner said. "There are letters from Duke, Kentucky, Louisville, Indiana, Ohio State, Kansas and so on.

"We're looking at 10 to 15 letters a day. Most of them are little blurbs listing the highlights from their season."

Coaches from Purdue and Nebraska recently watched the 6-foot-8, 211-pound Wooden scrimmage at Free State's gym.

Wooden said he wasn't leaning to one school.

"I'll have to wait until after the season to see where I stand," said Wooden, who will join his AAU team for a tournament in Iowa this weekend.

In nine seasons as a high school coach, including four years at Lawrence High, Schreiner has never had a player draw as much recruiting attention as Wooden.

"Aaron Butler (a senior on the LHS 1995 state championship team before playing for Brown University) received interest from Ivy League schools and mid-majors but not to the extent of Keith," Schreiner said. "This season will be key for him and determine how many schools continue to show interest."

Vinson to wait on decision

Lawrence High senior Stephen Vinson, a 6-3 guard, has also received recruiting interest from Div. I programs.

He said he will wait until after the basketball season to make a decision.

Vinson, who made the all-tournament team at the prestigious Five-Star Basketball Camp in Pennsylvania during the summer, has received interest from Air Force, Baylor, Columbia, Davidson, Bucknell, Dartmouth, Santa Clara, South Alabama and Colgate.

"Air Force is starting to show more interest," Vinson said.

FSHS closing in on top seed

At 16-7, Free State is on the verge of being the No. 1 seed for the Class 6A volleyball sub-state tournament on Oct. 20 at Free State.

Other teams assigned to the Free State sub-state are Topeka Washburn Rural (19-11), Olathe South (17-10), Olathe North (13-12), Olathe East (11-18), Topeka (6-17), Leavenworth (7-23) and city rival Lawrence (3-24).

Seeds 1, 4, 5 and 8 will be in one four-team tournament and seeds 2, 3, 6 and 7 will be in the other four-team tourney. Both four-team sub-states will be at Free State.

LHS home finale Oct. 18

Lawrence High's final home soccer game of the season is on Oct. 18 at Youth Sports Inc. fields. Some LHS schedules list that contest as a road game game.

Bonner joins KVL

Bonner Springs will switch league affiliations starting the 2002-03 school year.

Bonner, now a member of the Huron League, will join the Kaw Valley League. The KVL will increase to 10 teams while the Huron will dip to five.

League meets today

Rim Rock Farm will be the site of today's Delaware Valley League cross country meet. First race is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Area schools competing include McLouth and Oskaloosa.

Meanwhile, Perry-Lecompton, DeSoto, Mill Valley and Santa Fe Trail will compete in the Kaw Valley League meet at Basehor.

Runners from Eudora, Baldwin and Wellsville will be at the Frontier League meet at Gardner.

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