Lawrence High senior Logan Henrichs sounded Monday as if he’ll never understand why he was suspended from school for giving his brother Connor a horizontal-mohawk haircut in a private home, a disciplinary action that prevented him from playing the final two legs of the Sunflower League championship.
Many have had a difficult time understanding why Henrichs and others were suspended.
“I don’t understand, either,” Logan said. “We’ve had countless conversations with everybody, so I don’t know.”
This much Logan Henrichs had no trouble understanding about his kid brother Monday: “I’m very proud of him, and I’m proud of the team.”
Connor, a sophomore, shot an 80, and Logan, a senior, an 81 at Eagle Bend in the regional, joining teammates Brett Van Blaricum and Narito Mendez (both shot 84) in qualifying for the state tournament in Garden City.
Connor Henrichs is developing a reputation for being one of those athletes whose performance keeps pace with the enormity of the event. He scored the lone goal in a soccer game against Lawrence High in the fall and saved one of his best rounds of golf for the regional.
“I know the course pretty well, so that made me confident,” Connor said.
Logan, the Lions’ No. 1 player, has had steadier days than Monday. He carded just two pars, none on a back side that included three birdies, four bogeys and two double-bogeys.
Logan wouldn’t accept an excuse offered him. Could it be, he was asked, the suspension rattled him?
“I got out and played a good amount,” he said. “I played nine on Saturday and 18 on Sunday. There was just something about my drives today, and I couldn’t really figure it out.”
Hazing — defined by the school district as an act that “recklessly or intentionally endangers the mental health, physical health or safety of a student” — was the official explanation for the suspension that lasted three days out of school and one day in school.
Connor didn’t look as if he his mental or physical health or his safety had been endangered. He looked like a teenager with a new haircut — the horizontal mohawk gave way to an even buzz cut — happy to have played such a fine round of golf on such a big stage. As for the hazing ruling leveled on his brother, he didn’t understand it either.
“Freshman year for soccer I had a mohawk,” Connor said. “Someone else shaved my head that year. Not my brother. Nobody got suspended.”