KBCA weekend features McPherson, Little River, Moundridge

By Steve Sell
June 26, 2014

SALINA — The Kansas Basketball Coaches Association banquet and reception is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Sam’s Chapel in Pioneer Hall on the campus of Kansas Wesleyan University.

There is no admission charged and is open to the public.

Three schools with local ties will figure prominently in the ceremony. The Little River girls basketball championship teams from 1995-98, who were part of a state-record 91-game winning streak, will be inducted into the KBCA Hall of Fame. Also, Shane Cordell — who piloted those teams and won more than 600 games in 34 years before retiring after this season — will be inducted into the Hall as an individual.

Fittingly, those Little River teams will be joined by Moundridge’s four straight state championship teams of 1990-93. They were coached by Vance Unrau.

McPherson High’s Keshawn Sewell will be the recipient of the KBCA’s first-ever Courage Award. Sewell was a senior for the Bullpups this season and broke his leg over the Christmas break, yet continued to support his teammates in any way he could. It was only fitting he was on the court to raise the Class 4A Division I state championship trophy after the Bullpups knocked off Topeka Hayden for the title. Unfortunately, Sewell rebroke his leg during the track and field season.

McPherson’s Tyler Brown will also be honored, as he has been selected as Junior High Coach of the Year for Kansas. The Bullpups had an undefeated season and basically were never challenged the entire year.

McPherson High’s Kurt Kinnamon will be honored as 4A Division I Coach of the Year and be on staff during the All-Star Game that takes place at 8 p.m. at Mabee Arena. He will serve as an assistant for the Red team to his brother Clint, who led St. John to an undefeated season and Class 2A state title.

Both KBCA All-Star games — the girls at 6:00 and boys at 8:00 — will be televised on Cox Cable Channel 22. The only area player taking part is Hesston’s Wyatt McKinney. Class 3A Coach of the Year Greg Raleigh, who led the Swathers to the state title, will be head coach of the Blue Team. Hesston’s Matt Richardson, 3A Coach of the Year for girls, will coach the White team in its game.