Kinnamons together one last time

By Steve Sell
June 25, 2015
Kendall Shaw

McPherson High boys basketball coach Kurt Kinnamon gets one final chance to coach his son, Kyler, in Saturday's Kansas Basketball Coaches Association All-Star Game at Mabee Arena on the campus of Kansas Wesleyan University in Salina.

Both the boys and girls All-Star games will be carried locally on Cox Cable Channel 22, with the girls tipping off at 6:05 and the boys going approximately 8:10.

Kyler Kinnamon will be a member of the White Team. Bullpup teammate Payton Stephens was picked for the game, but is in Texas at Stephen F. Austin University, going through summer workouts under the tutelage of McPherson native Brad Underwood and not expected to make it back.

Among Kinnamon’s teammates will be Kansas’ Mr. Basketball, Dean Wade of St. John, whose coach Clint Kinnamon will be helping the White team along with his brother. Both Kinnamon brothers led their respective teams to undefeated seasons and state championships. The third coach is Glenn O'Neil, who is a McPherson College graduate.

While at MHS, Kyler and Kurt Kinnamon combined their talents to win two state championships, including a 23-1 season in 2014 and a 25-0 record this past season. During the four years they were together, the Bullpups were 85-10.

Hays’ Brady Werth, who played on a highly successful summer team with Kinnamon and Wade, also will be playing for the White team. Yet another teammate is Quinter’s Brett Crist, who has signed to play at McPherson College.

Another McPherson College signee, Grant Raleigh of Hesston, was picked for the game, but is recovering from injuries suffered during a skiing accident in Colorado in March.

Hesston’s Caylee Richardson has been chosen to play in the girls’ game. Her father, Matt, is among the coaches in the game. He led the Swathers to their second straight Class 3A title this past spring.