Moundridge girls, Koehn being inducted this weekend

By Steve Sell
June 26, 2015

There will be a distinctive Moundridge flavor to the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association All-Star weekend.

The Wildcats’ girls basketball teams from 1996 to 1999 will be inducted into the KBCA Hall of Fame during ceremonies at 1:30 p.m. Saturday on the campus of Kansas Wesleyan University in Salina.

The Wildcats were coached by Sue Hetzke and assisted by Vicky Kessler. They were led by Laurie Koehn, who herself will be inducted into the Hall on Saturday along with former Kansas State teammates Kendra Wecker and Nichole Ohlde. All three later played in the WNBA. The other individual inductee is former McPherson College coach Roger Trimmell.

The Moundridge boys’ teams that won four straight titles from 1990-93 went in last year. Also, Moundridge’s girls are following last year’s girls team inductee, Little River. The Redskins won four straight state championships from 1995 to 1998 and this season had their state-record 91-game winning streak surpassed by Hoxie.

Moundridge’s girls began their championship run in 1996 with a 59-40 victory over Clifton-Clyde. That was followed in 1997 by a 62-49 victory over Mankato. In 1998, the Wildcats crushed Sedgwick 94-33, then completed the four-year run in 1999 by outlasting Sterling, 62-52.

The Wildcats were an incredible 97-7 in that streak, including a perfect season in 1998.

The “Drive for Five” ended in 2000 with a 61-54 loss to Osborne in the championship game.

Koehn goes in after one of the most prolific high school careers in Kansas history. She holds almost every record in the McPherson Mid America Classic and she came along about the same time as Claflin’s Jackie Stiles. There were the invariable comparisons between the two, and both went on to star collegiately and play professionally. 

Koehn had a tremendous career at Kansas State when she played with Wecker and Ohlde, while Stiles became the all-time leading scorer in women’s college basketball.

Koehn spent several years in the WNBA, with her best years with the Washington Mystics. She later played overseas, playing last year in Australia. She also coached last year at Northern Colorado for former Kansas State assistant coach Kami Ethridge.