KBCA honors Hesston's Raleigh

By Steve Sell
June 29, 2015

SALINA — Hesston High graduate Grant Raleigh received the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association Student-Athlete Courage Award during ceremonies Saturday afternoon at Pioneer Hall on the campus of Kansas Wesleyan University.

Raleigh was an All-State basketball and football player for the Swathers and was selected to play in Saturday’s KBCA All-Star Game, but could not compete. He helped the Swathers to the Class 3A state championship and undefeated season in 2013-14 and the Swathers again made state this year before losing in the first round to Wichita Collegiate.

After the state tournament in March, Raleigh suffered life-threatening injuries from a skiing accident in Colorado but is now walking under his own power, though he’s a long way from being back on the court. He spent several days in a Colorado hospital before returning home and is undergoing physical therapy.

Raleigh has signed to play basketball at McPherson College and coach Tim Swartzendruber is honoring that commitment. 

Raleigh, whose father Greg was the Swathers’ head basketball coach, gave an emotional speech after accepting his award, probably one of the highlights of the afternoon.

The Moundridge girls’ teams from 1996 to 1999 were honored as the Wildcats won four straight Class 2A titles during that span, going 97-7. Moundridge grad Laurie Koehn also was inducted into the KBCA Hall of Fame, along with former Kansas State teammates Nicole Ohlde and Kendra Wecker, who were stars at Clay Center and Marysville, respectively, in high school.

There was a good turnout of former Moundridge players from those championship teams in attendance, as well as a large following of Wildcat fans.