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Athletes in Action: Boys Swimming
24 Athletes in Action: Wrestling
Meeting the Needs of the Student Athlete
25 Athletes in Action: Girls Basketball
14 Are You Up for the Challenge?
28 Local Media Icon: J.B Bauersfeld 30 Hall of Fame: Willie Nicklin
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[Meeting the Needs of the Student-Athlete] Excitement. Adrenaline. Prowess. Courage. These are the compelling words that describe high school sports. But, as most athletes know all too well, those expressions are usually accompanied by even more powerful words—pain, exhaustion, soreness and agony. As high schools sports have become more sophisticated, athletic training and sports medicine has also evolved to meet the needs of student-athletes.
SPORTS MEDICINE & HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETICS:
Athletic training services at high schools are one of the first thing to go when budget cuts hit, so OrthoKansas fully funds the Lawrence area and outlying high school trainers to ensure those services continue to be available. During football season, the group offers a free injury clinic on Saturday mornings, providing X-ray and evaluation at no charge to high school athletes.
Building Relationships Sean Cupp, a sports medicine physician specializing in muscular-skeletal medicine at OrthoKansas, says the athletic trainers they place in the high schools create a relationship with the student-athletes and serve as the eyes and ears for the sports medicine physicians. Dr. Cupp says there is a fine line between prevention and care of an athletic injury. “You can’t prevent all injuries. Some of them are just the nature of having a collision sport,” Dr. Cupp said. However, some simple tips can help keep players off of the injured list.
Tips to Injury Prevention: Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Jeff Randall and Sports Medicine Physican Dr. Sean Cupp for OrthoKansas, PA Facilities such as OrthoKansas, P.A. in Lawrence work with coaches and students to focus on injury prevention, treatment, rehabilitation services and athlete education. Orthopedic surgeon Jeff Randall says sports medicine has become an integral part of high school athletics because doctors and trainers can provide sports-specific training and rehabilitation for athletes. OrthoKansas provides athletic training and physician services to high schools throughout Lawrence and the outlying communities. Dr. Randall helped start the sports medicine program in 1996 because he saw the real need for these services at the high school level. “I’ve pretty much been at a high school football game every Friday night for at least the last 20 years,” Randall said.
1. Stay in condition—get in shape to play sports; don’t play sports to get in shape. 2. Learn proper techniques—both on the field/court and in the weight room. 3. Make sure equipment is in good condition—not only equipment you wear, but also the practice/game surface. 4. Listen to your body—when you start feeling something abnormal, notify the coach/trainer that something doesn’t feel right. 5. Recognize the escalation of pain—a little soreness is normal, but when that pain escalates, your body is saying “something is wrong.” As the head team orthopedic surgeon at the University of Kansas, Dr. Randall travels with the football and men’s basketball teams. Dr. Cupp is the head physician at Baker University and travels with the KU women’s basketball team. January 2012
ON-SITE ATHLETIC TRAINING SERVICES:
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A few years ago, a Topeka West football player suffered a head injury during a game and no athletic trainer was on site at the time to diagnose his condition. Michael Ramirez, Athlete Services Supervisor at St. Francis Sports Medicine, says that incident prompted USD 501 to collaborate with St. Francis Health Center to provide on-site athletic training services for each high school. Highland Park, Topeka High and Topeka West each have a training room on site. A Certified Athletic Trainer is available every day to oversee the prevention and care of injuries to athletes. “More times than not, injuries occur on the practice field,” Ramirez said. An athletic trainer is also present at every game to provide diagnostic and injury care services if necessary. Having a trainer on staff is beneficial not only for the student-athletes, but also for the coaches. “Let’s be honest,” Ramirez said. “If a kid comes out of the game after a blow to the head, the coach still has to worry about what the next play will be. Having an athletic trainer on the field lets the coach worry about the game while the trainer can worry about the health of the athlete.” St. Francis has three certified athletic trainers who cover the high schools; Ramirez covers Washburn University; and a physical therapist/athletic trainer provides services for athletes at the St. Francis Sports Medicine facility.
Training the Coaches Ramirez says that in addition to the athletic training services, St. Francis Sports Medicine also provides an educational coaches meeting during the fall season to discuss issues related to player health. These sessions include topics such as concussions, heat- related concerns and injury prevention. “Unfortunately, sometimes it takes a tragedy like a kid dying from heat exhaustion to make schools see how important these services are,” Ramirez says.
Proactive Measures The public is also becoming more aware of health concerns for student-athletes as are the athletes themselves. While for the most part this is good, Ramirez says it could be a negative thing, however, because kids might not be willing to admit they are hurt for fear of being pulled out of the game. But, Ramirez says, this is just one more reason why having athletic trainers available at every practice is so essential. Many times a trainer can spot an injured player 8
Michael Ramirez, Athlete Services Supervisor for St. Francis Sports Medicine simply by watching the way the athlete moves and take proactive measures. “Our whole purpose is to look out for the kids,” Ramirez said.
Prevention is the Key A word of advice? Prevention is the key. Whether its flexibility, strength or technique, prevention is the ultimate goal. “If we can get our hands on an ankle injury early and care for it, we can get it to recuperate faster than if you just ignore it,” Ramirez said. “We can usually get athletes back into the game much quicker than they would be able to otherwise.”
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DIAGNOSING THE INVISIBLE:
Kansas Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Kansas Orthopedics and Sports Medicine provides athletic training services to approximately 30 high schools throughout the area. The group has contracted with Seaman and Washburn Rural to provide on-site training services every afternoon and to have a trainer cover every varsity home game. Per agreements with Shawnee Heights and Hayden, Kansas Orthopedics provides athletic trainers at those high schools two to three times per week along with coverage of all home varsity games. For all of the other schools, athletic trainers provide services once a week, or on an as needed basis. Regardless of the location or size of the school, licensed athletic trainers Brad Parry, MS, LAT, ACT and Michael Longhofer, MS, LAT agree that the most serious medical injuries they confront are head injuries. “Concussions are dangerous because they are the invisible injury,” Longhofer said. “There are no real symptoms and very few physical signs that you can actually see.” In fact, Longhofer says that concussions won’t show up on traditional medical scans.
Using Technology to Diagnosis As a result, diagnosis and treatment of concussions has been a guessing game at best. The implementation of computerized concussion evaluation systems has taken a lot of the guesswork out of concussion diagnosis. At Washburn Rural, Parry administers a Concussion Vital Signs assessment to all student athletes who are involved in contact sports. Longhofer uses similar assessment software, ImPACT (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing), at Seaman. These assessments provide a baseline for neurocognitive function so athletic trainers and doctors have a reference point from which to measure the brain function post-injury. “This is a great tool to have because it provides real numbers that we can use to show players, coaches and parents that these injuries are real,” Parry said. Simply because an athlete feels physically ready to return to practice, it doesn’t mean he or she should be released to do so. Parry recalls one student in particular who was adamant he was ready to return to play two weeks after suffering a concussion. However, when Parry administered the post-injury test, he found that the athlete’s cognitive 10
Brad Parry, MS, LAT, ACT and Michael Longhofer, MS, LAT, Athletic Trainers for Kansas Orthopedics and Sports Medicine functions were still way below his baseline numbers. It took an additional two weeks for those numbers to return to normal.
Resting the Brain New studies now recommend that in addition to restricting athletic participation for athletes suffering from head injuries, these individuals should also have adjusted school days to allow more time for resting the brain. Longhofer has been working with the principals and counselors at Seaman to implement a plan that would give students recovering from concussions shortened school schedules and tutoring services until they are no longer symptomatic. While there is always a fear that athletes won’t report head injuries for fear of having to sit out of the game for a few weeks, Parry says that parents, coaches and athletes are figuring out how serious this issue really is. “Seeing the number of professional athletes who have suffered permanent damage as a result of repeated head injuries has been a game changer for contact sports,” Parry said.
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Rebound Sports Performance Strong. Faster. More Agile. “Rebound Sports Performance is really about developing athletes,” Flynn said. “The bulk of what we do is to teach athletes how to be more athletic.” This doesn’t mean teaching a soccer player how to strike the ball better. It does involve helping them become stronger, faster and more agile. Flynn says being a good athlete is about more than ability—it is about movement. The really good athletes simply know how to move their bodies efficiently and effectively. That is where Rebound Sports Performance can help make a difference. Flynn says each athlete must be evaluated individually for optimum results. The first step is to identify what the athlete wants to accomplish. Then Flynn evaluates physical ability, posture, strength and flexibility, breaking down simple movement patterns to identify challenges in mechanics and help correct those issues. Next is a comprehensive testing process to get more objective numbers: vertical jump, timed sprint, agility, etc. Finally, with that information, Flynn puts together a customized plan to help the athlete improve performance and mechanics.
Mike Flynn, Director of Sports Performance for Rebound Physical Therapy Paul Silovsky opened Rebound Physical Therapy in 1994 to provide sports physical therapy for athletes. His daughters were all soccer players, so he was active in the soccer community and studied ways to improve performance on the soccer field. Soon he had groups of kids doing circuit training and conditioning on the weekends in the gym and on the field. Those workouts developed into a summer camp program where he would take kids through a FAST (Functional Agility and Speed Training) program to increase speed and agility. Working with these kids, Silovsky and Mike Flynn noticed a disturbing trend. Many of these athletes had similar injuries and, for a significant number, the injuries were recurring. After treating the same kids with repeat injuries again and again, Silovsky knew he had more work to do. Finally, in 2001, Paul opened Rebound Sports Performance and Flynn joined Rebound as Director of Sports Performance. 12
“The common misconception is that either you’ve got natural ability or you don’t—that you can’t coach speed,” Flynn said. “Well, yeah you can.” Flynn says everybody has the potential to improve the efficiency at which they move, resulting in increased speed. Improving mechanics and efficiency not only enhances athletic performance, but it also helps prevent injury. Flynn said studies have shown that athletes who undergo performance training to improve mechanics and strength are less prone to noncontact lower extremity injuries such as sprains and torn ACLs. One study specific to teenage female soccer players found that noncontact knee injury incidence rate was 90 percent lower in the group that received performance intervention than in the control group. Better performance and fewer injuries—that is the goal of Rebound Sports Performance. “Our physical therapy and athletic training backgrounds give us a unique perspective on how to help these athletes perform to the best of their ability,” Flynn said. From ankle sprains to concussions, pulled muscles to broken bones, high school athletes in Shawnee County are in good hands.
Both Silver Lake and Rossville coaches agree that physical conditioning is one of the most important parts of a strong wrestling program. Wrestling is one of those sports where you just have to use every muscle in your body,” explains Rossville Coach Curt Brecheisen. MVP followed a typical workout for the Silver Lake team, which includes over two hours of constant movement. Senior Jamie Stadler says the hard work helps give them an advantage in competition that grows throughout the season. “In December, by the end of a match you’re really out of breath and January and February you have a lot more stamina. The conditioning really pays off.”
Hayden swim coach Laura Schmidt says getting enough pool time is difficult for the Hayden Swim Team because they rent lanes at the Capitol Federal Natatorium at Hummer Sports Park, splitting time with the USD 501 schools that also use the facility. Schmidt says Hayden Swimmers practice every Monday thru Friday from 3:30 until 5:00. They begin with stretching and dry land exercises, followed by a water workout. â€œOur time in the water is so important as the muscles used and the endurance developed is so unique to swimming,â€? Schmidt explains.
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WAR ON 24 Silver Lake does not like to lose. This year they are determined to win back a league title wrestled away by rival Rossville two years ago. While the Dawgs and Eagles are rivals in many sports, the “War on 24” picks up an interesting twist on the mats. Silver Lake won eight Mid-East League titles in a row and seven regional titles in a row before Rossville unseated them in 2010 – by one point. In 2011, it was a six-point spread that separated the teams in the fight for league title. The two schools often come out one and two in league play. That competitive history gets more interesting when you consider a connection between the coaches.
have given them motivation to win. “We’re a school where we don’t lose much, and it doesn’t taste very good to us,” says Horgan. The Silver Lake wrestlers have done a lot of hard work in the off season to be in top form for this year’s match-ups. They went to the University of Nebraska student camp as a group and were involved in wrestling leagues over the summer. A lot of the wrestlers were able to put in 20 matches in the off season. “No one else is doing that in our league, and we feel like we’re better prepared because of doing that,” says Horgan.
"We're a school where we don't lose much, and it doesn't taste very good to us." -Coach Tim Hogan
HISTORY & FAMILY TIES Silver Lake Coach Tim Horgan and Rossville Coach Curt Brecheisen used to coach together at St Mary’s. When he was younger, Horgan actually spent time wrestling under Brecheisen. Rossville also has an assistant coach who Horgan knows well – Courtney Horgan is his brother. “It makes Thanksgiving a little more interesting,” says Tim Horgan. Most of the rivalry between the coaches is in fun. Horgan says he and his brother sometimes play jokes on each other at tournaments, but there is a serious edge it brings to the competition, too. The history means two head coaches who know each other’s style well. They both know how to bring out wins and have just a little bit more motivation when their teams are playing together. Brecheisen says, “Tim, definitely wants to beat me, and I don’t want to let him beat me. It’s kind of a good natured type deal. And of course, everyone tries just a little bit harder when you know each other.”
COMMITMENT Rivalry aside, Horgan says his wrestlers are bringing a higher commitment level to the game this year. Past losses 18
PEAK CONDITION Brecheisen believes the Rossville team strength lies in their middle weights. He says wins will come because of the team’s top conditioning. “One thing I’ve been blessed with the last couple of years are kids who aren’t afraid of hard work and will go through our workouts,” explains Brecheisen. They do a lot of technique work and are in good shape. Workouts will include two-a-day sessions in January and February to make sure they stay in peak condition. Brecheisen says wrestlers usually make mistakes when they get tired. “Hopefully, we’re in good enough shape to capitalize on those mistakes,” says Brecheisen.
KIDS CLUBS Rossville and Silver Lake have strong wrestling programs in part because of their kids clubs. Both have active USA wrestling clubs programs in town that expose kids to wrestling in elementary school. One of Rossville’s top wrestlers, Tagen Lambotte is the current USAW Kids Folkstyle National Champion. Brecheisen says this experience helps give their schools an edge, “We have kids coming in who know what’s going on with wrestling. They feed off each other and get better.”
"Obviously you don't want to lose to your rivals, but at the same time you don't approach it any differently than you do any other match." -Tagen Lambotte Both schools are usually able to bring out state level placers each year. It’s another strength Brecheisen sees in both programs. The experience of having state level players in any program is going to make it stronger because the other wrestlers have those teammates as daily workout partners.
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MOTIVATION TO WIN Silver Lake Senior Jacob Schroeder says last year’s close loss to Rossville is something he uses to motivate other team members daily. “That kind of hurt. It was so close a loss. We really felt like we had them last year, but we’re still a young team and we’re getting better. So, I think that we can get them this year and try to claim the league title,” says Schroeder. But the team also has a larger goal beyond beating Rossville. “We want to win at the state tournament… bottom line,” says Coach Horgan. He believes his wrestlers have put in the hard work to make wins happen, down the highway against Rossville, or against any rival.
COMPETITIVE SPIRIT At Rossville, top wrestler Sophomore Tagen Lambotte says their team tries to bring a competitive spirit to the mat no matter who they face, but admits the Silver Lake rivalry adds fuel to the fire. “Obviously you don’t want to lose to your rivals, but at the same time you don’t approach it any differently than you do any other match,” says Lambotte. Senior Mark Smith says the competition just makes them strive harder. “When you win, you want to make sure you win by a good margin,” explains Smith. continued on pg. 20 January 2012
Senior, Rossville High School Wrestling weight: 152 | 2011 State Wrestling: 4th place in 152 lb weight class Other Activities: Football and track, deer hunting and fishing Inspiration: “My inspiration is just wanting to strive for the team’s success and wanting to help everyone get better. If someone is struggling, I want to make sure they get the help they need. When they get down, you help them out and tell them how they can improve so that the next match they can be piped up and ready to go again.” Role model: “Cael Sanderson. When I was younger I got to meet him at a kids club wrestling event in Oklahoma. I admire all of his success in wrestling, the Olympic wrestling and all that he has accomplished.”
Tagen Lambotte Sophomore, Rossville High School
Wrestling Weight: 135 and 140 | 2011 State Wrestling: 1st place in 135 lb weight class Other Activities: Football, TASMAD (Take a Second Make a Difference), hunting and fishing Inspiration: “It’s [wrestling] fun. You can do so many things. You can never been too good, you can only get better.” Favorite Wrestler: “Tom Brands. I love the way he wrestles, and how he approaches the sport.” Role Model: “My brother Cody. He does the right things and sets good examples for me. He always pushes me and lets me know when I’m right and when I’m wrong. He doesn’t let me get too big of a head. He sets me straight.”
Jacob Schroeder Senior, Silver Lake High School
Wrestling Weight: 132 | 2011 State Wrestling: 6th place in 130 lb weight class Other Activities: Debate, forensics, cross country, scholars bowl Inspiration: “I really enjoy wrestling. I just really want to do the best I can and figure out how good a wrestler I am compared to everyone else in the league. We have a strong tradition and I want to be a part of that tradition and add to the legacy that we’ve had with all the great wrestlers we’ve had in the past.”
Role Model: “Chad Flores (2x State Champion). He came out and helped out a few years when I was in kids club. He just is a really great wrestler and provided a lot of insight into how to be a great wrestler. That probably led me to where I am right now. I also admire Collin Hase (2x State Champion) and Brett LaMar (State Runner-up). They were both older wrestlers on the Silver Lake team. I had the chance to work with both January 2012 of them and they taught me a lot about wrestling.”
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Two years ago, Washburn Rural standout swimmer Grant Rogers had to make a difficult choice—either compete with his club team, Topeka Swim Association, or compete for his high school team. He chose to swim for Jeff Handley at Washburn Rural his junior and senior years. A two-time All-American, Rogers received All-City, All-Centennial League and All-State honors each of his high school seasons, and he still holds the state record in the Class 6A 200 individual medley. This year, high school club swimmers won’t face that same dilemma. Because of a new Kansas law, they can have the best of both worlds. At the end of its 2011 session, the Kansas Legislature passed the Omnibus Health bill--HB 2182. This bill contains a number of health-related policies applicable to high school athletes, such as requirements for diagnosis and treatment of concussions and other head injuries, and rules regarding return to play. However, the bill also contains a provision that would give high school swimmers and divers the right to dual participation in club swimming as well during the high school season. This issue has been a hot topic for several years. KSHSAA instituted rules against studentathletes participating in outside competition during the season for all high school sports in an effort to level the playing field statewide and prevent Jeff Handley Washburn Rural Swim Coach
students who have access to private training facilities from having an unfair competitive advantage. KSHSAA rules for swimming and diving were no different. In past years in Kansas, swimmers were not allowed to officially participate in both club and high school teams during the high school swim season. They could workout in the same pool as their club team, but club coaches could only provide private instruction, not team coaching. This new legislation allows for easier dual participation for high school swimmers, allowing them to get more pool time during training. While the new change will help those who compete on a high level to push themselves, some argue it could be a disadvantage to those who don’t participate in club swimming. Handley doesn’t think it will have much effect on his swimmers at Washburn Rural. “I don’t see it as an unfair advantage.” Handley said. “Kids who choose to participate in club swimming will now have the freedom to make their own decisions.” Handley admits that the new law opens up a whole new can of worms as other sports will likely pursue similar rule changes. However, he says he believes swimming is unlike any other sport because of the limitations on practice facilities. “Football and soccer players can find an open field and practice.” Handley said. “Basketball and volleyball players can easily find
There simply isn’t enough water (pool) space available to adhere to the former guidelines.”
athletes in action: WRESTLING
Melvin Douglas 2011 Wrestling Invitational | Dec 10, 2011 | Highland Park HS 1. Kenny Knoll, Highland Park, JR 2. Austin Brohaugh, Topeka West, JR 3. Marcus Reece, Topeka High, JR 4. Cooper Self, Topeka High, JR 5. Dakota Cott, Highland Park, SR 6. Zach Campbell, Topeka West , FR 24
athletes in action: GIRLS BASKETBALL
Shawnee Heights v. Seaman Varsity Girls Game | Dec 13, 2011 | Shawnee Heights High 1. Kelsey Morgan, #22 Shawnee Heights, JR 2. Shelby Slimmer, #12 Seaman, SR 3. Danielle Poblarp, #2 Seaman, JR Mallory Diedrich, #5 Seaman, SR 4. Tatyana Legette, #24 Seaman, FR 5. Bailey Wells, #14 Shawnee Heights, SO 6. Rheanna Pierce, #24 Shawnee Heights, SR
putting others first by Karen Ridder photos by RACHEL LOCK
Ryan Wynne has his priorities straight.
The Washburn Rural Junior Blues varsity basketball player has a gift for leadership on and off the court, but believes in putting the needs of the team above his own. He has an “others first” attitude that makes him January’s MVP inspirational athlete. Coach Clint Meitler explains Wynne has a strong work ethic and talent that goes along with a selfless attitude. “He’s going to do whatever it takes to give the effort and get the job done. As a coaching staff, I can’t tell you how many times last year our words to each other would be, ‘You can win games with that guy.’” They win games in part because Wynne is willing to outwork his opponent in every game. Last year, he helped lead the Junior Blues to its first conference title in 14 years. Instead of taking the limelight as a top scorer though, Wynne could most often be found on defense, shutting down the other team’s best player. It wasn’t a glory role, but one he enjoyed. He understood the whole team did better when he played that position. “You just have to adapt to the role where they need you. It’s not that big of a deal who gets the glory as long as we win,” explains Wynne. Giving to others is a huge part of Wynne’s personal values. Based in his Christian beliefs, Wynne says he tries to be a good example to others and put them above 26
himself. He is also very easy
“Not much gets him upset. He’s very patient, calm, very bright, intelligent, has a heart for people,” going,
describes his dad, Alan Wynne. This well-rounded character is evident in his involvement off the court at Washburn Rural. He is president of the student body, president of FCIA, member of the freshman mentoring executive board and part of the spirit leadership committee. Wynne is also the lead organizer of a yearly sports camp for younger kids. The week-long Doxazo Sports Camp was started seven years ago by Wynne’s brother Jeremy (Wynne’s personal inspiration). The camp allows boys in second to seventh grade to explore several different sports and learn the importance of building a good character along with their sport skills. “We want to teach these kids the qualities that will make them a good leader and be strong men of God coming up,” said Wynne. Last summer, they hosted about 60 kids in the camp and for the first time were also able to offer a winter version of the camp in December. Wynne says he likes to be a leader, but also understands it hold a big responsibility. “I just want to be an example to the younger kids. I just want to make sure I am doing the right things when I’m off the court,” said Wynne. He does
this by being conscious of his speech and actions at all times. He tries to be open and nice to everyone and not place himself above anyone else. Wynne hopes people see him with a positive attitude, no trash talking, working hard, being open and nice to people, not being short with people and doing the right things. Family and faith are the biggest parts of Wynne’s own inspiration. After a his mother’s battle with cancer and a serious car accident for his father, Wynne was able to focus on being purposeful with his time, relationships and the activities with which he chooses to be involved. His mom, Cindy Wynne, says Wynne’s choices are an inspiration to her. “It really challenges me to look beyond my own self and family and look to other people.” Wynne himself is very humble about his efforts and says he’s just glad when the Junior Blues come out on top.
“Ryan is a great athlete, an extremely hard worker. He does a great job for us. He’s a very good basketball player, but a great student and a better kid, a great leader on the team. He’s the ultimate team guy.” Coach Meitler will brag for him,
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J. B. Bauersfeld 13 Sports Anchor / Reporter WIBW-TV
MVP: How did you come to be a sportscaster? JB: From the time I was in the 2nd grade, I wanted to be a pro athlete. Somewhere around the 8th grade, I realized that the man upstairs didn’t grant me with enough athletic talent to have people pay to watch me play much past the 14th grade. Around my sophomore year of high school I realized that sports broadcasting would be a great way to stay involved in sports. It’s great, I get paid to talk about sports every day.
MVP: What motivates you? JB: Doing my job right. I’ve always thought if something is worth doing, it’s worth doing right. It drives me nuts when people don’t put their full effort into something important. 28
I think it stems from my days as a mediocre athlete. I was never the most talented, so I always tried to play harder and more impassioned than everybody else.
MVP: Who is your favorite sportscaster? JB: Bob Costas. The guy makes everything he does look so easy. (I’m sure having a photographic memory is a bonus). Costas is so smooth whether he’s hosting something in studio, calling a game or delivering a commentary.
MVP: What would surprise people about you? JB: I’m a giant nerd. (Though that probably won’t surprise too many people). I was in band all through high school
and I even did a musical my senior year. I love Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, and Harry Potter. My roommates in college got me into Magic: The Gathering. I’ve learned to own it.
MVP: Who are your role models and why? JB: I have a number of role models.
time passes and all you have to remember your varsity days are stories, pictures, and video to refute whatever story you just told about the “good ole days.” You never know when the last game is gonna come, so play each one like there won’t be another.
MVP: What is your most embarrassing on-air moment? JB: I have forgotten some pretty
Professionally, I’ve worked with some great J.B. Bauersfeld people. Mark Davidson was the weekend Highland Park High School sports anchor when I started out as a Senior Year * 1999 photographer at WIBW in 2004; I made no prominent names, most recently it was bones about wanting his job, but rather than Jamal Charles… You know, the Chiefs best being a jerk to me about it, he kind of took me under his player and all. No biggie. It honestly takes a lot to embarrass wing (professionally and personally) and helped me learn me. You learn to roll with the punches, cause sometimes about some of the intricacies in sports broadcasting. Mark’s they hit you in the face. now a morning anchor in Wichita. Mike Marusarz worked for a couple of years at WIBW and I’ve never seen someone with more drive and a harder work ethic. The guy would work until 10:30 in Topeka, then drive to KC to fill in report for a morning show there. He’s since been in KC and NYC Having fun at what I do. People love watching sports and now anchors in Miami…. When I was in High School, because they’re a great escape and people play sports I’d always follow Jason Lamb around (he’s now in KC). He because they’re fun. I love sports and I want that to come helped me realize that sports broadcasting is a legitimate across in my broadcast. Moreover, I just don’t want to be profession (unless you want to get rich). remembered for the WRONG reasons. You know: an illicit tape, defrauding the social security system, picking my nose/ vomiting on live TV… the usually suspects.
MVP: What do you want to be remembered for? JB:
MVP: What’s the best advice you have ever received? JB: With ESPN showing the Jim Valvano speech again
recently, I’m reminded of his credo: “Don’t give up, don’t ever give up.” It’s one of those speeches that no matter how many times I hear it, I still get goose bumps. If a man with cancer eating his body can still look positively at life, we should all be able to.
MVP: What words of wisdom do you have for today’s high school athlete? JB: Enjoy your time on the field/court in High School and if
MVP: What changes have you seen in sports? JB: Television technology… It’s amazing how much HDTV and DVR have changed the way we view sports. Take an NFL or College Football game for example. A decade ago, nothing beat actually going to the stadium and taking in the game in person. Now you have a 40, 50, 60 inch screen, replays from 5 angles, and you can pause it when you have to grab some chips. It can make folks think twice about going out to the stadium when it’s cold/raining/snowing.
you’re lucky enough, in college. It’s amazing how quickly the January 2012
hall of fame
Seasons as Head Coach at Topeka High (1970-1994)
Seasons as Assistant Coach under Jack Dean
12 I-70 Titles
359-160 RECORD State Championships (1973 & 1986)
3 ELEVEN Second-place State Finishes
SEVEN Topeka Invitational Tournament crowns
Sunflower League Championships
What made you successful? “Discipline. You have to have discipline and a plan that you know will work. You have to know what you are going to do on defense, you have to know what you are going to do on offense, you have to know what you are going to do in the locker room, and you have to know what you are going to do in the hallways. You have to have expectations that the players and their parents know.”
What do you enjoy doing? “I attend the Topeka High basketball game and many of the home football games.”
Are there any team or coach you would have liked to play against? “I always wanted to play against the best coaches and the best teams.” 30
What was the best part of competition? “One of the great aspects of coaching is teaching the kids to learn how to discipline themselves and helping young guys see progress. But I really enjoy the competition. To get control of everything and to figure out what you have to do to be successful.”
What was the best advice you have ever received? “Phog taught me, ‘Don’t mess around. Don’t go out and drink. If you want to play you have to discipline yourself.’”
What characteristics do you respect the most in other coaches? “Fairness, being able to recognize your talent and utilizing it the best way you can.”
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