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Contents PG 6 - The Next Level Issue Check out all the Shawnee County student-athletes that have signed to play at the collegiate level. PG 8 PG 10 PG 12 PG 14 PG 16 PG 18

Volleyball Soccer Softball Football & Wrestling Baseball & Basketball Swimming, Tennis, Rowing, Bowling, Hockey, Track & Field, Cross County, Cheerleading & Dance

PG 20 - Athletes in Action PG 22 - Coach Talk with Mark Elliott Elliott talks with Hayden High School Athletic Director Bobby Taul. PG 24 - The Next Level: Ryan Colombo Jack Lebahn gets the scoop from former Seaman standout Ryan Colombo on his journey to play baseball for Drury University. PG 28 - Hall of Fame The stories behind 2014 Topeka Shawnee County Sports Council Hall of Fame inductees Ed Delk, Lisa Carey and CJ Hamilton.

Hayden Wins 4A State Team Tennis Title Tommy Hunter ► State Champion Blake Hunter State Runner-up

CPLS Girls' Soccer State Champions The Cair Paravel Latin School’s varsity girls’ soccer team concluded their season by bringing home the KCAA state championship. The team’s record was 11-1-1.

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Hayden basketball at 4A Boys state championship

Fr. Kylie Cox & FR. Quincy Bocquin

jr. bailey gardner

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Shawnee Heights soccer

SO. Shayla Podlena

SO. caitlyn cochran Hayden track

Sr. brendon hutley & Coach Ted schuler

jr. brogan heinen

Sr. Marcus Meier

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Athletes in action

year in review

jr. Jacob head

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head coach sarah johnson

Silver Lake volleyball at state

sr. Ashlyn lane

Photos by Brad Shaffer

Jr. Alyssa Schultejans

sr.brendon hutley

so. jahlil osby

sr. shaffee carr

highland park at the sprint center

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Coach Talk With Mark Elliott

Mark Elliott talks with Hayden Athletic Director Bobby Taul. Mark Elliott WIBW 580 AM SportsTalk Silver Lake High School Graduate ELLIOTT: Let's go to your background. Tell us about growing up in a small town. TAUL: My hometown is Baldwin City, Kansas. We lived in an old farmhouse. We had no indoor plumbing until I was a freshman in high school. At that time mom and dad broke down and built a new house, and we got all the luxuries that everybody else had. We grew up with the old ringer phone. Our phone number was two longs and two shorts. We were on a party line— probably had 20 people on that line— so everybody got to know pretty much everything about everybody. Growing up in a rural setting, small school, you played every sport: football, basketball, and track. During the summer I played legion baseball. I went to junior college at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M in Miami, OK and played basketball. While I was there I tore both of my Achilles tendons. Coach approached me and said, “Hey you’re hurt and can’t play, how about coaching my JV for me.” So that’s how I got the coaching bug. I was going to go to school and be veterinarian, and ended up a teacher and a coach. I went to Kansas State University. My sports days were done, but I was like an intramural legend (laughs) at 22 | | JUNE 2014

K-State in flag football and basketball. Graduated from there in 1976. My first teaching job was down at Pomona High School. I was very fortunate in that I was able to become a head basketball coach. I was head basketball coach, assistant football coach, and girls track coach. I left Pomona after two years for an opportunity at Hayden High School in 1978 as the assistant boys basketball coach and assistant football coach. I’ve pretty much done everything that you can do here at Hayden. I’ve been an assistant principal, dean of students, athletic director, head football coach, assistant boys basketball coach, head golf coach, head girls basketball coach, director of transportation. ELLIOTT: Rule 10 is something that’s happened since you’ve been in administration. What are your thoughts? TAUL: For us it’s a great thing because we don’t have a lot of people on staff that want to coach or have the knowledge or the ability to coach. So, we have had to go to Rule 10. I think you’re seeing more and more in today’s world of a coach

Interesting Fact: Little 7 tennis doubles champion in 1969.

deciding to quit coaching, but wants to continue as a teacher. Then you’ve got the dilemma of: “I’ve got a basketball job opening, but I don’t have any teaching position available.” You’re going to have to go to Rule 10. It’s worked great for us. In a perfect situation, you would like to have all your head coaches in the building so they have that personal touch with those kids every day. But sometimes it just doesn’t work out that way. Coach Schuler has been with us for such a long time that parents know him, kids know him. With our practice schedule in basketball everybody knows that when Coach Schuler gets off work then that’s when practice is going to be. Coach Farmer and the girls practice after school and Coach Schuler and the boys come in 5:00,

5:30 and it works out well because there’s no fighting for those slots. ELLIOTT: I think at Hayden there’s an unbelievable tradition of success here. How will Hayden keep that tradition going in the future? TAUL: I think the main thing is stability in your coaches. I think the longer you have a coach at your school, the better off you are. Coach Stringer was here for 14-15 years and that’s stability. Coach Stringer leaves, Coach Arnold comes in and we’ll be going on our eighth year with Coach Arnold, and that tradition continues. When we play, our kids expect to win. Our kids have developed into them a mentality that even though enrollment-wise we may be a 4A school, we think we’re a 6A school. Our coaches have been able to make our kids believe in what they’re doing and believe in the system. These kids come in and their work ethic is unbelievable. A lot of that comes from our coaches, because our coaches’ work ethic is unbelievable. I think the future for this school is great. It’s proven year after year after year. We hang a banner in the gym for every state championship or runner up. We have over a hundred banners. To me that’s a pretty good testimonial of the tradition that we have, how hard our kids work, and how hard our coaches work to make this school successful. Academically, Hayden High School is tremendous. Over 90% of our kids go to college, and our ACT scores are the best in the county. We have national merit finalists and semi-finalists all the time. Academics and athletics go together hand-in-hand and create a very rich tradition for our kids. ELLIOTT: Bobby, appreciate the time, have a great summer. TAUL: Thank you sir.

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Jake Lebahn of WIBW 580 AM Sports Talk gets the scoop from former Seaman standout Ryan Colombo on his journey to play Divison II baseball at Drury University. Photo from

LEBAHN: Give me the Ryan Colombo story of how you became a baseball player.

Drury University Springfield, MO Freshman | #17 | 6'1" Pitcher/Infielder Seaman High School Batting Average: .451 On the Mound: 7-1 | 1.01 ERA | 39 K’s • 2013 Kansas Gatorade Player of the Year • All-State Honors • Kansas Pitcher of the Year • 2013 Topeka Shawnee County Sports Council Spring Male Athlete of the Year

COLUMBO: I was really young when my brother started playing competitive baseball. My mom and dad would have to pack an extra set of wiffle balls and a little wiffle ball bat (for me). I don’t think my dad really got to watch much of my brother’s youth baseball career because he was too busy throwing the ball to me, and making sure I could hit and throw. I just started out by picking up a ball and bat. LEBAHN: What was that point in time where you were hooked on baseball? COLOMBO: I want to say around fourth or fifth grade. Butch Rea, Lane Grist, and Dallas Hallgren would come over about an hour before school and we’d play pickup basketball or football, but it got to the point where the only game that all of us really wanted to play was baseball. LEBAHN: Steve Bushnell has an absolutely monster program going. Looking back, how important was your Seaman High School baseball career? How important was Steve Bushnell’s program to you?


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COLOMBO: It was crucial. Coach Bushnell talked to me and guided me in the right direction athletically, and he just helped me mature as a young

man. I give a lot of credit to him. He was a great coach. He knew exactly what he was doing, and he just helped you out so much. LEBAHN: After being at Drury, do you think Coach Bushnell runs a tight ship—similar to a college program? COLOMBO: Yeah, absolutely. I noticed it in the fall when we have practices that it was identical. Just the way we did things, the way practice was run, how fluent it was, and all scheduled out. It was the exact same way as high school. It opened my eyes to really realize how well Coach Bushnell runs that program at Seaman, and how he prepares players to move on to that next level. It doesn’t make the shift of going from high school baseball to college baseball that difficult. LEBAHN: Give me your favorite high school memory. COLOMBO: My favorite high school memory would probably go back to my freshman year. It’s kind of different than most people’s favorite high school memory. We were playing Manhattan. It was I think my third start on the mound, and I didn’t even get out of the first inning. I’m not quite sure if I even got an out. I think I gave up eight or nine runs and Coach Bushnell took me out and I went to the dugout very frustrated. Coach and I talked the rest of that inning

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about how I have to understand that coming into high school is completely different. I can’t just do what I used to do in middle school or summer ball where I could just overpower guys and what not. I had to learn that playing the game means playing every aspect of the game. He taught me that my freshman year. I think that has helped me have the career that I have had. LEBAHN: We found out that you were going to commit to Drury before your senior year even started for baseball. Why the early commitment to Drury? COLOMBO: I committed so early because I had gone on several visits to schools, and I had just been told several times by Division 1 schools that I couldn’t be both a position player and a pitcher, that it wasn’t possible. Coach Nasby and I had a pretty good relationship when we first met. He followed me my junior year through my Team USA run—I made it all the way to the final cut. He made an offer to me that was pretty hard to resist. It was definitely an opportunity where I could pitch and play the field. LEBAHN: What advice would you give to seniors or juniors about the recruiting process? COLOMBO: I guess the best advice that I would give is whatever sport you’re playing, whether it’s volleyball or basketball, baseball or what not, you never know who’s watching. My dad used to tell me that from the time that I was young. It could be some hole in the wall field that you’re playing some seven inning game against some team that is obviously worse than you, but you just never know who’s going to be there watching you play the game. You do one thing right and that could trigger something for a coach. You do 26 | | JUNE 2014

one thing wrong, like maybe not even sprinting to your position, just jogging, those coaches are just going to check you right off that list. You always have to give it 100 percent. LEBAHN: The travel for college baseball, a little bit more than high school baseball. How have you been dealing with all the travel?

"You always have to give it 100 percent." - Ryan Colombo

COLOMBO: I love it. The traveling aspect generates so much team chemistry. Getting on a bus, that’s the downfall, but at the same time you get to sit and talk with all the guys on the team. You can just learn so much about each one of them. Here at Drury, on the way home, if it’s a good series, we’ll do a little team karaoke. That’s so much fun listening to guys get up there and sing. It’s just a whole atmosphere that’s generated around fun. LEBAHN: What song did you sing for karaoke? COLOMBO: I sang Mambo No. 5 by Lou Bega. LEBAHN: Tommy John surgery is such a big deal now and mechanics are such a big deal. When was the first curveball that you threw? COLOMBO: I’d have to say probably when I was messing around playing wiffle ball in fourth or fifth grade. The

first time that I threw a legit curveball was probably my seventh grade summer. LEBAHN: How early do you think kids should be throwing curveballs? COLOMBO: I’ve been fortunate enough not to have a severe arm injury. But, if I had a son, I wouldn’t allow him to start throwing it until probably his eighth grade summer or freshman year. It’s so stressful on your arm. I’d be pretty strict about it with kids because I don’t think you need to use it that early. LEBAHN: Final questions, what’s your favorite baseball team? Who’s your favorite player to watch, emulate or kind of mold your game after? COLOMBO: My favorite infielder to watch play the game is Manny Machado, third baseman for the Baltimore Orioles. He’s amazing. The plays that he makes are unreal. I try to envision myself playing like him. He plays with such heart. Pitching wise, Trevor Rosenthal for the Cardinals. LEBAHN: You had to pick a Cardinal, didn’t you? Are you a Cardinals fan? COLOMBO: I’m not a Cardinals fan actually. I’m around a bunch of Cardinals fans down here in Springfield, but I’m not actually a Cardinals fan. I’m a Braves fan. But yeah, Trevor Rosenthal, he’s so serious about what he does. He challenges himself every pitch and it’s just amazing to see what he does. LEBAHN: Ryan, I appreciate the time and best of luck. mvp

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Ed delk At 78 years young, Ed Delk long ago traded his sneakers from his playing days and his whistle from his coaching days in exchange for the sore back that goes with picking up grandkids. “I’ve got a new great-grandson in Oklahoma City and I like to spend time with them when they can come up.” Delk said. When grands and great-grands aren’t in town, however, Delk plays golf with his wife. “I live out here on Lake Perry. My wife and I try to get out and play golf as much as possible. Outside of that, it’s family.” Well, family and the occasional trip to the casino. Delk was a two-sport star at Highland Park in the early 50s, where he earned All-State honors in basketball and football. After his days as a Scottie, Delk went on to earn AllAmerican honors on both the court and the gridiron at McPherson College. The Bulldogs inducted him into their Hall of Fame in 1999. His time on the links, however, is a bit more laid back than his time dominating the local scene a halfcentury ago. When asked about his handicap, he said simply: “Oh, it’s a big handicap” and added “we play just to have fun.” 28 | | JUNE 2014

Despite his numerous accolades, Delk said he was surprised when he received the call to be enshrined into the Topeka Shawnee County Sports Council’s Hall of Fame. “I was kind of shocked. I thought this would be quite an honor and the more I have thought about it, I really am thrilled about it.” Delk says that he’s enjoyed watching the sports he loves so much grow since his time playing. He recalled, fondly, one particular rule experiment during his high school days on the basketball court: “In the early 50s, they had a rule change; if you got fouled, you could go ahead and shoot the free throw or you could take the ball out of bounds. In other words, if you were behind, you really had to play defense.” Delk spoke with pride about helping shape the games that have become the two most popular in the Sunflower State. “It’s gotten so much better. I think the three point (shot) has probably been the biggest change. Back in ‘53, if we would have taken a shot where these kids are shooting the ball now, we’d be on the bench and never see daylight,” Delk said. A Topeka legacy (his dad graduated from Hi Park, mom from Topeka High), Delk is proud to be a Topekan himself.

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LISA CAREY Already a member of the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame, it was only a matter of time before Lisa Carey joined the TSCSC Hall as well. “I was really honored (when I got the call),” Carey said. “I’m very grateful to be honored with the great athletes in both halls.” Carey is one of the most successful athletes in the history of Topeka sports. Along with numerous personal accolades, Carey led her teams to championships, at multiple levels in multiple sports. A high school AllAmerican her junior year in 1996, Carey was also a two-time selection for All-State in basketball. Her Washburn Rural teams won 6A State titles both on the diamond and on the court. Carey went an eye popping 48-3 as a pitcher in her high school career, and her career ERA is still a record. “I have two favorite memories (from high school): winning state in softball in ‘95 and then in ’96," said Carey. “My all-time favorite was winning the basketball state championship. To be honest, I really did like basketball more than softball. I loved both, don’t get me wrong, I just loved basketball more, but I knew that my opportunities were greater in softball.” Following her time at Washburn Rural, Carey continued her successful run at the University of Oklahoma, where she was an All-American while leading the Sooners to the 2000 NCAA Championship. “Having a special bond and camaraderie with the players and coaches makes it so much more special at the college level than the high school level,” Carey said. Carey, though, almost took a page out of her high school book in her fifth and final year in Norman. “I kind of wish I could have done both (basketball

and softball) in college but at that level I knew it was pretty much impossible. I considered walking on (to play basketball) in my fifth year, the year Oklahoma played Connecticut in the NCAA title game (in 2002), but the course load was too much and I would have had to stay in school for another year.”

Lisa Carey, University of Oklahoma

Coach Lisa Carey, Washburn University

After her playing days were done, Carey accepted a new challenge that would bring her back to Topeka as the head coach at Washburn University. “Coming back to my hometown was very special to me after being gone for five years at Oklahoma.” Carey said. “Getting the Washburn job was really rewarding. I was very fortunate to have coached there for all those years.” Carey would leave the Lady Blues as the all-time wins leader after just seven years.

“It was just taking a toll on me stress-wise. The last couple years, I gave 110%," Carey said. I just wanted to pursue something at the DI level. I was working the OU camps and they gave me an opportunity to come on staff. I love Norman and I needed a change. I was on staff for a year and loved it.” Following her year back at Oklahoma, Carey worked as a high school assistant and next fall will become the head coach at Comanche High School in Oklahoma, just a 45-minute drive north of where she currently lives, in a suburb of Wichita Falls, Texas with her fiancé. “I’m looking forward to just teaching the girls fundamentals and mechanics; the simple things of the game," Carey said. "In high school, you’re dealt with who’s there, there’s no recruitment. It’s a different mentality from that aspect, but I really love the town and I’m looking forward to seeing how excited the girls get. Right now that’s just where my heart is and it’s something I’m looking forward to.” Carey says, though, that a part of her heart will always be in her hometown. “As you get older you just appreciate the things you’ve done and experiences you’ve had.” ►

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HALL OF FAME Success can be measured in many ways, particularly in the life of a coach; but no matter your metric of measurement, C.J. Hamilton has been the epitome of success at Silver Lake High School. Hamilton is the winningest coach in the history of high school football in Kansas, sporting a tidy 37085 mark. Eight of those victories have been in state championship games, and so have 10 of the defeats. Despite the achievements, Hamilton says that his defining moment came in a loss early in his career. “That was a playoff game that we lost to Rossville in the last three seconds of the game. We rushed the

c.j. hamilton field because we thought we’d won because they missed the field goal, got penalized, and then they got to re-kick it and made it. That was a situation where I thought, ‘Man, I can’t handle this.’ Luckily Jim Lindstrom, my athletic director guided me back in and said, ‘Give it some time and let that sting go away,’ and I’m glad I did.” It’s a teaching moment he uses to this day, some twenty-odd years later. “We always talk about finishing the game and playing to the last play. More importantly—it was a crushing defeat; one that makes you think about your career and what you’re doing. But being able to grow from that— that’s the biggest thing, teaching kids how to get better as a coach, player, whatever, for the future.” The future is something that has become a yearly question with Hamilton, mostly due to his health. At age 63, he walks with a visible limp which has become as much of a personal trademark as his raspy, calm vocal delivery. The head coach at Silver Lake since 1973, C.J. has become the bionic man in recent years. Hamilton has had both hips replaced, one knee replaced, another knee scheduled to be replaced in June, and surgery to fix his shoulder. On top of the myriad of joint issues (caused by genetic osteoarthritis) Hamilton underwent quintuple bypass surgery in 2009. Hamilton said that his health would be the biggest determining

factor in how long he stays on the sideline. “That and the ability to relate to the kids. Being able to motivate them to do the things that we ask them to do” Hamilton said. “I still get a great deal of satisfaction from the daily practice. That’s my time, teaching kids the game and the mental toughness.” Hamilton practices what he preaches on that toughness front saying (in between consecutive knee replacement surgeries, mind you): “I feel good... I have no complaints about my life, I guarantee ya.” Despite moving a little slower and talking a little lower, Hamilton insists that he gets his greatest joy, not in the games won and championship banners hung, but in the relationships. “The biggest thrill in my life is when kids come back 5-10 years later," Hamilton said. "Being able to see old players and reminisce; those are special moments.” Now, Hamilton will get his own special moment, during his induction to the TSCSC Hall of Fame; but don’t expect him to wax on about his coaching accomplishments. He’s not one to relish personal glory. “To me it’s a reflection of a lot of people’s efforts, more than me individually; and I’m always gonna say that because I believe it. I’ve had great players that bought into a system, I’ve had great coaches to work with,” Hamilton said. “Getting my career started with a guy like Kenny Darting, where you kind of lay the foundation of your program. Being around Lon Kruger, Bob Chipman; no greater mentors than those people.” That comment coming from one of the greatest mentors in the history of Kansas high school football. MVP






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