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his equation for success is so rich and bold, that it has no use for the often used ingredient—luck. The spotlight shines on Clay simply because it can't ignore him. It loves a story about the kid who would quickly grow from “the next to be cut from the team” to an unmistakably distinguished soccer player.


in his belly until age 11 as he was about to be cut from his competitive soccer team, Prodigy.

Clay started playing recreational soccer at the age of five, but he didn't get the fire

He made a conscious decision to step up his game. Clay practiced up to four hours

"I was the slowest kid on the team and had the worst touch,” Clay said. “Then, all the sudden I got this drive. I started training harder. I wanted to play all the time. I couldn't get enough of it.”

honor for nearly three years. Three days a week Clay drives to Kansas City to suit up with the Rush for practice. The practice doesn't start until 9:00 p.m., which puts him back in Topeka after midnight. Midnight is late to start homework, but B's aren't an option for Clay. He maintains a 4.29 GPA, and has taken every honors class at Seaman but one. "Soccer gave me the drive for everything. They told me that if I wanted to play college soccer, I would have to get good grades. So, I get all A's. I didn't just challenge myself on the field, I challenged myself in school,” Clay said. Clay is a young man who knows the value of a strong foundation, and is the first person to give credit where credit is due. "The people who have made me the most successful are my parents. My coaches say I'm the most committed. Well, that's not just me, it's also my parents giving me the chances to play on national soccer teams and compete in national tournaments in America." a day, seven days a week. He ignored the bruises amassing on his thighs, because at age 11, Clay knew he was building a machine. "Work until you've beaten everybody else, and then work until you beat your own records,” Clay said. While the engine of this soccer machine's body is fueled by whole foods, his mind is propelled by the desire to work. Clay has started every varsity soccer game at Seaman High School and currently serves as the team captain. He was also named captain of the Kansas Rush Soccer Team out of Kansas City after only two months of practice with them; and he has maintained the

Robin and Ron Haag clearly passed on the genetics of hard work; both of whom own their own small businesses in Topeka. Robin is the owner of Backs by Popular Demand, and Ron owns R H Concrete. When Clay talks about his future, he is steady and measured. He is a young man who doesn't rely on luck, and knows exactly what he wants in the next phase of his life. "I want to play on the national stage with the best players. I want to be financially stable and raise a family without having debt. I also plan to be a nurse anesthetist.” Now, with the course mapped and the machine built, Clay will put in the hours carefully and efficiently to do exactly that.

Improve your mindset. Know it's all in your head. If your mind gives out, the rest of your game does too. Keep on pushing. You have to put the work in, and that all comes from your head.


Don't expect to do it all at practice. The top player is practicing when nobody is watching. Lift on your own. Come in early for practice, and stay late.


Listen to and respect your coaches. They are there for a reason.



Make everything a competition.

Take care of your body. When you need sleep, get sleep. If you need recovery, recover. And stay hydrated!


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Coach Talk With Mark Elliott

Mark Elliott WIBW 580 AM SportsTalk Silver Lake High School Graduate

ELLIOTT: Your time at Washburn Rural began as the assistant coach girls’ basketball with Coach Bill Annan. BORDEWICK: Yeah, Bill and I have been friends a long time; we played fast pitch softball together and he talked me into coming out here. I was his assistant for sixteen years. ELLIOTT: Annan wins the state basketball title in 2009 and he takes off to Oklahoma State.

Mark Elliott talks with Washburn Rural High School Head Volleyball and Girls' Basketball Coach Kevin Bordewick on building state championship teams. BORDEWICK: Those opportunities do not come around very often. ELLIOTT: With Annan leaving, you had a decision to make. You were the head volleyball coach with great success and the assistant basketball coach, which I would think could be a little bit easier than being the head coach in two sports back to back. I am sure there was some decisions to be made to take the head basketball job, as well as to be the head volleyball coach.

BORDEWICK: I decided I thought it would be best for the girls if we had a smooth transition. I told my wife I would play it one year at a time. I’ve loved it and in large part because the girls show up, play hard, want to get better and compete. So yes, it takes a lot of time and energy, but it is something I really enjoy. ELLIOTT: What is the difference in coaching volleyball and basketball?

BORDEWICK: There is really not a whole lot, especially with our girls. We have quite a few that will cross over from volleyball to basketball. So they are used to me, they are used to the type of practices we have. Obviously the sports are different, but I do not think the work ethic changes. I do not think the intensity changes. I think coaching is coaching and if you have girls that work as hard as the ones we have then it makes it a lot better; a lot easier. ELLIOTT: Winning championships, is it coaching or is it players? BORDEWICK: (laughs) Well I’ll guarantee that you can’t win a championship unless you’ve got the horses to do it. And we have been so blessed with competitors. We run into schools that have great athletes but they don’t compete. I think the difference is that our girls will grit their teeth and they will compete. We may be undersized or we may be out matched but they’re going to fight. And I think that’s true in all of our girls’ sports out here.

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ELLIOTT: You coached guys as well, during your coaching tenure, what is different? BORDEWICK: When I started at Randolph Blue Valley I was Steve Alexander’s assistant on the boys’ side. I loved my time there but then I became the head girls’ coach at Randolph Blue Valley my last two years. I just did not enjoy coaching the boys quite as much as I did coaching the girls, in basketball. There’s a difference in their mental makeup. But having said that I did coach baseball here for three years and really enjoyed my time with the boys' baseball program here. ELLIOTT: Let’s talk about the new facility at Washburn Rural; opened up three years ago. Has that made an impact on the program? BORDEWICK: It has—it’s a state-of-the-art venue. The facilities are top notch and I think the girls take a lot of pride in that. They want to make Washburn Rural proud of what they can do when given the facility they have. I think other teams even appreciate it when they come here to play. When we play volleyball, several places have no air conditioning whatsoever.

we had teams that could of and should of won championships. I really blame myself because I don’t think I had them mentally prepared to win those. And those are on me, not the kids; those are the ones that hurt. When you are a state champion and you get used to playing in that championship game, anything short of that feels like a failure, but it’s not. That’s the cross we have to bear, but we’ll have that chip on our shoulder for a whole year. I remember I felt good about our chances of winning in 2011 because I knew the girls were very upset they did not win it in 2010.

are coming from in college. Although, I think we have had some great athletes that college coaches did not look at and I have wondered why. I know what they are like and I know they can compete. ELLIOTT: Do you think; to me it seems, college is a lot about height and speed, but they don’t take in account the heart. BORDEWICK: I agree and I know that there are kids that get drafted because of their athletic build. And we have had kids that may be a little bit shorter, but I know they can out-compete that kid with the athletic build, and

they do not get looked at as much. That is the nature of the beast. All we can do is put them out there and see what happens. I know that if I were a college coach I would look at kids that are fighters and competitors. Those are the kids that I would recruit over a kid that might be two or three inches taller. ELLIOTT: Good luck in the volleyball season and we will see you in the basketball season. mvp

ELLIOTT: Has having your daughter play at the collegiate level giving you insight on how to help your current players with their college decisions? BORDEWICK: The best thing that has happened to me was coaching my daughter. It gave me a perspective of where a teenager; especially a teenage girl is coming from. We tried to keep everything here at school, but we would have talks in the off-season about how I approach things and if I was too on-edge or too hard on them or even too relaxed, which she never complained about that one.

ELLIOTT: Seven state volleyball titles. What is the difference between winning a state championship and boy it was a good year, but…

ELLIOTT: Has it helped you with your players now dealing with college decisions?

BORDEWICK: The ones we haven’t won stick with me. 2005 and 2010, I thought

BORDEWICK: It definitely has and it gives me a little better perspective of where coaches

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traditional eleven-man football has a substantial impact on gameplay.

Impact on Gameplay

NEW COACH Cair Paravel’s new head football coach, Doug Bonura says, “Football builds character.” During his high school and college football career, Bonura played on offense, defense and special teams— making him well-rounded in the sport. However, Bonura had played eleven-man football, so he had to make the adjustment to coaching eight-man football.

EIGHT-MAN FOOTBALL The Cair Paravel Lions are a part of the KCAA league (Kansas Christian Athletic Association), consisting of eight teams, including Veritas and Bishop Seabury from Lawrence, that plays eight-man football. This lack of three players from

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1. There are only eight players to cover the amount of field that is normally covered by eleven people. 2. High-scoring games are common due to the defenses being spread out. 3. There are only three down linemen (the players that guard the QB) as opposed to the typical five. 4. There is less time for the quarterback to make and execute decisions. 5. The pace of the game is increased.

BUILDING MEN OF CHARACTER Coach Bonura asserts that learning to rely on one’s teammates, or “brothers,” is how trust is created. The honor and benefits of working hard in football, even when credit may not be given, teaches a young man how to be a responsible citizen, father, husband, son, employee and many other roles in life. mvp

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Haley Erbert and Stephen "tWitch" Boss

The more the judges raved and the more votes America cast her way, the less inclined Hayley Erbert became to unpack. Yes, the 2013 Washburn Rural graduate largely lived out of a suitcase the entire time she danced her way to a top six finish on Fox TV's So You Think You Can Dance.

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"In the beginning, I thought I wouldn't make it far at all. I was always super nervous and didn't want to get cut and have to repack everything," Erbert said. "(As the weeks went on,) I was being superstitious. I didn't want to jinx myself and unpack everything." Erbert spoke with MVP by phone from California where rehearsals

were underway for the SYTYCD tour. Her finish earned her a spot on the 42-city swing, which kicked off October 1 and continues through November 27. "The fun thing about the tour is we won't have to worry about

competition, so it won't be as stressful," she said. Not that the Season 10 group of contestants tried to step on each others' toes. Erbert says they heard rumblings that past seasons saw tension among dancers, but even the judges commented on the camaraderie her group shared. "We definitely are like a huge family," she said. "Our season was so supportive of everyone. We just

realized that we really are doing this for each other and we were helping each other out." Erbert said the support was vital because, as challenging as the schedule was physically, it also forced contestants to take a leap emotionally. She cites the week in Las Vegas, where the hopefuls were narrowed to the Top 20, as a prime example. "They'd keep us up all night, plus people were leaving around you constantly.

Hayley Erbert & Nico Greetham dance to the song "Kiss of the Spiderwoman"

You just have a lot going around your mind," she said. "At first, I thought, 'This is crazy!' But once you're in the Top 20, it prepared you for what would happen." The schedule, she explains, was typically three hours to learn a dance routine, then five hours the next day to perfect it. The following days were filled with camera blocking for the televised shows and dress rehearsals and, she adds, they were "constantly in makeup chairs." If couples wanted to squeeze in extra rehearsals beyond that, they were on their own, much to the chagrin of neighbors at the apartments where the show housed them. "We'd be practicing in our apartments and moving furniture around and the people below us would be pounding on the ceiling with broomsticks," she laughs. Photos by Mathieu Young/ FOX

Erbert said the hardest part of the competition was adapting to different partners each week, but, she says, that also was preparation for the professional dance world. It's a world she'll try to explore following the SYTYCD tour. She plans to move to Los Angeles and sign with an agent to see what jobs come her way. "So You Think You Can Dance always opens so many doors for people in their dancing career," Erbert said. "I've met so many choreographers and (previous) contestants. The friendships I've developed could help me out in the future with work." She says people in the industry already are contacting the show about the finalists. Plus, she's adjusting to the concept of having fans. "It's still really weird," she said. "I wasn't anything special and, now, it's crazy to know people know who I am and, even better, that they supported me." Whether Erbert remains in the spotlight, though, is up in the air. She says next spring will help her decide if the stage and screen are the life for her. If not, she'll head to college - and perhaps not major in dance as originally planned, but physical therapy. No matter the next step, Erbert says the confidence she's gained through her SYTYCD journey makes her believe she's ready for the challenges. "It makes you grow as a person and a dancer," she said. "It's a pretty amazing transformation." The SYTYCD Tour does not stop in Kansas, but does have dates in Colorado and Texas. Find a schedule and ticket information at

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Dylan Hall

austin willis

Year: Freshman Red Shirt College:: Emporia State University High School:: Seaman High School

Year: junior College:: Emporia State University High School:: shawnee heights high school

Lebahn: First practice at Emporia State, what was the biggest difference between playing for Seaman and Blake Pierce, and playing Division II football at Emporia? Hall: It wasn’t so much the first practice as it was the first day. It was hectic because there were so many meetings; there were meeting all day long. In high school you have tough three-a-days at Seaman and then you don’t have anything else going on. But here, it was non-stop football for the first week; it was a little bit crazy. Lebahn: When you’re at practice, what’s the biggest difference between high school football and going up against some guys that are 22 and 23 years old?


Hall: It’s crazy how big and strong everyone is. Going from Seaman where I was the tallest guy by two inches and the biggest by 40 pounds to where I’m dwarfed a little bit. It’s different, but it’s a nice change. Lebahn: Who’s been helping you out with leadership and showing you the ropes? Hall: The offensive linemen have been really helpful with teaching me the different sets. Lebahn: Is there anything that they’ve told you that you need to do or work on while you’re redshirting? Hall: Learn the offense; learn the techniques; and get bigger, stronger, and faster. October 2013

Lebahn: Coming in from Shawnee Heights and playing receiver for Emporia State, what was the biggest eye-opener? Willis: The guys I went against in high school were pretty much the same size as me, but now everybody is bigger, and it gets a lot faster. Lebahn: How important was that redshirt year for you? Willis: For some guys it’s frustrating because you don’t get to play for a whole year. I used it as a year of motivation. I pushed myself as hard as I could. It was a year that I showed the coaches what I could do. Lebahn: Now that you’re a captain for Emporia State, what kind of advice do you give to redshirt guys?

Willis: I tell them that they have a chance to add another year onto their football career. Advice—work your butt off. When you get reps take advantage of them. In practice if you’re called to do something, try your best and take advantage of every situation you get. Lebahn: Any other advice you’d give to seniors in high school that want to play football at the next level? Willis: Don’t slack off in the classroom. If you can’t come through in the classroom, coaches are going to see that and they’re not going to want you on their team. Take advantage of any reps that you get now while you’re in high school because somebody is always watching.


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