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50 Weeks, 50 Stories - Starting June 23rd the KSHSAA will celebrate the 50th year of Title IX, when Congress proclaimed that "No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance." Kansas has benefited many times over from the inclusion of women and girls in high school activities. The stories to come will highlight the legends and trail blazers that we are so fortunate to have in Kansas. We are grateful to partner with WIN for KC, an organization with the mission to empower the lives of girls and women by advocating and promoting the lifetime value of sports through opportunities for participation and leadership development. WIN for KC and the KSHSAA believe involvement in activities and sports lay the ground work for supporting well-rounded citizens in our communities and beyond. For more on WIN for KC visit: https://www.sportkc.org/win-for-kc

Featured Article of the Week

Joan Wells

Joan Wells - Lawrence HS

Building a high school sports dynasty in Kansas doesn't come without hard work and sacrifice by coaches and players alike. Building a dynasty from the ground up, as Joan Wells did at Lawrence High School, can be even more of a daunting task.

Wells spent 27 years as the volleyball coach at Lawrence High and during that Hall of Fame career, led the Lions to the state volleyball tournament every year but one — 1971, her first year at Lawrence and the first year for state volleyball tournaments sponsored by the Kansas High School Activities Association. [Read]

The Tennals

The Tennals

Like virtually everyone involved with female athletics, hall of fame coaches Kimbrook and Kim Tennal, the winningest husband and wife coaching duo in Kansas history, are thankful for Title IX, which opened doors for females across the United States 50 years ago. The Tennals, who grew up in the 1960s and '70s, only regret that it didn't happen sooner. "It's come a long, long ways, it was just slow,'' said Kimbrook Tennal, best known for dominating coaching runs at Nemaha Valley (now Nemaha Central) and Centralia. "I always felt like it was such a rip-off that the girls in my class and the ones before that didn't get to do any sports at all. [Read]

Jill Simpson

Jill Simpson - Columbus HS

Anyone who knew Jill (Simpson) Miller as a youngster expected big things of her on the golf course when she reached high school. After all, she came from a golfing family. She said she practically lived at the small country club while growing up in Columbus, a town of about 3,000 in southeast Kansas. And after receiving her first set of clubs at age 10, she began competing - and excelling - in tournaments all across the state and beyond. [Read]

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Gwen Pike - Miege Volleyball

Headed to her senior year at Bishop Miege in the fall of 1994, Laura Gorr (Bokenkroger), was about to get some unexpected news. A defensive specialist for the reigning Class 5A state champion volleyball team, Gorr knew the Stags graduated a talented senior class, but she didn't really anticipate her role changing much.Her coach, Gwenn Pike, had other ideas. [Read]

Wichita Collegiate Tennis

Wichita Collegiate Tennis

Any player who tries out for Wichita Collegiate's girls tennis program makes the team. It doesn't matter how many players there are, coach Dave Hawley finds tournaments for them to play during the course of the season. [Read]

St. Thomas Aquinas Golf Dynasty

St. Thomas Aquinas Golf Dynasty

St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Overland Park has won more than 100 state championships in its history. But there had to be a first. The Aquinas girls golf team claimed a championship in 1992 and has continued to set the pace at the school. [Read]

Dodie Martin

Dodie Martin - Stanton County HS

By the time Dodie Martin reached her freshman year of high school in the fall of 1995, Title IX had been in place for more than two decades. The Johnson-Stanton County teenager was certainly well aware of high school girls' athletics, but admittedly hadn't looked at the historic nature of the Education Amendment of 1972 that produced opportunities for female student-athletes to compete. [Read]

Cailie Logue

Cailie Logue - Girard HS

Throughout her high school career, Cailie Logue was blessed not only with strong parental support, but with dedicated coaches who always had the talented athlete's best interests at heart. It didn't hurt that Logue, now a standout distance runner at Iowa State, had both parents as her track and cross country coaches while in high school. [Read]

Dani McHenry

Dani McHenry - Shawnee Hts.

Former Shawnee Heights multi-sport star and Washburn University Hall of Famer Dani (McHenry) Schmidt was never shy about trying any sport and will be forever grateful she had that opportunity. Title IX, which is marking its 50th anniversary during the 2021-22 school year, opened doors for female athletes across the United States and Schmidt took full advantage, participating in soccer, softball, volleyball and basketball growing up. [Read]

Jessica Smith

Jessica Smith - Wichita SE

In the spring of 1999, Jessica Smith hopped on a bus and headed west. Then a freshman soccer player at Wichita Southeast, Smith was something of a myth around Kansas high school soccer. [Read]

Brittany Dietz

Brittany Dietz (Carvalhido)

Richard and Marsha Dietz taught their daughter Brittany Dietz (Carvalhido) to dream big at Osborne High School. More than 20 years after Carvalhido completed a 149-0 tennis career, she is the epitome of Title IX equality. She works as a men's basketball administrative assistant for coach Will Wade at Louisiana State University, one of the nation's premier athletic programs.[Read]

Jacque Struckhoff

Jacque Struckhoff

The mid- to late-1970s were a prime time for young female athletes who had yearned for years to participate competitively for their high schools. Girls were starting to benefit greatly from Title IX - a federal law that provided equal athletic opportunities for boys and girls - and it was a great time to be a Grinnell Warrior.[Read]

Amy Mortimer

Amy Mortimer-Riley County

Growing up on a small farm between Riley and Manhattan, Amy (Mortimer) Garman tried a variety of sports - and struggled. But when she was 10 years old and running the mile for P.E. class for the Presidential Physical Fitness test, Mortimer found her calling. She ran a 7:35 mile, beating all but one male in her class. [Read]

Baldwin Cross Country

Baldwin Cross Country

In the 50 years since the enactment of Title IX, there have been a handful of dynasties in Kansas girls sports. The Baldwin High School girls cross country program certainly qualifies. Obviously that doesn't happen without a lot of talented athletes to work with. But that run of success is due as much to the culture as it is to the talent. [Read]

Adrianna Franch

Adrianna Franch - Salina South HS

Adrianna Franch, a Salina native and Salina South graduate, has been among the top goalkeepers in this country over the last five years. She has represented the United States in both the FIFA Women's World Cup in 2019 and is now on her first Olympic roster as a member of the U.S. team playing in Japan this summer. [Read]

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'Once a KAY, Always a Kay'

Cheryl Gleason has been a part of the Kansas Association for Youth (KAY) for a half-century as a student camper, camp staffer and, for the last three-plus decades, the state director. Gleason's passion and enthusiasm for the KAY program has never wavered. Her commitment is as strong as ever as she enters her final few weeks working for the Kansas State High School Activities Association. [Read]

Women In Officiating

Women in Officiating

It was 1990, and Fran Martin was coaching the El Dorado High School girls basketball team during the midseason Lady Wildcat Classic. As Martin's team took the floor, she noticed something unique about the referee crew - it was all female. [Read]

Patty Dick

Guest Essay - Patty Dick

Patty Dick was a fixture on the Washburn Lady Blues' sideline for 23 years before retiring following the 1999-2000 season. She was inducted into the Washburn Athletic Hall of Fame in 2001-02. She was an athlete, teacher and coach at Washburn Rural HS. Patty wrote about her story in athletics... [Read]

Leading the Way

Administrators, Leading the Way

If high school sports were effectively a boys club prior to 1972, they would be no longer, thanks to the enactment of Title IX. That meant opportunities for girls in all activities, and it also mean opportunities for women in the administration of those activities. Women like Cheryl Gleason and Charlotte Davis, who saw their athletic opportunities limited while in high school prior to Title IX, were some of the earliest administrators in Kansas high school sports once that door opened. [Read]

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KSHSAA To Honor the 50th Year of Title IX

The late Janell Smith-Carson of Fredonia was arguably the greatest high school female track and field athlete Kansas has ever produced. But, Smith never won a medal at the Kansas State High School Activities Association's state track and field meet in Wichita. In fact, she never competed in the state meet at all despite still owning the all-time state record of 52.3 seconds in the 400-meter dash and one of the best marks ever - nearly 20 feet - in the girls' long jump. [Read]