Dean Tolson, a former Seattle SuperSonics player and graduate of Kansas City’s Central High, struggled much of his life to hide his illiteracy. He worked to earn bachelor’s and master’s degrees and spreads the word about the value of an education.
Shawnee Mission East golfer Andy Spencer won the annual Kenneth Smith Award Wednesday. Spencer became the award’s first-ever two-time winner. He finished second at the Kansas 6A tournament and led East to a team state title.
Molly Born, who was a sophomore this season at Shawnee Mission Northwest, broke Kansas Class 6A state-meet records in both the 1,600 and 3,200 meters and is The Star’s All-Metro girls track and field athlete of the year .
St. Thomas Aquinas’ Riley Pint was selected fourth overall by the Colorado Rockies in the Major League Baseball Draft, while Shawnee Mission East’s Joey Wentz was selected by the Atlanta Braves at No. 40.
On March 4, 1995, Central and Raytown clashed in a Missouri Class 4A state quarterfinal game at a sold-out Municipal Auditorium. It was a game that all of Kansas City wanted to see. At stake was a trip to the state tournament. Central’s Derek Hood hit a clutch three-pointer with seconds left in regulation that tied the game at 64. It set the stage for Central’s dramatic 80-73 double overtime victory against the previously unbeaten Blue Jays. Video by Allison Long, firstname.lastname@example.org. (Game footage provided by: Time Warner Cable SportsChannel)
A look back at a high school basketball classic: Central vs. Raytown in 1995
Missouri All-Stars celebrate win over Kansas
Jenna Gray is The Star's Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year
Jacob Bohlken is The Star's Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year