By BOB LATTA
RECORD SPORTS EDITOR
SALINA – Two Hesston High basketball coaches received awards on Saturday (June 28) at the annual Kansas Basketball Coaches Association (KBCA) gathering and the boys and girls all star games at Kansas Wesleyan University.
Greg Raleigh, Hesston boys coach, and Matt Richardson, Hesston girls coach, were honored as KBCA Class 3A coaches of the year on Saturday afternoon and then were back on the bench coaching that evening. Raleigh was head coach of the Blue boys all-star team while Richardson was an assistant coach for the Blue girls all-stars.
Both Swather teams completed the rare feat of winning a state championship at the same time this past season.
The Swather boys topped the Beloit Trojans 59-54 while the Lady Swathers tamed the Lyons Lions 46-36 to come out No. 1 in Class 3A. The Swather boys were a perfect 26-0 while the Lady Swathers were close behind at 25-1. The Hesston girls' only loss was to Wamego, a Class 4A Division II powerhouse.
In the boys all-star game on Saturday, Hesston standout Wyatt McKinney and the Blue all-stars fell 105-97 to the White team all-stars. McKinney had 12 points in the game. He was 3-6 from the field and 6-6 from the free throw stripe.
Raleigh said he has coached in all-star situations before.
“It was fun. It was good to work with this group of kids. But in an all-star game, it's hard to get any degree of continuity going.
“The main thing is to try to make sure kids get in the game and get about equal time.”