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RON ALLEN, CLASS OF 1970 – According to All-City team voters, Ron Allen was a better football player than basketball player. In 1968 and 1969 Ron was first team All-City in football, but not basketball, although he was one of the better City League basketball players of the day. However, his heart was with basketball. Coach Allen was the Wichita East High School head basketball coach from 1994 to 2012, Coach Allen’s teams won two state basketball championships in 2002 and 2005. As of his Southeast Hall of Fame induction, his 301-146 record makes him the second winningest City League basketball coach in history. Coach Allen is also an inductee in the Wichita East Sports Hall of Fame and Wichita Biddy Basketball Hall of Fame.

 

COACH HAROLD BRANDENBURG – Harold Brandenburg was one of the most important and effective coaches at Wichita Southeast in the 1970’s. As an assistant football coach for Jim Davie, he was a big part of Wichita Southeast winning 47 football games while losing only six games from 1973 to 1977. His teams also won state football championships in 1976 and 1977. As the head track coach at Southeast, Coach Brandenburg’s teams were consistently in the top seven teams in the state and in 1971 his Wichita Southeast track team won the Kansas State High School track championship.

RAMONA BREEDLOVE, CLASS OF 1976
– Ramona Breedlove is one of the all-time girls track greats from Wichita Southeast. In the 1976 Kansas state track meet, Ramona won the 60 yard dash while leading Wichita Southeast to a fifth place overall standing. As of Ramona’s induction into the Wichita Southeast Sports Hall of Fame in 2013, she continues to hold the Kansas State High School record in the 100 meter dash at 11.5 seconds.

RANDY CANFIELD, CLASS OF 1969
– Randy Canfield was the most dominate center of his era in the City League. In 1969, Randy led his team to the state play-offs and a second place finish. His senior year he averaged 22.5 points per game and finished his career at Southeast as the all-time leading scorer and rebounder in City League history with 1,331 points and 748 rebounds. At the time of his induction, Randy is still in the top 11 in City League scoring.

 

DEREK CLARK, CLASS OF 1987 – Derek Clark is the greatest all- around gymnast the Greater Wichita Athletic League has ever produced. In the 1986 Kansas State High School gymnastics meet, Derek won a record four championships in four different events. In 2009, Derek was selected as the Wichita Eagle’s 50th year anniversary All-City team all-around gymnast.

KEVIN CLINTON, CLASS OF 1978
– Kevin Clinton is one of the best overall athletes to ever play sports at Southeast. In football, as a quarterback, he led Southeast to two state championships in 1976 and 1977, while winning 21 straight games. In baseball, he was a senior on the 1978 National Championship team and led the team as a pitcher with 12 wins and no losses and a .018 ERA. Kevin played baseball four years in the Boston Red Sox organization.

 

SLYVESTER COWANS, CLASS OF 1989 – In 2011, Varsity.com asked every school in the state….who is your best track athlete of all time at your school? At Southeast, Sylvester Cowans was that track athlete. Sylvester won the 300 hurdles while running the second best time in state championship history at 37.2 seconds. In 1989 Sylvester won the most prestigious track meet in the USA, by winning the Golden West Invitational 400 yard intermediate hurdles in a time of 53.85.

 

COACH JIM DAVIE – Coach Jim Davie is the second winningest football coach in City League history by winning percentage. Coach Davie won an amazing .887 percent of his games. His overall record as head football coach was 47 wins and only 6 losses from 1973 to 1977. His team won 2 state championships in 1976 and 1977.

 

COACH JIM DECKINGER – Coach Jim Deckinger is the most successful City League baseball coach in history. Coach Deckinger won eight City League titles and six state championships in his 23 years of coaching. His best team was the 1978 Southeast National Championship baseball team. That team went undefeated, winning 23 games that year. The group of seniors on that national championship team went 57 and 2 during their three years of playing for Coach Deckinger.

 

REUBEN ECKELS, CLASS OF 1980 – At Wichita Southeast, Reuben Eckels won two state track championship titles and led Southeast to two state football championships in 1978 and 1979. Reuben is also one of the top pass catchers in Wichita State history. He finished his career as the Shockers all-time leader in reception yardage with 2,068 yards while ranking second in catches with 123. Reuben was named the MVC Newcomer of the Year as a freshman in 1980 and was All-MVC in 1981, 1982 and 1983. He also played two seasons for the Ottawa Roughriders in the Canadian Football League.

LEON EDWARDS, CLASS OF 1990
– Leon Edwards is the second leading rusher in total yards in City League history. Leon is only one of three backs to rush for more than 1,000 yards in three seasons in the City League. He rushed for 4,171 total yards in his three years. Leon was All-City in 1987, 1988 and 1989. He was also a Wichita Eagle Top 11 state football player in 1988 and 1989. Leon led Southeast to two Greater Wichita City League championships in 1988 and 1989. In 2003, Leon was named to the Wichita Eagle’s top 100 greatest City League athletes.

 

BUFF FARROW, CLASS OF 1985 – Buff Farrow won two state tennis championships while at Southeast and went 48 wins and no losses in his sophomore and junior years. His senior year at Southeast he was ranked as the number two junior player in the world. After high school, Buff played at UCLA and professionally for six years.

 

COACH CHUCK HATTER - Coach Chuck Hatter is the most successful City League boys swimming coach in history. Coaching from 1962 to 1978, one of Coach Hatter’s most successful swimmers was Steve Trombold who won three straight 100 yard backstrokes in 1965, 1966 and 1967. Coach Hatter won seven state championships in swimming in his 14 years of coaching at Southeast.

 

COACH DAN JOHNSON – Coach Dan Johnson loved his football players and his players loved him back. To Coach Johnson, this was more important than wins and losses. Coach Johnson was the head football coach at Wichita Southeast from 1995 to 2004 and compiled an overall record of 56 wins and 39 losses. In that time span, he also won Greater Wichita Athletic League football championships in 1998, 1999 and 2000.

COACH DON LAMB
– From 1959 to 1986, Coach Don Lamb served SE as a coach and athletic administrator. In 1972 Coach Lamb, as head football coach, led SE to its first state football championship game, taking runner-up honors. Under his direction as athletic director, Coach Lamb led SE to 58 boys City League championships, 25 girls City League championships, 29 boys state championships and 4 girls state championships.

 

SOYOUNG LEE, CLASS OF 1987 – So Young Lee is perhaps the greatest lady tennis player in the history of Wichita Southeast. In her tennis career at Wichita Southeast, she never lost a match. She was 81-0. Add the fact that So Young won three Kansas State High School tennis championships and you can make the case that So Young is also one of the greatest lady tennis players in the history of the Greater Wichita Athletic League.

ROBERT “BUFFALO BOB” McFARLAND, CLASS OF 1965
– Wichita has never had a super fan like “Buffalo Bob” McFarland. Upon graduation from Cameron University in Lawton, OK in 1970, Bob served a two-year stint in the Army including a tour of Vietnam. He then returned to Wichita and became the greatest sports fan Wichita has ever known. Beginning in 1974, Bob began going to up to 10 Southeast sporting events a week. As of his induction into the Wichita Southeast Sports Hall of Fame, it is estimated that Bob has attended over 5,500 Southeast sporting events.

COACH BILL MEANS – Coach Means came to Wichita Southeast in 1974 as a driver education teacher and coach. He was an assistant coach in football, basketball, and track. In 1981 and 1982, Coach Means became the head football coach at Wichita Southeast and compiled a two year record of 11 wins and 7 losses. Coach Means also left his mark on Wichita Southeast as the athletic director from 1984 to 1996, overseeing many great coaches, athletes and teams.

HAROLD MONTGOMERY, CLASS OF 1963 – Harold Montgomery was one of the best football linemen in the early days of Wichita Southeast. Being named All-City in 1962 as a lineman was very special, because in those days only 11 players were selected to the All-City team, rather than 22 to 24 players that are selected today. After Wichita Southeast, Harold played at KU. As a three-year starter on the offensive line he blocked for the Pro Football Hall of Fame running back, Gale Sayers. He also received some All-Big Eight honors. After KU, Harold became a teacher and football coach at several high schools outside the City League. Beginning in 1979 to 2000, for 21 years, he taught and coached football at Wichita South, including a stint as head football coach from 1983 to 1985.

JEANE ORR CHANNELL, CLASS OF 1990 – Jeane Orr is considered one of the greatest Wichita Southeast golfers regardless of gender, if not the greatest. Great off the tee box, a nice feel around the greens and an ability to make key putts, helped Jeane to the 1988 Kansas State High School individual championship. She followed up her 1988 golf championship with another individual state golf championship in 1989.

 

NEIL PIPER, CLASS OF 1990 – Neil Piper is considered one of the top five Wichita City League soccer players of the 1980’s. At the time, soccer was huge in Wichita, because of the high visibility of the Wichita Wings indoor professional soccer team, for which his father, “Stormin” Norman Piper, played. Neil’s career included 89 goals and assists. He was also a three time All-City first team member.

 

COACH LARRY SAKSA – Coach Larry Saksa coached at Wichita Southeast High School from 1989 to 2001. He is considered one of the most successful two sport coaches in the history of the Greater Wichita City League. His combined success in boys soccer and boys tennis is astounding. Coach Saksa’s soccer teams won four City League titles and he was named City League soccer coach of the year in 1990, 1993, 1997 and 1999. On the tennis court, Coach Saksa’s tennis teams won three Kansas State high school tennis championships in 1990, 1991 and 1992. In 1997, Coach Saksa was named to the Wichita Eagle’s 50 year anniversary All-City league roster as the boys tennis coach. Because of Coach Saksa’s knowledge and his ability to coach great technique to his players, many of Coach Saksa’s players, in both tennis and soccer, went on to outstanding college careers.

 

PAUL SAVAGE, CLASS OF 1969 – In football, Paul Savage was All-City at Southeast, a second team All-American at Hutchinson Community College and a two year starter for Baylor University. While at Southeast, Paul was a bronze medal winner in the shot put at the Kansas state high school track championship meet. As of his Southeast Hall of Fame induction, Paul has coached football for 26 seasons at Hutchinson Community College, South High School, East High School, Friends University and indoor pro football with the Wichita Wild. He has also been a sports talk radio host since 2001 and in 2003 Paul founded the Wichita Sports Hall of Fame and Museum. Paul is also an inductee in the Kansas Baseball Hall of Fame and Wichita Biddy Basketball Hall of Fame.

 

JEFF SMITH, CLASS OF 1980 - Jeff Smith was an outstanding running back at Southeast High School. As a three time All-City running back and two time All-State player, Jeff led Southeast to a 33 – 2 record and two state football championships. Jeff attended the University of Nebraska and gained nearly 2,000 yards for the Cornhuskers and was All-Big Eight. Jeff played four years in the NFL with the Kansas City Chiefs and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

 

JESSICA SMITH, CLASS OF 2002 – Jessica Smith scored 128 goals in her career at Southeast, a Kansas high school record. She was named Miss Soccer and Kansas Gatorade player of the year after her senior year. Also, Jessica was named to the High School All-American first team and she was a four-time All-City selection. After Southeast, Jessica had an outstanding career at KU.
 

LAVERNE SMITH, CLASS OF 1973 – Laverne Smith was a great Southeast running back making first team All-City in 1971 and 1972. In track, he was also the 1971 state champion in the 100 yard dash. Laverne went to KU and was a three year starter and is still the third all-time Jayhawk career yards rusher in KU history with 3,192 yards. In 1974 Laverne was All-Big Eight. Laverne finished his football career playing for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

 

GARY SNYDER, CLASS OF 1965 – Gary Snyder won three state championships in the sport of gymnastics in the horizontal bar. No other City League gymnast has ever won three state titles in the same event. It would have been four state championships, but at the time, freshmen were still in junior high, not at the high schools.

 

COACH CARL TAYLOR – Carl Taylor is a basketball coach who demands much from his players, both on the court and off. Coach Taylor was named the Wichita Southeast head basketball coach in 1992. As of his induction into the Wichita Southeast Sports Hall of Fame, he has amassed 315 wins to make him the all-time winningest coach in Wichita City League history. Coach Taylor’s teams won three 6A state basketball championships in 1999, 2003 and 2008. His teams also were either runner-ups or had third place finishes an amazing five times in 1995, 1997, 2000, 2001 and 2005.

JIM THOMAS, CLASS OF 1978
– Jim Thomas was named to the Wichita Eagle’s 50 year anniversary All-City league roster as the best 3rd baseman in City League history. His 1978 team went undefeated with a 23-0 record and this team was two-time City League and two-time state champions. In 1978 his Southeast team was also honored as national champions by Collegiate Baseball magazine. Jim was an assistant baseball coach at Wichita State University from 1992 to 2013. He helped lead the Shockers to their first College World Series appearance in 1982. He was an All-America second baseman in 1981 and 1982. Thomas also played professionally nine years with the Houston Astros and California Angels organization. Jim is also an inductee in the Kansas Baseball Hall of Fame and the Shocker Hall of Fame.

 

KAREEMA WILLIAMS, CLASS OF 1988 – Kareema Williams was a three time All-City basketball player and a 1987 and 1988 Parade All-American. She led her team to two state championships and 54 straight wins. Kareema is still the all-time City League scoring leader with 1,762 points. At WSU she was All-MVC and averaged 20.9 points and 6.9 rebounds per game her junior year.

 

KELLY WOLVERTON, CLASS OF 1999 – Kelly Wolverton was one of the best boys soccer players in Greater Wichita City League history. As a team leader and offensive player, Kelly was a two-time All-City soccer player in both 1997 and 1998. Recognized as one of the best offensive soccer players in the country, Kelly was named to the 1998 All-American boys soccer team.

 

KRISTEN WOLVERTON, CLASS OF 2005 – Kristen Wolverton is known an one of the most versatile girl soccer players in the history of the Greater Wichita City League. Playing both offense and defense, Kristen scored 34 goals in her final three seasons at Southeast. She was named to the All-City girls soccer time three times. Amazingly, she was named to the All-City team as a defensive player in 2003 and 2004 and in 2005 she was named to the All-City team as an offensive player.

 

1978 WICHITA SOUTHEAST BASEBALL TEAM, NATIONAL CHAMPIONS – The only Kansas Class 5-4-3A state prep baseball championship team to go undefeated (23-0) was Coach Jim Deckinger’s two-time city and two-time state champs (1976 and 1978). The 1978 team was honored as national champions by Collegiate Baseball magazine, beating out many teams from warmer climes. The seven seniors won 57 of 59 games over three years. All seven won college scholarships, including Jim Thomas, star infielder and coach at WSU; Kevin Clinton, (son of major leaguer Lou Clinton), who played for KU; Doug Hoppock, who excelled at football and baseball at KSU, and Steve Boyer, Weston Schartz, Mark Reynolds and Mark Nordyke. The 1978 Buffs outscored opponents 155 runs to 25.