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The Kansan - Newton, KS
  • Lienhard elected to Hall

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  • Newton Kansan
    WICHITA — Newton High School Athletic Hall of Famer and U.S. Olympian Bill Lienhard had been elected to the Kansas State Athletic Hall of Fame in its 2013 induction class.
    Lienhard earned all-state honors as a senior at Newton in 1948 under head coach John Ravenscroft, where he led the state in scoring. He was a member of the Railer state championship team in 1946.
    Lienhard went on to play at the University of Kansas, where he was a three-year starter for Phog Allen. He was captain of the 1952 team, where he averaged 5.8 points a game and helped lead the Jayhawks to the NCAA title.
    He went on to the 1952 Olympic team at the Helsinki Games, which finished 3-0 in pool play, 3-0 in the quarterfinal pool, beat Argentina 85-76 in the semifinals and beat the Soviet Union 36-25 in the gold medal game.
    Lienhard averaged 4.0 points a game in Olympic play.
    Lienhard played two years of service basketball in the Air Force. He later became a banker.
    Others elected to the hall include:
    • Mike Bell of Wichita, who played football at Bishop Carroll High School, Colorado State and the Kansas City Chiefs.
    • Bob Brannum of Winfield, who played basketball at Winfield High School, the University of Kentucky under Halstead native Adolph Rupp, Michigan State and professionally with the Sheboygan Redskins of the National Basketball League (a predecessor of the NBA) and the Boston Celtics. He later went on to coach at Norwich University, Kenyon College and Brandeis University. Brannum will be inducted posthumously.
    • Chuck Broyles of Mulberry, who played football at Pittsburg State. He went on to coach as an assistant at Kansas and Missouri before returning to Pitt State, where he became head coach in 1990. He has a head coaching record of 198-47-2, winning the NCAA Division II title in 1991. He led Pitt State to four national championship games.
    • Martîn Gramâtica, who played football at Kansas State for four years. He was an All-American kicker in 1997 and 1998 and holds school records for points scored, extra points made, extra point attempts, field goals made and field goal attempts. He holds the NCAA record for longest field goal made without a tee at 65 yards. He won the 1997 Lou Groza Award for the nation's best college kicker. He played nine seasons in the NFL, winning a Super Bowl title in 2002 with Tampa Bay. He was a Pro Bowl selection in 2001.
    • Al Kelley of McCune, who played at the University of Kansas from 1952 to 1954. He saw limited time on the 1952 championship team, but led the team to a second-place finish in 1953. He averaged 12.9 points as a junior and 12.4 points as a senior. He was All-Big Seven his last two years at KU. He was drafted in the NBA in 1954, but turned down pro ball to play for the AAU Peoria Caterpillars, winning an AAU title and a world title. He played for the 1960 U.S. Olympic Team, winning gold and was inducted with the team into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 2010.
    Page 2 of 2 - • Bob Kenney of Winfield, a three-sport athlete at Winfield High School, who went on to play for the University of Kansas football and basketball teams in 1950 and 1951. He played basketball only in 1952. He was a team captain and All-Big Seven selection as a senior. He was a teammate of Leinhard in college and on the Olympic team, where he was second in scoring at 10.9 points a game. He played for the U.S. team that won the 1955 Pan American Games.
    • Nicole Ohlde of Clay Center, who was an all-state selection in basketball and a state champion in the high jump at Clay Center High School. She went on to play basketball at Kansas State, where she was the Big 12 freshman of the year and a two-time Big 12 player of the year. She was consensus a first-team All-American in 2003 and 2004. She was a finalist for the Wade Award, the Naismith National Player of the Year award (twice) and the John R. Wooden Award. She was named the Big 12 Female Athlete of the year in 2004. She is in the top five at K-State in scoring, rebounds, field goals made, blocked shots, career double-doubles, free throws made, free throws attempted and minutes played. She played seven years in the WNBA, winning a title with Phoenix in 2009. She was the first women's basketball player at K-State to have her number retired.
    The induction ceremony is Oct. 6 at the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame at the Wichita Boathouse. Ticket information about the ceremonies are available at www.kshof.org, or by calling (316) 262-2038.
     
     

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