INDIANAPOLIS — Former Halstead High School coach and current Kansas State High School Activities Association executive director Gary Musselman has been named the president of the National Federation of State High School Associations for the 2016-17 school year.
Musselman has served as KSHSAA executive director since 1996. He has been on the staff of the KSHSAA since 1988.
A graduate of Ness City High School, Musselman holds a bachelor’s degree from Kansas State and a master’s degree from Wichita State.
He began his teaching and coaching career at Independence Junior High School in 1974. He also coached and taught at Andover Junior and Senior High School, Beloit Junior and Senior High and Halstead High School.
He was the principal at LaCrosse High School before joining the KSHSAA.
He served on several NFHS committees including the football rules committee, the citizenship/equity committee, the marketing committee and the appeal board. He served three terms as chair of the NFHS TARGET Committee, which dealt with drug and alcohol prevention. He also served with three NFHS strategic planning committees and presented at coaching education programs at the US Olympic Committee campus in Colorado Springs.
Musselman participated in the NFHS Concussion Summit and served six years on the board of directors of the NFHS Foundation, serving as chairman in 2014-15.
He also has been involved with the National Association of Secondary School Principals, the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association and United School Administrators of Kansas.
WICHITA — Zack Cox’s solo home run in the bottom of the eight inning led the Wichita Wingnuts to a 3-2 win over the Joplin Blasters Wednesday night at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium in American Association play.
Cox finished three of four hitting with two RBIs.
Newcomer Todd Kirby pitched five innings, allowing a run on three hits with three walks and five strikeouts. Kirby was signed just prior to Wednesday’s game.
A six-year pro, Kibby spent three seasons in the Chicago White Sox organization, where he played for current Wichita manager Pete Rose Jr., with the Great Falls Voyagers in the Pioneer League. He spent the last three seasons with Lake Erie of the independent Frontier League.
He is 25-14 lifetime with one save, a 3.10 earned-run-average, 331 strikeouts and 140 walks.
Joplin scored in the top of the first on an RBI groundout by Charlie Valerio. Zack Cox hit an RBI single for Wichita in the bottom of the first. With runners at first and third and no outs in the bottom of the second, Leo Vargas grounded into a double play, but Wichita was able to score a run.
Mark Krueger tied the game in the top of the sixth inning on a sacrifice fly with one out. Cox replied for Wichita with a solo home run.
Chase Johnson (4-0) pitched 2 2-3 innings for the win, striking out one. Frankie Reed pitched the top of the ninth for the save, striking out one.
Roby Romero (0-2) took the loss for Joplin in relief of Carlos Fuentes. Jose Ortega finished the game.
Wichita is 33-18, while Joplin falls to 15-36. The two teams conclude their four-game series at 7:05 p.m. today.
Joplin 100 001 000 —2 5 0
Wichita 110 000 01x —3 8 1
Fuentes, Romero (L, 0-2) 6, Ortega 8 and Sullivan; Kibby, Roman 6, Johnson (W, 4-0) 6, Reed (S, 11) and Medina. HR — W: Cox (7). Time — 2:44. Attendance — n/a.
NBC to feature
WICHITA — The National Baseball Congress World Series will feature a team of ex-Major Leaguers for the 82nd edition of the tournament, which begins July 29.
The roster of the team is expected to be named shortly.
The NBC Hall of Fame will induct five new members at the tournament
• Ken Marlar of Poplar Bluff, Mo., a former player for the Liberal BeeJays, where he won an NBC title in 1968, and the Wichita Dreamliners. Marlar is being inducted posthumously.
• Clyde Girrens of Wichita, who began playing in the NBC World Series with the Wichita Weller Indians at age 15. He was a four-time NBC All-American and was MVP in 1959. He spent five years in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization.
• Alvin “Boomer” Jones of Seguin, Texas. Jones played and coached the SMI Seguin Steelers of the Zaragoza League from 1978 to 2003. He led the Steelers to a fifth-place finish at the NBC World Series in 1986. He was a player and scout in the Atlanta Braves organization. Jones is a posthumous inductee.
• Taylor Thompson of Seattle played with the Seattle Studs, where he was 7-2 with 14 saves in 45 NBC World Series games. He held a 0.45 ERA in the tournament. He is a four-time NBC All-American and helped lead the Studs to titles in 2013 and 2015, as well as four runner-up finishes.
Augie Garrido of Austin served as a coach and manager for the Anchorage Glacier Pilots, leading the team to a runner-up finish in 1976, along with three third-place finishes. He was a college head coach for 48 years at San Francisco State, Cal-Poly, Cal State-Fullerton, Illinois and Texas, where he is college baseball’s all-time win leader at 1,975. He has led teams to 25 conference titles, 33 NCAA regional berths and 15 College World Series berths.