Kansas was one of the first states to embrace the fledgling sport of basketball, and Powhattan—a small town in northeastern Kansas—was among the first to become a basketball town. Powhattan and its high school played an important role in the evolution of the sport and the emergence of the state of Kansas as the basketball powerhouse it is today.
Drawing from primary source documents from the early days of Powhattan’s basketball program, Kansas Basketball traces the origins of the sport’s popularity in Kansas from basketball inventor James Naismith’s founding of the Kansas University basketball team to the legendary and influential coaching careers of Phog Allen, Tex Winter, Jack Gardner, and player-turned-coach and Powhattan native, Johnnie Corrigan.
This impressive curation of sports writing and historical images woven together by a man who lived it gives basketball fans of all ages an in-depth look at the origin of the sport and the birth of Kansas Basketball.
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About the Author
Jerry Draney was born and reared on a farm near Powhattan, Kansas. He attended four years of high school at Powhattan and graduated in 1952. His team finished in the final four in the state tournament. Jerry attended four years of college at Kansas State, majoring in agricultural economics, and played two years of basketball under Kansas legends Dobbie Lambert, Jack Gardner, and Tex Winter. When he graduated from Kansas State, Jerry signed with the U. S. Navy and attended Officers Candidate School at Newport, Rhode Island. He was commissioned Ensign in 1957 and spent 20 years in the Navy, eventually retiring in 1977 with the rank of Commander. Jerry had a lot of fun traveling to the far east with his wife and two small children. Jerry also worked for the Department of the Treasury and in private industry for 26 years, primarily involved in project management. During that time, Jerry earned a degree in Information Systems. He retired in 2003.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Johnnie Corrigan-Coach, Teacher, Principal, and Superintendent 1
Chapter 2 Powhattan High School Basketball Teams 25
Chapter 3 Alumni Memories 103
Chapter 4 History of Basketball 118
Chapter 5 History of Powhattan, Kansas 131
The Passing of Johnnie Corrigan 146
Contributors List 165