Break time is over. Now it’s back to work for Washburn Rural coach Kevin Bordewick.
Just a little over two weeks after his Junior Blues completed a third-place run in the Class 6A state volleyball tournament, Bordewick kicked off practice Monday with Rural’s girls basketball team as schools across the state opened preseason preparations in boys and girls basketball, wrestling and boys swimming.
Bordewick, one of a small group of coaches in Kansas who has been a head coach in back-to-back seasons, just completed his 23rd season as Rural’s volleyball coach, a run that has included seven state championships. He is starting his ninth season as the Junior Blues’ head coach in basketball after a long tenure as an assistant to Bill Annan, now at Oklahoma State.
Bordewick, who topped the 800-win mark in volleyball early this fall, said coaching two sports back-to-back has become a way of life for him.
“I just look at it as I don’t know what else I would do,” Bordewick said. “This will be my 25th year of being involved with basketball at Rural and 32 total in my career and I don’t know what I would do without it. I like being busy. I like being involved. I like the work that’s entailed.
“I’m very competitive and I think I just have to have something that kind of fuels that. I love doing it.”
Bordewick took some brief time off after Rural finished off its 38-7 volleyball season before turning his attention to basketball, where the Junior Blues are coming off a 17-5 season.
“We always have our (volleyball) banquet like a week and a half afterwards and once that’s done that’s kind of the closure,” he said. “Then you can kind of get ready for basketball after that. I know that I’ve been so blessed with basketball and volleyball, the kids that I get to coach, kids that work so hard that make us coaches look good. That obviously is THE factor to why I keep doing it. If I didn’t have the hard-workers or if I had attitudes, then that might be a different story.”
Bordewick, who has never had a losing season in volleyball or basketball at Rural, knows he’ll step away from coaching at some point but is in no hurry to make that move.
“When you’re younger you kind of look at it and go, ‘I could do this forever,’ ” he said. “I’m a little older now (55) and you can kind of see that light at the end of the tunnel, but I know we’ve got some really good sixth- and seventh-graders and eighth-graders that are coming up and you don’t want to leave that group.
“I really like that group. I get to work with them over the summer with volleyball and basketball a little bit and I’m kind of excited to see what they’re like in high school.”
Seaman seniors Lauren Mills and Jackson Cobb have signed Division I letters of intent, with Mills signing a softball letter with Wichita State and Cobb inking a baseball letter with Kansas.
Viking senior Kishno Bell plans to sign a bowling letter with Baker on Dec. 15 while Kayla Neigenfind will sign a volleyball letter with Johnson County Community College on the same day. Bell’s signing is set for 10 a.m., with Neigenfind’s signing to follow at 10:30.
— Washburn Rural senior Tarrin Fisher, a 6A state champion as a junior, has signed a swimming letter of intent with Division I Brigham Young University. Fisher won the 100 breaststroke last season at the state meet.
— Shawnee Heights senior Hunter Henderson is scheduled to sign a track and field/cross country letter of intent with Division I Central Arkansas at 2:45 p.m. Tuesday at Heights. Henderson is a former 5A state champion.
Jordan Freed, who will begin his senior high school season for Topeka West in January, bowled a 300 game and a 782 series on Saturday in West Ridge Lanes’ youth league.
Freed opened his series with his perfect game before adding 216 and 266 games.
Freed has committed to bowl collegiately at Ottawa University next season for former Topeka West and Seaman coach Geoff Poston.
The Metro Christian Athletic Association, which includes Topeka schools Cair Paravel, Cornerstone and Heritage Christian, has announced its all-league teams for soccer and volleyball.
Cair Paravel puts senior Sam Woolery and junior Cole Berryhill on the all-league soccer first team while Cornerstone is represented by seniors Trevor Poage and Dane Vanderbilt and junior Cody Heiland and Heritage Christian by seniors Colby Current and Trevor Rand.
Cair Paravel junior Lizzie Rollenhagen and sophomore Taryn Pridgett earned spots on the all-league volleyball first team while Cornerstone put senior Anna Holloway and junior Brooke Donaldson on the first team.