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STATE CHAMPIONS  CLASS AA: Wichita East  CLASS A: Immaculata-Leavenworth  CLASS B: Melvern  CLASS BB: Winona

                The 1962 Hayden Yearbook described Mike Unrein as "the greatest basketball player Hayden has ever had." He lettered all 4 years in basketball and was the career scoring leader in 1962. This season Washburn Rural was clearly the best team in Topeka - Hayden was hammered in the opener by Ron Paradis, Delvy Lewis and the Jr. Blues (72-44). Later in the year,  Hayden lost a 46-44 thriller at Topeka High that featured a  memorable show down between Paradis and Unrein. Even though Gary Sterling, Bob Lee and talented Juniors competed at a high level - the Wildcats were unable to advance past the AA Regional.

                  This was Hayden's last year as an Independent. The following year they would compete in the newly formed Centennial League. 1962 was also the last year with all four classes under the same roof  at the old Hayden East building at 8th and Van Buren. In the fall of 1962 Junior and Seniors moved to the new Hayden West at 401 Gage and Freshmen and Sophomores were housed at the old school.

Mike Unrein: Hayden's first All-State selection

1961-1962 COACH Ken Bueltel Independent
HPHS Xmas Inv Champion
WON  15  LOST   6
DATE TEAM W/L HAYDEN OPPONENT PLACE LEAGUE/TOURNEY
11/30/61 Washburn Rural L 44 72 Whiting Fieldhouse
12/2/61 Haskell - LA W 67 40 Whiting Fieldhouse
12/5/61 Seaman W 70 59 Topeka High
12/8/61 Highland Park W 56 44 Highland Park
12/9/61 Ward - K.C. W 60 39 Ward - Kansas City
12/15/61 Miege - K.C. W 71 52 Hayden East
12/28/61 Topeka West W 68 43 Highland Park HPHS Xmas Inv
12/29/61 Highland Park W 51 38 Highland Park HPHS Xmas Inv
1/12/62 Olathe W 57 42 Whiting Fieldhouse
1/13/62 Topeka West W 72 50 Topeka West
1/23/62 Seaman W 85 71 Seaman
1/26/62 Washburn Rural L 44 46 Topeka High
2/2/62 Haskell - LA W 96 55 Haskell - Lawrence
2/3/62 Topeka High L 35 59 Topeka High
2/9/62 Rockhurst - K.C. L 48 50 Rockhurst - Kansas City
2/23/62 Kapaun - WI W 59 46 Topeka High
2/24/62 Ward - K.C. L 55 59 Topeka High
3/2/62 Highland Park W 68 48 Whiting Fieldhouse
3/8/62 Atchison W 66 51 Topeka High AA Regional
3/9/62 Lawrence L 57 63 Topeka High AA Regional
3/10/62 Topeka High W 59 48 Topeka High AA Regional

PLAYER No G FG FT TP
Mike Unrein 21 136 81 353
Gary Sterling 21 113 40 266
Ed Tucker 21   87 65 239
Bob Lee 21   81 12 174
Greg Bien 21   38 36 112
Mike Tharp 21   23 21   67
Joe Grace 14   10   0   20
John Sparks 14     8   3   19
Mike Hart 12     4   4   12
Lyle Schiffelbein   7     5   1   11
Tom Olson 14     2   2     6
Gary Reser   1     2   0     4
Ed Herman   1     0   3     3
Lonnie Hansard   1     0   2     2
Mike Rees   1     0   0     0
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