1970-71 Return to Year-by-Year HOME Update: 7/29/2018
STATE CHAMPIONS 5A: Wichita SE 4A: Salina Central 3A: Ottawa 2A: Moundridge 1A: Lewis
This team might have been one of Coach Bueltel's best teams. There was a good group of seniors led by Michaelis, Clark and Zerngast and two outstanding juniors in Pat Weissbeck and Marion Carver. The team won the fifth league championship since the Centennial League was established in 1962. The regular season ended with a 17-2 record and Hayden breezed through the 3A Sub-State on their home court.
Hayden was seeded number one in the State Tournament at Emporia - this was Hayden's first time in the role of a favorite. This was also Hayden's first year in 3A competition. Unfortunately, Thomas More Prep had a good game plan for attacking Hayden, mainly, to try and foul out Pat Weissbeck. Weissbeck went out with his fifth foul early in the second half. The referees were also intent on calling technical fouls for violation of a bench rule that said a coach had to remain seated during any action on the court. Coach Bueltel received two technical fouls that added to a momentum push by Thomas More Prep. By the time Hayden could recover, the Hays team began a deliberate game and fed the ball to their big center who dominated inside without Weissbeck in the game.
So, once again, Hayden was denied a State Championship. The loss had to be one of the most bitter for Coach Bueltel. Sometimes, especially in State tournaments, referees, players and coaches are not always on the same page. Style of play and behavior differ from one region of the state to the other. Teams have to adjust fast to these variables to avoid the kind of loss Hayden suffered. The main referee was probably just calling the game he was familiar with and Hayden was unable to adjust quickly enough to his officiating. Thomas More Prep also played an excellent game overall. Ottawa ended up as the 3A champion.
|Centennial||11||1||COACH: Ken Bueltel|
|12/12/70||Topeka West||W||62||60||Bueltel A.C.|
|12/18/70||Highland Park||W||51||45||Centennial||Municipal Auditorium|
|1/8/71||Shawnee Heights||W||72||61||Centennial||Shawnee Heights|
|1/15/71||Washburn Rural||W||61||39||Centennial||Washburn Rural|
|1/20/71||Junction City||W||51||42||Topeka Invitational||Municipal Auditorium|
|1/22/71||Topeka West||W||53||37||Topeka Invitational||Municipal Auditorium|
|1/23/71||SM South||L||52||65||Topeka Invitational||Municipal Auditorium|
|2/12/71||Shawnee Heights||W||73||55||Centennial||Bueltel A.C.|
|2/13/71||Topeka High||W||50||48||Topeka High|
|2/19/71||Washburn Rural||W||72||62||Centennial||Bueltel A.C.|
|2/20/71||Topeka West||W||39||31||Topeka West|
|2/26/71||Highland Park||W||56||35||Centennial||Bueltel A.C.|
|3/3/71||Tonganoxie||W||75||51||CLASS 3A SUB-STATE||Bueltel A.C.|
|3/4/71||Bonner Springs||W||67||46||CLASS 3A SUB-STATE||Bueltel A.C.|
|3/5/71||Shawnee Heights||W||65||56||CLASS 3A SUB-STATE||Bueltel A.C.|
|3/11/71||Hays-TMP||L||50||62||CLASS 3A STATE||Emporia-White Auditorium|
Sources: TDC, TSJ on all