Cair Paravel turns to Kueffer to take reins of Lions' boys basketball program

Rick Peterson


Chip Kueffer may be brand new to being a head basketball coach, but the new Cair Paravel Latin coach has spent most of his life around the sport, including more than four years with Hall of Fame coach Bill Self and the storied University of Kansas program.

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Now the Baldwin native is looking forward to putting all of that experience to good use in his new position with the Lions.

Kueffer takes over at Cair Paravel from Trey Brown, who recently resigned to accept the head coaching job at Hayden.

"The game has done so much for me and given me countless opportunities, memories and relationships, so this is a phenomenal opportunity for me to give back and pay forward for what's been done for me,'' Kueffer said. "I had so many selfless leaders and mentors pour into my life when there was nothing for them to gain out of it,

"So for me this is just a great opportunity for me to be able to pass on those same lessons and values and morals and everything. It's my passion for sure.''

One of the biggest influences in Kueffer's basketball career have been Self and the Jayhawk basketball progam.

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State champ Rossville, runner-up Rural headline All-Shawnee County softball

Rick Peterson


Class 3A state champion Rossville and 6A runnerup Washburn Rural headline the 2023 All-Shawnee County softball team.

EmmersonCopeWashburn Rural senior Emmerson Cope has been named the Shawnee County softball player of the year after leading the Junior Blues to a second straight runnerup finish in Class 6A. [File photo/TSN]

ReaganChapmanWashburn Rural freshman Reagan Chapman has been named the Shawnee County newcomer of the year after helping Rural post a runnerup finish in the Class 6A state softball tournamennt. [File photo/TSN]

JohnNitschRossville softball coach John Nitsch has been named the Shawnee County softball coach of the year after leading the Bulldawgs to their first state title since 2000. [Photo by Jesse Bruner/Special to TSN]

Washburn Rural senior Emmerson Cope was named the Shawnee County player of the year after leading the Junior Blues to a 21-4 record and a second straight berth in the 6A championship game while Rural freshman Reagan Chapman was named the county newcomer of the year.

Rossville coach John Nitsch was named the county coach of the year after his Bulldawgs posted a 20-4 record en route to their first state title since 2000.

Cope, a Nebraska signee, and Chapman are joined on the all-county first team by senior Piper Titsworth.

 BrinleyDycheHaydenSenior Brinley Dyche picked up all three pitching victories for Rossville in the Class 3A state tournament as the Bulldawgs captured their first state title since 2000. [Photo by Jesse Bruner/Special to TSN]

Rossville also has three players on the first team -- senior Brinley Dyche and juniors Kinsey Perine and Emma Mitchell.

Shawnee Heights, which finished third in the 5A state tournament, is represented on the first team by sophomore Grace Proctor and junior Ally Millard-Adams while the T-Birds' United Kansas Conference rival, Seaman, is represented by senior Aspen Burghart and sophomore Kaelyn O'Rourke.

Silver Lake, which was top-ranked in Class 3A for most of the 2023 season, put junior Avery Wende and sophomores Kendra Cook and Taylor Zordel on the all-county first team.

E20aKB X0AkFQU1Topeka High senior shortstop Adisyn Caryl, an Illinois signee, is a repeat pick on the All-Shawnee County softball team. [File photo/TSN]

AlyssaDrogeRossvillepitchingHayden senior Alyssa Droge has been named to the All-Shawnee County softball first team. [File photo/TSN]

Topeka High seniors Alesia Alvarez and Adisyn Caryl are both first-team repeat picks while Hayden senior Alyssa Droge also earned a first-team spot.


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