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Women's basketball next up in TSN's Best of the Best Coaches project


By RICK PETERSON                                                                                                                                           TSN MVPs Shannon Nichol Ad


EDITOR'S NOTE: Over the coming weeks, TopSports.news will recognize Shawnee County's all-time coaching greats in 14 sports as part of our Best of the Best project. Readers will have the opportunity to vote through July 15, with the Top 10 in all categories announced in July and August. To cast a vote for the Best of the Best Women's Basketball Coach click on https://linkto.run/p/90HCOVC1  while email votes/nominations will be also accepted at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


There may not be a clearcut favorite when it comes down to picking the top women's high school basketball coach in Shawnee County history.

LorenZieglerLoren Ziegler coached Silver Lake to five state girls basketball titles over three decades. [Silver Lake Schools]

KevinBordewickWRKevin Bordewick coached Washburn Rural to a second Class 6A state basketball and his ninth state title overall in the 2021-2022 season. [File photo/TSN]

BillAnnannewBill Annan led Washburn Rural to three Class 6A girls state basketball titles before moving on to the Division I level as an assistant coach. [Oklahoma State Athletics]

RickStreckerHayden Hall of Famer Rick Strecker coached the Wildcats to three girls state basketball championships. [File photo/TSN]

Or to look at it another way, there's a whole bunch of favorites.

Former Silver Lake coach Loren Ziegler coached the Eagles to five state crowns over three decades, one of five former or current county coaches who have won multiple state championships.

Bill Annan coached Washburn Rural to three Class 6A state titles before going on to a long and continuing career at the Division I level while Rick Strecker coached Hayden to three 4A state titles and Mike Goehring (Topeka West) and Kevin Bordewick (Washburn Rural) have won two state titles.

Bordewick, who won his second basketball championship this past season, also served as an assistant coach on all three of Annan's title teams in addition to winning seven state volleyball titles.

There are 11 candidates listed to pick from at https://linkto.run/p/90HCOVC1  while readers also have the option of writing in a name.

Vote as many times as you wish, with the only requirement that eligible candidates must have coached as a head coach or assistant at one of the county's 10 high schools.

Final selections will be based on reader vote as well as input from TSN contributors and current and past local sports media professionals.   

Votes will be accepted through July 15 before TSN publishes our Best of the Best lists in July and August.

NEXT UP: Men's basketball (ballot will be posted on June 29).


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