Nicklin, Pearce, Glaze, Durbin left lasting legacy

Rick Peterson, Top Sports News Writer


Like just about everybody else I know, I was ecstatic to put 2020 in the rearview mirror and get started on a new year.

But it’s also important that we remember those that we lost over the past year, including four men who had a lasting impact on high school sports in Topeka and the state of Kansas.

Topeka High coaching legend Willie Nicklin, 92, and longtime Kansas State High School Activities Association administrator Kaye Pearce, 85,  both passed away over the final month of 2020 (Nicklin on Dec. 10, four days after Pearce) while Washburn Rural fixture Ray Glaze, 85, and former KSHSAA and National Federation of State High School Associations executive director Brice Blaine Durbin (92) passed early last year -- Durbin on Jan. 4, Glaze on Feb. 8.

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WU survives 85-84 in OT, improves to 7-0

Rick Peterson, Top Sports News Writer


Washburn men's basketball coach Brett Ballard isn't exactly sure how his No. 5-ranked Ichabods came out of Saturday's game at Northeastern State with a victory.

But Washburn did just that, battling back from a 12-point second-half deficit to take an 85-84 overtime decision over the Riverhawks at the NSU Events Center in Tahlequah, Okla. and improve to 7-0 overall and in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association.

TylerGeimanWashburn senior guard Tyler Geiman scored a career-high 29 points in the Ichabods' 85-84 OT win at Northeastern State. [Photograph by Rex Wolf]

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