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Eudora’s year tough to beat

June 29, 2006

The 2005-2006 Eudora sports year was a hard one.

A hard one for the school's trophy cases that is, as the glass cases in the commons area saw more action the past year than most years combined as new pieces of hardware were inserted on what seemed like a regular basis.

For Eudora activities director Dave Durkin there was nothing better than stuffing the cases with the fruits of one of the most successful sports years in recent memory and realizing what it meant.

"It means that there's something special going on here," Durkin said. "It says that our kids are successful and working hard, and that's all you can ask."

The success Eudora sports has had over the past school year has had its obvious impact on the community as parents and fans have had a lot to celebrate.

The football team raced out to an 8-1 regular season mark before falling in the playoffs and the volleyball team made a second consecutive appearance at state, later to be joined by the track and baseball teams as well as a number of wrestlers.

During the winter Eudora also saw a welcome turnaround in both the boys and girls basketball teams, which only added to the atmosphere in the community.

"There's a lot of excitement going on around here," Durkin said. "And the success has spread throughout the community. I see people coming down to the games that haven't come down for quite some time because of the success we're having."

But the success within the community isn't the only impact the sports year has had. The winning year has also had an effect on where it matters most-- Eudora High School.

"It makes the climate of the school much better," Durkin said. "Even the kids who aren't in the sports can really take pride in what's going on. And I think success on the sports field means success in the classroom."

That pride has not only affected the kids in the halls and classrooms, but also the coaches, teachers and administrators who work to ensure that all students are taken care of.

"We all work to make sure the kids have everything they need to be successful," Durkin said. "And when we have success like this, it makes us all feel proud that we've done what is most important."

Eudora's winning ways also bode well for the future of the sports scene as the success can have a bit of a trickle-down effect.

Eudora baseball coach Dirk Kinney, who is an assistant basketball coach, has seen what winning can do.

"It makes the kids coming in want to be a part of what's going on," Kinney said. "They see what winning is like and want to continue the trend. It's really a great effect."

Those new faces will have a lot to live up to in the years to come as there are a number of names and faces that will need to be replaced, who contributed to the great year.

Eudora saw 12 of its senior athletes sign letters of intent to play sports in college and continue what they started in high school.

The signings are yet another sign of what the success of this year has had on the school.

"We've had great senior leadership this year," Kinney said. "That's what really stood out. That also sets the tone for what is to come."

The success of the Eudora school year has spawned a number of positives throughout the school district as well as the community. It is also a reminder that winning seems to make things a little more simple.

"When we're winning, it just has so many great effects on the school as a whole," Durkin said. "Plus it really makes my job a lot easier. I don't seem to get as many phone calls."

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