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Kansas Volleyball Association 2013 Hall of Fame Class Announced

June 17, 2013, Topeka, KS — The Kansas Volleyball Association is proud to announce the 2013 inductees to the KVA Hall of Fame. This year the KVA inducted six individuals who have made outstanding contributions to Kansas high school volleyball during their illustrious careers. This years’ class was honored June 1st in conjunction with the KVA All-Star banquet.

This years’ class includes:

Mary Lou Morgan, who founded the KVA and was the head coach at Manhattan High School a total of 17 years, where her teams qualified for state 13 times, finishing 4th four times, 3rd three times, 2nd twice, and winning a state championship in 1986. Coach Morgan has a career record of 499 wins and 151 losses. She served as a guest speaker at numerous coaching clinics in Kansas and Nebraska and also at the national level, and also received Coach of the Year awards in 1980 and 1981.

Jo Huntsinger, who started as a player at Lawrence for legendary coach Joan Wells and was a 3-time state champion from 1975-1977, starting and being named captain her junior and senior years. She was also a state  champion in softball her junior year. Jo went on to play volleyball at KU for 3 years before returning to Lawrence High as the varsity volleyball assistant for 16 seasons, with 9 of those ending as state champions. When Coach Wells retired, Jo became the head coach and coached for 7 seasons, where her team placed 2nd at the state tournament in 2004.

Jayme Gergen was a three-year letter winner and two-time all-league and all-state volleyball player for Washburn Rural from 1998-2000, leading them to a 4th place and 3rd place finish her junior and senior years. She played collegiately at Georgia Tech, becoming a starter her last 3 years and team captain her junior and senior years. Her teams qualified for the NCAA tournament all 4 years, making the Elite 8 and Sweet 16 her junior and senior seasons. She won numerous all-tourney, all-conference, and team awards and finished in the top 5 in 4 different categories for Georgia Tech. She played professionally for Austria for one year before becoming an assistant at Virginia Tech for 6 seasons, an assistant at Ohio State for 4 seasons, and is in her first year as an assistant at Illinois.

Kerry Kapfer was the volleyball captain her senior season in 1971, which was the first season for girls sports at Lawrence High. She went on to play volleyball at KU from 1972-1974. Coach Kapfer coached volleyball for 33 years, 26 of those at the high school level, and all 26 of those years at Shawnee Heights. Her teams qualified for state 13 times, finishing 4th twice, 3rd twice, runner-up 3 times, and back to back state championships in 1999 and 2000. She amassed a record of 705 wins and 348 losses. Coach Kapfer was an all-star coach 3 times, won numerous league and city coach of the year awards , and served as the KVA Executive Director for 9 years. She was a frequent speaker at the KSHSAA coaching clinic.

Gene Valentine was a registered KSHSAA volleyball official for 25 years, mostly in the northeastern part of the state. He officiated an amazing 2,303 matches and was selected to officiate in numerous post-season tournaments, which included 21 state tournaments and 20 championship matches, as well as 8 all-star matches. Gene served as an area supervisor for many years, and in 1984 and 1995 was selected as the Kansas Volleyball Official of the Year. Gene also worked 1,355 basketball games, 16 state tournaments, and called 10 championship games. He was inducted into the KSHSAA Hall of Fame in 2007. Gene passed away on September 4, 2011.

Rodger Shannon was a registered KSHSAA volleyball official for 32 years and an area supervisor for 27 years. He officiated in 26 state tournaments, and called 23 state championship finals matches. In 2003 Rodger was named the National Federation of High Schools Official of the Year, and in 2007 and 2011 the Greater Kansas City Volleyball Official of the Year. He also officiated in several all-start matches, and is widely respected as one of the best officials volleyball has ever had in Kansas.

About Derek Nester

Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids, and graduated from Valley Heights High School in May of 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communication. After stops at KFRM and KCLY radio in Clay Center, he joined KNDY in 2002 as a board operator and play by play announcer. Derek is now responsible for the digital content of Dierking Communications, Inc. six radio stations. In 2005 Derek joined the staff of KCFX radio in Kansas City as a production coordinator for the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, which airs on over 70 radio stations across 12 Midwest states and growing.