Hall Center For The Humanities


Steven Farney

Remembering High School Basketball in Kansas
New Generation Society of Lawrence (NGSL members only)

Tue., Nov. 9, 2010, 10:00am - 11:30am
Location: Lawrence Visitors Center Depot

Steven Farney was born and raised near Wilson, Kansas, and was a three-year basketball letterman for the Wilson Dragons. As a junior in 1972, he was assigned a term paper and while researching that assignment, he stumbled on a story about the greatest Wilson Boy's Basketball Team, the 1929 Dragons. As he read the story, he wondered who remembered the team, the coach and the magical season that culminated with the Dragons earning the school's first trip to the state tournament. It was an important moment for him and he decided then and there: If the chance ever presented itself, he was going to write a series of basketball history books that featured teams and towns, players and coaches in the state who had been forgotten with time.

Fast-forward 32 years. In 2004, the opportunity arose and since then he has authored three books on basketball in the state of Kansas. In August 2006, he released "Title Towns: Class BB Boys Basketball Champions of Kansas (1952-68). In August 2007, he authored the second book in the series, "It's Time to Play: Jack Gardner, Basketball and Kansas State University". Both books detailed forgotten basketball stories in the state. "Club 50" is the third book in the series with more books hopefully to follow.

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