Spotlight on former Bonner Brave
Gene Clark Class of '62
Gene Clark was a singer-songwriter and a founding member of the band The Byrds. Gene moved to Bonner Springs as a teen and according to the book "Mr. Tambourine Man" he excelled in industrial arts at Bonner Springs High School. His song "Mary Sue" also mentions Bonner Springs.
Read more about his time in Bonner Springs in the book, "Mr. Tambourine Man: the life and legacy of the Byrds' Gene Clark" by John Einarson.
Angelica Suffren Class of '95
The Media Center has a copy of the Austin Peay State University Alumni Magazine that has an article on Angelica Suffren who was a Bonner Springs graduate of the Class of 1995. According to the article she played at Austin Peay State from 1995-1999 on a full scholarship. The article talks about her journey into her current job as referee for the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA).
You can find the article in the Media Center.
If you want to read more books about women in basketball the Media Center has the following books
In these Girls, Hope is a Muscleby Madeleine Blais
They were a talented team with a near-perfect record but a reputation for choking in the crunch of the state playoffs. Finally, after five straight years of disappointments, the Amherst Lady Hurricanes found they just might have what it took to go all the way. This is a fierce, funny, and intimate look into their minds and hearts during one very special season. A finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for nonfiction. Review from Amazon.com
Counting Coupby Larry Colton
On many Indian reservations, high-school basketball has become a popular venue for expressing the pride of Native Americans. Yet for all the promise these young Indian athletes exhibit, few are able to overcome the negative forces--poverty, alcoholism, teen pregnancy, poor education--that surround them. Colton, a former professional baseball player and veteran author, spent 15 months on the Crow reservation in Montana observing the Hardin High School girls' basketball team. He focuses on the players--especially talented Sharon LaForge--and their relationships with their teammates and coaches, but he also explores the social conditions that affect the players' lives. Alcoholism is a reservation plague, but drug abuse, domestic violence, shoddy education, and low personal expectations also help prevent these children from ever reaching their potential, on and off the court. But Colton also finds joy, humor, and ethnic pride among the reservation populace. Similar in tone to Kareem Abdul Jabbar's recent A Season on the Reservation, Colton's book tells an inspirational story but one firmly grounded in reality. There are no Hoosier-like state championships and no soaring personal triumphs. Sharon LaForge doesn't get a college scholarship; she ends up pregnant, and she quits basketball. But she also enrolls in junior college and is doggedly pursuing her education despite long odds. On the rez, victories are not recorded in scorebooks or by sweeping social reform, but by proud people taking control of their lives inch by hard-fought inch. Wes Lukowsky Booklist