Larry McGee: Coached the Hornets to a state football title in 1984 and three state runner-up finishes. Also was the Hornets’ athletic director. Arrived at BTW as an assistant in 1976, was elevated to head coach in 1981 as a successor to Ed Lacy and had a 90-22 record over nine seasons. McGee also coached track at BTW, winning state titles in 1982 and 1984.
J.W. Emerson, who was Union’s head football coach from 1978-89, died Sunday. He was 91. Emerson was 82-52 in 12 seasons, including five consecutive district titles from 1980-84 after he inherited a program that went 21-64 over the previous nine seasons. Emerson also was Hale’s coach in 1992 and ‘93.
Emerson had 220 career wins in 35 years. He coached Manhattan to a state title in Kansas in 1974. Emerson also coached in Kansas at Ottawa and Columbus, and in Missouri at Ava and Lamar. Union hired him after he spent two years as a Kansas State assistant.
‘All-State Night’ at Webster
Webster will celebrate a basketball “All-State Night,” when it hosts Harding Fine Arts at 5:30 p.m. Saturday.
The Warriors will honor their past all-state players with several scheduled to be in attendance, including James Asberry, Brian Morgan and Tommy Johnson, who was on the 1966 state title team. Also planned is a banner with the names of the all-state selections.