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Kansas Sports Hall of Fame to add eight in October

  • Eagle staff
  • Published Monday, July 1, 2013, at 6:49 p.m.
  • Updated Tuesday, July 2, 2013, at 7:06 a.m.

Three members of Kansas’ 1952 national championship basketball team and two more recent Kansas State All-Americans are part of eight people to be inducted into the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame in October.

The 52nd induction ceremony will be Oct. 6 at the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame, located in the Wichita Boathouse.

The inductees are:

Mike Bell, Wichita — An Eagle Top 11 player at Carroll and a consensus All-America defensive tackle at Colorado State, Bell was the second pick in the 1979 NFL Draft and played 12 seasons with the Chiefs. Bell had 40 NFL sacks and had nearly 500 tackles during his career.

Bob Brannum, Winfield — Brannum was a 6-foot-5 basketball star at Winfield High, then moved to Kentucky to play for Adolph Rupp and became an All-American as a freshman. After service in World War II, Brannum transferred to Michigan State and later played professionally for the Sheboygan Redskins (National Basketball League) and Boston Celtics. Brannum, who died in 2005 at the age of 79, was later a successful coach at Brandeis University.

Chuck Broyles, Mulberry — Taking over at his alma mater as coach in 1990, Broyles led Pittsburg State to incredible football success. The Gorillas were 198-47-2 and reached the Division II championship game four times, winning in 1991. A three-time national coach of the year, Broyles’ .806 winning percentage was third in Division II when he retired in 2009.

Martin Gramatica, Kansas State — Gramatica was a two-time All-America kicker and continues to hold Kansas State records in scoring, extra points and field goals. He also kicked a 65-yard field goal in 1998, the longest in NCAA history without the use of a tee. He won the Lou Groza Award as the nation’s top kicker in 1997 and kicked for nine NFL seasons, making the Pro Bowl once. He was born in Buenos Aires.

Al Kelley, McCune — Kelley didn’t play much as a sophomore on the ’52 KU championship team, but averaged 12.9 points on the 1953 runnerup team and 12.4 points as a senior co-captain. He was all-conference his final two seasons and played AAU ball instead of the NBA. He was a member of the 1960 U.S. Olympic team that beat opponents by more than 40 points in each game. That was the first Olympic team to be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame (2010).

Bob Kenney, Winfield — Kenney was part of a rare double in 1952, being a member of KU’s national championship team and the Americans’ Olympic championship team. Kenney averaged 10.9 points on the Olympic team, which won gold. He also played football at KU for two seasons. Kenney was also part of the U.S. team that won the 1955 Pan American Games gold.

Bill Lienhard, Newton — Lienhard was Kansas’ leading scorer as a high school senior at Newton, then became a three-year starter at KU. He was a captain on the 1952 championship team and also was one of seven KU players selected for that year’s Olympic team. Lienhard’s one-handed set shot was thought to be one of the best shots in basketball in that era.

Nicole Ohlde, Clay Center — Ohlde was a big part of a stellar run for women’s basketball at Kansas State after a standout basketball and track career at Clay Center. Ohlde was a two-time Big 12 Player of the Year and first-team All-American in her final two seasons. She was also the league’s freshman of the year in 2001 and the first Wildcat women’s player to have her jersey retired.

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