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Cottrell, Carlson honored by national federation

Conway Springs assistant football coach Fred Cottrell and Iola girls basketball coach Becky Carlson are being inducted into the National High School Athletic Coaches Association next month.

Cottrell is a longtime assistant football coach at Conway Springs and Douglass. He was with Mark Bliss when the coach brought the single-wing offense to Conway Springs and turned that program into one of the state’s best. Cottrell has coached boys and girls basketball and track, as well.

Carlson spent 20-plus years at Hillsboro as its girls coach and most recently won a Class 4A title at Iola in 2006.