College Sports

Central assistant might miss tourney

Basketball has taken a bit of a backseat at Andover Central this week. Even though both boys and girls team advanced to the Class 5A tournament, which begins today with the boys at Topeka's Kansas Expocentre.

On Sunday night, boys assistant coach Kyle Taylor had a seizure, and a small growth was found in his head. Taylor, 25, is planning to have surgery to remove the growth on Monday.

"He wants to come up to the state tournament," Andover Central boys coach Jesse Herrmann said."... He wants to make the trip up, but I think it's a game-time decision. If he comes, his dad will probably bring him."

Andover Central (20-2) plays Topeka West (14-8) at 8:15 tonight.

"We met with (the players) before practice on Monday, let them know what happened, that we'd be going to see Coach Taylor," Herrmann said. "They were concerned. They understand that they still have to play the game, nothing changes in that regard, but they're very concerned."

It's been difficult for the coaching staff, too. Taylor has been an assistant for three years.

"He's such a great guy," Herrmann said. "It doesn't have much to do with basketball. It's more of a thing that he's become a real friend.... Our coaching staff and team are praying for him and his family.

"Basketball is very secondary when something like this comes up."