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One of the City League's best coaches lands junior-college job

One of the best coaches in City League basketball history, Antwain Scales, has accepted the girls basketball coaching position at Colby Community College. He leaves South with 152 wins in seven seasons.
One of the best coaches in City League basketball history, Antwain Scales, has accepted the girls basketball coaching position at Colby Community College. He leaves South with 152 wins in seven seasons. The Wichita Eagle

Antwain Scales has achieved one of his goals, but it comes with a bittersweet feel.

Scales has accepted the coaching position at Colby Community College after seven illustrious seasons with the South High girls basketball program.

"I feel torn," Scales said. "My home is South."

South won four straight Class 6A state championships under Scales from 2013-16. He took over a program with two wins in three seasons and turned it into one of the most dominant programs in Kansas girls basketball history.

Scales thanked his former players, fans and administration for their constant support.

"I'll always be an advocate for South," he said. "It will always truly resonate with me, the people I'm leaving there."

Scales was 152-18 as coach of the Titans. He sent numerous players on to play Division I basketball and placed even more onto All-State teams.

"It's kinda like the New England Patriots, where they expect you to lose because they just get so tired of you winning," Scales said. "I think we got to that point."

Scales takes over at Colby in a down period, much like he did at South. Colby finished the 2017-18 season 5-26, including 3-23 in conference play.

It is a daunting challenge, but so was coaching at South. Scales said he is ready for his next chapter.

"College and high school are two different kind of animals," he said. "It is a major, major step, and I do realize that."

In a battle of unbeatens, Wichita South girls beat Derby 48-34 in the title game of the Free State tournament on Jan. 30, 2016. Highlights and interviews with South's Kendrian Elliott, Kyla Callins and Antwain Scales. (Video by Joanna Chadwick of

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