Hayden Catholic High School announces first Hall of Fame inductees


Ben Meseke, Rick Strecker, Ken McGarity, University of Maryland Head Basketball Coach Mark Turgeon and the late Ken Bueltel will be the first five inductees into the Hayden Catholic High School Hall of Fame.

Hayden revealed the names of the inductees in a recent press release after accepting nominations from the public from June 15 to July 31.

A Hall of Fame dinner will be held on Saturday, Dec. 4 at the school, 401 SW Gage Blvd., according to the release. Details will be announced later.

Hayden is a Roman Catholic high school founded in 1911. Hayden Catholic High School and the Hayden High School Foundation sponsor the Hall of Fame, which recognizes individuals in four categories: contributor, alumni achievements, athletic achievement / student activities, and student achievement. staff.

“These people serve as role models and examples of success for future students, staff and supporters,” the school said.

The release identified the inductees as follows:

• Turgeon, who is in his 11th season as the head basketball coach for the University of Maryland. Turgeon was chosen in the Sports performance / student activity category. A member of the Hayden Class of 1983, Turgeon helped the Hayden boys’ basketball team win back-to-back Class 4A State Championships in 1982 and 1983. Turgeon played for the University of the Kansas, Larry Brown, in the NCAA Final Four in 1986. After graduating in 1987, he took a position with the team and helped them win the NCAA basketball tournament. in 1988. Turgeon was inducted into the Topeka / Shawnee County Sports Council Hall of Fame in 2009.

• Meseke, who was chosen in the Hayden Staff Achievement category. During his tenure as the Hayden Boys’ Basketball Head Coach, the school contested 13 state tournaments in the State Class 4A tournament, winning six league titles, including one won in the a perfect season ended in 1983. Meseke was inducted into Kansas Basketball. Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2010 and Topeka / Shawnee County Sports Council Hall of Fame in 2013. During his two decades at Hayden from 1973 to 1997, he also coached 19 of the 20 cross-country teams for qualify for the state competition. . These teams have won six other state championships. Meseke also taught mathematics, including advanced courses in algebra and geometry, for 23 years. Towards the end of his Hayden career, he was the deputy principal of the school.

• Bueltel, who was also chosen in the Hayden Staff Achievement category. Bueltel was the Hayden boys’ head basketball coach from 1953 to 1972, compiling a record of 309-152. He was inducted into the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1988 and the Topeka / Shawnee County Sports Council Hall of Fame in 2011. Nicknamed “The Silver Fox,” Bueltel was considered a trailblazer among coaches for his use of the quick break and full press. He has also taught history, served as sports director, and was instrumental in raising contributions to fund the construction in the early 1970s of the Ken Bueltel activity complex in Hayden. Bueltel died in 1989 at the age of 62.

• Strecker, who was chosen in the Hayden Alumni Achievement category. A Hayden Class of 1976, Strecker, in his final year, served as student council president and athlete of the year. He then taught physics and chemistry at Hayden and served as school president for almost two decades. Strecker has also served as a head basketball coach and a women’s track and field coach, winning five state championships.

• McGarity, who was chosen in the Contributors Achievement category. The father of four Hayden graduates, McGarity volunteered at Hayden from 1977 to 2017, contributing more than 16,000 volunteer hours in capacities that included selling concessions and spirit clothing and participating in fundraising. PACE school fund (Parents & Alumni for Catholic Education) Auction. Ken helped implement PACE and was its treasurer until his retirement in 2017. He was also active with Hayden Bingo and was assistant to the director for several years.

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