Iola baseball dynasty nears end



July 31, 2019 - 10:40 AM

From left, Derek Bycroft, Kane Rogers, Coach Luke Bycroft and Isaac Vink were a part of the RiverTree T-ball team in 2007. The three youths have been crucial to Iola baseball success in recent years. REGISTER/ERICK MITCHELL

In 2007, Luke Bycroft was head coach of the RiverTree T-ball team. Bycroft’s goal was to instill a love and passion for the game of baseball that could be carried on for years to come. Little did he know, this team would be the breeding ground for something bigger. 

On that team of 12 years ago were Derek Bycroft, Kane Rogers, Isaac Vink and Ethan Tavarez — four future 4A-II Kansas State Champions and current AA Indians that intend to bring the city of Iola its first AAA American Legion State Championship.

The road to becoming a baseball powerhouse has been a long and winding one, with many different figureheads. Coach Bycroft is one of the many pieces of the puzzle.

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