Playing the waiting game

A couple of familiar faces are in new places for the high school basketball season. Now, Iola head coach Kelsey Johnson and Marmaton Valley coach Becky Carlson must wait to find out when the season will start.



November 20, 2020 - 3:38 PM

Iola High Fillies head basketball coach Kelsey Johnson addresses her players at practice this week. Photo by Richard Luken / Iola Register

Kelsey Johnson’s first full week of practice as head basketball coach at Iola High School has been an exhaustive one.

It started at the stroke of midnight Monday morning, and continued with two-a-day sessions.

Johnson, who ascended to the head coaching job after working the past three years as an assistant, has had to work without a full roster as some of her players have battled illness, injury or COVID-19-mandated quarantines.

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