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  • Tim Crone: Hines leaves lasting legacy at Blue Springs

  • With recent events that unfolded at Arrowhead it would be easy to develop a negative impression of the role of sports in our society. Thank goodness the positives far outnumber the negatives.

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  • With recent events that unfolded at Arrowhead it would be easy to develop a negative impression of the role of sports in our society. Thank goodness the positives far outnumber the negatives.
    Two weeks ago the Blue Springs Wildcats won their fourth state football championship. One of the big reasons for the success of Blue Springs in both football and baseball is directly related to Coach Marc Hines. He is retiring as football offensive coordinator and head baseball coach.
    He has coached in eight state championship games while at Blue Springs. In six of those, the Wildcats emerged as champs. Coach Hines has chosen to steer clear of the limelight – not appearing to require any accolades for his remarkable record.
    He has been an institution at Blue Springs High School for 30-plus years. His nickname “Old Bud” lovingly caught on with coaches and players alike.
    I had the good fortune to coach and teach with Marc for twenty-three years. He is unrivaled in my career as someone the students totally respected and loved. He was not only great as a coach but was a tremendous teacher of life lessons.
    He was considered “The Man” with all the special education kids in the school. Coach Hines would take the entire special program kids to assist with setting up the field every home game. He would have them all dressed head to toe in purple and gold. They would ALL be pumped up for Fridays.
    He was an absolute master at setting up small successes that would eventually add up to a major success. The foundation he would build in practice would carry over to success at game time. Coach Hines has a marvelous knack for turning practice into fun. His players have been able to see how seemingly small tasks ultimately equate to personal and team success.
    He has dealt with young people honestly and directly – he allowed mistakes and reinforced accomplishments. His demands came through love and respect and because of that received love and respect from every individual in the program. What a confidence builder?!
    Marc Hines will always be fondly remembered as “Old Bud” and will be remembered for the life lessons he taught every day in the classroom and on the playing field. His retirement is part of the life cycle, but his legacy and the tradition he built will forever remain a part of the Blue Springs Wildcats.
    n I am excited to be able to personally see the BCS National Championship game in January in Miami as Alabama meets Notre Dame. These are two of the greatest programs in college history. Does it get any better?
    n Coach Bill Self and the Kansas Jayhawks may have their hands full to repeat as Big 12 champs. Baylor’s victory at Kentucky appears to place them squarely in line to challenge KU.
    Page 2 of 2 - n I will be glad when the NCAA ditches the BCS for the two-semifinalist format. The East and West Coast media gurus made it obvious they are glad Kansas State lost to Baylor!
    n My quote this week is from former major league bseball manager Haywood Sullivan: “In all your endeavors, both present and future, remember to have the courage of your convictions.”
     
     
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