A familiar name will not be coaching high school basketball in the area next season.

A familiar name will not be coaching high school basketball in the area next season.
“It was time to leave,” Mark Scanlon said of retiring after 30 years as a teacher and coach, including the last 22 years at Raytown High School.
He, however, has not lost his desire to coach basketball.
“I will reappear next year in the metropolitan area,” he said, not naming the school or organization.
He compiled a stellar 335-233 record at Raytown with six conference and four district titles. His 1994-95 and 2007-2008 teams were his greatest, going 27-1 each. Each defeat came in the state quarterfinals.
However, the Jays, much to Scanlon’s disappointment, never advanced to the state semifinals.
“Maybe I’ll do it with my next team,” he said.
He will remain coaching in Missouri.
His overall record was 511-301. He coached one year at Bunceton, three at Bucklin and four at Mexico before coming to Raytown. His greatest player was Tyronn Lue, who went on to play at Nebraska and then with several NBA teams.
His brother, Jim, is the head boys basketball coach at Columbia Rock Bridge and also had over 500 victories.
“It was a great experience,” he said of his tenure at Raytown. “We had some great players. What stands out is the relationships I have built with the players and our hecklers – or student body. I think we have the best fans on the Missouri side, and they have given our school a positive feeling.”
Scanlon also relinquished his duties as the softball coach. That position has been filled by his assistant, Warren Strickland.
Interviews for the basketball job are scheduled to end Friday.
Speaking of Raytown, the new turf fields at the district’s two high schools are expected to be completed in August, despite numerous delays because of the rainy spring.
The fields will be able to drain 10 inches of rain per hour and also will be used for soccer, band practice and physical education classes.
Installation of the field has begun at Raytown and will begin in mid-July at Raytown South. Drainage pipes and a rock base are already in place.
Raytown South will continue to play home football games at Chittwood Stadium at Raytown High School.
• Missouri Class 4 baseball state champion Fort Zumwalt South is listed No. 25 in the nation and No. 5 in the Midwest in the final USA Today rankings.
The team went 28-6 and defeated Lee’s Summit North 8-4 in the state championship game in Springfield.