Patrick Richardson

Managing Editor

Columbus Unified High School Head Baseball Coach Scott Quinly has been named the Southeast Kansas League Baseball Coach of the year.

Quinly coached his Titans to a 15-6 overall record and a first-ever SEK League Title. The Titans tied with Pittsburg for League honors.

“I tip my hat to my kids,” Quinly said. “I won that award because of them.”

Quinly’s team ended their season in the second round of regional play against Independence.

Quinly said his team’s success this year was not any one thing  but “three years of building on things.”

“It’s a definite testament to the kids and the work they put in,” he said. “They’ve been buying the things my assistant coaches and I have been selling.”

Three of Quinly’s players, seniors Chase Leonard, Taylor Spear and Jaden Tedlock made the All-SEK first team and Juniors Tanner Grant and Trevor McLaughlin made the second team.

Additionally, Leonard made the All-State first team.

Quinly said it will be difficult to replace some of the players he’s losing next year, but added with nine seniors starting next season he expects to win some ball games.