Mary Lea Jabara
(April 6, 1929 - March 1, 2012)
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Jabara, Mary, was born April 6, 1929 in Coldwater, KS to Michael and Julia Jabara and died Thursday, March 1, 2012. Of nine siblings, Mary is survived by her sister, Martha Sharp. Mary was very close to her family, and for many years ninety-plus Jabaras have met annually at her home for their family reunion. With her fine cooking, she also made a haven for her many friends. Mary was an actress, theater director, artist and teacher. Her sister said, “Mary could do anything from build a stage set to paint a house.” She was an “Auntie Mame” to her nieces and nephews and a treasured “Miss J.” to her students. In the early 1980’s Mary and her friend Carol Hill started “From the Studio” offering art/craft shows and good food from their “Studio in the Woods.” Others have joined the group through the years, and until recently, Mary has been actively producing jewelry and helping to “stage the show.” Family and close friends are invited to her home on Sunday, March 11th from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m., a time for remembering. Memorial established with the Mary Jabara Artist Fund at Southwest National Bank – Indian Hills Branch, 2700 W. 13th, Wichita, KS 67203.
ESPNHS Boys' Basketball: Wichita Heights state record win streak
There’s been documented high school basketball games in Kansas for 101 years, and one of the state’s most hallowed records fell Tuesday night after POWERADE FAB 50
No. 10 Heights (Wichita, Kan.) defeated Bishop Carroll (Wichita, Kan.) 54-42.
With McDonald’s All-American
and Kansas signee Perry Ellis
scoring 19 points and pulling down 13 rebounds, Heights won its 60th straight game to break the previous state mark of 59 set in 1994 by Moundridge.
Ellis and teammate Terrence Moore have been involved in all of the 60 wins.
Coach Joe Auer’s team will now focus on trying to extend another streak by winning a fourth consecutive Class 6A state championship.
Winning streak notes on other FAB 50 teams
1. The 39-game win streak by No. 1 Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.), which includes Monday's 75-69 victory over Quality Education (Winston-Salem, N.C.), is not a school record. The Warrior school record of 65 in a row was set from 2000-02, including a 33-0 mark by the 2001 national title team.
2. The 53-game win streak by No. 3 St. Anthony (Jersey City, N.J.) is not a school record, either. The Friars won 65 in a row from 1995-97, including a 31-0 mark in 1996 when they were crowned national champ. Both marks are far short of the state and national record of 159 consecutive wins posted by Passaic (N.J.) from 1919-25.
3. The 48-game win streak by No. 4 Chester (Pa.) is a school record, but is still 20 wins shy of the state mark of 68 posted by West Philadelphia (Pa.) from 1976-78. That included the 30-0 record that the 1977 team piled up on its way to being a mythical national champion.
McDonald's All-Americans lead FAB 50 teams
Nine FAB 50-ranked teams are anchored by McDonald's All-American Game selections.
No. 1 Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.)
-- Tyler Lewis
, a 5-foot-11 point guard and North Carolina State recruit.
No. 2 Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.
) -- Brandon Ashley
, a 6-foot-9 power forward and Arizona recruit plus Anthony Bennett
, a 6-foot-7 uncommitted wing forward.
No. 3 St. Anthony (Jersey City, N.J.)
-- Kyle Anderson
, a 6-foot-8 guard and UCLA recruit.
No. 5 Marcus (Flower Mound, Texas)
-- Marcus Smart
, a 6-foot-4 guard and Oklahoma State recruit.
No. 10 Wichita Heights (Wichita, Kan.)
-- Perry Ellis
, a 6-foot-8 power forward and Kansas recruit.
No. 14 Grace Prep (Arlington, Texas)
-- Isaiah Austin
, a 7-foot center and Baylor recruit.
No. 18 Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas)
-- Shabazz Muhammad
, a 6-foot-6 uncommitted forward.
No. 31 Hamilton Southeastern (Fishers, Ind.)
-- Gary Harris
, a 6-foot-4 guard and Michigan State recruit.
2013 McDonald’s All-Americans on FAB 50 teams?
Not all the top teams are led by seniors, of course. Some juniors appear primed to star in the contest next year. Here’s some top Class of 2013 players representing FAB 50 ranked teams:
No. 4 Chester (Pa.)
– Rondae Jefferson
, a 6-foot-6 forward
No. 6 Simeon (Chicago)
– Jabari Parker
, a 6-foot-8 forward who is No. 1 in the ESPNU Super 60.
No. 13 Prestonwood Christian (Plano, Texas)
– Julius Randle
, a 6-foot-9 forward
No. 28 Olympic (Charlotte)
– Allerik Freeman
, a 6-foot-4 guard
No. 29 Salesian (Richmond, Calif.)
– Jabari Bird
, a 6-foot-6 guard
No. 40 Fort Bend Travis (Richmond, Texas)
– Andrew Harrison
, a 6-foot-5 point guard, and his twin brother, Aaron Harrison
, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard
Spotlight Player of the Week
Coleman Johnson, Paul VI (Fairfax, Va.)
The 6-foot-6 senior forward had a game to remember in a thrill-packed 85-83 double-overtime victory over Washington Catholic Athletic Conference rival Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.).
Johnson, a Fairfield University recruit who averages 11.8 points game, scored a career-high 33 points and collected 16 rebounds to power the Panthers. He nailed his first career 3-pointer, which tied the game with six seconds left in the first overtime, then added the go-ahead basket in the second extra frame.
Johnson's 33-point effort also boosted his career total past the 1,000-point mark. He was named the team’s MVP last season as a junior.
The victory was the 11th straight for the Panthers and helped keep them at No. 9 in this week’s rankings.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Wichita Heights High School, known locally as Heights, is a coeducational secondary school located in Wichita, Kansas, USA, serving students in grades 9-12. The school is part of the USD 259 public school system. The school principal is Mr. Bruce Deterding, who replaced Mr. Mark Christian after Christian retired in 2006. The school colors are red and black.
Wichita Heights High School was established in 1961 in order to help educate the growing population of Wichita, Kansas. The school was originally approved, planned and built as Wichita Heights Rural School District Number 192 to serve the districts of Bridgeport, Kechi, Kechi Center, Riverside, and Riverview. No secondary school existed at the time for these districts. Prior to its construction, students were placed into other Wichita area schools. Construction of the school began in 1959 and was finished two years later in 1961, in time for the school year.
Wichita Heights is a member of the Kansas State High School Activities Association and offers a variety of sports programs. Athletic teams compete in the 6A division and are known as the "Falcons". Extracurricular activities are also offered in the form of performing arts, school publications, and clubs. Notable alumni of the school include MLB Pitcher Mike Pelfrey, former NBA player, Darnell Valentine and serial killer, Dennis Rader, the BTK Killer.
Wichita Heights High School was originally approved, planned and built as Wichita Heights Rural School District Number 192, to serve the districts of Bridgeport, Kechi, Kechi Center, Riverside, and Riverview. No secondary school existed at the time for these districts; prior to its construction students were placed into other Wichita area schools. Construction of the school started in 1959, and was finished two years later in 1961 in time for the school year. In July 1963, the school became a part of the Wichita Public Schools. In 1983, Wichita Heights was designated an urban overflow school due to the increasing populations of other inner city Wichita Public Schools.
The Falcons compete in the Greater Wichita Athletic League and are classified as a 6A school, the largest classification in Kansas according to the Kansas State High School Activities Association. Throughout its history, Wichita Heights has won twelve state championships in various sports. Several graduates have gone on to participate in collegiate and professional athletics. The football team won a state championship in 2010 against Olathe North High School on November 27, 2010 by a score of 48-14.
 State championships
||Number of Championships
||1968, 1976, 2011
||1977, 2009, 2010, 2011
||1979, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2011
Wichita Heights High School offers the following sports:
- Boys Cross-Country
- Girls Cross-Country
- Girls Golf
- Boys Soccer
- Girls Tennis
- Boys Basketball
- Girls Basketball
- Boys Bowling
- Girls Bowling
- Winter Cheerleading
- Boys Golf
- Boys Tennis
- Girls Soccer
- Girls Swimming/Diving
- Boys Track and Field
- Girls Track and Field
 Notable alumni
- Class of 1963: Dennis Lynn Rader, the "BTK killer"
- Class of 1968: Stephen D. Hill, Kansas Court of Appeals
- Class of 1972: Cynthia Sikes, Miss Kansas
- Class of 1975: Mark Parkinson, former Kansas Governor
- Class of 1977: Darnell Valentine, NBA player
- Class of 1979: Antoine Carr, NBA player
- Class of 1990: Darren Dreifort, former Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher
- Class of 1998: Danny Roew, film director
- Class of 1999: Shaun Smith, NFL player
- Class of 2002: Mike Pelfrey, a New York Mets pitcher
- Class of 2003: Xzavie Jackson, an Edmonton Eskimos Defensive Lineman
 See also
- Wichita Public High Schools
- Wichita Private High Schools
 External links
Falcons reunion 30 years in the making
By Josh Heck, Bel Aire Breeze 3/07
Winston Moore remembers that season like it was yesterday.
How could he forget?
Moore was a member of the 1976-77 Wichita Heights team that is quite possibly the best in the history of Kansas high school basketball.
Coached by Lafayette Norwood and led by two future NBA players, Darnell Valentine and Antoine Carr, that Falcons team took the state by storm en route to a 23-0 record and a state championship.
Heights breezed through the season, winning by an average of 33 points per game, and the Falcons won state by taking down the defending state champion Kansas City Wyandotte in a similar manner, cruising to a 92-52 win.
No wonder the 46-year-old Moore will always remember that magical season.
“It was a fun season,” he said.
A guard, Moore was in his junior season at Heights when the Falcons made their thrilling run.
Though his varsity time was limited that year, Moore made the most of his chances to contribute. He said he scored points in nearly every varsity game in which he played, including the state championship game.
“I felt I was an integral part of the team,” he said.
Despite playing limited minutes on the varsity squad during his junior year, Moore boasted a 20-points per game average for the junior varsity team.
Moore played one more season at Heights, which ended in the state tournament after a loss to Salina South, before playing basketball for two seasons at Johnson County Community College.
He now lives in Wichita, works at Spirit Aerosystems and is married and has a 19-year-old son.
The 1976-77 season was the last time a Heights boys’ basketball team won the state title, but that championship was the first in a five-year run of City League teams winning it all and was one of 24 titles overall, dating back to 1970.
As the 30th anniversary of that storybook season nears, plans for a reunion have been in the works.
The Heights Booster Organization is sponsoring a reunion weekend March 16 and 17.
Those interested will have an opportunity March 16 at Heights High School to meet and greet the players from the 1976-77 team. The will start at 6 p.m. and is open to the public. There is no charge to attend, but donations will be accepted to help cover the cost of the reunion.
The March 17 festivities shift to the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame, 238 N. Mead in Wichita, for tours of the facility beginning at noon, and culminating with recognition of the team around 3:30 p.m. Each member of the team will be presented with a piece of the gym floor they played on and a photo of the team will be featured at the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame.
The cost for this portion is $5.
“It’s going to be a neat deal,” Moore said.
Some members of the ’76-77 team were also recognized Feb. 16 between the boys’ and girls’ basketball games when Heights took on Wichita West.
Yes, Moore and the others who were a part of the team that is hailed as the best team in the history of Kansas high school basketball will never forget the 1976-77 season.
“We all are proud of that,” he said.
The ’76-77 WichitaHeights Falcons
Perseverance pays in Heights' run for second straight title
The Heights High School girls' basketball team celebrates a Class 6A state title March 10 in Emporia. The Falcons beat Olathe South, ending a 24-1 season.
by Randy Fisher, Bel Aire Breeze, 4/07
Goals are necessary in life. They force you to focus on where you need to be at certain steps along your life's journey. Without them, most of us would drift aimlessly, wondering just where we are supposed to be today.
During our journey, we learn important lessons about ourselves and life. We learn to adapt to the ever-changing world around us.
For the 2006-07 Wichita Heights girls' basketball team, they had well-defined goals before they ever took to the court. An undefeated season, another Class 6A state championship, and a national champtionship. That all changed in December when they lost unexpectedly in the first round of the For Smith (Ark.) Tournament of Champions.
Through the rest of the season, the Falcons worked hard toward their remaining goal--a second straight state championship. They achieved that March 10 with a convincing 54-34 victory over Olathe South. It was their 23rd staight win and capped a 24-1 season.
It wasn't so much the end result as the manner in which they won. For the third straight game, the Falcons fell behind, trailing 13-3 early in the second quarter.
"In the first quarter we just couldn't get any shots to fall," said Heights coach Kip Pulliam. "We persevered, got through it, and were happy with 17-17 at halftime."
Persevere to overcome an adverse situation. Something we all do every day.
Senior Savannah Ellis got into early foul trouble, but she had confidence in her teammates on the bench.
"They stepped up and kept the game steady until I came back in," she said.
Pulliam never hesitates to use his bench. Players like seniors Bregail Evans, Lysey Maple, Portia Williams, Allie Bufford and Brittany Banks "step up and keep the game steady" for the Falcons.
"They all come in and do their job," he said. "They're not going to do anything great, but they're going to do everything fundamentally sound."
These girls aren't stars; they are role players. Role players are with us every day. We need them for our success. They may not get the glory but their importance in helping us reach our goals should never be underestimated.
Basketball has taught the Falcons lessons about life.
"I think it makes me a stronger person to be able to come here and work hard for five months to reach a goal," Ellis said.
"We've grown a lot since the first time we came here my sophomore year," said senior Shekeira Copeland. "We just build more as a team and as a family."
Goals. Adversity. Perseverance. Role Players. Keep the game steady. Stronger person. Team and family. Words like these are music to Pulliams' ears.
"I think they've learned something in life," Pulliam said of this team. "They are so close, they're like family and they fight sometimes like brothers and sisters, but they make up and have each other's back.
"From basketball they've learned discipline and that will come in handy in life."
Players remember magical season
During the Heights basketball team's reunion, Antoine Carr, left, jokes with Randy Mullins about basketball practices back in their high school days.
by Josh Heck, Bel Aire Breeze 4/07
Antoine Carr called it the best team he ever played on.
That's saying a lot, especially when you consider he played four years of major college basketball and 17 seasons in the NBA.
Of all Carr had to choose from, he picked one of his high school teams as his all-time best.
Well, this wasn't just any team. It was the 1976-77 Wichita Heights team that went 23-0 en route to a state championship and is hailed by many as the best team in the history of Kansas boys' basketball.
Carr and the rest of that championship team were honored March 16 and 17 during a reunion weekend.
"This is my team," he said. "This is probably the best team I have ever played on including some of the NBA teams I played for. These guys are the best, always have been."
The memories of that magical run to the top were rekindled as the team was reunited March 16 during a reception at Heights High School.
Members of the '76-77 team greeted each other with hugs and handshakes, and in several instances, introduced their family members. It was a time to catch up on days gone by.
Other players said they were glad to be reunited with the team.
Winston Moore said he couldn't believe everyone was together again. Randy Mullins was equally as thrilled, calling the reunion "amazing."
Later, as the team was introduced, it received a warm ovation from those in attendance.
Carr said he already knew the '76-77 team was something special, but often when thinking about that team, he looks at a lot of things that might get overlooked.
"The camaraderie is the main thing," he said. "We hung together, went to church together. That's something a lot of teams don't do."
Just as Carr deemed the 1976-77 Heights basketball team the best he played for, he also said the same for his former coach, Lafayette Norwood.
Carr attributes the team's togetherness and strong bond on and off the court to Norwood.
"It was all from coach Norwood," Carr said.
The 1976-77 championship team was inducted to the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame March 17 and each member of the team was given a piece of the gym floor that they played on.