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Adolph Rupp, known as The Baron of Basketball, is the man for which the Adolph Rupp Invitational Basketball Tournament is named.  Beginning in 1970, the tournament continues today in Rupp’s hometown of Halstead. The Rupp Tournament has hosted many teams in the past 40 years: Hesston, Peabody, Hillsboro, Goddard, Ellsworth, Mulvane, Sacred Heart, Central Christian, Little River, Gossel, Burrton, S.E. Saline, Clearwater, Stafford, Cheney, Pretty Prairie, Trinity, Lyons, Douglas, and Ulysses, to name just a few. This is the 43rd tournament honoring the Baron.

The ‘Halstead Connection’
Rupp was born just outside Halstead to Mennonite German immigrants, the fourth of six children. He grew up on a 163-acre farm which his father (Heinrich) homesteaded.  He first became interested in the sport of basketball at an early age when Halstead won the first of two consecutive Kansas State High School titles (1908, 1909).  According to interviews, he and his brothers stuffed rags into a gunnysack which his mother sewed up to use as a basketball on the family farm. Later, after growing to a sturdy 6-foot-2, Rupp starred on his Halstead High School team, averaging over 19 points a game in both his junior and senior years. Rupp also served as team captain and unofficial coach. 
After his 1919 graduation from Halstead High School, Rupp attended the University of Kansas.  Rupp was a reserve on the basketball team under legendary coach Dr. Forrest “Phog” Allen from 1919 to 1923.  In Rupp's junior and senior college seasons (1921-22 and 1922-23), KU had outstanding basketball squads. Later, both of these standout KU teams would be awarded the Helms National Championship, recognizing the Jayhawks as the top team in the nation during those seasons.

Kentucky Logo A Coaching Legacy
After graduation, Rupp looked for opportunities in banking but soon opted to take a teaching and coaching job at Burr Oak High School here in Kansas.  Disappointed in the facilities in Burr Oak, he later moved to Marshalltown, Iowa where he coached wrestling, a sport he knew nothing about at the time and learned from a book.
Adolph RuppIn 1926-29, Rupp accepted the basketball head coaching position at Freeport (Illinois) High School, where he also taught history and economics. He stayed at Freeport for four years, building a total record of 66-17 and guiding his team to a third-place finish in the 1929 state tournament.
Rupp’s destiny was fulfilled when accepted a job to coach at the University of Kentucky in 1930. His Wildcat teams won 4 NCAA National Championships (1948, 1949, 1951, 1958) and one NIT title in 1946.  His teams appeared in 6 Finals Fours, captured 27 Southeastern Conference regular season titles, and won 13 SEC tournaments. Rupp's Kentucky teams also finished ranked #1 on 6 occasions in the final AP college basketball poll.  Further, both Rupp's 1933 and 1954 Kentucky squads were awarded the Helms National Championship.  Four times he was chosen the national coach of the year.
Rupp's teams set an NCAA record by winning 129 consecutive games at home. His up-tempo style helped to revolutionize the sport, and Kentucky's success moved the game toward big-time national exposure. When Rupp retired in 1972, he had established a career record of 876 - 190, which was later broken by North Carolina's Dean Smith and Texas Tech’s Bobby Knight and Duke's Mike Mike Krzyzewski who is now the NCAA winnest coach of all time.  He coached 42 years at the UK, winning 82 percent of his games. The Adolph Rupp Trophy, named in Rupp's honor, has been awarded annually since 1972 by the Associated Press to the best player in men's college basketball.
Rupp died at age 76 in Lexington, Kentucky, on December 10, 1977, the very night UK defeated his alma mater, Kansas, at Allen Fieldhouse.  Fittingly, the game that night was promoted as "Adolph Rupp Night", in honor of Rupp.
A little more than a year before his death, the Wildcats moved from their 12,000 seat on-campus arena, Memorial Coliseum, to the (then) new 24,000 seat Rupp Arena. The arena continues to play host to Kentucky home games.  In addition, there have been numerous NCAA tournament games played in Rupp Arena over the years, including the 1985 men's Final Four.

A Tradition Continues
The 40th edition of the Adolph Rupp Invitational Basketball Tournament features perennial teams Andale (since 1995), Cheney (since 1976), Garden Plain (since 1979), Haven (since 1979), Rose Hill (since 1997), and host Halstead (since 1970).  Douglas began coming to the Rupp in 2012 and Moundridge in 2008. 
On December 5, 2008, Rupp was inducted as a charter member of the inaugural Halstead High School Hall of Fame.  Several extended family members attended the Hall of Fame events, and Adolph Rupp, Jr. sent an audio taped message that evening.
Halstead High School is very proud to host the Rupp Tournament.  We believe that the communities currently in the tournament represent excellence in a variety of ways. In addition, teams are followed well by their fan base regardless of their record.  Thank you for your contribution in making this Rupp Tournament another good one. 

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2012 RUPP

All Tournament Team All Academic Team
Hunter Knoblauch       Andale Cooper Wedel      Moundridge
Daniel Kihle              Andale           Daniel Ratzlaff Moundridge
Andrew Bergkamp    Andale         Austin Shaffer   Rose Hill
Gabe Schomacker    Cheney            Koal Gibson  Douglass
Ronnie Sobanek        Douglass        Nick Mannebach Garden Plain
Josh Becker             Garden Plain             Gage Scheer Cheney
Andrew Pjesky          Halstead         Cash Kramer   Cheney
Luke Johnson             Haven             Jed Beachy Haven
Trey Unrau              Moundridge             Ben Seiler Andale
Luke Willson            Rose Hill       Cole Meierhoff   Andale

 Our All Tournament teams rank higher than most other regular season tournments. We have had many players at this tournament that have gone on to Division I Basketball or that have played college athletics in other sports.        

MVP: Trey Unrau - Moundridge   

Three Point: Andrew Pjesky - Halstead

Free Throw: Trey Unrau - Moundridge

Sportsmanship Award: Moundridge

First Round
Moundridge 70 – Haven 53
Cheney 63 – Halstead 48                                                            
Andale 53 – Rose Hill 42
Garden Plain 53 – Douglass 51                                                                   


Winners Bracket                                                                                    
Moundridge 64 – Cheney 62                                                          
Andale 51 – Garden Plain 39
Losers Bracket
Haven 61 – Halstead 56
Rose Hill 61 – Douglass 58

7th Place                                                                                     
Douglass 55 – Halstead 51    

5th Place                                                                     
Haven 50 – Rose Hill 42

3rd Place
Garden Plain 51 – Cheney 43

Andale 70 – Moundridge 57       

2013 RUPP

All Tournament Team All Academic Team
So. Hunter Knoblauch 6'0'' Andale Sr. Ben Seiler 6'4'' Andale
Sr. Ben Seiler 6'4'' Andale Jr. John Gardner 6'2'' Douglass
Sr. Gerad Deaver 6'6'' Andale Jr. Cody Holthaus 6'5'' Douglass
Sr. Gabe Schomacker 6'4'' Cheney Sr. Micheal Panek 6'1'' Garden Plain
Jr. Cody Holthaus 6'5'' Douglass Sr. Jed Beachy 5'11'' Haven
Jr. Chase Banister 5'9'' Douglass Jr. Tony Wagler 5'10'' Haven
Jr. Anthony Santiago 5'7'' Halstead Sr. Tyler Kaufman 6'0'' Moundridge
Sr. Luke Johnson 6'3'' Haven Sr. Danial Ratzlaff 5'9'' Moundridge
Sr. Daniel Ratzlaff 5'9'' Moundridge Sr. Wyatt Clark 6'1'' Rose Hill
Jr. Bret Waddell 6'4'' Rose Hill Sr. TJ Slade 5'11'' Rose Hill

Our All Tournament teams rank higher than most other regular season tournments. We have had many players at this tournament that have gone on to Division I Basketball or that have played college athletics in other sports.                                        

*MVP*=Gabe Schomacker - Cheney

*Three Point*= Cameron Hill - Cheney

*Free Throw*= Jed Beachy - Haven

*Sportsmanship Award*= Halstead

First Round

(1)Cheney 49 - (8)Rose Hill 60
(2)Haven 52 - (7)Garden Plain 57                                                           
(3)Andale 80 - (6)Douglass 61
(4)Moundridge 54 - (5)Halstead 39                                                                                                      


Winners Bracket
(4)Moundridge 53 - (8)Rose Hill
(3)Andale 52 - (7)Garden Plain 25
Losers Bracket
(1)Cheney 83 - (5)Halstead 73
(2)Haven 40 - (6)Douglass 57                                                                                    

7th Place                                                                                     
(2)Haven 60 - (5)Halstead 54                                                                                                  

5th Place     
(1)Cheney 70 - (6)Douglass 50                                                                

3rd Place
(7)Garden Plain 26 - (8) Rose Hill 45

(3)Andale 64 -
(4)Moundridge 46

2013 Rupp Pictures



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