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Tennis courts named for longtime coach Shannon Schartz
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The west tennis courts at Veterans Memorial Park are in use Monday afternoon. The Great Bend City Council Monday night approved naming the courts in honor of longtime local tennis coach Shannon Schartz. - photo by DALE HOGG Great Bend Tribune

In other business Monday night, the Great Bend City Council:

• Approved the revised Neighborhood Revitalization Program. This is a tax incentive program to help with residential and commercial property improvements and covers most of Great Bend for either five or 10 years. 

• Authorized a request from the Great Bend High School class of 1967 to bring into and consume cereal malt beverages in Jack Kilby Square from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 9, for the class’s 50th reunion. No beer will be sold on site.

• Approved a $750 sponsorship for the Cinco De Mayo celebration set for May 6 at Jack Kilby Square. This marks the second year event organizers have requested financial help from the city. Last year, the city gave $1,000, but under the condition that the amount could be tapered off in the future.

• Approved abatements at: 617 3rd St., accumulation of refuse, owned by Guadalupe Hernandez; 513 3rd St. accumulation of refuse, owned by Yoselin Hernandez; 41 3rd St., accumulation of refuse, owned by David Ellis and Elizabeth Stambaugh; 105 3rd St., accumulation of refuse, owned by David, Terry and Adam Chartier; and 201 Walnut St., motor vehicle nuisance, owned by Salvador Miranda Gonzalez.

 In recognition of his years of dedication to local tennis and local youth, the Great Bend City Council Monday night approved naming the west tennis courts at Veterans Memorial Park in honor of longtime coach Shannon Schartz.

The action was taken upon the request of Chase Buntain, a 2013 Great Bend High School graduate and former tennis player at GBHS and Barton County Community College. “Schartz is worthy of this honor due to his successful tennis career as a coach in Great Bend and due to his dedication to the community by volunteering hundreds of hours for youth tennis,” Buntain said.

“I think this is admirable,” said Mayor Mike Allison. “Shannon has done a lot for the tennis community in Great Bend.”

Now retired, Schartz coached 67 seasons of tennis at GBHS. His coaching career included holding 86 varsity titles, 14 league team titles, three regional titles and one state championship.

Schartz earned many coaching honors including: 1988 SA Girls Tennis Coach of the Year; 1989 Tennis Coach Sliver Award by Scholastic Coach Magazine; 1988 Overall Girls Tennis Coach of the Year; 1999 Section 5 Girls Tennis Coach of the Year; 2003 Outstanding Clinician Award; 2003 SA Tennis Coach of the Year; 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012 and 2013 Western Athletic Conference Girls Tennis Coach of the Year; as well as 2012 and 2013 WAC Boys Tennis Coach of the Year. 

In addition, he coached several state qualifiers.

In 2012, he was inducted into the National High School Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame, the first such honor given to a Kansas tennis coach, and was inducted into the GBHS Hall of Fame in 2016.

“Shannon Schartz continues to serve,” Buntain said. He has provided free tennis lesson to hundreds of children in our community for the past 46 years and still volunteers to help with local summer youth clinics.

He also volunteers his time to keep the courts clean.

Buntain said he intends to purchase the sign and on the day of the unveiling, hold a tennis tournament that benefits the Colon Cancer Alliance Organization since Schartz is a colon cancer survivor.

“He showed great humility and character during my last tennis season by supporting our team and never letting us down by coaching us through every tennis meet that season even though he was quite ill from chemotherapy treatments,” Buntain said. “Coach Schartz deserves this honor.”