Steve Sell, former longtime sports editor for The McPherson Sentinel, recently was honored with the Oscar Stauffer Award, which goes annually to the top high school sports writer in Kansas.
Gary Musselman, executive director of the Kansas State High School Activities Association, was on hand to make the presentation during halftime of the recent McPherson High-Rose Hill boys basketball game.
Sell, who was The Sentinel’s sports editor from 1979 to 2012, is only the second sports writer in Kansas history to receive the award twice, the other being Rick Peterson, who received his first award while at Ottawa, his second at Topeka. Sell received his first award in 1989.
He is a 1975 graduate of Independence (Kan.) High School, a 1977 graduate of Independence Junior College and a 1979 graduate of the University of Kansas. He worked for The Independence Daily Reporter as a senior in high school, then for two years while attending junior college. He also interned the summer between his junior and senior years at Kansas University, where he served on the sports staff of The University Daily Kansan.
In addition to being a two-time Stauffer winner, Sell also has been honored as Kansas Sports Writer of the Year by the Kansas Wrestling Coaches Association (1987), American Publishing Regional Editorial Staff Writer of the Year (1995), Kansas Sports Writer of the Year by the Kansas Interscholastic Athletic Administrative Association (1996) and Kansas Sports Writer of the Year by the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association (2003).
He was named to the McPherson Men’s Bowling Association Hall of Fame in 2005 for his contributions to McPherson bowling.
He also was an assistant golf coach at McPherson High School for four years, helping the Bullpups to their only state championship in 1991, which was played on his childhood course of Independence.