PHS wins 2012 Martin Rohde Award
Pittsburg is the winner of the 2011-12 Martin Rohde All-Sports Memorial Trophy. This is Pittsburg’s fifth consecutive school year as the winning school. Fort Scott was second and Independence was third.
1) Pittsburg, 86.5
2) Fort Scott, 83
3) Independence, 74
4) Chanute, 73.5
5) Parsons, 68.5
6) Labette County, 62
7) Iola, 55.5
8) Coffeyville, 40
9) Columbus, 31
This is the 10th Rohde Trophy for Pittsburg. Pittsburg also won the award from 1981 through 1984 and in 1990. Pittsburg passed Fort Scott for the most Rohde trophies won (Fort Scott has won nine) and it’s fifth consecutive trophy is also a record. Pittsburg also won it every year from 1981-84 and Fort Scott is the only other school to win four in a row (1994-97).
Fort Scott is now second in trophies won with nine. Independence is next with seven. Labette County has won six, Parsons two, Coffeyville two and Chanute one. Columbus and Iola are the only schools that have not won the award since its inception for the 1976-77 school year. This is each school’s last year as league members.
A nine-point scale was used except in the following sports:
• Soccer (five-point scale).
• Boys’ cross country (six-point scale).
• Girls’ cross-country (five-point scale).
• Boys’ golf (seven-point scale). This is because Chanute and Parsons were unable to field teams in the last league tournament, making each ineligible to win the championship. The precedent for this is the fact that giving zero for incomplete teams has been used for cross-country since the award's inception. Giving points as normal (9-point scale) would not have changed anyone's place in the award standings.
Girls’ golf was not included this season because there were not enough schools fielding teams.
Chanute – Girls’ cross-country, boys’ cross-country, boys’ track.
Coffeyville – none.
Columbus – none.
Fort Scott – none.
Independence – Soccer, boys’ basketball (tie), baseball (3-way tie).
Iola – Boys’ golf, baseball (3-way tie).
Labette County – Softball.
Parsons – Girls’ tennis, girls’ basketball, boys’ basketball (tie), boys’ tennis.
Pittsburg – Volleyball, football, wrestling, baseball (3-way tie), girls’ track.
Full records that list how every school finished in every sport begin with the 1992-93 school year. The records below are based only on those records.
The 3 1/2-point margin between first and second places is the fourth-smallest. A half point separated first and second in 2009-10, 1 1/2 in 1998-99 and 1999-2000 and 3 points in 2006-07. The difference was also 3 1/2 points in 2005-06 and 2007-08.
Year Margin First Second
2009-10 1/2 Pittsburg Chanute
1998-99 1 1/2 Fort Scott Labette County
1999-2000 1 1/2 Fort Scott Labette County
2006-07 3 Chanute Pittsburg
2005-06 3 1/2 Labette County Fort Scott
2007-08 3 1/2 Pittsburg Chanute
2011-12 3 1/2 Pittsburg Fort Scott
Pittsburg’s 86.5 points in winning the trophy is the fewest for a winner since Pittsburg won it with 81.5 points in 2007-08.
Fort Scott’s 83 points is the fewest by a runner-up since Chanute scored 78 in 2007-08. Fort Scott is the first runner-up that did not win a sport although it did have 6 seconds (Soccer, football, wrestling, boys’ golf, softball and boys’ track), which was four more than any other school (Chanute, Independence, Pittsburg).
Martin Rohde was a coach and educator at Pittsburg High School. He was head football coach from 1947-60, compiling a record of 79-37-6. Among known Southeast Kansas League records, he is the eighth-winningest coach all-time by percentage (.672) and his 79 victories are 10th all-time. I don't have any records of other sports he coached or if he ever happened to coach at any other league schools.
Only seven other football coaches are known to have coached in the SEK as long as or longer than Rodhe:
Larry Garman, 34 seasons, Pittsburg, 1965-98
Charlie Nally, 19 seasons, Parsons, 1981-99
Pat Lonergan, 16 seasons, Iola, 1979-94
Craig Hartman, 16 seasons, Labette County, 1994-2009
Bob Campbell, 16 seasons, Fort Scott, 1992-2005, 2010-11
Martin Rohde, 14 seasons, Pittsburg, 1947-60
Don Simmons, 14 seasons, Independence, 1991-96; Chanute, 2004-11
Pittsburg won five sports this year after winning eight last year.
1987-88: Labette County
1988-89: Labette County
1990-91: Labette County
1993-94: Fort Scott
1994-95: Fort Scott
1995-96: Fort Scott
1996-97: Fort Scott
1997-98: Labette County
1998-99: Fort Scott
1999-2000: Fort Scott
2002-03: Fort Scott
2003-04: Fort Scott
2004-05: Fort Scott
2005-06: Labette County