STEVE HANLON: 'Special K' is the only way at C.P.

2011-04-21T22:00:00Z 2012-09-25T23:52:25Z STEVE HANLON: 'Special K' is the only way at C.P.By Steve Hanlon Prep Beat nwitimes.com
April 21, 2011 10:00 pm  • 

It's been talked about. Whispers have been uttered, too. In fact, several times in recent years voices have been raised over the issue and question.

"Why isn't Annie (Kvachkoff) Equihua the girls basketball coach at Crown Point?"

The great debate is surely being discussed again today. Mike Cronkhite stepped down on Wednesday to go to Florida for a teaching and coaching job.

A team full of mostly untapped talent is looking for a leader. Again. One with staying power. Despite athletic director Bill Dorulla not saying much on Wednesday about the future, Equihua is the only option.

Yes, I said "only."

The once-proud "Lady Bulldogs" have had three coaches since 2007. Come on. This isn't Morton. Crown Point's girls hoops tradition deserves much better than a revolving-door mentality.

"I really don't have anything to say right now," Equihua said on Wednesday.

When Crown Point's administration asks the town legend to take over the program she once defined, as they better, there's only one thing that Equihua should say then -- "YES."

Emphatically, too.

It was Kvachkoff and great teammates who put Tom May's program on the map. "Special K" led the Bulldogs to a state runner-up in 1983 and back-to-back state crowns in '84 and '85.

A Hall-of-Fame career at Purdue was followed by jump-starting the program at Highland. It was rags to riches. Between 1999 and 2003 Highland played in four semistate games.

Equihua had left before the Trojans exploded on the scene. But she started what Chris Huppenthal finished. The DeMuth sisters were greatly influenced by the great shooting guard turned coach.

Equihua'a niece, Courtney Kvachkoff, was one of the area's top juniors and being named to the Indiana Junior All-Star team is proof of that. Equihua's daughter, Taylor, didn't play this past winter.

But the 5-foot-11 sophomore should've. The talented forward will be another bullet in the chamber for a program ready to explode. But these kids need a leader to take them to the top floor.

They need a coach who doesn't need a map to get to Indianapolis. Equihua knows how to get there blind-folded.

She's been the 8th grade coach at Taft for several years. She's coached many of the Hub City's players during the summer, too.

Equihua is tough, fair, smart and hopefully ready to come out of retirement. Plus, the current budget crises means Crown Point isn't going to be able to look outside the district.

They shouldn't have before. Or anytime soon.

It's been talked about. It's been discussed. The time is now. Just do it.

This column solely represents the writer's opinion. Reach him at steve.hanlon@nwi.com.

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