As Sam Sees It

It is always nice to learn of a former student doing well in his or her profession. There are a number of my former students still living in Winslow and doing quite well in their careers in medicine, law enforcement, teaching and many other areas. Among those who have moved away and found success is Arizona Diamondbacks Vice President of Finance Tom Harris.

Recently, I was reminded of another former student who is doing well as an educator and coach at Parker High School. Casey Kewanimptewa was a very popular student at Winslow High School in the 1980s. Casey was the manager of the boys’ basketball team among other things while in high school here.

Casey came up to me when the Winslow High School softball team was playing in the Parker Invitational Tournament last year and the year before. He spent a lot of time visiting with me and other Winslow parents who were there for those tournaments. He mentioned then that he was coaching the track and cross country teams at Parker High School.

A few weeks ago, Yvonne Rodriguez had mentioned that she had a letter from Casey that included a picture of him and his 3A West Region Champion cross country team.

The Parker Broncs won the regional championship last season and in 1997. Casey has been coaching there for the past 11 years.

As my granddaughter has graduated from Winslow High School and is now playing softball at Scottsdale Community College, it is not likely that I will be going to that tournament again. However, I would recommend that any Winslow fans that do might look for Casey Kewanimptewa. He is a very pleasant person and enjoys talking to old friends from Winslow.

Another Winslow High School graduate and former student of mine is Nathan Brady, the girls’ basketball coach at Ganado High School. It was good to become reacquainted with Nathan during Ganado’s most recent game in Winslow.

He played for me in the 1970s and was my point guard on one of Winslow Junior High School’s more outstanding teams. Memory doesn’t always serve well, but among those who were his teammates were the Echols twins, Brown and Pee Wee. There were some really good kids on that team.

If there is one thing I miss about teaching it would be coaching kids like Nathan Brady and Brown and Pee Wee Echols.

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