The inaugural class of the Harrisonville High School Basketball Hall of Fame will be inducted on Jan. 11, with the induction taking place between the girls’ and boys’ varsity game.
Three former Wildcats will be in the first class, including the school’s “winningest” coach and two former All-State players.
Redford “Red” Reichert coached the Wildcats through two tenures, 1968 to 1975 and 1980 to 1984. In all, he amassed a 193-128 record for a 60.1 winning percentage. His teams won one district championship and three conference championships.
Roland “Butch” Allen was an All-State selection for the 1971-72 season. During his years at HHS he also won awards in both football and track. His statistics from Harrisonville are not available. Following graduation, he signed a basketball letter-of-intent with the University of Missouri where he majored in history. He also attended William Jewell.
Gillis Leonard graduated in 1976 and was All-State in basketball both his junior and senior years. He was also a first-team All-State football player his senior year.
As a senior he set the HHS basketball record for rebounds in a game with 32 against Clinton.
Following graduation, he was heavily recruited by several NCAA Division 1 schools, both locally and by Ivy League schools. He chose the University of Missouri, where he played his freshman year before transferring to the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where he played three seasons.