Railer, Jayhawk and Gold medalist last of his team

Newton graduate, national champion and gold medalist Bill Lienhard takes a shot. Lienhard is the last living KU basketball player for the 1952 Championship team. Photo curtesy of the University of Kansas Athletic Department. Courtesy photo
By Blake Spurney, Special to Newton Now Newton graduate Bill Lienhard ended his high school career with a loss in the state finals to underdog Lawrence High, but 10,000 screaming fans greeted him and his teammates as conquering heroes after his final college basketball game. That game ended in the 1952 Kansas Jayhawks winning the national championship. “They’re all gone,” he said about his teammates


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