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The Lake News Online
  • Camdenton basketball coach Kenny Ash resigns

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  • After two seasons of rebuilding a faltering Laker basketball team, Camdenton's head coach Kenny Ash has resigned as of Wednesday, March 19, 2013.
    "We appreciate all of Coach Ash's efforts here for the last two years, and we wish him the very best in his future endeavors," Camdenton's athletic director Jeff Whitney said. "Once the board accepts the resignation, we will begin the process of searching for a new coach."
    Ash took over as the Lakers' head coach in 2011, replacing Dick Smith after coaching at Kirksville.
    In his first season as the head coach of the Camdenton boys' basketball team, Ash inherited a young team, with only three players having seen varsity time in the previous season, after an all-senior starting five led the Lakers to a 16-8 season in 2010-2011.
    Ash and the Lakers finished the 2011-2012 season with a dismal 2-20 season record. The majority of the games, however, were decided by 10 points or less.
    The second season for Ash and the Lakers saw things turn around, as the Lakers finished 11-15 on the season after being knocked out of the district tournament in the second round by Hickman in a 69-37 loss.
    The Lakers' second season under Ash featured two overtime wins against Ozark Conference rivals, a 59-51 win over Waynesville and a 69-65 win over Rolla, and the regular season was capped off with a senior night win against rival Lebanon with a final score of 72-59.
    Ash's final record as the Lakers' head coach stands 13-35.
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