Parsons Sun sports editor Sean Frye is this year’s recipient of a the Oscar Stauffer Award for Sportswriter of the Year.
The Kansas State High School Activities Association made the announcement on Thursday, along with naming Dan Lucero, a Colby radio station announcer, the Sportscaster of the Year.
KSHSAA has presented the Oscar Stauffer Awards annually since 1975. The awards recognize excellence in the fields of sportswriting and sportscasting. They acknowledge meritorious service through coverage of interscholastic sports programs in Kansas. Nominations for the sportswriter award are made by the high schools of Kansas. Frye was nominated by Parsons and Labette County high schools. A committee of the Kansas Coaches Association made the final selection. Sportscaster award applicants submit play-by-play tapes for evaluation.
After taking journalism classes at Kansas State University, Frye began working for the Parsons Sun in 2014. He covers seven area high schools: Parsons, Labette County, Erie, St. Paul, Oswego, Chetopa and Cherryvale. He also covers Labette Community College. Frye contributes to Sports in Kansas and hosts a weekly sports talk radio show on KLKC.
While he was born in Merced, California, and raised in Hawaii and Washington, D.C., Frye and his family are originally from Junction City. While in high school, he began interning for various sports media outlets in the D.C. metro area. Frye came home to Kansas in order to attend Kansas State following his graduation from Stone Bridge High School in Ashburn, Virginia. From 2010 to 2014, he was a student manager for the men’s basketball team and worked as a reporter/sports editor for the K-State Collegian.
Upon learning of his award, Frye said, “I was surprised and extremely honored to be the recipient of this award. To me, being recognized by schools, the KSHSAA and the Kansas Coaches Association as the Sportswriter of the Year is a testament to the dedication and commitment the Parsons Sun has shown through a year headlined by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has forced many local papers to make tough decisions regarding budget cuts and layoffs. Reading about the legacy of Oscar Stauf-fer and his early commitment to the industry, I’m compelled to continue to encourage every Kansan to continue to subscribe to their local newspapers and support local journalism. The honor and gratitude I feel from receiving this award is indescribable, and I hope to do the award justice. This honor is made possible by the achievements, on and off the field of play, by the coach-es and students I cover every day in my community and throughout Kansas. They’re the ones truly deserving of all recogni-tion.”
In September 2020, Lucero began as the chief operator of KRDQ-FM and KXXX-AM in Colby. With this position, he has become the play-by-play voice for Colby High School football and basketball. In addition, Lucero is co-host of The Morning Blitz on 102.5 KKCI-FM in Goodland.
According to the Kansas Historical Society, Stauffer was born in 1886 at Hope. He completed high school in Emporia and went to work for the legendary William Allen White as a cub reporter. After two years at the University of Kansas, he went to work for the Kansas City Star. Stauffer eventually bought the Peabody Herald in 1915. He sold the Herald and bought the Arkansas City Traveler nine years later and soon purchased the other daily in town and merged them. A few years later he and a partner bought two papers in Independence and then two more in Pittsburg. Stauffer Publications Inc. was formed in 1930 to control the growing holdings.
In 1940 Stauffer and three partners bought the Topeka State Journal, which brought Stauffer Publications into metropolitan journalism. Acquisitions continued after World War II, including the purchase of Capper Publications, which included the Topeka Daily Capital, and radio and television properties. Second and third generations of Stauffers also worked in the company, which became Stauffer Communications Inc. The corporation, including its 20 newspapers, was sold in 1995 to Morris Communications Corp. of Georgia.