Maggie Vaults Over the Moon


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Maggie Fan Kimbrook Tennal Inducted to Sports Hall of Fame

Kansas Sports Hall of Fame Inductee Kimbrook Tennal sits with his Centralia HS vaulters Breanna Schmitz and Dylan Boeckman at the 2018 state track meet in Wichita. Both finished as 1A state champions adding to his long list of gold medal winners. (Photo by Julie Perry Marysville Advocate)
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Coach Kimbrook Tennal

TOPEKA, Kan. – One of Maggie Steele’s biggest fans and greatest-ever pole-vault coaches, Kimbrook Tennal of Centralia, has been named to the Class of 2020 Kansas State High School Activities Association Hall of Fame.

Tennal, who retired this past summer, coached volleyball, basketball as well as track in his 43-year tenure at Nemaha Valley and Centralia High Schools.

Perhaps the biggest tribute ever written about the young adult sports novel, Maggie Vaults Over the Moon came from Coach Tennal, who wrote these words as a moonlighting sports columnist for the Centralia’s weekly newspaper, The Courier-Tribune:

“I loved the book and I wish I had written it,” Tennal wrote. “I consider that about as high a compliment on the book as I can make.”

“Maggie counts Coach Tennal as one of her all-time best supporters,” said author Grant Overstake. “His records as a coach speak for itself, and his success as a pole-vault coach is over the moon. His impact on the lives of the hundreds of young people he coached can’t be measured. Certainly, he is worthy of the state’s highest award.”

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Win a Giant Maggie Poster at Watermark Books!


Win a ‘Maggie’ Poster at Watermark Books

Sign up to win a Maggie poster at Watermark Books & Cafe during the State Track Meet this Friday and Saturday, May 30-31.

Stop by this week to enter the drawing for a ‘Maggie’ poster at Watermark Books!

WICHITA, Kan. — Some 4,000 athletes competed this past Friday and Saturday at the Kansas State High School Track and Field Championships.

Look for Maggie in the State Meet program!

Click here for Kansas State Meet Results!

 Cheering them on were more than 25,000 fans at Wichita’s Cessna Stadium, including storybook State Champion, Maggie Steele, the gutsy pole-vaulting farm girl from Grain Valley, Kan.

To celebrate, autographed copies of the track and field novel, Maggie Vaults Over the Moon, are on sale at Wichita’s premier independent bookstore, Watermark Books and Cafe, located at 4701 East Douglas (corner of Douglas and Oliver).

In addition, we’re having a drawing for a giant-sized Maggie Vaults Over the Moon cover poster!

The bookstore is open from 8 am to 8 pm weekdays and from 8 am to 5 pm on Saturday. The drawing will be held after the close of business this Saturday, June 7th.

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Maggie says, ‘Congrats State PV Champs!’

  2A Champion Laramie Leakey is one of 6 girls' pole-vault champs who, in addition to their awesome gold medals, received copies of 'Maggie Vaults Over the Moon'. Way to go!

2A Champ Laramie Leakey is one of 6 girls’ Kansas State pole-vault champs who, in addition to their awesome gold medals, received gift copies of ‘Maggie Vaults Over the Moon’. Way to go!

Maggie says, “Congrats to our new Kansas State PV Champs!”

The Kansas State High School Track and Field Championships, held at Wichita State University's Cessna Stadium, is the largest meet in the nation, with more than 3,000 athletes and 20,000 spectators.

The Kansas State High School Track and Field Championships, held at Wichita State University’s Cessna Stadium, is the largest meet in the nation, with more than 3,000 athletes and 20,000 spectators.

GIRLS: Class 1A Dallas Reed of St. Francis; 2A Laramie Leakey, Jeff County North; 3A Alicia Maloney, Marion; 4A Jannell Clampitt, Desoto; 5A Alyssa Wheeler, Kapaun-Mt. Carmel; and 6A Megan Vanderpool, SM West!

BOYS: 1A Isaac Siebert, Macksville; 2A DeShawn Pfeiff, Moundridge; 3A Austin Hager, Norton Community; 4A Ethan Meyer, Andale; 5A Luke Shaw, Topeka Seaman; and 6A Trevor Hillis, Lawrence Free State!

Complete Kansas State Track Meet Results: http://tinyurl.com/k8k8hbu


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We’re Celebrating State Meet Weekend

Sign up to win a Maggie poster at Watermark Books & Cafe during the State Track Meet this Friday and Saturday, May 30-31.

Enter to win a ‘Maggie’ poster at Watermark Books & Cafe!

WICHITA, Kan. — More than 4,000 athletes will compete in the nation’s largest track meet this Friday and Saturday — the Kansas State High School Track and Field Championships.

Look for Maggie in the State Meet program!

Look for Maggie in the State Meet program!

Cheering them will be more than 25,000 fans at Wichita’s Cessna Stadium, including storybook State Champion, Maggie Steele, the gutsy pole-vaulting farm girl from Grain Valley, Kan.

To celebrate the biggest event on the track and field calendar, special autographed copies of the novel Maggie Vaults Over the Moon will be on sale at Wichita’s premier independent bookstore, Watermark Books and Cafe, located just a few miles from the stadium at 4701 East Douglas (corner of Douglas and Oliver).

In addition, some lucky person will win the drawing for a giant-sized Maggie Vaults Over the Moon cover poster! Continue reading


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Maggie Soars to NY State Indoor with Warsaw Club Vaulters

State-bound vaulters from the Warsaw Pole Vault Club. Front Row: Karmen Auble, Warsaw senior, 12-7 PR, Section 5 record holder. Middle Row: Aubrey Rockoff, Amherst sophomore, 10-3 PR; Nick Faber, Greece Olympia senior, 14-0 PR; Sarah Bronk, Our Lady of Mercy senior, 9-6 PR. Back Row: Ben Jackson, Kenmore East junior, 12-6 PR; Trevor Koch, Frontier junior, 13-6 PR; Max Curran, Williamson senior, 14-7 PR; Kevin Palmisano, Canandaigua junior, 13-3 PR. [Courtesy photo]

WARSAW, New York — Storybook heroine Maggie Steele will be traveling to the New York State Indoor meet this weekend with eight vaulters who are ready to soar.

State qualifiers from the Warsaw Pole Vault Club (PVP) received copies of Maggie Vaults Over the Moon as motivational awards in their state meet travel packages.

The NYPSHSAA State Indoor will be held Saturday, March 1, at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY.

PoleVaultPlaygroundLogoIn the young adult novel by Grant Overstake, a gutsy farm girl from tiny Grain Valley, Kansas overcomes hardships and soars to new heights as a pole-vaulter. The novel climaxes at the Kansas State Track and Field Championships, the largest track meet in the nation.

The story has been endorsed by US Olympians and coaches for its inspiring message to young people, including Warsaw Club Coach Michael Auble, who liked the story so much he wanted all of his state qualifiers to have a copy.

“I can’t think of a better book to put in the hands of a state-bound pole vaulter,” Overstake said. “After reading about Maggie, I know these athletes will be ready to soar.” Continue reading