20 Years Later: A State Championship Ring Worth the Wait

Scruggs with his 1994 2-1A state championship ring 20 years later. (courtesy photo)
By: Sports in Kansas - Chet Kuplen
Dec 26, 2014

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Twenty years ago, a freshman named Harvey Scruggs was an unknown transfer to Frontenac High School. That same year (1994) the Raiders would win their first and only state football championship in 2-1A against Stockton, 13-12.

When it came time for everyone to order state championship rings, Scruggs didn’t even think about ordering one.

“My mom being a single parent, raising me and my brothers, couldn't afford much. I was never treated any different because of it. So when the team ordered rings, I didn't even bother to ask my mom to purchase one. And I never resented her or my teammates because of it.” Scruggs said.

For three years of high school Scruggs was a teammate of Tony Sighel, a 1997 Frontenac graduate who was a standout football player for the Raiders and was a sophomore on the 1994 state championship team. Scruggs, who was a 1998 graduate of Frontenac, moved to Sighel’s fullback spot from offensive line after he graduated.  Scruggs, who rushed for nearly 1,000 yards in his first year at running back, became one of the best players in the southeast Kansas area in his senior football season of 1997.

Sighel passed away in a car accident in 2003, almost nine years after the state championship. With the help of Sighel’s sister, Kelly, Harvey’s mom, Secenia Harris, delivered the ultimate gift to her son 20 years later, a state championship ring.

“Kelly walked my mom through the whole process. She used Tony's ring to figure out details.” Scruggs said. 

It was well worth the wait for Scruggs, who now lives in Indiana and runs Preps2Prospects.com, as he was reminded of a close friend and a state championship 20 years after it happened. The band reads "In memory of #44 Tony Sighel".

“I must admit I cried like a little kid,” Scruggs said. “Frontenac is a very special place to me and so is the Sighel family.”