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Banks, Evans Remembered with Jersey Retirements

Banks and Evans Jersey Retirement 1 6-28-17A special Russell American Legion Baseball Senior vs. Junior scrimmage was played Wednesday, June 28 at Russell's Shaffer Field to remember the lives of Sean Banks and Cael Evans.

A number retirement ceremony was held officially retiring the numbers 28 and 16, which Banks and Evans wore.

It was also announced Wednesday that starting next year Russell will host a Senior Legion Tournament named in honor of Banks and a Junior Legion Tournament named in honor of Evans.

Sean Paul Banks, age 19 of Russell, died Thursday, June 24, 2010 from an accident at the Agco grain elevator in Russell.Banks and Evans Jersey Retirement 3 6-28-17

Banks was born March 13, 1991 in Russell, the son of David and Melanie (Wagner) Banks. He grew up in Russell going to school and playing sports. Banks was very active at Russell High School. He was the co-Valedictorian of the graduating class of 2009 with a 4.0 all four years. A four year member of SADD, CYO and Student Council and a two year member of Kay Club and Homecoming King his senior year. He was a varsity letterman in football and wrestling, state champion in power lifting his junior and senior years, and All-League as a catcher in baseball. He then attended Hutchinson Community College. There he was active in student government and baseball and was Homecoming King his freshman year.

Banks and Evans Jersey Retirement 2 6-28-17Cael Scott Evans, age 13 of Russell, died Saturday, August 22, 2015 from a UTV accident south of Russell.

Evans was born May 2, 2002 in Hays, the son of Shawn and Sara (Honas) Evans. He was a student at Ruppenthal Middle School in Russell where he was active in football and wrestling. He loved playing baseball, being outdoors, hunting whitetails, looking for sheds with his family and spending time at the river with his friends.

(Photos courtesy Jason Drake.)

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