A 1990 Salina Central graduate, Shanele Stires was a multi-sport standout during her playing days with the Mustangs.

As a senior with the Mustangs women's basketball team, Stires was the city's leading scorer at 16.4 points a game, while also leading her team in rebounds (8.8 a game) and steals (3.2). A 5-11 guard/forward, Stires' 36 3-pointers that season were the most by any player in Salina, boys or girls.

During her track and field career at Central, Stires was a four-time state champion. She won the Class 5A state shot put as a sophomore, junior and senior, and added a state discus title during her senior year. She remains to this day the school record holder in the shot put (46-4.75).

Stires played three seasons with the Kansas State University women's basketball team and averaged 16.6 points and 8.7 rebounds a game during her career. That rebounding number ranks No. 1 all-time at K-State for a career average.

After graduation she played for the Columbus Quest of the Women's American Basketball League and later played three seasons with the Minnesota Lynx in the Women's National Basketball Association.