ANDOVER, Kan. (KAKE) - The Andover Central High School is mourning the loss of art teacher and softball coach Rita Frakes who passed away on Friday after battling cancer.

Andover Central High School remembers Ms. Frakes as, "an amazing art teacher, mentor and friend to students and colleagues alike. Her larger-than-life personality and steadfast positive energy stayed with her, despite the challenges she was facing. She will be dearly missed in our school and Jaguar community."

In her 41 years of teaching, Ms. Frakes spent 19 years at ACHS coaching her Jaguar softball team to 2 state championship victories and being named National Fastpitch Coaches Association Coaching Staff of the Year in 2018. She was also the recipient of the district's Spark Award in 2018.

ACHS is offering counseling from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Monday, July 8, for those who would to speak to someone who can help process this loss.