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February 2017

CHARGING AHEAD! Brayden Neuschafer and the Salina Central Mustangs Eye the Big Prize in Class 5A

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Addy Mullin Clay Center Basketball

Mustang Stampede No. 1 Clay Center Girls Tescott’s Title: A Look Back Davenport Leads By Example The Dotted Line ...

Simon Steinert McPherson Swimming

Nick Davenport Ell-Saline Wrestling

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FEATURES 16 - Salina Central Basketball Last Year’s State Apperance Boosts Mustangs By Jim Misunas

18 - Clay Center Basketball Lady Tigers Eye Back to Back Titles By Ted Hayes

DEPARTMENTS 3 - The Dotted Line Signing Photos

8 - Picture This

Basketball, Wrestling and Swimming

29 - Coaches Corner

22 - Down Memory Lane

Lance Bergmann, SJB-Tipton Basketball

Tescott Players Recall State Glory By Conor Nicholl

26 - Nick Davenport Leading By Example By Matt Browning



VYPE serves the following North Central Kansas High Schools… Abilene Cowboys Beloit Trojans Bennington Bulldogs Canton-Galva Eagles Centre Cougars Chapman Fighting Irish Chase Kats Clay Center Tigers Clifton-Clyde Eagles Concordia Panthers

Ell-Saline Cardinals Ellsworth Bearcats Elyria Christian Eagles Goessel Bluebirds Hanover Wildcats Herington Railroaders Hillsboro Trojans Hope Lions Inman Teutons Lincoln Leopards

Linn Bulldogs Little River Redskins Lyons Lions Marion Warriors McPherson Bullpups Minneapolis Lions Moundridge Wildcats Peabody-Burns Warriors Pike Valley Panthers Republic County Buffaloes

Rock Hills Grizzlies Sacred Heart Knights St. John’s Blujays St. John’s Military Muleskinners Salina Central Mustangs Salina South Cougars Smoky Valley Vikings Solomon Gorillas Southern Cloud Warriors Southeast of Saline Trojans

Sterling Black Bears Sylvan-Lucas Mustangs Tescott Trojans Tipton Cardinals Wakefield Bombers Washington County Tigers Wilson Dragons

PREGAME Signs, Signs Everywhere Are Signs… Back in 2008, I borrowed this line from the Five Man Electrical Band (or if you are an ‘80’s kid Tesla) to introduce the Wichita market to one of VYPE’s core missions and passions … Signing Days. If you have ever picked up a VYPE in the Wichita market from November through June you have most likely read my Publisher Column’s that defines my passion for signings. My favorite soapbox and my most consistent rant of every school year is Signing Day! If I only wrote one Pregame per year (Harold would appreciate that) it would be a Pregame on signings. I have said it every year for nine years - recognizing student athletes who continue their education through athletics is one of the most important things VYPE does and it should be recognized by the community at large. I always remind VYPE readers that only one percent of student athletes make the pros. That means the other 99 percent are using their athletic talent to further their education. Any kid who uses their athletic success to expand their education should be recognized. This issue of VYPE North Central Kansas will do just that. It is always the same motivation … recognizing any kid who uses athletics to further their academic and athletic career. It is a fantastic accomplishment and needs recognized, regardless where the athlete is going to school. And of course, to all those schools, AD’s, coaches and parents who make signing day so special - THANK YOU. Those schools that are not making Signing Day special are missing a wonderful opportunity to show these kids and all kids in the school how proud you are of their accomplishments. I remind you of VYPE’s mantra-“Get In The Game!” Normally I don’t “toot” the VYPE horn very loud. We would rather “toot” the horn of our area student athletes, coaches, parents and schools. However, with signing day I am going to take some liberty. I am certainly proud of the tradition VYPE has built around student athlete signings. When I started VYPE 10 years ago in Wichita, we only had a handful of coaches or parents who let us know about signings and very few AD’s made signings at their school a “special” event. From that first year of publication, VYPE has always stressed the importance of signings, had special coverage in the magazine and recognized those schools that went above and beyond the norm with their signings. I am also happy to say the other media in the area have embraced the tradition VYPE built and are giving the events much more coverage than they have in the past. So…”toot-toot” to VYPE and the entire VYPE coverage area for making signings so special! So, now the tradition begins in North Central Kansas. Just as we did in Wichita, we have started with a few signings in this issue of the VYPE NCK magazine. And just as it did in Wichita, North Central Kansas will increase the number of signings and the number of signing celebrations beginning today. That is awesome! - Mike Cooper, VYPE Owner/Publisher




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Young Life student athlete of the month Emily Brun is a senior at The Independent School. She participates in volleyball, track and cheer. Emily, who carries a 3.82 G.P.A., has lettered in volleyball for the last three years. She started going to Young Life club as a freshman and has since attended Young Life summer camps both as a camper and as a volunteer worker.

Emily Brun, Independent H.S.

What does Young Life mean to you? “Young Life is a place where I can go and relax and be myself and have an awesome time and learn about the Lord with all my closest friends. It’s the best night of the week.” What is your favorite Young Life memory? “Definitely going to camp. I went to Crooked Creek (Colorado) as a freshman and I opened up in ways I hadn’t before - I started making friends and it was a real turning point in high school. It made me realize how Young Life brings people together through Jesus and I had never experienced that. “I also did work crew for a month last summer at Trailwest Lodge in Colorado; I was on the laundry staff. It was one of the best, most fulfilling months of my life. The people I met will be my friends for life. I was introduced to friends based on Jesus and our relationships were built on the foundation of Christ. We deeply cared for each other.” How would you describe your Young Life leader? “Katelyn is wholesome and funny and she listens to me. She gives advice when you ask, and is a real friend I can talk to if I ever need anything.”

Emily Brun, Independent

Why is Young Life important to your school? “I think Young Life is important in any school. Everyone is invited and welcome regardless of who you are and where you come from.”

Emily (right) and her leader Katelyn Calderwood

Young Life has been present in Wichita-area schools since 1956. Our mission is to love kids in the name of Christ and walk with them in an authentic quest for truth, focusing on fun, adventure and friendship. Currently, Wichita Young Life is active in 19 area schools, including programs for high school students, middle school students, expecting/parenting teens and students with disabilities. For more information, contact the Young Life office at 316.303.1490 or check out Upcoming Young Life Club dates for The Independent School February 15 - March 1 - March 8 - March 15 - March 29




Allie Beswick, Abilene Johnson County CC, Softball

Brie Murray, Abilene Central Missouri, Softball

Caydren Cox, Beloit Concordia (NE), Football

Clara Eilert, St. John’s Beloit Emporia State, Track

Claudia Hess, Abilene Butler CC, Volleyball

Conner Barlow, Abilene Bethany, Football

Ellea Ediger, McPherson Fort Hays State, Tennis

Grace Ivey, Sacred Heart Washburn, Track

Hunter Budke, Beloit Fort Hays State, Football

Ian Nordell, Concordia Kansas State, Football

Ivy Miller, St. John’s Beloit Kansas Wesleyan, Volleyball

Jack Riefschneider, McPherson Fort Hays State, Football

Jacob Lackey, McPherson Central Oklahoma, Golf

Jake Wynn, Clay Center Bethany, Football

Jared Ruth, McPherson Fort Hays State, Football



Jessica Hayes, Abilene Emporia State, Volleyball

Jessica Smith, Salina South Kansas Wesleyan, Tennis

Kaden Davis, Ellsworth Butler CC, Football

Kaylen Lassley, SE-Saline Hesston College, Softball

McKenzie Funston, Abilene Benedictine, Basketball

Morgan Howard, McPherson Washburn, Track

Parker Base, Abilene Butler CC, Baseball

Parker O’Neal, Abilene Kansas State, Football

Patrick Munsey, McPherson Dordt (IA) College, Soccer

Rebecca Lathan, Sacred Heart Neosho CC, Cheer

Ryan Jackson, Beloit Ottawa, Football

Sam Burt, Abilene Kansas, Football

Shelby Felvus, Marion Hutchinson CC, Softball

Stratton Brown, Sacred Heart Creighton, Tennis

Tanner Rose, McPherson Central Christian, Soccer

Tate Becker, Herington Fort Hays State, Football

Trenton Jurgensen, Abilene Manhattan Christian, Soccer

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McPherson’s Ben Pyle heads to the basket as Manhattan’s Nate Awbrey defends in the McPherson Invitational finals. (Photo, Kendall Shaw)

Emma Ruddle of Canton-Galva tries to knock the ball away from Independent’s Lea Coccetella in the Sedgwick tournament. (Photo, Dale Stelz)

Jaxson Eddy of Inman (right) and Burrton’s Bryce Meacham battle for possession in the Burrton Invitational. (Photo, Mark Weaver)

Emma Cain of Salina Central goes up for two points against Liberal in the SIT finals. (Photo, Tanner Colvin)

Hudson Smith of Beloit shoots over Ellsworth’s Kaden Davis during an NCAA game in Ellsworth. (Photo, Tanner Colvin)

Smoky Valley’s Jordan Otto (21) and Hesston’s Emma Clark (31) work for rebound position during a CKL game in Hesston. (Photo, Todd Deterding) 8


Kolby Davis of Ellsworth slices through the defense of Beloit’s Kourtni Hubert (20) and Taym Post (3). (Photo, Tanner Colvin)

Maggie Leaf (45) and Lakyn Schieferecke (14) of McPherson block out for a possible rebound in the Mid-American Classic. (Photo, Kendall Shaw)

Parker Base (35) and Ryan Wilson (11) celebrate Abilene’s championship in the SIT over Andover. (Photo, Tanner Colvin)

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Delaney Cowden of Newton and Megan Manning of McPherson square off 120-126 pounds.

Lincoln’s Tia Hayworth, who finished second overall at 160, locks up with Nicole Winsky of McPherson.

Mya Kretzer of McPherson, who won the 113-pound title, is shown here putting pressure on Sunny O’Leary of Riley County.

Clearwater’s Lyric Gonsalves, the 145-pound champion, was named the meet’s most outstanding wrestler.

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Allen Heberly of South (right) rallied late at 152 pounds to edge Donivyn Will, 6-4.

Caleb Copeland of South has Calib Wiederman of Central in trouble during a 15-0 victory at 106.

Cole Butts of Central pinned Christian Davison of South at 220 pounds.

Demaj Smith of South won a 5-1 decision over Central’s DeRiece Burse at 170 pounds.

Julion Falcon of Central takes down South’s Justin Zwigart during an 18-8 win at 126 pounds.

Tristan Harder of Central clinched a 40-32 dual victory for the Mustangs with a pin over Caleb Miller of South at 285 pounds.




Salina Central’s Eldon Taskinen had a busy day at the AVCTL I championships, finishing second in the 100-butterfly and third in the 100 backstroke. The Mustang senior also swam on 200-medley and 400-freestyle relay teams that placed third. (Photo, Bill Millspaugh)

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ATHLETE OF THE MONTH Lucas Briar, Sterling H.S. Lucas is a 6-foot-4 junior guard-forward for the Black Bears, who started last season as a sophomore. Head coach Derek Schneider: "Lucas is a great teammate and very hard worker both on and off the floor. In basketball, Lucas works hard on his individual skills and can execute at an extremely high level. He is a matchup nightmare on the offensive end with his size and skill level, and can play both inside and outside among the best players in the area. He leads our team in points scored this season. Defensively, Lucas has improved his on-ball defense as well as his help-side defense, and is currently our team leader in rebounds. Off the floor, Lucas is a person of high character and holds himself accountable to that standard. He is a large part of our program and a great leader for our team."



Comeback Player of the Month Jackson Montgomery, SE-Saline H.S. When Southeast of Saline senior wide receiver Jackson Montgomery suffered a double dislocation of his left elbow during district play against Hesston, devastation set in. His football career was over without warning. The race then began to be on the basketball court for the first game of the season. “Getting back to that first game was pretty important to me,” Montgomery said. “It was just the anticipation of my senior year coming and not wanting to miss something that I’d really miss forever.” Montgomery caught a pass, and as he was being brought down by a Hesston defender, his arm got caught between the ground and the defender’s face mask. He felt his elbow pop. When he looked at his elbow, pain set in. Southeast of Saline continued on to its fourth consecutive seven-win season and fourth straight 3A postseason appearance, but Montgomery could only observe from the sideline. “It ended his football right there – his football high school senior season was over right there,” said Jeff Montgomery, Jackson’s father. “It just ended abruptly. It was sudden.” Jackson was treated by Dr. Todd Herrenbruck at the Orthopaedic Sports Health Clinic of Salina. “They just did everything they could to get him back,” Jeff said. Jackson avoided a break, not necessitating surgery. He was put in a cast for a few days before transferring to a brace. “After two weeks, I started physical therapy, and that just consisted of him getting the range of motion back first, and then after the range of motion was getting along, we started strengthening it with basic forearm exercises,” Jackson said. Dribbling and passing required patience for Jackson, a guard for the Trojans. He played the first four games of the season with the brace. He was cleared to play without it after the holiday break. “The group of guys who are in my class especially, they’re a tight group,” Jackson said. “We’ve played together, and have played against each other, even, since we were really little. It just means a lot for us to all spend our senior year together and finish this off with basketball.”

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Student Athlete of the Month Conan Ball, Sterling H.S. Conan is a 5-foot-9 sophomore guard for the Sterling High School and a member of the Black Bears’ junior varsity. Head coach Derek Schneider: “Conan is someone who learns fast and plays fast. He’s got a great positive attitude and really enjoys to compete. We know we can always count on Conan to be in the right place at the right time and give maximum effort. I have always been impressed with Conan’s thinking and anticipation; he always seems to be two steps ahead of everyone. Conan is a valued member of our team.”




Mustang Stampede Last Year’s State Appearance Boosts Central By Jim Misunas VYPE North Central Kansas Salina Central boys basketball coach Doug Finch has steadily rebuilt the Mustangs’ proud tradition during his 12-year tenure. The Mustangs returned a solid nucleus from last year’s 16-7 Class 5A state qualifier that lost to eventual state champion Mill Valley, 55-46, in the first round. This season, they were alone in first place in the AVCTL Division I and 15-2 overall through games of February 14. “Qualifying for state last year has made a huge difference for us,” Finch said. “We played Mill Valley close and they won the state championship. We played one poor quarter and that cost us. But that showed us we are making progress.” Finch coached Hayden’s girls to the 2004 Class 4A state championship. He has also coached three state runner-up teams — in 2002 and 2003 at Hayden and 1984 with Quinter’s boys. Finch is a rare breed who has coached both boys and girls teams to state title games. He passed the

Salina Central plays basketball like Doug Finch coaches it - “fast and tough.” Finch is in his 13th season with Mustangs. (Photos by Tanner Colvin)

400-win barrier and led the Mustangs to third place state finish in 2009. This year, the Mustangs have featured a defensiveoriented team which constantly pressures the opposing team. Leading the way is senior Brayden Neuschafer, who averages 19 points and three assists per game. The 5-foot-9 Neuschafer typifies the Mustangs’ toughness as an undersized point guard who challenges the opposing point guard with a fierce style. He battled Derby’s talented point guard Nyjee Wright to an even matchup when the Mustangs swept state-ranked Derby. “Brayden is a terrific on-the-ball defender, quick and tough,” Finch said. “When Brayden plays defense well, his teammates step up. What makes Brayden an exceptional player is he’s the smartest player in the gym. He allows us to play fast or slow depending on the situation.” The Mustangs play straight man-to-man defense, although Finch likes to tweak the defense depending on the matchups. Salina Central plays basketball like Doug Finch coaches it - “fast and tough.” Finch is in his 13th season with Mustangs. (Photos by Tanner Colvin)

“This is one of the finest defensive teams I’ve ever coached. We’re a straight man-to-man team that picks up at half-court,” he said. “With a dribble-drive offenese, we’ll pick them up at the 3-point line. Our defense plays solid and helps on certain offensive players. That changes every game from a post to a guard. We like to run and trap the ballhandlers.” Sam Shaffer (11 ppg.), 6-foot-4 Marion Miller (8 ppg.), Harper Williams (7 ppg.) and Ethan Speer (7

ppg.) round out the Mustangs’ other key players. Neuschafer averages a pair of 3-pointers a game and Shaffer, Williams and Brogen Richardson are 3-point threats with everyone shooting at least 30 percent. Neuschafer keys an offense that takes advantage of matchups with a pass-happy style. “We stress our four-pass rule before we shoot it,” Finch said. “We like to play four players out and one post player inside. Brayden does a great job breaking down the defense and kicking it out to our shooters. Our best weapon is we feature really good shooters.” Losses to Andover and Newton have shown Finch there are no guarantees. Andover converted 29 consecutive free throws and shot 50 percent on 3-pointers. Newton surprised the Mustangs on a rare off night. “The hardest part is getting to the state tournament,” Finch said. “You want to be playing your best basketball at the right time. You have to be ready to play that night.” But, the Mustangs have also shown they belong with the best teams in Class 5A. One of their victories in an 18-point victory over No. 1-ranked (5A) Eisenhower. It’s the Goddard-based school’s only loss. “This team plays basketball the way I coach it, fast and tough,” Finch said. “They’ve learned valuable lessons about working together and playing your role. They are tough-minded and play with discipline. Most importantly, they understand the game really well.”

Junior center Marion Miller has been a force inside for the Mustangs.

Junior guard Sam Shaffer averages 11 points a game.




Clay Center coach Jeff Edwards leaves the court during halftime at a recent game with assistant coach Nicole (Ohlde) Johnson, a former basketball great at Clay Center, Kansas State and the WNBA. (Photos by Phil Frigon)

Allie Wright-Frederick is the Tigers’ leading scorer and one of three returning starters from last year’s state championship team.

Defense the Key as Clay Center Eyes Back-to-Back Titles By Ted Hayes VYPE North Central Kansas On paper, the Clay Center girls’ defending state champion and top-ranked (4A-DII) undefeated basketball team doesn’t reveal much that stands out as remarkable. - The Tigers’ height doesn’t overwhelm you: Their tallest player is a six-foot junior. - Their leading scorer averages around 11 points per game. - They aren’t tremendously deep: The starting five accounts for nearly 95-percent of their scoring. - Their coach isn’t a legend among the state’s alltime greats: Jeff Edwards is in his third year as head coach at Clay Center and seventh year overall. - And, they don’t have a tradition of state-caliber 18


success that ranks among the all-time elite girls’ programs in Kansas: They’ve only made four appearances in the state tournament in 44 years. But that’s about where the unremarkable qualities of the 2016-17 Clay Center girls’ basketball team ends. They defeat their opponents by an average of 50-30. All five starters average between 8.5 and 11 points a game. You can’t shut down their top scorer because you never know who that will be on a given night. All five starters have scored at least 18 points in a game this year, and all five have led the team in scoring at least once. Edwards has already guided the Lady Tigers to the state tournament in each of his first two seasons, claiming the Class 4A II state basketball title last year, and his current team is undefeated and ranked

No. 1 in the state. He spent four seasons as the girls’ head coach at Osage City where he compiled a 58-31 record prior to coming to Clay Center. After 16 games this season, Edwards stood at 56-10 since coming to Clay Center. Defense is the trademark of all three of Coach Edwards-coached teams. This is the third straight year his teams have held opponents under 33 points per game. “Anybody can play defense,” Edwards said. “Defense is a mentality. You have to be mentally stronger than your opponent and we stress that every day.” That mental toughness has helped the Lady Tigers force an average of 19 turnovers per game, while holding opponents to 32 percent shooting from the field. Clay Center’s practices may be described as brutal, often lasting three hours - something Edwards feels has kept some girls from going out. But those who do are committed to the work ethic. “I tell them when they’re lining up to run wind sprints in practice, ‘The best teams in the state are doing this,’ “ he said. “ ‘This isn’t punishment, it’s moving us toward achieving our goals.’ ” And it’s working. So far, the team is on track to achieve all eight goals set for the year. “Our team slogan is “Together”, something they came up with last year and the girls have kept this year. Really, they are a team on the court and off – they do everything together and that has made them a great bunch of girls to coach. Allie Wright-Frederick (5’-5” senior point guard) is our floor leader and has done everything we’ve asked of her. But she’s not the only one. All of our kids have leadership qualities and they share that responsibility as a team.”

Lauren Lane, one of three seniors on the roster, is a returning starter for Clay Center.

“Defense is a mentality. You have to be mentally stronger than your opponent and we stress that every day.” - Clay Center coach Jeff Edwards Wright-Frederick described the 2016-17 Lady Tigers as “the most competitive group of girls I’ve ever been around. Even when we scrimmage in practice, nobody wants to lose. Our toughness leads to our strength which is our defense.” Frederick is joined in the backcourt by 5-4 sophomore Addy Mullin. Lauren Lane (5-9 senior), Sydney Callaway (5-8 junior) and Hannah Ferguson (6-0 junior transfer from Goodland) make up the front line. Senior Brianne Wilson, along with sophomores Hailey Franson and Erin Hammel, lead the bench players.

And, while the defense has been outstanding, the offense has been impressive and effective. “Everything goes through the post,” Edwards explained. “All of our girls can score and if not scoring, they’re rebounding, setting picks, just getting the job done. Last year at the state tournament, we made 59 field goals in our three games. Fifty-six of them were layups. A lot of teams try to shut down the opposing team’s leading scorer which is a great strategy, but it won’t work on our team. We can always find a hole.



BASKETBALL “I feel the girls I get to work with are just tremendous. We don’t have as many numbers as some programs, but the girls who are here know why we are winning. We work hard every day. We strive to get better every day, and we want to be successful.” And the fans are coming out in droves to watch the Lady Tigers defend their state crown. “I think winning the state championship made the community realize the potential of our high school sports,” said Wilson. “It seems more and more people attend our games which is very exciting and motivating.” Wright-Frederick agreed. “It seems like more people are willing to come watch us play,” said Wright-Frederick, who will play at Bethany next year. “It’s fun to see the younger kids in the stands, and to see how excited they are about basketball now.” Edwards said that 90 girls in K-6 showed up for The Youth Basketball Association camp this summer. And the current eighth grade girls finished undefeated with Edwards’ daughter Clara leading the team. History shows great programs are built on the type foundation Edwards is building in Clay Center. They are at the top of every opposing coach’s radar as the team to beat and it appears very likely to be that way for a long, long time – something that is bringing the Clay Center fans out in record numbers. “The sense of togetherness present on our team has definitely contributed to the success we have had,” Wilson said. “We come to practice, work hard, listen to the coaches, and improve every day. We know what it takes to be successful, and we strive to do that constantly.” And it’s working to perfection. Sydney Callaway is a junior and returning starter from last year’s 4A-II state title team.

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Members of the state champion Tescott Trojans were honored during the 2014 state tournament in Salina as they celebrated the 57-year anniversary of the ‘57 title team.

Tescott’s Class BB Title Came Nearly 60 Years Ago By Conor Nicholl VYPE North Central Kansas John Ritter’s philosophy of high-octane pressing, fast breaks and fundamentals was formed under hall of fame coaches at Sacred Heart and Kansas Wesleyan. Following his playing career, Ritter took over Tescott in 1948. He built the Trojans into a powerhouse but could never reach the state tournament. In 1952, ’53, ’55, and ’56, Tescott lost in the regional title. In 1956, Tescott went 22-2 and lost to Kipp. “Terrible feeling, because we really thought we were 22


a better team than them,” Mike (Kent) Berkley said. In 1957, Tescott had seniors Berkley, Marvin Burroughs, Larry Watts and Larry Horting. Juniors Steve Percival and Bill Yeager and sophomore Mark Berkley (Mike’s cousin) started, depth that few small schools could match. As well, that season was rumored to possibly be Ritter’s last year. “Coach might retire, and I think that give us an extra shot in the arm that we’re going to do it for him,” Burroughs said.

Tescott’s average margin is still just off the current state mark of plus-37.5 set by Burlington in 2004, according to the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame. One local sportswriter had a saying, “Tescott shoots first and asks questions later.” The quickened pace was known as “harem scarem.”

The 1957 squad had excellent team chemistry and similar size among the starters. The team started to fast break and press more frequently than previous years. “We were quicker and a little smaller,” Mike said. In 1957, Tescott advanced to state tournament for the first time in school history, finished 29-0 and won the Class BB championship with a 73-50 win against Lorraine. The Trojans had an average score of 75.137.8 for a winning margin of 37.3 points per contest. Tescott’s average margin is still just off the current state mark of plus-37.5 set by Burlington in 2004, according to the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame. One local sportswriter had a saying, “Tescott shoots first and asks questions later.” The quickened pace was known as “harem scarem.” In 1998, the team was selected to the Kansas Basketball Hall of Fame. All five starters averaged in double figures, led by 21 points a contest by Mike Berkley. “We knew we could be good,” Mike said. “We didn’t probably realize we could be quite as good as it turned out.” The 60th anniversary of that state title game against Lorraine played at Great Bend High School’s gymnasium will be March 16.

“We were good friends, and I think we were brought up right,” Steve Percival said. Mark and Mike Berkley first worked for Arthur Andersen as CPAs, though in different cities, before coming back to the Salina area and establishing banking careers. Burroughs spent four years and two months in the Air Force and sometimes played seven softball games a week during a stint in Guam. He eventually moved to Strasburg, Colo., where he and his son, Mike, ran an auto repair business for 30 years. Yaeger resides in Georgia. Of the reserves, George Lee is in Florida, Charles Sheppard lives in Lenexa, and Watts and Horting are in Salina. “The second five at Tescott could have started at a lot of little towns,” Kansas author and historian Steven Farney said. In 1987, a reel-to-reel radio broadcast of the title game was transferred to cassette tape and then later to CD. Though he hasn’t done in about 10 years, Mike Berkley will sometimes take a ride in the country and listen to the title. “I am kind of fired up to pop it in,” he said.

Nine of the ten players remain alive and are in relatively good health. The squad has vivid memories, including team manager Dick Matthews and his wife Melba, one of the four cheerleaders. Dick and Melba have lived in the same house in Salina for nearly 50 years. Dick and Steve Percival have hunted together. Steve’s wife, Marge, an eighth grader in 1957, has become the team administrator. They live in Galva. VYPE.COM | HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS | FEB 2017


Down Memory Lane The team has enjoyed multiple reunions and coach’s birthday milestones. Ritter, who did retire from coaching after the 1957 season and moved back to Salina for an insurance position, passed away in 2011 at the age of 88. He earned a spot in the KWU Hall of Fame the following year. “He didn’t put people down and he made you feel proud of what you were doing,” Dick said. This May, the team will celebrate its 60-year reunion in Tescott. “We were very fortunate to have a wonderful coach, and our principal, Mr. (Bruce) Cummings, was just an incredible guy, and I think he had a lot to do with keeping us close,” Dick said.

Mike Berkley is the youngest of eight children, with the closest brother four years older. Mark Berkley is an only child. “Mark and I grew up more like brothers than cousins,” Mike said. The Berkleys, Burroughs and Percival were strong friends. Burroughs still recalls playing basketball in the grade school around fourth grade. The ceiling was lower than a regulation-sized goal. “The basketball would barely go in the hole,” he said. “But we finally got a jersey that was all full of holes that we could kind of get a little team together, and it kind of grew up from there.” Ritter’s tutelage extended to his assistant coach Dean Kindlesparger, the grade school principal for seven years before he took over as head coach following the ’57 championship season. Kindlesparger coached junior high and ran the same system. “That gave us a little bit of a head start,” Mark said. The team shared the ball so well that sometimes Ritter became upset because the team overpassed. Mark often played the high post and found his cousin with assists. He jumped like he was going to shoot, but instead he passed to Mike. “He had a knack for gaining position on his opponent under the goal,” Mark said. But it was the fast-paced press, unusual for the time, that gave opponents the most problems. While most presses have one player stay back, all five Tescott players were generally active in the full court press. “That’s why we scored so much,” Mike said. “Because in those days the gyms were small, and we were quick and fast and none of us were giants and none of us were slow.” 24


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Leading By Example In his first 50 wrestling matches in high school, Ell-Saline sophomore Nick Davenport won 41 of them. (Photos, Tanner Colvin)

Ell-Saline’s Davenport Excels On and Off the Mat By Matt Browning VYPE North Central Kansas It does not matter if it is on the mat or the field; EllSaline sophomore Nick Davenport excels at whatever he does athletically. He was the starting quarterback for the Cardinals’ football team as a and now is a successful wrestler for a program in its second year of existence. “He just has the best work ethic and is extremely coachable,” said John Ludes, who is Ell-Saline’s wrestling coach and Davenport’s uncle. “He has pretty much always been that way, too.” But for everything Davenport has accomplished and will accomplish in sports, it’s the way he conducts himself in his everyday life that makes him stand out. Ludes points out a specific instance several years ago that showed the type of young man Davenport was going to become. “I was coaching Nick’s fifth grade team and I bought pizza and drinks for the team,” Ludes said. “All 18 of the players and then the coaches came through and Nick was the only one to say thank you. That just really struck me and it still does.” A more recent example of the compassion and class Davenport carries himself with happened 26


a few weeks ago at the Council Grove wrestling tournament. Davenport was a high seed and had a pretty good idea who his opponents were going to be. At one point in the bracket, he faced a young man with special needs. Rather than pinning him, Davenport wrestled conservatively, knowing what it would mean to his opponent to score points, rather than get pinned immediately. Davenport eventually won by a 6-3 decision. Many of the spectators were impressed with the sportsmanship Davenport exhibited. After all, he could have done what he did to his opponent in the finals, which was earning a pin just 26 seconds into the match. “I have had good support from my parents,” Davenport said. “I have been taught right from wrong and have good morals.” Davenport has been ranked in the top six this season in the 195-weight class. At press time, he had won 19 of his 22 matches, including 15 by pin. In his nearly two years on the mat, Davenport as accumulated a 41-9 record. Last football season, Davenport accounted for 15

touchdowns and 904 yards for the Cardinals. “He has good size and I do not think he is finished growing,” Ludes said. “We have been talking about him getting more intense in the weight room.” If given the choice, Davenport would like to play football in college, but at the same time, he will not rule out wrestling, either. “I just like football a little more right now,” Davenport said. “I have developed a love for it. I like the camaraderie of a team that is not always there with wrestling.” Ludes hopes Davenport is open to anything for his collegiate career. He does not want him to pigeonhole himself into a particular position or path. “Who knows what a college coach will say when he comes recruiting?” Ludes said. “If he says we are three-deep at quarterback, but wants to bring Nick in as an athlete, he needs to be open to that.” Davenport views his role in the wrestling program to be a vital one as the hope is to continue to develop it and increase the popularity. The Ell-Saline district also began a middle school wrestling program two years ago. “I think we can get better,” Davenport said. “We just need to get some guys in and keep growing.”

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Lance Bergmann St. John’s-Tipton Basketball In his eighth year at St. John’s Beloit-Tipton, boys’ basketball coach Lance Bergmann has a career record of 134-44 with three consecutive trips to the state tournament. His 2014 Blujay team won the state championship and this years’ team has been ranked near the top of the state in Class 1A-Division I all season. Bergmann graduated from St. John’s Beloit in 2001 and was one of the state’s top 1A scorers and free throw shooters during his career. He played basketball in college at Benedictine, graduating in 2005. He is a full-time deputy sheriff for Mitchell County and in a KSHSAA Rule 10 coach. VYPE - Your teams have finished first, second, and third at state the last three years and have earned the No. 1 state ranking this season.  Do you or your players feel pressure to return to state and win it all again? BERGMANN - “Honestly, it’s not really pressure to win, they just expect to win and the goal every year is to get back to state. They know what it takes and they work hard every day in practice and on their own to get better. Every practice, every game, they are committed to working harder than their opponents because they’ve experienced what the end-result can be. I don’t feel any pressure as their coach. I just try to keep them focused on the goal and reminding them what it takes to be the best. They are the ones who make it happen. “We’ve had kids stay in the gym on their own, after games, just to work on their game when they saw things they wanted to change or improve on. The year we won state, we had kids show up in the gym on a Saturday night from 10 ‘til midnight to practice on their own. Of course, after that, we had to make sure there was a sponsor on hand, but they did that on their own and that’s really a trademark of this bunch of kids. They don’t have to be pushed because they push themselves.” VYPE - Your teams are really focused on the defensive end, allowing just over 30 points per game. Describe your defensive strategy. BERGMANN - “The strategy is to work harder than our opponents. We have defensive strategies and drills we work on every day in practice, but in the end, it’s a matter of outworking the opposition. Our kids are sold out on that concept. We try to shut down their leading scorer and that has worked out well for us. I tell our kids that holding a player 10-15 points below his scoring average is the same as scoring 10-15 points on the offensive end. “Our kids pride themselves on playing great defense, but the other thing is that defense is a team effort and that’s something else these boys really understand and buy into. They’re all about the team and not at all selfish and concerned about individual stats. I think that’s the quality I appreciate most about my team: they are so unselfish and work so hard at being better – as a team. Our defense is just a reflection of how hard these kids work together as a team.” VYPE - How does this year’s team compare to the other great teams in school history BERGMANN - “We’ve had a great tradition here forever and I believe the last four to five years we’ve developed the attitude that we’re going to be the best defensive team every time we step on the court. We’re not going to ever let our opponent outwork us. We understand that concept and this year’s team is just like the other great teams we’ve had because they buy into it. They also appreciate that life isn’t all about basketball and we have an opportunity to teach ‘life lessons’ through the sport and these kids just live it. “I have four kids and these boys are all great role models for them and all of the younger kids. My kids are extremely involved and close to the basketball boys. They have grown up around them and the boys treat them like little brothers and sister. I am extremely proud of the role models that all of my players, including previous years, have been and currently are for my kids. “Their attitude is great, they’re respectful, the way they dress and conduct themselves is a great reflection on the school and their families. We’ve had fans from opposing teams compliment us on how our players conduct themselves during and after games. I’m really proud of that and so is our entire school and the community.” VYPE - The St. John’s Beloit/Tipton girls team is also enjoying a great season and state-ranking. How does the girls’ success affect your boys’ team? BERGMANN - “Oh, they really enjoy the fact the girls are having a great season. There’s no jealousy or competition. Our seniors are really close and they are really supportive of each other and enjoying the fact that both of our teams are among the best in the state. It has a great effect on school spirit and pride in our school. Keith Kresin is doing a great job with our girls. We’re all enjoying this season.” VYPE.COM | HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS | FEB 2017




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