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January 2018

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INSIDE: • Hillsboro’s Knoll Notches No. 500 • Sibling Rivalry, SH vs. SES • Beloit’s Blayne Harris • The Dotted Line ...

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VYPE: Strong & Steady Ship In A Violent (Media) Storm Happy New Year VYPE Nation! (Better late than never) I have to make an apologize. I got so wrapped up in the Christmas spirit and VYPE had so many great stories to tell in our December issue that I totally forgot to wish everyone a Merry Christmas, a Happy New Year and to THANK YOU all for your support of VYPE in 2017! It was another great year for VYPE, our 10th in Wichita and 1st in Salina! We could not do what we do without the VYPE area student athletes, teams, athletic directors, coaches, schools, fans, communities and of course our sponsors who allow us to tell their stories in a FREE publication! Thank you! For 10 years now, VYPE has been a strong and steady ship bringing the area’s best high school sports coverage to our readers. Many other high school media outlets have come and gone and many have cut way back on their high school content. VYPE continues to grow in a period of crazy media chaos. Speaking of media chaos, there is certainly a lot of confusion about which media outlets work, which do not, and which you just don’t know or trust. Social media is in the middle of a revolution as people begin to question the effectiveness, the actual reach and the quality of content that social media is providing. You do not have to look any farther than the recent Face Book platform announcements and the hearings on Capitol Hill with all the social media giants to know that a sea of change is coming in social media content and advertising. Even the old stalwarts of TV and radio are undergoing tremendous change. (Trust me, I spent over 20 years and TV…everything has changed). I don’t often use VYPE and my publisher’s column to “promote” VYPE’s advertising and marketing effectiveness. (Can anyone remember the last time VYPE ran a “advertise with VYPE” promo in the magazine?) But in the middle of all the media chaos, a recent article published in a national trade publication really defines why VYPE is such a great media venue and should be part of any good marketing mix for any business in the Wichita and Salina area that wants to connect with high schools, parents, and the community at large in a stable, safe and high demand media venue. As an advertiser, you will never be embarrassed to be in VYPE! Frankly, the article tells the VYPE story better than I can! Happy reading! Media pundits like to claim that the magazine industry is failing and that print is an antiquated medium. The “print is dead” drumbeat inevitably taints the perception media buyers have of print as a viable marketing mechanism. Linda Thomas Brooks, president and CEO of the Association of Magazine Media (MPA), argues that this tired rhetoric glosses over the reality, which is that print is one of the most effective ways to deeply engage consumers, build brand awareness, and sell products. Marketers are beginning to reawaken to the value of print as well. The digital revolution made it easier than ever for brands to market directly to consumers, so in the past several years ad spend has gone toward direct marketing tactics, said Brooks. That strategy has hurt brand awareness because many advertisers have focused solely on converting consumers at the point of purchase rather than reaching and engaging new prospects early in the purchase cycle. Brands are beginning to realize that this approach is not sustainable. In addition, brands have encountered new challenges online, such as ad fraud and ads appearing on disreputable sites, which muddle the real value of their online display ads. Below are four key takeaways from Brooks’ presentation. 1. Print Magazines Have the Reach The magazine media is terrific at reaching in-market consumers,” said Brooks. According to Nielsen and GfK MRI research conducted in the spring of 2017, the top six national magazines have a larger reach among 18- to 49-year-olds than anything on television. 2. Print Magazines Drive Results A study prepared by Millward Brown Digital analyzed how different media mixes affect brand lift and purchase intent among consumers. Looking at 150 case studies, the study found that when print was added to the marketing mix, brand awareness went up the most, as much as 15 percent. 3. Print Magazines Are Trusted Part of the reason magazines drive such powerful results for brands is that they are highly trusted by consumers, according to the MPA’s Linda Thomas Brooks. They have invited that magazine into their home and the advertiser gets to be the plus one.” That trust is a significant advantage over an industry where fake news has exploded. 4. Print Magazines Demand More Attention In 2015, research by the MPA showed that when consumers want to understand a specific topic or be inspired by something, print magazines are the preferred format for all age groups, including millennials. Print magazines are a deeper reading experience, said Brooks, meaning consumers are reading at slower speeds, are more focused and attentive. DITTO! Exactly! I could not have said it better myself! So, businesses, marketing managers, media buyers please give me a call. I know you or your customers can benefit from being a VYPE partner! VYPE WILL get your message in front of readers and we WILL promote community goodwill! Ask yourself, “Why am I not in VYPE?” Then call me, I can help you answer that question! Welcome to 2018!



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Presents January’s Mother & Student Athletes of the Month! Shawn Cox, South H.S. I am blessed to be mom to four - Kevrick (class of 2014), Nolan (junior), Gretchen (junior) and Brandt (8th grade) - who are very active in sports and love doing it. Being a mom is difficult, challenging and hectic (total chaos at times), but also the most rewarding job I will ever have. My role as mom is to do what I can for them to achieve success on and off the playing field. I enjoy volunteering for team dinners, helping with fund raisers, being a parent rep/liaison and team commissioner and I have also coached. Being active in sports teaches my kids the meaning of commitment, building character, team work, self discipline, building life long friendships and making memories. My kids have had season-ending injuries that have given them a different position on a team, forcing them to gain patience to fight hard to return to doing what they love. It is a bonus to watch them in my alumni colors, wear them with pride kids. Thanks to Karen, for thinking enough of me to nominate me for "Mom of the month", appreciated beyond belief. "It's always a great day to be a Cougar" - Shawn Cox

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Jacob Burdine, Solomon H.S. Jacob is a senior at Solomon High School and participates in football, basketball and track for the Gorillas. He has lettered three years in track and two years each in football and basketball. Jacob was selected to play in the Kansas Eight-Man All-Star Game this summer and was named to the Tri-County Classic all-tournament team in basketball. He volunteers at the Methodist and Presbyterian churches in town and plans to attend college, participate in a sport and become an electrician or something similar.

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Comeback Player of the Month Trace Leners, Sacred Heart H.S. Sacred Heart boys’ basketball hopes they have cemented permanent residence among the upper class in Class 2A. “We’ve really set, as coach calls it, a dynasty at Sacred Heart. It was 70-something and 4 the last three years,” said junior Trace Leners. “It’s cool to see where we’ve progressed over the year. Hopefully that’s a preview of what’s to come for Sacred Heart.” Sacred Heart captured the 2A state title last year and finished second the year before. Leners was a pivotal piece to the equation, and is again this year – with his contributions more noticeable by the day as his right arm continues to heal. Leners, a wide receiver and linebacker for the SHHS football team, broke the radius in his right arm this fall - twice. “The first time, it was a stupid play by my part. I reached the ball out to get a first down when I was not even close. A helmet came and hit it right there,” Leners said. “Six weeks later, I came back and played, just on the defensive side. First possession was OK. I came in the second possession and made a tackle, but he fell right on the exact spot I broke it previously.” Leners visited Dr. Todd Herrenbruck at Salina Ortho for treatment. “After both times, I was in a long-arm cast through the elbow for three weeks,” Leners said. “The first time, that was the only cast I needed to kind of protect where I broke it. The second time, I just needed a three-week cast. He just put me in a brace to kind of work on my movement.” Anxious to return in time for basketball, Leners made it back for the preseason and has been building his strength back up since. “To be honest, to the day it still hurts to shoot, but I just know I’ve got to warm it up and I’ll be fine,” Leners said. “Working your way back is just the way it had to be. It was a process, but it’s starting to feel a lot better now.”

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Kaylee Heimer, SE-Saline H.S. Kaylee is a junior at Southeast of Saline and carries a 3.70 GPA. She participates in Basketball and Track, belongs to FFA, 4-H, Crime Stoppers and volunteers at Salina Regional Healthcenter. She shows sheep and cattle at the Saline County Fair and sheep at the Kansas State Fair and is President of the Gypsum Valley 4-H Club. Kaylee started to rodeo when she was seven years old and is the 2015 All Around Champion at the MCYA Rodeo, currently 6th overall in Reincow at the Kansas High School Rodeo Association. Her favorite events are Barrels and Reincow and says High School Rodeo has taught her a lot of responsibility. She plans to attend KSU and get a degree in Plant and Soil Science.



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Family United Despite Sibling Rivalry By Conor Nicholl VYPE North Central Kansas Kristy and Matt Rodriguez have five children. Since the late ‘90s, Kristy has served in various coaching, teaching and administrative roles at Sacred Heart and then Southeast of Saline. In the summer of 2015, Kristy started as director of the Kansas Wesleyan teacher education program. Then, Kristy and Matt had a question: what’s best for each child? Haylie, the eldest, had attended Catholic elementary school before all five children went to the SES school district when Kristy served there. She returned to Sacred Heart her freshman year. Haylie is currently a Knight senior. Her brother, Rudy, is a junior at rival Southeast. Both are three-sport athletes, including all-state accolades for Haylie in volleyball and Rudy in wrestling.

“Matt or myself were always at their events, but now it’s more of a juggling game, but I think it’s made us stronger and closer as a family.” - Kristy Rodriguez “High school is kind of different now,” Kristy said. “It’s a lot like picking a college where you have got to find the right fit.” Haylie, the starting setter and the Knights’ all-time leader with 2,662 assists, played for her mother, the Knight volleyball coach and a longtime club coach. Also a key contributor in Knights basketball and softball, Haylie signed to KWU for volleyball.

Haylie Rodridguez is a senior at Sacred Heart, while younger brother Rudy is a junior at rival Southeast of Saline. (Photos, Tanner Colvin) 14


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“I love going to Sacred Heart. Everyone is so close, like it doesn’t matter what grade you are,” Haylie said. “… Spiritually (SH) has helped me grow as a person.” Last winter, Rudy took fourth place at 152 pounds at the Class 3-2-1A state meet. He injured his knee in one of his matches and needed a brace until July. Rudy missed baseball and couldn’t attend summer camps. “I have a ways to go to be able to be where I want to for the state tournament, but I am healthy as of now,” Rudy said. In early January, Rudy’s father made the nearly 400mile round trip to Norton to watch his son in one of the larger regular season meets. “Matt or myself were always at their events, but now it’s more of a juggling game, but I think it’s made us stronger and closer as a family,” Kristy said. Kristy said all five children engage in “a lot of trash talking” at home. However, the family does root for and wear colors of both schools. When Sacred Heart played Southeast in volleyball, Rudy wore SHHS gear and stood with his friends in the Trojan student section. After the game, he joined the Knight volleyball team for a photo. In Week 4 last fall, Southeast won at Sacred Heart, 44-41, in football. Rudy had a key late interception that set up a score. “I was cheering, because it was Rudy, but people around me weren’t cheering,” Haylie said. “That was probably one of the toughest ones because it’s always good to beat your rival, but it was my brother.”

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Sibling Rivalry Younger brother Matthew is in the eighth grade. Sisters Riley and Kelli are in fifth and fourth, respectively. Sacred Heart does not offer wrestling, while the Trojans do, a key factor for the boys attending Southeast. At this point, it’s uncertain where the younger girls will attend high school. “One thing we’ve said as a family that we are there for each other no matter who they play for or what they are playing,” Kristy said. Most mornings, the three oldest leave the house by six a.m. for weights. “If this was a reality TV show, we would have outstanding ratings, because it’s a zoo,” Kristy said. Matt is retired military and has encountered recent health issues, including a stroke. He struggles with driving and tries to come to events as often as possible. An Ellsworth graduate and former wrestler, Matt has helped the boys on the mat throughout their careers. “People have been left at different practices,” Kristy said. “We forget where people are sometimes. Our calendars are crazy. But the nice thing is we’ve got the support system at both schools that people know our situation. “And know that we’ve got kids at different schools and different activities - that if they see one of them lingering around, they grab them and they either keep them or bring them home, and we couldn’t do it without the support we have from the other families.”

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Rudy finished fourth at 152 pounds in the Class 3-2-1A state wrestling tournament last year. (Photo, Everett Royer)

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Salina South Swim Team The swimming and diving team from Salina South traveled to Wichita on Saturday, January 13, to compete in the 12-team Wichita West Invitational held at the West High pool. South finished third in the meet with 183 points, trailing only Maize and Maize South inthe team standings. South's Paul Armbrust and Keetan Munsell each finished second in an individual event. Armbrust was runner-up in the 100-yard backstroke (1:01.66) and Munsell was second in diving (368.10).duis dolore te feugait.

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KNOLL, HILLSBORO KNOW SUCCESS “Elias has been playing great,” said Knoll. “He comes to play every game. His game was really good offensively and defensively.” The Trojans play the ‘Knoll Way’ – with hard-nosed defense mixed with team-oriented passing featuring a balanced offense. The formula has worked for 500plus wins and just 186 losses. “We trust each other playing basketball on our team,” Werth said. “We’ve grown up as friends. We realize that playing unselfish basketball will help us be our best.” Ratzlaff said playing an unselfish style is handed down from team-to-team. “What we want is a great shot each time down,” Ratzlaff said. “Coach Knoll wants the best for every player. Everyone gets a chance to shoot the basketball because there are no individuals on our team.” Hillsboro has been a home for Knoll for three decades. Hillsboro superintendent Robert Brown offered him a coaching and teaching position in 1988. Knoll played high school basketball for Moundridge coach Dwight Goering and played college football at Bethel College.

Hillsboro coach Darrel Knoll won his 500th game at the school on Jan. 9. (Photos, Kendall Shaw)

By Jim Misunas VYPE North Central Kansas The 500th coaching victory for Hillsboro High School’s Darrel Knoll was typical – low key and understated. That’s Knoll’s preferred style. The Trojans earned Knoll’s historic basketball victory with an 81-54 win over Hoisington on Jan. 9. Knoll’s accomplishment was celebrated with the presentation of a plaque and numerous words of congratulations from his players, former players, family members, friends and supporters. Darrel’s son, Joe, transformed that memorable night into pure magic when he made his debut after rallying from a football injury. Joe Knoll converted his first shot of the season - a 3-point basket. “They knew some of the former players were around and were excited to play,” Knoll said. “I was really pleased with the effort.” Senior Elias Werth scored 31 points with six steals against the Cardinals. Also scoring in double-digits were Caleb Potucek (14), Wes Shaw (13) and Darian Ratzlaff (10). Werth leads the team in scoring at nearly 20 points per game. Ratzlaff is scoring 15 points a game and Shaw is the team’s leading rebounder. 20


Senior guard Elias Werth leads the Trojans in scoring (nearly 20 per game), assists and steals.

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Darian Ratlaff scores nearly 15 points a game for the Trojans.

Knoll’s teams play a throwback style with players moving and passing the basketball until the Trojans earn a high-quality shot. The Trojans exhibit patience and value each possession. “The best advice is I ever received was be yourself as a coach,” Knoll said. “The way I coach is the way I am. I treat everyone with respect.” Knoll learned the basics from coach Goering, but has borrowed plays and philosophies from coaches like Dean Smith, Roy Williams, Dick Bennett and Mike Krzyzewski. Werth said players work on doing every phase of the game the right way with no shortcuts. “Coach insists on doing the little things right,” Werth said. “He wants everything we do done the right way.” The Trojans, who had won 10 of their first 11 games at press time, have qualified for 12 state basketball tournaments under Knoll, highlighted by Class 3A state championships in 1991, 1995 and 1998 when they defeated Immaculata, Belleville and Collegiate in the state finals. “All those teams are memorable, but the first state championship is special because it’s the first one,” Knoll said. “All those teams were determined to be their best. I enjoy the great relationships with former players and very thankful for those relationships.”

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Robertson, a senior who has signed with Oklahoma, scored 89 points during the first four games in January as the Bullpups improved to 9-1 after 10 games. She scored 26 of her team's 50 points in a hard-earned win over Andale.

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HILLSBORO The Trojans were also state runner-up three times in 1992, 1997 and 1999, losing to Holcomb, Medicine Lodge and Belleville. The Trojans lost to state champions Olpe in 2014 and Sacred Heart in 2017. “The teams which came close to state championships were great basketball teams too,” Knoll said. “The championships we nearly won are the ones you think about the most as a coach.” Knoll rarely if ever offers advice for the officials. He earned his last technical foul in 1992 when an official overheard a fan’s comment that he thought was directed from Knoll. “I coach my team hard and want the best for the players,” he said. “You always want your team to focus on what they can control. You always want your team to adjust to the way the game is being called.” The players have learned Knoll’s lessons well. Ratzlaff said he still has a hard time dealing with last year’s last-second loss to Sacred Heart in the first round of the 2A state tournament in Manhattan. “That one still hurts,” Ratzlaff said. “We still can’t talk about it. But we definitely want to get another opportunity to play at the state tournament.”

Junior forward Wes Shaw is Hillsboro’s top rebounder.

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Be Elite Athletes of the Month Sharp Performance's All-State Athletes A total of 28 all-state selections and eight Shrine Bowl selections trained at Sharp Performance this season. While these are great numbers and we are very proud to boast these, we are also extremely humbled for the opportunity to work with so many amazing athletes. The all-state players who trained at Sharp Performance included Cole Butts (Salina Central), Jackson Heath (Blue Valley NW), Dante Jackson (Lawrence), Nick Channel (Kapaun), Koy Brack (Great Bend), Blake Sullivan (Goddard), Taylon Peters (Salina Central), Luis Sotelo (Salina Central), Jacob Mondragon (Goddard), Trevor Watts (Desoto), Braden Rose (Buhler), Brenden Webb (Buhler), Jhet Burkhart (Buhler), Ben Nikkel (McPherson), Drew Labertew (McPherson), Taegan Schoenfeld (St. Marys), Keenan Baird (Silver Lake), Nick Davenport (Ell-Saline), Alex Barton (Central Plains), Carlos Emmanuel (Hanover), Cole Stricker (Pike Valley), Lane Peters (Pike Valley), Sammy Hardin (Wichita Trinity), Hayden Gillum (Plainville), Dalton Kuhn (Smith Center), JJ Allen (Bennington), Tanner King (Eisenhower), Drew Cunningham (Lakeside) and Colton Miller (Hutchinson). The group photo shows 11 of those young men along with three athletes who are now playing Divison 1 football - Justyn Stindt of Republic County (receiver, Wyoming) and Newton's Kade Remsberg and Landon Moore (Air Force Academy).


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Student of the Month JASMINE BATES – Sterling High School Jasmine Bates, a junior from Sterling High School, faced an unthinkable injury during a softball game last year. After stealing home, an encounter with another player caused a tear in her meniscus and fractured her tibia. Though her injury has caused her great discomfort, Jasmine has made massive improvements. Her mother, Seneca Bates, states that if it had not been for her therapist at Advanced PT, Jasmine might not have made such progress. “At the time, you don’t realize how bad it is,” she said. “Her therapist, Donna, has given her a boost of confidence and encouragement. She can relate to her and help her see the light in the situation.” After being non-weight bearing for seven weeks, Jasmine has been actively receiving physical therapy at the Advanced Physical Therapy Sterling clinic for nearly six months. Through manual therapy and the use of ASTYM, Jasmine says she’s seen great improvements. “My leg muscles have come back. My calf and quad were really undefined, and I thought it would take forever to get it back,” Jasmine said. “But, already my right leg is getting back to what it used to be.”

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Blayne Harris of Beloit was the 3-2-1A state champion at 113 pounds last year.

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Looks To Defend By Matt Browning VYPE North Central Kansas As a freshman and sophomore wrestler, Beloit’s Blaine Harris was just another good wrestler. Sure, he went 24-14 as a freshman and 31-13 as a sophomore and qualified for both state tournaments, but his visits were short, as he went 1-2 as a freshman and 2-2 as a sophomore.



Then something clicked. As a junior, Harris exploded to a 34-2 record and the Class 3-2-1A state championship at the 113-pound weight class. “Before my junior season, I was just wrestling for the sake of wrestling,” Harris said. “But then I really got into it. I made sure to lift weights every day and make myself better.”

Harris credits a more aggressive style for his improvement as a junior and senior.

A philosophical change to his style on the mat was also crucial to Harris’ development. No longer was he a defensive wrestler. He went on the offensive and was more aggressive with his opponents. “My coaches were big on that (being more aggressive),” Harris said. “They would always say ‘we have got to be more offensive’ and they made sure to be on me for it.” Beloit wrestling coach Andy Niemczyk said he never anticipated Harris making that significant of a jump, but the main reason why he did was he sold himself to wrestling during the summer before his junior year. “He was frustrated during his sophomore year,” Niemcyzk said. “He had a good year, but was frustrated that he did not place. He thought he should have and set upon himself that he was not going to be in that position again.” Niemcyzk also said Harris’ work ethic is second to none, which rubs off to everyone in the practice room. “He is the hardest worker in the practice room,” Niemcyzk said. “He is not a loud leader, but he leads by example. You can understand in a minute how good his work ethic is. The other kids pick up on that, too.” With winning a state title comes the expectation of repeating and those expectations are not lost on Harris. He understands he is no longer the one chasing a title, rather others are chasing to take his away. “Everyone that wrestles me has the mindset that they have nothing to lose,” Harris said. “But my expectation is to win and my mindset every time on the mat has not changed. I treat every match like it is a state title. I do not like losing and I just have to make sure to work hard.” At press time, Harris had lost back-to-back weeks at tournaments—both in overtime. Niemcyzk thinks those losses are just an extra motivation that will gear Harris up for February. “I think there is a little pressure on him,” Niemcyzk said. “He is having a tremendous year and I think any losses will definitely be to his advantage.”

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Salina Central H.S. Chase is a freshman at Central High School and participates in bowling and track for the Mustangs. He has bowled a high game of 298 and high series of 714. Chase carries a 3.0 grade point average and volunteers at a senior citizen's home. His plans after high school are to attend Wichita State and compete on the bowling team.

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Community Athlete of the Month Gunnar Holmgren, Salina Central H.S. Gunnar is a senior at Salina Central and a two-year letterman on the Mustang swim team (with one provisional letter). He carries a 3.20 grade point average and volunteers for Swim to a Wish and the Salina Aquatics Club. Gunnar plans to attend college and study to be a psychiatrist. He began swimming when he was 10, works as a lifeguard at the Salina YMCA and Kenwood Cove Aquatics Park. "My life revolves around the water you might say."

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