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January 2017

CARRYING THE TORCH Sacred Heart Coach Pat Martin Keeps The Flame Burning At His Alma Mater INSIDE:

- Sacred Heart Basketball - The Consolation Round - Mr. Dubbert Goes To NYC - Republic County Band - Area Bowling

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12 - Tradition Runs Deep

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Martin Family Loves The Knights By Conor Nicholl

16 - Small School, Big Talent Dubbert A Wendy’s Finalist By Conor Nicholl

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4 - Locker Talk Shrine Bowl, 8-Man Stars

6 - Picture This

20 - The Consolation Round Working Their Way Back By Harold Bechard

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27 - Coaches Corner Steve Riedy, Abilene Basketball

28 - Spirit

24 - Bowling, 2017

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8-Man Rosters Announced The Kansas Shrine Bowl Board of Directors and the Kansas 8-Man Football Association have announced the list of players invited to participate in their all-star games this summer. The 44th annual Kansas Shrine Bowl will be held July 29 at BG Products and Veterans Sports Complex in El Dorado. The 32nd annual Kansas 8-Man All-Star Games will be held June 10 at Beloit’s Trojan Field. The Shrine Bowl Game will kick off at 7 p.m. in El Dorado. The 8-Man Division II All-Star Game will start at 10 a.m. on June 10, and the Division I game will follow at 1:30 p.m.


Ben Murray of Southeast of Saline (left) has been invited to play in the Shrine Bowl All-Star Game this summer, while Pike Valley’s Mason Runft is one of several area players who will participate in the Kansas 8-Man All-Star Games in Beloit.

EAST INVITATIONS Drew Bones, Ottawa; Hunter Browning, Washburn Rural; Dalton Cowan, Topeka Seaman; Bryce Crouch, Emporia; Jay Dineen, Free State; Clayton Fowler, Hartford; Colin Grunhard, Bishop Miege; Dawson Hammes, Rossville; Jake Hastings, Santa Fe Trail; Trenton Henry, Nemaha Central; Wyatt Hubert, Shawnee Heights; Cuttar Huss, Troy; J.J. Letcher, Piper; Jordin Linn, Neodesha; Michael Maffry, Blue Valley; Jordan Martin, Turner; Greg Martin, Marysville; Jason Meeker, SM West; Brandon Miekus, Frontenac; Trey Moore, Lawrence; Justin Peine, Prairie View; Travis Pickert, St. James Academy; Danny Presler, SM North; Trystan Pringle, Lyndon; Eric Renyer, Sabetha; Eric Scott, Basehor-Linwood; Adam Smith, Atchison; Chandler Struthers, St. Paul; Trevor Thompson, SM East; Garrett Tierney, BV Northwest; Peyton Usher-Pearson, Independence; Mitchell Wertzberger, Wabaunsee; Kamaren Wilson, Coffeyville; Keegan Zars, Mill Valley. COACHES - Derick Hammes, Rossville (head); Bob Lisher, Free State; Tom Radke, St. James Academy; Rob Hedrick, Ottawa; Warren Seitz, Nemaha Central; Brent Hoelting Lyndon. WEST INVITATIONS Ben Adler, Trinity Academy; Jovon Baldwin, Junction City; Shane Berens, Hays; Tyrekus Birch, Wichita South; Kaden Davis, Ellsworth; Cooper Dreifort, Andover; Zach Esau, Hesston; Dylan Foos, Dighton; Hayden Friend, Plainville; Joey Gilbertson, Wichita Northwest; Kody Gonzalez, Goddard; Cullen Grabast, Osborne; Jacob Green, Norton; Layke Heimerman, Halstead; Zach Helbing, Mulvane; Peyton Hill, Garden City; Jacob Jenkins, Chaparral; Hunter Kaufman, Pratt; Dallin Marlnee, Augusta; Jacob Murray, Great Bend; Ben Murray, SE-Saline; Tanner Orand, Eisenhower; Nate Pauly, Garden Plain; Eldon Picou, Manhattan; Ethan Richardson, Maize South; Josh Rivas Hutchinson; Cooper Root, Collegiate; Marshall Rutschman, Sedgwick; Thomas Sanchez, Dodge City; Jay Shank, Valley Center; Landen Urban, Hoisington; Peerlus Walker, Derby; Ethan White, Buhler; Dillon Williams, Holcomb High. COACHES - Marc Marinelli, Eisenhower (head); Brian Hill, Garden City; Scott Vang, Goddard; Brent Pfeifer, Maize South; Clint Rider, Hesston; Grant Stephenson, Plainville.

KANSAS EIGHT-MAN ALL-STARS DIVISION I - EAST Nate Backhus, Herington; Tate Becker, Herington; Kolvin Berry, West Elk; Justin Burch, Osborne; Chevis Cowdin, Oxford; Cullen Grabast, Osborne; Anthony Hovestadt, Burlingame; Cody Jimenez, Central-Burden; Bryant Karlin, Victoria; Avery Kidd, Bennington; Logan Marten, Onaga; Jace McCracken, St. Paul; Jake Mills, Sedan; Derek Naegele, Osborne; Hunter Padgett, Sedan; Justin Shutt, Clifton-Clyde; Chandler Struthers, St. Paul; Brett Stubbs, Madison; Ethan Thompson, Solomon; Josh Van Laeys, Logan-Palco. COACHES - Mick Holt, Sedan; Jeff Slater, Burlingame; Chris Haag, West Elk. DIVISION I - WEST Devin Brown, Ness City; Quinton Cravens, St. Francis; David Enns, South Gray; Will Ginther, Atwood; Seth Hemberger, Argonia-Attica; Luke Heskamp, Spearville; Franko Holguin, Kiowa County; Gerald Morehead, South Central; Hunter Pearson, Canton-Galva; James Radenberg, Central Plains; Brady Ricke, Argonia-Attica; Taylor Rogers, St. Francis; Logan Schlegel, Ness City; Josh Schmidt, Goessel; Trey Schulte, Central Plains; Kolton Sheppard, Leoti; Cole Sramek, Atwood; Wyatt Strecker, Spearville; Brock Waters, St. Francis; Clay Zeller, Little River. COACHES - Matt Fowler, Spearville; Marc Cowles, Ness City; Lance Vandeveer, Argonia-Attica. DIVISION II - EAST Drew Beam, Rock Hills; Will Bruna, Hanover; Elias Butterfield, Central Christian; Davis Dubbert, SJB-Tipton; Adam Fritschi, Hanover; Aaron Henke, SJB-Tipton; Luke Ikerd, Hartford; Adam Kenworthy, Frankfort; Danen Kistner, Hartford; Logan Miller, Central Christian; Peyton Mitchell, Waverly; Drew Ott, Lebo; Blaze Payuer, Pike Valley; Trent Poe, Norwich; Kalen Richardson, Linn; Jedd Rose, Frankfort; Andrew Rothfuss, Wakefield; Mason Runft, Pike Valley; Dilyn Volavka, Caldwell; Adam Zarybnicky, Hanover. COACHES - Lewis Whitson, Hartford; Don Melby, Pike Valley; Sean Blosser, Caldwell. DIVISION II - WEST Grant Cantrell, South Barber; Dylan Foos, Dighton; Joel Green, Stockton; Grady Hammer, Sharon Springs; Bryce Harms, Hodgeman County; Conner Hill, Chase; Tad Holm, TriplainsBrewster; Levis Johnson, Sharon Springs; Spencer Kimmell, South Barber; Gabriel Kruse, Pretty Prairie; Lake Lewis, Dighton; Brad Lightfoot, Otis-Bison; Tyler Lingg, Dighton; Justin Oberle, Chase; Colton Schmidt, Ingalls; Austin Teeter, Ingalls; Chris Tematt, Minneola; Kade Urban, Otis-Bison; Denton Webster, Pretty Prairie; Wyatt Williams, Minneola. COACHES - Vestal Teeter; Regio Hahn, Minneola; Travis Starr, Otis-Bison




best. week. ever. Student Athletes Juggle Training Schedule With Summer Fun

Young Life campers (from left) Adan Sebastian, Garnett Tate, Harrison Level, Tanner Smith, Gannon Clark, Ethan Mitchell, Ian McHugh and Andrew Calderwood (leader).

Jumping wave after wave on a banana boat circling Princess Louisa Inlet in British Columbia, it hit Harrison Level: He was having the best week of his life.

“Everyone kept telling me it would be the best week of my life,” she said. “And it really was.”

Level, a senior at The Independent School, spent a week last summer at Malibu Club - a Young Life Camp 100 miles north of Vancouver - with 50 other kids from Independent and Wichita Collegiate School. Level had heard the camp hype from friends and his Young Life leaders – a guarantee that he’d even get his money back if the week didn’t deliver – and he wasn’t disappointed. Between the water sports, mountain biking, hiking, ropes course and hang out time at the pool, the choices were endless. The camp even had a fitness facility so he could get in a weight workout before starting the day. What Level didn’t anticipate, however, was the connection he would feel with his leader and the other campers, including fellow Independent football teammates Garnett Tate and Ian McHugh.

Still, Seabrook, who plays club volleyball for Shockwave and finished her high school career with the Trojans last semester, initially had reservations about leaving her teammates during the crucial summer months. “I wasn’t sure if I wanted to miss, especially since it was my last summer (with the team),” Seabrook said. “I was nervous about missing things that were going on.” Ultimately, she decided to go and says her experience affirmed the decision. “Even though you might miss things, you will learn so much about yourself and have so much fun,” she said. “It is worth missing those things to go and enjoy this week.” Erin Seabrook (left) and Young Life Leader Janelle Womack.

“There is just something about the environment,” he said. “It is easier to connect with people and open up and talk about things - your troubles and the good things too.” Matt Shepherd, area director for Wichita Young Life, a Christian outreach to high school and middle school students, says that the purpose of Young Life camps is to give kids a chance to pause and think about aspects of life that are bigger than the moment they are living.

Rope courses are one challenge campers can face.

Each year, Wichita Young Life takes kids to Young Life properties located across the country and in British Columbia. Last summer, 500 area students, leaders and volunteers had experiences like Level’s at camps in British Columbia, Colorado, Missouri, North Carolina and Georgia. Erin Seabrook, a senior at Andover High School went on the trip to Sharp Top Cove in Jasper, Georgia. It was her second time to go to a Young Life camp – something she had looked forward to since she first went to Young Life camp as a sophomore.





Marion Miller of Central goes up to score a layup against Salina South in the Bicentennial Center. (Photo, Tanner Colvin)

Bayleigh Petty of Central goes up strong to score two points against Eisenhower. (Photo, Tanner Colvin)

Central coach Doug Finch storms in front of his team’s bench after a call went against his Mustangs. (Photo, Tanner Colvin)



Jake Alexander of McPherson shoots for two in his team’s win over Circle. (Photo, Kendall Shaw)

Riley Hett of McPherson heads up-court in a hurry against the Circle T-Birds. (Photo, Kendall Shaw)

Brayden Neuschafer and Marion Miller celebrate Central’s 76-59 win over previously No. 1-ranked Eisenhower. (Photo, Tanner Colvin)

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Brayden Neuschafer Salina Central H.S.

Billy Bechard of Concordia brings the ball up-court against Wamego in an NCKL game. (Photo, Carleen Nordell)

Allie Valdez of Salina South heads to the basketball against Central at the Bicentennial Center. (Photo, Tanner Colvin)

Neuschafer, a senior guard for the Mustangs, scored a game-high 27 points in a 77-59 victory over previously unbeaten and No. 1-ranked Eisenhower. Neuschafer made 8 of 14 shots from the field (two 3-pointers) and 9 of 10 free throws in the impressive victory.

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Allen Heberly of Salina South locks up with Plainville’s Noah Hansen in the 152 semifinals on the way to the tournament title.

South’s Brenner Vogan celebrates a pin of Wichita West’s Kevin Robinson in the 132-pound title march.

Derrek Sherwood of South, shown here controlling a Wichita Northwest opponent, placed third at 138 pounds.

Drew Burgoon of Salina Central brought home the 113 title after locking up Wichita West’s Brand Fiedler.

Taylor Peters of Central matches up with Colby’s Jose Davilla and went on to place second at 182 pounds.



Central’s Juilion Falcon, shown here against Great Bend’s Eric Vasquez, placed second at 120 pounds.



Brian Taylor of Salina South competes in the 100 Breaststroke at the South meet. (Photo, Bill Millspaugh)

Eldon Taskinen of Salina Central powers his way through the water in the 100 Butterfly. (Photo, Bill Millspaugh)

Paul Armbrust of Salina South works his way through the 500 Freestyle at the South pool. (Photo, Bill Millspaugh)

Trenton Fabrizius of Salina South glides through the water in the 100 Freestyle at South’s pool. (Photo, Bill Millspaugh)

Simon Steinert of McPherson competes in the 100 Breaststroke in the El Dorado Invite. (Photo, Mark Weaver)





Taneisha Gadson of Central sends the ball down the lane at All-Star Lanes. (Photo, Bill Millspaugh)

Bradon Vandervoot of Sacred Heart competes in a quadrangular at All-Star Lanes in Salina. (Photo, Bill Millspaugh)

Lauren Lust heads back to the bench after striking in the Campus triangular. (Photo, Dale Stelz)

Quentin Shaw of Sacred Heart shows good form at All-Star Lanes. (Photo, Bill Millspaugh)



Shemar Hutchens of Salina Central is ready to roll at AllStar Lanes. (Photo, Bill Millspaugh)

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TRADITION RUNS DEEP Martin Family Patriarch Loves His Knights

By Conor Nicholl VYPE North Central Kansas Mike Martin grew up in Salina and fought during World War II in the Philippines. Now 94, Martin is thankful for the United States’ decision to drop the atomic bombs in Japan. The choice likely kept Martin alive and helped shape Sacred Heart’s athletics, especially in boys’ basketball. Had the U.S. elected to a land invasion to Japan, Martin, a scout infantry man who once spent 70 days in a foxhole, would have been one of the first soldiers to leave. Martin was told to expect 100 percent casualties in the first several days of a land strike. “I was glad they dropped the bomb, because I know I wouldn’t be here,” Martin said. After the war, Martin returned home where he met Atwood native Elaine Stehno, who became a longtime nurse and teacher in the Salina area before her passing in 2011. The two lived on a farm east of Salina and had 12 children, all whom attended Sacred Heart. Martin played basketball recreationally into his 70s. He still farms and rides the combine and his sons helps with the harvest each year. “I love the game of basketball and all my boys the same way and their kids are all that way, too,” he said. One of his sons, Pat, played on the Knights’ last of three straight state titles from ’79-81. Pat is now in the tenth year of coaching his alma mater and has created one of Kansas’ top small-school programs. Martin has built the team around hallmarks of God, family, helping in the community and sharing the basketball on the court. “Basketball is always our game, but that’s one thing my parents always instilled in me was you’ve got to give back,” Coach Martin said. Mike Martin still drives and travels to every basketball game. His great nephew, Quinn Riordan, is a senior and one of the team’s top players, along with junior swingman Caleb Jordan and senior point guard Stratton Brown.

Pat and his siblings used. The family calls it “barn ball.” Sometimes, they have to move the tractor to shoot on the goal. “The trick is to always avoid the rafters out there,” he said. “You’ve got to shoot around them, so definitely try to get the ball in the basket without hitting the ceiling.” Pat and Selinda Martin have two children, Conner, who was a four-sport athlete with the Knights, and Shayla, a 2014 Sacred Heart graduate who has sung at Carnegie Hall. When Conner was in school, Pat wanted to coach his son. Pat runs his own environmental business and is not a teacher. He first applied when Sacred Heart allowed Rule 10 coaches to come in from outside the school. Pat didn’t get the job the first time he applied. Three years later, the Knights’ position opened again. This time, Martin was hired. “For me having my own business, it’s two hours a day when I can get away from it all and hide the cell phone,” Martin said. “And nobody can call me or get ahold of me, and I can get to go enjoy the game, and to do it here at my alma mater, it’s even better.” In ‘07-08, Martin’s first team had his nephew Blase Martin as a senior, Conner as a junior, and Mark Riordan, Quinn’s brother, as a sophomore. Sacred Heart qualified for the state tournament for the first time since ’03 and the second occasion since ’86. In ’08 and ‘09, the Knights lost in the first round. In ’10, with Riordan as an all-state player, Sacred Heart finished third in Class 2A, its best finish since 1981. Last year, Martin reached his first state championship game as a coach for a 25-1 team that suffered an upset 64-55 loss in the title game to Jackson Heights. It marked the first title appearance since ’81. Sacred Heart has won eight boys’ basketball crowns. “At this school, if you are not at state, it’s kind of a letdown,” said Martin, who had led the Knights to an 9-1 record through games of January 10.

For nearly 10 years, the Riordan family has eaten Saturday and Monday dinners with Mike. “He definitely loves talking about two subjects: World War II and basketball, especially when his nephews are playing,” Quinn said. “Mostly our subject is basketball, especially the game most recent.” On the family property, Quinn and the various cousins play on the same court that

“Definitely a privilege to follow in both of my brothers’ footsteps, especially Mark, being that he was all-state, but hopefully I can just live up to the name,” Riordan said.

Pat Martin, now in his 10th year as the head coach at Sacred Heart, was a member of the school’s last state championship team in 1981. (Photo, Tanner Colvin)

The Knights have qualified for state in six of Martin’s nine seasons and have won in a variety of ways, including a strong low-post game last winter and a more uptempo, guard-oriented attack this year.

Knights Guard-Oriented This Year

The Seniors (from left): Zach Gaskill, Quinn Riordan, Jake Brull and Stratton Brown. Not pictured is Tyler Gormley.

By Conor Nicholl VYPE North Central Kansas Last season, the Sacred Heart boys’ basketball team had elite success with a personnel grouping with three players on the perimeter and two inside. The Knights featured three seniors who averaged double figures with 6-foot-6 center Jerod Toogood, 6-5 forward Jack Skidmore and 6-2 guard Lucas Comfort. Caleb Jordan, then a sophomore, sank 62 treys on 42 percent shooting from long range. All four players averaged double figures for a team that finished 25-1 and only lost to Jackson Heights in a 64-55 upset in the Class 2A state championship game. This season, the Knights have a much different team with a more guard-oriented roster. Head coach Pat Martin, in his tenth season coaching his alma mater, believes good coaches have to adapt to their personnel. Sacred Heart now normally uses four guards and one forward. The Knights run a lot more motion offense with more players attacking the rim. The different tactics yielded a 66-36 seasonopening home loss to Hesston, ranked No. 1 in Class 3A. The Knights then earned quality wins at the Chapman tournament against Rossville and the host Fighting Irish.

Brown, a three-year starter, is averaging 13 points per game and shooting nearly 90 percent from the free throw line.

The Knights, now 9-1, had also collected victories over Central Plains, rival Southeast of Saline and Thomas More Prep-Marian. “We finally got our anger out of us going into that Chapman tournament,” senior Quinn Riordan said, referring to last season’s state loss. “We haven’t lost since, and we don’t plan to.” Jordan has become an inside threat with a team-high 15 points a contest. In the summer, Jordan knew he had to change his game. He went to the YMCA almost everyday and played travel ball with his school team and a squad out of McPherson. Jordan shot 55 percent on two-point shots last winter and is up to 74 percent this year. “It’s easier to shoot a 15-footer than a 20-footer as my dad would say,” Jordan said of his father, Malik, who is a SHHS assistant coach. Senior point guard Stratton Brown runs the offense for a third straight season and averages 13 points and four assists. The team leader, Brown has shot 89 percent on free throws. “One thing about this team that is probably better than last year’s team is we share the ball a lot better,” Martin said. “Guys really are not worried about their numbers. They are only worried about winning, and that was part of finding our identity. Caleb Jordan, our leading scorer, he has bought into that, and he is attacking the rim a lot better.” VYPE.COM | HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS | JAN 2017


“They’ve got quick, attacking guards, and they make stuff happen,” TMPMarian coach Joe Hertel said. “(Jordan) is a quality player, and he plays inside, outside.” Brown, a three-year starter, has played in 63 varsity games. He remembers watching the Knights as a youth, including a key sub-state win in Bennington. Brown looked up to Conner Martin and Zack Littell from previous seasons. “It’s kind of what I looked for in my game, and it’s what I try to do now,” Brown said.

Martin has led the Knights to the state tournament six times in nine years.

Sacred Heart has always posted strong defenses. The Knights are 54-4 in the last three seasons partially because of increased offensive efficiency and a lower turnover rate. The Knights increased their points per possession every season from ’11-12 (.756 points per possession) to ’15-16 (1.13 points). This season, Sacred Heart is at 1.08. “He’s a great coach,” Jordan said. “He is not only a coach, but he’s also a good friend. He gives us good advice, tips. He teaches us the game well. Yeah, he will get mad sometimes, but it’s for the right reasons, and hopefully we can get a state championship under his name this year.” Many of the current players grew up either related to Martin, going to Sacred Heart games or participating in the Little Knights’ program. Five Saturdays during the season, the Knights’ high school program coaches younger kids. “I watched Sacred Heart basketball ever since I went to grade school at St. Marys,” Brown said. “I have always looked forward to playing at Sacred Heart and am glad that we can get as many wins as we have, because that’s why we have played basketball ever since we were in third and fourth grade, just trying to get to this point, and trying to play well and get wins.” Each Christmas season, the team goes to Catholic Charities and the organization gives the Knights two needy families. Each player puts in 20 dollars of their own money – “money they have to earn, so they know what it’s like,” Martin said – and they go to Walmart. The team buys and wraps the presents and take them to the families. The players love the experience and it fosters great chemistry and family atmosphere. “I think my kids get more out of it than the kids we take the gifts to, and I think it’s such a great thing,” Martin said. Martin uses the life experiences for on-thecourt instruction. He teaches the players about giving – and appreciating the gifts they have, including playing sports. Senior guard Quinn Riordan, who averages 12 points a game, is a nephew of the SHHS head coach and part of the Martin Family Tree.



Junior guard Caleb Jordan, whoen here matching up with SE-Saline’s Ben Murray, leads the team in scoring at 15 points per game.

Riordan averages 12 points and paces the squad with six rebounds. Sophomore Trace Leners, littleused as a freshman, has averaged seven points, five rebounds and four steals. “Trace is awesome,” Riordan said. “As we say, he has the best hands in the state. Even steals that don’t look like they are anywhere near him, he somehow finds a way to get them.” Sacred Heart averaged 66 points per contest and 1.08 points per possession. Last year, the Knights averaged 68 points per game and 1.13 points per possession. From ’09-15, Sacred Heart scored .90 points per possession. “Coach always says spread the ball if you have an open shot, but if someone has a better shot that’s open, you give it to them, and I think that’s our mentality going into every game,” Riordan said. Last year, Sacred Heart collected 36 percent of available offensive rebounds. Without the inside players, the Knights are down to 24 percent this winter. But the motion offense and attacking style has helped Sacred Heart sink 13.9 foul shots a game and shoot 69 percent from the line, the best marks in the last nine years for the program. “We definitely lost some good players, but we knew that we had some good shooters and good scorers returning,” Brown said. “We buy into that, and we share the ball well.”

Sacred Heart students love their Knights and dress-up day as well.

“Not a whole lot of people can do what they can do on the basketball court,” he said. Last year, Sacred Heart was one of three undefeated teams entering Class 2A state tournament. In the semifinals, the Knights defeated then-unbeaten Central Plains, 62-52, in the night matchup. Sacred Heart arrived home late and had a shorter turnaround for the state game than two-loss Jackson Heights, which won its semifinal contest in the afternoon. The Knights celebrated the big win and didn’t have its usual preparation for the final. It marked the only game all season Martin didn’t have game tape of the opponent. The lesson was a learning experience for Martin, who said he would now gather game tape on any state opponents, regardless of bracket positioning.

Martin called the loss the team’s worst game of the year. “We just didn’t play well,” Martin said. “We didn’t share the ball that game. We didn’t go inside. … Jackson Heights couldn’t miss, had their game of the year.” Jackson Heights junior Wyatt Olberding sank five 3-pointers and finished with 27 points, while senior Zane Richter had 26 points. The upset even surprised JHHS and Olberding. “It was unreal,” he said. “We didn’t expect it.” Sacred Heart players have never watched the game tape. Martin addressed the loss in the summer and again when the season started. From a historic standpoint, the loss meant last year’s team didn’t have a banner in the school. Only state titles are recognized with banners on the gym walls at Sacred Heart.

“Had a lot to do with that Central Plains game,” Martin said. “Boys thought that was the championship. A lot of these games at this level are won between the ears, and we just couldn’t do it that last game. We learned a lot.”

This winter, again with Mike Martin in the stands, a Martin on the sideline and a Martin family member on the court, Sacred Heart has capably replaced three of its top four starters with plenty of depth. The Knights opened with the loss to Hesston, but hasn’t lost since.

Jackson Heights ran a diamond-and-one on Knight all-state forward Jerod Toogood. The Cobras led 34-20 at halftime.

“We are so deep this year that we can go as far as the state championship and win it,” Riordan said.



Davis Dubbert at the Wendy’s Heisman ceremony in New York City with his mother, Jeri, and father, Dave.

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Dubbert said. “I had to work to earn my spot on an already talented team. I had to prove myself.”

Davis Dubbert’s trip to New York City was earned by a brief trip to the junior varsity basketball team as a ninth-grader.

St. John’s Beloit basketball coach Lance Bergmann returned 12 juniors and seniors from a 2013 sub-state runnerup. Dubbert had to show he deserved a varsity spot. The Blujays went on to beat Wallace County, 60-58, for the Class 1A state championship and Dubbert was their fourth leading scorer.

The St. John’s Catholic all-state football and basketball standout from Beloit believes his essay that profiled his journey from the junior varsity to a state championship team earned him an invitation to the Wendy’s High School Heisman ceremony as one of 10 national finalists. Dubbert’s essay about overcoming an academic or athletic challenge and the results caught the judges’ attention. The High School Heisman recognizes students for athletics, academics and community service. “I wrote about how I was able to overcome being left off the varsity basketball roster as a freshman,”

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“I knew Davis was talented, but I hadn’t seen him compete,” Bergmann said. “He hadn’t had a chance to practice much with the varsity. I will not give a kid the spot because he is talented. I expect them to earn their spot. I wanted him to prove he was a hard worker and force me to play him.” Bergmann believes Dubbert understood that he had to perform at a high level to play varsity basketball. “When I found out that Davis used it as motivation, I finally fully felt that my decision that year had sunk in with him,” Bergmann said.”. He understood that things were not just going to be given to him and that he would have to work hard to earn them. We won state that year and Davis was a big reason we won.” Dubbert was named the Kansas Wendy’s High School Heisman winner in October, but the deadline to announce the national finalists had passed. The surprise announcement came the next day.

“Our principal called an assembly and nobody knew why,” Dubbert said. “After they told me I was a Wendy’s national finalist I was shocked because I never expected to receive that honor. I was grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the Heisman. I was thankful for everyone who has helped me throughout high school.” Bergmann said Dubbert is a deserving honoree. “Davis has a very humble way about him, which makes him very likable,” Bergmann said. “ I am proud to have him as a role model for other students. He is a wonderful young man who is active at school and in public. He is an outstanding student and puts forth effort in the classroom.” Dubbert said his time in New York City was fast paced with crowded streets and frantic activity.

Dubbert receives his medal from Wendy’s President Emil Brolick and former Heisman Trophy winner Eddie George.

“The amount of people everywhere makes it pretty hectic especially in Times Square and the traffic is extremely annoying,” he said. “Seeing the famous sites the city has to offer was exciting. The experience that I was able to have as a Heisman finalist was far-and-away better than if I was just visiting New York as a tourist.” Dubbert enjoyed time with the other male and female Wendy’s High School finalists. He also met Kirk Herbstreit of ESPN.

“We got to meet all of the collegiate Heisman finalists and talk to them for 30 minutes,” Dubbert said. “There were all really nice guys and we enjoyed talking with them.” Dubbert met some past Heisman Trophy winners, including Eddie George, Tim Tebow and Johnny Manzell. Dubbert said competing at a small Class 1A school is a special treat. “I love being able to play with my best friends in

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football and basketball,” he said. “Our team chemistry is great and a huge reason why we have been so successful. We care about winning and not just our personal accolades. If you don’t have people that buy into the team aspect then talent can only carry you so far.” Dubbert accounted for 1,946 yards and 28 touchdowns in football. The Blujays lost to state champions in football four straight years, starting with a loss in 2013 to Wallace County, followed by losses to eventual state champions Victoria in 2014 and 2015 and Hanover and Osborne in 2016. “I love going out on Fridays in front of the community and competing with my teammates,” Dubbert said. “I love the passion that goes along with the sport. I would say my best skill is my ability to make plays from the quarterback position and my strong arm. Dubbert averaged 23 points and nine rebounds per game last year on the basketball court. The Blujays were state champions in 2014; finished second in 2015 and were third last year. “I love everything about basketball. Basketball is my favorite because I love the team aspect and I love the accomplishment you feel when making great plays,” he said. “It is the sport that I am the best at compared to the other sports I play.”

His favorite aspect is making plays that help his team win. “I have a solid all-around game, but my best skill is my ability to create and make plays to go along with my shooting ability,’ he said. The Blujays are 74-4 in Dubbert’s three seasons. He remembers each loss. “The two state losses hurt. Working hard all season and then coming up short is tough,” he said. “The lessons I take from those losses is that you can never take success for granted and if you let up at the state level the other team will take away your season.” Dubbert with Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson of Louisville.

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WRESTLING Austin Lustfield of Smoky Valley (right) lost a 3-2 decision to Emmanuel Browne in last year’s 4A state semifinals, but bounced back to finish third. (Photo, Todd Deterding)

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bracket to finish either third (Lustfield and Strait) or fourth (Burt) in their respective weight classes.

It’s been called many things - the consolation round; loser’s bracket; the back door; sunshine bracket; the long way back - and all wrestlers try their best to avoid it.

“It takes a lot of inner strength through a strong mindset to come back and wrestle for consolation the next day,” said Burt, a senior at Abilene, who finished fourth at 220 pounds last year. “It takes you to say to yourself, ‘I just gotta keep moving forward.’ because that is all that you can do.

But no matter how good one is on the mat, all but a handul of them will end up on the left side of the bracket sometime during their career in a big tournament. It’s how they handle that adversity that separates the average wrestler from the good one; and the good from the great. Austin Lustfield, Zach Strait and Sam Burt are three of those who faced the consolation round last year after tough losses in the Class 4A state tournament, but each came back through the consolation 20


“It doesn’t help to worry about the past; if you get knocked down you gotta get back up again.” Smoky Valley wrestling coach Ben Elliott said a wrestler must have a short memory after losing a close match in a tournament. “After a tough loss, it takes a lot of composure and mental toughness,” he said. “You have to have a short memory, and get back to work. If you sit around

pouting, you can find yourself watching the rest of the tournament instead of competing in it.” Lustfield did just that last year in the 4A state tournament - he got back to work after losing a 3-2 decision in the semifinals to eventual champion Emmanuel Browne of Sumner Academy. Now a senior at Smoky Valley, Lustfield posted a 35-4 record a year ago at 126 pounds. “Emmanuel is a great wrestler, and I have a lot of respect for him and how hard he works, but I was very upset after losing to him last year in the semis,” Lustfield said. “I handled it the best way I could and that was focusing on winning my match the next day.” Lustfield said his coaches and mother helped him get back in the right frame of mind after the semifinal loss. “We have great coaches here at Smoky Valley. They, along with my mom have always taught me to keep my head up and to look on the positive side of things and to keep grinding,” Lustfield said. “It wasn’t so much of inner strength that allowed me to come back through the consolation bracket after losing, it was

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more of determination to be the best that I could that took me through the rest of the tournament to finish third.” That third-place finish has only fueled the fire for Lustfield this season. He now wrestles at 138 pounds and is ranked No. 4 in the state. Zach Strait of Concordia won four straight matches at 113 pounds to finish third after losing a second-round match in last year’s state tournament.

Burt said it was difficult to bounce back after his 6-4 loss to Cameron Hunt of El Dorado in the semifinals, but also added that it was nothing that a lot of his peers haven’t gone through.

“Anyone who saw me after the match knew that I was mad at myself for the result of the match,” Burt said, “but it was my first year back so really it was just about doing as well as I could. The only expectations I had were from myself.” Burt credited his friend Zach Gable for getting back in the right frame of mind for Saturday’s competition. “Zach had wrestled in previous years, but had to quit due to injuries,” Burt said. “He helped me back onto my feet to focus on the next day and to put the past behind me.”



Long-time coach Doug Moore of Concordia, who has returned to the mat this year, said wrestlers must quickly put losses behind them and reset their goals, especially knowing there are others with the same mindset. “It’s why consolation is called the long way,” Moore said. “More matches and less time in between.” Strait traveled the “long way” at last year’s state tournament. As a freshman, he lost in the second round, but came through the consolation round with four consecutive victories to finish third at 113 pounds with a 37-4 record. “I was crushed after losing that second round,” Strait said. “I felt as if I could have wrestled better in that match and I failed to show up for it. But I knew there was no point in letting that match stick with me, and I knew I had to let it go and focus on my next match.” Strait, who is ranked No. 2 in 4A at 113 pounds this year, said last year’s coach Kevin Brown, who is also his godfather, helped him get back on track, as did teammate Blake Leiszler. “A wrestler in that situation just needs to remember he has to want it more than his opponent. He has to know that he has worked harder for his goal and won’t be denied of what he wants,” Strait said. “I was proud of the way I wrestled. I felt like I proved I was clearly the better wrestler in all of those matches.”


Cougars Look To Contend Again

The South Cougars will be looking to take at least one more step up the state tournament ladder this season. (Photos, Dale Stelz)

By VYPE NCK Staff Salina South came close to bringing home a trophy from the Class 5-1A state bowling tournament last year. The Cougars finished fourth in both the boys and girls divisions, and the girls came within 16 pins of the thirdplace hardware. The Cougars, under first-year coach Seth White, should be contenders once again in 2017. The boys return four starters who competed in the state tournament last year, including juniors Caleb Demel and Kyle Miller, who posted series of 702 and 701, respectively, at the state meet to finish fifth and sixth. Dane VanAtta, also a junior, and Dustin Lauffer, a senior, also competed in the state tournament. “With another year under their belt, we are looking to keep bowling well and hopefully make it back to state and compete for a top 3 spot,” said White. The South girls have three starters returning who competed at the state meet last year - seniors Kaitlynne Baker, Shelby Wood and Mikayla Talbott. But the team lost three players to graduation who placed 11th, 23rd and 25th at state. White hopes sophomores such as Lauren Lust and Isabella Cazahous, as well as some freshmen, pick up the slack.

Caleb Demel (left) and Kyle Miller of South finished fifth and sixth at the Class 5-1A state tournament last season.

Salina Central’s boys return five starters, including senior Seth Gunelson, who placed 32nd in the state tournament. The Mustang girls have five starters back as well, led by senior Taneisha Gadson. This could be a strong season for McPherson. The Bullpup boys have five starters and five other lettermen returning, but like the girls, finished fourth at regionals and just missed qualifying for state. “We are a team that has a lot of potential, but have a lot of work to do as well,” coach Herb Halinski said. The McPherson girls have four starters back, including seniors Alexis Kieffer and Ashley LaSalle. Halinski said freshmen will help boost the depth of the program. Sacred Heart will once again co-op with Ell-Saline and Smoky Valley during the regular season. Four starters return, including Sacred Heart junior Bradon Vandervoot who was a state qualifer last year. Also back are Smoky Valley junior Jake Taskinen and Ell-Saline juniors Landon Howard and Malik Myers. Four more bowlers from Sacred Heart and one from Smoky Valley round out the team. “We have a good group of bowlers this year,” said coach Nancy Franzen. “Each one is capable of high games and series. They have been bowling together for quite some time and the cohesion is good.”

McPherson – Herb Halinski (23rd year) …

Returning Starters – BOYS: Clayton Ouellette, Jr. (300-760); Jeff Reed, Sr. (289-740); KC Becker, Sr. (298-745); Talin Goebel, Jr. (268-680); Matthew Stiggins, So. (289-730); GIRLS: Alexis Kieffer, Sr. (258-660); Ashley LaSalle, Sr. (257-658); Maysan Groote, Jr. (201-525); Brooke Miller, So. (200-500).

Salina Central – Joe Wilkerson (3rd year) … Returning Starters – BOYS: Seth Gunelson, Sr. (279, 32nd state); Dante Lesage, Jr.; Troy Miller, Jr.; Miraj Bhakla, So.; Gavin Wolfmule, So. GIRLS: Taneisha Gadson, Sr. (460); Jill Coykendall, So. (156-413); Emerald Fox, Jr.; T.Nguyen, So.; Shaela Williams.

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Returning Starters: BOYS: Bradon Vandervoort, Jr. (254-676, 85th state); Jake Taskinen, Jr. (300-728); Landon Howard, Jr. (254-624); Malik Myers, Jr. (247-588). TEAM MEMBERS: Quentin Shaw, Jr.; Sam Stone, So.; Luke Krajcek, Jr.; Nick Crank, So.; CJ VanFosson, Jr.



Returning Starters: BOYS: Kyle Miller, Jr. (278-762, 6th state); Caleb Demel, Jr. (275-734, 5th state); Dane VanAtta, Jr. (265-707, 55th state); Dustin Lauffer, Sr. (257-665, 59th state); Indy Boland, Sr. (258-609). GIRLS: Kaitlynne Baker, Sr. (257-623, 38th state); Shelby Wood, Sr. (233-564, 44th state); Mikayla Talbott, Sr. (253-649, 68th state); LETTERMEN: Isabella Cazahous, So.; Lauren Lust, So.

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Canton-Galva freshman Logan Miller darted full speed, racing to snare a fly ball in left field. He planted, twisted to throw, then crumpled to the grass. Miller tore his anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee on April 28, 2016. “There is enough pain there to where you can’t walk on it, and it’s hard to straighten your leg out for a while,” Miller said. “And it’s kind of tight, and it swells up pretty big, too.” The injury cost Miller the remainder of the season and his sophomore year of cross country, but he is on a determined trajectory to be back for the beginning of his sophomore campaign of baseball. Dr. Todd Herrenbruck of the Orthopaedic Sports Health Clinic of Salina repaired Miller’s ligament in June. That followed with an arduous but fulfilling road of physical therapy under the instruction of Brandon Labertew. “The doctor in particular did a really good job,” said Dan Miller, Logan’s father. “Those two guys, especially Brandon, have been the real driving force in getting him back to where he’s going to be.” The first steps of physical therapy reduced swelling, Dan said. Soon, that was followed by hour-long sessions twice a week for two months. Further down the line, Logan rode a stationary bike with a brace on his knee. After a break, Logan began more intensive therapy in November. He is inching closer to a return to the field. “Now we’re doing stuff like jogging and starting to do some agility stuff,” Logan said. Logan portrayed a positive perspective about missing cross country this past fall. “I was ready to keep progressing and getting better, but with me being out, I could tell underclassmen to strive for what I strived for, to make them better, and have them try to beat my time,” Logan said. One final motivator is an opportunity to step into a bigger role for the Eagles. Logan said Canton-Galva baseball coach Kelly Nelson is searching for a center fielder, and Logan has his sights set on inking his name in that void. Several months on the sideline has also matured Logan’s mental approach. “I’ve learned how to be more humble, and how to better help myself and help players around me and my teammates," he said. "How to make us all better and work as a team."

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COACHES CORNER Steve Riedy, Abilene Basketball Hope athletic director Steve Riedy is pulling double duty once again this winter. He is in his 34th year as the Hope AD. At Abilene, he is in his sixth season with the girls basketball program, and third as head coach. Riedy guided Abilene to the 4A-Division 1 state tournament a season ago, where it was ousted in overtime by eventual state finalist Paola, 62-60. Riedy has posted an overall high school record of 574-212. He started his coaching career at Grainfield Grade School in 1978 and was at Wheatland H.S. before moving back to his hometown of Hope in 1983. VYPE - How did you find the dual role of coaching at Abilene, but holding the athletic director position at Hope? RIEDY - “It’s been a lot of fun. I retired the teaching part, and it’s just a way to keep active. At Hope, when I retired, they didn’t really have anyone that wanted to do the athletic directorship. The Abilene head coach job was open, and I knew the head coach there for a long time. She kind of asked if I would be interested in it. The administration up here has been real positive with it, whether I would do both, and it has worked real well.” VYPE - What is the workload like between the two positions in the winter? Are there any conflicts, and if so, how do you manage them? RIEDY - “The biggest conflict is obviously you can’t be there to supervise home games. I just get everything lined up and ready, and the principal oversees that. Email and texting sure made this job a lot easier. You can do things, and instead of trying to play phone tag, you can text and have an answer right away.” VYPE - Hope’s KSHSAA enrollment is 40. Do you get to know student-athletes better at a school of that size? RIEDY - “You know everybody personally. Kind of the Hope way was always, the coaching staff, we were always pretty intertwined. Our football coach just retired, and basketball, and we were all from Hope originally. We were kind of like a big family. If I was their assistant, they were my assistant. For the most part, we didn’t have a coaching change for almost 20 years in any of our sports.” VYPE - Your son, Brent, is the athletic director at Andover. What advice did you give him coming into the “family business?” RIEDY - “I was really hoping he would take the AD’s job. He’s incredibly organized and he’s just a really good administrator. I knew he’d be successful in that. It’s a way to stay in sports without coaching. It’s more than a fulltime job there, and he knew that. He does a great job with that. Our whole family – his wife is an educator and both her parents were educators. We kind of know the time it takes to do things right, and I think that helps the situation quite a bit.” VYPE - Some of the Abilene girls basketball players were on the volleyball team that qualified for 4A-1 state, but was eliminated in pool play. Has that fueled some of their fire in practice? RIEDY - “I think all but two of these girls played volleyball or were major parts of it. They’re very competitive and know what success is. They also got a little taste last year (in basketball), and that fuels as much as anything. We want to do that again. This group is successful in everything they do, so I’d be shocked if they weren’t pretty motivated.” VYPE - Was this past season’s state basketball experience proof that Abilene was among the best, or a measurement that there was room for improvement? RIEDY - “I think a little bit of both. We knew we had a good team going in. We knew we had a sub-state we could win, and did easily. Of course, in that first overtime, we took Paola to the limit. We knew we were one of the top teams in the state … I think we have high expectations, and we’re going to be disappointed if we’re not there again.” VYPE - Where will Abilene need to improve to make a sustained run this season? RIEDY - “One thing we’ve got to do is get healthy. We’ve got some kids with some injuries. One, basketball-wise, we have to make sure we get solid point guard play - getting the ball up the floor and make sure we get a solid offense. Two, would be finishing around the rim. I think if we do those two things offensively, I think we’ll be OK.”

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Marching Buffs Dazzle at Fiesta Parade The Marching Buffs of Republic County High School.

By Harold Bechard Editor, VYPE Kansas Nearly 14 months before the event, Republic County High School band director Kalen Bebermeyer received a call from the Fiesta Bowl Committee, which wanted the Marching Buffs to participate in its 2016 parade. Bebermeyer said no, but the committee members wouldn’t take no for an answer. They called back two weeks later and asked again, saying how much they had enjoyed watching the Marching Buffs perform at the 2013 McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade in Chicago. Bebermeyer started talking to “parents and patrons” of the Belleville community to see if the trip would be feasible. He then asked the USD 109 Board of Education for permission to attend the event. Permission was granted and band members started raising money in December, 2015.

The traveling party to Arizona for the 46th annual Fiesta Bowl Parade on December 31 included 81 students and 19 sponsors, which included a doctor; two charter buses, plus a truck and trailer to haul equipment. “All fund-raising was done at the local level,” Bebermeyer said. “Each student had to raise $1,200 and the sponsors who went on the trip paid their own way. Sponsors also paid for the doctor and his wife.” The trip was a huge success and an educational one as well for the students. The Marching Buffs dazzled the crowd along the parade route. “What I don’t think we were prepared for was the overwhelming emotions we felt during the parade,” said Kristal Stanton, a band parent. “Parents who planned to ‘march with the band’ to the end of the first leg were caught up in the excitement of how awesome our band sounded; in how stunning our

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kids were presenting, and how many people were thoroughly enjoying the performance.

else’s day just a little better, and that is what music can do no matter where you live.”

“We kept moving right along, clapping, cheering and taking it all in; with goosebumps, tears, and smiles.”

Senior head drum major Kendra Scott said the yearlong experience taught everyone many life lessons. She said countless hours of practice and learning the music prepared the band for the Fiesta Bowl.

Republic County won first place in the Class AA division in the parade competition and swept all awards for Outstanding Drum Major, Marching, Percussion, Music, Auxiliary (flag corps) and General Effect. The band also received the “Spirit Award,” which is presented to the program which best embodies the definition of sportsmanship by positively representing their program and showing an overall enthusiasm for music and performance at the Fiesta Bowl Parade. “It was great to see a small town like Belleville make an impression on others, whether in a mid-sized town like Winslow, Ariz., or in the big city of Phoenix,” Bebermeyer said. “Our students made somebody

“This experience has taught us dedication, perseverance, and appreciation,” Scott said. “Marching down the crowded streets of Scottsdale; the Organ Stop Pizza, and the Grand Canyon are memories that will last a lifetime.” Trey Kuhlman, a senior trumpet player, agreed. “Knowing we were entertaining the crowd was quite a reward,” he said. “I have enjoyed being able to participate in two band trips and knowing that our community is willing to give up what they have in order to see us represent our community the way we did.”

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