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FREE BY YOUR WICHITA METRO South Central Kansas · February 2017


Semaj Muldrow (5) and Tatyana Cashaw (24) Have Helped West’s Pioneers to a Banner Season.


· Alan Schuckman’s Legacy · Super Bowl’s Local Flavor · Super Shooter Carissa Beck · Hutchinson’s Brian Gates · The Dotted Line ...

Dejuan Scott Heights Wrestling

Cevin Clark Ark City Basketball

Hugh McPherson East Swimming

Kassie Schuckman, Bishop Carroll H.S. Kassie is a senior at Bishop Carroll High School, participates in basketball for the Golden Eagles and is a student manager for the football team. She has earned three letters in basketball and also as a student manager. She participated in volleyball as a freshman and lettered in swimming as a sophomore. Kassie carries a 3.80 grade point average and is a member of the Yearbook Club at school. She volunteers for the Holy Family Camp organization, Levy Special Education Center and Special Olympics Swim class. After high school, Kassie plans to attend Kansas State University and major in preoccupational therapy.

Zach Meyer, Andale H.S. Zach is a senior at Andale and participates in football, basketball, track and scholar’s bowl for the Indians. He has lettered three years in football, two in basketball, four in track and one in scholar’s bowl. He was an all-state running back as a junior in 2015; honorable mention all-league guard in basketball in 2016 and finished third in the pole vault at the state track meet last year. Zach carries a 4.031 GPA and belongs to the National Honor Society and Colwich Catholic Youth Ministries at school. He volunteers at Sacred Heart Catholic Church and CYM. Zach plans to attend Fort Hays State, play football and major in chemistry.



South Central Kansas STAFF


Ownership VYPE Kansas LLC PUBLISHER Mike Cooper EDITOR Harold Bechard DESIGN AND LAYOUT Mitch Gee ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT Baylee Dobler CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Joanna Chadwick, Matt Browning, Amy Houston, Bob Lutz, Kyle McCaskey, Conor Nicholl. SENIOR MENTOR PROGRAM Caitlyn Divine - Augusta High School PHOTOGRAPHERS Nikki Hightree, Bill Millspaugh, Kelly Ross, Kendall Shaw, Dale Stelz, Mark Weaver, Phil Zivnuska.

Newton’s Dance Team Performs at the “Rally in the Valley” (Photo, Mark Weaver)





Pioneers Reaching Rarified Air By Amy Houston

28 - ALAN SCHUCKMAN Coach Leaves Lasting Legacy By Bob Lutz

175 Signing Photos


FB Coaches Meet; Southeast HOF; Scales


34 - SUPER BOWL PARTY Grissom, Schraeder In Big Game By Joanna Chadwick

Basketball, Swimming, Wrestling

51 - COACHES CORNER Justin Batt, Kingman Basketball



Hutch Wrestler Targets 106 Title By Kyle McCaskey

5th annual Rally in the Valley

44 - CARISSA BECK Home Is Where The Arc Is By Conor Nicholl


Lacrosse Becomes College Choice By Joanna Chadwick



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A Sign of the Times … Yep, it is that time again. Time for one of my favorite issues of VYPE … The Dotted Line issue! (My other favorite issue is the Dotted Line issue that will run in June!) Since 2007, when VYPE came to the market, we have been passionate about recognizing student athletes who are able to use their athletic ability to expand their educations and prepare for life outside the playing field. As a reminder, 99 percent of all VYPE area student athletes are going to college to pursue a career, not a professional sports contract. (Even though we do feature two such athletes in this issue!) I can use my two hands to count the number of student athletes in the VYPE area who made it to the pro level since we began publishing 10 years ago. The thousands of other student athletes we have recognized through the Dotted Line Campaign have gone on to play their sport in college and, more importantly, gained a college education and prepped themselves for the game of life. Recognizing these student athletes is and will always be a passion and a mission for VYPE. VYPE takes pride, and frankly the credit, for the amount of media coverage that signings now garner. Last year, VYPE recognized over 220 student athletes in the two special signing inserts. We are recognizing 170 in this issue alone! (I believe we recognized about 20 in 2007). To say this program is growing in size and popularity is an understatement of epic proportion. With that kind of success, continued growth is a significant challenge for VYPE. It is very, very difficult to continue to grow the program and the number of pages the Dotted Line requires without taking away from all the other great and equally important editorial content that VYPE provides every month. VYPE was fortunate enough in 2016 to secure a sponsor for the Dotted Line. The athletes were featured in two, separate eight-page inserts in the magazine. These inserts did not affect the regular VYPE content because they were sponsored. The success of these inserts created the expanded number of kids from that of 2016. Unfortunately, in a unfortunate sign of the times, VYPE lost that sponsorship. However, because the Dotted Line is so important to VYPE and to the community, we continue to keep the feature in the magazine. A very special thanks to Walmart and Rusty Eck Ford for allowing us to use their sponsored pages for this issue’s Dotted Line feature. Without their support, we would not have been able to honor all the student athletes. Thanks you Walmart and Rusty Eck Ford for understanding and sharing VYPE’s mission to make sure the community knows about these special student athletes. So, consider this the “pitch”! VYPE needs a partner in our mission to continue the Dotted Line. This program will only continue to grow (in spite of the new junior and community college rules that negatively affect Kansas student athletes ability to get athletic scholarships … a subject for another day) and with that growth comes the challenge of funding the pages. If your company shares VYPE’s passion to recognize the greatness of these student athletes and the positive affect their commitment to their sport, their education, and their career have on the community, please give me a call. Let VYPE brand your company with this positive community based campaign. And by the way, VYPE needs more sponsors everyday so we can continue to do what we do! If your company would like to be REFERRED to 111 high schools in 23 Kansas counties and thousands of student athletes, coaches, teams, parents and fans EVERY MONTH we need to talk! I need your help to honor more people in the magazine and you need VYPE’s help to let those people know that you support our mission and that you have great products and services for their families. As we say at VYPE, “Get In The Game!” - Mike Cooper, VYPE Owner/Publisher

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Abby Gates, Circle Friends, Cheer

Adam Brown, Eisenhower Washburn, Football

Adam Chesser, Heights Friends, Baseball

Adam Keller, Winfield Dodge City CC, Football

Adam Rush, Winfield Southwestern, Football

Aiden Mills, Newton Kansas State, Football

Alex Moen, Andover Wichita State XC

Allie Henderson, Trinity Baylor, Soccer

Allison Burch, Bluestem Neosho CC, Softball

Allison Derry, Circle Oklahoma Baptist, XC

Ally Martinez, El Dorado Southwestern, Track

Amber Henley, El Dorado Southwestern, Track

Angely Morgan, Bishop Carroll Ottawa, Bowling

Anna Riedmiller, Independent Denver U., Tennis

Anthony Capul, Andale Boise State, Wrestling

Anthony Velazco, Newton Bethel, Soccer

Audrey Watson, Maize South Newman, Golf

Austin Hampton, Cheney Bethany, Tennis

Ashley Wesley, Andover Central Highland CC, Softball


Audrey Smith, Andover Central Weber State, Softball


Autumn Lungwitz,Carroll Hesston College, Volleyball

Avery Green, Maize South Kansas State, Soccer

Bayley Bugner, Andale Friends, Soccer

Ben Adler, Trinity Kansas State, Football

Ben Martin, Trinity John Brown, XC

Baine Wood, Independent Doane (NE), Baseball

Braden Archer, Hutchinson Fort Hays State, Football

Braden Stewart, Nickerson Concordia (NE), Football

Brayden Whitechurch, Carroll Allen CC, Baseball

Braylon Daniels, El Dorado Butler CC, Volleyball

Brecken Roe, Maize Stony Brook (NY) Volleyball

Brianna Johnson, West Pittsburg State, Basketball

Brookelynn Entz, Newton Kansas State, Soccer

Brooklyn Jamison, Andover Central Hutchinson CC, Softball

Bryce Sell, Maize South Air Force, Baseball

Brynn Maul, Bishop Carroll Benedictine, Basketball

Caden Runyon, Newton Bethel, Soccer

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Caden Springer, Independent Pratt CC, Baseball

Cadin Gustafson, Derby Friends, Track

Caedyn Reinhardt, El Dorado SW Minnesota St., Volleyball

Cale Davidson, Goddard Wyoming, Wrestling

Cami Mills, Campus Bethel, Softball

Catlin Doombus, Campus Hutchinson CC, XC

Celina Perez, Newton Kansas City CC, Soccer

Chandler Kelley, Maize Barton County CC, Baseball

Chase Scott, East Vermillion CC, Football

Chase Hampton, Maize South Johnson County CC, Baseball

Chidoze Ndu, Sunrise Sam Houston St., Basketball

Chima Okoro, Northwest Butler CC, Football

Christian Englert, Carroll Pratt CC, XC-Track

Christian Terrel, East Southwestern, Football

Ciarra Valadez, Kapaun Johnson Co. CC, Volleyball

Colby Fugit, Andover Central Southwestern, Tennis

Conner Lies, Cheney Bethany, Tennis

Cooper Root, Collegiate Kansas, Football

Courtney Sanders, Campus Friends, Softball

Dallin Marlnee, Augusta Butlert CC, Football



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Dan Dawdy, Derby Friends, Football

Dawsyn Long, Newton Kansas city CC, Softball

Dax Driskill, Campus Missouri Western, XC

Dylan Chesterman, Hutchinson Hutchinson CC, Football

Ekebo Ukoufreso, East Central Missouri, Football

Emerson Tice, Garden Plain Pittsburg State, Track

Emily Miles, Andover Central Rockhurst, Golf

Emily Regier, Newton Pittsburg State, Volleyball

Emma Eck, Bishop Carroll Newman, Softball

Emma Whitaker, Kapaun Oklahoma State, Golf

Esaias Carpenter, Northwest Butler CC, Football

Ethan Pfeifer, Maize Kansas City CC, Soccer

Ethan Kossover, Maize South Wichita State, Cross Country

Evan Bell, Andover Baker, Football

Gabe Kuhn, Andale Friends, Track

Garrison Greer, Heights Allen County CC, Baseball

Grace Ball, Andover UMKC, Tennis

Grant Smith, Oxford Coffeyville CC, Baseball

Haley Albers, Cheney Newman, Basketball

Harrison Denk, Andale Barton County CC, Baseball




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Hope Eckley, Sunrise Highland CC, Softball

Isaiah Washington, Winfield Southwestern, Soccer

Isiah Jasey, Sunrise Texas A&M, Basketball

Jack Lewis, Andover Central Sterling, Football

Jacob Ensz, Bishop Carroll Barton County CC, Baseball

Jacob Jenkins, Chaparral Kansas State, Football

Jade Askren, Campus Johnson Co. CC, Volleyball

Jaden Damon, Eisenhower Wichita State, Track

Jadin Kaltenbach, Carroll Bethel, Softball-Soccer

Jahlyl Rounds, Northwest Iowa Western CC, Football

Jaycee Schettler, Wellington Nebraska-Omaha, Track

Jayden Schroeder, Norwich Friends, Volleyball

Jenna Peckham, Andover Central Johnson County CC, Basketball

Joey Gilbertson, Northwest Kansas, Football

John Hill, Winfield Southwestern, Baseball

Jonny McIntyre, Maize Iowa Western CC, Baseball

Jordan Eickelman, Derby Missouri State, Soccer

Jordan Evans, Eisenhower Emporia State, Volleyball

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Jordan Givens, East Southwestern, Football

Jordan Maxson, Maize South Kansas State, Baseball

Jordan Stiger, Bluestem Labette County CC, Softball

Jordan Singh, Newton Bethel, Tennis

Josh Dugan, Conway Springs Independence CC, Football

Josh Rivas, Hutchinson Kansas State, Football

Julianna Yanez, Kapaun McPherson, Volleyball

Julie Howland, El Dorado Loyola Chicago, Track

Justin Gordon, East Coe College, Football

Kade Remsberg, Newton Air Force, Football

Kailey Harris, Newton Barton CC, Volleyball

Kassidy Wackerly, Andover Central Southwestern, Soccer

Kassidy Johnson, Maize South Kansas State, Track

Kate Reimer, Maize Tabor, Cross Country

Katelyn Blattner, Heights Wyoming, Swimming

Katelyn Boston, Halstead Bethel, Softball

Kaylee Swanson, Maize Butler CC, Soccer

Kenyon Tabor, Derby Kansas, Football

Kerrigan Dixon, Maize South Johnson County CC, Softball

Kerry Murphy, Winfield Johnson County CC, Softball

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Kinsley Miller, Hesston Friends, Volleyball

Kirby Krumsick, Collegiate Kansas State, Rowing

Konner Swenson, Maize Pittsburg State, Football

Kylie Price, Andover Central Ottawa, Soccer

Lachian Jones, Derby Baker, Football

Lauren Snipes, Wellington Fla. International, Basketball

Layke Heimerman, Halstead Fort Hays State, Football

Lexi Sanborn, Douglass Pratt CC, Softball

Libby Beat, Kingman Kansas State, Rowing

Logan Treaster, Newton Navy, Wrestling

Luke Boline, Independent Emporia State, Baseball

Lyndsay Stinson, Andover Central Washburn Track

MacKenzie Anderson, Halstead Pratt CC, Softball

Madison Miller, Bishop Carroll Texas-Arlington, Softball

Madison Woody, Douglass Friends, Volleyball

Madison Freund, Cheney Wichita State, Volleyball

Madison Reiger, Hutchinson Central Christian, Softball

Makayla Toth, Maize Central Mission, Soccer

Martese Mullins, Northwest Iowa Western CC, Football

Mason Flower, Arkansas City Baker, Football



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Maura Glatczak, Maize Connecticut, Softball

Megan Akers, Newton Kansas, Rowing

Michaela Gerhard, Derby Friends, XC-Track

Morgan Cessop, Andover Central Kansas Wesleyan, Basketball

Nathan Postlethwait, Andale Allen County CC, Baseball

Nia Bishop, Derby Pittsburg State, Volleyball

Nicole Wallace, Winfield Southwestern, Volleyball

Paige Ledesma, Maize South Washburn, Soccer

Peerlus Walker, Derby Butler CC, Football

Payton Pendergrass, Hutch Fort Hays State, Football

Raegen Swink, Campus Connors State (OK), Softball

Raelee Ibarra, Central Christian Mid-America Nazarene, XC

Rileigh Boline, Bluestem Fort Scott CC, Softball

Riley King, Derby Mo. Western, Football

Saige Peebler, Maize South Washburn, Soccer

Sam Schroeder, Trinity Kansas Football

Samantha Chesser, Maize Kansas Wesleyan, Volleyball

Shawn McCool, Eisenhower Friends, Football

Shianne Miller, Circle Bethany, Golf

Sierra Salsman, Winfield Butler CC, Soccer



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Spencer Jacobson, Circle Butler CC, Cross Country

Spencer Nethercot, Derby Friends, Baseball

Spencer Olmstead, Derby Mid-America Nazarene, Football

Sydney Howland, El Dorado Loyola Chicago, Track

Talli Jo Shepherd, Goddard Pacific, Softball

Tatum Hilger, Bishop Carroll William Jewell, Swimming

Taylor Holmes, Maize Pittsburg State, Basketball

Tera Lynch, Maize South Washburn, Soccer

Thomas Wells, Kapaun Tulsa, Soccer

Tia Kohl, Maize South Lincoln (MO), Softball

Tommy Carter, Derby Central Missouri, Football

Tracy Harris, Hutchinson Hutchinson CC, Football

Tyler Hutto, Circle Bethel, Football

Wells Padgett, Maize South Auburn, Golf

Whitney Bockover, Carroll Washburn, Soccer

Will Valentas, Andover Butler CC, Football

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Zachery Baxler, Andale Hutchinson CC, Baseball


Kansas Football Coaches Association Clinic The 2017 Kansas Football Coaches Association Clinic had over 300 coaches in attendance. The purpose of the clinic, according to president Steve Martin of Wichita Northwest, is to serve as a membership drive for the KFBCA. Kansas head coach Martin said there David Beaty was the is currently over 150 keynote speaker. member schools out of all the 11 Man schools playing football. The clinic was free to all KFBCA member schools. “Anytime you can get our Kansas coaches together is a success,” Martin said. “When we can get together and work together to better our game that only helps kids.” University of Kansas football coach David Beaty was the keynote speaker and was very outspoken on developing young men and advancing the game of Football in the state. The clinic included 14 speakers, who spoke on a variety of topics from, offense, defense, leadership and practice Former Andale coach organization. The Gary O’Hair receives a clinic featured over service award from KFCAC president Steve Martin. 16 various vendors as well.

Katlyn Loper, Northeast Magnet Katlyn is a senior at Northeast Magnet and a four-year letterman on the East High bowling team. She competed in the 6A state tournament as a freshman (51st), sophomore (43rd) and junior (35th), and has personal-bests of 675 (series) and 275 (game). Katlyn carries a 3.93 grade point avwerage and belongs to the National Honor Society, Student Ambassadors and VNICEF clubs at school. She also volunteers for the Humane Society. She plans to attend the University of Kansas and study Pre-Med.

Hutchinson coach Ryan Cornelsen looks at equipment.

Photos by Dale Stelz




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


Southeast inducts Five Into HOF

Members of the 2017 Southeast HOF Class are joined by Southeast AD Chris Asmussen - (from left) Mark Lamb, Bill Faflick, Paula Cudjo, Jeff Campbell and John Breidenthal. (Photos, Dale Stelz)

Bill Faflick’s family joined him at the ceremony - (from left) Nate, Hope, Abbi and wife Diann, with son Jake on iPhone via face time

Wichita Southeast inducted five new members into its high school hall of fame earlier this month. The Hall of Fame Class of 2017 included Mark Lamb, Bill Faflick, Paula Cudjo, Jeff Campbell and John Briedenthal. Lamb is a former coach and athletic director at Southeast. He was named the Kansas Athletic Director of the Year in 2015 by the Kansas Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association. Faflick, currently the assistant superintendent for secondary schools for USD 259, is a former athletic director at Southeast as well as the Wichita City League. Cudjo was honored for her achievements in track. She was a member of two Class 6A state championship relay teams at the 1980 state track meet. Campbell was the Class 5A state cross country champion in 1977 and finished second in 1976. Breidenthal was an all-city linebacker for the Golden Buffaloes in 1970.

Coaching Award for SCALES

Wichita South girls’ basketball coach Antwain Scales has earned another coaching award. Scales, who has helped lead the Titans to four consecutive Class 6A state championships, received notice that he has been named the 2016 Kansas Girls Basketball Coach of the Year by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFSA). In six seasons at South, Scales has won four state titles; won over 90 percent of his games and compiled a 127-13 record through games of Tuesday, February 14. This year’s Titans were 17-0 at press time, ranked No. 1 in 6A and the owner of a 48-game winning streak. South won its fourth consecutive Class 6A championship last March, becoming the first program to ever win four straight titles at the 6A level. The Titans also finished the season with a 25-0 record, the first time they had been undefeated during the championship streak. Scales received national recognition last May from the National High School Coaches Association when it choose him as its Girls Basketball Coach of the Year for the 2015-2016 season.






Andale Indians - Adolph Rupp Invitational

Arkansas City Bulldogs - Chaparral Invitational

Augusta Orioles - Baldwin Invitational

Caldwell Bluejays - South Central Border League

Central Christian Cougars - Burrton Invitational

Circle Thunderbirds - El Dorado Bluestem Classic

Collegiate Spartans - El Dorado Bluestem Classic

Cunningham Wildcats - Mulvane Invitational



Derby Panthers - Emporia Glaciers Edge Inv.

Flinthills Mustangs - South Central Border League

Goddard Lions - Haven Invitational

Halstead Dragons - Eli J. Walter Invitational

Hesston Swathers - Hillsboro Invitational (Photo, Pam Weaver)

Wichita Independent Panthers - Sedgwick Invitational

Wichita South Titans - Free State Invitational

Wichita West Pioneers - Mulvane Invitational




Autumn Hanna, a 5-10 junior from Maize, has her hands full with 6-6 sophomore Kennedy Brown of Derby. (Photo, Phil Zivnuska)

Dylan Vincent of Eisenhower, shown here earlier in the season against Newton, averages a team-leading 24 points a game for the No. 1-ranked team in 5A. (Photo, Bill Millspaugh)

Tre’zure Jobe of South, shown here earlier in the season against Southeast, is the Titans’ leading scorer and had helped her team to a 17-0 record and 48-game winning streak through games of February 14th. (Photo, Bill Millspaugh)

Shishir Reddy of Collegiate goes up against Trinity’s Sam Draper in last month’s title game in El Dorado. Collegiate is ranked No. 1 in 4A-II and Trinity is No. 4. (Photo, Phil Zivnuska)

Tania Lowe looks to drive past Goddard’s Silvia Cortese in last month’s GWAL-AVCTL Challenge at Koch Arena. (Photo, phil Zivnuska) Caleb Grill of Maize tries to drive around Maize South’s Tyler White during their rivalry game. (Photo, Rich Norrod)




Southeast’s Alec Lebeda took first-place in the 200- and 500-freestyle events.

Hugh McPherson of East was a winner in the 200 I.M. and 100-freestyle.

East teammates cheer on Jack Quah, who won the 100 breaststroke. Photos By Dale Stelz

The Heights team of Ethan Conrady, Noah Thompson, Dylan Jensen and Aidan Gantenbein set a league record in the 200-freestyle relay (1:28:32). Gantenbein also won the 100-butterfly and 100-backstroke and Jensen brought home the title in the 50-freestyle. Both swam on two winning relay teams.

East coaches and swimmers take a victory swim after winning their ninth consecutive City League title.



WRESTLING The City League Wrestling Tournament was literally in the spotlight at North High.

Conor Murphy of Bishop Carroll edged Asiel Flores of South, 3-2, for the 138-pound title.

Dejuan Scott of Heights brought home the championship at 182 pounds.

Devin Onwugbufor of Northwest gains leverage over Southeast’s Kaylon Kirkland during his win at 126 pounds.

Tyrekus Birch of South defeated Travis Phelps of Kapaun for the 195-pound title.

Kevin Mills of Kapaun defeated Brady Bockover of Carroll at 170 pounds.

Kapaun Mt. Carmel swept the City League titles this season, taking home first-place in dual competition and the league tournament. Photos By Dale Stelz



All GWAL Schools took part in, and celebrated National Heart Month with their Hoops for Heart Night. The nights’ games had to have a winner and loser but the American Heart Association was a winner on Feb 3. During the entire week of Jan 30-Feb 3, the GWAL schools learned Heart-healthy facts as well as participated in fundraising efforts at all 9 schools. With the support of VYPE Mag, future partners, Kansas Heart Hospital the AHA accepted a check for over $4,200 from their week of activities and the GWAL Hoops for Heart Night. The AHA continues to support research, advocacy and education. Cardiovascular Disease remains the #1 killer of all Americans. With partnerships such as Hoops for Heart... together we are making a difference All GWAL Schools took part in, and celebrated National Heart Month with their Hoops for Heart Night. The nights’ games had to have a winner and loser but the American Heart Association was a winner on Feb 3. During the entire week of Jan 30-Feb 3, the GWAL schools learned Heart-healthy facts as well as participated in fundraising efforts at all 9 schools. With the support of VYPE Mag, future partners, Kansas Heart Hospital the AHA accepted a check for over $4,200 from their week of activities and the GWAL Hoops for Heart Night. The AHA continues to support research, advocacy and education. Cardiovascular Disease remains the #1 killer of all Americans. With partnerships such as Hoops for Heart... together we are making a difference Kim Sell, Youth Market Director, American Heart Asscoiation





Barby and Kaden Jobe, Maize H.S.

Senior Year. As a mom, I’m not sure where the time goes. This year, my youngest son, Kaden Jobe, is a senior at Maize High School. Kaden, like his older sister (Kylie) and brother (Kavan), is a three-sport athlete. He played varsity soccer (goalkeeper), varsity basketball (point guard) and varsity tennis (doubles) for all three years at MHS. Kaden started sports when he was 3 years old with YMCA soccer, basketball and t-ball. Competitive sports and the coaches involved with them have played a major role in Kaden’s life. Sports help teach life lessons. You learn how to win with grace and lose with grace, you form friendships that last a lifetime and you understand time management, goalsetting and communication skills. Sports also help you overcome obstacles whether a sports injury or a personal loss. When Kaden was 12, his 20-year old sister, Kylie, was killed by a drunk driver. Kaden, Barby and Kavan As a mom, there are no words to describe the loss of a daughter, or the loss of a sister. She was Kaden’s biggest cheerleader. Sports provided a positive outlet for Kaden during the darkest time of his young life. The support that Kaden received (and still receives) from his teammates and coaches is indescribable. I’ve tried to never miss a game and feel like I’ve been to every gym/baseball field/soccer stadium in the state of Kansas, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything. All the hours on the road, in the car, on the court or on the field can be crazy-busy, but they have provided us with the best memories. - Barby Jobe




First-year West coach Brian Johnson has turned things around at his alma mater.

West Girls Reaching Rarified Air By Amy Houston VYPE South Central Kansas For Brian Johnson, basketball is a family affair. He has coached his daughter, Brianna, in club basketball and at Maize High School. He met his wife, Tenia, when they were both coaches at East High School. After serving as middle school girls basketball coach last year at Collegiate, Johnson is leading the West High girls as they revive a struggling basketball program. “I went to West High School, so I take a lot of pride,” he said. ”I want them to know that you can win. I’m from the same environment, demographics and everything. If you work hard and get out of that losing mentality that you’re not supposed to win, you’re going to be successful.” The Pioneers were winless in 2014-15, finished just 1-20 last season and have tradionally been at the bottom of the City League standings. Not this season. The Pioneers started this year 3-6, but have won nine straight games since, including the Mulvane invitational title. The team was 12-6 overall (9-5 in City League) after games on February 14. Two tough regularseason games remain against South and Bishop Carroll. Four girls transferred to West and did not play in the first part of the season. The coach’s daughter transferred from Maize, while Dy’mond McElrath and Mia Hays moved from Wichita Heights and Destiney Pittman switched from Wichita South. “Those girls came from winning programs,” Johnson said, and their mentality proved helpful at their new school. “That translated to the other girls who were already at West,” he continued. ”They all work hard, from my freshman group all the way up to my seniors. We do everything together. I don’t just practice the varsity I have everybody practice together so they all know the same stuff.” 24


Brianna Johnson leads the City League in scoring at 17.0 points per game.

There’s been a lot to cheer about this season at West High.

Johnson’s daughter, 5-7 senior Brianna, who sat out last season due to injuries, leads the City League in scoring, averaging 17 points per game. Pittman, a 5-10 senior, averages 12.0 points and McElrath, a 5-4 junior, is close behind with 9.8 points per game. However, the coach pointed out that it’s not just the transfer students who revived the program. He described senior Samaj Mudrow as “one of the most athletic players I’ve ever coached.” Johnson said she was part of numerous losses at West. “Now you should see her,” he remarked. Johnson’s daughter and McElrath have played club basketball together for years. They were aware that no one expected much from the Pioneers this season. “In conditioning, we didn’t really get as much attention: Maybe they’ll win two games instead of one this year, maybe they’ll win three games instead of one,” McElrath recalled. Outside of West, we had no support.” However, the girls put many on notice when they won their midseason tournament at Mulvane and have swept Kapaun this year. “I just think winning the tournament kind of pumped everyone up,” said McElrath. ”I think that tournament gave us the motivation to keep going.” McElrath and her teammate, Johnson, sometimes plan activities for the girls like a movie or a barbecue. “We always try to get the team together to do stuff,” said the younger Johnson, who will play basketball at Pittsburg State next season. ”Team bonding is a big part of a team. We hang out with the girls. And some people are still shy, so we just try to get everybody talking and team chemistry.” Brianna admitted she was reluctant to leave Maize for her senior year. “I really wanted to graduate from Maize just because of friends, but when I came to West, I just liked the atmosphere,” she said. “And for both of my parents to graduate from the same school I’m going to graduate from, that means a lot.” The Pioneers’ goals include winning the substate and state tournaments. “I’m trying to have a program,” Brian Johnson said. “I’m not trying to be good for one year. I want this to keep carrying on and carrying on.”

Johnson, who played football and basketball in high school, was on the West team that advanced to state in the mid-1990s but lost to East High, which featured Korleone Young. “We get a lot of support from older people who were at West, before I even got in high school,” Johnson said, adding that alums sometimes want to meet the girls and say they’re proud. “That just means a lot, especially coming from West,” he continued. ”In the past, it seems like West is a school where we’re not supposed to win. And I don’t accept that. If you put in the time and work and get better at your craft, you can win at whatever school you’re at.” Senior forward Destiney Pittman is averaging 12.0 points a game. Photos by Kelly Ross

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Schuckman Leaves

Lasting Legacy Alan Schuckman won 193 games and two state titles in 22 seasons at Bishop Carroll. (Photo, Dale Stelz)

By Bob Lutz VYPE South Central Kansas As Alan Schuckman walked off the field at the field at Carnie Smith Stadium in Pittsburg following Bishop Carroll’s 35-14 loss to Mill Valley in the Class 5A state championship game in 2015, he didn’t feel beaten. He felt done. Schuckman, who announced his retirement as Carroll’s football coach last month after 22 successful seasons, was proud of his team but couldn’t escape the overriding sense that engulfed him. “I felt like I had coached my last game,” the 52-yearold Schuckman said. “We had just played a team that outmatched us on paper, but I really felt like we had competed. I felt like, ‘What a way to go out.’ It might not have been on a win, but it didn’t matter. I’ve never really been in this for the wins, but more about the kids playing for a greater cause.” Two days later Schuckman hadn’t changed his mind. But he had his mind changed for him. One of his assistant coaches, Roger Robben, collapsed and died after a Monday morning run. Schuckman and Robben were close and so were their daughters. Robben’s death happened just more than six months after Marine Capt. Chris Norgren, who helped Schuckman with the Carroll football team when his schedule would allow, died in a helicopter crash in Nepal while flying disaster aid to earthquake victims. “Chris was real instrumental in the way we did 28


things around here,” Schuckman. “He was able to spend one whole football season with us and then half the season the next year. Chris took a lot of those Marine qualities and really infused them into our program at about the time our program really elevated.” The deaths of two friends hit Schuckman, and the Carroll community, hard. After Robben died, Schuckman knew he couldn’t step down as football coach. That would be too much for his players and his school. “I felt like I needed to be here for our program and for our kids,” Schuckman said. “I felt like I needed to help calm the waters and to stabilize things. Roger had such an impact on our kids and our players and his son (Riggs) was on our team.”

“Up until the time he actually announced it, I wasn’t sure whether he’d do it or not. He’s contemplated it a few other times so I think he knew in his heart it was time. He’s one who really thinks things through before he reacts or makes a decision. This time, I think it just felt right.” - Kelley Schuckman

So Schuckman spent one more season at Carroll, where he has been a rock. Several of his assistant coaches have been with him throughout his more than two decades with the Golden Eagles and it was a shock when he announced, at the team’s postseason banquet, that he was not going to coach any longer.

Schuckman will stay on as Carroll’s assistant principal through the end of the school year.

No one saw it coming. “Up until the time he actually announced it, I wasn’t sure whether he’d do it or not,” Schuckman’s wife, Kelley, said. “He’s contemplated it a few other times so I think he knew in his heart it was time. He’s one who really thinks things through before he reacts or makes a decision. This time, I think it just felt right.” Now that some time has elapsed, Schuckman said he’s not doubted his decision. “The only thing that makes me antsy is to fill the void that I’ll be leaving,” said Schuckman, who is staying on as a Carroll assistant principal through at least the end of the school year. “That void in relationships that I’ve had the opportunity to build over the past 22 years. Being able to compete and to make a difference. I’ll miss – and this sounds crazy – our game day mass because that spiritual aspect to our football team was vital to our program. “But I feel there are things out there that I can fill the void with.” Schuckman isn’t sure what those are, though. And the void he looks to fill is nothing compared to that Carroll must deal with in trying to find Schuckman’s replacement. Long-time offensive coordinator Dusty Trail was named Schuckman’s replacement earlier this month.

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Carroll won 193 games, 11 City League championships and two state titles during Schuckman’s reign. He took over a program that had been down, if not out, and built it into one of the state’s model programs. But it took a toll. “Coaching is so different than a lot of jobs,” Schuckman said. “I was always the coach, seven days a week, 24 hours a day. I felt it was my responsibility for these kids to act a certain way, be a certain way. I wanted our football program to be the face of Bishop Carroll but not be Bishop Carroll. It was also a good platform for us to evangelize and that was important to me as well.” Schuckman has spoken frequently about trying to slow down and enjoy his life. He and Kelley, his wife of 26 years, have four daughters: Kelse, 24; Kyle, 22; Kassie, a senior at Carroll; and Khole, an eighth-grader at St. Francis of Assisi. “You see young people pass and you reflect on your life and on how quickly 22 years have gone,” Schuckman said. “I might not have 22 years left and if they go this fast . . . you might have missed out on a few things.” Schuckman, who said he’s relied on his priest Jarrod Lies’ guidance before and since his retirement announcement, doesn’t want to miss out. He’s excited about a future that, for the first time in a while, isn’t mapped out for him. This is a guy who graduated from Bishop Carroll in 1983 after playing football for three coaches. He then went to four colleges to play: Cowley County, Butler Community College, Drake and Missouri Western. He’s no stranger to change, but it’s been a while. “I think the emotion that best describes what I’m feeling is excitement,” Schuckman said. “I’m excited about the next opportunity, even though I don’t know what it will be. I really feel like the good Lord will point me in the right direction and that now I have time to listen.”



Raegen Swink, Campus H.S. Raegen is a senior at Campus High and has lettered three years in softball. She was named honorable mention all-league catcher in 2016. Raegen carries a 4.04 GPA and is a member of the Link Crew at school. She has signed to play softball at Connors State College in Warner, Okla. She plans to get her Associates of Science Degree and move on to get a Bachelors to become a teacher and coach.




Living The Dream Grissom, Schraeder Reach the Super Bowl

Geneo Grissom starred at Hutchinson High and Oklahoma before being drafted by the New England Patriots. (Photo, New England Patriots)

Ryan Schraeder of the Atlanta Falcons, who attended Maize High School, didn’t play football until he was in college. (Photo, Atlanta Falcons)

By Joanna Chadwick VYPE South Central Kansas St. Thomas Aquinas football coach Randy Dreiling texted his former defensive star, Geneo Grissom, early one morning in October. It was one of those texts that Dreiling, who coached Grissom at Hutchinson, sent just as a way to ask how he was doing and to tell him to keep working hard. Grissom, who was drafted in the third round of the 2015 NFL Draft but had been released and signed to the practice squad in September, texted back that he was doing well. He told Dreiling that he loved playing for the New England Patriots and was working hard. “Ten minutes later, he texts me back again and says, ‘I just got activated,’” Dreiling said. On February 5, Grissom played for the Patriots in Super Bowl LI and was part of New England’s historymaking 34-28 overtime victory. It’s the sort of fairytale story that Maize graduate Ryan Schraeder would understand. Schraeder played for the Atlanta Falcons - against Grissom - in the Super Bowl. “It’s just like a dream,” said Schraeder’s mom, Debbie Schraeder-Stroh. “The best part of it is it’s been his dream and he’s actually getting to go. It still seems like it’s so early in his career, but everything is in place, and it’s been super.”



Grissom’s success was impossible to miss at Hutchinson High where he helped lead the Salthawks to the Class 5A title in 2009 on a team that is widely considered the state’s best-ever. Grissom was part of four state titles in a program that won six straight. “He was athletic and powerful,” Dreiling said. “His dad always instilled in him to be the best he could be. He was close to his dad and that’s just the way he was. There’s some piss-poor football players who work hard and some really good players don’t work hard. “I never worried about it with Geneo. He just kept working.” Grissom, 24, had an excellent career at Oklahoma, snatching national attention at the 2015 Sugar Bowl against Alabama with 2½ sacks. “That was his breakout game,” Dreiling said. “He always had athleticism and power. He (hang) cleaned 385 (pounds) as a junior and he could just throw a guy back into the pile. He was so explosive…. When he was first at Oklahoma, one of the coaches said that he was pushing them all at summer weights. Here he was, a freshman, and he was pushing them.” Schraeder’s story starts much later than Grissom’s. Schraeder was in already college when a Kansas

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State assistant football coach saw him playing a pickup basketball game and suggested he play football because of his impressive physique. Schraeder, 28, wasn’t new to football, but he chose not to play the sport at Maize High. He was a mere 5-foot-7 as a junior before a late growth spurt. He’s now 6-7, 300 pounds and played at Butler Community College and Valdosta State. Schraeder signed a five-year contract in November worth a max of $44 million. “It’s like a Cinderella story,” Schraeder-Stroh said. “He played in seventh grade and he was done…. I think once K-State was interested, he thought, ‘you know, what? OK.’ ” It wasn’t an easy road, though. Schraeder had to adjust to a totally new position -- instead of running the ball, he was blocking for the running back and quarterback. “He spent the fall of 2009 working as a scout team offensive tackle,” current Butler coach Tim Schaffner said. “He had a little man’s perspective, but he was in this giant man’s body…. It was a transition, but the beauty was, there was no rush. It wasn’t a situation where he came in as a 5-star prospect.

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SUPERBOWL “We said, ‘let’s take it day by day, week by week.’ There was no pressure.” Schraeder-Stroh said: “It was a good fit for him.” Due to the number of college credits Schraeder had, he only qualified for Division II. But Valdosta State was another good fit. Yet Schraeder was still an undrafted free agent when Atlanta signed him. He made himself indispensable. “He is such a nice guy, but he has developed that edge to play that position,” Schaffner said. “You’re out there a lot of times by yourself protecting the quarterback against a guy who’s 260 pounds trying to maim the quarterback. The biggest thing is how well he responds to coaching. At every level there’s new concepts and new ideas and more pressure put on him. For the last eight years he’s done a great job of taking the next step and adding on to what he (initially) brought to the table.” The road has been exciting, and Schraeder-Stroh has enjoyed her front-row seat. “I’m so proud of him,” Schraeder-Stroh said. “He works. He has such a good heart. He’s very focused. He wants to succeed. He wants to do well in his position. “... After the first or second year that he made the team, he texted me and said, ‘mom, it’s a dream come true.’ ”

Schraeder recently signed a new four-year contract with Atlanta. (Photo, Atlanta Falcons)

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Gabby Bosley, Campus H.S. Campus High School senior Gabby Bosley has competed in four different sports while in high school – basketball, tennis, volleyball and soccer. She has been on the Lady Colts basketball team for four years, but had to sit out her junior year due to an injury. Gabby was on the volleyball team as a freshman, sophomore and junior, but decided to switch to tennis her senior year after an injury. She was a member of the Lady Colts soccer team as a freshman and sophomore. Athletics is a family affair and Gabby smiles when talking about getting to play basketball during her freshman and sophomore years with her sister, Cheyenne, and summer league basketball with her sister Brianna. Gabby found that athletics has enriched her high school experience. She encourages female athletes at the middle and high school levels to try multiple sports and to form friendships with the other players. “Sports is like a family I see every day,” she said. In the classroom, Gabby’s favorite subjects are writing and science. She wants to pursue a career as a marine biologist.



Christian Mitchell, Eisenhower H.S. Coming off a fourth-place finish at the state track meet as a sophomore, Eisenhower’s Christian Mitchell would have been a title contender in pole vault. But it just was not for him. “I enjoyed pole vaulting a little bit, but I hated practice. I dreaded it every day,” said Mitchell, now a senior. “With cheerleading, I don’t dread it at all. I know some days are going to be hard, but it’s not like I’m dreading it every day.” Mitchell made the rounds in high school athletics. Football. Soccer. Track. None resonated with him. Mitchell’s father, Doug, was a cheerleader at East and South, and later at Wichita State University. Doug’s wife, Amy, was on the dance squad at East. The Mitchells never pressured Christian to pursue cheer. “He’s been around it pretty much his whole life, but never participated in it,” Doug said. “His senior year, he decided to give it a try, and he fell in love with it.” This past April, Christian made the commitment to join Cheer Eclipse. He quickly took to it, but one month later, his newfound passion was sidetracked when he ruptured his left Achilles.

On May 31, Christian had surgery conducted by Dr. Chris Miller at Kansas Orthopaedic Center to repair the damage. “Part of my Achilles tendon was going back up my leg, so my scar is a little bigger because they had to go up and get it,” Christian said. “My left Achilles is like four times thicker than my right one.” The first month required Christian to wear a cast and splint. The next month was spent in a walking boot. That was followed by two months of physical therapy. By October, Christian was competing again and in January, he joined his Cheer Eclipse team at nationals, earning a world bid – the team will compete in Florida in April. Christian intends to attend Kansas State this fall, majoring in mechanical engineering and minoring in nuclear engineering. He hopes to try out for the cheer team.




Gate’s Target: State Title at 106 By Kyle McCaskey VYPE South Central Kansas Hutchinson junior Brian Gates has bulked up. Well, sort of. It comes with some background perspective. For 106 pounds, he is getting big. “Freshman year, I could go in there with a bag of food and my clothes on, step on the scale and be under,” Gates said. “Sophomore year, I wasn’t really big, but I was about 109, 108. Just normal weight.” Gates is a veteran in the classification, skinny on weight but heavy on production. After placing sixth at 6A state as a freshman and runner-up as a sophomore, Gates has strung together his third consecutive 30-win season as is ranked No. 1 in his class as he prepares for his junior postseason surge. The target is a state title. “Technically, he’s pretty solid. We’ve had others that are. He’s got a little bit of funk, which some of them do,” said Hutchinson coach Mike Garcia, comparing Gates to state champions Garcia has coached. “He’s just scrappy. He’s more of a guy who wants to go out and pin everybody he wrestles. “I think that kind of sets him apart from a lot of people.” This season, Gates has put a premium on being composed and tenacious in matches. Gates began wrestling when he was 4, keeping a close watch on the Salthawk program. He dreamed of being coaching by his idol - Mike Garcia - and tried to incorporate the style of Cody Garcia – Mike’s son – into his own. Cody won three individual state championships in the early 2000s. “Like Cody did, he could be aggressive, but also stay calm and hit his moves. Calm, but he was aggressive,” Gates said. “Ever since then, that’s how I’ve tried to wrestle. I love the style he wrestles, and that’s a style I want to do.” Only an 85-pounder in eighth grade, Gates was still undersized even after stacking on pounds entering his freshman year. 40


In a battle of No. 1-ranked wrestlers, Brian Gates of Hutchinson (6A) defeated Griffen Baker of Andover Central (4A) at the Rose Hill Invitational. (Photo, Bill Millspaugh)

“To tell you the truth, coming into freshman year, I didn’t think I was going to make it to state. I didn’t think I was going to place,” Gates said. “And then I started working.” Despite his lanky frame, Gates’ history of success demands respect. His internal engine constantly revs, hoping to set the practice standard in Hutchinson. “It’s nice that I get to show these kids how you’re supposed to act, how you’re supposed to do it,” Gates said. “It’s nice to know you’re the role model of the team.” Gates’ time as a 106-pounder is likely ending. He hit 120 over the holiday break, evidence he has room to grow. He will stick to 106 for one more month. One more title chase in the lightest division weighs heavily on Gates’ mind. “The goal is to win it,” Gates said.

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Home is Where the ARC is for BECK By Conor Nicholl VYPE South Central Kansas Around 75 percent of the time, Circle sophomore Carissa Beck stays after practice and works on her shooting for 30 minutes to an hour. Beck receives help from a variety of people, including her own teammates and the boys’ squad. She normally starts at one spot and works around the arc. A key focus for her is dribbling in and pulling up for a shot. It’s helped Beck become the Stephen Curry of Kansas girls’ basketball players this year: high volume and high efficiency from long range. Circle went 13-8 last season and was 16-1 through games of February 14, the best start in coach Brian Henry’s 11 seasons. Henry, a coach for two decades who led Ness City to an undefeated title in ‘03, has had few shooters like Beck. “If she is not the best, she is definitely in the top two or three that I’ve had,” Henry said. “She definitely puts in the most time of any player that I’ve ever had.” As a freshman, Beck averaged 7.1 points per game with 34 treys and 39 percent shooting from long range. “I started probably in like second grade, but I was pretty bad,” she said. “Then, I started playing competitively around sixth grade, and I started liking to shoot the ball more and started working on that a lot.” This year, the 5-foot-6 Beck averages a team-leading 15 points per contest with 62 treys and 43 percent shooting from 3. “Whenever we are down, she always finds a way to make a clutch shot,” said senior Kali Martin, who is averaging 14 points a game herself. Beck ranks first in Kansas by a wide margin 3-pointers made per game and was in the Top 10 nationally through 12 games, according to MaxPreps. She stands second in three-point accuracy in Kansas. “Her confidence is a lot higher,” Henry said. “She has had the experience, she knows what to expect. She believes in herself, the team believes in her.” Beck has benefited from a veteran squad where seven of the top eight players saw quality varsity minutes last season. Martin, a team leader, has averaged at least 12 points a game in the last two years and fostered strong team chemistry. “This year, we have really grown as a team and we have pretty much become a family,” Martin said. “We do a lot of things whether it’s just texting each other saying, ‘Hey, let’s go eat. Let’s go hang out, go do stuff.’ We always just try to include everybody.” 44


Circle guard Carissa Beck has been the state’s top 3-point shooter this season. (Photo, Kendall Shaw)

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Lacrosse Becomes College Choice By Joanna Chadwick VYPE South Central Kansas Midway through Noah Dubuc’s freshman year in high school, he moved from Maine to Andover. Even before he attended his first class, though, he had found a lacrosse team. “When we looked at moving, (Dubuc and his mom, Julie) looked around at different cities,” he said. “... We searched Wichita lacrosse and saw the Renegades. I had practice the day after we got here.” In January, Dubuc signed with St. Ambrose University, which is in Davenport, Iowa, to play lacrosse. “St. Ambrose is in the NAIA, so they’re equivalent to Division II,” said Dubuc, a senior. “What brought me there is that they are looking to move to NCAA DIvision II. They’ll do that my sophomore and junior year.” While Dubuc has loved lacrosse since he started playing in the fourth grade, playing college lacrosse wasn’t his goal until last summer. “Actually, I was going to go into the Marines after high school,” Dubuc said. “... Ever since I was little, I wanted to do that. I wanted to serve my country and be there and do my part.” But then Dubuc was asked last year to play for Fountain City, a prestigious team in Kansas City. The team went to Chicago for two weeks and then to Indiana for a tournament. After that trip, coaches from St. Ambrose contacted Dubuc and his college plans changed. “Lacrosse is a mix of all the sports,” Dubuc said. “It’s one of the first sports because of Native Americans, and it has a lot of aspects of other sports. It’s kind of soccer, football, hockey and basketball combined. “From soccer you get the ball movement and the teamwork. From football you get the fastbreaks, the moments of intensity and the hits. From hockey you get the hits and the fast movement, and from basketball you get the high scoring and fast movement.” 46


Noah Dubuc of Andover will play college lacrosse at St. Ambrose University. (Photo, Dale Stelz)

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Mac Copeland, Collegiate H.S. Mac is a junior at Collegiate; plays football for the Spartans and carries a 3.20 grade point average. Mac's diet consists of meat, greens and fruit; he drinks water and milk and he takes the Super Mass Gainer supplements for weight gain. Mac says he watches what he eats and tries to stays away from sweets and too many artificial products. He plans to continue his football and academic career in college.

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Margarita Borunda, Wichita North H.S. Margarita is a senior at North High and participates in softball for the Redskins. She has completed her WATC college classes with an A; has been on the Honor Roll each year and was the school’s Wendy’s High School Heisman nominee in 2016. Margarita carries a 3.26 GPA and is a member of the HALO, Spanish Honor Society, WSU TRIO and GEAR UP clubs at school. She has volunteered for the WDSS Buddy Walk, USD 259 Migrant Education Program, Kansas Humane Society, Prairie Schooner 2016, Link4Life, Operation Holiday and City of Wichita Night with Santa. Margarita plans to attend Sterling College on a softball scholarship and study Criminal Justice. She then plans to continue her education at K-State to study Criminology and eventually enroll in the Police Academy.



Austin Dorrell, El Dorado H.S Austin is a junior at El Dorado High School and participates in baseball and soccer for the Wildcats. He has lettered in soccer. Austin carries a 3.75 to 4.0 grade point average and belongs to the Band and FCA at school. He volunteers for El Dorado Main Street, Concessions and D.A.R.E. When not competing in sports, Austin enjoys hunting and recently brought down a whitetail buck. Austin’s future plans are to become a small business owner.




Justin Batt, Kingman Basketball Justin Batt is in his eighth season as the Kingman girls’ basketball coach. The Eagles have risen to establish themselves as one of the top programs in the Central Kansas League, posting back-to-back 15-7 seasons. Kingman, however, has not reached state since 2006, a streak Batt and the Eagles are hoping to snap in Class 3A this year. He is a graduate of Haven High School. (Photo, Don Ratzlaff) VYPE - There are some really talented players in the program right now. Was that the key to the program’s rise? BATT - “You’ve got to have some talented players, obviously. We plugged along there for a couple years. It was tough. We were winning four and five games. It was difficult. Those seasons are long and hard. You hate to say too much, but yes, obviously the talent has picked up a little bit, and once it did, the commitment also ramped up a little bit. So far, after the last three years now, we’ve been on the winning side of things.” VYPE - Can you identify a turning point or milestone moment in your coaching career? BATT - “As far as coaching, I can remember back to when I was a sophomore in high school, a young kid who was sitting at the end of the varsity bench and getting to play in the clean-up, mop-up time of varsity games ... Was just loving everything that was happening on the bench, listening to coach (Brad) Morris talk and what he was telling the kids. I think maybe the spark to become a coach came back then. “As far as a turning point, there’s been a lot of them. I’ve got a lot of good advice. The cool thing about where I’m at now, the coaches in our league are so generous about being able to talk about basketball, or something else.” VYPE - What coaches in the CKL do you talk basketball with? Ones that have been around a little longer, such as Hesston’s Matt Richardson or Haven’s Dwight Roper? BATT - “You named two of them. Matt and Dwight are both great guys. When you’re playing them, you know it’s going to be tough. I have a lot of respect for what they do, and they also respect our program and they know it’s going to be a dogfight every time. But at the same time, when the buzzer sounds, they’re guys you can go to and ask questions and they’ll give you an honest answer. That’s just a great resource to have.” VYPE - Your roster this season is young as far as grade levels, but old as far as experience on the court. Has it helped to have young veterans? BATT - “Absolutely. When our junior class was freshmen, we are basically doing a lot of the same things. We’re just adding on. That’s the great part. From year to year, they remember and execute last year’s stuff without having to start over. The last three years have just been a continual build of where we started.” VYPE - Kingman had a great start to this season, but took a couple losses in tournament week. Do you expect to see some benefits from taking losses? BATT - “One of the things we have to figure out – and it’s kind of easy to say – but we didn’t shoot the ball very good for a couple of those games. Whether that was the defense of our opposing teams, or if it just wasn’t our night, we got to know that if we have certain players who aren’t going, we have to find it somewhere else. I think that’s our focus for the next couple of weeks, is making sure we’re balanced offensively and making sure we have options.” VYPE - Kingman volleyball has had back-to-back 30-win seasons, but has been unable to reach state. Many of those same players were on the basketball team when it lost a heartbreaker in this past season’s sub-state final. Do those close calls linger? BATT - “Absolutely. We still revisit those moments at times throughout the season. We try not to do it too much, but this bunch is extremely motivated. They are really zeroing in on that end of the season run, and hopefully we can do some things and get better. I know that when the postseason comes around, they’re going to be focused and ready to go.” VYPE.COM | HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS | FEB 2017



Girls Next Level Hoops, Eclipse to Merge

ouch? Most kids are pretty flexible, which means When you give your heart this kind of workout on Why Exercise Is Cool a regular basis, heart will get even better that can bend and stretch bodies Wichita Hoops, Girls Next Level Hoops Academy andyour Eclipse Basketball are at excited tothey announce Girls Nexttheir Level Hoops

its main job — delivering oxygenEclipse (in the form of without much trouble. This kind of exercise often Academy will be merging with the Overland Park-based program, Basketball. oxygen-carrying blood cells) to all parts of your feels really good, like when you take a big stretch Kids all the time without even thinking Joeexercise Erskine, Eclipse Managing Director, and Evan McCorry, Girls Next Level Hoops Academy Managing Director, body. in the morning after waking up. Being flexible is of it. Just being active, like when you run around will serve as co-managing partners of the new organization, which will be named Next Level Eclipse and will use the having “full range of motion,” which means you outside or play kickball at school, is a kind of domain name and e-mail address. So you want to do some aerobic exercise right can move your arms and legs freely without exercise. What else counts as exercise? Playing now? Try swimming, basketball, ice or roller The merger thepush-ups, combination founded in 2002, feelingBasketball, tightness or pain. sports, dancing, is doing and evenof two highly successful girls’ basketball clubs. Eclipse hockey, walking quickly), isreaching affiliated Bluestar Basketball/USJN. Girlsjogging Next (or Level Hoops wasinline founded in 2012 and is affiliated with Premier downwith to touch your toes. skating, soccer, cross-country skiing, biking, It’s easy to find things to do forin good flexibility, Basketball & Adidas. Both programs specialize in player development and are considered regional powers Girls or rowing. And don’t forget that skipping, such as tumbling and gymnastics, yoga, dancing When you exercise, you’re helping build a strong Basketball. jumping rope, and playing hopscotch are aerobic (especially ballet), martial arts and simple body that will be able to move around and Hoops do all Eclipse Basketball & Next Level have been known for their outstanding coaching and training. The goal has activities, too! stretches (such as touching your toes or side the stuff you need it to do. Try to be active every always been to develop each individual as both a player and as a person, with the ultimate goal of getting some or all of stretches). day and your body will thank you later. STRENGTHENING MUSCLES their college education paid for with an athletic scholarship. Another kind of exercise can help make your clubs are extremely proud of the quality of their players, coaches, and parents. Collectively, FEELING GOOD both programs have ABoth HAPPY HEART muscles stronger. Did you ever do a push-up or It feels good to have asuccessful strong, flexiblecollege body that had numerous go onis to play Division I,swing Division II, Division III & NAIA college basketball enjoying You may know thatgirls your heart a muscle. It across the monkey bars at the playground? can do the all the activities you enjoy — like running, works hard, pumping blood every day your life. careers. Next Level Eclipse willofhave the same high that quality coaching, and same leadership team that Thosefocus, are exercises can build, By jumping, and playing with your friends. It’s also You can help this important muscle stronger you have come to know fromget each program. using your muscles to do powerful things, you can be good at something, like scoring a by doing aerobic exercise. make them combination stronger. For older and adults, The Next Level Eclipse organization will be a true ofteens equals. A joiningfun of to two extraordinary girls’ basketball basket, hitting a home run, or perfecting a dive. this kind of workout can make muscles bigger, organizations, very similar in size and culture, with a focus on a family environment and strengths that are highly Aerobic means “with air,” so aerobic exercise is a too. complementary of each other. But you may not know that exercising can kind of activity that requires oxygen. When you This combination willand, enable Next Level Eclipse to both compete at the level of girls’ basketball nationally and actually put you in a better mood. When you breathe, you take in oxygen, if you’re doing Here are some exercises and activities tohighest build exercise, your brain releases a chemical aerobic exercise, may notice you’re breathing offer girls of allyou competitive levels a familystrong environment within pull-ups, which to develop their game and accomplish their called goals. muscles: push-ups, tug-of-war, endorphins, which mayLevel make you feel happier. It’s faster normal. can get your Level rowing, inline skating, bike riding The than merger of Aerobic Eclipseactivity and Girls Next will running, take effect on January 24th, 2017. At that time, Next Eclipse will be just another reason why exercise is cool. heart pumping, makeconsisting you sweaty, and quickenthan 30 youth and high school girls’ basketball teams. an organization, of more your breathing.



BEING FLEXIBLE Can you touch your toes easily without yelling




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