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IS THIS THE YEAR? Dylan Vincent And the Eisenhower Tigers Look For Deep Postseason Run

INSIDE: · Eisenhower Basketball · Fiegel 500 · South’s Kasdon Arehart · East Girls Making Noise

Miguel Bernel North Diving

Johnny Murdock Southeast Basketball

Tony Caldwell Valley Center Wrestling

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South Central Kansas STAFF Ownership VYPE Kansas LLC Mike Cooper and Terry Newman

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CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Matt Browning, Joanna Chadwick, Brad Hallier, Bob Lutz, Kyle McCaskey, Jim Misunas. PHOTOGRAPHERS Lindsey Bauman, Bill Millspaugh, Kelly Ross, Everett Royer, Kendall Shaw, Dale Stelz, Mark Weaver, Phil Zivnuska. FRONT COVER Dale Stelz BACK COVER Dale Stelz CONTACT INFORMATION WEBSITE:VYPE.com/centralkansas MAGAZINE: http://vype.com/centralkansas EDITOR: editor.centralks@vype.com ADVERTISING: mike.cooper@vype.com COMMENTS & FEEDBACK: mike.cooper@vype.com SALES: 316.218.3579 EDITORIAL: 785.577.4074 SUBSCRIPTIONS: 316.218.3579 ADDRESS: 1049 Whitetail Ct. Wichita, KS 67206 Distribution Partners PKK Distribution Community Racks VYPE High School Sports Magazine is published monthly by VYPE High School Sports Magazine Central Kansas. Reproductions in whole or in part without permission are prohibited. VYPE is not responsible for the return of unsolicited artwork, photography or manuscripts and will not be responsible for holding fees or similar charges. All digital submissions and correspondence will become property of VYPE. Statements made, implied or expressed in VYPE do not necessarily represent the editorial position of the publisher.

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FEATURES

DEPARTMENTS

30 - EISENHOWER BASKETBALL

3 - PREGAME

Is This The Year Of The Tigers? By Joanna Chadwick

36 - EAST GIRLS BASKETBALL Aces Moving Up GWAL Ladder By Matt Browning

40 - KASDON AREHART

State Title Rekindled Love A Sport By Joanna Chadwick

44 - MITCH FIEGEL

Coach Weathers Storm, Reaches 500 By Bob Lutz

By Mike Cooper, CEO/Publisher

8 - LOCKER TALK

Visit Wichita ... Austin Althouse ... Hall of Famers

18 - PICTURE THIS

Basketball, Bowling, Swimming, Wrestling

49 - COACHES CORNER Preparing For The Postseason

52 - SPIRIT

Rally In The Valley ... Lady Jags Win Awards

51 - POWERLIFTING

Goddard Invitational In Photos

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Mike Cooper Owner/Publisher

Longing For the Past, Running Toward the Future So, a friend of mine sends me this image on Facebook last week. It really struck me because it is so incredibly true. It actually did finally wake me up and I realize I really don’t have anyone to take to practice. That is a heck of a thing. Since my kids were 4 years old and all the way through college, my life (and my wife’s) revolved around getting kids to and from practice, to and from games, going to tournaments, etc. For years, our vacations basically revolved around where the kids were playing. My daughter has been out of college basketball for three years now. I remember when she graduated from college and how I was kind of relieved that the travel and time commitment roller-coaster was finally over. My wife and I would now have all kinds of time to do all kinds of new things. Not so much. This little poster reminded me of how much I missed my kids in sports. It was not so much a longing for the games, it was a longing to spend that much time with my kids. We were always together. Now, not so much. So, my advice to all you VYPE parents out there who have a love-hate relationship with your kids and sports, as the poster says. “Enjoy the time you have.” I can assure you, you will miss it when it’s gone. I can’t help but think of the Brad Paisley song, “There is a last time for everything.” I sure would like to hear Prince sing Purple Rain again and I most definitely would like to see my kids play ball again. ----Taking a hard 90-degree turn from the realities of being a parent of athletic kids… I want to welcome and introduce a new signature sponsor for VYPE, joining Rusty Eck Ford, WATC and Walmart. Visit Wichita has now partnered with VYPE to let the Wichita and Salina VYPE coverage areas know about all the incredible sports and entertainment events they are bringing to Wichita. Visit Wichita is truly committed and passionate about making Wichita a sports town and a sports event destination. It is supporting VYPE because it shows support for the players, teams and fans who come here to play and have a major impact on the economy and the area’s quality of life. Visitors come to Wichita from all over the country and even the world to experience our sports and entertainment opportunities. They stay in hotels; they eat in restaurants and experience all the unique things Wichita has to offer. And then, they take that experience home with them and share with their communities.

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Dear VYPE: I think you really forgot about one freshman in that class that's leading his team in scoring and rebounding - 6-4 freshman Sterling Chapman, Campus High School. (January issue, "He's a Freshman") Les Chapman Editor's Note: Sterling Chapman was averaging a team-leading 13.3 points a game for the Campus Colts through 15 games. He was named to the El Dorado Bluestem Classic all-tournament team in January.

Dear Mike: Great article on Bishop Carroll bowling in your January issue. Great magazine overall. Keep up the good work, the Eagle and the other websites around the area very seldom cover some of the "lesser" sports. VYPE always does a good job of including them. The kids always pick it up so kudos to you and your team. Bryan Malone

Sterling Chapman of Campus (3) goes up for two points against Circle in the third-place game of the El Dorado Bluestem Classic. (Photo, Kelly Ross)

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Wichita Preparing for NCAA Tourney By Jim Misunas VYPE South Central Kansas Visit Wichita will be rolling out the welcome mat for the 2018 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. The first two regional rounds of the NCAA Tournament will bring eight basketball teams to Wichita’s INTRUST Bank Arena on March 15 and 17. The influx of thousands of basketball fans is expected to bring in an estimated economic impact of $10 million to the city, according to the Visit Wichita. Officials from the City of Wichita, INTRUST Bank Arena, Sedgwick County, the Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission, Wichita State University and Visit Wichita have been planning for the event for more than a year. Wichita State University is the official host for the NCAA Tournament. “Excitement is at an all-time high for NCAA basketball in Wichita,” said Susie Santo, president and CEO of Visit Wichita. “Preparations started more than a year ago, and now we’re meeting as a group every week. We’re ready and excited for the tournament, and for the chance to showcase the city to thousands of visitors.” Wichita will the site of four first-round games March 15 and two second-round games March 17. Other regional sites are Pittsburgh, Dallas, Detroit, Nashville, San Diego, Charlotte, N.C., and Boise, Idaho. Wichita will be one of the eight regional sites featured on national television. “The tournament is an incredible opportunity for Wichita to be on a national stage,” Santo said. “When people tune in, they will not only see an impressive facility in INTRUST Bank Arena, but also a city alive with excitement.” Visit Wichita’s main emphasis is welcoming everyone to Wichita. Downtown Wichita consist of a rich shopping scene, cultural exhibits, vibrant nightlife opportunities and will also include a Fan Fest area and many other hosted parties around the arena. “Our emphasis is providing everyone with an energetic Wichita welcome. We’ll have signage to welcome people as well as staff and volunteers onhand to greet visitors and answer questions about the city,” said Santo. “We want visitors to know what’s 8

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happening in Wichita, and want everyone to enjoy everything the city has to offer – from craft breweries and a variety of dining options to authentic attractions and fun events.” Things promise to be hectic on March 11 when the NCAA bracket is announced. Game times for the Thursday games on March 15 will be announced soon after the bracket is released. Teams selected will be provided with hotel sites and practice times for Wednesday. Soon thereafter, the eight teams will be designated 45-minute practice times on Wednesday, March 14, at INTRUST Bank Arena. All practices are open to the public. “Wednesday is absolutely the best day for everyone to get involved because all eight teams will practice,” Santo said. “Fans will be able to hang out and see every team. Concessions will be open as well.” Thursday promises to be fan-friendly with a Fan Fest featured downtown two hours prior to the first tipoff. Special activities, food and refreshments will be available. Big screen televisions will also be available for viewing. “The outdoor area will be a great way for anyone to join in the action,” Santo said. “It will be a fun atmosphere filled with basketball fans. Teams often have fans who travel to the tournament site just to enjoy the energetic atmosphere.” No games are scheduled Friday, March 16, in Wichita but the downtown area will be open for basketball fans. The scene will be repeated Saturday, March 17, when two games are scheduled. An annual St. Patty’s parade will take place in the downtown area’s Historic Delano District at noon March 17. Kansas Coliseum in Park City was home to the 1994 NCAA Tournament. INTRUST Bank Arena has also been approved for the 2021 NCAA Tournament. WEBSITE — www.visitwichita.com TICKETS — https://www.ncaa.com/tickets


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Douglass Student Wins Heart of Arts Award Austin Althouse, a student from Douglass High School, is being honored with the 2017 KSHSAA Heart of the Arts Award, which recognizes participants in high school arts programs who go above and beyond the norm. KSHSAA Executive Director, Gary Musselman, invited all member high schools of the Association to submit the name of students, teachers or groups demonstrating such qualities. Althouse was selected from five outstanding nominations submitted by KSHSAA member senior high schools. The other four included Aubrianna Oberle, a student at Chase High School; Diana Whittington, a teacher at Kansas City-Washington High School; Rick Hildebrand, a teacher/ coach at Linn High School, and Reid McConnaughey, a student at The Independent School in Wichita. As the state honoree, Althouse received a plaque to be displayed at his school. The presentation of the plaque took place on Feb. 16 at Douglass High School during halftime of the boys’ basketball game. Althouse, who is on the Autism spectrum, has turned a strength and interest of electronics and working with sound systems into a skill that serves Douglass High School and his community. “Austin started bringing his computer to baseball games and practices to play music, and it has blossomed from there to include all of the fine arts performances in the auditorium,” said Douglass assistant principal and athletic director Jason Menard. “It started as an administratorto-student relationship that is now almost a business relationship, where we are partners in many of the things we are doing. He has even developed proposals for us to upgrade our sound systems throughout the district.” The KSHSAA Student Advisory Team participates in the selection of the state of Kansas honoree. “Kansas was the first state high school association in the nation to develop a state Heart of the Arts Award for the expressed purpose of recognizing outstanding acts of character, leadership and demonstrating the true heart of arts in educational performing arts programs,” said Musselman. “We believe it is important to focus attention on the many positive acts which occur in our programs every year. Without question, every Kansas high school has students and faculty who demonstrate the true heart of the performing arts on a daily basis. Bringing recognition to Austin Althouse from Douglass High School is in keeping with the mission of the KSHSAA.” Douglass High School’s nomination of Althouse has been submitted for consideration by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS). This is the fourth year the National Federation has presented the NFHS Heart of the Arts Award. The NFHS will announce a national honoree at its annual summer meeting in early July.

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Hall of Fame Inductions Wichita South, Wichita Southeast and Cheney High School were the sites of Hall of Fame induction ceremonies earlier this month. South High inducted its first-ever sports hall of fame class on Feb. 13 as Steve Eck (basketball coach), Ricki Ellison (bowling), Ted Gilmore (football, basketball, track) and Klaus Kollmai (soccer coach, AD) had their names immortalized on the Hall of Fame Wall at the school. At Southeast, five men and two women were inducted into the school’s sports hall of fame - coach Doye Ward-Williams (gymnastics), Richard Varner (football), Steve Lewis (track), Dr. Richard Leu (contributor), coach Dennis Cavalier (posthumously, football), Ross Alexander (basketball) and Mona Alexander-Field (gymnastics). At Cheney High School, legendary track sprinter Tonya (Jopp) Gaona was inducted into the KSHSAA Hall of Fame. On hand to present the award were KSHSAA Eexecutive Director Gary Musselman and Executive Director-Elect Bill Faflick

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Wichita South Sports Hall of Fame inductees (from left) Steve Eck, Ricki Ellison, Ted Gilmore and Klaus Kollmai.

Tonya Jopp Gaona was presented the KSHSAA Hall of Fame award by Executive Director Gary Musselman (right) and Executive Director-Elect Bill Faflick.

Wichita Southeast Sports Hall of Fame Inductees (from left) Doye Ward-Williams, Richard Varner, Stevie Lewis, Dr. Richard Leu, Kathy Cavalier (accepting for the late Dennis Cavalier) and Ross Alexander. Not present, Mona Alexander-Field.

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Parker is a senior at Bishop Carroll and has lettered all four years on the Golden Eagles’ bowling team. He placed third last year at regionals and was seventh in the City League. He has a high game of 288 and high series of 746. Parker carries a 4.15 grade point average on a 4.40 scale and volunteers at St. Jude Catholic Church. He has signed to bowl at Newman University and plans to major in Psychology.

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Goddard’s Valentine Enjoys Experience in Blue-Grey Bowl Aaron Valentine of Goodard High School spent part of last month on the football field as a member of the Blue team in the annual Blue-Grey Bowl. Valentine received a letter from the Blue-Grey Football Program last year, inviting him to participate in a regional combine, which was held in April in St. Joseph, Mo. His strong performance at the combine and an equally solid effort in the super regional circuit combine at AT&T Stadium in Dallas led to an official invitation to play in the Blue-Grey Bowl in Jacksonville, Fla., on Jan. 13, as an offensive lineman for the Blue team. Blue-Grey Football was established in 1989 to help prep prospects receive national exposure and increase their chances to secure scholarships to a college, whether it be at the NCAA Division I, II or III levels, NAIA or Junior College. Playing at the home of the NFL Jacksonville Jaguars - EverBank Field - was a dream come true for Valentine. “Playing in an NFL stadium was really cool as I grew up watching players I idolized play on that same field,” he said. “I wouldn’t trade the experience for anything.” The 6-foot-2, 225-pound Valentine knew that competing with and against some of the best high school linemen in the country would be an eye-opening experience. “It was a fun time playing in the game. It was a little bit of a surprise to me when I showed up and realized I was the smallest lineman by far from both teams,” Valentine said. “Overall though, it was a fun experience. I got to meet new people from all over the country and learn about the things they do in their states.” Valentine started for two seasons at Goddard and received second-team all-league recognition both years. The Lions were a combined 22-3 during his junior and senior seasons.

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What a blessing and privilege it is to attend our grandchildren's extracurricular activities. We certainly have been to many of these events through the years as we have 11 grandchildren who were all involved. Even though many of our grandchildren live far from us, we have traveled to Phyllis and Lee with grandson Justen Schroeder. Oregon, Colorado and Missouri to support them. Over the years we have attended musical, dance, swim, equestrian, football, basketball, Frisbee golf and robotic events. Our grandson in the photo with us is Justen Schroeder. He played basketball at Newton High School last year and this year he plays at McPherson College. We attend most all of his games, which we are so happy to be able to do. The grandchildren appreciate us being there and we love being there when we can.

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posting a 75-31 record. He returned to West High in 2012 and recently finished his sixth season with the Pioneers and has an overall record of 110-93 at the school. Schartz has also coached track and field, basketball, wrestling and baseball at West, as well as track and

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PICTURE THIS Piper Bourne of Garden Plain looks to score as Cheney's Destinee O'Shea defends in the Haven Wildcat Invitational finals. (Photo, Lindsey Bauman)

Abby Waddell of Collegiate gets ready to go up for two against Clearwater. (Photo, Dale Stelz)

Johnny Murdock of Southeast looks to score in heavy traffic as East's Daylan Jones defends. (Photo, Kelly Ross)

Sedgwick's Sydney Hilliard tries to fight off Independent's Reema Moussa during the Sedgwick Invitational title game. (Photo, Mark Weaver) 18

Riley Petz of Cheney drives against Independent's Waylon Chance in a CPL game. (Photo, Bill Millspaugh)

Caleb Grill of Maize shoots from long range against Maize South. (Photo, Dale Stelz)

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Toby Penner of Berean Academy goes hard to the basket against Graham Stephens of Little River in the Burrton invitational title game, (Photo, Lindsey Bauman)


Mark Hutton of Kapaun and Trinity Academy’s Blessing Ekeshill go after a rebound in the the El Dorado Bluestem Classic title game. (Photo, Kelly Ross)

Jaden Okon of Heights dunks on West in a City League game. (Photo, David Lewis)

Laeh Dean of Independent looks to go around Cheney’s Kennedy Higgins in a CPL game. (Photo, Bill Millspaugh)

Tristen Knoblauch of Maize South slices though the Maize defense on the way to the basket. (Photo, Dale Stelz)

Riley Dick of Collegiate shoots a baseline jumper against Clearwater in an AVCTL game. (Photo, Dale Stelz)

Newton’s Taylor Brewer drives to the basket against Bishop Miege in the Newton Invitational finals. (Photo, Phil Zivnuska)

Luke Evans of Bishop Carroll and McPherson’s Ben Pyle battled in the McPherson Invitational finals. (Photo, Kendall Shaw)

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Midseason Tournament

ARKANSAS CITY BULLDOGS - Chaparral Roadrunner Classic

EISENHOWER TIGERS - Spring Hill Invitational

ANDALE INDIANS - Adolph Rupp Invitational

KAPAUN CRUSADERS - El Dorado Bluestem Classic

CONWAY SPRINGS CARDINALS - Mulvane Invitational

WICHITA SOUTH TITANS - Free State Firebird Classic

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PICTURE THIS ROSE HILL INVITATIONAL CHAMPIONS

Braden Morgan, El Dorado, 195

Brian Gates, Hutchinson, 113

Cade Lindsey, Derby, 152

Collin Pavlacka, Andale, 132

Devin Gomez, Valley Centerl, 138

Griffin Baker, Andover Central, 106

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Jake Patch, Andover Central, 126

Owen Braungardt, Winfield, 182

Tony Caldwell, Valley Center, 285

Triston Wills, Derby, 160

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Art requirements:

• 7.5 inches wide by 7.75 inches tall • Must be 300 dpi • Must be in CMYK color format • Must be in PDF format

Entries must be in digital format suitable for magazine publication per requirements. However, art mediums incorporated into the final design may include, but are not limited to, illustration, photography, digital design, etc.

Win a great prize! Judging will be completed following the deadline. The winning entry will be notified by April 6, 2018. The winner will receive a Wacom tablet or a $200 gift card and have their ad published in the April issue of VYPE magazine and Turnpike Times, and used in promotional campaigns by the Kansas Turnpike.

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PICTURE THIS CITY LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP

Aiden Gantenbein of Heights was a double winner, bringing home titles in the 100 Backstroke and 100 Butterfly.

Photos By Dale Stelz

David Garcia of West is congratulated by Hugh McPherson of East after the two tied in the 50 Freestyle. Garcia won the swim-off.

East High swimmers and coaches take a victory dip and then celebrate a 10th consecutive City League title at the Heights pool.

Earl Hwang of East brought home a first-place medal in the 200 I.M.

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Hugh McPherson of East was all smiles after winning the 100 Freestyle.


GO ! Prep Performance of the Month

Jason Ooten of East brought home titles in the 200 and 500 Freestyle events.

Miguel Bernal of North broke the 46-year-old league diving record by 36 points with a score of 487.2.

Devon Anderson, Douglass H.S.

Anderson, a 6-foot-1 senior, made two 3-pointers in the final 10 seconds, including one at the buzzer to help the Bulldogs to a stunning 62-61 victory over Wichita Independent in a CPL game. Douglass trailed by 10 points with 50 seconds remaining and didn't have the ball

Jack Quah of East was the winner in the 100 Breaststroke.

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Maize Celebrates Heart Health with the Hoops for Heart Night during Boys Basketball Game. Hoops for Heart Campaign organized by the Kays Clubs of MSHS and MHS. Donation total from the two schools $1,685.

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VINCENT, TIGERS SHOOTING FOR THE TOP Dylvan Vincent of Eisenhower is one of the state's top players, averaging over 26 points per game. (Photos, Dale Stelz)

By Joanna Chadwick VYPE South Central Kansas While watching video of the Eisenhower boys basketball team’s loss to Arkansas City in January, Eisenhower senior Tanner King was called out by coach Steve Blue. “He said, ‘you need to cut here,’ “ King said. “‘What were you doing? Well, right now, you’re standing there watching Dylan do his thing.’ “I was. Dylan can do pretty much anything.” He’s right. Vincent, Eisenhower’s senior point guard, averages 26.7 points, 6.3 rebounds, 6.1 assists. He shoots 45 percent from three-point range, 64 percent from two and 77 percent from the free-throw line. Vincent is absolutely clutch and the undeniable go-to player for the Tigers, who are ranked first in Class 5A by the coaches association. 30

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Jeff Wake, a senior, scores neartly 15 points a game for the Tigers.

“I’m probably one of his biggest fans,” King said. “... He’s probably one of the best shooters I’ve ever seen. If he’s not shooting well, he’ll get to the basket. He spins, jumps over people. He’ll do whatever it takes.” Vincent, who helped lead Eisenhower to the 5A title game in 2017, has had people talking about him since his freshman season. He has signed a letter of intent to play for the NJCAA defending national champion Hutchinsoin Blue Dragons next season. “He’s always been a great shooter,” Blue said. “... When we’re struggling to score, sometimes he takes it on himself to create, whether by penetrating or coming off an on-ball screen and looking for the roller.” Vincent will slash to the rim, knock down the floater, hit the midrange and drain a three.


FEATURED PLAYER OF THE MONTH Tanner King, shown here playing defense against Salina Central, is the Tigers' leading rebounder.

“My midrange game is where a lot of my points have come from,” Vincent said. “That’s one of my biggest improvements…. “A lot of eyes are on me when I’m driving (to the basket), so there’s always people waiting when I get by my man. Really, I just get by my man and I read the defense that’s still in front of me.” Defenses cannot stop him. “His ability to score in so many ways helps our team out,” Blue said. “A lot of times we’ll stand around and wait for him to do something.” But the Tigers also know that Vincent looks for ways to involve and find his teammates. In a win over Maize in January, Vincent had 41 points and 14 assists. “His court vision is exceptional,” Blue said. “He’s able to see everything and able to anticipate.” If opponents double-team Vincent, it opens up so much for the Tigers. See, Eisenhower isn’t a one-man team. Jeff Wake, a senior, is averaging nearly 15 points a game and Vincent’s brother, Jordan, a sophomore, averages 10.1. King leads the teams in rebounding with an average of 7.5 per game and Wake is next at 5.8.

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Head coach Steve Blue has the Tigers ranked No. 1 in Class 5A.

The combination of the Tigers’ talent and Dylan Vincent’s ability to get the ball to his teammates in the right position, and there’s no question that Eisenhower is one of the favorites to win the 5A title. “Jordan gives us another option on who can penetrate,” Blue said. “Jordan can facilitate to score, and Wake and King can get to the basket.” The Vincents are a smooth duo with similar skills. And while they look as though they have played forever together, in reality it’s only been a few tournaments over the years. “The chemistry that we have is just crazy,” Dylan Vincent said. “We’re talking constantly throughout the game. Just little things that we can get a quick bucket, a quick back door. Just eye contact.” With the graduation of All-State center Matt Pile in 2017, Eisenhower could have struggled. Pile was a dominating presence in the lane, as a rebounder, shot blocker and scorer. Yet the Tigers keep winning. “We lost Matt, but we’re still scoring as much,” Jordan Vincent said. “It really comes down to defense for us.” Eisenhower craves a title, especially after getting so close in 2017. “There’s nothing we want more than that,” Dylan Vincent said. “We’ve gotten closer and closer every year…. We are very confident in our ability. We feel like we definitely have the talent.”

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McPherson Bullpups Red Basketball The McPherson Bullpups Red basketball team traveled to Wichita on February 3rd to participate in a MAYB Winter Tournament at the Sports Forum. The Bullpups won the 5th-6th grade division with victories over Augusta Express, Agilign Bolan and the Sedgwick Cardinals. Members of the team (from left) are coach Dan Pyle, Kreighton Kanitz, Alex Robertson, Corey Muehler, Kyden Thompson, Blaise Hoover, Owen Pyle, Jayce Schriner, Javyn Alexander and coach Josh Alexander

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The 2017-18 season has produced a lot of smiles for the East Blue Aces and their head coach Brian Johnson (middle back row). (Photos, Phil Zivnuska)

Aces Moving Up The GWAL Ladder By Matt Browning VYPE South Central Kansas When Brian Johnson took over as head coach of the East girls basketball program last spring, he knew what he was getting into. And that was a good thing. Johnson saw the talent. He saw the potential. He just needed to find a way to let all of that loose. “We told the girls when we took over how it was going to be,” Johnson said. “We told them they were either going to buy into what we wanted to do or not play.” They chose to play. As of press time, the Aces were 13-4 and in second place in the City League. After defeating Bishop Carroll, 41-39, on Feb. 9 to avenge an earlier loss and beat the Golden Eagles for the first time in over 11 years, East dropped a 61-35 decision to six-time City League champion South. 36

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East was ranked No. 9 in Class 6A in the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association February 12 poll and will most likely be a fourth or fifth seed in KSHSAA’s new sub-state format. “The biggest thing that has contributed to our success was getting the girls to believe they can win,” Johnson said. “We told them they are not playing for themselves, they are representing East.” The Aces had been mired in poor play over the past ten seasons. After going 15-6 in the 2006-2007 season, East has gone 67-133 in the regular season and reached double-digit wins just twice ever since. It was not so much a talent issue, as much as a culture issue.


Dymond McElrath is one of seven seniors on the East roster.

“The biggest thing that has contributed to our success was getting the girls to believe they can win. We told them they are not playing for themselves, they are representing East.” - East head coach Brian Johnson “We know we have to play hard to win,” Ross said. The Aces have gone to the state tournament just three times since 1990 and their last appearance was in 2006. According to KSHSAA’s girls sub-state standings, if records hold true to form, East would most likely play Campus or Lawrence-Free State in the first round. That would potentially set up a matchup with perennial power Washburn Rural in the sub-state finals. But Johnson does not have visions of just going to state. “I know we can get to state,” said Johnson, who took West to the 6A state tournament last season. “But we do not want to just go, we want to win it.”

“I think a lot of our success is due to team bonding,” senior Mariah McKinney said. “There was a lot of drama last season on and off the court, but this season we all hang out a lot. We are really like sisters.” Johnson preaches defense more than anything else and it shows in East’s statistics and results. The Aces are holding opponents to 39.4 points per game and six times this season they have held opponents to less than 30 points. “We love to play defense,” McKinney said. “We work hard and talk when we play defense.” East is a difficult team to prepare for on both ends of the floor. Its defense is one thing, but the balance it has offensively is another. Before their win over Bishop Carroll, the Aces had eight players averaging between 5.0 and 9.9 points per game. “Everyone has accepted their roles and we know we will not score a lot of points individually,” senior Kyeisha Ross said. “I think it makes us a better team to spread the ball around the way we do.” Ever since their successful 2006-2007 season, the Aces have been the team chasing others, hoping to pull off the upset. The roles have been significantly changed this season, as East is now the team being chased. But that role reversal has not been difficult to adjust to.

Senior guard Mariah McKinney said her team loves to play defense.

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Student of the Month EMILY RYNO – MAIZE HIGH SCHOOL Emily Ryno, a bowling and volleyball player at Maize High School, injured her knee while practicing for her bowling season. She says she tried to work through the pain for nearly two months before she sought out physical therapy. “I had to stop playing all sports for a month before I started going to physical therapy,” she says. “When I tried to walk, I was in extreme amounts of pain.” Emily says the muscles around her IT band weren’t strong enough to keep her patella in its track causing pain around her knee. After attending therapy, Emily says she can walk much better. Though she wears a brace while playing sports, she says her pain has dramatically decreased. “I have also noticed my hips and legs have gotten a lot stronger,” she says. Emily says her favorite part of her treatment is the relationships she’s made with her therapists. “They were kind, generous, and they helped me get better,” she says. “I was able to talk to them and have fun while healing at the same time.”

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IT BAND INJURIES – BY KAYLA KENNEDY, DPT

Iliotibial band friction syndrome is a common knee injury that can occur from overuse of the knee. It happens when the iliotibial (IT Band) repetitively slides over the femoral condyle as the knee bends back and forth. This action can create inflammation and pain. Although most commonly reported in long-distance runners, anyone engaging in any activity that requires repetitive knee flexion and extension, such as skiing, circuit training, weight lifting, bowling, and any other jumping sport, is prone to developing this pathology. Patients will report pain with any repetitive motion of the knee, although there is usually no history of trauma. Pain is generally on the lateral side of the knee and is diffuse and hard to localize. Conservative intervention is often the first way to treat ITBFS. The athlete or patient would first want to modify the irritating stress by either decreasing mileage, number of repetitions, or changing any mechanical stresses. Guidance and treatment with a physical therapist is the first step. Usually, because of muscle imbalances in the athlete- weak glutes, hip abductors, restricted hip flexors—a physical therapist can help guide the patient through appropriate exercises to help engage the right muscles. Other techniques, such as ASTYM, dry needling, iontophoresis, and Kinesio Taping (KT) have been proven very helpful. Combining these methods along with restoring normal motion, incorporating neuro-muscular education, functional strengthening, and stretching programs can help resolve the ITBFS and return the athlete to full sport.

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Brooke is a junior at WHS, participates in softball, volleyball and powerlifting for the Crusaders and will compete in track and field this spring. She has been named all-league in softball as a pitcher/first baseman; was a member of the third-place Class 4A-I state volleyball team last fall and had a second-place (bench press) and third-place (clean) finish in the state powerlifting meet as a sophomore. Brooke carries a 3.89 GPA and belongs to the National Honor Society, FCA, SADD, Student Council, FFA and Big Sis Little Sis at school. She volunteers for the Mayfield Federated Church activities and meals, and helps local youth softball players. After high school, she plans to play softball at Mississippi Valley State University and major in Accounting.

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AREHART'S LOVE OF WRESTLING

Kasdon Arehart is a four-time state qualifier for the South Titans. (Photo, Dale Stelz)

By Joanna Chadwick VYPE South Central Kansas Ron Arehart had no intention of telling his son, Kasdon, a South senior, not to wrestle in the City League meet on Feb. 10. Despite the fact Kasdon was just recovered from the flu. Despite him losing 20 pounds in the days leading up to the league meet because of the flu. The day before the league meet was his first day out of bed in four days. “We left it up to him to decide what to do,” Ron Arehart said. “He wasn’t eating much, and we couldn’t keep a whole lot in him…. But he’s a gamer, basically. “Going all the way back to when he was a little kid, he was a gamer. In football games, there were blisters all over his feet, and we couldn’t get him out of that for anything.” 40

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Kasdon won the league title at 285 pounds, getting two pins and then beating Northwest’s Marcus Hicks 5-3. He also helped South win its first league title since 1999. The Titans were also unbeaten in league duals this season. “Wrestling is not all about the strength,” Ron Arehart said. “It’s about your mentality.” Kasdon Arehart didn’t always have such mental strength. As a sophomore, he went through the season unbeaten - until the semifinals of the Class 6A meet at 220 pounds. He lost in the semis, lost on the backside and finished fifth with a 36-2 record. “I didn’t want to wrestle anymore,” Arehart said. “... I didn’t do hardly any summer wrestling. No freestyle and Greco. (Losing at state) made me feel like all the hard work I put in, that it would never be enough again.”


Terry Alley Arehart returned to wrestling in November, 2016, largely at his coaches’ and teammates’ urging. He went on to win the 2017 Class 6A title at 220 pounds, finishing the season 43-3. “It amazes me,” Arehart said. “I look back at that day (in 2016), all the tears that were cried. And it amazes me how I’m able to call myself a state champ now. I know how it feels to be down and out. “It rekindled my love for wrestling.” Arehart headed into this month’s regionals unbeaten. He has a strong practice partner in Payton Collins, who is at 220 and also won a league title. “If he goes out and wrestles like I know he can, he’ll dominate a lot of people,” South coach Brian Westhoff said. “... A lot of times, for as big as he is, he wrestles kind of like a 170-pound wrestler might wrestle occasionally. “Technically, he’s head and shoulders above everyone. He knows wrestling. He knows situations and knows how to get out of whatever situation he’s in. He’s just really skilled.” Rejuvenated after his junior year win, Arehart returned to wrestling freestyle and Greco in the summer. He was also on the national duals team. College coaches talked to him in earnest at a summer tournament, and he realized that he had a shot to wrestle in college. He signed with Fort Hays State. While talking about his son’s future, Ron Arehart started to fight back tears. “It’s been a real incredible …. “ Arehart said before pausing for a moment. “I’m getting shook up here. He’s a great kid.” Ron Arehart got Kasdon into wrestling at age 6. “I was rolling around with my brother Brandon, and I came around with a crossface and he got a bloody nose. The next day I was in the wrestling room,” Kasdon Arehart said. Kasdon, a four-time state qualifier, moved up to 285 because he had to cut at least 30 pounds to make weight at 220, but the goal hasn’t changed. He wants another state title. The state meet is Feb. 22-23 at Hartman Arena. Kasdon has goals that he reads to himself every day. He wants his name on the South wall again, along with the other state champs. “I want to be a state champ,” he said. “Two is better than one. That’s what drives me a whole lot. Practices will get tough, and in the back of my head I hear, ‘state champ, state champ, state champ.’ It gives me that little extra to get through practice.”

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Rick, Suzanne, Blake, Brooke and Brock Rick and Suzanne Sullivan will still have two of their three children at home when the 2018-19 school year begins in August. Brooke will be a sophomore at Goddard High School and Brock a fourth grader at Amelia Earhart Elementary. But, their oldest son, Blake, will be starting his freshman year at Fort Hays State as a redshirt quarterback. Friday nights - for a while anyway - won't be the same. Blake was part of a senior class that finished second in the Class 5A playoffs in 2016 and made another playoff run last fall. "We're already mourning next year," said Suzanne with a laugh. "Blake won't be there on Friday nights. It'll be difficult. That group ... we got so attached to that group and their parents." But, it's not like the Sullivans won't have something to do. Although Blake is not playing basketball this season because of surgery on his left shoulder, Brooke and Brock are both playing basketball. Brooke also plays club and high school soccer and Brock plays youth football. Sports are an important part of the Sullivan household. "I just feel like when they commit to a sport they love, it keeps them busy and gives them something to strive for," Suzanne said. "I know it's kept us busy. We've put a lot of miles ion our vehicles and the gas bill gets pretty high sometimes." But, they wouldn;t have it any other way. "Sports teaches kids perseverance and a lot of life lessons," Suzanne said. "... how to manage life ... going to school, managing things themselves ... playing with injuries and getting through all that."

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Coach of the Month On & Off the Field! COACHING - Most has been the volleyball coach at Southeast Valerie Most, Southeast H.S. for 24 years and has also coached basketball for three years and softball for one. CLASSROOM - Youth Entrepreneurs, Accounting, AP Accounting, Financial Lit, Investing, Business Law. VYPE - How important is it for you, as a coach, to balance academics and athletics with your athletes? Most - "Very important – you have to be a student first, then an athlete. You always have to have a plan besides just being an athlete. We want students to take care of school and getting ready for the next level, whatever that looks like for each student." VYPE - What are one or two important messages you convey to your athletes during practice and matches? Most - "Communication and team work – the more we communicate the better the trust. With trust comes better Coach Most on the far right with the Southeast Volleyball team. teamwork. I try to be transparent with letting the players know what we are working on every day, so I start with communication first. My assistant coaches and myself are always talking and listening to each other. I want my teams to see this, so they know that we are working together to make them better."

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Mitch Fiegel took center stage on Fiegel 500 Night, a celebration of his 500 career wins as a head coach. (Photo, Dale Stelz)

Fiegel Weathers Storm,

Reaches 500 By Bob Lutz VYPE South Central Kansas The past year hasn’t been easy for Collegiate boys basketball coach Mitch Fiegel. He encountered severe turbulence with his administration over a tenuous situation involving players, parents, boosters and loyalty that finally ended with olive branches, enough of them to convince the six-time state champion coach to return to the Spartans for a 29th season. Fiegel doesn’t discuss details of the controversy that nearly ended with him being relieved of his duties. He only comments about how glad he is that it didn’t come to that. “Coaching brings out the worst and the best in people,” Fiegel said. “And basketball, more than any other sport, does that.” And with that, Fiegel, who recently passed 500 career wins, directs the discussion back toward his team. Except for one anecdote that he believes speaks volumes for why he’s doing what he does. 44

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A Fiegel fan shows her support.

Fiegel and his team were preparing for a game against Buhler earlier this season at Collegiate. The Spartans don’t participate in shooting drills during halftime of the girls team the way most teams do. Instead, they sit in the bleachers and take note of the opposing team. This time, though, Fiegel noticed a man, probably in his late-60s or early-70s, sitting near the Collegiate players. He didn’t recognize the man, so he introduced himself. And the conversation they had helped convince him that his job is the best job. “He told me he was from Thayer, down in southeast Kansas,” Fiegel said. “Then he told me about how he watched our team play in 1993, loved the way we played, and has been coming to watch us play at times ever since.”


“All those years, and the dude never came up and introduced himself to me. I’m going to be able to tell that story until the end of my days. It’s one of the most humbling moments of my career, yeah.” - Collegiate coach Mitch Fiegel

Thayer is a long way from Wichita or anywhere else the Spartans regularly play. But Fiegel, and his teams, made a strong impression. “He told me his wife had a doctor’s appointment in Wichita the next day and that he was staying just a couple of miles from our school,” Fiegel said. “He said he looked in the paper to see where we were playing, saw we were at home, and decided to come to the game. My dad was there with three of his buddies, so he went over and hung out with them. It was great.” The fan told Fiegel that he had seen all six of Collegiate’s state-championship wins in person. “All those years, and the dude never came up and introduced himself to me,” Fiegel said. “I’m going to be able to tell that story until the end of my days. It’s one of the most humbling moments of my career, yeah.” And it caused Fiegel to reflect on what he’s done and what he’s continuing to do. This season’s Collegiate team should again be in contention for a state championship with four outstanding players – Cody McNerney, Nate Kelly, Riley Dick and Gabe Fisher – along with a bunch of freshmen and sophomores playing important roles. “I took it that he enjoyed watching teams that play with passion, that share the ball, that do the dirty work and do all of those things that most teams don’t do,” Fiegel said. “And I shared that with my team.

Fiegel has preached defense and effort for nearly three decades at Collegiate.

“And what a great reminder, too, that the game is a lot bigger than we are. I think that’s something we always needed to be reminded of.” Collegiate, which has won 20 or more games in seven of the past 10 seasons, will have to go some to get to that mark this season. The Spartans, 12-4 going into the final two weeks of the regular season after a four-game winning streak, took a while to find their way, Fiegel said. “Some teams are ready made and some aren’t,” he said. “This team wasn’t ready made because we’re relying on some freshmen and sophomores to play pretty important roles. So we knew there was going to be a bigger learning curve than there have been for some of our teams. But it’s like I tell them, they’re making progress and that’s the key in February.” Fiegel has seen teams struggle in February, which he calls the “dog days of basketball.” “Without knowing it, I’ve seen teams throw in the towel in February,” he said. “But that’s not something we’ve done. That’s when you have to put the pedal to the metal.” Fiegel likes this season’s team more and more. “This is one of those teams that is going to get better until the last day they’re on the floor together,” he said. “I’ll just say this, if I was an opponent, this is the last team I would want to play in March.”

Joining Fiegel on the Collegiate court for his special night were (from left) brother Monte, dad Marion, wife Allison and oldest son Cole. His youngest son Ty got stuck in a Chicago snow storm and couldn't make it home.

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Triston Wills, Derby H.S. Triston is a junior at Derby High School and participates in wrestling for the Panthers. He placed fifth at the Class 6A state tournament as a freshman, was third as a sophomore and was named All-AVCTL both years. Triston carries a 3.918 grade point average, and when asked if there was a ‘trophy animal’ he was most proud of, replied, “All animals taken in the wild are a trophy to me because I get to do it with the ones I love the most - my dad and brother.” Triston plans to wrestle in college and become a chiropractor. “Besides the wrestling mat, there is no place I’d rather be than the woods.”


Top 10 Health Benefits of Youth Sports Allowing your children to participate in youth sports is a fantastic way for them to explore and develop lifelong skills. Youth sports not only play an important role in exercise, but promotes mental and psychological advances as well. Here are the Top 10 from the Health Fitness Revolution and author of the book “ReSYNC Your Life,” Samir Becic: Physical development – Children who participate in sports develop stronger muscles and bones, and the stronger you are, the less likely you will suffer from physical injury.

6. Strengthens perseverance – Athletes are often placed in adverse situations on the field, both during game days and practices. During these high-pressure moments, the children learn to persevere ouch? Most kids areare pretty flexible,of which means When you give your heart this kind of workout on through those challenges, and because there so many these Exercise Is Cool 2.Why Aids in weight control – Playing sports keeps achildren active regular basis, your heart will get even better at that they can bend and stretch their bodies moments in sports, the child will learn to quickly adapt to these and aids in the fight combating childhood obesity. its Having main joba— delivering oxygen (in the form of without much trouble. This kind of exercise often them in feels stride. oxygen-carrying cells) to all and partstake of your really good, like when you take a big stretch controlled weight to happier the bloodsituations Kids exercise all theleads time without evenchildren thinking and decreases body. the morningisafter waking up. Being of it. being active, like when you being run around risk ofJust diseases that comes from overweight in their 7. Develop teamwork skills –inTeamwork a skill you are goingflexible is having “full range of motion,” which means you outside or play kickball at school, is a kind of useaerobic for years to come, important to learn the basics early. lifetimes. So you want to do some exercise right so it is can move your arms and legs freely without exercise. What else counts as exercise? Playing Youth sports important lessons in team dynamics. now? Try swimming, basketball, ice orprovide roller children feeling tightness or pain. 3.sports, Improves endurance – Participating in sports improves dancing, doing push-ups, and even hockey, jogging (or walking quickly), inline Everyone must work together to achieve their goals. reaching down to touch your toes. cardiovascular endurance. Increased cardiovascular health skating, soccer, cross-country skiing, biking,

It’s easy to find things to do for good flexibility, 8. Teaches discipline – Playing sports require athletes to be decreases the risk for heart disease. Having an increased or rowing. And don’t forget that skipping, such as tumbling and gymnastics, yoga, dancing When you exercise, you’re helping build a strong jumping rope, and playing hopscotch are aerobic endurance allows athletes to reach their full potential in sports disciplined in tactical, mental and physical aspects. In order to (especially ballet), martial arts and simple body that will be able to move around and do all activities, too! succeed in sports you must stretches have self-restraint, and behave in or a side but importantly, will keep heart (such as touching your toes themost stuff you need it to do. Try to betheir active everyhealthy. stretches). and your body will yousports later. at a young age enables controlled and precise manner. 4.day Builds character –thank Playing STRENGTHENING MUSCLES kind of exercise can help make your competition – While naysayers like to claim 9. Promotes healthy children to participate in social interactions andAnother build skills FEELING GOOD A HAPPY HEART muscles stronger. Did you ever do a push-up or youth sports are becoming too competitive, it aisstrong, inevitable that asthat such as teamwork, leadership, responsibility as they learn It feels good to have flexible body You may know that your heart is aand muscle. It swing across the monkey bars at the playground? can do all the activities you enjoy — like running, every day of your life. toworks workhard, withpumping others blood to achieve a common goal. Those are exercises that they grow, can buildchildren strength.will By face competition in school, the workplace jumping, and playing your friends. You can help this important muscle get stronger usingsimilar your muscles to and do powerful things, you canso they their personal lives, must learn howwith to interact in It’s also 5.byBoosts self-esteem – Being part a of a team with fun to be good at something, like scoring a doing aerobic exercise. make them stronger. For older teens and adults, competitive environments. basket, hitting a home run, or perfecting a dive. goals will increase the child’s value of their self. What they this kind of workout can make muscles bigger,

Aerobic means “with air,” so aerobic exercise a contribute to the team – whether it be inisleadership 10 Provides guidance – As youths, children haven’t experienced too. positions Butand youbecause may not know that exercising can of activityimportant that requires oxygen. When you nor learned what adults have, of this, children require orkind in fulfilling roles – will ultimately contribute to the actually put you in a better mood. When you breathe, you take in oxygen, and, if you’re doing Here are some exercises and activities to build guidance to make the right decisions. While parents and guardians boost in their self-esteem and their confidence. exercise, your brain releases a chemical called aerobic exercise, you may notice you’re breathing strong muscles: push-ups, pull-ups, tug-of-war, the ultimate in youth also endorphins, which may sports make you feelgives happier. It’s faster than normal. Aerobic activity can get your rowing, running, inline are skating, bike ridingmentors, participating another reason why exercise cool. athletes the opportunity to just meet positive people, such asiscoaches heart pumping, make you sweaty, and quicken your breathing. BEING FLEXIBLE and parent volunteers, who will guide them as they grow. Can you touch your toes easily without yelling

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The month of February is crunch time Lee as well for Baldwin, coaches as they get their Cheney Basketball teams ready for the postseason

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WALMART SPIRIT

Andover Central Dance Team This was expected to be a “rebuilding year” for the Andover Central Lady Jags Dance Team, but instead, the team keeps adding to its trophy case. Central’s dance team, coached by Jenna Armagost, received the honor of being named the “Best of the Best” dance team” last month at the Kansas Spectacular held at Olathe East High School. It was the fourth straight year the Jags have earned the award. “We have have had quite the year,” Armagost said. “It was supposed to be a rebuilding year, but turned out to be our most successful one yet. Central’s captains performed a Jazz routine and received a Division 1 rating (the highest), a Judges Award (category winner) and were named in the Officers Winner’s Circle for the State of Kansas. Madison Fleske was also chosen in the Kansas Soloist Winner’s Circle for Small Division schools. Members of the Lady Jags Dance Team are Kylie Roman (captain), Elizabeth Waldrip, Madison Fleske, Jillian Primm, Abby Coleman, Cerah Handsaker, Emmalee Daniels, Aubrey McKenna and Kyra Stinson. Listed below were other awards the ACHS team received: • An invitation to the International Championship in Denton, TX. • An invitation to perform at halftime at a Dallas Mavericks’ NBA game. • The Sweepstakes Award (a score of 90 and above on all routines from every judge). • Gussie Nell Davis Award (a score of 93 and above on all routines, from every Judge). • Judges Award for Team Jazz Routine (category winner). • Judges Award for Team Hip Hop Routine (category winner). • Judges Award for Team Lyrical Routine (category winner). • Best Overall Choreography. • Best Overall Presentation. • Best Overall Performance. • Kansas Winner’s Circle 2018 “Best of the Best” Award (4th year in a row).


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