Bowlers roll into success hoping to defend the city title and Baker’s trophy During the first week of December, tryouts for the bowling team took place at Thunderbird Lanes. Of all those who tried out, bowling coach, David Koch, english selected 13 bowlers for the boys and 12 for the girls. When choosing some of the girl bowlers, Koch graduated two of the top three girls from last year so the girls team will be rebuilding; he expects great improvement from them as the season goes on. However, the boys were the city league champions last year and they didn’t have anyone graduate; Koch expects them to be very competitive this year. Tyler Clark, Lorenzo Brown, Phoenix Nofsinger, Alex Harber, Kara Price, srs., Ally Hammond, Casey Childers, Lizzie Le, Ian Crossman, Bret Doyon, Brittany Pena, Austin Tennant, Grant Withers, jrs., Lauryn Schooler, Brianna Turner, Micheal Nofsinger, Lexi Rule, Derick Holmes, Hannah Hull, Katie Huffstelter, Nathan Brantley, Sheridan Benson, Casey Bennett, sophs., and last but not least, Alyssa Ward and Josiah Wilson, fr., all made the final cut to join the bowling team. “I think it went really well actually, the guys were really focused and worked very well,” Alex Harber, sr., said, when referring to the Bishop Carroll Bakers Invitational Tournament that took place on Dec. 7. The girls took fourteenth place out of the possible twenty-six places while the boys beat McPherson by scoring one hundred and seventy pins and placing in first. Alex Harder, sr.,Casey Bennett, soph., Derick Holmes, soph., Lorenzo Brown, sr., Brett Doyon, jr., and Nathan Brantley, soph. (above) are all the bowlers who helped the team take home the first place trophy from the Baker’s Tournament. --- MELISSA NDETTEMI
FLYING AHEAD OF THE GAME
As second semester rolls around, winter sport teams are warming back up again and preparing for the upcoming matches.
GIRLS BASKETBALL The girls have had a rough start to the season, according to JV assistant coach Ryan Fields. Currently, Fields said that the varsity and JV teams are mainly just learning since many of the girls are new to the high school level. “They continue to grow week-by-week, what we’ve taught them are showing up more in games,” Fields said. With only three seniors on the team, the team relies on them for leadership, which Fields believes will provide a foundation for the years to come and build a stronger team next year.
SWIMMING At the most recent swim meet on Jan. 12, the team took home 41 points but fell short to North, who scored 56 points. With the start of the new semester, Bobby Brokschmidt, sr., believes the team still has room for improvement. “We have a lot to do. We’re still in the process of getting our technic and everything down with new people,” Brokschmidt said. The 200-relay and 200-medley relay both have a chance at state, according to Brokschmidt and Panya Amphone, soph. At the invitational in El Dorado they scored more points than they did last year. The team has made a lot of improvements and still has a positive outlook on the season.
BOYS BASKETBALL As the season is progressing, the team has managed a winning record, 5-3. The team destroyed Derby’s undefeated streak on Jan. 7 at the Koch Arena, 59-56. Not only that, they crushed the Kapaun Crusaders on Jan.13 by 18 points, causing a major upset. “[This has been] one of the best seasons since I’ve been here,” Kevin Gunter, sr., said. Currently, the team is working on being more positive and having more team spirit to pull through and get their chance at state.
WRESTLING Wrestling has had a lot of challenges this season. They have been dealing with injuries and not being able to have a full line up. A moment that took everybody by surprise was when Nathan Shay, soph., was behind in his match, then came back and got his opponent in a head lock and a pin to win the match. It was a magnificent win for the team. “We need all the new wrestlers to come back and help build the program,” coach Mike Johnson said. There have been 11 meets so far, and several more to come; so there’s still time to go support. --- JACOB ROGERS AND ANGELA VUONG
PHOTO BY MAI HUYNH
Panya Amphone, soph., practices his butterfly along with his teammates. Each lane member alternated between the butterfly and backstroke while on the diving board.