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November 2019

2019-2020 VYPE HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL PREVIEW EDITION

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effort to work through it. Currently, I am feeling way better. I’m still not one hundred percent ready to do everything I would like, but I’m excited on how close I am getting to being completely healed.”

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Athletes know that injuries are just part of the risk of playing sports. Some injuries can be minor, while others can be very severe. Overcoming the injury, both physically and mentally, and getting back to competing can be the toughest part. Anayka Besco, who was injured while wrestling for Rose Hill High School, says that the mental aspect of healing can be the toughest part sometimes. “Recovering for me has definitely been a challenge, both mentally and physically,” she said. “I would have good days where I felt like I could do anything, and then I would have days where I couldn’t even walk without limping. It would get very discouraging and took a lot of

While the road to recovery is not always an easy or fun one, Anayka knows that listening to doctors and those is charge will get her back on the mat at the right time. “I am listening to my doctors and doing my physical therapy,” she stated. “Also, I am recognizing my boundaries. It’s hard for me to sit out of things I really want to participate in, but I know that if I push myself too hard then I will only set myself back and ruin all my progress.” Besco says that wrestling is her favorite sport, but she is also a member of the school’s cross country and soccer teams. She says that her dad and brothers were wrestlers and that is what inspired her to become part of the

wrestling team. “I watched my dad and brothers, who were all wrestlers,” she said. “I decided that I wanted to try it out and I have enjoyed it from the beginning.” She says that competing in sports at Rose Hill is great because of the backing she receives at her events. “I think my favorite part is just how the school and community support me one hundred percent,” she said. “And they always let me know it.” After she graduates, Besco plans to attend Baker University to wrestle and study Ecology.

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DERBY & 6A GIRLS BASKETBALL PREVIEW

Derby Panthers & Class 6A Girls Basketball By Joanna Chadwick Derby coach Jodie Karsak understands that there are those who might consider the Panthers’ impressive three-year run in Class 6A girls basketball to be finished.

After all, the Panthers graduated one of state’s best players in Kennedy Brown, who was a McDonald’s All-American and is now at Oregon State. In the past three seasons, Brown — along with Tor’e Alford and Aliyah Meyers -- helped lead Derby to a second-place finish in Class 6A in 2017, the 2018 6A title and third place in 6A in March. “We definitely lost a ton,” Karsak said. “Wow. What a run those guys had. I would never want to take away what they did for this program… We did lose a bunch, and people on the outside looking in, they have every right to think that. But we absolutely have a lot of experience coming back, and we’ve added some new pieces. We will turn some heads and people may be a little surprised by who we are.”

Derby has a mix of talent and experience, as well as a bunch of players who can do whatever is needed at whatever position. “We have big shoes to fill,” said senior guard Sydney Nilles, a four-year starter. “But we have the capability.”

“Jaidyn will probably replace Kennedy as our rim defender,” Karsak said. “She’s just versatile. She’s more of a guard than a post, but she can play both…. She can jump and she can guard any position. I’ll need her to help guard the paint, but I could put her on the point guard,

Schomp has developed a more consistent and dangerous three-point game, as well. “And that girl can rebound,” Nilles said.

Nilles’ offense is versatile — she can get to the rim, hit the mid-range jumper and score from three. She can be passfirst or she can get 15-20 points. Then there’s junior Katelyn Kennedy, who had quality minutes at guard, while senior Heather Mills was a spark off the bench and is experienced. Derby also adds two dynamic freshmen in Maren Archer and Addy Bown, Kennedy Brown’s sister, who is 6-2. Both have Division I offers.

“She’s a kid who can stretch it out,” Karsak said of Brown. “She’s got handles. We can use her inside. She’s physical. She’s like a bulldog. I’d want her to set a screen for me because she’ll get you open. And she can score inside.” As for Archer, a 5-7 guard, she’s deadly oneon-one. “I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a girl beat someone one-on-one like she can,” Karsak said. “That’s why she’s so highly recruited. She has the stepback move, the floater, the jumper, the three-pointer. Her and Addy have both just worked so hard on their game. It really shows. It’s going to be exciting to watch them play.” Derby also added Tatum Boettjer (6-3), who moved in from Circle, while junior Daryanna Cobbins will be available after the winter break following her transfer from Heights. The Panthers’ height will cause opponents fits with Schomp, Brown and Boettjer. “Rebounds definitely set us apart,” Mills said.

“But our big girls can run, too. They get down the court, and it helps our game a lot. When you can get your big players down faster, we’ll score.”

This positionless team can do more than just dominate the lane. “Everyone can be out on the perimeter and can dribble and shoot,” Schomp said. “We can play guard if you need us to. Everyone can play everywhere. We’re not robots where we only have one position and no one else can play it. We can throw anyone in to any position.” Derby’s depth could be its most dangerous weapon as it tries to make another run in 6A.

“We are so deep,” Schomp said. “We came back with me, Katelyn, Sydney and Heather. And now we have Tatum and Addy and Maren. It’s deepening our bench even more. We don’t have just one person — it’s a whole team effort.”

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Deckinger’s natural competitiveness serves her well as a multi-sport athlete, which is a title she is glad to have. “The benefits of being a multi-sport athlete are always staying busy and it keeps me active year-round,” she said. “I love competing against other people and the want to win is always there from me.”

Josie Deckinger Wichita Northwest senior Josie Deckinger has played varsity volleyball and softball all four years of high school. She got involved with both sports at a very young age, about five, with the encouragement of her parents. “Both of my parents are athletic and seeing them play got me very interested,” said Deckinger. “They also got me very involved

Deckinger also plays club in addition to school sports, but her busy schedule doesn’t stop her from excelling in the classroom.

“I’m in the top 10% of my class at Northwest so playing two sports in high school and club for both is challenging at times with school, taking college courses, but I think it motivates me as an individual to want to be successful in all of the activities I’m in and especially in school,” she said. “I know I’ll have late nights of practice or games but academics always comes first and my family has done a really good job of

not letting me slack off and kept me on track to be the best I can be.” Some highlights over the course of Deckinger’s high school athletic career include being on the varsity volleyball team since her freshman year, winning substate and going to 6A state. In softball, she mentions substate her junior year as a great memory.

“We were down 10-2 in the sixth inning and came back in the seventh to beat Great Bend 11-10 to go on to 5A state,” she said. Her favorite thing about getting to play both sports was competing in substate and the tournaments every year, including the triangulars in softball. She enjoyed getting to play against other teams from all over Kansas, including those that presented more of a challenge, making her and her teammates compete that much harder. After graduation, Deckinger says she is undecided on which college to attend but she wants to study elementary education.

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RUNNER SPOTLIGHT

Cheney’s Mollie Reno: Runner Spotlight By Derrick Smith When an athlete tries their hand at a new sport, the transition may not be easy. Each sport requires a different set of skills, depending on what positions the athlete plays. And for Mollie Reno, her start with track was a little bit rocky. “I tried distance running in middle school track,” she said. “I cried the first time I raced a mile. But I stayed with it and then decided to join my brother on the cross country team my freshman year.”

Reno is a member of the Cheney High School track and cross country teams. She says one of the things she enjoys most about being a Cheney athlete is the history that the title carries. “I love the relationships I have built with my teammates,” she said. “I also love the tradition and pride of wearing the Cheney stripes. The community support does not go unnoticed.”

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“He has taught me to work hard through both the good and the bad. He has also showed me that there is always more to give.”

Staying motivated, both in athletics and in life, is not something that Reno has a problem with. She knows that she will reap the benefit if she stays on track. “I am motivated by knowing that if I put in the hard work, I will be rewarded.”

There have been a lot of great memories that she has made over the year, but Mollie says that there are a few that stick out. “Winning the Cheney Cross Country Meet as a senior was a very special moment,” she said. “It has been my favorite course for all

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TEAM OF THE MONTH

Haven Girls Basketball By Brad Hallier Faith Paramore was unavailable for an early-November interview. The request came on a Sunday evening. Surely, on a school night, with her favorite NFL team the Kansas City Chiefs - having already played earlier in the day, Paramore couldn’t have been that busy. Alas, the Haven senior was. She was down in the gymnasium, shooting. This is Paramore’s final chance at a state championship, and if Haven isn’t going to win it, it’s not because she didn’t work her tail off. “Faith has gotten better each year,” said long-time Haven coach Dwight Roper. “Any weakness she perceives she has, she’s worked to make it better. She’s worked hard on her mid-range game, she’s hit the weight room and gotten stronger, and while she’s always been a good shooter, she’s worked to develop her inside-out, and take opponents off the dribble.”

Paramore’s lonely shooting exhibition soon ended, and she was able to chat about the upcoming season. Expectations are, once again, high. Two years after finishing third in Class 3A, Paramore said she thought the Wildcats had a chance to at least match that finish,

if not improve.

“We were upset at substate last year,” Paramore said. “We’ve got some unfinished business and we want to get back to where we were as a sophomore, when we were third at state. We talk about how we want to win it all, and that’s what we’re striving for.”

Paramore, who has committed to play at Oral Roberts, is a four-year starter who has been causing all kinds of mischief for opponents throughout her career. She even hit the game-winning shot in her very first high school game.

But the Wildcats have much, much more than Paramore. While she is the stoic type, with an everpresent steely glare in her eyes, junior forward Maguire Estill is different. It’s not that Estill isn’t competitive. She is. But after she blocks a shot at one end and scores at the other, she will do it with an ever-present smile. “Maguire is a treat,” Roper said with a laugh. “She loves life. She’s so happy-go-lucky, but don’t be fooled. She’s competitive. She’ll step on you, if that means getting from Point A to Point B, and she’ll do it with a smile.”

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Haven also returns forward Sara Yutzy and guard Kara Matteson, giving the Wildcats a strong, balanced, experienced team, a team that also meshes well together.

“We all get along really well,” Paramore said. “We’re girls, so of course there’s some fighting, but it doesn’t affect us on the court. We have a very diverse group of personalities, but when it comes to basketball, we get along well together.

Around Class 3A - After reaching the state title game in March, Cheney comes back with another strong team. A trio of junior starters are back, including Kylee Scheer (18.1 ppg), Lexi Cline and Halley Jones. … Halstead returns all five starters from a 17-5 team that should contend for a spot at state. Forward Karenna Gerber averaged nearly 20 points a game, while forward Madi McClain added 11.1 points. Hesston loses just one player from a 17-4 season and returns a talented group, led by Elise Kaiser, Marisa Vogt, Caryn Yoder, Harley Ferralez and Alex Martin. … Beloit brings back just two starters, but they’re good ones. Forward Shea Larson and guard Jess Meier averaged more than 22 points a game.


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STATE GOLF ROUNDUP

State Golf Roundup By Matt Browning The Buhler girls program has had significant success over the past decade, winning Class 4A state titles in 2011 and 2012.

While this year’s team had proven throughout the season they were a state contender, the new two-day format at the state meet introduced new challenges to teams in and around the lead. The Crusaders went into the second day of the tournament with a three-shot lead over Winfield and coach Brennan Torgerson figured there would be a heightened level of pressure.

“The nerves certainly ramped up,” Torgerson said. “But the conversations I had with the team were no different than any other tournament. I told them to take it one shot at a time and stay in the moment.” That they did.

After shooting 377 on the first day, Buhler came back to shoot a 378 on day two and cruised to a 13-shot victory over Wamego to capture the 4A Title at Hesston Golf Course.

Teammate junior Lauren Specht finished with a 179 (92-87).

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Torgerson said he did not ever think about what type of score was needed on the second day in order to capture the school’s third title in eight seasons. “We just tried to make the second day another golf tournament,” Torgerson said. “We were in the lead by three shots and we won the first day. But a two-day tournament crowns a true champion.” At the same tournament, Andale’s Morgan Brasser won the individual championship by ten shots over Miller with a score of 158 (8078). “It has been something I have been waiting on for a long time,” said Brasser, who took third as a freshman and second as a sophomore and a junior. “It is starting to sink in and everywhere I go in the community people are stopping to congratulate me.”

Brasser said sleeping on the lead, which she had by two shots, was one of the most difficult things she has had to do.

But she knew if she played smart and played a good round, she would be fine. “I was playing safe to a certain extent,” Brasser said. “But I was still focused on making birdies and pars.” CLASS 5A

Andover’s Madison Slayton took second at the 5A Tournament at Emporia Municipal Golf Course with a score of 162 (84-78). Shauna Lee from Andover Central took third with a score of 166 (82-84).

The Trojans took third as a team with a score of 714, 24 strokes behind champion St. Thomas Aquinas.

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“I was so impressed with our team on the second day,” Torgerson said. “We battled and handled the weather conditions really well.”

Intense wind played a pivotal role in the tournament, but that did not detour senior Haley Miller in leading the Crusaders in scoring with a two-day total of 168 (85-83).

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State Tennis Roundup By Matt Browning Down 2-5 in the third set, the prospect of winning the Class 3-1A Tennis Doubles Championship seemed dim for Kara Koester and Karlee Osner from Conway Springs. That’s when Koester looked at Osner said it was time to believe. They knew they had the ability to knock off Juliet Bartels & Keira Knoflicek of Kansas City Christian, but it would take the mental fortitude and toughness to get the job done. Koester and Osner tied the score 5-5, then 6-6 before winning the state title tiebreaker 7-2. This was the Cardinals their third doubles title in school history.

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In Class 5A, Kapaun Mount Carmel defeated Salina South by three points and Andover by four points. The Crusaders’ Clara Whitaker defeated teammate Reagan Boleski 6-0, 6-0 in singles. Paige Stranghoner of Bishop Carroll took third, defeating Callie Sanborn of Salina Central, 6-2, 6-1.

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“This was the most cohesively bonded team I have coached in a long time,” Kapaun coach Kathy Schulte said. “They would go out and get ice cream together after practice and do stuff like that. It’s tough to find six girls who want to be together like that. They were motivated to win after the disappointing loss to Bishop Carroll (at state) last year.”

Wichita Collegiate rolled to a 22-point victory over Buhler at the Class 4A Tournament. The Spartans’ Emma Mantovani defeated Annabelle Adams of Circle 5-7, 6-3, 6-1 in the singles championship match. Mantovani’s teammate, Sonya Murphy, defeated Isabella Sebits of Wichita Trinity, 6-3, 6-3 in the third place match. In the doubles championship match, Kylie Aufdengarten and Rylie Rusk of Wellington defeated Sallie Lair and Lily Conrad of Wichita Collegiate, 2-6, 6-3, 7-5. Collegiate’s No. 2 doubles team of Stephanie Gentile and Sophie Yoakum defeated Payton DaMeyer and Alex Hutton of Buhler for third place.

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Conway Springs’ coach, Chris Bellar, said Osner and Koester never seemed rattled or worried about where they were in their match. “They always seemed calm and in control,” Bellar said. “Having good chemistry with your doubles partner pays off when the pressure is on.”

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“It was very special,” Osner said. “My mom’s mom is in love with tennis and she goes to as many tournaments as she can.”

CeAnna Allen of McPherson defeated Molly Book and Madi Biondo of St. James Academy in the championship match. Ark City’s Jacey Arnett and Ellie Messenger defeated Bishop Carroll’s Hope and Heidi Lubbers, 6-4, 6-3 for third place in doubles.

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Koester. Abby Koester and Chelsea Ebenkamp were the first state champions (Ebenkamp’s mom was also a Koester). The next year Chelsea Ebenkamp and Stacy Sones won the championship (Ebenkamp’s mom was a Koester) and this year Koester and Osner were state champs (Osner’s mom was a Koester). Five out of the six state champions from Conway Springs are Koesters.

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“When we were down, we were talking after every point,” Osner said. “We said we could do this. We knew we couldn’t back down.”

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HAYSVILLE ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT

Thomas King: Haysville Athlete Spotlight Thomas King is a senior at Haysville Campus High School entering his tenth year playing basketball. He initially became interested in the sport after watching his siblings play growing up and wanting to compete with them. “My older siblings all played basketball and I always enjoyed watching them play and competing with them,” said King. It is also his family who help keep King

motivated to be the best he can be, on and off the court.

“I have had a lot of help and encouragement from family and friends to push me to my best in everything I do,” he said. “Colosians 3:23 says, ‘Whatever you do, do it for the Lord.’”

King has also appreciated the support from the Campus High community over the years. His fellow students, teammates, and coaches have all played a part in his enjoyment of basketball.

“I like playing for Campus because I like the students and fans because of the support they give our team,” he said. “I like my coaches and my teammates because they always push me to do my best.”

King is looking forward to his final high school season on the court. He is confident in his team’s chances and their abilities to build on last year’s season.

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Andover’s Sarah Sinclair: FCA Athlete of the Month “In both of the sports I play, my favorite part would have to be the large emphasis on the team aspect,” she said. “It is a lot of fun being a part of the families that the sports create.” Sinclair is an individual who is always pushing herself to do the best she can and aims to always be “improving along the way,” in her words. She got to see some of that firsthand in tennis this year.

Sarah Sinclair Sarah Sinclair is a sophomore at Andover High School who competes in swimming and plays tennis. She is also a new member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) at her school, and is VYPE’s FCA Athlete of the Month.

Sinclair has played tennis from about the age of 10, and started to play competitively in middle school. With swimming, she joined the sport for fun and to get some extra conditioning in. In both of her sports, she enjoys the camaraderie with her teammates and getting to compete alongside them.

“This year my favorite part of tennis was seeing my hard work pay off and the improvement I’ve made since last year at regionals and state,” she said. Sinclair says that this is her first year to be involved in FCA but she plans to become more active in the organization throughout her high school career. She shared why she thinks FCA is a great option for student-athletes.

“FCA is important because it allows people with similar interests to talk about and strengthen their faith,” she said. She still has time to enjoy at Andover High, but when thinking towards the future, Sinclair says that she may be interested in attending Kansas State University.

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ANDALE & CLASS 4A BASKETBALL

Andale Boys & Class 4A Basketball Preview By Harold Bechard When it comes to a winning tradition in basketball, very few schools can match the Andale Indians. The Indians have made six trips to the state tournament over the last nine years and have finished third three times. Andale has won eight consecutive league championships and seven of the last eight titles at the Adolph Rupp Invitational in Halstead. Over the last eight seasons, the Indians’ worst overall single-season record is 18-4 and they have an overall mark of 159-27 during that time. More success is expected for head coach Jeff Buchanan’s team in 2019-20. Two starters, including one of the best players in the state, and two other lettermen return from a 19-3 team that qualified for the Class 4A state tournament. “We enjoyed a great off-season where we saw tremendous improvement by many players on our team,” said Buchanan, who is starting his 14th season at the school. “I enjoy seeing the eagerness of the players taking on more responsibility and new roles after graduating four seniors from last year’s team.”

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has been a starter since his freshman season. Hunter averaged 17.5 points and 4.1 rebounds a game last year while earning Class 4A first-team all-state and Top 15 all-class honors. Hunter has been a go-to player for Andale since stepping on the court for the first time during the 2016-17 season. He is a two-time Most Valuable Player of the AVCTL Division IV, a two-time first-team 4A all-state selection and three-time MVP of the Rupp Invitational.

“Easton has received many quality postseason awards over the last three seasons and can make a case as one of the best basketball players and allaround athletes in the state,” Buchanan said. “We’ll look for him to set the tone for this team.” Also returning for the Indians is 5-11 senior guard Baron Bierman, who averaged 7.5 points per game as a junior. He and Hunter will be joined by returning lettermen Jack Niles and Eli Rowland.

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Niles, a 6-7, 225-pound senior, is expected to fill the void inside created by the graduation of Mason Fairchild, who is now playing football for the Kansas Jayhawks. Niles averaged 7.2 points and 5.4 rebounds a game last year off the bench. Rowland, a 5-11 junior, scored 2.4 points per game. Other returnees expected to play important roles are 6-3 senior Cole Landers (2.4 ppg.) and 6-6 senior

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One challenge the Indians will face again this season is a quick transition from football to basketball since the school’s football team is expected to make another deep run in the 4A playoffs. Andale’s first two games of the season are against strong 5A teams in Andover and Maize South.

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The contest originally began in the fall of 2015. Amanda Miller is a communications specialist for KTA who coordinates the video contest for Kansas teens in grades 8-12. She shared the idea behind what got the contest started.

“We wanted to offer a contest to students who were older than the qualifying participants for KDOT’s poster contest, and a video contest seemed like a fun, engaging way to do just that,” she said. Miller and the Kansas Turnpike Authority know the importance

of teen safety behind the wheel, so they are glad to see so many high schoolers participating in the contest and raising awareness. It is also a great opportunity for students to work together and expand media production skills. “Teens are in their formative driving years, and our goal with the video contest is to get teens thinking about safe driving behaviors that they should incorporate into their own lives,” said Miller. “This video contest is an excellent way for educators to incorporate video production, project management, and collaboration into the classroom. We hear great feedback each year from the students about how much they enjoy putting the videos together.” The overall winner of the contest was Lansing High’s

Tyler Johnson, along with Drew Zeck, Torin Baughman, Gabe Johnson, and Garrett Wecas. Nine VYPE-area high school groups of students were also finalists. They were: Brendon Green, Cassidy Bomholt, and Brayden Rohr (Wichita Northwest), Liam Divoll (Winfield), Barry Sayasing, Marcus Krannawitter, and Reese Hatchett (Salina High), Lexi Doherty and Jadyn Davis (Salina High), Kenneth Moore and Deaven Cosato (Hutchinson), Derek Norris and Jelen Barlow (Hutchinson), Hunter Manning, Mason Stringer, and Devin Larson (El Dorado), Jesse Hernandez and Jorge Garcia (Salina High), and Zozen Reitz and Alex Park (Salina High). Visit https://www.shorturl.at/ mBWX5 to see the three winning videos.


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senior manager. He holds Harley in such high This season’s During her days at Otis Bison, Friebawas regard that he views her like coach. “I don’t knowvolleyball team at Trinity is a special one, according greatly influenced by her coach, Sandy Dutt. what I’ll do when she graduates,” Grider said. Not to Frieb. “We had much success under coach Dutt’s only is Harley in charge of three other managers, “Every team I have coached over the years leadership,” she stated. “I loved running track. butI’m she’s there practice, every game, has helping been unique,” she said. “Different also the headevery track and field coach at personalities, Trinity. I have been coaching both volleyball hydrate the Dragons, offering towels, setting up temperaments, learning styles, and skill levels. This year’s team at and track for the past twenty-eight years. andAscleaning up. “I love it. aspect It’s really it isgets Trinity a special one, quite small with a player, I enjoyed the team and fun, and sixteen total players, which I would describe of volleyball. Volleyball mecompetitiveness out and about, ” Harley said. A state-champion as spirited and feisty. On the court, they has been a big part of my life for the past 39 were fun coach and worked hard to get years.” powerlifter, Harley is also a talented thrower fortothe their job done. Off the court, they are busy. track As ateam. fresh-out-of-college teacher, Jan moved I have cheerleaders, the student council to Hutchinson to teach physical education and social studies at Trinity. She began coaching high school volleyball, but that was not her

president, girls who are in the fall play and so many other activities. Most importantly, they are good students, role models, and

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Frieb knows that the success that her program has experienced over the years has not been easy. Instead, it has taken a lot of work by a lot of people to get to reach the goals they have.

“A winning program takes work, time and dedication,” she said. “I feel that I offer this as well as good fundamental coaching of the skills. I train by giving my team thousands of opportunities for touches and repetitions. I train them to work and play faster than the actual game. Success in athletics also means more than winning or training fundamentals.”

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DRIVE TO ZERO STUDENT OF THE MONTH Alyssa Blase, Maize By Derrick Smith The old saying goes, find something you love and you will never work another day in your life. That statement is usually attributed to working at a job. But the saying also works for Alyssa Blase. Blase is a member of the Maize High School swim team.

“I have always enjoyed swimming,” she said. “I like to swim laps just for fun. Also, I am a very competitive person, so the idea of combining the two got my interest.”

There is a big support system around Alyssa, and that helps her to be the best swimmer and person that she can be.

“My favorite part about swimming for Maize has been the support that our team has received from the students, teachers, and administration.”

Along with swimming, Alyssa has been a long-time member of SAFE, a teen-run program designed to bring awareness to the importance of wearing a seatbelt, therefore, reducing the number of motor vehicle-related injuries and fatalities among Kansas teens. She has participated in many projects with the group.

“I help promote SAFE by participating in activities such as seat-belt surveys and bringing dogs to school. Bringing a dog

to school can help with depression, and people with depression may not drive as safely because it could be a way out for them. I also attend conferences and create posters for the school with SAFE stats. I also run simulations with drunk goggles and what it feels like to be in a car crash” Alyssa already has her future planned out after she graduates from high school.

“I plan on going through medical school and working my way up to a pediatric surgeon.”

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“My family, friends, and my own stubbornness motivate me to do my best,” she said. “My dad is my biggest supporter and lifelong coach. He supports what I do and teaches me exactly how to improve my strokes, breathing, temp, starts, etc.”

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WICHITA EAST SPOTLIGHT ATHLETE

Wichita East’s Sharifa Love: Athlete Spotlight Sharifa Love is a senior at East High who has played basketball since her fifth grade year. Growing up seeing her siblings play is part of what made her want to give the sport a try, which she ended up loving. “Watching my older siblings play gave me inspiration to try something new,” she said. Love’s favorite thing about playing basketball for her school is when they get to celebrate a win together and see the results of all their hard work.

“The best thing about competing for my high school is coming out with a win and working as a team with all our effort,” she said.

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competing, including an ACL surgery that she says now motivates her to stay strong and be her best on the court. “What motivates me to do my best is knowing how strong I came back from a ACL surgery,” she said.

She has some clear goals in mind approaching the season, including helping lead her team to state. In order to do that, she will keep in mind her own standards that she will hold herself to throughout the season.

Sharifa Love “One personal goal for myself is to always stay dedicated to the game and also never give up no matter what happens,” she said.

After graduation in the spring, Love plans to further her career in studying physical therapy and, in her words, “of course basketball.”


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Bishop Carroll’s Kaylee Back: JOMA Bowler of the Month Bishop Carroll sophomore Kaylee Back has basically been a bowler from birth, so it only makes sense that she won the 5-1A Individual State Title as a freshman. “I have been around bowing and in the bowling alley since the day I was born, but I really started bowling at the age of two,” she said. “My dad spiked my interest and love for bowling. He had bowled with his grandpa since he was young and I wanted to follow in my dad’s footsteps.”

“One thing that keeps me motivated is just the plain love for the game,” she said. “But most important motivation is the support of my family and my teammates, because without them, I wouldn’t have anyone to push me to the best of my ability.” Kaylee’s favorite thing about bowling for Bishop Carroll, and high school in general, is the community surrounding it.

“My favorite thing about high school bowling is the high energy everyone has, everyone wants to be there and wants others

Kaylee Back to succeed,” she said. “Just the overall family aspect is amazing, we all want to beat each other and win but at the end of the day we all love and support each other. Everyone in the bowling community loves this amazing sport.”

Looking to the future, Kaylee says she would like to study sports medicine, and definitely wants to continue her athletic career, whether in bowling or softball.

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“I’ve been playing basketball and softball since I was eight and I started playing tennis when I was 13. I grew up watching my older sister play sports so I think that’s what first got me interested in them,” she said.

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Rusk shared that while their collective goal as a basketball team is to make it to state, her own personal goal is to “help our team be successful,” in her words. Part of what drives her to do such and be her best on the court is a long-term mindset she’s always had of working towards her goals.

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Dakota’s little brother called in backup - his grandma to bring a net! Unfortunately, the net was probably to small and the next time Magazine Dakota got the fish close to bank the dorsal fin gave way and the Elk Creek Monster escaped finally saw the Now in its third year, Maize South is one of the state’s budding We trap-shooting teams. Under first-year back into deeper water. tail come to the coach Chris Morrison, who credits a group of team dads who help coach as well, Maize South has 25 surface and we both Nathan Fideldy Dakota may have lost the fish, but he has a Mavericks out for the team. By the spring, which is the main season for Kansas high school trap thought he had a Buhler HS Bass Team great fish story and he has VYPE to back him shooting, they could have 40 out. Morrison has extensive outdoors background, as he’s an avid huge cat! Come to up! Receiving his Cabelas hunter and fisherman. The Mavericks use the Ark Valley Gun Club practice findfor out, he had and the competition. $50 gift card! Elk Creek Monster! A

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Valley Center, Hellas Work Together By Jim Misunas The Valley Center school district is fully invested with athletic improvements with Hellas Construction, which operates a home office in Wichita.

Hellas recently completed Valley Center’s softball/baseball turf complex that is part of two on-site turf practice facilities that are utilized by football, soccer, band and physical education classes.

Superintendent Cory Gibson and Valley Center’s school board are steadily approving projects in a 25-year master plan that have included new tennis courts and a track facility. “We have installed two turf practice/playing fields next to the high school, which is very unique for a school district,” said Caleb Smith, Valley Center athletic director. “We’re blessed to have a very supportive school board that has the foresight to develop a 25-year facility plan.”

A rainy spring shifted two baseball/softball home dates and canceled a third date in 2019. That’s no longer an issue. The city’s water restrictions convinced the district to move forward with the project.

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on days where a grass field would be too wet to practice or play games outdoors,” Smith said. “Turf will provide us with more outdoor practice time. We’ll gain outdoor practice time and we’ll be able to play games quicker with a turf facility.” Smith said the entire school district benefits from the turf facilities.

“We’ve got a 140-member marching band that uses the turf facility every day,” Smith said. “Having two turf multi-purpose fields side-byside is a plus for our school.” Some of the Hellas projects are two years old. “Every activity in the community is taking advantage of the turf facilities,” Smith said. “You see youth activities and junior football and flag football using the fields. The nicest part is our whole community is benefiting.”

Smith said district patrons have been gracious with their support of the facilities. “Our community takes pride in what we’ve put together,” Smith said. “Our school superintendent has provided us financially with very good planning. Our district is using money the right way. It’s nice to hear the community appreciates what we’ve done as a district.”

Smith said the key to Hellas’ local growth is Michelle Kuhns, Hellas central region vice president who served as Wichita South’s athletic director for 11 years.

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“Michelle Kuhns worked as an athletic director and she understands the ins-andouts of how districts operate. They showcase excellent customer service and make every project right.” “When I worked in Wichita, I was part of the bond committee that improved Wichita USD facilities,” Kuhns said. “We have a good understanding of what districts are looking for. I know the bonding process and how everything works together. Local districts know I’ll be honest with them with what we will provide.”

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CLASS 5A/6A PREVIEW

Class 5A/6APreview By Matt Browning SOUTHEAST When the Wichita Southeast boys basketball team played Washburn Rural in the Class 6A semifinals last season at Koch Arena, head coach Joe Mitchell admitted that his team played too tight and did not enjoy the moment of playing in the state tournament.

Mitchell said he and his staff coached that way, too. The result was a 55-47 loss.

In the third place game the next day, Mitchell vowed his team would have more fun and play loose and free. The Buffaloes defeated Shawnee Mission South 77-66 in the third place game. That carefree mentality is how Mitchell wants his team to play this season, where they will be one of a handful of teams considered favorites in Class 6A.

“I know there will be a lot of pressure on us because of what we did last season and we return a lot of those important pieces,” Mitchell said. “But I think the guys can handle it and are

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looking forward to it. They have a little pep in their step.” The Buffaloes return three talented guards in Micah Jacques, Jackie Johnson, and Rone Smith. Jacques was a second team All-League player last season, Johnson was first team All-League and All-State, while leading the state in scoring at 25.1 points per game and Smith, who was Honorable Mention All-League, was the Buffaloes best defender.

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CAMPUS With Sterling and Steele Chapman returning, the Colts, which went 17-5 last season, figure to be one of the top 6A teams in the area. Campus also has back double-digit scorers Thomas King and Shawn Warrior.

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well as All-League Honorable Mention player Amari Thomas. WICHITA EAST The Aces return Daylon Jones, Amos Alford Jr., and James King from last season’s 13-win team that lost in the first round of sub-state. East has not been in the state tournament since 2016, but qualified from 2012 to 2015. WICHITA HEIGHTS Lamon Payne, Dylan Perry and Alex Norris all played varsity minutes for the Falcons last season. Heights will be dependent on

junior varsity players from a year ago to fill out its rotation.

WICHITA SOUTH The Titans return two All-League Honorable Mention players from a year ago in Makye Loggins and Abel Jones. South finished last season 6-5 after starting the year 3-7. ANDOVER GIRLS Andover returns Emma Cunningham and Allison Day off a team that finished last season strong.

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“We are going to take that (last year’s semifinals loss) in stride,” Johnson said. “We are trying for a perfect season and everybody has to do what they are supposed to do. Coach Mitchell does a great job preparing us. We just have to dial in.”

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With last season under their belt, Johnson thinks this team can handle being the team to beat.

“I have some big guys that are younger, so I don’t know how they will fit in (to the rotation),” Mitchell said. “So we are going to be mostly guards that will play full-court man defense and get out and run. But we definitely have the athletes to do that.”

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INDEPENDENT SCHOOL SPOTLIGHT

Sensey Cadman: The Independent School Athlete of the Month By Matthew Browning Sensey Cadman has medaled at the Class 3-2-1 tournament every year she has been with Panther tennis, placing between fourth and tenth place. She played singles on the 2016 State Championship team as a freshman.

This season, Cadman was the regional champion at Conway Springs and was the runner-up at the Central Plains League Tournament.

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HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK WEEK 5

Class 6A: Rashawn Faye, Wichita East Was in on 13 tackles and recorded a quarterback sack during a 28-6 win against Wichita North. Class 5A: Jackson Kavanagh, Salina Central Threw for 154 yards and three touchdowns, while running for another score, in a 47-0 win over Campus. Class 4A: Aaron Powell, McPherson Caught six passes for 124 yards and two touchdowns in 21-14 win against Buhler. Class 3A: Scott Grider, Halstead Ran for 222 yards and four touchdowns in key district win against Hesston. Class 2A: Crew Martin, Minneapolis Led a sterling defensive effort in 13-12 loss to Norton by getting 13 tackles. Class 1A: Lance Hoffsommer, Sedgwick Completed 17 of 24 passes for 262 yards and three touchdowns in 49-0 win against Marion. 8-Man: Luke Weins, Goessel Rushed for 98 yards and two touchdowns, while collecting a team-leading eight tackles in a 48-0 win against Herington. 8-Man 2: Deonis Coon, Hutchinson Central Christian Recorded three interceptions and also hauled in a touchdown pass during a 48-0 win against Norwich.

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Class 6A: Lem Wash, Derby Rushed for 138 yards and five touchdowns, while passing for 122 yards in 56-7 win against Hutchinson. Class 5A: Caden Cox, Maize Rushed for 288 yards and accounted for 335 all-purpose yards in a 51-7 win against Salina South. Class 4A: Sam Elliott, Buhler Rushed for 164 yards and four touchdowns on just 15 attempts in 48-3 win against Circle. Class 3A: Hunter Schroeder, Concordia Ran for 237 yards and two scores in a key district win against Goodland. Class 2A: Brady Myers, Sterling Accounted for six touchdowns - three passing, three rushing - in 55-13 win against Ellinwood. Rushed for 148 yards and threw for 164. Class 1A: Jared Baxa, Republic County Kept his team in it in a thrilling 36-30 loss to Ell-Saline, rushing for 185 yards and two touchdowns. 8-Man: Landon Everett, Canton-Galva Completed 9 of 11 passes for 177 yards and three touchdowns while rushing for two more TDs in a 60-0 win against Goessel. 8-Man 2: Brayden Perez, Beloit-St. John’s Was all over the field during a loss to Frankfort, recording 13 tackles and rushing for 23 yards and a touchdown.

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Class 6A: Quintin Thomas, Wichita Southeast Intercepted two passes, leading a strong defensive effort in a 44-21 win at Salina South. Class 5A: Carson Arndt, Wichita Northwest Booted 10 extra points, a field goals and added five touchbacks on kickoffs during a 79-0 rout of Wichita Heights. Class 4A: Trace Rusk, Wellington Rushed for 148 yards and a touchdown as Wellington edged Winfield 14-13. Class 3A: Max Arnold,Hesston Rushed for 112 yards and two touchdowns in a thrilling 43-32 win against Chapman. Class 2A: Collin Koester, Conway Springs Rushed for 91 yards and a touchdown while throwing for 30 more yards in limited action during a 41-7 win against Chaparral. Class 1A: Owen Bradley, Ell-Saline Rushed for 129 yards and four touchdowns during a 42-18 win against Salina Sacred Heart. 8-Man: Tyson Struber, Canton-Galva Caught four passes for 95 yards and two touchdowns in a 56-0 win against Peabody-Burns. 8-Man: Jensen Riffel, Lost Springs Rushed for 100 yards and three touchdowns while recording 11 tackles in a 56-0 win against Rural Vista.

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Class 6A: Cavion Walker, Derby Snagged six passes for 142 yards and four touchdowns during a 55-7 rout of previously unbeaten Maize. Class 5A: Parker Wenzel, Eisenhower Rushed for 106 yards and a touchdown, and also caught a pass for 3 yards, in a victory vs. Valley Center. Class 4A: Bradley Neill, Buhler Passed for 160 yards on just five completions and two touchdowns in leading Buhler to a key 26-10 win against Winfield. Class 3A: Logan Mullin, Clay Center Rushed for 127 yards and three touchdowns, and added a pair of tackles during an exciting 28-27 loss to Hesston. Class 2A: Jordan Thomas, Garden Plain Had six tackles and an interception during a 32-21 win against rival Conway Springs. Class 1A: Kale Schroeder, Sedgwick Ran 20 times for 134 yards and three touchdowns during a 42-7 win against Inman. 8-Man: Javon Allen, Bennington Rushed for 205 yards and three touchdowns, while collecting nine tackles, in a 56-54 win against Goessel. 8-Man: Luke Hilger, Norwich Ran seven times for 101 yards and four touchdowns in a comfortable 66-0 win against Fairfield.

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career. “It means a lot that he speaks so highly of me as a leader. I am appreciative of that,” Schieferecke said. “I hope I can inspire current and future players in the program.” By Matt Browning The history of the McPherson girls basketball program is rich with success and championships and part of the reason why the Bullpups have been such a dominant force in the state is the leadership they get from their seniors year in and year out. But this year is a little different than most for McPherson, because it has to replace five seniors, three of which were starters, from last year. “All five of those girls were excellent leaders,” McPherson coach Chris Stratham said. “They will be difficult to replace.”

Luckily for Strathman and the Bullpups, they return Lakyn Schieferecke, who has started the past two years at point guard for McPherson and has a record of 44-4 in her

However, Schieferecke is working her way back from an ACL injury and there is a possibility she will not be ready until second semester. “Right now I am waiting to get fitted for a brace,” Schieferecke said. “I then go back to the doctor on December 10th and I hope to get cleared then. I have been working on what I can do both mentally and physically.” While it is not ideal for Strathman or Schieferecke, her injury might be a blessing in disguise for the Bullpups in the early season as it will force players with not much varsity experience into the rotation against a tough schedule that features games with Derby and Andover Central. So once Schieferecke is cleared to play in games, players that were on Junior Varsity last season will likely have gained valuable experience.

“The top six will make the transition into this year pretty smooth,” Strathman said. “But after that there is not much varsity experience, so some kids are going to have to step

up.”

While there is some uncertainty as to how his rotation will shake out, Strathman is confident that Schieferecke and his other returning players with varsity experience, Emma Ruddle and Grace Pyle, will have the Bullpups peaking come the month of March. “We have really skilled kids, who are committed to the game of basketball,” Strathman said. “It’s a cohesive group that I think will blend together just fine.”

Salina Central The Mustangs return double-digit scorer, Aubrie Kierscht, and two other starters in Hampton Williams and Kadyn Cobb. After going to the state tournament for three straight years, the Mustangs failed to qualify last year. Salina South The Cougars graduated their top three scorers from last season, so they will be young and inexperienced this season. Sophomore Kylie Arnold averaged 4.9 points last season. Salina South has not had a winning season since the 2012-2013 season.

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Michaela Jowers is a junior at CantonGalva High School who plays volleyball, basketball, and softball, her favorite of which is volleyball. She has been involved in all of these sports since the second grade. “I got interested in sports because I grew up watching people play sports and wanted to be like them,” Jowers said. Jowers continues to appreciate the community atmosphere of high school athletics. “My favorite thing about playing in high school is everyone coming to watch and how may people come out to the games,” she said.

Jowers is a naturally competitive individual, which drives her to be her best in whatever sport she is playing. “My competitiveness keeps me motivated and I never give up,” she said. “I am looking forward to getting to play more and getting more experience to be able to lead the team next year as a senior.” Hitting outside in volleyball, pitching in softball, and at post in basketball, Jowers has put herself through some physical strains over the years. She overcomes the obstacles any injury may present with good physical therapy and a determined mindset. “My eighth grade year I tore my ACL and MCL and meniscus playing basketball and had to do physical therapy for six months and come back and be ready for freshman year to start high school sports,” she said. “Then this year I got bursitis in my hip and a

tight it band in my hip which took me out of volleyball to get better for basketball. I got through it by focusing on getting back and better for the next sport season.” After high school Jowers would like to pursue a career in physical therapy to help other athletes.

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Canton-Galva’s Sage Toews: Rodeo Spotlight Sage Toews is a freshman at CantonGalva Jr/Sr High School in Canton. A third generation cowgirl, she has been competing in youth rodeos since she was about eight years old. She is currently a member of the Central Kansas Youth Rodeo Association in Canton, Forever 7 Rodeo Association in Lyons, and the Kansas High School Rodeo Association. She competes in barrel racing, pole bending, and her favorite event, goat tying. “I first got interested in my favorite event, goat tying, when I was young doing goat tail untying but it wasn’t till I was around 10 that I began to really like it,” she said. “I like it because the adrenaline rush of getting off of a running horse and then tying a goat is fun for me.”

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2019 CKYRA Champion in girls grade 5th-8th grade goat tying. Her favorite title she’s earned has very special value to her. “I think the accomplishment I am most proud of is winning my grandpa’s memorial buckle, The George Toews Memorial All Around Champion,” she said.

Another meaningful aspect of rodeo is the community support she and other student-athletes receive.

“It is amazing to see how supportive the community is of me and other rodeo athletes from Canton-Galva, we can always count on a big cheering section at the home town rodeos,” she said.

Sage Toews Sage also plays basketball, is the Canton-Galva FFA treasurer, and shows goats and swine in 4-H. After high school she plans to pursue a degree in agriculture as well as continue to rodeo and help her family on their quarter horse ranch.


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Minneapolis’ Derek Freel: Athlete of the Month Derek Freel is a senior at Minneapolis High School who is active in football and basketball. He grew up loving them, having played both sports since his fourth grade year. Now in his final year of competing for his high school, Freel reflects on what has meant a lot to him over the years – the Minneapolis community.

teammates have set for this season, the answer is simple, and one that they will have to work for since it is shared by all of their opponents.

With basketball season right around the corner, Freel continues this mindset as he gets on the court one last time. He is confident in his team and excited to get into the season.

Freel appreciates both the life skills and the relationships he has built through being an athlete. He is motivated to work hard on the court knowing that those principles will continue to serve him even when not playing basketball.

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andteam working with them on the Minneapolis senior Kersti Nelson hasTrap a Shooting wide variety of interests and she makes court is what she enjoys the most about being a high school athlete. time to pursue them all. She competes in volleyball, basketball, and track & “MyUnder favorite thing about field,Now is ininvolved in Lionettes team, its third year, Maize South is one of thedance state’s budding trap-shooting teams. first-year Presented by coach Chris Morrison, who credits a group of team dads who help coach as well, Maize South has 25for my high school is competing Fellowship of Christian Athletes, National Nathan Fideldy Mavericks out for the team. By the spring, which is the main season for Kansas high school trap Buhler HS Team being my team,” “IBass love shooting, they could have out. Morrison extensive outdoors background, as he’s an avid she said. Honors Society, Art40Club, thehasfall musical, Receiving his Cabelas hunter and fisherman. The Mavericks use the Ark Valley Gun Club for practice and competition. with all of my friends $50 gift card! and working and spring play. Outside of school, she together to perform well. The enjoys the outdoors by camping and To nominate a student athlete feeling that we all worked together hunting. On top of allthat that, she makes sure loves the outdoors to represent our school and community contact VYPE and at strive to stay on top of her schoolwork kelsey.baucom@vype.com with a victory is what I look forward to the for great grades. To be successful in all of Maize South most.” her roles is something she works hard for.

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CLASS 2A GIRLS BASKETBALL

Sterling & Class 2A Preview By Brad Hallier It’s probably never happened in the history of sports, when a team goes into the season hoping to finish in second place. Not that there’s anything wrong with a silver medal, or a state runner-up trophy. But when you’re that close to the title, a chance at immortality, to be forever remembered as a champion, it can, and often does, sting for a while. The Sterling girls were painstakingly close last season. A squad that showed steady improvement from late November to March, the Black Bears played for the Class 2A state title last season in Hays, falling 47-40 to Garden Plain.

“I’m more of a process coach. I just want us to get better every day,” Sterling coach Jill Rowland said. “We were able to do that so well last year. We lost a couple games early on, and then had a 17-game win streak. We just continued to get

better, and that’s the good of it I guess.”

That ending was tough, but it could also prove to be a valuable asset for this year’s team.

“I think being that close, it’s driven us going into the season,” senior forward Kinzie Comley said. “I think because of that, we’re going into the season with a little momentum.”

Comley, who averaged more than 10 points and right at 4.5 rebounds a game, is one of three starters back. Sterling also returns junior forward Kayla Morris, a talented athlete who is a matchup problem due to her speed and length, and guard Kali Briar. Briar and Morris combined to average more than 15 points a game. Sterling has much more back, including six letterwinners. Kidist Wilson, Mckenna Linden, Bennie Horsch and Sadie Beagley averaged all more than 4.1 points a game.

“At one point last year, we had nine different leading scorers,” Rowland said. “I don’t think we’ve had many teams this deep. Last year, we just didn’t have enough minutes to go around. You want to give kids opportunities. We got up and down the floor, and that gave kids some opportunities.”

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Kayla Morris “I think we have expectations, but I don’t think we’ll put a ton of pressure on ourselves,” Comley said.

Around Class 2A - The defending state champion, Garden Plain, has been as consistent as any program, winning 98 games the last five seasons. Three starters are back, led by forward Abby Gordon, who averaged 12.2 points a game. … Conway Springs won 16 games last season and has two starters back. Senior guard Kara Koester averaged 15 points a game. … Garden Plain was the only team standing between Hutchinson Trinity Catholic and a trip to Hays. Three starters and nine lettermen return, led by forward Meg Friday, who averaged 5.7 points. … After 11 wins in three season, Salina Sacred Heart won 10 games last season and returns all five starters. Senior guard Ally Cochran averaged 12.9 points and 10.5 rebounds a game.


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“I grew up being around sports with my dad always coaching something and also teaching,” she said. “I saw the relationships that you build, short and long term, with your players. I chose it because it is the sport I love and feel like I’m knowledgeable about it.”

“We are athletic and deep. The girls were able to taste a little bit of success last season and I think that they’re a group that will be hungry for more,” she said. “This is a group that will challenge each other every day at practice. We are going to be a very undersized team this year so we will have to play a different style then we have in the past.”

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Every good coach has a goal that they want to instill in their players. Smith’s is to help each Republic girl grow individually well CountyasHS as learn the value of teamwork.

Shauna Smith Shauna Smith is a dedicated coach for the Southeast of Saline girls basketball team. Her husband also coaches and teaches in the Salina area, at Salina South, and she says that they have both enjoyed being part of the Salina community.

Smith graduated from Hope High School where she played basketball and volleyball all four years. Her love of the sport plus her father’s influence resulted in her

Smith perfectly sums up what makes a successful athlete and if her girls share this mindset, they will be great indeed.

“I believe athletics teaches you lots on John is a football and wrestling coach at Republic “I hope that each of these girls learn and off the court and how to work as a County High School, in Belleville. For the something about themselves, each located team,” she said. “Sometimes things might other, and the importance of a team – all football team, John, in his second yearway coaching, is have to move not go your but you still disguised bythe ‘basketball.’ Fewand things You have to“The workmost for what you get and offensive defensiveon. line coach. teach you more about life than sports. I things are not just handed to you. As cliché rewarding to me is being able am blessed to have a greatthing groupabout of girlscoaching as it is, success is about the journey, not to seeofothers accomplish goals and to beLeague a partTitles, and at SES. As a mother two young girls, this their the destination. Wins, is a great environment to raise your own State Championships are of something great,” John said. John is a Haysvillealways the goal. kids in,” said Smith. workingHe together, learning about roles native who also coached at But Campus. attended and accountability, and life are much more Smith remarked that this year’s team hasfather Friends University. His is John Burke, important. Successaisformer will be determined a lot of potential and they are hungry for Oklahoma Sooner football player who is the years from now to see how these young success. If they can master a different women have grown and how they are playing style, Haysville-Campus she believes they will superintendent. make contributing to society.” great strides.

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BELOIT TROJANS

Beloit Trojans Reload in 2019 By Matt Browning Five seniors graduated off the Beloit boys basketball team, which went 24-2 and lost to Girard in the 3A Tournament last season.

That normally would be cause for concern for a team. But for the Trojans, which is 193-64 since coach Ryan Eilert took over in 2008, it just means it is time for another wave of talent to step up. “We lost such a good group of kids,” Eilert said. “We were nine deep last year and were able to sub kids in and out. When we did

sub, we never lost anything. Now we have to get younger kids to step up and help us out.”

It is not like the cupboard is completely bare for Eilert and the Trojans. There is a core group of four returners that Eilert will lean on, especially early, to bridge the gap to the younger players. “Two of the kids back have played for me since they were freshmen, so they know what I expect,” Eilert said. “I like this core group and they have performed on the big stage before.”

Vincent Palen, a 5-10 senior, averaged 14.3 points and 3.6 assists last season, while fellow senior Carson Cox averaged 7.9 points and 2.1 assists. Joining Palen and Cox will be 6-2 senior forward Hudson Gray (4.2 points and 3.0 rebounds) and 6-7 senior center Bryce Mason (4.2 points and 3.3 rebounds). While the returner’s numbers are not exactly eye-popping, Cox thinks this group can certainly get the Trojans to where they want to be. “There is always pressure to get back because that is where we finished last season,” Cox said. “But I don’t feel that pressure because we are good and can beat anybody we face.”

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Beloit will be a perimeter team primarily, but Eilert thinks it is important to get Mason the ball just because he will be an asset that few other teams will possess.

Vincent Palen “He is a huge inside presence,” Eilert said. “There are not a lot of 6-7 kids around, so we are going to try to pound it in to him.”

It might take some time for others to emerge behind the four seniors, but Eilert is confident that whichever underclassmen step up, they will be comfortable with their roles and can help lead Beloit back to the state tournament. “Right now we have 10 or 11 kids vying for eight or nine spots,” Eilert said. “But hopefully kids will figure out their roles and we want to be in position ourselves in the right spot for the postseason.”


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CLASS 1A BASKETBALL PREVIEW

Hanover and Class 1A Preview

Tianna Lohse By Brad Hallier For many years, especially in the decade Chris Biekman has coached the Hanover girls, size has rarely been an issue. This upcoming season? Well, that’s going to be different. Here’s how different. Senior Tianna Lohse is 5-feet, 9-inches. Last year, Lohse was a guard. This season, Lohse will likely be in the post. “Our tallest girl is 5-9, 125 pounds,” Biekman said. “We won’t have size this year that we’ve had in the past. We’re going to have to be a run-andgun team, we’ll have to press teams, create some steals and make some perimeter shots.”

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Don’t take this change in style as a weakness. Yes, the Wildcats – last year’s Class 1A runner-up to Emily Ryan-led Central Plains – won’t have a ton of size. But they are returning three starters and six seniors from a team that won 24 games a year ago.

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“I expect us to do some great things,” Biekman said. “We always want to win the league. If you win the TVL, you’re doing some great things, and I think these girls can make another deep run.” Lohse is the top returner, after averaging 10.9 points, 2.9 assists and 2.6 steals a game. Senior MaKenna Jueneman also returns as the point guard. Senior Emma Bruna was a reliable presence in the paint, averaging 5.3 points and 2.8 rebounds a game. Senior

Cadlee Stallbaumer contributed 6.1 points a game, senior Emily Hendrickson chipped in 4.1 points and sophomore Allison Jueneman should see an increased role this season. But there could be a gaping hole in the middle that was occupied by Macy Doebele, who was ruthless in the paint last year, when she averaged 18.9 points and 8.7 rebounds a game.

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“With all our deep runs, we’ve kind of relied on the bigger post players,” Biekman said.

Biekman, however, won’t look for excuses and refuses to use the lack of size as a detrement.

“We’re going to have to have five girls rebound at all times,” he said. “We’re going to need to get out and run. Hopefully, this year’s team can do that. We’ll definitely have to rebound and make shots, but really, that’s what every coach is going to say.”

Athleticism aside, a crucial ally for Hanover is recent history. Few 1A programs have had the recent success Hanover has. The Wildcats expect to go to state and play on the last day of the season. “These seniors have never been beaten before the state championship (game),” Biekman said, referring to the last three state tournaments, which has seen Hanover win two titles. “Central Plains was, for us, an eye-opening experience. Hopefully, we’re prepared for a team this time with an Emily Ryan on it.”

Around Class 1A - All five starters return from a 20-win team in Cunningham, including seniors Holly DeWeese and Hunter McGuire, plus juniors Morgan Meyers, Maddison Panek and Alayna McGuire. … Four starters are back for Lincoln, including senior Carson Walter. … Little River also returns four starters, including Emma McBride. … The Heat is on again at Rural Vista, as three starters are back. Hannah Riedy averaged more than 10 points a game.

Drew Schrader, McPherson HS Drew stays plenty busy in and out of school, but his number of activities doesn't stop him from excelling in the classroom, where he carries a 4.22 GPA. English is his favorite class because, “It is challenging and makes you think critically. Also, we talk about controversial topics that we usually don't talk about.” Drew plays soccer, football and track, and he's involved with the FCA, Kays and International Club.


CLASS 4A GIRLS BASKETBALL

Nickerson Looks to Build on 2019 By Brad Hallier It seems the Nickerson girls basketball team is behind the proverbial 8-ball headed into what could be another strong season. Senior point guard Madison Ontjes, who has started since she was a freshman, is out until at least January after suffering a knee injury during the summer.

But this isn’t the first time Nickerson will have to go without an important and valuable cog. Senior forward Morgan Stout, the Panthers’ leading scorer, also had a knee injury that forced her to miss the entire postseason. And yet, despite that, Nickerson reached the Class 4A state tournament, made it to the semifinals and finished fourth. No, it wasn’t ideal having Stout out, and it’s not

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ideal having Ontjes out. But the Panthers have been down this path and showed to be a resilient group. “Really, these players deserve a ton of credit,” Nickerson coach Jon McLean said. “We’ll still be solid with good, experienced players before Madison comes back.”

It was a bittersweet March for Stout, as she sat injured while the Panthers played on the final two days of the season. And yet, she was brimming with pride, seeing what the Panthers did. “Our team loves the sport so much, and we have a great coach,” Stout said. “We have passion and drive. We depend on each other. It’s going to be tough without Madison at the beginning of the season, but that will push us to do even better.”

It might be hard to believe, but it wasn’t too long ago where Nickerson girls basketball was in the doldrums. Winless seasons weren’t just common, but pretty much expected.

Now, Nickerson expects to win, and not just in basketball. The volleyball team, which features many basketball players, is a regular at the state tournament. “We’ve had some good girls athletes, in basketball, volleyball and soccer as well,” McLean said. “They’ve done well, and the bulk of the credit goes to them.” Stout is one of those athletes. She’s committed to play volleyball at Wichita State. Ontjes, it could be argued, is best on the soccer field.

Morgan Stout Those are two returning starters from the healthy Panthers’ team. Senior Aspen Apfel and sophomore Kieryn Ontjes also are back. A couple promising freshmen join the group, including 6-foot-2-inch Ava Jones, and guard Josie McLean. Yes, there is some early-season adversity. But regardless of who is on the floor come postseason, McLean and the Panthers have set the expectations where they were last season. “I’ll be honest - if we don’t make the state tournament, we’ll be disappointed,” McLean said. “It’s the same with volleyball. We’ve got to stay healthy and jell, but it sure beats the alternative of hoping we’ll just win a few games.” Around the area - With four starters back, Andale should improve on last year’s 11-9 season. Maggie Knoblauch is the Indians’ top all-around player. … Rose Hill came a game from state, and returns five letterwinners. Haley Thrush is the top returning scorer at 3 points a game. … Chapman could be a team to watch with five starters back. McKenna Kirkpatrick averaged 16 points a game last season.

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TEAM OF THE MONTH

Andover Central Boys Basketball By Joanna Chadwick Rap battles.... That’s what Andover Central senior Jerome Washington remembers from the Jaguars’ Class 5A boys basketball championship season in 2019. And not very good rap battles at that, according to Washington. But it wasn’t the play on words or jokes that Washington referenced with those rap battles. Nah, it was the connection with his teammates.

“Before every game, we’re cracking jokes, taking our minds off the game, building that team bond even when we are going out to compete,” senior Xavier Bell said. There’s a bond with these Jaguars that transcends usual levels. It’s a bond that has been years in the making. Seven of the team’s nine seniors went to Andover’s Sunflower Elementary. “Five or six kids on our team played for my dad when we were in elementary school,” said senior Ty Herrmann, who is coach Jesse Herrmann’s son. “Now we’re seniors in high school. It is special.” Jesse Herrmann agreed. “I’ve known these boys since they were little,” he said. “They’re a group that probably ticked off elementary school teachers because they’re so competitive. If they want to be on the team, they’re going to make us better in practice, whether they’re getting minutes on Friday or Tuesday. “They’ve just always wanted to win, and I’ve known them so long that I have this insight that I normally don’t have.”

Even when Herrmann coached them at the Andover Rec, they all wanted to win.

He has watched many of the players also find success on the football field, including Ty, Bell, Shomari Parnell, Trey Degarmo and Jake Taylor. “You get to know your players over the years,” Herrmann said. “But they’re friends with my son, I know their parents better. Hopefully that will be a positive for us. I know that last year I thought it was. I could understand them better and they could respond to me.”

In March, Andover Central won its first state title. Most of that team returns. “We’re more experienced and we have great chemistry,” Bell said.

Andover Central lost a lot of offense in the graduation of Easton Leedom and Braden Belt, but the Jaguars will cause matchup problems that will help offensively. “I think our biggest strength is we don’t have any positions, really,” Ty Herrmann said. “We can guard 1-5s. Jerome (at 6-foot-5) is technically our post, but he can do everything for us.” Washington was a key in Andover Central beating Maize South in the 5A sub-state championship in March. “He’s able to stretch the floor out, and not many teams have the size that we will have with him down low,” Bell said. Bell, a four-year starter, is versatile, as well. He can post up or create on the perimeter. “He’s an amazing offensive player,” said Washington, who also started as a freshman

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before getting hurt. “He can get whatever he wants. He isn’t afraid to do what he does, and he’s strong on offense and defense.” Ty Herrmann is another outstanding defensive player. “He knows what you’re going to do before you know it,” Washington said. “He’ll be there when you’re moving to that spot.”

Parnell, who played varsity only as a sophomore, also causes problems with his defense and his ability to create havoc. He’s fast and athletic, and after missing most of his junior season due to an injury suffered during football, he’ll be even more energized on the court. “He can start and stop so fast,” Jesse Herrmann said. “He’s got savvy to where he can make a play on defense, and a lot of times he’s just quicker than the people he’s guarding. He can play smart, too.” Kaden Wilson will be critical offensively. He can score from the perimeter or drive inside. “Kaden can shoot the ball really, really good,” Bell said. “He’s going to be my Braden Belt this year as far as three-point knockdowns. He’s not afraid to drive it in and take contact, either.”

Matt Macy, Brigdon Stupka, Degarmo and Taylor will also play key roles, along with junior Matt Sears and sophomore Skyler Clevenger. But whoever is on the court, they know they can count on one thing — they’ll be having fun. “We’re having the time of our lives out there,” Ty Herrmann said. “We’re playing with our best friends out there.”


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RUNNER SPOTLIGHT

Clay Center’s Jaret Pfizenmaier: Runner Spotlight Clay Center senior Jaret Pfizenmaier is a multi-sport athlete, competing in cross country, basketball, and track. He has always enjoyed athletics especially at his high school, where he says there is a great community feel.

“I’ve always been involved in sports, I enjoy the team aspect very much,” he said. “I like having all my friends around and knowing everyone.” Because he loves his high school, Pfizenmaier aims to leave a good legacy behind him even after he graduates in the spring.

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I want to be the best I can be,” he said. Pfizenmaier shared that one of the best highlights of his final season happened in Lawrence.

“My favorite moment in cross country this year is when our team placed second at the Rim Rock meet in Lawrence,” he said.

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DRIVE TO ZERO STUDENT OF THE MONTH Alexandra Keim, Tescott Tescott student-athlete Alexandra Keim keeps a busy schedule participating in S.A.F.E., cheer, Tescott Helping Hands (mentoring), student council, volleyball and basketball. She enjoys playing sports and says that volleyball is her favorite. She first became interested in sports because of the team aspect and the idea of contributing to a group goal. “Being a part of something bigger than myself, it’s like a second family to me,” she said. “And just the sheer competitiveness of it all; the feeling when you win a game that you worked so hard for is incredible, it’s unlike anything else.”

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“In athletics if you’re not your best you are letting down your teammates,” she said. “Outside of athletics, to be the best I can be so I don’t let myself down.” Keim’s involvement in school organizations is her way of being a positive influence for her peers. SAFE is something she uses as a way to raise awareness about driving safety, and student council is a way she and other students make an impact on their school.

“In SAFE I advocate for seatbelt safety, and it’s important to me because I’ve seen it take lives and I want it to stop,” she said. “In STUCO, I help make my school a better place for the next generations to grow up in.”

After high school Keim plans to attend Fort Hays State University and pursue a career in nursing.


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CADEN KICKHAEFER - SALINA CENTRAL Caden Kickhaefer plays baseball and basketball for Salina Central High, and has been involved in sports since the young age of six. His father got him interested in baseball, while basketball was inspired more by watching the high school team play as a kid. “Watching Central basketball growing up has had a big influence on why I love the game,” he said.

Now, Kickhaefer gets to experience being cheered on by the Salina Central community, which he loves getting to be a part of. As all athletes will attest, games are much more exciting to play when the seats are full and the fans are loud. This is also what motivates Kickhaefer to be his best on the court. He wants to make them proud. “My favorite thing about competing in my community is how much support our team

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gets. Central-South games have always been fun to watch, but playing in them is ten times as fun,” he said. “The stands are always full, and they help our team out a lot. I am motivated everyday to get better and to make my team better.”

With basketball season quickly approaching, Kickhaefer and his team have one main goal in mind. “I’m looking forward to seeing how much our team improves and grows everyday,” he said. “Our team goal is definitely to get back to state.”

As a junior, Kickhaefer still has time to enjoy his high school experience. When he does think toward the future, he says he would like to play either baseball or basketball in college where he will study business and finance.

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McPherson’s Lakyn Schieferecke By Matt Browning In her two years as the starting point guard on the McPherson girls basketball team, senior Lakyn Schieferecke has an eyepopping record of 44-4. Even with the loss of key seniors on the Bullpups team, Schieferecke’s presence leadership will be significant in McPherson attempting to get back to the 5A Tournament in March. However, Schieferecke is currently rehabbing an ACL injury and there is doubt as to whether she will be able to play any games before Christmas. But that does not mean she is not working as hard as she can to give it a shot.

“Right now I am waiting to get fitted for a brace,” Schieferecke said. “I then go back to the doctor on December 10th and I hope to get cleared then. I have been working on what I can do both mentally and physically.”

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time, she had verbally committed to play basketball at Washburn and was expected to sign sometime during the early signing period. An attribute that undoubtedly caught the eye of college coaches was her unwavering leadership skills, which are the type skills that make her such an impactful point guard.

“It means a lot that he (McPherson coach Chris Stratham) speaks so highly of me as a leader. I am appreciative of that,” Schieferecke said. “I hope I can inspire current and future players in the program.” As a sophomore, Schieferecke averaged five points and two rebounds and assists per game, while shooting 37 percent from the floor and 82 percent from the free-throw line.

Lakyn Schieferecke Then as a junior, Schieferecke bumped her scoring to 9.5 points and three rebounds and assists per game. Her added scoring responsibility lowered her percentages to 35 percent from the floor and 75 percent from the foul line, but do not let those numbers fool you.

“Lakyn’s worth way more than her numbers will show,” Strathman said. “And she could not care less.”


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CLASS 2A PREVIEW

Inman Leads 2A Preview By Jim Misunas The Inman Teutons came up shy of capturing the school’s fifth state basketball championship. The Teutons earned a 2A third-place trophy with a 6056 overtime victory over Pittsburg Colgan after a hard-fought 71-66 semifinal loss to state champion Ness City. The tradition-rich Teutons own four state championships (1994, 1967, 1956, 1947) and four runner-up finishes (1997, 1996, 1979, 1955) in 22 state basketball trips. Inman (22-3) graduated five starters with Mason Thiessen (Emporia State), Payton Froese (Nebraska Wesleyan) and Jaxon Eddy (Bethany College football) playing college sports. “What a great run the last couple years with a great senior class and some serious athletes,” said Inman coach Brett Froese.

Key Inman reserve Jace Doerksen averaged 7 ppg and quarterbacked the Teutons to two football playoff victories. Mason Carter is Inman’s other experienced returner. “We need Jace Doerksen and Mason Carter to have big years,” Froese said. “Jace should be one of the better players in the Heart of America League. Carter has improved.”

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Other Inman newcomers feature Kolby Blank, a steadying influence, Derick Johnson and Kyler Konrade. “Eli Brunk is long, athletic and can shoot it,” Froese said. “He keeps getting better. The younger guys practiced every day, which made them better skill-wise and tougher. We have nice junior players and a good sophomore class. They’re willing to learn. It should be fun with those

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guys down the road.”

Froese concedes an inexperienced team will undergo growing pains against stronger, more experienced Heart of America League basketball teams. Froese said the Teutons will compete with a chance to surprise teams in postseason play. “Is it a rebuild? Yes, but the cupboard isn’t bare, just super young,” Froese said. “We should have exciting moments. We will beat some teams we probably shouldn’t. We will lose to teams that we probably shouldn’t.”

Inman’s defense must set an aggressive tone since the Teutons lack offensive chemistry. “Defensively is where we’re going to have to find an identity,” Froese said. “We should be able to pressure the ball to get the game going faster. Our depth is better because we can play nine guys without really dropping off much.”

Froese said he likes the fact that a young team will always improve steadily during practice time.

“The younger guys watched the guys practice hard every day without taking a day off,” he said. “You must bring it to practice every day if you want to be able to compete in our league. The group is young, but they understand that.” The Teutons must adjust to the varsity level of aggressiveness and game speed.

“We’ll stress being strong with the basketball until they adjust to the game speed,” Froese said. “That’s hard to do until you’ve experienced it first-hand. We must be able to rebound the ball. I like our skill,

Payton Froese but I’m a little worried whether our overall size can rebound with older, stronger players.”

Froese anticipates a fast paced offense with multiple players competing for court time. “We’re going to play faster than we did last year. We have guys who can handle the basketball and get it up the floor,” Froese said. “We should be able to get into our offense quicker than last year.”

The Teutons averaged five 3-pointers and the 6-9 Thiessen provided an inside presence. The Teutons will shift to a perimeter-based offense. “We’ll try and spread it out more this year,” he said. “We have five guys capable of shooting it from 3-point range. Just because you’re capable doesn’t mean anything. But I do believe we will shoot 20-to-30 threes a game. We should be able to shoot a decent percentage.”


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