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Student of the Month Caleb Hicks - Maize Maize High School’s Caleb Hicks has faced adversity in his playing career. The varsity baseball player has a bright future on the diamond but an injury sidelined him and like many of his peers who go through an injury, Hicks had to work hard to make his comeback. Sports are a year-around endeavor these days. Hicks was lifting weights when he suffered his injury that thankfully did not require surgery. But the injury was serious enough to sideline him. It was a bulging disk in his lower back and needed attention and the Hicks family knew they wanted Advance

Physical Therapy to help get him back on his feet. As a left-handed pitcher on the baseball team, twisting the back is a movement that’s unavoidable. APT and Hicks used the Astym treatment to help regenerate healthy soft tissue, which was Hicks favorite part of the therapy.

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Upon completion of his therapy at APT, Hicks regained full movement and his back on his feet and ready to throw. “The biggest gain I have noticed since coming to therapy is my ability to twist and move freely without back pain,” said Hicks. Thanks to APT, Hicks is ready to take

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Martin Shetlar - Andover Basketball VYPE Magazine caught up with Andover boys head basketball coach Martin Shetlar to get his thoughts on the season heading into February.

VYPE: Coach the team is off to a solid start this season and playing good on the road. What’s been the biggest difference that you can see from last year to this year?

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Shetlar: I truly believe we have the best student section in the state. They have been amazing all season. The community has also really supported this group. I have had lots of people tell me they enjoy watching how well this group plays together.

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Shetlar: We are really excited about where this program is and it’s future. Coach Herrs, Coach Woods, Coach Bohanon and I have worked hard to build a championship culture. We have some very talented younger kids that are working hard and waiting for their turn. We are excited about the future of this program and what we will accomplish this year and in the future.

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Shetlar: These seniors and juniors have been huge for our program. We have been building a winning culture here for the last three years. These guys have believed in our program, our coaches and each other. The success we have had so far this year is from their hard work and commitment.

Shetlar: I have been blessed to coach with a lot of great coaches. I started coaching as an assistant with Terry Taylor in Augusta and was on his staff for the state championship team in 2002. I learned a lot about coaching in those first years. I have coached with Jesse Hermann at Andover Central and with Chris Grill at Maize. I have taken a lot of my coaching philosophy from those two. The former head coach here at Andover, Chad Wilmott was a great coach. Ryan Herrs is an assistant here at Andover now. He has lots of experience and has been a mentor to me these first three years of my head coaching career and has been a big contributor to the success of this program.

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VYPE: Who are some of the mentors you have had over the years that have helped you in and out of coaching?

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Shetlar: Probably the biggest difference is that we are one year older. Last year we only had one senior on the team. As sophomores and juniors last year these guys had to learn to compete at a high level while playing a tough varsity schedule. They worked hard this summer and have bought into their roles on this team.

Shetlar: We have had different guys step up throughout the season. Harper Jonas has been great all season. He plays at a high level all the time and gets everyone else to step up their game. Jack Taylor has improved his all around game this year. He has gone from just a shooter to being a good rebounder and defender. Kaleb Gaddis has been amazing this season. As a point guard, he has the ability to control the game and he makes everyone else better. Isaiah Maikori has been a key player in some really big wins we’ve had this year. He has always been a good defender but has really stepped up his offense this year. Jack Johnson has been a starter for us since his freshman year. Jack can do it all. He is our leading scorer, one of our top rebounders and defenders. He is a special player. Austin Henry, Cade Gehring, Jaxson Hurt and Jordan Laub have all bought into their roles on this team and contributed off the bench.

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WICHITA AREA FOOTBALL POLL

Wichita Area Large School Football Poll: Zach Saville By Matt Browning Maize South Senior defensive linemen Zach Saville was voted as the Advanced Physical Therapy Wichita-Large School player of the year.

Saville was part of a dominant Mavericks defense, which allowed only 12 points per game, while also shutting out their opponents three times.

“It makes me feel good that I have a fan base that voted for me,” Saville said. “God put me in a great position for success.” Being able to even contribute was a victory in itself for Saville in 2019, as he recovered from his second knee injury.

During wrestling season of his sophomore year, Saville tore his right meniscus, which required surgery. The following season, Saville had the exact same injury.

There was plenty of hard work, recovery and dedication for Saville to get back to the all-state caliber of football he played at. “It was difficult to stay positive, because I really questioned if I was going to be able to play,” Saville said. “The main question I had for myself was I going to be good enough?” For his career, Saville racked up 153 tackles, 48 tackles for loss, seven sacks and five forced fumbles.

“Zach has been a great player for our defense during his time here,” Maize South coach Brett Pfeifer said. “He will leave big shoes to fill.” Saville is unsure if he wants to play

Zach Saville football in college. As of now, he is planning on attending Emporia State to pursue nursing.

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By Matt Browning Derby senior Jaidyn Schomp was voted as the Wichita-Suburban Player of the Month for February.

Schomp, a 6-3 junior, averages nine points, four rebounds and two blocks per game for the Panthers. “It is an honor to win the vote,” Schomp said. “I saw that I was nominated then I shot straight to the top. I feel really honored.”

One of Schomp’s main goals this year was to be a better shooter from the perimeter and she has done that thus far. Last season, Schomp shot 40 percent from the three-point line and she has improved that to 43 percent this season. She has game-high scoring totals of 17 and

14 points this season.

“I just wanted to get more confident on offense,” Schomp said. “I wanted to get a better shot.” As of press time, the Panthers lone loss came to McPherson in early December. They are ranked No. 6 in the KBCA’s Class 6A rankings. “I feel like we have surprised some people,” Schomp said. “I am pleased where we are as a team.”

While still just a junior, Schomp already has a list of 10 schools she is interested in for college. One of the main factors will be if the school has her program of interest, which is Forensic

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“I am also looking for a school where I feel like I belong,” Schomp said.


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All Seasons Letterman of the Month: Paige Stranghoner By Matt Browning Bishop Carroll junior Paige Stranghoner is one of the top girls tennis players in the state, taking third in Class 5A singles last fall, which was an improvement from her sophomore year. She was apart of the Eagles State Championship team in 2016. They took sixth in 2018 and second in 2016. Stranghoner’s goal for 2020 is to finish better than third for her senior year.

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“Next year should be super exciting,” said Stranghoner, about the Eagles’ prospects in tennis. “We have a couple of new players coming in. We hope to place high at state again.” Being able to compete against the “best of the best” is one of the biggest takeaways of Stranghoner’s time at Bishop Carroll. She values having to work hard and be dedicated towards her sport in order to be successful.

Not only does Stranghoner play tennis, as she also is apart of the soccer team as well. “My teammates make it such a good environment to compete in,” Stranghoner said. “And the coaches are amazing and are very helpful. They try to put you in the best position to succeed.” While she is still over a year away from having to make an official decision, Stranghoner would like to play tennis at the collegiate level. “Recruiting in tennis is different than other sports,” Stranghoner said. “Coaches do not start recruiting until the middle of senior year. But it is still something I want to do.”

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The Chapman Bros. By Joanna Chadwick Only 18 months separate Campus senior Steele Chapman and his brother Sterling, a junior. Because of their ages, they grew up playing basketball together. Until they weren’t.

“We had to separate, play on different teams,” Sterling said. “That kind of, not broke our bond in basketball, but it separated us. My freshman and his sophomore year, we got to get that bond back on the court again, and we’ve been building on that bond for a couple years. “We clicked back together.”

The connection is unmistakable on the basketball court where the Chapmans have led Campus to an unbeaten record through mid January. Campus won four games in 2016-17, the season before the Chapmans arrived. The Colts were 17-5 in 2018-19.

“They’ve had an unbelievable role in the transformation (of the program),” Campus coach Chris Davis said. “... They’re a big reason for where we are today.” The brothers bear little resemblance to each other.

Steele is 6-foot-1 and plays with a fierce intensity as he shuts down opposing team’s best players. Yet catch him off the court and he’s quick to smile, dish out a hug and then go cuddle with his infant nephew.

What this duo has helped Campus reach, and aspire to accomplish, is stunning for anyone who has followed the Colts for longer than the past two years. Campus has struggled to find success in basketball in the program’s history.

But in 2019, Campus was one win from the Class

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Sterling is 6-5 and has a smattering of freckles across his face. Even when he’s flying through the lane to score -- or dunk on someone -- there always seems to be a smile lurking just seconds away.

In 2020, Campus won its first eight games by mid-January and thoroughly dominated Southeast at Koch Arena in the AVCTL vs. City League basketball challenge in December. The Colts are exciting to watch -- they’re talented, play fast and there’s sure to be some dunks mixed in from Sterling and Shawn Warrior.

When Derby played at Campus in midJanuary, it was in front of a standingroom only crowd for the matchup of two unbeaten teams with Campus ranked No. 1 in Class 6A by the KBCA and Derby ranked third.

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defenders. But defense is where he truly shines.

Credit the success to the Chapmans’ transfer to Campus.

“He has a motor that is 100 miles an hour,” Davis said. “It is so infectious to everyone on the team. When his motor is high, which it is 99.9 percent of the time, we feed off it.”

“They’re just regular students having a blast in their high school years. They’ve paid the price to work hard and be good at that.”

“I embrace it,” Steele said of his defensive role. “I know it’s my gift. We found that out at an early age…. I can lock up the best guard, and I want to show that. I want to be the best defender in the state.”

“It has rubbed off on other people,” Davis said. “They’re a big reason Campus is flourishing, not only on the basketball floor but in the hallways. They’re leaders. Ask the administrative team. They love those kids. Our kids feed off that.

Steele and Sterling naturally find each other on the court.

“We know where each other is, know where we want the ball,” Sterling said. “One time he threw me an oop and I dunked it. I didn’t think he saw me. I was surprised he threw it. It’s a connection that sometimes I don’t even know he knows.” They’re also highly competitive.

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6A tournament, falling to Wichita Southeast in the substate title game.

“We’re always competing with each other,” Steele said. “If I shoot 50 shots and make 40, he’ll try to make all 50. It started with that, and as time goes by, it wasn’t competing against other, it was making each other better. I expect to get 50, I expect you to get 55. So then I expect to get 60. I push hard, and I expect you to push me harder to be even better.”

Steele is an outstanding ballhandler and can find his teammates, even if it means threading a pass through

Steele was averaging about nine points a game through eight games, shooting 50 percent from three and 50 percent from two.

Sterling can score from anywhere on the court -he can get to the rim, hit the midrange shot, score off a rebound, hit from three. “I definitely think that he can play at a high, high level,” Davis said. “When he’s understanding his priorities and the strides he’s made in the classroom and on the basketball floor, he can play at a high level of basketball. He shoots it, he can defend it, he jumps out of the gym, he’s an unbelievable rebounder. If he’s pressed, he’s like a one-man press break.” The Chapmans -- and Campus -- have a singular focus, though. And that’s to get to the 6A tournament and win a title.

Losing in sub-state in 2019 hurt. They don’t want a repeat.

“It’s a huge part of our drive and determination,” Steele said. “We fell short last year. We don’t want to repeat that. We harp on it a lot by seeing how far we went and how far we can go.

“With all the talent that we have, talent only goes so far. The hard work and effort that we put in every day, that will set us apart and will get us the goal. We know how good we are. We bring it all together with our work ethic.”


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Sophomore standout Dylan Petz is fun to watch when he steps onto the court. The young basketball player has tried many sports growing up, but basketball was his passion and his play proves it. “I don't currently play any sports other than basketball, but I did play baseball from a young age until eight grade and was one of our team's pitchers and shortstops. Our baseball team made it to the state tournament that year. I also ran cross-country in middle school. My main focus right now is only basketball since it is my passion to play at the college level,” said Petz. Being a good teammate is important to Petz. Encouraging his teammates and helping them be better shows solid leadership skills from the sophomore. “To me, being a good teammate means encouraging each other and also helping each other fight or push through adversity, not only with basketball but with life,” said Petz.

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JUST BLOCK IT CATCHER’S CAMP

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It was cold outside but the action inside the Wichita State indoor facility was heating up as young players converged onto the campus for the Just Block It camp held by coach Mike Gehrer.

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“Just Block It campers had a special camp in Wichita the first weekend in January,” said coach Gehrer. “Head coach Eric Wedge, his coaches and catchers were all present and worked the camp. Coach Wedge took special time to address the campers and talked about keeping your goals present and in front of you at all times. He also challenged the campers to work hard, be mentaly tough and to be good listeners and learners.” Catching wasn’t the only item on the menu. The pitchers got their opportunity to hear

from coach Mike Pelfrey who discussed the importance both positions have to the overall success of the team.

“Pitching coach Mike Pelfrey came in on Sunday and discussed the importance of the Pitcher/Catcher relationship,” said coach Gehrer.

This was a special opportunity for campers to get some work in before their seasons get underway in a few short weeks.

“We want to thank all our campers and their parents for taking the time to come to Wichita State and work on becoming the best catchers they can be,” said coach Gehrer.


ATHLETE OF THE MONTH Malachi Karibo - South Malachi Karibo is a varsity wrestling at South High School and the Shelter Athlete of the Month. Karibo loves being on the mat and he loves his team and teammates.

“I enjoy the support of my teammates the most, I know no matter what I’m going through I can count on them and I know they always have my back and I appreciate that,” Karibo said.

His passion for wrestling coupled with his love for his team has molded Karibo into a great teammate and a solid wrestler. His work ethic in practice and on the mat comes through in everything he does in and out of the wrestling room. “I think my work ethic comes from my mindset and how I was raised. Anything you want in life takes work and however much you put in is how much you’ll get out of it. I’ve found that you will never regret working hard in life,” said Karibo.

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“To me academics are very important. Other than family, academics are over everything,” said Karibo. Away from the mat you can find Karido spending time with his family and hanging out with his friends.

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Fleet Feet Athlete of the Month: Mollie Reno By Travis Sloat Cheney High School senior Mollie Reno is the Fleet Feet Athlete of the Month, and she’ll be the first to tell you that running is a sport that is hard to love.

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“I feel like running is not something that is always easy to love,” Reno said. “But after a while it might become your stress relief. This is a sport that really shows if you are putting the work in and if so you will be rewarded. Until I learned and got to that point in my running career it was very hard to get out and run every day.” Reno said she looks up to athletes like Emma Coburn and Colleen Quigley because they take pride in working hard in their running and everything else they do.

“My personal goals would be to get a personal best in all my events and make it to state track this year,” she said. “My goals for the team would be to be League Champs, Regional Champs, and get on the podium as a team at state.” The 17 year old said she loves her FFA classes the most, and in her free time she enjoys spending time with family and friends, being outside, swimming, fishing, and spending time in the neighboring state of Colorado. Her plans for after graduation include attending Kansas State University, and majoring in Agriculture Business.

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TEAM of the month Profile Sacred Heart & Tate Herrenbruck By Joanna Chadwick Entering his freshman year at Salina Sacred Heart, Tate Herrenbruck was all of 5-foot-1. By his sophomore year he was 5-5.

Basketball is a tough sport to find a spot on the floor when you’re so short, but Herrenbruck didn’t quit. “When I was a sophomore, I thought about (quitting a little bit),” he said. “I never grew.

“But I felt that I was athletic enough and fast enough that it didn’t matter.”

And that’s what Herrenbruck focused on while also developing the ability to get his shot off more quickly.

“I had to find my spots so I can have a little more time to shoot,” he said. “The quickness factor -- you have to figure out the way to get past someone. You need a little more separation, so I worked on speed and different finishes around the rim. “It helps you develop as a player. I learned so many different skills, so when you’re physically the same as everyone else, it makes it 10 times easier.” Herrenbruck is now 5-10 and had helped lead Sacred Heart to an 8-1 record by mid-January, winning eight straight games after losing a close one to Hesston in the season opener.

He was averaging 19.4 points through nine games.

“He’s about a quick of release shooter as there is at this level,” Sacred Heart coach Brian Gormley said. “You have to guard him 25 feet and in, and when he gets going, it’s closer to 30 feet. He has great range, quick release.” Herrenbruck also has the ballhandling skills at the point guard position to get himself open or find a

teammate.

“He’s one of those guys who can read the defense, see how the defense is leaning -- ‘can I explode or should I cross the guy if he’s playing more squared up?’ “He’s a fast one-two dribble guy. He won’t play with it long. He’ll set you up, read you and go by you.”

Herrenbruck earned a starting spot on varsity as a junior and is now the vocal and scoring leader. He is a dedicated athlete, even though golf is his first and best sport. Herrenbruck, who has signed to play golf at Kansas where his brother, Grant, is a redshirt freshman, was the Kansas Golf Association’s junior player of the year for 2019.

He finished second individually in 2A in 2019 and tied for second with his brother in 2018.

“He’ll shoot threes ‘til he hits five in a row -- if it takes 50 or 100 shots,” Gormley said. “He’s dedicated like that.”

more shots so he makes sure he has game legs in the fourth quarter.

“He gets a lot of attention from opposing defenses, and he takes it as a challenge,” Gormley said. “Teams will put a big defender on him, he’s seen box-and-one three different times…. They figure he’ll play 28-32 (minutes) for us, wear him out, so they’ll pick him up fullcourt.

“Mainly it’s fighting through adversity,” said Herrenbruck, who has been part of three straight team golf titles. “You have to do that every time you step on the golf course.

When Sacred Heart was iced in during the early part of January, Herrenbruck made sure he found his way to the gym.

“He’ll tell us we aren’t running enough in practice, stay late, up and down the court. Then he’ll shoot

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The mental part of the game has long been Herrenbruck’s strength, much of that thanks to golf.

“ Every game is a different challenge, too, so you have to adjust to it and learn to play.”


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WICHITA AREA FOOTBALL POLL

Wichita Area Small School Football Poll: Eli Rowland Andale High School junior Elijah Rowland loves the bright lights on Friday night. The energy before the game helps fuel Rowland and his teammates when they take the field. “It’s a great feeling having a town of fans cheering you on every Friday night. They make a small town of Andale feel so much bigger with all the support they give us,” said Rowland.

As a member of the football team, Rowland cares for his teammates like brothers. Through the tough practices and heat of the summer, to picking each other up when things don’t go their way, Rowland knows they always have his back. “What I love about my team and teammates is that no matter what they always have my back. If you are having a rough practice or a bad game they are there to help you keep your cool,” said Rowland. Together they are building a lifetime of memories, but like with any team there are always a few moments that stand out.

“Besides winning state my other favorite memory is coach Deagan, our offensive line coach twerking because his birthday is the same day as Beyoncé’s. He isn’t a small guy either,” said Rowland.

Also a basketball player and track athlete, Rowland’s approach academics is exactly what a coach wants in a player. “My academics are by far the most important thing to me. I love football but keeping good grades comes before that,” said Rowland.

That drive and commitment comes from his upbringing. Rowland looks to his father for advice on life, football and any other issue that may arise.

“My dad has been a huge influence to me because he didn’t get the chance to play sports in high school because he came from a less wealthy family. I play for him and my whole family and they are always there to give me good advice on what I can improve upon,” said Rowland. His future may include college, but Rowland is keeping his options open at the moment.

“As of now I don’t have any plans after I graduate but I am keeping my options open and would love to play a sport in college,” Rowland said. But for now, being part of the Andale family is

Eli Rowland enough.

“The best thing is being noticed, you walk down the halls in school and someone will say “good game,” and that just puts you in a good mood for the rest of the day,” said Rowland. Away from athletics and school, Rowland enjoys spending time with family and friends.

“In my free time I love hanging out with my friends and family. I am one of ten children so it is always interesting at my house that’s for sure. I also enjoy taking naps when I can,” Rowland said. “This spring I am looking forward to the weather definitely getting warmer and being able to go the lake again with the boys.”

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There are several layers to the role of Heights senior point guard Taylor Jameson.

First, she is the veteran leader, who has played varsity for four seasons and has guided the Falcons to win totals of 12, 14 and 20. “I want to be remembered for being strong-minded and not letting anything get to me,” Jameson said. “Be strong as a player and a person.”

Second, Jameson is the coach on the floor, as Heights coach Ken Palmer called it. Whether it is in practice or in a game, Jameson knows exactly what Palmer expects and she consistently communicates those expectations to her teammates.

“Being a four-year starter for me, Taylor understands what I expect and what I want,” Palmer said. “I can trust Taylor to get things started at practice or when to lead the younger girls.” And finally, Jameson is a mentor for the young and talented Falcons, who entered press time 10-0 and ranked No. 4 in Class 6A in the KBCA rankings. “A lot of our talent is young, so I have tried to be a mentor for them,” Jameson said. “I tried to use their games to mold my own game.” There has been no resistance for Jameson and the Falcons thus far. Their scoring margin is 38.6 and

they have scored 60 points or more four times.

Jameson averages eight points, four assists and nearly four steals per game, while shooting 100 percent from the free throw line. “She is a high IQ basketball player; she knows how the game goes,” Palmer said. “As a point guard, she knows how to pass the ball around, but she also understands when I want her to score.” The recruiting process for Jameson was not exactly an easy one, as colleges did not take notice of her game until last summer. But once they saw her game, it became more competitive.

Jameson ultimately chose George Mason, which instantly clicked with her and her family. “It felt like a home away from home,” Jameson said. “If you are going to go far away, you want to feel like you are still at home.

“I also liked the way Coach (Nyla) Milleson instructed her team. She laid out a plan for me and I really liked what she had to say.”

The Falcons have a rich history in girls basketball, winning seven state championships. But it has been eight years since they last won a title, which is something Jameson said they are focused on this

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Last season, they lost to Kansas City Schlagle in the opening round of the Class 5A Tournament. “A successful season for us is winning a state championship,” Jameson said. “And nothing less.” Palmer agreed with Jameson’s assessment of the season. “Taylor is on her way out,” Palmer said. “She wants to get us a state title.”


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Salina Kansas is a BIG small town right in the middle of the United States where visitors can find the perfect mix of big city amenities and small-town charm. Located at the crossroads of Interstates 70 and 135, Salina is an ideal choice for sports planners, players, coaches, families and fans!

Salina’s many sports venues provide a big part of a fun-filled family sports weekend, but the exceptional facilities are just part of what makes Salina a winning destination. The Salina Fieldhouse is a 68,500 square foot indoor multi-sport venue designed to handle local, regional and national youth sporting events. Diverse by design, the layout of the facility can be set up for six (6) basketball courts or eight (8) volleyball courts or even transform to include a full-size regulation turfed soccer or football field, or a great indoor baseball/softball practice facility complete with hitting and pitching tunnels. While basketball and volleyball events are primary activities for ‘the House’, the facility can accommodate futsal, cheer, dance, flag football, wrestling, pickleball, gymnastics and more.

The Salina Fieldhouse was a primary catalyst for a massive revitalization of the historic downtown district, where public and private investment reached over $160 million since 2017. Following completion of the Fieldhouse in the Summer of 2017, work on a massive streetscape re-design is nearly complete. The widening of sidewalks and plazas, a future classic car museum and new businesses including restaurants with fine cuisine to pizza, coffee shops, a brewery and new attractions like The Alley entertainment center, and a new 5-story Homewood Suites by Hilton hotel have paired nicely to complement seasoned attractions.

Tony’s Pizza Events Center is within a mile of Salina Downtown and is home to the Salina Liberty Indoor Football team. The newly renovated center features a 6,500-seat arena and more than 20,000 square feet of convention space, accommodating events like volleyball, basketball, wrestling, rodeo, trade shows and concerts.

Dean Evans Stadium is Salina’s premier baseball venue with seating for 800. It is also next on Salina’s list of investments. Redesign improvements to the field include turf installation, stadium with press box, bathrooms, concessions, officials’ rooms, and second stadium field and complex. Following completion of the second stadium, an adjacent two-field softball complex will undergo renovation with additions of a press box, seating and turf. Total completion is expected for the 2021-2022 seasons. For more youth softball and baseball, Bill Burke Park is host to many summer tournaments. The complex has eight baseball/softball diamonds, five of which are lighted. The complex also features multi-purpose grassy areas for soccer and football practice. For more soccer opportunities, the Magnolia Soccer Complex features five full-sized lighted fields, concessions and playground.

Park, SculptureTour Salina, art galleries, historical museums, live theatres, recreation and fun centers and abundant shopping opportunities.

• Over $160 million worth of investment into Salina Downtown alone, and more than $300 million of investment throughout the community since 2017. • Easy accessibility in the middle of it all at the crossroads of U.S. Interstates I-70 and I-135.

• Salina Regional Airport (SLN) offering daily flights to/from Denver International Airport (DIA) and Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD). Book at www.United.com. Wichita (ICT), and Kansas City (KCI) Airports are less than 2.5 hours from Salina. Whether you’re familiar with Salina, or are first discovering our community, you’ll be impressed with the services, facilities and especially the people. You’re invited to make Salina your winning destination! For more information contact Visit Salina by phone 1-877-725-4625 or e-mail info@salinakansas.org.

Salina has more than 1,000 acres of parks and includes Kenwood Cove Aquatic Park featuring five (5) slides, lazy river and kiddie area. Salina’s public parks are home to spray parks, tennis courts, sand volleyball, a fishing lake, disc golf, skateboard park, horseshoe pits, picnic areas, playgrounds and more!

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The Smoky Hill Museum features The Curiosity Shop, an interactive children’s area highlighting Kansas Weather, Town Building, The World of Radio and the Dirty 30’s. The Stiefel Theatre for the Performing Arts is a historic venue for diverse musical entertainment, comedians, dance and more. The Salina Community Theatre is a national award-winning theatre staging drama, comedy, and musicals throughout the year. The Salina Art Center & Cinema present unique contemporary exhibits,

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USD 261 HAYSVILLE SCHOOLS ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT

Meet our Athletes: Tya Tindall - Campus Sophomore point guard Tya Tindall is the Campus High Player Profile this month. Tindall is a member of the varsity basketball team and an excellent student in the classroom. Tindall is an important part of the team. Even though she is an underclassman, Tindall adores her teammates and believes together they can accomplish anything.

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“What I love most about my team is that we all work together so well, and what I love most about my teammates is how good everyone clicks and how we all have a good bond outside of basketball,” said Tindall.

Graduation will come calling in a couple of years and when it does, Tindall hopes to continue playing at the next level. “After I graduate as of right now I want to go to college and play basketball and right now my major is undecided,” said Tindall. Her favorite subject in school is science and she enjoys relaxing when she has some down time. “What I enjoy doing in my free time is relax and spend time with friends and family,” Tindall said.

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Wichita Large School Player of the Month Poll: Morgan Meyers - Cunningham Morgan Meyers believes in the connection she shares with her teammates, her school and the community. The junior combo guard recently won an online poll naming her the Small Girls Basketball Player of the Month.

“It means everything. I’m flattered and amazed at the amount of support I receive from friends, family, and community members. I am beyond thankful for all of the support,” said Meyers. “I love the connection we all have together, on and off the court. We are all friends and very supportive of each other. I am blessed to be surrounded by so many good players whom all play unselfishly. A lot of our team success is made possible because of our overall understanding of the game of basketball and I personally think there’s something very special about this team.” The Cunningham faithful have created a community built on believing in their studentathletes. A community Meyers is proud to call home. “Cunningham is a close knit community with a family atmosphere that supports all of our sports teams at home and on the road. Growing up in Cunningham, you get to know

everyone because it’s such a small town, which is something I will always be grateful for,” said Meyers. “Present and past residents, neighbors, and former coaches continue to follow our team because of the closeness that this small community develops. People just care!”

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Also a volleyball player, Meyers has a goal of playing basketball in college. She has caught the eye of a few college recruiters out there and is hopeful more will come knocking. “My dream has always been to play college basketball at some level and I intend to do so. I’ve received some interests and I am weighing my options,” said Meyers. A well-rounded student-athlete, Meyers points to several people who have influenced her life on and off the court. “There are so many people that have influenced my life on and off the court. As it relates to basketball, Emmanuel Adigun was influential because at an early age, he taught me how hard I would have to work to get to where I want to be. Also, Craig Nicholson has

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By Travis Sloat When he’s not trying to pick up the seven ten split in tournament play, Cheney High School junior Conner Eastman said he still likes to Conner Eastman spend his time on the lanes. “I spend most of my free time at the bowling alley my family owns,” Eastman said. “I also enjoy going out to eat with my friends. I’ve loved bowling for as long as I can remember.” Eastman is the Via Christy Athlete of the Month, and said he has some big goals for this year’s bowling season. “I want to keep an average of above 200,” he said. “I’d like the team to make it to state this year also. And then my senior year I want to place top ten in the state competition and top three at regionals.”

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The busy 17-year old not only bowls year round, but he also manages the cross country team in the fall, and manages the track team in the spring. He said his favorite school subject is math, and he tries to model his bowling game after Norm Duke. “He’s always been my favorite bowler,” he said. “He was the first bowler I watched on TV as a kid, and he is very successful as well.”

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Halstead junior Karenna Gerber is more than just a post player for the varsity team. She’s a great teammate and someone who plays with her heart on her sleeve. Her passion for the game comes through when you watch her play.

“I played point guard my freshman year but since then I mostly play the 5 for my high school team,” said Gerber. “I love that many of us have played together for so long. We’ve all been best friends since elementary school and have played together for as far back as I can remember. It makes our chemistry a lot stronger on the court. Basketball is a team sport, nothing can be done by yourself.” That team approach Gerber and her teammates believe in comes from

coaching and Gerber loves her coaches. “I love that I have coaches like coach Schutte, coach Leis, and coach Holmes that are not only great basketball coaches but more importantly, great people,” said Gerber.

Future plans for the junior include college and more basketball. “After I graduate, I plan on continuing my basketball career at a school that I feel is a good fit for me. As for my education, my dad is an educator and my mom is a nurse and I have thought about both of those as careers,” said Gerber.

Karenna Gerber Away from basketball, Gerber enjoys friends, family and her faith. “I always make time for my faith, because in the end that is what matters most. I enjoy singing, acting and hanging out with family and friends.”


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J O M A B OW L E R O F T H E M O N T H

Joma Bowler of the Month: Kaylie Nelson The Joma Bowler of the Month is Kaylie Nelson of Northwest. Nelson is a junior at Northwest High School and a member of the bowling team. She started playing the sport in the fifth grade.

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Bowling has given Nelson the opportunity to meet new people and make new friends. “I’ve enjoyed the people I have come into contact ever since I’ve been apart of the bowling team. I’ve created some wonderful friendships and shared some incredible memories with the people closest to me,� said Nelson. “I love everyone’s confidence in me and all of the support I’ve received from my team, win or lose we are still there for one another. I have also enjoyed making friends that go beyond bowling and I know I can turn to them whenever.� Nelson would like to attend college after she graduates from Northwest. Her dream is to help kids in need. “The ultimate goal would be a special education teacher,� said Nelson.

When she’s not at the lanes or working on school assignments you can find her creating art. “When I’m not bowling I’m usually creating artwork, whether it be taking photos, drawing, painting, or sculpting. I love to do it all. One day I want to connect with the special education students through artwork.�



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FCA Athlete of the Month: Deriek Thomas

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Wichita East senior Deriek Thomas is a three-sport athlete and a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. The football, wrestling and track athlete joined the FCA last year and he’s enjoyed every meeting since. “I joined FCA my junior year when I was told about it by Luke Clayton and I enjoy getting closer to God and allowing him to be my main focus of attention,� said Thomas.

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On or off the field, his faith helps keep things in perspective. “My faith helps me with my athletics because it gives me a never lose mentality and always believe that I can do anything with Jesus on my side,� said Thomas. The senior has big plans for his future, which includes college and more football. “After I graduate I hope to go to the University of Nebraska and study Mechanical Engineering and play football and hopefully make it to the NFL,� said Thomas.

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When he’s not training, playing or studying you can usually find him with friends and family. “In my free time I like playing video games, working out, hanging with friends, praying to my lord and getting better in all the sports I play,� said Thomas.

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DRIVE TO ZERO STUDENT OF THE MONTH Hana Hamad, Goddard Goddard High School senior Hana Hamad is captain of the varsity cheer squad, a member of National Honor Society, a board member of Kansas Association for Youth (KAY), an Ambassador for GHS and a member of SAFE Club. Having a full plate is nothing new for the senior. “I feel like I wanted to be involved with SAFE because as a teenager I know that not all of us are being the most cautious we can on the road, including me, and knowing good driving habits and spreading awareness about them is important to me so that at the end of the day everyone is safe,” said Hamad. “It’s important to me to be involved with SAFE so that I can learn about what driving safety can do for you, but then also to go out into our school and community to help them understand.”

“Next year I plan on attending the University of Kansas to major in nursing and specialize in labor and delivery,” said Hamad. As a member of SAFE, Hamad encourages other students to get involved, even if they are not sure about leading their peers in school. “If you are thinking about joining your schools SAFE club then you should definitely do it because you can never learn enough about anything. Driving safety is evolving just as fast as we are, and it’s important to understand how you can be safe and also help others be safe. Being in SAFE has actually even helped me make some new friends, become more involved, and learn to communicate better. So, anyone interested should just do it because it is truly an amazing club and organization,” said Hamad. Photo by Koby Burdett VYPE KANSAS

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HELLAS FIELD OF THE MONTH

Hellas Field of the Month: Wichita Heights By Matt Browning In 2009, Heights High School renovated their football stadium to make it more appealing to their athletes and fans. The renovation included additional seating, a new track and new turf.

A team of USD 259 employees and athletic directors was created in order to determine the direction of the renovation. “The previous (Hellas) field had held up well past its warranty and was still considered safe to participate and play on,” said Heights athletic director, Mike Church. “But the time was coming to look into a replacement.” Three different companies submitted bids for the fields and according to Church, Hellas was chosen for two reasons. “The first reason was Hellas turf fields were magnificent fields and their customer service in regards to those fields was amazing,” Church said. “They were the low bid in the process, as well. We were all getting what we wanted in regards to the best field in the industry, as well as the best possible price to have this work done.”

The field the Falcons use is similar to the one the Dallas Cowboys use, as well as other FBS schools. “We were excited as well to have an opportunity to design our field which looks beautiful,” Church said. “With the red end zones, the Wichita Heights letter and grey soccer lines our field is one of the best looking fields in our area at this time.” Physical education classes, the marching band and multiple practice keep the field busy throughout the year, so it takes a good beating, according to Church. But the field is more than capable to withstand such use. “Hellas has been an awesome company who has supported USD 259 Wichita Public Schools for a long time,” Church said. “Their customer service and quickness to assist us with any minor issues has been amazing. This company truly loves Wichita Public Schools and goes above and beyond to assist us with our turf needs.“

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Wellington High School junior Gabby Stout has spent the last 11 years studying dance in studio. Seven of those years she has competed in competitive dance and she is a member of the Wellington High School dance team since she was a freshman.

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“I enjoy the happiness it brings me and the way I’m able to create choreography. I am also able to connect with new people who have the same passion as me in a fun way,” said Stout.

Stout has spent countless hours working on her craft over the years. “I practice a lot. For my studio I take class four hours a week, I teach for three hours a week, plus the time it takes to choreograph and prepare classes, and I practice for my high school team three hours a week,” said Stout. Combine that with her responsibilities in the classroom, Stout has little time for anything else. “I have always held my grades and school work as a high priority. I try to be very responsible and dedicated to my school commitments by taking college classes, being involved in NHS, SCCDAT, and Leadership,” said Stout. Her future plans include college where she plans to study psychology and continue dancing.


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from Cabelas! Maize South Trap Shooting team It was at the young age of four when Goddard “Being able to see and do things that most Eisenhower’s Hunter Salinas first started people never get the chance to is why I love being outdoors,” said Salinas. “Fishing has hunting and fishing with his father. Today, the always been a favorite thing to do when I have pair love to hunt for deer, turkey and quail. For the Salinas family, being good stewards of the the chance or just spending time with family Now in its third year, Maize South is one of the state’s budding trap-shooting teams. first-year land is important. andUnder friends.” coach Chris Morrison, who credits a group of team dads who help coach as well, Maize South has 25 Mavericks out for the team. By the spring, which is the main season for Kansas high school trap

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His soccer team placed third at state and for Salinas it was a great moment for him and his teammates.

“I’ve been playing with most of them since I was younger and knowing that I got to play my last high school game with guys that love the game as much as I do was special,” said Salinas. This spring Salinas will graduate with many of this teammates and he is looking forward to the next chapter of his life. “After graduation I plan to play soccer in college and study construction management,” said Salinas.

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LARGE SCHOOL GIRLS BASKETBALL POLL

Girls Large Basketball Poll Laniah Randall - Heights In her junior year at Wichita Heights, Laniah Randall is making a name for herself on the basketball court. The guard has shown she can handle the rock with the best in the state and she can knock down buckets when her number is called. Playing for Heights and knowing she has the support of her family and friends pushes her to play hard. “When I look up in the stands and see my friends and family it means a lot to me because I know I have someone in my corner who’s always going to be there for me cheering me on weather I do good or bad, it really helps push me and motivate me to want to do better because I know there is someone out there that is proud of me,” Randall said. Also a track athlete, Randall possesses the ability to get to the rim in traffic using her speed and agility to blow by

defenders. She loves how her teammates encourage and push each other in games and in practice. “We are very competitive and give 100 percent effort no matter what,” said Randall.

Her basketball journey started at the age of eight and her goal ever since has been to play basketball at the next level.

Her mother has been there every step of the way pushing her to succeed on the court and in the classroom. Randall’s favorite subject in school is English, but she enjoys every class.

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Imagine spending nearly an entire day with the same group of people. Whether it’s going to class, eating lunch or at the end of the day, practicing with each other, a special bond forms. That is just part of the reason the Cunningham girls basketball program has had significant success recently.

With so much talent coupled with extraordinary chemistry, it is easy to see why the Wildcats are one of the top teams in Class 1A. “Several of us have played sports together since we were in the third grade,” Cunningham senior Holly DeWeese said. “So we know how each other wants to play.” Success this season is not a one-year fluke for Cunningham, which has won 15 or games the past five seasons. They went to the school’s second-ever state tournament in 2018, where the Wildcats defeated Attica in the third place game.

Getting back to the state tournament is one of Cunningham’s goals this season. As of press time, the Wildcats were the No. 1 seed in their sub-state and ranked No. 7 in the Class 1A KBCA rankings. “It sounds cliché, but we really

just want to win the next game,” Cunningham coach Eric Meyers said. “But if we do that then we improve our seeding, which gives us a better chance to get to the state tournament.”

Meyers said one of the many advantages the Wildcats possess is their ability to play different styles in order to win. There have been times where they have played four guards and other times when they have played three post players. Being able to be diverse gives Meyers the flexibility with his personnel. “I have six girls that are 5-9 or taller,” Meyers said. “Then my guards have significant length, so we try to identify mismatches and attack them.”

Junior Morgan Meyers leads Cunningham in scoring at 20 points per game, while also averaging five assists and four steals per game.

Morgan Meyers be challenged more now that league play has started, where Norwich, Hutchinson Central Christian and Pretty Prairie are all having good seasons.

Whether the Falcons get challenged or not, the entire team understands the uniqueness of this season and to enjoy every moment. “I don’t know whether it is the fact that we went to state in volleyball or something else,” DeWeese said. “But we are more dedicated and confident this season. We know we have to stay poised.”

Five other players, including DeWeese, average five points or more. “We score the ball really well,” DeWeese said. “We know that if someone has an off night, there is going to be someone else who steps up.” As of press time, the Falcons’ scoring margin is 37.8, with their closest win being a 49-30 victory over Argonia before Christmas. The hope for Meyers is that his team will begin to

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HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PLAYER OF THE YEAR AWARDS

Lem Wash

Jaxson Gebhardt

Reagan Jones

Shomari Parnell

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“I think it’s great for the athletes to get a chance to meet each other. Some of these athletes go on to do great things not only in sports but have very successful careers,” said Eric

Many people and companies help put this event on. Anderson mentioned them during the ceremony.

THE PLAYERS OF THE YEAR ARE: 6A – Lem Wash – Derby 5A – Reagan Jones – Wichita Northwest 4A – Shomari Parnell – Andover Central 3A – Scott Grider – Halstead 2A – Jaxson Gebhardt – SE Saline 1A – Owen Bradley – El Saline 8-Man I – Jayden Garrison – Little River 8-Man II – Deonis Coon – Hutchinson Central Christian

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Anderson, President of Circle of Stars Academy.

Tony Veland, Defensive Back: NFL Denver & Carolina 1994-95 Nebraska National Champion

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