This year’s fall sports seasons are a rap. The cross country season ended on Oct. 25 with the regional race in Kansas City. The football season ended on Oct. 30 at Rock Creek against Centralia. Finally, the volleyball season ended on Oct. 25 at sub-state in the championship game against Clay Center.
The cross country team had three runners named all-league this year: seniors Jacy Johnston and Shilo Schaake and junior Kendal Howard. To be all-league, a runner must finish in the top 10 at the Mid-East League meet. While the team did well at league this season, cross country sent no runners to state. Four girls and four boys attended regionals at a course near Kansas City, but no members placed at this meet.
Coach Jeremy Lehning said the hardest part of the season was “preparing for 4A regionals in Bonner Springs.”
“Having to move up for regionals put us against some of the very best 4A schools,” Lehning said. “But, we prepared as well as we could and performed our best.”
Lehning said his favorite coaching moment of this year’s season was “being on a bus full of young people who all get along, support each other and have fun hanging out together. To see them bond and enjoy each other’s company is a great thing.”
Even though the football season did not end with a winning record, it still had three players make first-team all-league. Three players were named to the all-league first team: senior Jackson Goodmiller as running back and juniors Carson Becker as defensive lineman and Nate Jilka as offensive lineman. The team ended with a 2-7 record, recording wins against St. Marys and Wabaunsee.
Head coach Mike Beam said his favorite memory of this year’s season was “going to practice every day. The guys were fun to work with.”
The volleyball team started off strong and ended with a 23-12 record. They were the sub-state runner-ups, losing to the No. 1 team in their regional.
Senior Hayden Schlochtermeier’s favorite part of the season is something that most others would not like, as she said, “Coach Shelly Kemper’s workouts at the beginning of the year [kicked everyone’s butts]! [It was] something new that I loved.”
When it came down to the last game of the season against Clay Center for Schlochtermeier, it was not all filled with heavy hearts.
“It was filled with excitement, heartbreaks and most of all enjoyment,” Schlochtermeier said. “We all stuck by each other that game, and it was amazing to play with that group of girls.”
Article by Megan Thompson, Yearbook Photo Editor
Photo by Olivia Lee, Yearbook Photo Editor