Sports Winter Sports — 30 March 2015
Sports: Winter seasons finish with state appearances for boys basketball, wrestling

This winter featured one record-breaking season, one season focused on team growth and one surprisingly successful season with a young team.

The Rock Creek boys basketball team had very high expectations coming in the season with a goal of winning league, sub-state and state.

The team won the Mid-East League, going undefeated against league opponents, won sub-state and finished second in state, coming up just shy of their goal. Still, the team finished with a 23-2 record and is the most successful Rock Creek boys basketball team ever.

“The main reason for their success was their unselfishness,” head coach Jim Johnston said. “They did not care who scored the points. They cared about doing what was best for the team.”

Even with all of the team’s success this season, some of the players favorite memories come from off the court.

“My favorite part of the season was sharing a hotel room with [sophomore] Cooper Schlochtermeier during state,” senior Jackson Goodmiller said.

The girls basketball team was also competing throughout the winter. Their season, however, was not as successful as the boys, finishing with just three wins and 18 losses.

On the outside, it seems as though the girls’ season was kind of bad, but according to head coach Jeremy Lehning, their season was a lot better than people might think.

“If you were to have watched our first game of the year and then our last game of the year, you would have noticed dramatic improvement in our team,” Lehning said. “Even though that did not amount to more wins, we feel as though we got better throughout the year, and that was our main goal.”

The postseason for the girls did not go too well, as they lost to Clay Center 54-44 in the first round of sub-state. However disappointing the loss was, there was even more evidence of the girls’ improvement, as they had lost to Clay Center earlier in the year, 43-10.

“My favorite part of the season was giving Clay Center a run for their money in sub-state, even though we lost,” senior Kayla Boltz said.

Finally, the Rock Creek wrestling team also had a pretty respectable season this year, winning a few duels and finishing fourth in the Mid-East League tournament.

The season actually went better than expected, with a lot of younger, inexperienced wrestlers out on the mat wrestling for varsity.

“Sophomore Tim Reed had a big win against a state qualifier in a home dual at Rock Creek this year,” head coach Dan Pray said.

The team also had two wrestlers, seniors Colton Hill and Chase Ridder, qualify for state. Throughout the season they were consistently placing in the top four in tournaments, and both came just one match away from placing at state.

“My favorite memory was riding in the back of the bus on the way to state,” Hill said.

Article by Justin Reiss, newspaper copy editor

Photo by Olivia Lee, yearbook photography editor

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