Sports Winter Sports — 29 January 2016
Sports: Winter sports teams reach middle of season

The winter sports season is in full swing with both boys and girls basketball teams playing well, as well as the wrestling team improving as the season progresses.

After starting the season 3-0, the Rock Creek boys varsity basketball team continued with its success, winning four of their next five games. Starting at home against St. Marys on Dec. 15, the boys won by a score of 67-41. Their next game was in Wabaunsee on Dec. 18, where they again won big, 65-37. Following the Wabaunsee game, the school started its winter break and took more than two weeks off. In the first game back from break on Jan. 5, the boys played Riley County, beating them 74-50. Next, on Jan. 8, the Mustangs traveled to Silver Lake, where they won by a score of 76-46 behind the 30-point scoring effort of senior Carson Becker. Finally, on Jan. 12, the team traveled to Rossville, where they received their first loss of the season, 56-43.

“We stumbled against Rossville,” head coach Jim Johnston said. “We did not shoot the ball well and had no middle. If we work hard and improve on some things, we still believe we can win sub-state and compete in the state tournament.”

Also in action, the Rock Creek Mustangs girls varsity basketball team has been playing well, but coming up just short of victories. After losing their first three games of the season, the girls played St. Marys at home on Dec. 15, beating them 42-33 and picking up their first win. Their next game, on Dec. 18, was in Wabaunsee, where the girls lost by a score of 44-35. Following that game, the girls had three very close losses in a row. First, on Jan. 5, they played Riley County, losing in overtime 52-51. Next, on Jan 8, they went to Silver Lake, the No. 1-ranked girls team in Kansas, and lost by a score of 56-50. Finally, on Jan. 12, they traveled to Rossville, where they suffered another one-point loss, 61-60.

“Finishing games is a difficult situation to simulate in practice,” head coach Adam Plummer said. “But, I have to do a better job of creating game-like situations and atmospheres in practice to improve our late game execution and confidence.”

Finally, the Rock Creek wrestling team has struggled in the early part of the season. They started off with a 1-5 record in duals and placed very few wrestlers in their first couple of tournaments. There are, however, some bright spots in the season. Senior AJ Burenheide and junior Shad Winn both have winning records and came in third place at the Burlington Invitational on Jan. 9. The team does still have some improving to do.

“I think the team needs to work on being tougher on the mat,” head wrestling coach Dan Pray said. “They need to be more aggressive and have an attack style instead of letting their opponents dictate the match.”

Article by Justin Reiss, staff technology manager

Photo courtesy of Heather Weers

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