The wrestling team took second at the Kaw Valley League tournament on Sat. February 9th at Lansing High School.
“We wrestled really strong,” junior Kali Gracy said. “I personally feel like I did really well, but I know it wasn’t my best.”
Freshmen Seth Burnett agrees.
“The team did great, everybody worked really hard,” Burnett said.
Being one out of eight teams, the team fought their way through to a second place victory. At the end of the first round, the team had been in first place with Bonner being in second.
“I was a little nervous at first,” Gracy said.
KVL being a big tournament, it was important for the team to be working hard and doing their best. Pushing all other feelings and thoughts aside, the team pushed to their best ability.
“I was very nervous abut I told myself I could do it and gave it all I had,” Burnett said.
The final results were:
Tonganoxie, first place
Mill Valley, second place
Bonner Springs, third place
Basehor, fourth place
Lansing, fifth place
Turner, sixth place
Piper, seventh place
Bishop Ward, eighth place
After beating Wichita West 60- 32, Witchita East 48-47, and Gardner-Edgerton 48-28 at the EL Dorado tournament, the varsity girls basketball team became champions for the second year in a row.
The girls left for El Dorado on Thursday, Jan. 24 and returned Saturday, Jan. 26. They brought along sophomore Lacie Myers and three other junior varsity girls to the tournament.
“I played once during the first game,” Myers said. “It’s a fun experience to play.”
After winning, the championship game against Gardner-Edgerton, theteam celebrated at Braums.
“My favorite part of the game was probably how excited everyone was getting in the second half [of the Gardner-Edgerton game] and having fun,” senior McKenzie Koch said.
Although the championship game was against Gardner, the closest game was against Wichita East.
“My favorite part was seeing the team win a really close game against Wichita East,” Myers said. “It was a buzzer shot and their ball rolled out.”
Photos of the event can be found by following the link below:
For the seventh consecutive year, the Science Olympiad team qualified for the State Tournament. Held at Wichita State University on Saturday, April 7, qualifying teams compete against other Science Olympiad teams within the state.
The team members found out they qualified for the State Tournament on Wednesday, March 7, about one week after the Regional Tournament at Johnson County Community College on Saturday, Feb. 25. They received eighth place out of 23 teams, qualifying them for the State Tournament.
“The judges kept us waiting for a week and a half on news about state,” Science Olympiad member junior Cole Clay said. “I was excited when I found out we qualified.”
Though the team just found out they made it to the State Tournament, members who received first place in a competition at the Regional Tournament automatically qualified for the State Tournament.
“Ashley [Hague] and I have know that we were state qualifiers since regionals,” Science Olympiad member junior Amanda Platt said. “We got first place in a competition and anyone that gets first place automatically makes it to state.”
In order to prepare for competitions, Science Olympiad members participate in open labs every Tuesday from 3-5 p.m. During these practices members work with each other to study or work on things for the competition.
“I usually start putting in more dedication to the team about two weeks before competitions,” Clay said. “I put in the most time and effort then.”
The team will continue to have their weekly open labs until the State Tournament on Saturday, April 7.
The Jaguars finished their weekend tournament in Coffeyville, Kan. second out of eight teams.
They won the first two games 60-54 against Parkview High School on Thursday, Jan. 19 and 69-63 against Oologah High School on Friday, Jan. 20.
In the championship on Saturday, Jan. 21, they lost to Word of Life High School, an international team consisting of all seniors that are especially recruited to play for this team.
The Jaguars held the lead until two minutes were left in the game. With a short time left, Word of Life came back to win 54-48.
Junior forward Austin Moylan said that the championship game was a disheartening loss, but a great experience.
“We showed that we can hang with any team, even one with a clear size and overall talent advantage,” Moylan said.