Track earns six gold medals in first top finish since 2016
WHS track opened the season with a bang, with the girls earning six gold medals on the way to a first place finish at Lyndon.
Senior Lauren Schutter and freshman Payton Wurtz led the way with 2 individual gold medals each: triple jump and long jump for Schutter, and 1600 and 800 for Wurts. Junior Rebekah Stuhlsatz added a gold in the 3200 and Maddie Schurle, Sienna Jones, Sophia Castillo and Schutter earned gold in the 4×100 relay.
Coach Roger Alderman was pleased with the result. “The last two seasons our girls team finished 13th at State while never placing higher than 4th at any meet. This year we started out by winning a meet for the first time winning the Riley County meet in 2016.”
In addition to gold medals, Lauren Schutter finished second in the 200, the girls 4 x 800 finished 2nd, Maddie Schurle finished 2nd in the 100 hurdles, Sienna Jones finished 3rd triple jump and the 4×400 team finished 3rd.
On the boys side, sophomore Wyat Wurtz finished 3rd in the triple jump. Four athletes set personal records.
“We’ve set some pretty high goals this year. So while we are pleased with these results, we know they are only a starting point. We now have marks to improve on and we know that comes from putting in the work every day in practice. If we keep that mind-set, then our greatest accomplishments will be at League, Regional, and State, not just the Lyndon Meet,” Alderman said.
The team competes Friday at the home meet in Alma, with field events starting at 3:30.
Baseball sweeps opener
Baseball opened its season March 29 against Marais des Cygnes Valley.
Game one was never close, as junior Bryton Reves hit 2 RBIs with one run, senior Cade Oliver hit three runs, senior Brayden Meseke had six RBIs with two doubles and a grand slam, and sophomore Zach Frank had one RBI with a run as well. The game ended with a run rule score of 16-1.
The second game began immediately after, but was postponed due to weather in the second third inning.
That game concluded Thursday at home field. Cade Oliver continued his impressive debut with three singles, two doubles, eight RBIs and two runs. Juniors Logan Clark and Eli Oliver had quite the game as well, Clark hitting three singles, two RBIs, and two runs, while Oliver hit three singles, three RBIs, and four runs. Sophomore Alex Beggs added a double with two RBIs and Tate Deever hit two singles, a double, three RBIs and three runs. The second game ended with a score of 26-9.
Both baseball and softball played at home Tuesday against county rival Mission Valley, and play Rossville at home Friday.
Softball off to hot start
Softball began its season with two wins at home Thursday night.
Wabaunsee defeated Marais de Cygnes Valley with a final score of 12-1, then the team defeated Pleasant Ridge 10-4.
“I feel really great about our team. The first competition wasn’t the greatest, but the girls did really well and we got a chance to put a lot of new girls into the game to see how they do,” softball coach Joe Dee Tarbutton said.
By the end of the night, all three seniors on the team had hit out of the park home runs.
“I have really talked to the seniors about silent leadership and they’re displaying it really well by showing everyone how to compete and be on the field,” Tarbutton said.