Senior Megan Strait signed her letter of intent to play volleyball at Coffeyville Community College in a ceremony February 20. Megan said she looks forward to her time there. “They have one of the best programs in D2 Juco, won the national championship twice, and got third in the last 3 years. I like the small town feel and how close everyone is. Delice (Downing) is an amazing coach and an amazing person, she connects with the girls as a mom figure rather than just being a coach all the time.”
Wabaunsee wrestling returned to the state podium last weekend. Friday and Saturday, juniors Eli Mumpower, Derek Wallin and Alex Warner competed at the Class 3-2-1A KSHSAA State Wrestling Championship at Gross Memorial Coliseum in Hays. Wallin went as far as placing 6th and earning a state medal in the 160 pound weight class.
Charger basketball tips off postseason play tonight at home, as the girls face Kansas City Christian 7 p.m. at home. The Chargers enter sub-state as the top seed with a 16-3 record. Eight seed KC Christian enters at 3-17.
Juniors Eli Mumpower, Derek Wallin and Alex Warner all managed to punch their tickets to the State Tournament after competing in a tough regional at Council Grove.
A large number of Wabaunsee students compete in school-sponsored sports, but only a select group compete in competitive, traveling, or club sports. Club sports give athletes the opportunity to improve skills in the off-season, play in front of college scouts, and let talented, small-school players compete against larger teams. “You will be able to see the difference in players. These kids are able to play basketball longer, which builds their basketball IQ. From [Spradling Skills Academy, SSA] they are getting a lot of information from very good coaches that played in college,” head boys’ basketball coach Christian Ulsaker said.
Charger adviser Brendan Praeger joins Laurel, Adam and Falisha to discuss the top Charger sports stories of 2019. Check out the Charger podcast for a list of top news stories of the year.
Coach Jess Rutledge joins Adam Miller, Laurel Barber and Falisha Willier to discuss powerlifting, bathtubs full of hot sauce and college football playoff predictions.
Girls basketball coach Trevor Keller talks to Laurel Barber, Adam Miller and Falisha Willier about the girl's basketball season, his high school glory days and finding a job at Wabaunsee. The team opens the season at Axtell tonight, and competes at home Tuesday, Thursday and Friday in the Wabaunsee Invitational.
Winter sports season heats up this week with basketball at Axtell Friday and Wrestling at Mission Valley Saturday. The Charger spoke to players from each sport for a preview of the season. Junior Eli Mumpower Describe this year’s team. Seven members. We’re fairly new. Only a couple people have experience. I think we have a lot of potential.