Following the success of the 2019 season, the Charger softball team was hoping to win another state championship this spring. Unfortunately, due to the recent coronavirus outbreak, the season was cut short. The team had many exciting changes to look forward to this year, including Joe Dee Tarbutton’s first year as head coach. Tarbutton said he looked forward to a state championship with the team this year. He was also looking forward to “coaching a very talented team with Coach Oliver and Coach Eck.”
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.
Senior Autymn Schriener signed her National Letter of Intent Wednesday to play softball at Washburn University. Being a multi-sport athlete, Schriener had plenty of college options. She also excelled at tennis, basketball and volleyball during her time at WHS. She said softball was the obvious choice for her. “Ever since I was 10 and went to the Softball College World Series to watch, I told myself that I would be one of them one day. Softball has also always been my favorite sport so I couldn’t imagine doing anything else at the next level,” Schriener said.
Senior Autymn Schreiner ended her tennis career at state with an eighth place finish. Wabaunsee finished 12th as a team with 8 points. Kansas City Christian School earned the championship with 40. Schreiner opened against Molly Bender from Conway Springs. Schreiner played aggressive and had no problem earning the win, 6-2, 6-3.
Tennis season will continue for another week. Three Wabaunsee players placed in the top six of the Hillsboro regional Friday and Saturday, placing 4th as a team and qualifying for the state tournament next weekend in Kansas City. “It’s a great feeling to send some players to state for the first time,” head coach Brendan Praeger said. “Wabaunsee has had a lot of good teams in the past and I’m glad we’re finally playing on that level again.”
The tennis team starts the WHS fall sports season with a lot of both players and experience. The girls tennis team has 18 members, 14 returning from last season. Head coach Brendan Praeger said he has high expectations for this season because so much of the team has previous experience, which wasn’t the case in his first four years as coach. Nine of the current players got varsity matches last season.
Kaytlyn Meseke, @kaytlyn_nelle WHS tennis ended the season at a difficult regional tournament Friday at Hesston. The Chargers highest seeded player, junior Autymn Schreiner, fell just short of a state appearance. Schreiner was seeded number six at regionals and her first match was against Ashten Halls from Sabetha. Schreiner defeated Halls with a score of 9-1... Continue Reading →