Wrestling finished its season last weekend, and both basketball teams are fighting this week to extend their seasons.
The St. Marys Bears and the Wabaunsee Chargers may be rivals during athletic competition, but the boys basketball coaches of these respective teams see each other as friends.
With success on his mind already, head coach Christian Ulsaker prepared well for his third season at Wabaunsee. “I’ve already watched every game from last year, and I’ve keyed in on our returning starters just to see what their strengths and weaknesses are,” Ulsaker said.
Jacob Meseke | sports editor With an improbable run in the playoffs, the boys came up short in the championship to Hillsboro, 59-50. The boys ended the season with a 13-13 record. The boys started the season with a 1-10 record and entered the playoffs with a record of 8-12. In the first round of... Continue Reading →
For the first time in more than three decades, both Wabaunsee basketball teams are headed to state.
On Saturday, both the boys and girls triumphed in the substate championship, each defeating number one seeds earlier in the week.
Boys basketball upset the number one substate seed Jefferson County North, 51-41 Thursday night. The win ended a 13 game win-streak for JCN, who entered the postseason 16-3.
“We knew JCN coming in was going to be a tough game,'' head coach Christian Ulsaker said. “Our guys came out ready to play against their zone and played phenomenal on defense.”
Four wrestlers will compete in the regional tournament tomorrow at Rossville. Senior Derek Wallin was district champion. Senior Eli Mumpower was runner up. Freshman Alex Beggs and junior Marek Boatwright both finished in 4th place.
WHS basketball teams will play in the Royal Valley Invitational Tournament this weekend despite missing key players due to quarantine. Boys basketball has six players out due to quarantine and one injury. Girls basketball will be without one starter as well.
The seven missing boys includes all five starters.
Winter sports season started this weekend with basketball at home against Axtell and the wrestling team faced Abilene, Sabetha, and Ottawa in a home quad.
Girls basketball won easily against Axtell 53-14. Junior Lauren Schutter was the Chargers leading scorer with 20 points and also 14 rebounds. Senior Madisyn Wertzberger scored 11 points and 8 rebounds. Freshman Karli Meseke scores 9 points as well.
Jackson Frank has been on the varsity squad for football, basketball, and baseball all of his four years at WHS. Frank has chosen to attend Ottawa University to continue playing basketball next season.
“Jackson has had a love for basketball since I can remember and I am excited for him to have an opportunity to continue his career at the next level. He had an exceptional senior year and played very well demonstrating leadership to the rest of the team,” principal Jan Hutley said.