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.
The Charger football season ended Friday evening with a 33-44 loss to Lyndon in regionals. Here is a by-the-numbers story of an incredible season.
Charger football ended an exceptional regular season last week with a dramatic 45-40 win over Centralia. “It was amazing. I knew that they were really good. When we took a knee to run out the clock it was a phenomenal feeling,” sophomore Zach Frank said.
Wabaunsee football is kicking off its season tonight with high expectations. Seniors Cade Oliver, Brayden Meseke, Caden Yonke, and Aiden Boeckman return a lot of experience to this squad, and plan to propel the team forward. “We are the leaders of the team; most of us have played for four years and know what we’ve got to do to be successful,” Meseke said. “It’s on us to hold the team and ourselves accountable.”
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.
Winter sports season heats up this week with basketball at Axtell Friday and Wrestling at Mission Valley Saturday. The Charger spoke to Varsity and JV players from each sport for a preview of the season. For an interview with coach Christian Ulsaker and senior Jackson Frank, check out the L.A.F. Podcast.