KU athletic officials announced a “home-run” hire for their football program. Wabaunsee’s head football coach Jess Rutledge will lead the University of Kansas program into the future, the university announced on April 1.
In the government class fake election, students created campaign posters and videos to present to the class. "It's a fun activity to give the kids an idea of what it's like to run for office," government teacher Jess Rutledge said.
When given the chance to choose improvements for the school and Alma community, the senior government class chose to focus on building and improving sporting facilities.
Every year the Wabaunsee government class writes and proposes bills for improving the school and community.
The process begins with each student suggesting five possible bills. Once the list is combined the class begins to debate and narrow down to their top three overall. Along with debating which bills to push, students have to plan out all the possible questions the bills need to address.
After a season ending 52-6 loss against Centralia, Charger football finished the season with a record of 4-6.
“A losing season is not something we are happy with, but I am proud of the accomplishments and the direction the program is headed in. We won more games this season than the last three seasons combined and won the first playoff game in 37 years, so those are definite positives,” said head football coach Jess Rutledge.
“Now, we need to build upon that and take the next step which is to have a winning season and continue playoff success.”
In October of 1983 the number one song was “Total Eclipse of the Heart” by Bonnie Tyler, the number one movie was "Never Say Again" featuring Sean Connery, Martin Luther King Jr. Day had just became a holiday and the Wabaunsee High School football team won its first playoff game.
Until last week, that was Wabaunsee’s only playoff win.
The Chargers traveled to Pleasanton Thursday and won 62-18.
Charger football is off to a 1-1 start behind several standout performances. The team hopes to build on its success as it heads to Troy Friday night.
The team got its first victory Friday night, winning 20-14 over Uniontown. Junior Quarterback Cade Oliver threw for 119 yards and ran for eight yards and a touchdown. Senior running back Derek Wallin and junior running back Aiden Boeckman both scored rushing touchdowns. Senior Tyler Lohmeyer led the team in receiving yards with 50 yards and junior Brayden Meseke had an interception.
Football looks to improve from a 1-8 record with a large group of underclassmen and hope for no COVID-19 outbreak on the team.
The Chargers take the field against Mission Valley at 7 p.m Friday at home.
The Charger interviewed head football coach Jess Rutledge.
Jess Rutledge’s senior classes aren’t just studying government, they have been attempting to do some governing of their own.
For the last few years, Rutledge has given seniors the opportunity to propose and debate bills of their own in an effort to improve the school. Rutledge said “I wanted them to learn what the legislative process was like; all the arguments and compromises that are made.”
Coach Jess Rutledge joins Adam Miller, Laurel Barber and Falisha Willier to discuss powerlifting, bathtubs full of hot sauce and college football playoff predictions.
Charger football ended its season Thursday night with a 42-0 loss to Jackson Heights.
While the team struggled to a 1-8 record, coach Jess Rutledge saw a lot of progress for the football program.
How did the football program move forward this season?
“Our offseason work that was put in exceeded any previous season since I have been at Wabaunsee. Our numbers in the weight room, at team camp, and at our thud camps were all higher than last year. Our athletes' maxes also increased a phenomenal amount from the summer of 2018. That needs to continue to improve, but we are most definitely on the right track. We also had a lot of younger players step into varsity playing positions, and that is a great thing to have for the upcoming season.