Winter Sports Preview

Written by: Lane Barrette and Delainey Wilson

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Boys’ Basketball:

  • Head Coach: Mike McBride
  • First Games (Dec. 5) Varsity, JV and Freshman at Eudora
    • “My expectations are what they always are. Get to the state tournament and see what happens… I’m excited that we have good athletes. We have great shooters. We ought to be able to play faster than we usually do. I’m excited about Cory Davila being 6’7” and being different because he’s got some speed at that size. I’m excited to put it all together and see what we can do.”

Girls’ Basketball:

  • Head Coach: Jason Tatkenhorst
  • First Games (Dec. 5) Varsity, JV and Freshman at Eudora
    • “We lost some really good leadership from last year, but we are returning some really good players and our expectations are very high. We expect to be playing in big games, and winning those big games this year.”

Boys’ Swimming:

  • Head Coach: David Bresser
  • First Meet (Dec.4) at Topeka West (Hummer Park)
    • “As far as expectations, we want to get relays qualified for State. We will be looking for some of the younger guys to step up into those key relay spots. Tucker Dixon, Brady Tinder and Pete Best can fill those roles, but it will take some dedication to get those relays qualified. Senior Kade Imhoff will help the relays, but we expect him to return to State as an individual qualifier. He had a great season last year. Kade is the captain and will lead and help shape the team.”

Boys’ Wrestling:

  • Head Coach: Jason Puderbaugh
  • First Meet (Dec. 4) Varsity and JV vs. Bonner Springs
    • “I am most excited about getting the opportunity to make a positive difference in every kids life that I coach. I want them to excel on the mat, in the classroom, with their family and in all aspects of their lives. Being a coach is a blessing and I love the relationships built, the competition atmosphere at duals and tournaments and basically the whole growth process. Our accomplishments add to the fun, but regardless of the outcome, I am always most excited about helping kids reach their full potential; becoming someone better than they were when they started the season.”

Girls’ Wrestling:

  • Head Coach: Jay Johnston
  • First Meet (Dec. 4) vs. Bonner Springs
    • “My big expectation was to grow our program and we’ve almost doubled in size. We’ve had over 50% growth. We had eight girls last year and we have 15 this year. That was my number one expectation, just growth. Two other expectations are that the team enjoys it and that it’s an awesome memorable season that they have fun and grow to love the sport. I expect everyone to work hard and become a better person and a better athlete.”

Powerlifting:

  • Head Coach: Justin Weiser
  • First Meet (Jan. 4) at McClouth
    • “I think with the tradition of our program, [our goal] is to always win state titles. We have a lot of new lifters this year, so we’ll see how the regular season goes, but hopefully we bring home state for boys’ and women’s team. It’s always exciting seeing the new kids that we have coming into our program and seeing what they can do and then seeing the improvements people make on a daily basis from the beginning to the end of the season.”

Boys’ and Girls’ Bowling:

  • Head Coach: Kelly Kanan
  • First Meet (Jan. 14) Crown Lanes vs. Turner and Shawnee Heights
    • “What I’m most excited about is to be the coach for the program that is just starting. I’m excited to get students involved that maybe aren’t involved in anything. The 100 percent involvement that the school district is looking, this gives an opportunity for those who maybe aren’t quite as athletic.”
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