2009 East graduate, Matt Baker, won Maryville wrestling’s first NCAA Division II national wrestling title in Birmingham, Alabama. Baker finished his Senior year as the No. 1 ranked wrestler in the country in the 197 lbs weight class.
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The wrestling team qualified all 14 wrestlers for state this year, but sickness and injuries continued to plague the team into the post-season.
The boys’ basketball team is on a five game winning streak after Tuesday’s win against Olathe East, while the girls’ basketball team lost to Olathe East in a hard fought game. Wrestling placed 3rd in the Sunflower League Meet, and swimming prepares for state.
Girls’ basketball placed 5th at the Topeka Tournament last weekend, while the boys’ beat Rockhurst, and swimming prepares for Regionals.
Check out pictures from the Lancers’ duel with BV West.
Boys’ basketball heads off to McPherson after a big win over SM West on Friday, while girls’ basketball looks to bounce back after a disappointing loss to SM West. Swimming gains momentum heading into their rivalry meet against BV North on Thursday. That and more in the weekly sports update.
The Lancer boy’s basketball team will play St. James this Thursday, Dec. 6. The game is part of a tournament being hosted by Shawnee Mission East. Boys’ swimming had their first meet Saturday but suffered a bad loss as they were missing some of their top swimmers.
Senior Ben Randolph is the latest athlete to sign with a university for athletics. Randolph will wrestle at second-year program Benedictine in Atchison, Kan.
The Boys’ Swim Team had a strong performance at state while the bowling team struggled at their last meet. The wrestling team will be heading to state over the weekend taking a full line-up for the first time in school history.
The SM East wrestling team took 1st at the regional tournament on Feb. 18., edging out Lawrence at home. Lawrence was ranked 2nd in Kansas 6A rankings as a team, while East recently dropped out of the top 10. After beating Lawrence for two consecutive weeks, the possibility of scoring higher than the Chesty Lions at the state tournament seemed more likely. All 13 East wrestlers at the tournament placed in the top 4, which qualified all of them for the 6A Kansas State tournament on Feb. 25.
They try their best to stop it, but there is nothing that they can do. They scrub the mats, shower after practice and use medicated soaps. But it still does not prevent the spreading completely. The many infections wrestlers can contract seem endless – staph infections, impetigo, ringworm. The East wrestling staff keeps the entire practice room clean, but that does not eliminate the possibility of a wrestler getting an infection from other places.
The wrestling team won the Sunflower League meet last Saturday at SM Northwest. Junior Gavin Jorns and senior Blaine Hill earned first place finishes in their weight classes.