Even after parting ways with Coach Klumpe, the girls varsity team has still made little improvement. They suffered a 53-33 loss on Friday to SM South, and now begin the post-season tournament against SM Northwest on Thursday. Several young players on the team are looking ahead to next season.
“I expect us to be more of a guard team next year.” sophomore Josie Clough said. “We will have a lot more varsity experience next year with a good amount of returning varsity players.” The new coach, TJ Taylor, has made the transition between coaches easy for the players, Clough says.
During the last two games of the regular season, the team struggled without senior forward Lucas Jones, who suffered a stress fracture in his ankle.
On Tuesday, the Lancers kept Lawrence High School from pulling away until the fourth quarter in a 57-49 loss. SM South got ahead early to win Friday’s rivalry game 55-39.
If East hopes to continue their season, they’ll have to redeem themselves playing away at South on Wednesday in sub-state play.
Boys swim team won state two weekends ago. They beat Blue Valley North, their archrival, by three points 324-321.The meet came down to one last relay. If the relay team didn’t get disqualified, they won state. The relay team came through and got seventh place, just trying to avoid disqualification. Freshman, Aidan Holbrook placed first in the 500 freestyle, and senior Benn Schmatz placed first in the 100 breaststroke.
The wrestling team traveled to Wichita over the weekend to compete in the state championship, and left with two medalists in the tournament. With a fourth place finish by senior Marshall Green and a sixth place finish by junior Michael Aldrich, the squad that started off as nine state qualified wrestlers eventually dwindled down to the two medalists. Aldrich was unranked throughout the entire season.