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Winter Sports Update: Dec. 4

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Boys’ Basketball

The boys’ basketball team plays their first game of the regular season tonight at 7 pm aganist Piper. The first game of the season has been Piper for the past three seasons.

Their approach to this season is the same as seasons’ past, except for one aspect. All ten players will be subbed in and out constantly to keep fresh players on the court at all times. Senior Jay Guastello thinks this approach will help enough to get the win tonight.

“Coach Hair knows what he’s doing,” Guastello said. “Piper is a fast team so we’ll need to be nice and fresh at all times in the game.”

Tune into tonight at 7 for the broadcast of tonight’s game.

Girls’ Basketball

The girls’ basketball team played their first game of the regular season last night at East. Jv defeated the SMS Raiders by double digits, while the varsity squad fell in the final minutes of the game.  

To prepare for the start of the season, coach Lauren Lawrence scouted the Raiders team by watching the teams’ film. She then taught her team some of their plays, teaching how to play aganist this Raiders team defensively.

“We all prepared well and we were definitly ready,” Haverty said. “It was a great game and we weren’t able to pull it off, but it’ll bring more momentum to win next game.

The varsity starters for this season are junior point guard Kyle Haverty, junior shooting guard Josie Clough, sophomore guard Toni Englund and sophomore forwards Emma Linscott and Sofia Stechschulte.


With practice begenning before Thanksgiving break, the wrestling team is ready for their first match, according to senior co-captain Drake Yost.

“It’s going to be one of the toughest matches all season,” Yost said.

Wrestling teams’ first match is Saturday, vs Gardner Edgerton. Yost says that the team is ready, but that Gardner is never an easy match.

“It’s our first match and also probably our toughest, so we’re all pumped to get out to Gardner on Saturday,” Yost said.

Boys’ Swim and Dive

Yesterday, the first meet of the boys’ swim and dive season took place. This meet included both the jv and varsity levels of the team. The meet took place at California Trail Middle School out in Olathe. The first meet of the season was a dual meet, meaning two teams faced off: the Lancers and the Olathe East Hawks.

The Lancers came out on top in the meet. The first meet is important for continuing the momentum of last years’ state championship, which they did. According to most members of the team, the main rival of the Lancers this year is the Blue Valley North Mustangs.

Sophomore varsity swimmer Brian Christian knew that the meet yesterday would not be much of a problem for the team.

“They [Olathe East] has some good swimmers,” Christian said. “But I was 100% sure that we would pull out the W.”

The varsity swim team has been preparing for the season by conditioning. The varsity team practices every day from 3-6 in the afternoon. The team is in good shape for the upcoming season.


At the first day of boys’ bowling tryouts yesterday, around 40 boys showed up. They were split up into groups of four people per lane, and everyone played three games total. Each game takes about an hour and a half.

Senior and returning varsity bowler, Derek Hilliard, felt good after the first day of tryouts.

“There were a lot of really good bowlers and it was really fun because I got to bowl with my best friends from kindergarten”, Hilliard said.

After each bowler finishes their games, their scores are recorded by a machine. Coaches will decide who will make one of the 12 spots on the team, six JV and six varsity, based on scores and also potential.

Girls’ tryouts will be held next Monday and Tuesday, and the first meet will be after winter break.

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