The varsity Bulldogs have finished the annual High Plains League Tournament and now looking toward the rest of the season. They will travel to Johnson to face the Stanton County Trojans Friday, January 29.
Junior Varsity boys and girls will play at 3:45, varsity girls at 5:30 and varsity boys at 7:00. According to Kansas State High School Activity Association’s new ruling as of January 29, each participant is allowed four spectators.
Looking back on the tournament, head girls coach Kendra Fyler commented the Elkhart game on Thursday was a challenge for the Lady Bulldogs. “We struggled with their pressure on defense and how physical they were. We made a run in the third quarter when we looked the best, but Elkhart was able to pull away in the fourth quarter.” She was proud of the girls for playing hard until the very end of the game.
Losing to Elkhart, the Lady Bulldogs played for third and fourth place on Saturday against Stanton County, finishing in fourth place. “We were able to get some of their key players into foul trouble but were not able to capitalize on that because we struggled to score the ball and that affected our intensity on defense,” said Fyler. “We are excited to be able to get another chance to play them on Friday and hope to improve.”
Looking forward to the rest of the season, “We are using a phrase to focus on: “Everyday a little better,” said Fyler. “We have been frustrated on offense and with the outcomes of some of the games, so we want to focus on making ourselves better and successful each day and coming together as a team to have a good rest of the season.” They believe that if they can continue to focus on this phrase then they will start to see the outcomes they want. “We still have a lot of games left to turn this season around and end on a positive note.”
She is excited to have more fans as of this Friday. “I think having more fans will help the girls feel support and possibly help make a larger “rowdy crowd” to cheer us on in games, but we are going to continue to focus on the team and playing for each other.” She wants the fans to know they are thankful for their support so far this season and hope they will continue.
The boys finished in third place after Saturday matchup with the Sublette Larks following a disappointing loss Friday against Southwestern Heights.
Head coach Jordan Wahlmeier explained the last 1.3 seconds when SWH hit a go-ahead 3 point. “As soon as the shot went up, I was screaming for a timeout and we got it, but it was a little too late!”. Wahlmeier went on to say that the referees only gave them a half-second to work with, and I give credit to the guys for executing a ‘prayer’ play. “We drew up a last second Hail Mary inbound, Austin Plunkett threw it three quarters of the way down court to Kyler Keller, and Kyler made a crazy off-balance falling out of bounds three-pointer to tie the game!”
It was perfect execution but sadly the refs waved it off saying it did not leave Kyler’s hand in time. Talk about a roller coaster of emotions. Losing that game put us in the 3rd/4th place game against Sublette.
He admits they did not play very well offensively on Friday, missing layups and open jumpers all night. Defensively he thought they guarded well, but they did not win the rebounding battle or win enough 50/50 balls to be able to win the game. “Credit to Southwestern Heights for coming in and throwing a bunch of different defenses at us, we could not get into a rhythm all night,” said Wahlmeier.
Saturday, he thought the boys responded well, using that bitter taste in their mouth from Friday night, coming out to completely dominated a very solid Sublette team from start to finish. “Our guys understand that we controlled everything that we could control Friday night, and we entered Saturday’s game with the same mindset, control what we can control, be ourselves, and the rest will take care of itself and it did!”
The Bulldogs finished third and now have a 10-2 record. While they have Tuesday off, they will face the Stanton County Trojans for the third time this season. ‘It will be a chess match and a battle for all 4 quarters again!” said Wahlmeier. “I’m looking forward to having some more fans in the gym, and I know the boys are also excited, they love playing in front of people and putting on a show,” adding, “It’s hard to beat the atmosphere of a loud gym during basketball season.”
In closing, Wahlmeier says they are focused on getting better every day, doing the little things right, taking one game at a time, and doing whatever they can to put themselves in the best position to win each game.
“The boys are hungry and understand that we have work to do to accomplish the goals we’ve set at the beginning of the year and I’m excited to see what the rest of the season has in store for us!”
The Bulldogs have eight more games before the Substate tournament beginning on Monday March 1 in Spearville.
Girls vs. Leoti
Thomeczek 5 2-2 12, Finlay 1 3-4 8, Mitchell 3 0-0 6, Moreno 2 2-4 6, Housholder 2 1-3 5, Riley 0 2-4 5, Lawson 1 0-0 2.
3 point Goals – Finlay 1, Riley 1.
Syracuse 14 7 13 10 – 44
Wichita Co 7 13 5 5– 34
Kadee Thomeczek led the lady Bulldogs with 12 points, 1 rebound, 2 assists, 3 steals.
Ashlyn Finlay added 8 points, 2 rebounds. Yaya Moreno had 6 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists, 4 steals. Jayden Mitchell also had 6 points, 4 rebounds. Alex Housholder and Kate Riley each added 5 points. Brooklyn Lawson had 2.
Girls vs. Elkhart
Moreno 3 2-3 14, Riley 1 0-0 5, Lawson 1 0-0 5, Thomeczek 1 2-7 4, Finlay 0 1-3 1.
3 point Goals- Moreno 2, Riley 1, Lawson 1.
Syracuse 5 3 14 7 – 29
Elkhart 17 5 12 11 – 45
Yaya Moreno 14 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 3 steals
Kate Riley 5 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists
Brooklyn Lawson 5 points, 1 rebound
Kadee Thomeczek 4 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist, 2 steals
Ashlyn Finlay 1 point, 5 rebounds, 2 steals
Girls vs. Stanton Co
Moreno 2 3-5 7, Watson 0 0-0 6, Riley 1 2-5 4, Thomeczek 1 1-1 3, Lawson 1 0-0 2, Housholder 0 1-2 1.
3 point goals – Watson 2.
Syracuse 5 7 2 9 – 23
Stanton Co 10 10 10 15 –45
Yaya Moreno 7 points, 3 rebounds, 2 steals
Mallory Watson 6 points, 1 steal
Kate Riley 4 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal
Kadee Thomeczek 3 points, 4 rebounds, 1 blocked shot, 3 steals, 3 deflections
Brooklyn Lawson 2 points, 1 assist, 1 steal, 2 deflections
Alex Housholder 1 point, 2 rebounds
Boys vs. SWH
Keller 1 7-7 18, Mitchell 5 2-3 12, Plunkett 1 0-0 5, Brummett 1 0-0 5,
Leyva 1 1-2 3.
3 point goals – Keller 3, Plunkett 1, Brummett 1.
Syracuse 16 5 13 9 – 43
SWH 13 11 12 10 – 46
Kyler Keller led with the Bulldogs with 18 points, 2 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 charge taken.
Joe Mitchell added 12 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal.
Austin Plunkett had 5 points, 10 REBOUNDS, 3 assists, 2 charges taken.
Kolbey Brummett also had 5 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist.
Hugo Leyva had 3 points, 2 rebounds.
Boys vs. Sublette
Mitchell 6 4-7 19, Keller 5 1-2 17, Plunkett 6 2-2 14, Diaz 0 0-0 6, Leyva 0 2-2 5, Gould 1 1-2 3, Aguilar 1 0-0 2, Weis 1 0-0 2.
3 point goals - Keller 2, Diaz 2, Mitchell 1, Leyva 1.
Syracuse 24 7 22 15 – 68
Sublette 10 11 12 21 – 54
Joe Mitchell 19 points, 3 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 deflections
Kyler Keller 17 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals
Austin Plunkett 14 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 blocks, 1 steal, 1 deflection
Uriel Diaz 6 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block, 1 charge drawn
Hugo Leyva 5 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist, 1 steal
Jay Gould 3 points, 1 rebound, 1 steal, 1 deflection
Domanic Weis 2 points
Roy Aguilar 2 points
Junior High Boys Basketball A, B, and C teams travelled to Elkhart on Monday, November 21. The A team won 41-34, B team won 26-21, and C team lost to Elkhart 13-20. Head Coach Vance Keller said, “Elkhart was a tough win for both the A and B teams but both grinded... [More]
The Lady Bulldogs were undefeated during the Border Wars, defeating Eads on Friday, 42-7 and Walsh on Saturday 62-5, bringing their record to 3-1. But the winner wasn’t announced until Tuesday evening. Syracuse Athletic Director Josh Johnson explained, “It came down... [More]
Monday night at home at the Herndon Gym, the Junior High boys swept Lakin! Head coach Vance Keller said, “We’re a young team with only six eighth graders and 12 seventh graders. We’ve had six total that started the season with injuries so we haven’t had... [More]
Three Syracuse High School volleyball seniors were honored on Tuesday, October 5, during the volleyball tournament at Syracuse. Kaetlin Thomeczek, daughter of Joe and Dami Thomeczek has played volleyball since the third grade, playing with Syracuse Youth Activities Association... [More]
Head coach Steve Navarro said, “The coaching staff has really enjoyed working with this group of kids this year. They have been putting in hard work despite some less than stellar conditions for practice and meets. We are excited to see what they can do now that we are... [More]
Baseball: The Bulldogs faced the Goodland Cowboys at home on Thursday, April 8, losing game one, 2-22 and game two, 1-17. Head Coach Dustin Doze said the Bulldogs really struggled throwing strikes again and they had too many errors. We need to clean things up if we want to... [More]
One year ago, athletes and coaches were beginning practice for their spring sport, some practicing during spring break, others enjoying the break from school. Soon they found out their break was extended a week, some with great joy, others with apprehension. Then came the unfortunate... [More]
Substate began and ended quickly but these Varsity teams left it all out on the court. In heartbreaking last second baskets, our basketball season was over. The boys lost by two points in the last five seconds and the girls lost by three. A wrap up of the season will come in... [More]
How about that snow, huh? What a beautiful sight! I went sledding this weekend with my daughter, twice! On Sunday, the ground was wet, the snow glistened, and the sun shone without wind. So I went for an hour long walk with my daughter, friends, dogs, and cough drops,... [More]
I am writing this Wednesday morning. The ground is wet. There is mist in the air. And it is cool out. A perfect January morning with the forecast including chances of snow on Saturday. We are in the middle of basketball season. Varsity boys won the first round of... [More]
Last week I mentioned this year would probably be emotional. The first emotions of the year were awesome and then I got hit with the flu and COVID. So frustrating. But I kept hearing God say, “You are being led.” I started to speak gratitude in the midst... [More]
Welcome to 2023: A brand new year. Every year I take a moment to contemplate and reflect about the year ahead. Usually a word comes to mind. Achievement, peace, grace. This year the word that struck me was emotional. But, it wasn’t terrifying. It was more like the... [More]
This is it - the last issue of the year. If all goes according to plan, we are headed to our last sheep show of the year, the New Years Nationals in Oklahoma. We are not where we want to be with our sheep. As much as we tried, our sheep just didn’t get the amount... [More]
Merry Christmas! Does it feel like Christmas? As I am writing this, it is sunny, calm, and the high today is almost 50 degrees! Then tonight the blowing dust, the frigid temperatures, and high winds will come rolling in. I am praying some snow is with it as we need... [More]
It’s one week till Christmas. One. Wouldn’t it be awesome to have a white Christmas? Heavy wet snow falling that doesn’t stop all day. Living in a drought ridden area makes you appreciate every drop of water. Do you ever stop and think about... [More]
I am writing this Wednesday morning after spending yesterday at the courthouse listening to testimony about sexual abuse. Right after the newspaper goes to print, I am headed back to the courthouse to listen to a different trial about sexual abuse. It’s... [More]
On Saturday morning, a fire broke out in an apartment building just north of Q’s Corner Donut Shop, owned by Claudio Sulca. Sheriff Mike Wilson said, “The initial 911 call from individuals came in at 11:14 AM. When they arrived at the scene, there was smoke coming... [More]
Fifty-one years ago, a young man walked into the sale barn looking for work. Mike Miller was 12 years of age. And his career path was set. Terry DeVaughan of the Syracuse Commission Company said, “I have been there since 1977. As I remember, he graduated high school... [More]
Syracuse Elementary is pleased to welcome second grade teacher, Kim Erica Alilin. Alilin hoped to start last fall, but since she is from the Philippines, there were many hoops to jump through getting to the United States. According to elementary principal Liz Plunkett,... [More]
Anytime a new business in Syracuse opens, I am excited. It means someone believes Syracuse will thrive despite obstacles. There are just a few busineeses south of Highway 50 and even fewer south of the railroad tracks On Friday, December 30, Roadside Liquor will open... [More]
Due to extreme temperatures and high natural gas usage, Atmos Energy is urging customers to conserve natural gas usage during these extreme winter temperatures Atmos Energy Urges Residents to Reduce Energy Consumption During Severe Weather OLATHE, Kan. – Dec.... [More]
From the National Weather Service ..WIND CHILL WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 8 PM MST/WEDNESDAY TO 11 AM MST/ FRIDAY... .Dangerously cold wind chills expected. Wind chills as low as 45 below zero. * WHEN...From8 PM MST/ Wednesday to 11 AM MST/ Friday. * IMPACTS...Dangerously... [More]
Main Street was lined with people young and old anticipating the Annual City of Syracuse’s Parade of Lights Wednesday, December 7. While waiting, Dream First Bank, served three roasters of chili, inviting everyone to enjoy a warm bowl and follow up with hot chocolate... [More]
John Antonio Smith’s wife, Angela, walked out of the Hamilton County Courthouse on the afternoon of Tuesday, December 6th saying, “It’s not fair.” Tuesday morning John Smith appeared before Judge Wendel Wurst with his attorney Steve Cott requesting to... [More]
Stephanie Sue Westeman, 61, passed away Thursday, January 19, 2023 at High Plains Retirement Village in Lakin, Kansas. Stephanie was born January 10, 1962 at Bob Wilson Memorial Hospital in Ulysses, Kansas to J.C. and Donna Webb of Manter, Kansas. Stephanie graduated... [More]
A Memorial Service for Verna Aeschliman will be held at 10:30 a.m. MST, Saturday, January 28, 2023 at the Syracuse Wesleyan Church in Syracuse, Kansas with Pastor Ray Frank officiating. Inurnment will follow in the Coolidge Cemetery in Coolidge, Kansas. Verna Rae... [More]
Funeral Services for Dennis Cockroft will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, January 21, 2023 at Valley Memorial Funeral Chapel in Holly, Colorado with Pastor Kathy Leathers officiating. Interment will follow in the Holly Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Friday,... [More]
Mass of Christian Burial for Mary Melgosa will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 3, 2023, and Rosary at 9:30 a.m. at St. Frances of Rome Catholic Church in Holly, Colorado. Interment will follow in the Holly Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 1:00 p.m.... [More]
Rosa Nell (Squire) Lewis always known as “Nell” Nell was born in the family country home in Hamilton County Kansas on August 3, 1937, to Willie A. Squire and Rosa Jane (Fulton) Squire. She was named after her mother Rosa and her maternal grandmother Nellie Fulton.... [More]
Former resident Earlene Greene, age 82, of Lake Kickapoo, Texas passed away December 20, 2022 in a Wichita Falls hospital after a short illness. Bob and Earlene owned and operated Greene Funeral Home from 1979 to 1993. They moved from Syracuse to Bella Vista, Arkansas... [More]
Randolph (Randy) Scott Dunning Graveside services for Randy Dunning will be held at the Holly Cemetery in Holly, Colorado on Thursday, December 15, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Paul Floyd officiating. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 9:30 a.m. until 10:30... [More]
Lynn Verlin Fern Williams (Winslow) Funeral Services for Lynn Williams will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, December 16, 2022 at the Holly United Methodist Church in Holly, Colorado with Pastor Kathy Leathers officiating. Interment will follow in the Holly Cemetery. Per... [More]
©2023 The Syracuse Journal. Powered by Pluto Sites.