EnglishSpanish

Junior High Bulldog Basketball

thumbthumb

The Syracuse Jr. High basketball season has come to end following the High Plains League Tournament last Saturday.

And what a season it was.

It began when Head coach Jeff Mathias resigned from basketball due to his wife Tori’s health concerns.

“The kids love Jeff and respect him. So when choosing the design for the front of the shooting shirts, Brody, Jesmar, Freddy and Noah came to us and wanted the shirts to be pink and put “Team Mathias” on the front,” said Keller. “This was really neat that these eighth grade boys had maturity enough and thoughtfulness to do something like this,” said Assistant Coach Cameron Coleman. 

Cameron recalls his team doing something similar when he was a senior. Jeff was the varsity head coach when Tori was diagnosed with breast cancer. During the half time shooting, the team unexpectedly went back to the locker room, leaving Jeff a little irritated, wondering where they went. They returned and Jeff started yelling, what are you doing? “I pulled at my shirt so he could read it, hit my chest and pointed at him and he lost it, it was one of the coolest experiences.”

And then COVID.

The boys and girls coaches all agree COVID has been their biggest challenge this year. Girls Head Coach Victoria Gonzalez said, “I don’t think I could name a bigger challenge than COVID, but I feel since we made it through COVID, we can make it through anything!” Assistant Coach Kayla Harkness said, “We did miss a couple of games due to quarantine and KSHSAA regulations but were fortunate as a team to keep going and continue to work on our game.”

Keller recalls after two and a half weeks of practice, the coaches and all the guys were quarantined missing the first five games when one of the players, his son, tested positive for COVID.

They appreciated Jordan Wahlmeier and Tregg Thomeczek, filling in while Keller was quarantined.

The season was filled with struggles and more practices than they could imagine without many games.

“It was hard to keep them focused with 49 practices and ten games,” said Keller.

The girls A team consisted of six players, finishing third defeating Sublette 17-16. Leading up to Saturday’s final round, they defeated Stanton County on Wednesday. “This was a big game because we lost to this team twice in the regular season,” said Gonzalez. 

The next day, losing to Lakin, they knew the girls were exhausted from the day before, “Lakin was fast and it was too hard to keep up with them,” said Gonzalez. 

The final round on Saturday against Sublette, was a strange game according to Gonzalez. “We were losing at half time 2-5 and I knew from the start this would be a defensive game!” She was glad their shots started to fall in the second half. “I always stressed to the players how important free throws are, and we finished the game playing the hardest defense of our lives to take the win,” she added.

The Girls B team also had six players. Coach Harkness said, “We had a bye in the first round so Thursday we faced Lakin who is a very tough team!”  She knew they had to take care of the ball and break the press. “We took that challenge and handled ourselves very well, unfortunately, we did not come out on top because Lakin put us on the line early in the game but we were unable to capitalize on those free throws, missing 18, losing 23-32.”

The B girls faced Southwest Heights in the consolation bracket. Harkness felt they did a great job scoring early in the game, but in third quarter, SWH started to press and utilized their “big” girls inside. Harkness said, “We played tough defense with no fouls, getting some shots.” Gonzalez added, “We won in the last second with a three-point shot in the corner from Peyton Ochs!”  Harkness said that was one of her most memorable moments.

Harkness said, “The most rewarding part of coaching junior high is their spirit and willingness to work hard and not question it, but they put their nose down and grind.”

Girls A Team vs Sublette

Thomeczek 2 3-4 7, Riley 2 2-7 6, Pena 0 1-2 4.

3 point goals – Pena 1.

Syracuse  2    0    7    8 – 17

Sublette   3    2    7    4 – 16

Kimber Thomeczek 7 points, 4 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 assist.

Addy Riley 6 points, 6 rebounds, 2 steals, 5 blocks.

Emily Pena 4 points, 2 rebounds, 1 steal.

Magali Diaz 3 rebounds.

Kayda Garcia 2 rebounds, 1 steal.

Girls B Team SWH

Ochs 3 0-0 9, Berzoza 2 2-4 6, Montes 1 2-4 4, Alcantar 1 0-0 2, Worsley 1 0-0 2.

3 point goals – Ochs 1.

Syracuse  4    10    3    6 – 23

SWH         2      2    5   12 – 21

Peyton Ochs 9 points, 2 rebounds, 2 steals.

Makayla Berzoza 6 points, 2 rebounds, 1 steal, 1 assist.

Brisa Montes 4 points, 3 rebounds, 1 steal.

Denise Alcantar 2 points, 2 rebounds, 1 steal, 2 assists.

JaKenzee Worsley 2 points, 2 rebounds, 1 steal.

Rebekah Lampe 2 rebounds.

 


BOYS

One of their highlights leading up to the tournament was facing Johnson who was undefeated. “We were averaging 20 turnovers, but we had some talks, made some changes and beat Johnson, with only six turnovers!” said Keller. 

In the opening round of the tournament on Wednesday, the A team boys defeated Southwestern Heights 46-21, B team boys also defeated SWH, 30-18.

Thursday, the A team faced Sublette, winning 35-32. Cam said,” The B team played the best they had all season, winning 46-21!”

Playing at home on Saturday, the A team lost to Lakin, 31-47 for the runner up HPL Champions.   

The B team defeated Elkhart, 30-17 for the HPL Championship.

In the last few minutes of play in the second quarter, Coleman explained, Mason Scott hit a big three and then had a good pass to Alex Phillips, putting up five quick points to tie the game! With one minute go, Johnny Tevelde comes down and hits a three-point shot. Then with five seconds to go, Mason Scott dribbles down, sees Tevelde open on the wing, throws it and Tevelde hits one putting us up by 15-9!  The third quarter was low scoring, but the fourth quarter, “The Bulldogs came out on fire!” said Coleman, winning 30-17. 

Coleman and Keller both enjoyed the season and look forward to coaching together next year. They will, however, lose 17 eighth graders.

Boys A Team vs Lakin

Morales 4 2-2 10, Molina 2 0-0 7, A. Leyva 1 0-0 5, B. Leyva 2 0-0 4, Garcia 0 0-0 3, Vazquez 1 0-0 2.

3 point Goals – Garcia 1, A. Leyva 1, Molina 1.

Syracuse  4    12    8    7 – 31

Lakin        7    12   18  10 – 47

Jorge Morales 10 points, 2 rebounds, 1 steal.

Jesmer Molina 7 points, 2 rebounds, 3 steals, 1 assist.

Alvaro Leyva 5 points, 1 rebound, 1 steal, 1 deflection.

Brayan Leyva 4 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist.

Noah Garcia 3 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 deflection.

Freddy Vazquez 2 points,2 steals, 1 block.

Brody Keller 4 rebounds, 1 steal, 1 charge drawn.

Julian Rosales 1 charge drawn.

 


Boys B Team VS Elkhart

Phillips 6 2-2 14, Scott 1 0-1 8, TeVelde 0 0-0 6, Guiterrez 1 0-0 2.

3 point goals – Scott 2, TeVelde 2.

Syracuse  4   11   2   13 – 30

Elkhart     6     3    6    2 – 17

Alex Phillips 14 points, 15 rebounds, 3 steals, 3 blocks.

Mason Scott 8 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist.

Johnny TeVelde 6 points, 1 rebound, 3 steals.

Felipe Guiterrez 2 points, 4 rebounds.

Brandon Thompson 2 rebounds, 1 steal, 1 assist.

Alan Barraza 2 rebouns, 2 steals.

 

SPORTS

thumb

SUBSTATE HEARTACHE

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]

thumb

HEADING TO SUBSTATE

The SHS Bulldogs faced the 4-A Holcomb Longhorns for the final home game of the season, with the varsity teams unable to win. The boys will be the number three seed in first sub state match up at home, Monday, March 1, against the number 6 seed, Stanton County. This will be the... [More]

thumb

BOYS TAKE THIRD IN HPL TOURNEY

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... [More]

thumb

HIGH PLAINS LEAGUE TOURNEY BEGINS

Syracuse High School varsity basketball teams began the High Plain League Tournament this week. The Monday Tuesday games were hosted by Stanton County and the Thursday, Friday Saturday games will be in Syracuse.  According to Athletics Director, Dan Delgado, this is the... [More]

thumb

UNDEFEATED 8-0 BOYS VARSITY BASKETBALL TEAM MEETS RIVAL LAKIN THIS FRIDAY NIGHT

The Syracuse High School boys varsity basketball team is having a record year!  With Tuesday night’s 58-22 win against Moscow, the Bulldogs have secured the number two seed in the upcoming High Plains League Tournament (HPL) held at Syracuse January 11, 12, 14, 15... [More]

thumb

V and JV Bulldogs Sweep Wichita County

The SHS Bulldogs basketball teams travelled to Leoti on Tuesday, December 22 to face the Wichita County Indians for the final game of 2020. The Bulldogs junior varsity and varsity teams all came home with a win heading into the holiday break. The boys C-team came up four points... [More]

thumb

County Wars Tournament Winners

In the first round of County Wars,  Bulldogs were led in scoring by Kyler Keller with 18 points.  Plunkett had 17 points, Mitchell added 7, Leyva 6, Diaz 4, Gould 2. Syracuse 54 – Keller 5 8-10 10, Plunkett 5 4-4 10, Mitchell 3 1-1 6, Leyva 3 0-0 6, Diaz 2... [More]

thumb

Bulldogs Travel to Goodland

The Syracuse Bulldogs basketball teams and cheerleaders travelled to Goodland on Friday, December 4 to compete in the opening season game against the Goodland Cowgirls and Cowboys at the Max L. Jones Fieldhouse on the Northwest Tech campus.  Walking into the gymnasium... [More]

More Sports


OPINIONS

The Ring Is Getting Stronger

Last weekend, my husband had me watch the Lord of the Rings movies. I won’t lie, I fell asleep through some of it and couldn’t understand what they were saying in other parts. But two pieces stick out to me. The first one is “lembas.” It is elvish bread... [More]

HARD TIMES

I was home sick this weekend with a bad cold. I read a book about the Dust Bowl days - The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah. It was a fictional account of a family who did everything they could and it never got better. The dust kept coming for years. They left for California and... [More]

Dedicated to the Farmer and Rancher

I can’t believe how quickly my perspective can change. As I write this it’s ten degrees and sunny outside. And it is the most incredible beautiful day.  Just a few weeks ago, 10 degrees would have been ridiculously cold.  But the extreme cold snap with wind... [More]

The Whole Story

Do you ever long for a complete story, not just the one side people are trying to push you toward? Most issues have many facets. An example is guns. Somewhere a gun is protecting someone. At the same time someone is being oppressed or held against their will by the intimidation... [More]

INVESTING IN US

When I think of news anymore I think of quick sound bytes that don’t really tell a story. They are fast tiny tidbits usually biased in one direction or the other.  “Breaking news! Fire! President’s Executive Orders!” Nothing seems to go deeper.... [More]

Where does your hope come from?

Where does your hope come from? We are in a severe drought. Dirt blowing and hope for our crops is almost none. Dry land farming is difficult and can leave you hopeless. The irony is we live in the Bible Belt yet so many lose their faith so quickly. Have you heard the joke... [More]

Can't Get There From Here

I am writing this as President Biden is being sworn in. Yes I am past my deadline. And I have so much I would like to say but a short space to say it.  What is the state of our country? I don’t think we are at unity. When the ball on a pendulum is lifted and swung... [More]

Inspiration, Travel And A Good Laugh

Since I bought The Syracuse Journal I have wanted an outdoor piano for in front of the office. It looks like I am getting my wish. They are tearing down an old house and this cool 1950s piano will be destroyed if someone doesn’t take it. I am so excited to paint it and... [More]

More Opinions

NEWS

thumb

Local Love's Brings Home Multiple Awards

2020 may be remembered for the challenges brought upon the world. But our response to them is what defines us. And our local Loves Convenience store rose to the occasion as they won severeal awards. Last week, they received the Exceptional Customer Service Award for the year... [More]

WHEATLAND ELECTRIC VOTES TO SPREAD ADDITIONAL COSTS OVER 12 MONTH PERIOD

The Wheatland Electric Cooperative, Inc. Board of Trustees voted on Tuesday, February 23, 2021, to spread any additional costs from the recent unprecedented winter weather event evenly over a 12-month time period. Wheatland would like to ensure our members that we will continue... [More]

THE COST OF ENERGY

It’s on everyones minds. What’s happening with our gas and electric prices?  Now that we are past the extreme temperatures and possible rolling blackouts, news stories from Texas have poured out with $2000 to $9000 electric bills.  Governor Kelly,  US... [More]

Wheatland Electric Addresses Bill Impacts During Unprecedented Energy Crisis

SCOTT CITY– Wheatland Electric Cooperative, Inc. would like to prepare members for an upcoming higher electricity bill due to the unprecedented, region-wide energy crisis the week of February 13-18.   February’s history-making temperatures led to history-making... [More]

Wheatland Electric Addresses Bill Impacts During Unprecedented Energy Crisis

  SCOTT CITY– Wheatland Electric Cooperative, Inc. would like to prepare members for an upcoming higher electricity bill due to the unprecedented, region-wide energy crisis the week of February 13-18.   February’s history-making temperatures led to history-making... [More]

Wheatland Electric Thanks Our Members for Conservation During Unprecedented Energy Crisis

SCOTT CITY–Wheatland Electric Cooperative, Inc. would like to extend a sincere “thank you” to our members for their efforts in conserving energy during the unprecedented, region-wide energy crisis.  On February 15, 2021, Wheatland Electric was made aware... [More]

thumb

EXTREME COLD SPELL PUTS COUNTY ON EDGE

Record breaking temperatures descended upon Hamilton County last weekend.  Livestock producers hurriedly prepared as best they could but no one was prepared for temperatures like -20 degrees and with the wind chill, -35 degrees. Emergency Management was in touch with... [More]

Governor Laura Kelly Urges Kansans to do Their Part, Continue to Conserve Energy  

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly continues to urge Kansans to do their part and conserve energy to help ensure a continued supply of natural gas and electricity throughout the state. "Kansans are known for pulling together and taking care of our neighbors," Governor Kelly... [More]

More News

OBITUARIES

Geraldine Anita (Farrar) McFadden

  Geraldine Anita (Farrar) McFadden, age 91, passed away into the loving arms of the Lord in Temple, Texas on Tuesday, February 23, 2021. She was born on July 15, 1929 in Johnson, Kansas, the daughter of Everett and Alice Farrar.  Jerry, as she was known to most,... [More]

Tori Tarine (Cox) Mathias

Tori Tarine (Cox) Mathias passed away on Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at the age of 38, at her home, in Syracuse, Kansas. She was born on July 8, 1982 in Tribune, Kansas the daughter of Michael Lee Cox and Stacey Lynnette (Koehn) Cox. Tori began her life in Tribune, and grew up... [More]

thumb

Christie “J.R.” Raymond Bamberger

  It was in Larned, KS, on December 19, 1945, Christie Raymond Bamberger, Jr. joined Chris and Thelma (Henderson) Bamberger, and their other three children, Linda, Shirley and Denny. From the hospital, he was spirited away to the family’s farm northeast of Jetmore.... [More]

Kathy Lynn Trask

Mass of Christian Burial for Kathy Trask will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 18, 2021 at the St. Frances of Rome Catholic Church in Holly, Colorado with Father Steven Murray as celebrant.  Recitation of the Rosary will begin at 12:30 p.m.  Interment will... [More]

thumb

James William Frantz

James William Frantz December 15, 1939 - February 7, 2021 James William Frantz was born December 15, 1939, the eldest son of Lucretia Anawalt and Frank Frantz, Jr., in Dodge City, Kansas. Jim graduated from Dodge City High School in 1958 and later attended Dodge City Junior... [More]

Crystal Lynn (Saiz) Hernandez

Crystal Lynn (Saiz) Hernandez passed away on Friday, February 5, 2021 at the age of 40, at her home, in Lakin, Kansas. She was born on July 17, 1980 in Garden City, Kansas the daughter of Damian Saiz and Eloisa (Urteaga) Oropeza. Crystal began her life in Garden City, and attended... [More]

Dorothy Jane (Myers) Moser

Dorothy Jane (Myers) Moser passed away on Monday, January 25, 2021 at the age of 84, at the Hamilton County ISB, in Syracuse, Kansas. She was born on June 17, 1936 in Richwood, New Jersey the daughter of Howard Myers and Ethel (Bates) Myers. Jane began her life in Richwood,... [More]

Dale Franklin “Beans” Lynam

Dale Franklin “Beans” Lynam, age 60, passed away at the Hamilton County Hospital in Syracuse, Kansas on Monday, January 18, 2021. He was born on July 1, 1960 in Syracuse, Kansas, the son of O.L. Lynam and Zelma (Puckett) Lynam. Memorial Services will be held at... [More]

More Obituaries

View All Obituaries