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 news soon after that their season was cancelled due to COVID.
Today, athletes and coaches are excited about the upcoming season, but know the off season has been a long two years for them.
The jr. high track team of 45 students is coached by Steve McAllister and assisted by Megan Pope and Trudi Rash. They are preparing for their first meet in Johnson on April 1.
Coaching the 40 high school students is head coach Steve Navaro, coaching middle and long-distance runners. assistant Tregg Thomeczek, throwers, Jared Eddy, coaches sprinters and jumpers.
“We’re excited for the season and preparing for the unexpected because we have not competed for two years,” said Coach Navaro.
High school baseball is coached by Dustin Doze and assisted by Mark McNown and their 18-player team has 9 seniors. “We are a very inexperienced team, but we have a lot of potential,” said Doze. He knows pitching will the key to their success and the team will be led by Gunner Upson and Uriel Diaz in their pitching rotation. Their first game is March 29 at Lakin.
The high school golf team coached by Rick Mathias and assisted by Paul Zuzelski, has nine members with eight returning, three of which are seniors. Mathias, knowing they lost a year, is counting on his seniors, Austin Plunkett, Ryan Thompson and Braydon Wilson to be their foundation. “We will be leaning heavy on them,” said Mathias.
“This is a much-anticipated season and we are excited to get caught up after losing a year,” said Mathias. He appreciated Zulzelski’s expertise during practice, helping the guys with their swing. “They respond well to his help.”
The team will be missing an important part this year, their former assistant and Rick’s son, Jeff who resigned earlier as assistant due to his wife, Tori’s declining health.
Although Tori lost her battle to cancer, the senior boys wished to pay their respects to Jeff and Tori, choosing pink as the color for their tournament shirts. Rick allows the seniors to choose their tournament shirts and when he learned they were pink, his response was, “What? Pink?” He soon learned the meaning behind the color was respect for Jeff and Tori and was proud of his guys for honoring them in this way.
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]
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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... [More]
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Longmont, Colorado-Martha Elizabeth Kratz passed awaypeacefully in her sleep, April 15,2022 at her home in Longmont. She was born September 6, 1942 in Limon, Colorado to Walter B. Ottem and Ruth K. (Thistlewood) Ottem. She attended elementary schools at Limon,... [More]
Capt. Leroy A. Farr, USN, Ret On Friday, April 8, 2022, Leroy Allen Farr, loving husband and devoted father, went to be with his Lord and Savior. Leroy was born on September 23, 1945, in Syracuse, KS to William Sheldon and Thelma Benedict Farr. He received his undergraduate... [More]
Ty Frank Fullmer, 36, passed into eternal life in a tragic car accident on March 24th, 2022. Syracuse was his home for the past 9 years as he served as the Chief Operations Manager at Fullmer Cattle Company. Ty was the 7th child of 10 born to Que and Debora Fullmer. Ty’s... [More]
Rick Allen Hayes, age 66, of Syracuse, Kansas, died March 27, 2022, at Stanton County Hospital in Johnson. He was born on November 26, 1955, in Wichita, Kansas, the son of William Allen and Betty Lou (Jobe) Hayes. Rick grew up in Manter and Johnson. After... [More]
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