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.
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]
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]
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]
Jesus fasted for 40 days and 40 nights and I can’t get through a five minute conversation without getting irritated. I am laughing - sort of, about this, because in the past few weeks I have had people contact me saying that they “knew I would understand.”... [More]
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I woke up Tuesday from a good night’s sleep and excited for the day to begin. Since I am not a morning person, this was a nice change. I showered, dressed, and went with my daughter to help her with morning chores at the barn. Since it hadn’t rained I... [More]
I am writing this on International Women’s Day. I think about how far women have come but I also love that Syracuse has always had women at the forefront. The first all female Syracuse City Council was in 1887. We have had women mayors, sheriffs, judges, and farm... [More]
I am writing this on a beautiful Wednesday morning, the first day of March. Snow in the forecast for today, Thursday. As I write this it looks like a 70% chance of 1 to 2 inches and breezy. I am always grateful for the moisture but I would be ok with some long,... [More]
I am newspapered out. Is that a word? Certain times of life we are all go no quit, sacrificing self care for what needs done. On the most beautiful day of the year so far, I had to turn down a walk, give up a healthcare appointment, and watch as many others had those... [More]
Watching the news can be terrifying. Locally, there was an awful car wreck. Nationally, a train derailment causing hazardous chemicals to flow into rivers and release toxins in the air that could affect a large part of the US. Shootings, suicides, overdoses, and war. The world... [More]
I heard a quote from an actor Danny Trejo. If you don’t know him, he had a tough past ended up on drugs and in prison. But that wasn’t the end of his story. While in prison, he found faith, got sober, and cleaned up his life. I admire Trejo for his authenticity... [More]
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It was one year ago when Ty Fullmer and Adriana Zapata-Munoz lost their lives in a fatal wreck on Highway 27. On Tuesday morning several first responders gathered together to accept donations from Fullmer Cattle Company. Fullmer Cattle donated $10,000 in memory of Ty Fullmer... [More]
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Hamilton County Hospital is proud to announce the lab recently underwent a CLIA (Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendment) survey and received zero deficiencies. Hospital administrator, Kelly Hatcher said, “This is a huge win for us, we have struggled for over a year with... [More]
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Fullmer Cattle Company has applied for a permit from KDHE regarding their confined animal feeding facility. The KDHE is intending to renew or issue a Kansas Water Pollution Control Permit or National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Permit. If you would like to comment... [More]
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Nathan “Nate” Hobson, 45, of Rose Hill, died Saturday, March 25, 2023. Celebration of Life will be at 1:00 pm, Friday, March 31, 2023, at Rose Hill Christian Church. Nate was raised in Syracuse, KS and moved to Wichita in 2005. Throughout his career he was a funeral... [More]
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A celebration of a life well lived and so deeply loved for Rose Marie Vana, will be held on Saturday, March 11, 2023 at 2:00 PM at Valley Memorial Funeral Chapel in Holly, CO. Pastor Mike Lewis will officiate. Rose’s final resting place will be in Walsenburg, CO with her... [More]
Brayan Leyva-Montes, 16, passed away Sunday, February 12, 2023 due to injuries from an auto accident near Liberal, Kansas. Brayan was born on August 24, 2006 in Garden City, Kansas the son of Otoniel Leyva and Veronica Leyva-Montes. Brayan spent his entire life living in... [More]
Kathleen Elaine “Kathy” Weckerly passed away at her home in Manhattan, Kansas on Saturday, February 18, 2023 at the age of 67. She was born November 24, 1955 at Donahue Memorial Hospital in Syracuse, KS. She was the daughter of Gene and Eloise (Hughes)... [More]
Funeral services for Beverly Pollart will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, February 18, 2023 at Valley Memorial Funeral Chapel in Holly, Colorado with interment to follow in the Holly Cemetery. Deacon Allan Medina will be presiding. Recitation of the Rosary will be held prior... [More]
Leopoldo Penaran Huerta, 66, passed away Wednesday, February 9, 2023 at his home in Coolidge, Kansas. Leopoldo was born November 9, 1956 in Urireo Guanajuato, Mexico the son of Salud Penaran Huerta & Maria Piedad Salinas. During his childhood years he worked with his... [More]
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