By RICK PETERSON
Washburn University women's basketball scored the second most points in program history Saturday afternoon at Lee Arena, rolling to a 117-27 win over Barclay College.
The 90 point win was also the second largest margin of victory in program history as well.
Washburn (5-1) won its fifth straight game, the longest running win streak in Lora Westling's two seasons at the Ichabod helm.
The Bears, who played the game as an exhibition, knocked down two baskets in the first 2:38 of the game to keep it at just a 6-4 Washburn advantage, but the Ichabods finished the first quarter on a 12-0 run with Aniah Wayne knocking down a pair of 3-pointers in that stretch.
Washburn started the second quarter eight of eight from the floor en route to a 38-point period, with the home squad hitting 14 of 18 overall and seven of 11 from 3-point range while holding Barclay to seven points in the quarter.
A 17-0 run in the middle of the quarter sparked by back-to-back triples by Mackenzie Gamble and Gabi Giovannetti spurred the burst as the Ichabods went into the locker room leading 64-15.
By RICK PETERSON
Washburn University's men's basketball team scored a whopping 98 points, including 25 from Ichabod standout Andrew Orr.
But Washburn's work on the defensive end might have been the biggest bright spot in Saturday afternoon's 98-50 non-conference romp past Avila at Lee Arena.
Washburn went into Saturday's game allowing 77.2 points per game, including 76 points in Tuesday's 97-76 win over Ottawa.
But Brett Ballard's 4-2 Ichabods wrapped up their non-conference slate with by far their stingiest defensive outing of the year, allowing 16 fewer points than they had in any of their previous five games.
"This team was similar to Ottawa and we knew that coming into today, so we knew that if we wanted to have the confidence that we needed to go play Emporia State (on Saturday), we needed to hold (Avila) to a very low number and 50 is a pretty low number in an entire basketball game,'' Orr said.
"At Washburn Ballard loves defense, so as long as we can keep our defensive pressure on, that's really what matters.''
By Todd Fertig
The Hayden football team ran into tough sledding against the Cheney Cardinals and fell 34-7 in the Wildcats’ bid for a 3A championship Saturday in Hutchinson.
With the Gowans Stadium field at Hutchinson Community College blanketed with several inches of snow, Hayden was unable to tap into its diverse bag of offensive tricks and failed to match the handful of big plays mustered by Cheney.
Hayden kept the game tight for three quarters, trailing just 13-7. But the Cardinals took command with three touchdowns in the fourth quarter to put the game away.
“It was just a tough day. We didn’t make the plays when we had our opportunities,” Hayden coach Bill Arnold said. “Cheney is a good team. I’m not going to take anything away from them whatsoever. They did a good job offensively, but at the same time, we missed some opportunities out there.
“It would have been nice if we could have utilized our speed a little bit more today. But it was tough getting your footing out here. The kids battled, but it just wasn’t our day.”
Hayden senior Finn Dunshee and junior Jensen Schrickel, track stars who provided explosive plays for the Wildcats all season, were both bogged down by the snow. Dunshee amassed just 55 total yards on 16 touches while Schrickel was limited to 27 yards on seven touches.
“Any advantage of speed that we had, we lost,” Dunshee said. “It really leveled the playing field. Our line is a lot smaller than (Cheney’s) and they are a great team. We were both dealing with (the snow), so you can’t just blame it on that.”
By RICK PETERSON
Hayden boys basketball coach Trey Brown has yet to see his entire Wildcat team for preseason practice.
But while Brown could use that practice time to get ready for his first season at Hayden, it's a situation that he would be happy to deal with each and every year.
And when Brown does get his full team in the gym, probably early next week, he's counting on the Wildcats coming in with a great mindset after their run to the Class 3A state championship game in football.
"I'd probably say about 75 percent of our guys are still in football, which is a good thing at the end of the day,'' said Brown, a former multi-sport athlete himself at Shawnee Heights. "I know they've got a big senior class and a lot of those guys play basketball so just getting to experience the run in football that they've had and all of that, I think it will just bring them closer together for basketball and it will be the same thing, that they'll expect to win and compete at a high level.''
By RICK PETERSON
Football coaches are always quick to preach the next-man-up philosophy to their teams while hoping they rarely have to use it.
But due to a rash of key injuries, Hayden coach Bill Arnold and his staff have had to rely on that next man up time and time and time again this fall, and it's a major reason why the Wildcats will take a perfect 12-0 record into Saturday's 12 p.m. Class 3A state championship game against 12-0 Cheney at Hutchinson's Gowans Stadium.
"I would classify this group as very resilient,'' Hayden coach Bill Arnold said. "They've really bought into the next-guy-up mentality.
"We didn't really change a lot of guys' positioning. It was just the next guy that was on the depth chart was the one that stepped in and everybody just kind of pulled together and played.''
Hayden played without star senior running back Finn Dunshee for a full five games while the Wildcats also lost senior lineman Doug Peterson, senior receiver/defensive back Cooper Colboch and starting junior quarterback Jett Wahlmeier and sophomore linebacker Jackson McGivern missed the entire season.
But in the wake of the injuries, Arnold said the Wildcats did a great job of coming together and continuing to get the job done.
"They've just been real resilient in terms of coming to work every day and getting better,'' Arnold said.