Basketball teams host alumni games

posted Nov 17, 2017, 9:53 AM by Clarissa Snow

On Friday, Nov. 24, Conway Springs will hold an alumni game for both boys and girls basketball. The alumni games have been going on for almost 10 years. The alumni game helps the players get a feel of playing another team and being on the court before the first game.

“I am very excited,” sophomore Joshua Koester said. “It will give us a good look on how we will do during the season.”

The night will start with a girls intra-squad scrimmage between the JV and freshman/sophomore teams at 5. The varsity girls will scrimmage against former players of the basketball team at 6. The boys intra-squad scrimmage will begin at 7 and the boys varsity vs. alumni will begin at 7:45. A “young alumni vs. more experienced alumni” game will be at 8:30.

“It's good to see old teammates and play against them,” senior Shannon Drouhard said.

The girls are coached by head coach Pat Carl and assistant coach Justin Regehr. The boys are coached by head coach Paul Lange and assistant coach Craig Frederick.

“It's nice to see good competition and see former players play,” Coach Regehr said.

The alumni game is a good opportunity for coaches to get a look at the players and the skills they have.

“It's an opportunity for us to face competition for the first time and play against somebody,” Coach Frederick said.





Girls and Boys BB

Alumni Games

Nov. 24

CSHS Gymnasium

Lady Cardinals prepare for the season

posted Nov 13, 2017, 9:50 AM by Makenna Beesley

As tennis and volleyball seasons are wrapped up, the girls’ basketball season is gearing up. The first practice was Nov. 13. There are 18 girls competing this year, with three seniors: Sabrina Bellar, Shannon Drouhard, and Lacey Pauly. Despite the small numbers, a significant amount of players are returning varsity or JV.

“I am really looking forward to this season,” head coach Pat Carl said. “We have a lot of experience back, and I’m excited to see the contributions our younger players can bring to the team.”

This summer, Coach Carl, along with assistants Justin Regehr and Ryan King had the team get some extra time in with summer league basketball. Larger schools like Goddard and Maize were competitors.

“The competition really should help us as we enter the always tough CPL and Sub-State,” Coach Carl said, “especially since we could be facing Kingman and Hesston.”

The team also prepared for the season by attending a team camp this summer in Hutchinson. The Lady Cards beat Hutch, Salina South, Halstead, Nickerson, and Haven, but they lost to 5A team KC Harmon.

“I think summer league helped a lot,” junior Makenzie Curry said. “It let us see what we could do and that we work well together before the actual season started.”

After ending last year’s season on a loss from Cheney, the girls are ready to compete this season.

“I’m very excited to be on the court with my team,” Pauly said. “I’m ready to make senior year memorable--I think we have a good chance of being being league champs and going to state.”

The first basketball game is on Dec. 1 at Conway Springs against Independent.





Lady Cardinals

Basketball game

Dec. 1


Band and Dance perform in costume

posted Nov 8, 2017, 10:00 AM by Clarissa Snow   [ updated Nov 8, 2017, 10:02 AM ]

On Halloween, the Conway Springs Cardinal Pep Club, the band and the dance team all dressed up in their costumes to cheer on the football team as playoffs began. Junior dance team member Leah Reep dressed up as Velma from Scooby Doo. “The Halloween dance was really fun - I loved it,” she said.

Band and Dance team 10-31

Varsity fights at sub-state

posted Oct 30, 2017, 10:01 AM by Karley Mooneyham

Volleyball competed at sub-state on Oct. 21 at 3 p.m. at Kingman High School. They played no. 3 seeded Douglass the first round and won in two sets; the first set was 29-27 and the second was 25-14.

“Beating Douglass was an awesome way to start the day, and it felt great to beat them,” senior Abby Heimerman said. I was really excited to be able to keep playing.”

The second round was against no. 2 seeded Cheney immediately following. They played two sets but lost. The score was 25-17 the first set, and the second set it was 25-16.

“Our attitudes were really positive at the beginning, and then once we made mistakes we started to get angry. We didn’t play as well as we did against Douglass, but overall we played decently,” junior Kayla Koester said.

The girls ended the season with a record of 15-19 overall.

“My expectations were that we would do good as long as everyone had good attitudes and were on top of things. As long as we played like we practiced we would do fine, and (I expected) that we could definitely make it past the first match,” sophomore Madison Pauly said.

CSHS maintains perfect record

posted Oct 30, 2017, 9:39 AM by Amanda Smith   [ updated Nov 1, 2017, 9:48 AM by Makenna Beesley ]

Football vs. Cheney 10-20

Photos by Makenna Beesley

In their second district game on Oct. 20, the Conway Springs football team took on the previously undefeated Cheney Cardinals. CSHS shut out their opponent for the fourth time this season with a score of 41-0, putting up 454 total yards that all came from a strong run game.

“We got knocked out [of playoff contention] last year, so we wanted redemption this year,” senior quarterback Colton Terhune said.

Terhune and senior running back Trenton Jones led the Cardinal offense with a combined 342 yards and five touchdowns. Jones has racked up more than 1600 yards this year with an average of 16 yards per carry and has found the endzone 24 times. Terhune is close behind with 17 touchdowns and an average of nearly 12 yards per carry.

“We expected a lot of passes, but they went more to their running back,” junior middle linebacker Aaron May said. “I didn’t expect to shut them out, but we did.”

May led the Cardinals’ dominant defense, recording six solo tackles. Defensive ends junior Daniel Becker and senior Matthew Lange put pressure on the offense, creating three total sacks. Lange also had two tackles that resulted in a loss of yards.

“It’s going to be a challenge, but we expect to overcome adversity and win games,” senior and captain wide receiver Chase Blaine said.

The win over Cheney clinched a playoff berth for the Conway Cardinals. Their first playoff game will take place at CSHS on Oct. 31 against Wichita Independent.

Another one bites the dust

posted Oct 18, 2017, 10:02 AM by Makenna Beesley   [ updated Oct 18, 2017, 10:07 AM by Adyson Koster ]

Tennis Girls Succeed at Regionals - Adyson Koster

The tennis girls represented Conway Springs High School in Regional Tennis on Oct 7.  It took place in South Barber, Kan., as an all-day event.

Senior Sabrina Bellar and junior Molly Schmanke competed in singles, and senior Jera Wolke and sophomore Kara Koester, and junior Leslie Mies and sophomore Karlee Osner in doubles.

“It was really exciting that we did so well at Regionals and [went] to state,” Osner said.

All the girls who competed in regionals qualified for state tennis that will take place near Kansas City on Oct. 13-14.

“Regionals went really well, and I [was] excited for state,” Mies said.

Seven teams competed in the regional tournament, and the winners of the tournament  went on to face the winners of other tournaments.

“The competition was the same this year. Everyone has to go out and play well, and I think we all played good,” Bellar said.

The girls’ tennis team took a trip up to Prairie Village, Kansas City to compete in the state tennis meet. The team took third, and all six girls placed.

Photo courtesy of Jerica Bell

Another one bites the dust at state--Makenna Beesley

As the tennis season came to an end, seniors Sabrina Bellar and Jera Wolke; juniors Leslie Mies and Molly Schmanke; and sophomores Kara Koester and Karlee Osner competed in the state meet in Prairie Village, near Kansas City. Bellar and Schmanke competed in singles, and Koester and Wolke and Mies and Osner competed in doubles.

“I think we played really well,” Koester said. “We are the first team [from CSHS] where everyone placed at state, so that was good.”

The team left Oct. 12 after a send-off during school and competed Oct. 13-14. Bellar placed third, Koester and Wolke placed fourth, Mies and Osner placed ninth, and Schmanke placed eleventh. The team ended the season third overall.

“I think we all played really hard and competed well,” Bellar said. “I’m proud of how our team did. I’m kind of sad it’s over, but I have a lot of good memories.”

Out of the past 27 years, CSHS has had girls go to state 26 times.

“I think everyone played well in the hunt,” head coach Chris Bellar said. “Everyone set goals at the beginning of the season, and they all either accomplished them or exceeded them. Getting a state trophy is definitely an accomplishment too.”

Senior volleyball players compete in last home game

posted Oct 18, 2017, 10:00 AM by Rachel Ward

As the volleyball season comes to an end, the community celebrated senior night at the last home game. Seniors Makenna Beesley, Kenzie Biehler, Shannon Drouhard, Abagail Heimerman, Lacey Pauly and Amanda Smith played hard in their games against Medicine Lodge and Chaparral, defeating both teams. “Our last home game was sad, but also we were glad because we played well on our last home game,” Beesley said. The team plays in Kingman on Oct. 21 for the sub-state tournament.

Volleyball Senior Night 10-10

JV competes in final tourney

posted Oct 16, 2017, 9:53 AM by Amanda Smith

    For their third and last tournament of the season, the JV volleyball team traveled to Chaparral High School Oct. 7. They came home with a win-loss record of 1-2.

They played their first game at 10 a.m. against Andale. Although both matches were hard fought, they came up short in two, with scores of 19-25 and 20-25.

“”None of us were pepped up, and we were all kind of slow,” junior Audrey Doffing said.

The Cardinals took on the Wellington Crusaders in their second game, and once again had small point deficits but could not come out with the win. The final scores were 23-25 and 22-25.

“We have our high points at times, and we play really well,” junior Maddie Koester said, “but when we are off, we just play really bad.”

After two tough losses, the lady Cardinals were able to bounce back in their third game to defeat Kingman, 25-20 and 25-18.

“We went in the locker room and talked about what we needed to fix,” freshman Lizzy Curry said. “Our attitudes changed, and we came out with a lot of energy.”

JV’s final games of the season are Oct. 17 at Trinity. Curry said she believes that throughout the season, the team has improved in multiple areas.

“We’ve became a lot closer as a team,” she said, “and that helps a lot when it comes to playing.”

Conways Springs defeats Mulvane at home

posted Oct 11, 2017, 9:59 AM by Travis Willson

The football team defeated Mulvane on Oct. 6 in a long-anticipated game at Conway’s home field. “I think we did a lot better than expected,” senior co-captain Colton Terhune said. “We played real good and had some very focused practices to prepare for it.”

Football vs Mulvane 10-6

Cardinals set program record of points scored

posted Sep 12, 2017, 10:11 AM by Alivia Lange

As the stands filled on Sept. 1, the football team warmed up to play their first game against Belle Plaine. Kickoff was at 7 p.m., and Conway started off strong and at halftime was up 66-12.

After the starters were pulled in the third quarter, the Cardinals’ backups scored a total of three more times. Head coach Matt Biehler said it wasn’t intentional and that the points were scored from more than 30 yards from the end zone.

“It was a good experience to play with more experienced people, and it was really fun,”  said sophomore Brandon Solomon.

The team dominated over Belle Plaine 98-18, giving the Cardinals their first win of the season.

“I think we played very well for it being our first game of the year,” senior Brenden Pauly said. “We executed the plays very well and had good stops on defense.”

Despite the success of the first game, the team still knows it has challenges ahead. As the Cardinals prepare for the rest of the season, one of their goal is making it to state with hard work and dedication, taking it game by game.

“We will take it one week at a time, working on weakness and discipline,” Coach Biehler said.

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