The Cardinals take on the Indians

posted Jan 17, 2018, 9:31 AM by Clarissa Snow

After a long Christmas break, the girls and boys basketball teams played at home against the Medicine Lodge Indians on Jan. 5. As usual, both JV teams played at 4:30 p.m and the girls varsity played at 6 followed by the boys at 7.

“I think it went pretty good; we played as a team,” junior Sammie Osner said. “We were making buckets.”

By halftime, the girls had an 11-point lead with a score of 31-20. In the second half,  the girls’ offense was unstoppable, and the girls ended with a 22-point margin and a final score of 58-36, leaving the girls with a record of 3-1 in league.

“We did pretty good,” junior Makenzie Curry said. “We did a lot better on our offense.”

The boys played hard the first half, going into halftime with a two-point lead and a score of 24-22. After a tough second half, the Cardinals came up three points short, with a final score of 46-49. The loss gave the boys a 1-3 record in league play.

“I think we did well as a team, giving it our best all the way to the end,” freshman Heath Hilger said.

The girls will play today at home against the Belle Plaine Dragons. Freshman/sophomore girls will play at 4:30 p.m., followed by JV at 6 and varsity at 7:30. The varsity boys will travel to Chaparral to play in the Roadrunner Classic Tournament Jan.17-20.

Head coach Pat Carl inspires the girls to keep up the good work during a time out against the Indians.
Photo by Jayden Stanley

Teams struggle at Kingman tournament

posted Dec 14, 2017, 10:04 AM by Amanda Smith

        Both the girls and boys basketball teams traveled to Kingman on Dec. 5, 7 and 9 to compete in the annual Kingman Eagle Classic Tournament. The girls team came home with a record of 1-2, while the boys came out winless, 0-3.

“We knew it would be a tough tournament,” sophomore Kara Koester said, “but we were up for the challenge.”

        Both teams dropped the first game to the Haven Wildcats. The girls score was 51-63 and the boys, 29-60.

In the second round, both teams faced Sunrise Academy on Dec 7. The girls tip off was at 3 p.m. with the boys following. The girls got their second win of the season, defeating SCA 54-39. The boys came up short with a 58-71 loss.

“[The win] helped our record and was a good confidence booster,” senior Shannon Drouhard said. “It’s always good to beat a hand-picked team.”

On Saturday, Dec. 9, the teams traveled one last time to Kingman with both teams facing the Kingman Eagles. After a hard-fought four quarters, the girls came up three points short. The final score was 38-41.

The boys also stuck with the Eagles for most of the game until Kingman pulled away to get the win, 54-61.

“It was a tough tournament, but we just have to keep working,” sophomore Collin Koester said.

The boys huddle up in their first game of the season against Wichita Independent. The Cardinals went on to win the game, 33-31. Photo by Makenna Beesley.

Varsity boys overcome the odds

posted Dec 11, 2017, 9:37 AM by Makenna Beesley   [ updated Dec 11, 2017, 9:41 AM ]

The boys basketball team beat the odds, winning their first home game against Independent on Dec. 1. “I think the game went as good as it could’ve gone,” senior Christian Hedrick said. “I mean, we came back from being behind to win it.”

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Varsity girls defeat the Independent Panthers

posted Dec 6, 2017, 10:07 AM by Clarissa Snow

On Dec.1, Conway Springs Cardinal basketball had the season’s first game, at home against the Independent panthers.The girls ended up with a six-point margin of victory, with a final score of 49-43. “The game went well,” junior Kayla Koester said. “We all played very well together.”

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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.

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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.”

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