Tennis team hopes for an ace this year

posted Mar 7, 2018, 9:32 AM by Makenna Beesley   [ updated Mar 7, 2018, 9:32 AM ]

As the basketball season ends, the boys tennis season is beginning. Practice started Feb. 26. There are 24 boys participating in tennis this year. One new member is freshman  Colby Osner.

“I’m excited for the season,” Osner said. “I like playing tennis, and I’m excited for my first high school season.”

Three returning players were state participants: sophomore Luke Bellar and seniors Trenton Jones and Jacob Kautz.

“I’m hoping to go to state again,” Bellar said. “I feel like I didn’t do as well at state as I could last year, so if I can make it again this year, I’ll do a lot better.”

Six players can qualify for state: two singles players, and two teams of doubles players. State will be on May 11.

“I hope the team makes state this year,” freshman Aidan May said. “I would like to try to make the varsity team for doubles as much as possible as well.”

The first JV meet is on March 27 at Pratt and the first varsity meet is on March 29 at home.

“It should be a fun year,” head coach Chris Bellar said. “We’ve got good senior depth and new talent coming in, and I’m hoping everyone will improve their game, form a good team atmosphere, get the whole team to state, and compete at a higher level.”






First tennis meet

March 27



First tennis meet

March 29


Boys unable to pull off upset

posted Mar 6, 2018, 9:46 AM by Amanda Smith

        As the regular season came to an end, both basketball teams prepared for substate. The boys went into the tournament as the No. 6 seed, making their first game against the No. 3 seeded Kingman Eagles. The game was hosted by Kingman and tipped off at six o’clock on Monday, Feb. 26.

        “We expected them to come out and knew we had to play good D,” sophomore Peyton Winter said. “In the end, it really just came down to ball possessions.”

        The Cardinals were led by senior Christian Hedrick’s 27 points through regulation time, sending them into overtime against the Eagles with a 45-45 score. The Cardinals were unable to pull off the upset, though, and dropped the game, 52-54.

        “We played well,” Hedrick said. “If we would’ve played like that all season, we would have had more wins.”

        The loss ended the season for the boys and brought their overall record to 4-17. With three sophomores and one freshman starting for the team this year, freshman Jonathan Wright said he is hopeful for next season.

        “We did pretty good for a bunch of freshmen and sophomores,” he said. “We’ll probably do a lot better next year because we will be older and more experienced.”

Cardinals face the Knights

posted Feb 8, 2018, 9:58 AM by Amanda Smith

        On Friday, Feb. 2, the Cardinals played a home game against the Trinity Knights. Varsity girls tipped off at 6 o’clock with the varsity boys following, as usual. The girls came out with their 12th win of the season with a final score of 52-49.

        Senior Sabrina Bellar led the Cardinals with 19 points. Bellar now averages 13.8 points per game. Junior Kayla Koester led the girls with 11 total rebounds.

        “We took control of the game early and played tough defense,” Koester said.

         For the boys, although it was a close score of 7-11 after the first quarter, the Cardinals fell behind the Knights in the second quarter, going into halftime with a score of 9-24, a 15-point deficit. The final score was 19-57, dropping them to 3-13 for the season.

        “We just weren’t smart with the ball,“ sophomore Cody Jones said. “We played very soft.”

        Due to injury in the lineup, Jones started against the Knights for the first time this season. Sophomore Collin Koester led the Cardinals in points with six.

        The teams will play a home game against the Garden Plain Owls on homecoming night, Friday, Feb. 9, with JV games beginning at 4:30. Senior starter Christian Hedrick has a positive outlook on the game.

        “I think we will be alright,” he said. “We just gotta stick with the game plan.”

During a dead ball, senior Christian Hedrick and freshman Jonathan Wright exchange a high five. Photo by Lexi Fisher.

Girls take the W for the championship

posted Feb 6, 2018, 10:04 AM by Karley Mooneyham

The varsity girls basketball team played in a three-game tournament from Jan. 22-27 in Mulvane. The team played Winfield first on Jan. 23 and won 55-26 and then played Collegiate on Jan. 25 and won 51-46. They were undefeated in the tournament going into the championship game against Andale.

“We fought hard the whole tournament, and I thought we would do great in the championship game,”  junior Lexi Fisher said. “What we did best against Andale was our communication and pushing through the whole four quarters.”.

They went on to defeat Andale 44-34, keeping the Indians to 8 points in the second half.

“We played defense very well against Andale,” junior Kayla Koester said. Our communication was key; we all knew where the shooters were at all times.”

Senior Sabrina Bellar led the Cardinals with 14 points. Bellar was announced MVP of the tournament after averaging nearly 19 points per game.

“I was surprised to receive MVP, but it felt nice and was a nice reward,” Bellar said.

The girls won the championship and received a plaque after the win over Andale.

Powerlifting starts off strong

posted Feb 6, 2018, 9:24 AM by Clarissa Snow

On Saturday, Jan. 27 nine members of the Conways Springs powerlifting team traveled to Goddard high school for the invitational powerlifting meet.

“The meet was good; we didn't win,” junior Audrey Doffing said, “but I broke the state record for squat.”

The previous state record for squat was 195 pounds, and Doffing set the record that now stands at 200. She placed second in bench, first in squat, and second in clean, giving her the second place title in her weight class. Junior Chase Ast and sophomore Thomas Snow broke the records for squat in their weight classes as well.

Five out of the nine members that went to the meet won medals. Senior Colt Shobe placed first in bench and squat and third in clean, placing first overall in his weight class. Ast placed first in bench and squat and second in clean, placing first in his weight class as well. Snow placed first in bench and in squat, giving him first overall in his weight class. Daniel Becker placed second in bench, second in squat, and first in clean, placing second in his weight class.

Lifters like Becker have high expectations for themselves in future meets.

“I want to get a new PR on all three lifts and break Tanner Wood’s clean record,” he said.

The next meet will be at West Franklin High School in Pomona, Kan., on Feb. 17. On March 17, Conway Springs will host the 3A State Powerlifting meet again this year.

“I hope to see people have enough interest to fill up all the weight classes this year,” powerlifting coach Matt Biehler said.

This will be the last time Conway Springs will hold the 3A state powerlifting meet because they will be downsizing to 2A next year. Biehler said they may hold a 2A meet in the future.

Boys compete in the Chaparral Classic Tournament

posted Feb 1, 2018, 9:25 AM by Clarissa Snow

The boys varsity played against Ark City, Wellington and Mulvane in the Chaparral Classic Tournament Jan. 18-20 and came out with a record of 0-3. “We need to work on taking better shots and playing as a team,” freshman Zach Osner said.

Boys Basketball Chaparral Tourney 1-18 to 1-20

Girls vs Belle Plaine

posted Jan 25, 2018, 10:02 AM by Karley Mooneyham   [ updated Jan 25, 2018, 10:07 AM ]

The girls dominate the Belle Plaine Dragons at Thursday night’s game with a ending score of 62-24. “I think we played very well,” said sophomore Madison Pauly. “We improved on our defense a lot from our other games.”

Girls basketball vs Belle Plaine 1-18

Girls prepare for Mulvane tourney

posted Jan 23, 2018, 9:41 AM by Amanda Smith   [ updated Jan 23, 2018, 9:42 AM ]

        The girls varsity basketball team will travel to Mulvane Jan. 22-27 for the Wildcat Classic Tournament. This is just the second time CSHS has competed in the tournament, and last year the Cardinals came home with the second place title. The girls will be entering the tournament as the no. two seed with an overall record of 7-3.   

        “We’ve been working hard in practice, working on our offense and defense,” junior Makenzie Curry said.

        Other teams competing in the tournament include the hosting Mulvane Wildcats, Collegiate Spartans, Winfield Vikings, Andale Indians, and Ark City Bulldogs. Although CSHS will be the smallest school at the tourney, senior Sabrina Bellar has high hopes.

        “We expect to do well and compete well,” she said. “We hope to go to the championship on Saturday; that’s the goal.”

        For their first game today, the girls will face the 2-6 Winfield Vikings with a six o’clock tip-off time. Regardless of the outcome, they will move on to play the Collegiate Spartans Jan. 25. Their final game will depend on the outcomes of both sides of the bracket.

        “I think we have a lot to prove in this tournament and a great opportunity to compete with larger schools,” senior Lacey Pauly said. “I’m excited for it and expect great things from our girls.”

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.

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