Winter sports heat up with new season

Junior Mack F. struggles to hold his opponent to the mat for a pin. Mack received first place at the York Invitational on Dec. 6. after winning all five of his matches.

Becca M.

With every new sport season, change is to be expected. Each team is off to a strong start to the 2014-2015 season that began this past week.

Girls Basketball

Girls basketball started the season 1-1. The lady Scouts conquered Centennial on Dec. 4 by winning 49-10, but fell short of a win, 36-42, against North Bend on Dec. 6. The girls prepared well for this season, but they have a few adjustments that need to be made, new head coach Nathan Wall said.

According to Wall, the team set five goals for the season: be tougher mentally, finish the season with a winning record, win the conference tournament, win a post-season game, and win the state championship.

Along with team goals, the girls have chosen to go by the phrase, “I Play For Her,” this season. The girls expect a lot from each other as a team, and the coaches expect a lot from them, Wall said.

“I expect that we will be able to compete with everybody on our schedule. I also expect for us to prepare extremely well in practices,” Wall said. “We will play with a ton of energy throughout the season and stay together through adversity.”

Boys Basketball

The boys basketball team has been fortunate enough to have a strong start to the season with a winning record of 2-0. The boys also started the season with a new face on the sideline, head coach Ben Knobbe.

The Scout boys won a close game of 36-34 at Centennial by a last second putback from junior Zach S. on Dec. 4. They won another nail biter, 57-53, against North Bend on Dec. 6.

“We have done a nice job of overcoming some adversity in our first two games,” Knobbe said. “It has been a nice start to the season, but we have a lot of work to do.”

The boys dedicated themselves during the summer by attending numerous camps, leagues, and open gyms, and the players have worked extremely hard in practice to prepare for the season, Knobbe said. The team hopes to improve a little every day and wants to become better as a team this year.

Wrestling

The wrestling team also had an exceptional start to their season at the York Invitational on Dec. 6. The team placed third at the meet, missing second place by only three points. Grand Island Northwest and York, both class B schools, were the two teams ahead of the Scouts. The team collected two sixths, two fifths, three seconds and three firsts. Champions were freshman Melvin H. and juniors Mack F. and Wyatt P.

“The wrestlers have been preparing for this season since last spring,” head coach Tahner Thiem said. “Our wrestlers have spent a lot of time getting stronger in the weight room as well as attending different camps and clinics.”

The goals that the returning state champions set for themselves are similar to last year’s goals. The first goal is to be Conference and District Champs. The second goal is to win the state tournament, and the third goal is to have the most state qualifiers in school history, Thiem said.

“We have some guys that have set some high but achievable goals for themselves,” Thiem said. “I expect every wrestler at the end of the season to look at those goals and be able to tell me they did everything they possibly could to accomplish those goals.”