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This Week in Rocket Varsity Sports:
Boys Basketball Girls Basketball Swimming Wrestling
December 4th
Preseason Tournament
@ Garden Plain
7:30 pm
December 4th
Preseason Tournament
@ Garden Plain
6:00 pm
December 7th
@ El Dorado Invitational
401 McCollum Rd, El Dorado
4:00 pm
December 6th
@ Mulvane
6:00 pm

Click on pictures below to view box score and photo gallery

Boys Win Close Opener
by Braden Geer
Friday night kicked off the home opener for the girls as well as the boys basketball teams. The Rocket boys put the hurt on early; despite shaking off the rust and cobwebs, they outscored the Thunderbirds 14-11 in the first quarter. The Rocket defense underwent minor renovations during the offseason; Senior Konner Barron said, “We wanted to be the best defense in our league, so we work tirelessly on our defense in practice.” Throughout the game, the Rockets played outstanding defense, only being outscored one quarter. As the end of the game approached it came down to the final minutes as to who would win. The Rockets displayed tremendous fortitude and grace under pressure. Senior Ian Liechti came up with two clutch free throws to give the Rockets the lead with just seconds remaining in the game. As the Rockets go into tournament week they will strive to understand their opponents strategy and shoot for tournament champs two years in a row.
Good Start For Wrestling
by Grant Scheer
The Rocket wrestling team traveled to Valley Center to compete in their first tournament. This tournament is quite an upgrade from previous tournaments they competed in to start the season. The team finished fifth out of nine teams. Kyle Sackett and David Leck each brought home gold as they had a combined 48 team points. Michael Diaz went 3-1 with two falls placing 2nd. Clayton Epley bumped up five weight classes from last year and went 3-2 with two falls placing 3rd. Grant Scheer went 3-1 and placed 3rd. Charlie Black had a pretty stout bracket as he went 2-2 placing 3rd. Anayka Besco and Devin McMains didn’t have the performance they wanted as they both placed 6th. The Rockets will travel to Mulvane on Thursday to take on the Wildcats at 6 p.m.
Girls Lose Home Opener
by Braden Geer
Last Friday the Circle Thunderbirds traveled to take on our Varsity Girls Basketball team. The 2018-2019 Varsity team is comprised of only a handful of returning players with any kind of experience. Going into the game the Lady Rockets were fully aware of the challenges ahead of them; between the loss of previous starters as well as a severe height disadvantage, the Lady Rockets would find themselves challenged to keep up with the Lady Thunderbirds. The Lady Rockets started the game off rough as Circle was older, bigger, and had several players with more experience than the Lady Rockets. The game ended unfortunately for the Rockets with the final score being Rose Hill 32, Circle 67. As the Ladies head into tournament week they will continue to work hard to get better and go back into regular season play with a few wins under their belt.
Successful Opener For Swimming
by Grant Scheer
The swimmers did very well throughout the day on Saturday at the Maize Invitational. It was a long day but they stuck it out and finished 10th out of 15 very talented teams. In the 200-yard free relay Hayden Kalp, Adam Herndon, Bryce Bischler, and Zach Hoang placed 7th. In the 100-yard breaststroke Bryce Bischler placed second with a time of 1:21.63. Hayden Kalp had an impressive day as he gathered another top ten finish in the 100-yard backstroke. The team performed very well and is looking forward to this season. Their next meet will be at El Dorado on Saturday, December 7th.