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This Week in Rocket Varsity Sports:
Boys Basketball Boys Swimming Girls Basketball Wrestling

November 18th
First Day of Practice

November 18th
First Day of Practice
November 18th
First Day of Practice
November 18th
First Day of Practice

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Best Season In Three Years
by Koby Campbell
The Rocket soccer team coming into this year was interesting in that they had experience but were also still young. They had experience coming back as the majority of the varsity has consisted of freshmen and sophomores the past two years but they still had only one senior. Back-to-back All-League Goalkeeper Trystan Spiess was the lone senior on this soccer team and he expected to lead his team to a winning season. They started off the season 3-5-1 against mostly larger schools but from that point they went on an absolute tear. They would go 7-2 from that point on in the season and would go on a 5 game win streak within that span. They would be 10-6-1 going into their playoffs, where they would beat Winfield handily by a score of 5-0. They would then go on to play Buhler in the Regional Championship. In a game played on Halloween, the Rockets took a 1-0 lead but injuries would come and haunt the Rockets. They would end up falling to Buhler 2-1 in overtime to end their season. The Rockets finished the season 10-7-1, which is their best record since the team won their second consecutive State Championship with a 20-0-1 record in 2015. Overall, it was a successful season for the Rockets but they still look to build on this for next year and improve even more.
XC Shows Lots of Promise
By Koby Campbell
The Rocket cross country team came into this season excited in knowing that they had a real chance to be very successful this season. For the boys and girls there were lots of runners from last year returning.  For the boys, seniors Trevor Brack and Ethan Woodrome had a good year, often leading the charge for the boys cross country team. Junior Aubrie Thomison had a good year for the girls, often finishing as the high placer for the girls. About halfway through the season, freshmen Kyrsten Lucent and Elliot Herod would get moved up to varsity and would shine immediately. Lucent would be the high finisher for the Rocket girls in all of the remaining races and at regionals would finish in first place overall as well as breaking the school record for the fastest 5K time. As a team, the girls would just barely miss out on going to state. Lucent and Herod would both qualify however. Lucent would finish in 23rd place at state and Herod would finish in 55th place. The Rockets had a very solid year all around and have a very bright young future ahead of them.
Football Takes a Step Forward
By Koby Campbell
Within the Rocket football team, there were high hopes that this could be the year to put Rose Hill football back on the high school football map. Head coach Lee Weber was going into his second year with the Rockets, and was coming off of a 1-8 season in 2018. However, he expected no such repeat of last season. The program had the largest number of players out for football since the 2011 State Championship season and all the pieces seemed to be fitting together just right. The Rockets would start off the season 0-3. However, feeling like they should have won two of those game it lit a fire in them. They would then go on to win two straight including a homecoming win. They would then drop two tough games to Mulvane and McPherson. They would bounce back on senior night with a dominant 45-0 win against Independence. The Rockets went into the playoffs sitting at a record of 3-5 and would have to go on the road to play Goddard in an eight seed versus nine seed matchup. The Rockets would compete with Goddard but would fall by a score of 32-14 to end their season with a 3-6 record. Even with the seniors leaving, there is lots of experience coming back for the Rockets in 2020. They look to take yet another step forward as a program and they are more than capable of doing it.
Tough Season for Volleyball
By Koby Campbell
The Rocket volleyball team came into this season off of three straight state playoff appearances and two state championships in 2016 and 2017. After losing a senior class that had helped turned the volleyball program around, the weight was now on the shoulders of all the younger classes. As expected when a team loses a lot of seniors who played big minutes, the transition was a little rocky at times. They started off the season 4-0; however, the team struggled against teams in their league with more experience than them. They played hard against each team, and a lot of their losses would be extremely close games where they would go down in a hard fought three sets. In the end, head coach Cherith Mock and her Rocket volleyball team would finish 13-24 in Mock’s second season leading the charge for the volleyball program. The Rockets do only lose two seniors, so they will have a lot of experience coming back for next year. With all that experience coming back, the Rocket Volleyball program could go back to their familiar winning ways in 2020.