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

January 21st
@ Halstead Invitational
vs. Garden Plain
3:30 pm

January 26th
@ Haven Invitational
vs Wellington
3:00 pm

January 21st
@ Wichita Heights Invitational
9:00 am
January 21st
@ Eureka Invitational
9:00 am

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Sweet Victory
After a five game losing streak, the Rocket basketball team has won a game. Coming off a five-point loss to Andale in the first round of the Halstead Invitational, Rose Hill went into the second round determined to beat Moundridge. The first quarter went back and forth in a shootout. The Rockets came out on top before the second quarter, with a one-possession 20-17 lead. Though the second quarter started to slow down, Rose Hill stayed strong, as they put up another 14 points. Moundridge began to slow down, as they began to miss several shots. The Wildcats did capitalize on their free throws in the first half, making five of their six shots. With their first halftime lead since their win against Mulvane, Rose Hill went into the second half with a 34-28 lead. The Rocket offense stayed red hot with 18 points in the third quarter. The Wildcats began to struggle with personal fouls in the second half, which Rose Hill capitalized on. Moundridge’s offense stayed consistent, but were unable to keep pace with the Rockets, pushing themselves into an even deeper 52-39 hole. The final quarter continued to improve, with Rose Hill holding the Wildcats to nine points and scoring 20. This 72-48 win went very well for the Rockets. Hunter Forsberg, Griffin McBride and Dylan Sapp all scored in the double-digits, collectively accounting for 39 team points. Rose Hill also shot better than Moundridge in every category, including 57% from two-point range. With this win under their belt, the Rockets will move on to face Garden Plain for 5th place. The Owls previously defeated the Rockets in their closest game this season, 62-59. The game will take place at 3:30 on Saturday, January 21, in Halstead.

Close Dual
The Rocket wrestling team competed in their first meet in nearly two weeks after the Clearwater Invitational was canceled last Saturday. Hosting Andale and Augusta, the Rockets opened the night against the Indians. The first wrestler was Kyle Sackett, who won by a 4-2 decision to give Rose Hill an early 3-0 lead. The score went back and forth for the next few matches, as some Rockets won and lost by falls. The Rockets also gained 18 points against Andale forfeits, but Rose Hill later gave up 18 points from forfeits of their own. Only three Rocket wrestlers won without forfeit. Kyle Sackett won a 4-2 decision in the opening round to help give Rose Hill an early lead. Travis Bilhimer and Chase Thrush both won by a fall in one-minute. In the end, the Rockets fell short 43-33 to the Indians. In their dual against Augusta, the team improved to reach a close finish. Kyle Sackett won by a 7-2 decision and Grant Scheer easily won a major decision by 11-3. Half of the ten other Rockets won their matches, each by a fall. Chase Thrush continued to dominate in the 170-lb weight class, winning another fall in 17 seconds. Michael Diaz and Luke Culbertson had tough matches, both losing by a fall near the five-minute mark. Forfeits from open weight classes proved to be very costly, as the Orioles gained 12 points to take home a 42-37 win. Despite these losses, Rose Hill has seen great success and improvement from individuals and only continues to get better. The wrestling team will feature a quick turn around with the Eureka Invitational coming up on Saturday, January 21, at 9:00 am.