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

February 21st
@ Collegiate
7:30 pm

February 21st
@ Collegiate
6:00 pm

February 24th-25th
State @ Salina
9:00 am/10:00 am

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Victory Rout
Playing Clearwater for the second time this season, the Lady Rockets were looking to sweep the series against the Indians. Rose Hill won their previous game 39-24 and kept the winning tradition alive in this matchup as the Lady Rockets started on fire and never went back. Senior Kylie Woods opened the night, scoring the team’s first six points. Rose Hill took a 22-2 first quarter lead, with Woods accounting for ten of the points. Though the Rockets slowed the pace for the second quarter, the team kept a strong defense for a halftime score of 31-4. Not long after the third quarter started, the varsity starters were subbed out. Though Clearwater managed to score nine points of their own, the Lady Rockets continued to dominate. Rose Hill finished the third quarter with 16 points and two three-pointers. With a running clock for the fourth quarter, the Lady Rockets finished with a spectacular 55-19 win. Free throws continue to go well for Rose Hill, shooting 67% from the line. Woods led the team in overall scoring, finishing the night with 14 points. Junior Sarah Sissel was not far behind, putting up 13 of her own. The Lady Rockets continue to build on their record, now reaching 16-2. This win also secures a top seed in the upcoming Sub-State tournament, which will be hosted at Rose Hill on March 2-4. The next game for Rose Hill will be their last road game, at Collegiate, on Tuesday February 21.

Two Wrestlers Qualify for State
Competing in the 4A regional meet at El Dorado last week, the Rocket wrestling program was looking to qualify several individuals for State. Kyle Sackett was the first wrestler to qualify, taking second place in the 106 lb. weight class. He started off the tournament undefeated until the first place match. Griffin Baker from Andover Central beat out Sackett by a fall, to finish Sackett at 3-1 in the tournament. David Leck was the other Rocket to place, winning the 145 lb. weight class. Throughout the four rounds, Leck won by three decisions and one fall. Three other Rocket wrestlers almost made State, coming one win away from qualifying. Grant Scheer started off the first two rounds of the tournament with a 1-1 record, but took another two wins by falls to advance to the consolation semifinal. Holcomb’s Tanner Johnson won a major decision over Scheer to qualify for State. Chase Thrush nearly made State as well. After a bye, Thrush lost the quarterfinal round to Owen Braungard from Winfield by a 3-0 decision. In the following consolation rounds, Thrush won by two falls to reach the consolation semifinal. After a grueling match, Pratt’s Logan Baird won a 5-3 decision to advance to State over Thrush. In the 182 lb. weight class, Luke Culbertson started 1-1. He came back with a fall and decision to win the next two and reach the consolation semifinal. He lost to Ali Viravong from Winfield and barely missed qualifying for State. The State meet will be on February 23-24 at Salina.
Individuals Place at State
Going to the state swim meet for the fifth consecutive season, the boys’ swim team took two individual swimmers and two relay teams. Competing in preliminary rounds on Thursday, February 16, the team had good success. Both of the relay teams, the 200-yard medley and the 400-yard freestyle, took off significant time during the preliminary round. The 400-yard freestyle swam eight seconds faster than their regular season time, finishing 21st, but unfortunately did not advance to the finals. The 200-yard medley did qualify for the consolation final, coming in faster than several schools in AVCTL Divisions. The relay tied for 15th with a time of 1:47.61. Seniors Noah Baden and Gabriel Ozanne both qualified for the final round in their individual events. Baden took second in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4:50 in the preliminary to advance. He also qualified in 100-yard breaststroke, where he took third. Ozanne swam in two preliminary events, the 200-yard freestyle and the 100-yard breaststroke. He placed 13th in the 200 to make it to the final round. In the butterfly, Ozanne barely missed the cut, finishing in 17th place. In the final round of the 100-yard breaststroke, Baden took second place, finishing after 58.32 seconds. Despite setting a career record in the 500-yard freestyle at 4:42, Baden still placed one second behind Topeka Seaman’s Zeke Metz, who broke the 17 year-old state record. Baden scored 34 points in the finals, finishing sixth out of individual scorers. In the final event of the 200-yard freestyle, Ozanne came in at 13th once again with a time of 1:52.81. The team finished tied for 19th place ahead of Collegiate, Andover and El Dorado. Winfield and Maize South were the only AVCTL teams to finish above the Rockets, but only by 16 points or less. Congratulations to the Rocket swimming team and individual state swimmers!
Down to the Wire
Going into their Homecoming matchup, the boys’ basketball team was looking to win against the Clearwater Indians, a team they previously lost to earlier in the season. The Rockets got off to a great start, taking a 13-9 first quarter lead with four players scoring. The Indians came back in the second quarter with four free throws and 16 total points to retake the lead, 25-23. Only down one-possession at halftime, Rose Hill came back ready to fight for the win. The third quarter went back and forth with both teams making several plays. The start of the fourth quarter stayed close, as Clearwater still held onto a two-point lead. The Indians began to pull away in the fourth, eventually accumulating an eight point lead. The Rockets fouled Clearwater, hoping to regain possession of the ball, but the Indians converted several free throws to add to their lead with only minutes left in the game. Down nine, Griffin McBride connected on a three-point shot to bring the game within two-possessions. After the Indians missed free throws, McBride hit another three-pointer with only six seconds remaining. Clearwater attempted the throw the ball in but threw it away to give the Rockets one last possession. The Rockets had trouble finding an open player, but found Grant Moore. He worked through the defense and tried a three, but hit the rim as time expired to give Clearwater a 51-48 win. Rose Hill will play their next game on the road against Collegiate on February 21 at 7:30.