The Rocket Soccer team finished last year in 4th place at the state tournament after some costly injuries derailed their chances of winning a 3rd state championship in the last seven seasons. Going into the 2021 season, the Rockets will need to replace 8 of the 11 starters (Ethan Anderson, Charlie Black, Ethan Tucker, Drew Leck, Caden Dinkel, Timmy Hoopes, Zach Hoang, and Gavin Strawn) and 12 total seniors who graduated from last year’s team. The Rockets will need to do some rebuilding and to rebound for this next season. They have gained 8 new freshmen. There are high hopes for the returning Starters (Teagan Cobb, Andruw Weeks, and Temo Luna-Berumen) and Seniors Zander Arheart and Joshua Fisher as it will still be a strong team. The Rockets are working hard in preparation for their opening game at Coffeyville on September 27th.
Head football coach Lee Weber will be beginning his 4th year guiding the Rocket’s program and will be looking to continue building on the success of last year's team. With a record of 6-4, the best record since 2011, the Rockets also went on to win their first playoff game since the 2011 state championship. Coach Weber's number one goal is to be 1-0 every game this year and the team believes that they have the potential to do it. The Rockets will be led by quarterback Lane Gardner along with 5 other offensive starters that are returning from the previous year. On the other hand, the Defense is looking just as strong if not stronger with 9 returners from the previous year. The team’s goal this year is to get better and have a better record than any years previous; they are hoping to make it deeper into the playoffs again this year. The key to get further this year is to be efficient and have ball control on offense. On defense they have to be the best tackling team and keep every team under two scores. The Rockets are looking strong and look forward to their first game against perennial state power Andale on September 3rd.
After coming off a great year of running with only a few seniors last year, the Rocket cross country team is looking forward to the many returning runners and quite a few new ones. The returners include seniors Carter Wagner, Jordyn Croft, Haley Murray, Jenna McCulloch, and Hattie Mills. Even more seniors joined this year including Hayden Forred, Kaleb Ross, and McCoy Korte. The juniors will be Dylan Henry, Elliot Herod, Carys Moore, Abigail Weidner, Kyrsten Lucent, and Savanna Crawford. Returning sophomores will be Logan Shropshire, and Alexa Marshall who placed 19th in state last year and helped the girls team place 6th at the State Meet.
The Lady Rocket volleyball team is excited to get back to playing matches following the hectic 2020 Covid-19 season. The team is returning two starters from last year’s team in Jillian Rockley and Mia Kuehn. Other varsity contributors from last season returning include Dayleigh Barger and Mandi Heinz.The team will be bringing on many promising newcomers for the varsity team including Emily Wellenstein, Sydney LaKous, Jessa Lee, Paige Loeck, Reese Goetz, Payton Jackson, and Makayla Kiser. Coach Mock stated “We are hoping for a more normal season after the covid season we had last year”. New to the coaching staff this year is Chelsea Payne for the C-team. The Rockets will start off their 2021 season with a tournament Saturday, August 28th at Wichita North High School. They will not have their first home game until later in the season on October 5th.