2017-2018 Preview and Summary Headlines
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Continuing Success
by Owen Kimbell
The Lady Rockets Basketball team will be bringing back seven players with varsity experience. The team graduated five seniors last year and is coming off a 19-3 season. The team will be smaller but faster then last year’s team and will lean on their returning varsity experience to lead them to success. Rose Hill will be expecting big things from all-league honorable mention players Emily and Sydney Adler while having the returning Coach of the Year Greg Welch. The girls will also have Sarah Sissel back, who led the team in 3-point shooting last year. Team strengths will be depth, versatility, and overall athleticism. The team is looking to play position-less basketball; all of the girls can handle the ball, shoot the ball, and make plays for others. The Lady Rockets are working hard to have a successful season and hope to qualify for the State Tournament. Coach Welch will be in his third season with the Rockets, having led them to a 32-12 record the past two seasons. The girls are looking forward to their first game of the season on December 1st against Augusta at home.
Young And Dedicated Team
by Aaron Moore
The Rocket basketball team will experience a new type of gameplay this year. The coaching staff won’t change, but the Rockets plan to come with a more aggressive approach on the offensive side. The team will consist of four seniors as well as a few juniors and sophomores that will come in and help the Rockets on all sides of the court. Returning seniors are Dylan Sapp, Peyton Austin, Aaron Moore, and Cole Knight. Coach Shirley said this about his top players: “Koby [Campbell] had to be thrown into a tough situation as a freshman, where he started every [varsity] game for us... Dalton [Rapp] really started to come through for our team late in the season. He is very skilled and has a knack for rebounding… Dylan [Sapp] is extremely athletically gifted; he has a great ability to score the ball around the rim. Cole [Knight] is a gifted scorer; he has a great ability to get his shot off quickly.” Coach Shirley also goes on to praise the players’ hard work and focus over the summer. With a couple injuries on the team, other players will have to fill positions quickly in order for the team to come out on the topside. Although the Rockets aren’t the most skilled team, their goal is to be the toughest fighting team. Coach Shirley has high hopes for this year as he wants the team to fight for a trip to the state tournament.
High Expectations
by Braden Geer
The 2017-2018 Rocket Wrestling team is hoping to fill weight classes and go to state this year. Despite last year’s dual record, the team is hopeful that hard work will lead to a successful season. This year’s rosters is a combination of new faces as well as returning members, who were previously very successful. Some returning members include Kyle Sacket, who placed 6th at state last year, Grant Scheer with a record of 31-10, Chase Thrush with a record of 30-8, Michael Diaz, David Leck, Ben Black, and Luke Culbertson. Also returning is sophomore Anayka Besco. Last year, Besco won the 2017 girl’s state championship. Head Coach Darian Eshelman is placing heavy responsibility and faith in his seniors to teach and mentor younger members. As the season progresses the team hopes to improve wrestlers and build champions.
Another Young Team
by Braden Bischler
After a young Rocket Swim Team took 4 events to the finals of the state meet last year, they are looking to once again qualify several events for the state finals, but there are some obstacles to overcome. The team had a hard time finding a coach until the girl’s swim coach, Tessa Downs, agreed to coach the Rocket men’s swim team as well. Last year’s young, small roster of just 5 Rockets has increased to 8. There will be 3 returning swimmers for the Rockets, 2 of which were state finalists last year: Junior Hayden Kalp and Senior Braden Bischler. They’re looking to take the younger underclassmen under their wings and lead them to another successful Rocket swimming season.
Back-To-Back State Titles
by Owen Kimbell
The Lady Rockets started off the season going undefeated for 28 games in which they played at a high level blowing out several opponents. The Rockets would suffer some injuries causing them to lose their first game of the season to the McPherson Bullpups. While dealing with these injuries, the Ladies would also lose games to Douglass and Hesston at the Clearwater Invitational. However, they got healthy just in time for the Sub State Tournament and easily cruised to their sixth State Tournament berth in the last seven seasons. At the state tournament the Lady Rockets began pool play with victories over Bishop Miege, who they defeated in last year’s title game, and Basehor – Linwood. With two victories in pool play, they clinched their ticket to bracket play the following day, but still had one more game against Louisburg in pool play to determine seeding for bracket play. Louisburg proved to be an excellent team as they defeated the Lady Rockets in two sets. In bracket play, the Rockets first faced off against the Ulysses Tigers who they defeated in two sets to advance to the State Championship Game. It was no surprise that their opponent for the State Championship would be Louisburg. There was no doubt that the two best teams in the state were playing for the State Championship. The first set was a back and forth affair with several lead changes. However, Louisburg won the first set 25-23. Having now lost three consecutive sets to the Wildcats, including pool play the previous day, the Lady Rockets had their back up against the wall. The second set actually ended up being a dominant performance by the Lady Rockets as they easily won 25-10 to force a third set for the State Championship. The third set was one of the most exciting and intense matches you will ever see in high school volleyball. The lead changed several times and both teams had a chance to win the championship at the end of the set. However, it was the Lady Rockets who would finish the job and earn the hard fought 29-27 win for the State Championship over an excellent Louisburg Wildcat team. After winning back-to-back State Championships, the Lady Rockets will be losing a lot of talent. Graduating seniors are Emily Witt, Danyel Yardley, Sarah Lazar, and Hunter Gunnarson. The Lady Rockets have some young talent hoping to step up next season and help get the team back to the State Tournament. Coach Segovia has brought the program to a high level with two State Championships, 6 state appearances including a third place finish in 2012 and a 4th place finish in 2013, 4 league titles, and she now boasts a 235-65 record with a .783 winning percentage over seven seasons.
Soccer Season Ends In Shootout
by Braden Geer
The Rockets season started out rough due to a lack of experienced seniors. The varsity boys lost the first four games straight. However, they were determined to stop losing. The next five games were wins for the Rockets. They battled back and proved that they were not going to roll over this season. As the season continued most games resulted in wins; however, some losses and ties were scattered in. They battled hard the entire season. For 4A Regionals they were matched up against Berean Academy, who they had defeated 3-2 earlier in the season, at Berean. The game was extremely close the entire game. Both teams were stuck at one score each. The game went into four overtimes, as the score remained 1-1. After the 4th overtime ended, they would proceed to a shootout to determine the winner. Berean shot first, resulting in a make, miss, make, make, and a miss. Rose Hill followed with kicks from Cobb, Dinkel, Bradley, and Austin. Despite their efforts, Rose Hill only made 1 of 4 shots ending their season with a record of 9-7-1. The Rocket will be losing several seniors off of this year’s team including Kaden Kochick, Peyton Austin, Tanner Williams, Corbyn Jones, Garrett Guinn, Zeb Bradley, Vlad Bendarchuck, Franz Lienemann, and Jarrett Grier. The team had hoped to go farther into the postseason but is excited for the potential of next year’s team.
Rough Season For Rockets
by Braden Bischler
What should have been a promising season ended in disappointment for the Rockets with a 1-8 record. After experiencing success over the summer, the team knew that they could be really good. However, the issue was depth and in order for the season to go well they had to avoid costly injuries. Unfortunately, this did not happen. Early in the season the Rockets were plagued by several injuries changing the roster drastically. Several young kids stepped up to do their part at positions they have never played before. When one person was supposed to come back, another would go down. As the season progressed and kids got more and more worn out it reflected on the field. Due to a lack of numbers and several injuries, many starters were forced to start playing both ways during games.  Unfortunately the 2018 seniors were unable to leave the way they wanted, although they learned a lot about life from the coaches. Seniors who will be leaving the program include Nathan Ast, Dylan Sapp, Broc Heiskell, Nolan Ast, J. J. Carney, Cody Wallis, Braden Bischler, Luke Culbertson, Owen Kimbell, Chase Thrush, Zach Blessant, Peyton McNeil,  and Sarah Sissel. The football program has suffered through some rough seasons since winning the State Championship in 2011. In order to become competitive again, the program needs to increase their numbers to the point where there are both freshmen and JV games on Mondays instead of just one freshmen/sophomore game. The program does have several younger talented players to build around but more are needed so that injuries that are common to this game do not devastate a season like they did in 2017.
Running Into Next Year
by Aaron Moore
The Cross Country team dealt with several injuries this season, but the team had success with the runners that they had available. The team unfortunately did not make it to State, but the team consists of many underclassmen with great talent. Seniors were scarce but the influence they had led the team to be the best they could. For the boys, seniors Shayne Henry and Matt Atkins led the boys. Leading the girls team were seniors Nicole Picard, Alyssa Williamson, Megan Leach, and Sarah Sissel. Top runners for the season included juniors Kyle Sackett and Trenton Nusz, and sophomores Sage Nottingham and Maddie Bryant. Each of these runners placed consistently high throughout the entire season. The best time for the boys came from Sage Nottingham with a time of 19:07.8 at the Winfield Invitational, and the girls fastest time was 23:27.8 again from the Winfield Invitational by Maddie Bryant. Next season the Rockets just need a good turn out in order to compete with some of the best teams.

Looking For The Repeat
by Owen Kimbell
The Rocket Volleyball team is looking to make another run at a State Title after winning their first ever Volleyball State Championship last year. The girls are looking to take this season one game at a time. The Rockets lost seniors Jaden Heinz, Rachel Salazar, Brandy Vaughn and Anna Van Driel from last year’s team but will be returning key players Emily Witt, Danyel Yardley, and Gracie Van Driel. The team will also have experience coming from the bench and will be expecting younger players to step up and play a big role this season. Coach Segovia is expecting the foundation of this year’s team to be hard work and teamwork. Coach Segovia believes these key features in her team and with the girls working hard all summer will lead to a successful season. The Rockets open up the season on August 29th when they travel to Circle to take on the Thunderbirds and the El Dorado Wildcats.



Turn Around Season
by Braden Geer
After a .500 season, the Varsity boy’s soccer team is looking to have a great season. The team hopes to return to the level they were playing when they won back-to-back State Championships in 2014 and 2015. This year only five returning seniors will be playing. Captain Tanner Williams said, “The team has potential”. They hope that despite not having several returning starters they will be able to have a successful season. With the arrival of foreign exchange student Franz Lienemann from Hamburg Germany, things are looking more hopeful as far as offensive scoring goes. The boy’s team will hit the road to take on the Coffeyville Golden Tornadoes in their season opener on August 25th. Be sure to come out and support the team on August 31st when they take on the McPherson Bullpups in their home opener.
On The Run
by Aaron Moore
The Rocket Cross Country Team is looking to start new season off strong. Boys Cross Country has few returning runners, but are looking tough and will put up a fight. The girls team, just like the boys team, has fewer runners than last year. Although neither team made it past regionals last year, Coach Barger says this year will be a building year for the girls while the boys are looking to push their potential. The boys varsity will mainly be underclassmen, including Trenton Nusz (Jr), Sage Nottingham (So) and Drew Leck (Fr). Meanwhile, the girls varsity will include Nicole Picard (Sr), Alyssa Williamson (Sr) and Maddie Bryant (So). Some of the tougher courses these runners will participate on include meets at Buhler, Goddard, and Wamego, which is where the 4A State Cross Country meet will be held.
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Be Great
by Braden Bischler
After a couple of difficult seasons, the Rocket football team is looking to continue their improvement. Coach Boese wants the players to “Be Great” and they have the personnel to push the program back in that direction. The Rockets return a lot of players with experience as this senior class has had to play varsity since they were sophomores. The Rockets will return many starters, including five offensive linemen who all started at some point during the season last year. An experienced backfield will also be returning for the Rockets. Nolan Ast (SR) returns to the Rockets after he and his brother, Nathan, spent the past two seasons in Texas. Nolan was set to be the Rocket’s QB as a sophomore before the family moved late in the summer. After a very successful summer, team captains Cody Wallis, Braden Bischler and JJ Carney are looking to lead the Rockets to a winning season. The Rockets will open their season at home against Collegiate on September 1st.