Doug’s Dugout: High drama in the Schuyler gym

December 20, 2018 GMT

SCHUYLER CENTRAL NOTEABLES: An amazing 24 hours occurred in the SCHS gym this past Thursday and Friday evenings.

If you like close scores and excitement until the final whistle, then Schuyler was certainly the place to be.

On Thursday, SCHS lost a pair of wrestling duals to state-ranked squads. The Warriors fell to David City 30-27 and to Central City 37-31, but there was certainly no shame in that. That was some of the most intense, and close, wrestling I have witnessed in quite some time.

One night later, the Lady Warriors basketball team dropped a hard-fought, down-to-the-wire contest to David City by the score of 41-36.

The boys fought back from a four-point deficit with less than 30 seconds left but fell just short by the score of 54-52. I would imagine that you can still hear the echoes of some Thursday and Friday night cheering if you listen very closely.

All of these teams are improving. They are fun to watch. They also provided some noteable accomplishments.

Kudos this week go to Rachel Shonka and Tasha Wolken in girls basketball.

Shonka is rapidly becoming an outstanding post player, and Wolken has the ability to nail the 3-point shot that the team needs to win.

In boys basketball, kudos go to the tandem of sophomore standouts Easton Hall and Aaron Langemeier.

Hall hit for 14 points and dominated in the paint against D.C. Langemeier had an outstanding night with three 3-point shots. His last make came five seconds from being heroic, and even though D.C. came back to win, Aaron’s play has been noteworthy as of late.

Finally, there are several wrestlers who are off to great starts during this wrestling season. Four individuals went 2-0 in the double dual on Thursday night helping to keep the squad in contention until the final bouts of the matches.

Congratulations go out to Kenneth Castro (126 pounds), Miguel Roman (138), Michael Hernandez (170) and Jesus Maganda (220). Not to be forgotten, keep up the great work Dan Wolken, Lyndon Beebe, and Jeremy Hlavac. Your fantastic efforts with the students of SCHS are certainly not going unnoticed.

CHEERS TO THE BAND: Guess what? I love a good pep band. That live music adds so much to sporting events.

I was VERY impressed with the sound of the pep band at the basketball games last Friday night. Even though there weren’t a great number of players, the group played cleanly with a much excitement. It warmed my heart to see the smiles on the band member’s faces once again.

Ben Coatney is doing a marvelous job with his students and it certainly shows. Keep it up, SCHS pep band. You are AWESOME!!!

Doug Phillips is a freelance writer for the Schuyler Sun. Reach him via email at SCHsports@lee.net