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Winter Sports Preview

This piece was published in the December 2015 issue of the Prep News and was co-written by Jack Niemuth and Jack Agnello

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Basketball

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Entering the season with just three players with varsity experience on the roster, the basketball team is looking to grow.

Senior Ben Pautler and juniors Carter Selzer and Chris Teahan are the only returning members of the team, which has begun the year 1-1 under head coach Mr. Pete Campbell.

“It’s going to take some time for us to get some experience,” Mr. Campbell said. “We need to be more comfortable and understand what’s going on at the varsity level.”

Rockhurst opened the schedule with a 68-63 win at Lee’s Summit North December 1, led by 21 points from Teahan and 14 from sophomore Xavier Rhodes.

The Hawklets struggled in their second game, however, falling 51-44 in a visit to Liberty North. Teahan again topped the box score with 13 points, but Rockhurst failed to overcome a stagnant offense.

“We played good defense, for the most part,” Mr. Campbell said of the loss. “We just didn’t shoot the ball well.”

Rockhurst will compete in the Shawnee Mission East tournament this weekend before the Hyvee Shootout begins December 19 at Avila University. Their first home game will take place three days later, when they face off with rival Blue Springs.

Wrestling

On Thursday, December 3, the Rockhurst High School wrestling team defeated Blue Springs at the first home meet of the year. The Hawklets conquered Blue Springs with a score of 49-27. The team started out with a rough losing streak, but recovered and won six matches in a row.

“I think we will do well this season. We are a better team this year then were last year, and I’m expecting a solid team by the end of the year,” said Wrestling Coach Mr. Armand Aaron. Three specific wrestlers had stand-out matches. Juniors Colin Valdiviez and Cameron Valdiviez, and senior Vince Spalitto all had pins later in their matches. The Valdiviez twins put on a show with an array of difficult moves throughout their matches.

“We have a strong number of experienced, upperclassmen who I look forward to watching and working with this season. The numbers for the underclassmen, however, were poor which is worrying,” Coach Aaron said. The Rockhurst wrestling team will be moving on to the first tournament of the year at Lee’s Summit North on December 11 and 12.

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