It was a busy weekend for prep sports as all four schools were in action.

On Friday, the Pleasant Ridge Rams headed to Maur Hill to kick off the basketball season. 

The Rams split their two games with the girls’ team winning 44-30 and the boys’ team falling 62-21.

Kaija Nutsch led the Rams with 10 points and Lindsey Heim added 10 more. 

Head coach Mike Koontz said the team started out slow but improved as the game went on.

“Got off to a slow start in our first game,” Koontz said. “Once we settled down we were able to get good looks and finish. We were able to stretch our lead out in the second and third quarter with our defense. We started doing a better job of pressuring and getting turnovers. Gonna have to play much better on Tuesday night against Atchison County.”

The boys’ team struggled in their matchup against the Ravens. The Rams fell behind 25-6 at the end of the first quarter and struggled to score the remainder of the game.

Jamar Reed led the Rams with seven points. Conner Gibson and Justin Johnston each scored four points and Walker Adams and Dawson Douthitt both had three points.

Head coach Pat Battle said the team was over-matched.

“The Rams were over-matched (Friday) against the defending sub-state champion Maur Hill Ravens,” Battle said. “After falling behind early, the Rams managed to improve in the second and third quarters.

The Rams fell to 0-1 in the Northeastern Kansas League. Maur Hill is now 1-0.

The Rams will play in their home opener Tuesday against Atchison County. The girls’ game starts at 5 p.m. with the boys to follow.

 

Swimming

The Lansing Lions swimming team hosted a relay meet at home Saturday. It is the only meet in the state that is comprised entirely of relays, which head coach Josh Floetke described as “unusual” but he said it was still a “fun time with great competition.”

The Lions qualified two relays for the state meet in February. Jake Hamilton, Greyson Walker, Luka Misevic and Robert Schafer qualified with a time of 1:34.33 in the 200 freestyle relay. Zachary Crumpacker, Brock Martin, Schafer and Hamilton qualified in the 400 free with a time of 3:29:40.

The Lions ended up edging out Seaman by three points to win the meet with 139 points. St. James Academy, Bishop Miege and Shawnee Mission Northwest rounded out the top five.

The swim team dives back into the pool on Tuesday when they travel to a tournament hosted by Hayden. It is set to begin at 4 p.m.

 

Wrestling

The Basehor-Linwood Bobcats wrestling team traveled to Spring Hill Friday for a dual tournament. 

The highlight of the tournament was Josh Willcutt continuing his early season success. Willcutt went 5-0 on the day with four wins coming by way of fall to keep his undefeated record. Willcutt also led the team with takedowns, five wins, four pins, one decision, 27 team points, 22 match points and 49 total points. He tied with Cohen Suchy with three near falls as well. Suchy led the team with two reversals and Alex Radefeld led the team with five escapes. 

The Bobcats combined to go 18-26 on the day. Despite the struggles, head coach Jason Puderbaugh was proud of the effort the underclassmen gave.

“With several varsity wrestlers out of the lineup this past week, we struggled in the win/loss column,” Puderbaugh said. “However, I am proud of all of our underclassmen facing the challenge and battling with their best efforts in every match. Freshman Cohen Suchy came away with two varsity pins and freshman Aidan Baker also came away with a pin on varsity this week. Standout wrestler of the week goes to Josh Willcutt who went 6-0 with all six wins by pin. He pinned his Bonner Springs opponent on Thursday and then all five of his opponents on Friday. We’ve seen a lot of growth throughout the competitions from our young guys and took away lots of notes on areas to improve on in practice.” 

The Bobcats will be back on the mat at Lee’s Summit North this Friday and Saturday. The meet begins at 4:40 p.m. Friday and continues at 9 a.m. Saturday.

The Pleasant Ridge Rams wrestling team began their season Saturday at Wyandotte. At 106 pounds, Trevor Ragland and Isaiah Kruse both placed in the top four. Ragland finished runner-up with a 4-1 record and Kruse was fourth with a 2-3 record. Colten Potter went 2-3 and finished fourth at 126 pounds and Robert Gwartney took third with a 4-1 record at 170 pounds. 

The Rams will head to Silver Lake on Thursday for a quad.

The Lansing Lions traveled to Leavenworth on Saturday to face the Pioneers and other schools in the Leavenworth Challenger. 

Liberty would take the win with 322 points. Lansing finished fifth with 139 points and the Pioneers were seventh with 58.

Lions head coach Nick Flynn said his team looked “awesome” at the meet.

“Overall, I thought our team looked awesome,” Flynn said. “We responded very well coming off of a loss Wednesday night. We ended up taking fifth out of 12 teams. We had three varsity wrestlers out of the lineup that would have scored us some big points. That would have put us higher up in the finish but I’m not concerned at this point. I want our strongest team at the end of the year, not the start.”

Flynn had praise for Camden Maestas, Joseph Irwin and Malachi Tinnel. He said Maestas had a tough bracket.

“Honestly, I felt that Camden was the better wrestler but gave him a little too much respect,” Flynn said. “It is all part of the process, but what Camden needs to realize is that he is without a doubt the best wrestler out there on the mat, no matter who is in front of him.” 

Flynn praised Irwin for his “dominating” performance in a first-place finish. Flynn said Irwin’s ability to stay calm and focus makes him “dangerous.” He also said Tinnel is on “another level” this year. He took second and Flynn said he always looked great on his feet. His top game was “dominant” this weekend.

Hartwell Taylor was the highest placer for the Pioneers with a third-place finish at 126 pounds. Jacob McLain at 145 pounds, Julien Bell at 160 and Tyler Robinson at 195 all took fourth place in their weight classes.

Pioneers’ head coach Matt Long said Leavenworth did not do well as a team, but the fight and will is there.

“We did not do well as a team,” Long said. “It was a step forward. We know where we are now and the work we need to get done to get where we want to be. The fight and the will is there. Now we have to put in the work.”

The Pioneers will travel to Shawnee Mission Northwest on Saturday for a tournament that is set to begin at 9 a.m.

The Lions will head to Eudora this Saturday. The tournament will start at 9 a.m. 

“I look forward to getting back to work with these guys and continuing to grow as a team,” Flynn said.