Southeast High School winter student athletes were honored at the annual Winter Sports Banquet on Tuesday, March 23, 2016. But it wasn’t a winter sport that kicked off the recognition ceremony. Southeast Volleyball Coach Maya White had a surprise.
The 2015-16 Southeast High School Volleyball squad was awarded a Team Academic Award by the Kansas Volleyball Association. To receive the honor the varsity team had to have 3.3 or higher cumulative GPA.
“We were way past that,” Coach White told the crowd.
As a team, the Southeast Volleyball team had a 3.7 cumulative GPA. In addition to the team honor, several Southeast volleyball players also received individual honors. Named 2015 KVA All-Academic First Team, with a 4.0 GPA or higher, were seniors Kalyn Bitner, Erin Horgan, Sami Sullivan; sophomore Daisy Burns; and, freshmen Sailor Jackson, Julie Martin and Saydi Sullivan. Receiving All-Academic Honorable Mention, with a 3.75 to 3.99 GPA, were juniors Elizabeth Fornelli and Bailee Ulery.
New Southeast letterman, and veteran wrestler, Tyler Kester, a junior at SHS, was the Regional Champion for his weight class and took 4th place at state. Other than Kester, every team member was in only their second year of wrestling.
“I just want to say that I’m really proud of the group of guys that we had this year,” Coach Jason Wilderman said. They had a lot of blood, sweat and tears, but they improved dramatically from last year. Most of them only had a handful of wins last year – they could probably count their wins on one hand.”
Freshmen Jarret Brumback and Gage Large received their letters. Coach Wilderman said there are not very many freshmen wrestlers that are 160 pounds and heavier so both were regularly facing older, more experienced wrestlers. Brumback received Coach Wilderman’s Sportsmanship Award.
“He went out and did really well, got a lot of wins. He had some really tough competition but he always came off the mat happy, ready to go again. He never got down on himself.”
Junior Triston Gardner and senior team captains Clint Center, Bailey Moore and Jessie Ross all received letters as well. After winning a handful of wins last season, Coach Wilderman said Center won more than 20 matches this season, earning him the Most Improved honor.
“He’s one of our kids that really fell in love with it (wrestling) and wishes he had done it all of his life,” Coach Wilderman said. “I know he was really sad when the season ended.”
By having a winning varsity record and a 4.0 GPA, Bailey Moore also received a 1st Team Academic and Athletic Excellence Award from Kansas Wrestling.
“These guys put in a lot of hard work,” Coach Wilderman said about the team. “They did really good and they’re starting to see what it takes to be a wrestler. They’re going out there against guys that have lots of experience and they’re taking some lumps, but they’re all getting better.”
Southeast Girls Basketball (0-7, CNC; 2-19 overall)
“I probably didn’t share enough with you girls how often I heard ‘your girls really play hard, they really compete,’” Coach Derek Sanders told his team. “It wasn’t just in games. They made the season very enjoyable. Yeah, I’ve been on staffs where we had a better record but it wasn’t as much fun as what this season was. We started off with ten, we ended up with six healthy bodies and a manager suited up.”
Coach Sanders said every team member earned a letter this year.
“There was a lot of playing time, probably more than what some of them would have liked,” Coach Sanders laughed. “I think some of them fouled on purpose just so that they would get a break.”
Players were freshmen MaKayla Buffington, Sailor Jackson, Jesse Jenkins, Julie Martin and Taylor Myrick; sophomore Cady Lloyd – a manager who suited up the last three games; junior Bailee Ulery; and, seniors Kalyn Bitner and Melanie Hartman. Bitner was named to the All Tournament Teams for the St Paul Tournament and the Lancer Classic. Ulery was named to the All-Tournament Team at St Paul and was named All CNC Honorable Mention.
“I want to thank the parents for how you’ve brought these girls up and allowing me to spend probably more time with them than you have been able to,” Coach Sanders said. “It’s truly an honor to be able to coach your daughters in this sport.”
Southeast Boys Basketball (1-6, CNC; 6-15 overall)
“This season was… an interesting one,” said first year head coach Timothy Simpson. “It was definitely a lot of fun. It had some ups and downs, but I was very proud of how the guys played.”
“The talk around the league – even though we struggled at times no one wanted to face us because they didn’t know which team was going to show up. It was a dangerous team – we had a very dangerous team – and that was the one thing that was my main goal going in. We can judge success by wins and losses but I judge it by how we grew. And we grew, and that’s the one thing I’m very proud of with these gentlemen.”
Junior Cole Burdette was named ALL CNC Honorable Mention; junior Caleb Fenimore was named to the St Paul All Tournament Team; and, senior Chandler Jackson was named to the St Paul All Tournament Team, the Lancer Classic All Tournament Team, and was named All CNC 2nd Team.
“I am very very proud of this team,” Coach Simpson said. “Throughout everything that we’ve accomplished, definitely want to do some more things but hey – that’s a part of growing.”
Lettermen for the 2015-16 Southeast Boys Basketball Team are freshman Tanner Craddock; sophomores Jake Burns, Austin Hunt and Dylan Wilson; juniors Cole Burdette, Caleb Fenimore, and Colton Trejo; and seniors Chandler Jackson, Devin Gideon, Andy Long, Colton Paasch, Caleb Thompson and Juan Valdivia.
Lettering for the 2015-16 Winter Season for the Southeast Cheer team were seniors Lacie McCann and Mireesa Gordon, junior Lena Reuter, sophomore Savana Bennett, and freshmen Amanda Becker, Gracee Pritchett and Alexendra Rice.