Ninth-grade team wins season finale
Tonganoxie`s ninth-grade football team finished its season Monday with a 22-6 win over Basehor-Linwood.
The team finished with a 7-1 record. Its one loss came against Ottawa earlier this month.
But a loss is something unusual for these boys.
Since seventh grade, the majority of the team has played together, logging two consecutive undefeated seasons.
"They`re a real good team," said Coach Bill DeWitt. "They`ve been playing together for a long time."
On Monday, the team, behind strong defense, solid blocking and an explosive running game, dominated Basehor-Linwood.
Tonganoxie`s first score came early on a 40-yard touchdown run by Billy Baska.
Baska added another score on a 30-yard run in the second quarter.
That touchdown was followed by a two-point conversion pass by Justin Walker to Matt Madeira.
Courtney King scored on a short run in the third, and Madeira added a safety later in the quarter.
"I thought it was a good season," DeWitt said. "The kids had to learn a lot about themselves."
Junior varsity team ends tough season
Football is an 11-on-11 sport.
Though an obvious fact, it is relevant because Tonganoxie`s junior varsity football team only has 12 members.
Quite often, players were stuck in positions they had never played before. Few players got any breaks all season.
Which makes the team`s 4-4 record look pretty good.
In its last game of the season against Basehor-Linwood on Monday, the thinly spread squad lost 26-8.
"The kids played hard, they were just out-manned," said Coach Bill DeWitt. "But I think the kids had a lot of fun this season."
The Chieftain`s lone score came in the third quarter on a long run by sophomore Phil Evrard.
Though the team had a good season, said DeWitt, it still has some work to do in the off-season. "That includes a lot of weightlifting and conditioning," he said.
Rec commission plans day trip
The Tonganoxie Recreation Commission is planning a day trip for community members to a rodeo and music show next week .
The trip`s first stop will be at The American Rodeo and Music Show at Kemper Arena in Kansas City .
Commission director Mark Zerrer said tickets could be ordered by calling the commission.
The ticket includes the trip there and back, a rodeo ticket and a ticket to a performance by country singer Sawyer Brown.
A bus will leave 5:30 p.m. Nov. 4 from the Tonganoxie High School parking lot.