Archive for Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Eighth-grade boys basketball posting solid wins

February 23, 2005

The Tonganoxie Junior High eighth-grade boys basketball team started its season in early January. It's been an up-and-down season so far -- including two close losses that easily could have gone the other way. The Warriors are 3-5 on the season.

TJHS opened the season with a 37-34 victory against Eudora. Jace Waters and Jamie Everett led the team with nine points each.

In the Warriors' next game, TJHS lost an overtime battle with Piper, 51-47. Tonganoxie dug out of an early 12-0 deficit and took the lead in a 21-point third quarter. The game went back and forth and Jamison Bloomer hit one of two free throws, sending the game into overtime. Piper pulled away in the extra frame and took the win. Waters scored 12, while Travis Freeman and Everett each had nine.

In their third game, the Warriors entertained Oskaloosa at TJHS. The Warriors pulled out a 49-21 victory with Everett and Waters scoring 16 and 14 respectively. Lexington was next on the schedule for the Warriors. The team came up short, losing 39-36.

Tonganoxie bounced back with a 36-29 victory against Lansing at TJHS. Everett again led the team in scoring with nine. The Warriors then fell to Monticello, 54-26, and Perry, 57-31. Bloomer had a strong performance against Perry, scoring 12 points.

Tonganoxie also dropped a heart-breaker Thursday to Baldwin at home, 51-46. TJHS fought hard against Baldwin and answered most scoring spurts, but the Warriors couldn't put together a final rally for a victory.

"The boys have been working really hard," TJHS coach Brad Qualls said. "Jamie Everett and Austin Smith have been very consistent for us in scoring and rebounding.

"In order for us to finish strong, we will need to do a better job at eliminating mental mistakes and team rebounding. Other than that, I am very proud of the effort the young men have put forth thus far."

In addition to the Warriors "A" squad, the "B" squads have been playing hard as well. The "blue" squad is 4-3 and the "gold" team is 1-5. Shaun Roberts has been averaging about 12 points a game. Strong play from Chase Chowning, Pat Gallagher, David Powell, Reece Hollingsworth and Steve Davis have contributed to the "B" teams' success.

TJHS boys basketball rosters

EIGHTH GRADE

No. Name
03 Jace Waters
05 Travis Freeman
10 Josh Kemph
11 Blaize Oeschlaeger
12 Rob Schlicht
13 Matt Brock
14 Jon Harris
15 Jamison Bloomer
22 Ethan Hammons
23 Tommy Heskett
23 Kyle Newton
24 Colby Shumway
32 Jamie Everett
32 Caleb Imaqui
35 Reece Hollingsworth
35 Kavet Letourneau
40 Austin Smith
40 Dalton Lawson
41 Kody Krapp
42 David Powell
43 Beau Bissitt
44 Steve Davis
44 Jared Keslar
45 Shaun Roberts
45 Damian Hale
50 Ben Field
53 Zack Robinson
55 Chase Chowning

Coaches: Brad Qualls and Dave St. Cyr
Cheerleaders: Jessica Freeman, Kari Ohler, Hannah Mayse and Jessica Vincent.

SEVENTH GRADE

No. Name
03 Bret Koch
04 DJ Lindsay
05 Preston Putthoff
10 Andrew Bouza
11 Kyle Johnson
12 Jacob Woolf
12 Thomas Denholm
14 Justin Jacobs
15 Dylan Delaney
20 Austen Holloway
21 Clint Hallgrimson
22 Jared Knipp
23 John Emery
23 Cooper Gish
24 Keaton Schaffer
24 Jon Purvis
32 Nathan Stauch
34 Anthony Myers
34 Mason Aye
35 Austin Baragary
40 Mitch DeHoff
41 Dane Gosner
42 Ben Myers
43 Richie Ridihalgh
44 Jason Espeland
45 Kenny Schultz
45 Steven Smith
51 Tyler Hale
52 Stephen Wilson

Coaches: Luke Denney and Mark Mall

Cheerleaders: Maggie Derzinski, Emily Garrison, Ali George, Samona Guerrero, Angela Jacobs, Alison Kistner, Morgan Lacy, Shelby Maxon, Lacey Moore, Carissa Nott, Ashley Slinkard and Kendra Walters.

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