Archive for Wednesday, January 3, 2007

Tonganoxie boys have yet to knock off Bonner in KVL play

January 3, 2007

The Tonganoxie High boys basketball team could make history Friday.

But coach David Walker isn't concerned about the record books.

A win later this week against Bonner Springs at home would mark Tonganoxie's first win against BSHS since the school joined the Kaw Valley League beginning with the 2002-03 season.

Walker, however, doesn't look at notching a first KVL win against the Braves as a motivational point.

"I mean I guess it could be," Walker said. "It's not going to be something we're going to focus on."

THS enters the game with a 5-0 overall record and a 1-0 record in league play. Bonner Springs is 3-2 overall and 1-0 in the KVL.

Walker expects Bonner Springs to again be very athletic this year, as has been the case in recent seasons. BSHS also should be at full strength. Illness sidelined a few players in the opening weeks, Walker said.

The Chieftains finished off the 2006 portion of their schedule with a win Dec. 19 on the road against De Soto, Tonganoxie's second win this season against DHS.

It's been a few weeks since Tonganoxie last played, but Walker said the team has gotten back into the swing of practice during the winter break.

"Yeah, the kids have done a great job and we had a bit of an extended break with the moving process," Walker said, referring to school being let out earlier than usual for winter break.

That allowed for moving into the new middle school, and the transformation of the junior high into an extension of the high school campus.

"They've responded well and they were ready to get back and in the gym and get back to work," Walker said.

The THS coach also said practices continue to be productive with the help of reserves Kazy Fukuyasu, Tyson Letourneau, Tyler Gurss and Jace Waters. Walker said they don't see much playing time, but are "huge contributors" in practice.

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