With two state team titles and several other state appearances, 2011 was the year of the Warrior — the Berean Academy Warriors.


With two state team titles and several other state appearances, 2011 was the year of the Warrior — the Berean Academy Warriors.

A number of other area teams made prominent state appearances, topping the area year in sports.

Here’s a look back at some of the top headlines for the year.

Berean Academy boys win back-to-back titles

For the second straight year, the Berean Academy boys’ basketball team won the Class 2A state basketball title. The Warriors finished the season 25-1, downing Lyndon 41-32 in the championship game.

Berean wins state track title

The Warrior track team followed suit, claiming the Class 2A boys’ state track title. Berean edged Heart of America League rival Bennington 55-50 for the team title. Individual titles went to Tim Gallegos in the 110-meter high hurdles and Daniel Claassen in the 800-meter run. Both the basketball and track teams were coached by Lewis Wiebe.

Bethel gets new athletic director

Longtime Bethel athletic director Diane Flickner stepped down from her post just after the end of the school year. In her place, Kent Allshouse was named to the post. Allshouse was a coach and administrator at Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa. He also was named the new track and cross country coach at Bethel. He will oversee Bethel’s first softball team, which starts in the spring. Under his watch, Bethel announced a new cheer and dance program, which begins in the 2012-13 school year.

Moundridge girls win state title

While somewhat of a Cinderella story in the 2010-11 season, the Moundridge Wildcat girls’ basketball team returned to state prominence, winning the Class 2A title. Moundridge upset Berean Academy in the sub-state final. In the finals, the Wildcats downed league rival Ell-Saline 48-34 for the team’s seventh overall title.

Railer volleyball team takes second at state

The Newton High School volleyball team has been a regular at the Class 5A state tournament for almost a decade. This season, the Railers had one of the best finishes in team history, taking second at state. Newton fell to four-time defending state champion Bishop Miege 25-15, 25-20 in the finals. Newton finished the season 41-5. The Railers also won their first Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail League Division I title, finishing unbeaten in division play.

Newton netters take second at state

For years, the Newton High School boys’ tennis team has been a middle-of-the-pack squad in the Class 5A ranks. Last spring, the Railers went farther then they ever have under the current state format, taking second at state. Newton fell to St. Thomas Aquinas 36-21 for the state title. Newton edged two rivals — McPherson and Saline Central by a point for the runner-up trophy. Brooks Taylor and Josh Carlgren finished fourth in doubles. Jenson Kingsley took seventh in singles.

Bethel netters win conference title

The Bethel College women’s tennis team won the KCAL title with a 6-0 record. In the post-season tournament, Bethel downed Kansas Wesleyan 5-2 in the semifinals and Bethany 5-0 in the finals, qualifying for nationals. The Threshers fell to Vanguard University 8-1 in the first round of the NAIA Nationals. In a sport where the college ranks are dominated by foreign players, the Threshers competed with a roster made up entirely of Kansans. Katie Malotte and Allie Hipp were both ranked in the Central Region in the fall rankings.

Sedgwick Legion team takes second at state

A new team to the American Legion baseball ranks, the Sedgwick Cardinals made a lot of noise, taking second in the Class A (17 and younger) state tournament. Sedgwick claimed wins over Atchison and Hays in the opening rounds, then upset traditional Legion power, the Salina Hawks to reach the state finals. The Hawks rebounded by winning the consolation bracket, stopping Sedgwick 7-5 and 12-0 in the championship game.

Hesston netters take second at state

The Hesston High School boys’ tennis team took second at the Class 4A state tournament for the second straight year. Central Kansas League rival Smoky Valley downed the Swathers 40-28 for the state finals. Jesse Voth-Gaeddert reached the state finals in singles.

Newton wrestling re-emerges

A story in progress is the reemergence of the Newton High School wrestling program as a state power. The Railers ended last season 10th at the state tournament with two state finalists — Quinton Harrison and Miles Johns. This season, Newton is unbeaten in dual meets and has won two tournaments — the Douglass Goodwill Invitational and the Bishop Carroll Invitational.

Athletes of the year

Prep boys — Trent Stucky, Sedgwick, football; and Trey Unrau, Moundridge, basketball.

Prep girls — Katie Loescher, Newton, volleyball; and Lauren Pickens, Peabody-Burns, track.

College men — Jordan Voelker, Kansas State, football (from Newton).

College women — Camri Zwiesler, Wichita State, volleyball (from Newton).

Pro men — Brian Moorman, Buffalo Bills (from Sedgwick).

Pro women — Laurie Koehn, UTEX Row Rybnik and Matizol Lider Pruszków (Polish Women’s Basketball Legaue first division) (from Moundridge).

Coaches of the year

Prep boys — Lewis Wiebe, Berean Academy (basketball and track).

Prep girls — Kenroy Wilson, Moundridge (basketball).

College men — Gregg Dick, Bethel (golf).

College women — Lonnie Isaac, Bethel (tennis).

Game of the year — Berean Academy vs. Moundridge boys’ Class 2A sub-state final.