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Goessel teams head to 2A substate for first time in years

Staff writer

Goessel High School basketball teams had no games last week and will be in the sub-state tournament this week.

For the first time in many years, the Bluebirds will compete in the 2A class. Both the boys and the girls teams are laden with seniors who take leadership roles.

Girls

The Goessel girls finished the season with an overall record of 11-9, improving on the 7-15 season of a year ago. The Bluebirds are seeded sixth in the tournament.

Four seniors have played their last game in the Goessel gym as the girls travel Monday to Cottonwood Falls to take on Chase County.

Aspen Frey averages 6.4 points per game and leads the team with 2.6 steals per game and 2.6 assists per game. Karina Harvey finished the season with 4.7 points per game and 2.2 steals per game. Teammate Jessica Goertzen contributed 3 points per game with 3.6 rebounds per game. Karis Janzen led the team with 5.5 rebounds per game and 6.6 points per game.

These seniors were determined to finish this season with a better record than last year, winning six league games compared to only one league game in 2009.

Kendra Flaming, a junior, leads Goessel in scoring with 11.9 points per game and shooting 70 percent from the free-throw line.

Chase County sports a 13-5 record. The only common opponents on both teams’ schedules were Peabody and Northern Heights. Goessel and Chase County won these games — the Bluebirds defeated Northern Heights by 10 and Peabody by 10 while the Bulldogs won by 6 and 16, respectively.

The winners will play Thursday at Herington.

Boys

The Goessel boys will be at Peabody to play a Heart of America League team for the first round of sub-state. The Bluebirds finished the season 10-10 and was seeded sixth in a tiebreaker draw as Madison and Solomon ended the season with the same record.

The boys team has eight seniors on the roster and seven seniors lead Peabody.

Goessel leads in scoring by senior post player Aaron Reimer who averages 10.8 points per game. Weston Hiebert adds 8.2 points per game and leads the team with 8.7 rebounds per game. Chad Wedel averages 4.2 points per game and hits 33 percent of his 3-pointers. Hayden Goerzen adds 3.2 points per game and Issac Fast scores 3.8 and leads the team with 39 assists. Juniors Corey Buller and Neal Brubaker add to the success of the team. Braden Unruh and Trey Schmidt contribute from the guard position.

In a previous meeting this year, Peabody-Burns won at Goessel by 18 points. The Bluebirds will need a complete game with outside shooting from the guards to complement the inside game of their post players.

The winners will play Friday at Herington.

Last modified March 3, 2010

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