WRESTLERS STATE BOUND: Oh what a week this has been. There were so many fantastic things happening in the world of sports in Schuyler and topping that list is the SCHS wrestling squad’s performance at the Class B-2 District Tournament held at Grand Island Northwest last Saturday. Schuyler had six wrestlers qualify for the state meet in Omaha this weekend led by unbeaten Jesus Maganda.

Maganda won the 220-pound bracket while improving to 34-0 on the season. Bringing home runner-up medals were Kenneth Castro at 126 pounds (33-8), Miguel Roman at 138 pounds (13-3), Caden Yrkoski at 160 pounds (28-5) and Travis Marxsen at 182 pounds (24-14).

Qualifying for the state meet with a fourth-place finish was Alejandro Sanabria at 285- (19-13).

As a team, the Warriors finished in third place with 145 points. The host Vikings of Grand Island Northwest won the district championship trophy with 185.5 while York finished in second place with 183 points. We want to wish the Warrior team and their coaches the very best at the state meet. Awesome job, gentlemen!!! Keep it going.

TAKING IT TO THE NEXT LEVEL: This was also a big week for a couple of the Lady Warriors finest. Reagan Folda accepted a scholarship offer from Central Community College in Columbus and signed her letter of intent to play soccer for the Raiders.

Reagan is a three-year starter for the Lady Warriors who's likely to be in that role again this spring. CCC coach Jamie Bennett plans to play Reagan at the midfield or forward position.

Kudos also go out to Maria Semerad who signed a letter of intent to play volleyball at the College of St. Mary this coming fall. Semerad did a wonderful job of leading her team in digs this past fall and will be a welcome addition to Coach Rick Pruett’s team.

Way to go ladies! We are very proud of you and your accomplishments during your careers at Schuyler Central High School. We are sure we will hear many good things about you during your college careers.

CLIMBING THE LADDER: The girls basketball team defeated Ralston 35-27 to pick up their fourth victory of the season. To some that might not seem like a huge feat. In reality, the four wins earned by the ladies this season are the most since the team finished with five wins under the leadership of Coach Gerald Reinsch.

What is more impressive is the way that the ladies improved from Game 1 to Game 21. Even to the casual observer, it was obvious that the team became more comfortable understanding the game, especially on defense. The team will be searching for four new starters next season as Maria Semerad, Reagan Folda, Tasha Wolken, and Rachel Shonka all are playing in their final seasons at SCHS.

All four athletes contributed to the success of the team during the 2018-19 season, and they will be missed.

Shonka is coming off of a game against Ralston that was similar to her outstanding play throughout the season. Her 14 points and 13 rebounds were a thing of beauty that helped to lead the Lady Warriors to that fourth win.

Congratulations to Coach Wolken and his staff for the work they did with the team this year. One has to feel that the groundwork has been laid for some great accomplishments by the program in the future.

Doug Phillips is a freelance writer for the Schuyler Sun. Reach him via email at SCHsports@lee.net

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