2018-2019 Preview and Summary Headlines
(links to archived athletic pages from 2018-2019 are in the drop down menu below)

Softball Climbs Back to State
by Grant Scheer
With a record of 17 and 8 the Lady Rockets proved themselves to being both underrated and determined. The Lady Rockets kicked off the 2019 season by taking it to El Dorado and getting the season opening sweep. However, they followed up by being swept by Andale followed by Augusta; both teams are fundamentally solid Augusta would go on to defeat Andale for the State Championship. The Lady Rockets would win some and lose some throughout the middle of the Season; however, they went on a tear during the tail end of the year. Winning nine straight games going into Regional play was a huge confidence boost to the Lady Rockets and it showed. They went in and dominated the Regional tournament, winning their games and becoming more determined after each win. The Lady Rockets would end up going on a twelve game win streak before finally losing 3-1 to Andale in the State Semi-final game. The Lady Rockets bounced back and took on Clay Center for third and fourth but they couldn’t hold on long enough and eventually fell in the bottom of the 10th inning. After not even making it to State last year and following it up by not only going but taking fourth, the Lady Rockets have shown themselves to be resilient and determined to reach their goals. They will be another team to look out for in the following years.
Track Shows Promise
by Coach Madison
In what started off as a record number of athletes in the Coach Barger era, the track team showed great promise for the future. The boys finished 5th at the League Meet in Andale while the girls team finished 3rd at the league meet. Faith Exley was the lone league champion as she won the 200-meter dash. The Regional Meet was exciting with a record number of athletes (14) qualifying for state, the most since Coach Barger took over the program. Only a handful of seniors were on this year’s team, led by Travis Jones and Lathe Cobb on the boys’ side. Jones was close to competing at the state meet with a good 4x100 relay team that also consisted of Mason Lane, Trent Barnhart and Luke Witt. After four years, Cobb qualified in both of his specialties, the 110-meter hurdles and the 300-meter hurdles. April Carney made her state track appearance running on the 4x100 relay team that also included Faith Exley, Jenna McColluch, and Haley Thrush. Thrush was the lone medalist for the Rockets finishing 8th in the Triple Jump. The state qualifiers for the girls included Faith Exley, Aubrie Thomison, Jenna McColluch, Alexia Struble, Maddie Bryant, April Carney, Mia Kuehn, Haley Thrush, and Teyenne Beedy (as an alternate). State qualifiers for the boys included Chance Hanning, Colton McGrew, Lathe Cobb, Colby Heinz, and Drew Leck. However, the exciting part is that with only 2 seniors qualifying for state, that means 12 are returning next year to try and make a repeat appearance at state.
Golf Improves Throughout Season
After several seasons of sustained success where the Rocket Golf program placed as a team at the state tournament or had individual placers, the Rockets fielded a team of young players as well as a new head coach. Coach Browning took over the head coaching duties from Coach Siemens, who had been leading the program for many years. There were no seniors on the team and Noah Loecke was the lone junior with the rest of the team being sophomores and freshmen. Throughout the season, Loecke and sophomore Zach Hoang were the leading golfers for the Rockets. Team highlights came early in the season when the Rockets had their highest team placings on back-to-back days when they finished 4th at both Augusta and Eureka. The team continued to get better as the season went along but the team placings were not as high as the tournaments also got more difficult. Weather was also a big factor late in the season as the area was dumped on by multiple storms, often postponing or canceling meets. The league meet was shortened to just nine holes and saw Hoang receive 2nd team all-league honors. Loecke was able to pull through at the Regional meet and qualify for the state tournament by shooting a 90 at Tallgrass Country Club. The State Meet was originally scheduled for Winfield and did in fact get started on time. However, multiple storms and delays throughout the week resulted in the meet being moved to Dodge City’s Mariah Hills a week later. Loecke represented the Rockets well by shooting a 93 but was not able to place at the State Meet. Every player returns next year, so there will be expectations to be competitive in every tournament they play in. “I think the future of Rocket golf is very promising,” head coach Matt Browning said. “It’s a group of kids that work hard and we’re hoping that hard work pays off next year in a big way.”
Baseball Ends on a Positive Note
by Grant Scheer
With the conclusion of the 2019 baseball schedule the Rockets have had a chance to reflect on the outcome of the season and how it pertains to future years of Rocket Baseball. The team having lost all twenty-one games last year were very hopeful to improve upon their performance from the previous year; however, after a shaky start of the season which led to another eleven losses the Rockets were finally able to break the losing streak. After splitting with Winfield the Rockets were intent on turning the season around but the Rockets would proceed by losing four more games before finally sweeping Clearwater for wins two and three on the year. Only four days later, the Rockets would shock everyone in attendance by beating the Buhler Crusaders, the eventual State Runner-up, by a score of 8-7. By the end of the regular season, the Rockets had fought and clawed for four astonishing wins with plans for more. The Rockets played a week later for the chance to go to the Regional tournament and the Rockets would go on to beat Clearwater a third time to play at Regionals. Despite their small win streak the Rockets were unable to best Trinity in the first round of Regional play and with the final pitch and the final out the Rockets’ 2019 season was officially over with a record of 5-17. The Rockets made tremendous strides from last year to this year and some players were awarded for their performances. Braden Geer was named 1st Team All League 1st Base, Trevor Kiser was given Honorable Mention Utility, Caeden Adams was given Honorable Mention Catcher, and even Coach Carr was given Co-Coach of the Year. The Rockets will be a team to watch out for next year. 
Facing Adversity
by Grant Scheer
Tough times occurred for the Lady Rockets through this year’s soccer season. In order for the team to be successful on the scoreboard, they needed everyone to be a part of it; however, it didn’t quite work out like that. It was hard for the Rockets to fill the gaps of Korryn Hackney and Riley Larson, who the team lost due to injury. They still, however, gave it everything they had and never gave up. Their season ended with a record of 3-13. The seniors that will be leaving them include Reagan Evans, Andie Keefer, Ashlyn Parkey, and Gracie Vaughn. The team plans to work hard during the off-season and bounce back when it’s their time next spring.
Looking Forward
by Grant Scheer
The Girls Swim team underwent a rough patch this season. The ladies had a strong work ethic but something didn’t quite click. With that said, however, the team still had a fun and bondful season. They will be losing Ana Leiza Castilho, Savannah Kiser, Kallan Lucas, and Kennedy West. The swimmers leading the way next season will be Tori Kaiser, Elle Debbrecht, and Sara Baden. All three future returnees held their own in the meets this year. With hard work and dedication, next year might be a year to keep an eye on Girls Swimming.
Golf Returning Two
by Grant Scheer
The Rose Hill Golf team, like other sports, is having to field a team of young players. They have a total of 11 golfers with one of them being a junior and the rest being underclassmen. However, the team and coaching staff is not discouraged at all. Head Coach, Mathew Browning said, “My expectation is that Noah Loecke asserts himself as our number one player and scores consistently in the low to mid 80’s.” Loecke is the leading golfer on the team. Due to the team being young and short in numbers, individual coaching will start to take place. This will be huge for Coach Browning to really help his young players get better. He believes the team will improve during the season and be able to compete when it counts. Their first meet will be on Monday, April 1st in Andover.
Hard Work Starts Now
by Grant Scheer
The Rose Hill Girls swimming team is down in numbers this year. After last season, they lost four seniors and a few more underclassmen. With that said, however, the squad they have is quite the hardworking group. Head Coach, Tessa Downs said, “We have a lot of work to do if we want to make it to state but all these girls are willing to work hard.” A strong senior class including Ana Leiza Castilho, Savannah Kiser, Kallan Lucas, and Kennedy West leads the team. Kiser and Lucas have been four-year swimmers for Rose Hill. Their leadership will guide the team through practices, as they make sure the work ethic is through the roof. The rest of the team includes, Tori Kaiser, Elle Debbrecht, and Sara Baden. The ladies first meet will be on Friday, March 29th at Wichita Heights.
High Numbers for Track
by Grant Scheer
The Rocket track and field team has big numbers going into the season. Coach Barger said, “We have the most kids out since I’ve been the head track and field coach.” They are currently at 75 total athletes, boys and girls. The numbers are split into 50 guys and 25 girls. With two participation meets at the beginning of the season, the coaches are excited to watch the entire team perform early. Overall they are a young group but high numbers brings a competitive atmosphere during practice. With that competitive drive, they should improve a lot as the season progresses. Their first meet will be Tuesday, March 26 in Mulvane.
Solid Linup for Softball
by Grant Scheer
The Rocket softball team has underwent a change in the coaching staff. With a new head coach, Dani Arnold, the team has high hopes heading into the season. Despite a problem with low numbers, they have a well-rounded group of returning players. Several of them had All League honors including Sydney Adler All League First Team Pitcher, Emily Adler All League Second Team Shortstop, Aspen Goetz All League Honorable Mention Catcher, and Kylee Dunn All League Honorable Mention 1st base. Senior, Emily Adler said, “I think we have a chance to do very well this season. We have a group of very strong athletes that can compete at a high level.” To reach their potential, there is still hard work that needs to be done. Their first time competing will be at home against El Dorado on Monday, March 25th. The doubleheader is set to start at 4:30 pm.
Baseball Focusing on Fundamentals
by Grant Scheer
The Rocket Baseball team had a rough season last year; however, that wasn’t always the case. From 2014-2017 they had a record of 62-32 for a .660 winning percentage. Another strong suit they had was postseason success. For three straight seasons (14, 15, and 16) they placed 3rd at the State Tournament. Needless to say, Rose Hill baseball knows how to be successful. To get back in the groove of winning, they will hit the basics hard. Coach Carr said, “We have worked extremely hard on the fundamentals and their knowledge of the game. With that said, however, our main goal is to make them mentally tough and down right competitive.” With the majority of the team still being underclassmen, they have a lot to learn about the game of baseball. Their first matchup will be against El Dorado on Monday, March 25.
Girls Soccer Seeking Success
by Grant Scheer
The Lady Rockets have gone through a three-year rebuilding process. On paper they haven’t had much success, however, they have built up key players to propel them this season. They are a young team but that will not discourage them while on the field. The seniors leading the way for them are Reagan Evans, Andie Keefer, Ashlyn Parkey, and Gracie Vaughn. Other key players include Josey Johnson, Korryn Hackney, and Lexie Rose. With that said, however, it will take a team effort in practices and in games to be successful. Head Coach Matt Henderson said, “I am encouraged by the commitment and hard work the girls have shown already. I am excited to watch them grow into their potential as the season progresses.” The girls are a well-bonded group and will use their chemistry to assist them on the field. Hopefully everyone stays healthy and it should be an exciting season for the Ladies.
End of a Great Season
by Grant Scheer
“Confidence comes from preparation“ is one of the greatest quotes from Dan Gable. This quote defines the 2018-2019 Rocket wrestling team. Countless hours of off-season work was put in by these men to prepare them for the season. Team chemistry was one of the key components they had going for them. The wrestlers in the senior class were great role models for the younger guys. The bond the team has created will last a lifetime. They also had quite the accomplishments throughout the year. Out of the nine tournaments they competed in, they placed top five in five of them. They also topped off the year with an undefeated League Title run. This was the second year in a row that they won the league title. The Rockets took seven wrestlers to the State Tournament, the most since 1997, and placed 13th. Qualifying for the state tournament but not placing were Keegan Beavers, Peyton Besco, Cole Daughhetee, and Clayton Epley. Three of the seven placed including Kyle Sackett, David Leck, and Grant Scheer. In addition to placing at State, these wrestlers also compiled 30 win-seasons for themselves: Kyle Sackett (34-3), David Leck (40-3), and Grant Scheer (30-7). The memories that have been shared throughout this family will last forever. Despite the team losing the senior class, they will continue to put in hours of work with the coaches to prepare for next season. Zac Sparr, who wrestled for the Rockets from 2006-2010, is the current all-time wins leader for the Rockets with a career record of 130-16. However, David Leck will return for his senior season having already earned a career record of 106-27 meaning that 25 wins will make Leck the Rocket’s all-time leader in career victories.
End of the Line
by Braden Geer
The 2018-19 basketball season was a highly successful year for both the boys and girls programs. The Lady Rockets started slow losing the home opener against Circle. Rather than getting down on themselves the ladies turned things around and battled to win the next nine consecutive games. Starting the season 0-1 was quickly forgotten following the 9 game win streak that tied the 9-0 start of the 2008-09 season. As well as having an exceptional win streak, the Lady Rockets also added to the many seasons of winning teams in the past fifteen years. To go along with a winning season, the Rockets also saw incredible performances from several players. Senior Emily Adler played every game having ten or more points. As well as having high scorers the Rockets also had several “piano pushers.” Everyone contributed defensively to give the team the best chance to win. Every game the Rockets grew together as a team and played better and better as a unit; it was highly beneficial of the success or failure of the team as the post season approached. Despite making strides as a team the Lady Rockets struggled on the boards and eliminating second chance shots. This would prove to be the downfall of them despite their hard work. Although the Rockets had a chance to make it far, it unfortunately came to an end sooner than anticipated. This year’s team saw several young players get in and get valuable exposure at the varsity level, which in theory will transfer into future seasons to give the Rockets even more success as they continue into seasons to come with new players.
More Than Basketball
by Grant Scheer
Team chemistry is one of the most important components to a successful team. This Rocket basketball team was a prime example of a team family. Countless team dinners and hangouts outside of practice were some of their most cherished times together. How their season ended does not measure how truly successful this team was. The success was there though as the team finished 13-8 for their best record since 2009-10 season. They also broke the team record for fewest points given up all season with 970 for an average of 46.1. The way they played on the court, acted with each other, and handled themselves around school is second to none. Having seen them play before, their grit and determination to win is exhilarating. Without fail, you could count on Konner Barron hustling for a rebound, Dalton Rapp putting up a three, or even Koby Campbell displaying his skills and knocking down baskets. Needless to say, they were a fun group to watch compete. If you ask the players, the season wasn’t what they wanted, but when you look back this team may be the reason this program turns around and that is something which they can all be proud. They will be losing five seniors including Konner Barron, Brian Firebaugh, Ian Liechti, Dalton Rapp, and Brady Koenigsmen. With that said, however, things are still looking positive for the team in the future. Returning starters for next season will include Campbell and Spencer Nolan. Several other players who received playing time off the bench will be expected to step up as starters. As always, they will be fun to watch on Friday nights next winter.
Swimming Moving Forward
by Grant Scheer
The Rose Hill swimming team is looking very promising for the future. They are only graduating one out of eleven swimmers. However, that one happens to be a state qualifier and team captain, Hayden Kalp. Kalp was an excellent swimmer and an even better role model for the team. They didn’t place as high as they wanted at meets, but they are a very young team. Returning swimmers next season will include Adam Herndon, Riley Riebel, Timothy Hoops, Bryce Bischler, Zach Hoang, Tyler Ivy, Drew Leck, Tristan Calef, Rylan Barger, and Landon Rutledge. With ten experienced swimmers, the 2019-2020 Rocket swimming team should show lots of improvement and be something to talk about come next winter.
Expectations Are High
by Coach Eshelman
There is a great amount of excitement heading into this wrestling season. Last year ended on a positive note and that translated into a lot of offseason work. Many wrestlers joined our local Punishers wrestling program during the spring, summer and fall. We had wrestlers attend summer camps from Stillwater to Iowa City to Minnesota. We currently have 32 wrestlers on the roster, making this one of the biggest teams we have ever seen at RHHS. Our wrestlers have spoken about a potential top ten finish in the state and the goal of winning another league title. We have three returning state qualifiers and/or medalists in Kyle Sackett, David Leck and Grant Scheer. Only a junior, Anayka Besco has already won two medals at the girls’ state tournament, which includes a state championship in 2017. We also have a strong senior class, which has shown great early-season leadership. As great as all this sounds, it means nothing if our wrestlers don’t continue to develop their skills and keep their competitive edge. We start the season off with a tough tournament so we’ll soon find out where we stand in the state of Kansas.
Team Lead By Strong Leadership
by Coach Shirley
We have several seniors returning which gives us great experience. We have 5 seniors in our program all five of the seniors have played since their freshman year and know what our culture is and how we operate. This has given us a great head start to our year. They have set the tone for the start of our year and we have yet to have a bad practice thanks to their leadership. We want to continue working hard everyday in practice, if we give everything we have during our practices once the games start we will find success.
Ready To Compete
by Coach Welch
We like our team heading into the season. We have a lot of experience returning. Heading into my fourth year here the girls have a good sense of our expectations and what style we are trying to achieve. Offensively we should be able to hunt good shots and have a balanced attack. At most times we should have multiple kids on the floor that can shoot the ball and spread you out. Defensively we will need to use our athleticism to get out and pressure other teams in order to steal some easy baskets. The one area that will define our season will be rebounding. If we find a way to compete on the glass then we have a great chance of having a successful season.
Ready For Hard Work
by Coach Downs
We have a lot of new faces on this team and we have a lot of hard work ahead of us. But like they always do, this team will continue to surprise everyone. I think our first meet (Maize) will be a hard one. There are a lot of teams invited and it will be packed and very slow but it will be good to get some times down on paper and see where we are at. The best part about swimming is that we aren't truly racing others, we're racing ourselves, and against the clock. Each time we swim we have to be a better version of ourselves, we can’t just get up and play the same way we always have and be great. We have to work harder and harder each time to get where we want to.
Heartbreaking Ending
by Grant Scheer
Even though the Lady Rockets had to adjust to a new Head Coach, Cherith Mock, they still proved to be a leading force in Kansas 4A Volleyball. The Rose Hill Volleyball team has been one of the top teams in Kansas for the past three years. The dominance they brought to the court sparked when this year’s senior class got the opportunity to be on varsity. They were back-to-back state champions in 2016 and 2017. Since the seniors have been in high school their record has been 139-29. The list goes on and on of their accomplishments. However, the most inspirational part of this team is their leadership and attitude on and off the court. The extremely talented and encouraging senior class sets the examples for the younger girls on the team. The team had high hopes going into the season. Even with a big target on their back, they did not let that distract them. With that said, however, the outcome at state did not equal out to their potential. They were ranked within the top five of the 4A team rankings throughout the season. Going into the state tournament they had an impressive record of 31-6. The team had a rough draw with seeding and ended up not placing. Despite how the season ended, the ladies battled through every set they competed in. This group has had a lot of heart since the moment they stepped on that court and it has shown through every match.
Building Year For Soccer
by Grant Scheer
The Rose Hill soccer team did not have the season they were hoping for.  It started out pretty rough having a record of 1-8. That record lit a fire within the team, as they would finish the season 7-10. The improvement of the record goes to show how much heart and motivation this team had. A very talented and respected coaching staff including, Jerry Treat, Phil McNany, and Brent Nussbaum guided them towards success. Coach Treat is one of the most respected coaches in the state of Kansas. The senior class also helped out tremendously by being great role models for the young team. If you looked at the team, you couldn’t help but notice the amount of underclassmen that were on varsity. This is a huge motivator for the team and staff, but they will still have to work very hard in the offseason. They are a talented, now well-experienced, young team with a bright future. I am looking forward to hearing how this team makes a name for Rose Hill soccer again.
Running Into 2019 With Confidence
by Grant Scheer
The Rocket cross-country team, both girls and guys, performed very well this year. They were full of young talent but fell short in the number of seniors. The three seniors leading the way for the team were Trent Nusz, Cole Wagner, and Aitana Vicario. Trent was one of the leading runners throughout the season and was also one of the state qualifiers. He also held the fastest 5K time for the team at 18:11.61.  Accompanying Trent at state was Sophmore Aubrie Thomison. She also held the fastest time for the team at 21:44.73. The team had seven meets they competed at and did fairly well at each of them. They always had a few runners within the top 25, which is a great accomplishment. They are going to be a solid team next year with a senior class of 12. Coach Barger will encourage everyone to stick with it and work hard during the off-season. If all the pieces fall in the right place next year, it will be a great year for Rose Hill cross-country.
Tough Season For New Coach
by Grant Scheer
Going into the season the football team had high hopes with changes to the coaching staff.  They put in countless hours during the summer to prepare themselves. The team also had a solid senior class to help lead and set good examples for the underclassmen. All the steps seemed to be in place to be great and experience success. However, as the season ended the team compiled a record of 1-8. As life would have it, the young men faced several situations of adversity throughout the season. Senior Rylan Hingst had a heartbreaking injury during the first quarter of the home opener that put him out for four games. This was very detrimental to the team as Hingst was a starter on both sides of the ball. As other injuries came about certain underclassmen had to step up and play. With lack of experience, the young kids had to fight every down to hold their own.  Regardless of their record, the team created a bond that will last forever. That is one of the great aspects of football that is overlooked, unless you know the feeling of course. The senior class alone has been teammates on the field and best friends off the field since 1st grade. The seniors will be missed quite a bit due to the impact they have had in Rose Hill. They haven’t had the best high school career in football, but they stuck with it showing great pride in their school. This class took on the role, with great attitude and character, of being the foundation setters for the years to follow. Speaking of, the underclassmen have talent, size, and an outstanding work ethic to set them up for big things next year. Coach Weber will make sure they are well-oiled machines going into the season. I look forward to hearing about the success of Rose Hill Football in the years to come.
Working For Three
by Grant Scheer
The Rocket Volleyball team is looking to make it three state titles in a row. Despite having to face some adversity by losing a very good senior class, their goals will not change. The Rockets have four returning starters that know what it takes to reach the top. “We’ll have a good team this year but some of us will need to step up to fill the missing roles from last year”, said Senior Gracie VanDriel. The team also took on a change to the coaching staff by adding a new Head Coach, Cherith Mock. Their first game is on August 28th against Collegiate and Buhler with Collegiate hosting. The Lady Rockets will be working hard as they attempt to defend their Back-to-Back State Championships!
On The Rise
by Grant Scheer
After a season ending shootout last year, the Rocket soccer team is determined to have a much better outcome to this coming season. “Expecting to have a good team with seven returning starters, with the majority of them being sophomores”, said Coach Treat. The team has put in countless hard working hours in the off-season to prepare themselves for the field. With Coach Treats’ history of success and the player’s will to succeed, the future is very bright for this young team. To start off the season, they will take on Coffeyville at home on August on 24th.
Rocket Revolution
by Grant Scheer
The Rocket Football Team has taken on major changes since last season, including a new Head Coach, Lee Weber. Coach Weber also added four new coaches to the staff that are experienced and talented. “The coaches have bought in to us and the team has bought in to the coaches”, says Senior Konner Barron. The Rockets fall short in numbers with their underclassmen but make up for it with their upperclassmen. On the field, however, they are stacked with several returning lettermen on both sides of the ball. “Offensively, we will need to be efficient, play at a deliberate pace, control the ball and pace of the game to be successful”, says Head Coach Lee Weber. In the trenches, they will be at a size disadvantage but they will not shy away from the challenge. Their first matchup is against Clearwater at home on August 31st. The ceiling is the limit with this hungry team as they aim for their most successful season in several years.
cross country
Ready To Compete
by Brandon Barger
We are still looking for runners at this point. We should have a better season than last year. Our first-year runners from last year have experience now and should contribute more this season. We also have a remarkable amount of younger runners that are eager to contribute at the varsity level right away. Our first meet is one week away and we are just now trying to get some of them in shape and their endurance levels up. Our training will be guided to excel in the three big races, league, regionals, and state. We had some runners that really worked hard this summer and it is paying off as there are not that many injuries at the beginning of the season and they are stronger runners. The team will travel to Clearwater on August 30th for their first meet of the season.