Skyline High School had its athletic ups and downs in 2012.
The Skyline girls basketball team went 15-7 on the season. They were 14-3 at one point and were being ranked as high as #7 in the state before being knocked out at substate by Claflin. Janessa Davis , Kaitlyn Stark and Anna Petrowsky were named all-HOPL.
Led by a strong senior class, the boys basketball team fashioned one of the best seasons within Skyline’s recent memory. The squad went 13-8, and won the 54 Classic. The T-Birds were led by Brandon Broce and all-HOPLers Easton Burgardt and Brennan Stotts
The Skyline thinclads had a successful season, capped by Anna Petrowsky’s state championship leap in the long jump. Other T-Birds made it to state as well, like Brandon Broce and Morgan Flowers— both of whom were in sprints and long jump; and Daniel Hacker in high jump. Throughout the campaign, another strength of the Skyline track team was in throwing events with Jake Harts and Easton Burgardt winning numerous medals during the campaign.
The Skyline Thunderbird crosscountry team had a fine season under first year head coach Lynette Freeman. The girls team, consisting of Madison Moore, Katelyn Kumberg, Brooke Fisher, Patty Ibarra, Abby Giles, Megan Pyles and Allison Sanders won numerous medals throughout the year. Despite injuries and illness to key personnel, the T-Birds were able to fashion several good team performances as well. They captured the HOPL league title, and finished 3rd at regional, earning themselves a trip to state, placing 8th. Another bright spot for Skyline crosscountry was the emergence of Roman Ibarra as one of the areas top freshmen runners. Routinely medaling in varsity competition, and either winning or placing very high in freshman-only competitions, Ibarra became a force to be reckoned with throughout the season. He qualified for state as an individual and was the second freshman to break the tape.
The Lady T-Bird volleyball team, under the direction of head coach Summer Younie, completed another highly succesful year. For the first time in school history, the squad captured the HOPL regular season in undefeated fashion and won the HOPL post-season tournament in the same season. The girls also won 1st place in the 2A sub-state at Sterling, advancing to the state tournament in Emporia where they were ousted during pool play. The Thunderbirds ended their campaign with a fine record of 29-12.
The young Thunderbird football team struggled through an 0-9 season, gaining experience for future campaigns. Senior Brandon Baird was named to the 8-man All-Star game.