Fall 2013 Pratt High sports are reviewed

PHS FOOTBALL: Pratt High football struggled to one of their toughest seasons in recent memory, dropping their final seven games in succession after beginning the season 2-0. What was going to be a youthful squad was dealt a severe blow when the projected starting quarterback was tragically removed just prior to the start of the season. Freshmen manned several starting positions for the inexperienced Frogs. Although it didn’t manifest itself in wins, the Greenbacks did show improvement toward the end of the season as the offense picked up momentum. At the end of the season, the Greenbacks were in games to the end, giving Ulysses a tussle and leading Larned until the 4th quarter to finish up the campaign. Jarod Theis, Shawn Ramos, Taylor White, Brett Forshee and Bryson Cruz received all-CKL North nods for their efforts during the season. PHS VOLLEYBALL: Lady Green had an outstanding 25-9 season that ended in disappointing fashion at sub-state. The Pratt girls captured the championships of the Lyons and Skyline tournaments, and finished 2nd in the CKL pre-season tourney as well as prevailing in several triangulars. The Lady Greenbacks lost a little bit of momentum late in the season, then got a tough draw in sub-state— getting assigned to a bracket with 4 ranked teams, including themselves. Pratt was one of the good teams that did not make it out of sub-state, falling to Clearwater in the semi-finals. Jenson Maydew, Lauren Rambat and Jaci Kolm were tabbed for CKL honors. Seniors Bailey Gillig, Amy Olson and Christina Fernandez also wound up their Pratt High volleyball careers. PHS GIRLS GOLF: The Lady Linksters showed a great deal of improvement in their team scores this season. Finishing 2nd as a team at Pretty Prairie and in the CKL/CPL, and 4th three other times, the PHS golfers were in contention frequently during the season. Senior Morgan Schmidt was again the individual leader for Pratt, finishing in the top 10 at every regular season meet, and taking 40th after qualifying for the State meet. Other PHS golfers were Lauren Beardsley, Lexie Lanterman, Shelby Richards and Kayla Baer. PHS GIRLS TENNIS: Pratt High fielded one of the strongest girls tennis teams in recent memory despite some question marks at the beginning of the season. With one expected returner switching to crosscountry and another injured, things looked a bit iffy at the outset. However, the remaining girls stepped up and put together another memorable year. PHS girls tennis captured four team titles this season, including CKL— and finished 2nd on two other occasions. At midseason, with the return of injured Dani Williams, the team really began to gel. Teaming with Lauren McClain, the senior pair made a return trip to State where they pocketed the 6th place medal in doubles. Ellie Brehm and Jade Hoover played mostly singles and will return next season, as will the doubles team of Elee Hampton and Allicia Hall. Look for Madi Mayberry, who filled in early for the injured Williams to play a key role next season as well. PHS XC: The girls crosscountry team had a promising season come to a bitter, premature end. After winning four meets during the season including CKL, the girls seemed poised for another trip to Wamego— until misfortune caused them to finish one agonizing point away from qualifying for State as a team at regional. Two new faces paced the Lady Greenbacks this year. Freshman Halle Helfrich emerged as a force, winning numerous golds on the year and taking the silver medal at State. Senior Adele Loomis moved over from tennis and had a solid season, qualifying for State as an individual. Other seniors moving on after the season include Cassidy Cronister and Morgan Strong. The boys team was slowed by injury most of the season as lead runner Joseph Loomis was sidelined for much of the year. The year’s highlight came early on, as the boys won the Josh Emerson Classic in Hoisington to begin the campaign. Seniors Brendan Pribil, Zach Will, Will Fellhoelter, Cooper Crump and Josh Powell depart.