When you lose six players from a team that amassed a 50-2 record and a State Championship title in the last two years, a coach may question, “where do we start from here?”
The Burlington LadyCats had the answer Friday night when they opened their season on the road at Osawatomie. Controlling the opening tip and scoring on their first possession set the scene no one would have scripted. The numbers exploded on the scoreboard for the LadyCats as they finished the first quarter leading 47-0. And they had hardly broken a sweat. No matter what combination of players either coach inserted into the lineup made a difference in the game pace as they finished the first half of action at 78-9. With the agreement of both coaches and officials, the second half was played with a continuous running clock and a final tally 95-19 for the Cats. Breanna Bluma lead all scorers with 24 points, including the only three point shot attempted and made by Burlington.
The mens’ game was a hard fought contest throughout with the Wildcats earning the victory 76-65. With only one Senior starter on the floor for the young Wildcats, they built a 19-8 lead at the end of the first quarter of play. Osawatomie fought back to take a 32-30 lead with under two minutes to play in the half before Cooper Whitworth hit two three pointers from deep in the corner and Grant Shell dropped a three from the top of the key to send the Cats to the locker room leading 39-36 at the half. Burlingtons defense thwarted each Trojan run in securing their first win of the season 76-65. Braden Meyers 19 and Grant Shells 20 points paced the Cats for the night.
One game down and five to go on the December road trip marathon finds the Cats traveling to Baldwin on Monday to take on the Louisburg Wildcats in the Bulldog-Wildcat Classic. Boys game tips off at 6:00 with the girls following at 7:30. It is a return trip to Baldwin on Tuesday night to match up with the Anderson County Bulldogs at 6:00 and 7:30 again. The tournament wraps up Friday night with pool play records determining opponents and start times. Check in at 97.7FM and www.977thedawg.com for game times and to listen live for all the games this season.
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Thump,thump,thump,thump. That’s the sound you were hearing as you approached the High School gym this past week. Last years season ended with the LadyCats being crowned Class 3A Kansas High School Champions in Hutchinson. But every teams win/loss record starts over with a clean slate, 0-0, when they hit the floor in December.
Burlington Wildcats and Ladycats will host the annual Meet the Cats scrimmage on Tuesday, December 2, beginning with the girls scrimmage at 6:00 with the boys scrimmage to follow. The BHS wrestling squads will open the activities at 4:00.
December finds the Cats on the road opening the season at Osawatomie on Friday, December 6. They travel to Baldwin the next week for the Annual Bulldog-Wildcat Classic tournament with games on Dec 9.10, and 13. The road trips continue with a stop at Central Heights on the 17th and the first TVL opponet, Fredonia, ends the month long journey for the Cats on the 20th. You can check the Basketball schedule @ www.usd244ks.org.
Starting times for Ladycats basketball is not an exact science with most JV games beginning at 5:00, the Varsity games can tipoff from 6:00 to 6:30. Jim Hills begins his eighth year bringing you basketball action on 97.7 THEDAWG. The games are also live streamed on www.977thedawg.com and available on your mobile devices with the app from the website.
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For the first half of the contest, you would never have imagined that these two teams had posted reverse images of their records, one being 2-6 and the other 6-2. The Cats held Humboldt to three plays and out on their first possesion, then drove down to the six yard line before turning the ball over to the Cubs. Humboldts second possesion was also a three and out with the Cats driving in to score at the 5:23 mark. We assume it was 5:23, as the scoreboard failed to light up at the Humboldt field on Halloween night. The Cubs finally score near the 5:00 ? mark of the second quarter, missing the extra point kick with the Cats leading 7-6. The Cubs get the ball back and connect on an 85 yard TD pass and run. Extra point fails and … Officials signal the end of the first half. ??? 12-7.
Halftime woke up the Cubs as they scored three rushing touchdowns in the third quarter and open the fourth with a 50 yard pass to take a 40-7 lead before the Cats score on a 12 yard Colby Johnson to Drew Young pass play and finish the game with Humboldt claiming the district title winning 48-13.
Wins were few and far betwwen this year for the 34 member Wildcat team but they did leave an impression and inspiration for all the athletes and students at BHS. Falling behind Anderson County in the final minute of the first game of the season, the Cats drive 50 yards to score the winning TD. On Homecoming night against Neodesha, lightning halts the game following Neodeshas score to take the lead. Enduring a two hour and fourty five minute delay, the Cats drive 55 yards only to lose a fumble, force a Neodesha fumble which they recover, and then score the winning TD inside of the final minute of play. A life lesson that it ain’t over till it’s over.
The helmets have been stowed, uniforms folded and packed away, playbooks returned to the shelves and another season completed. But the memories live on for the Seniors who have played their final game on Wildcat Field and the underclassmen look across the parking lot to the stadium and their field of dreams for next year.
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Eureka Tornadoes blow past Wildcats
The final home game of the season for the Wildcats failed to produce a victory to celebrate along with Parents night for 2013. Nine Senior players and their parents were introduced along with band and cheer Seniors before the TVL contest Friday night.
Eureka struck early with a QB running TD and a 92 yard passing TD just before the end of the first quarter to lead 14-0 at the first break. The Cats scoring in the second quarter came from a 5 yard Joe Metzger run and 29 yard Metzger to VanderLinden TD pass. The Tornadoes scored on two running plays to go to the locker at halftime leading 28-14. Burlingtons defense stiffened during the third quarter allowing only one score until the fourth quarter. Eureka scored on a Pitko to Nelson pass on the first play of the fourth before Burlington found the endzone on a Keton Hicks 7 yard run. The Tornadoes posted the final score of the night and took the 50-21 victory.
The Cats will be on the road to Humboldt on Hallowen Night, a Thursday night contest to finish didtrict play. For all the Wildcat supporters traveling to Humboldt, you will be in for a treat as we will be hosted at a new venue for Cubs football. The new stadium is located East of the railroad tracks off of Center Street on the East side of Humboldt. If you won’t be travelling with the Cats, follow them on 97.7FM or www.977thedawg.com.
The Burlington LadyCats volleyball team won their sub-state tournament last Saturday in Garnett and will open Class 4A tourament action in Salina seeded #1 with pool games Friday @ 3:30, 5:30, and 8:30. Finals brackets will be played Saturday. CONGRATULATIONS LADYCATSS !!!
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The Burlington Wildcats had trouble getting warmed up on a wet and cold Friday night with the Fredonia Yellowjackets in town. Fredonia scored on their first possesion of the game on a 36 yard pass play to go up 8-0. Two more passing TD’s put Fredonia in control before Joe Metzger connected with Cooper Whitworth on a 30 yard TD strike to get on the board. Fredonia went to the locker rooom at halftime sporting a 30-6 lead. Adjustments at halftime paid dividends for the Cats in the third quarter as Joe Metzger ran for a 49 yard TD on the first possesion, then hit Drew Young with back-to-back scoring passes to get within a 30-26 margin with 2:49 remaining in the quarter. Fredonia regained their balamce and scored two more touchdowns to win the contest 44-26.
Friday night will conclude a three game homestand as the Cats host the Eureka Tornadoes in the second game of district play. Eureka fell to Humboldt last week 34-20 to open district action. Pregame ceremonies will feature Senior night as football, cheerleading,crosscountry, and band Seniors will be recognized before the 7:00 kickoff.
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