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The Burlington Ladycats and Wildcats each finished the 2014-15 TVL season with perfect 8-0 records to bring both titles home to BHS.

The LadyCats finished the regular season strong with an 8 game winning streak. Three loses in December were by a total of 6 points as the LadyCats post a season record of 14-6. They enter sub-state action seeded #2 and will face the #7 seed Erie on Monday night @7 at Burlington. These two teams met in early February with the Ladycats prevailing 59-27. A win sends them to Humboldt on Thursday to take on the winner of Humboldt and Jayhawk-Linn in semi-final play. Saturday nights 6:00 championship game will punch a ticket to the Class 3A tourney in Hutchinson March 11-14.

The Wildcats also finish the season strong as they head to sub-stae action. The Cats opened the season with a 9 game winning streak before dropping a 2 point lose to Rock Creek and a 4 point lose to Sabetha in the Burlington Invitational in Janurary. Another 9 game winning streak caps the 18-2 season recond and a #1 seed in the upcoming tournament. The Wildcats will host Central Heights Tuesday @ 7:00 at BHS with a semi-final contest in Humboldt on Friday against the winner of Wellsville vs West Franklin.

You can catch all five nights of basketball action this week on 97.7 FM THEDAWG and log on to for the live stream brought to you by Coffey Health Systems. 25 local sponsors have been backing the Cats all year long to bring Wildcat and LadyCat basketball into your cars, homes, and businesses throughout the season.

“Voice of the Cats”

Jim Hills

Win to the End

Four road games added up to four wins for the Ladycats and Wildcats these past two weeks.

The Ladycats traveled to Humboldt on Tuesday to bring home a 41-24 win over the Cubs. It was a cold night with cold shooting for both teams in the low scoring contest. The LadyCats were missing junior Shelbie Emling due to an injury as they traveld to Neodesha on Friday. This game was close throughout the first half until the LadyCats opened with a run in the third quarter and posted a 43-30 win to send their TVL record to 7-0 and season total to 13-6 with one game remaining.

The WildCats faced off against the Humboldt Cubs whose only TVL lose had been to a tough Eureka squad. A rough and tumble game found the Cats with a 12 point lead going into the fourth quarter before the Cubs clawed back within 3 with four minutes remaining in the game. Humboldts scrambling defense left too many paths to the basket and dead on free throw shooting by the Cats were the key to a 72-57 win for Burlington. Neodesha was looking to rewrite the early January lose, 81-37, they had suffered to the Wildcats on Homecoming Friday night. Scoring six points before the Cats split the net, Neodesha played basket for basket until Burlington ran off six points to go to the locker room leading 27-21. The Cats dominated the third quarter to extend the lead to 20 and finished with a 66-48 win. The Wildcats also return home this Tuesday with a 7-0 TVL record and season total 17-2.

Tuesday night wraps up the 2014-15 season at home hosting the Yates Center Wildcats on Senior Night. Four LadyCats and eight Wildcats will be recognized along with their parents between games that night. But it will not be their last appearance at BHS as both teams will host opening round sub-state games next week. Opponets will be announced on February 25. The girls game will tip off at 7:00 on Monday with the boys game at 7:00 Tuesday night. Winning sends the girls to Humboldt on Thursday and the boys on Friday for second round games. Saturday nights championship games will determine the representative to move on the the Class 3A state tournament in Hutchinson March 11-14.

“Voice of the Cats”

Jim Hills

Kindergarten Round Up – Burlington

If your child will be 5 years old on or before August 31st, 2015 then he or she is eligible to enroll in kindergarten for the 2015-2016 school year.  All of the families of eligible children in USD 244 and other families that express interest in the school district are invited the Kindergarten Round Up. Friday, March 27th, from 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 pm at the Burlington Elementary School. Located at 706 Niagara Street in Burlington. This is a chance for parents and children to come together and meet the school staff, tour the building, and have a brief orientation about readiness for kindergarten. Burlington Elementary School offer an all day kindergarten program.

For registration you will need to bring:

  • Copy of Birth Certificate
  • Immunization Records
  • Social Security Card
  • Proof of Residence (such as a utility bill)

For more information & to schedule an appointment please call 620-364-8882.

Both Burlington teams streak past Bluestreaks

Coming off of a 36 point win over Eureka last Tuesday night, the Burlington LadyCats were looking to roll over another TVL opponet, Neodesha, this week. The Bluestreaks must not have read the memo as they rode the hot shooting hand of Kelsey Potters’ 12 first quarter points to an 18-13 lead at the first break. The score tightened to a 22-19 halftime margin. Coach Gilmans halftime speech must have set the team on fire as they opened the quarter with an 11-0 run on their way to outscoring Neodesha 20-4 in the third and secured a 15 point win 49-34. Shelbie Emling led all scorers with 20 and Malorie Wagner hit double digits with 11 for the Cats.

You don’t get too many thunderstorms in Kansas during January. but it was raining 3 pointers for the WildCats Tuesday night. The Cats first five shots of the night were from beyond the three point line and they connected on 4 of 5 to lead 18-13 at the break. That worked so well that they hit another 4 from beyond the arc to race to a 44-23 halftime lead. Burlington added five more treys in the second half for a total of 13 from 7 different players to take an 81-32 win over the Streaks. All 12 Cats scored with Hatch (10), Nordstedt (11), Shell (14), and Whitworth (16) in double figures.

The 22nd Annual Burlington Invitational tips off Tuesday night with one of the strongest fields in recent years. The top four girls teams have a combined record of 29-3 with the top four boys records 28-4. The LadyCats match up with undefeated 8-0 Paola at 6:40 in the high school gym with the undefeated WildCats taking on 3-6 Rossville at 8:15.

“Voice of the Cats”

Jim Hills


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