The Eads boys’ basketball team was in action for two non-conference games over the weekend and came away with a 50-50 performance as they soundly defeated Idalia, 66-43; and then let some confusion during the second half make them lose their focus resulting in a tough loss to Otis, 54-40. Eads must now regroup and continue to improve as they prepare for two key conference games next weekend including Cheyenne Wells and Granada.
This year’s strain of the flu bug is proving to be highly contagious and also highly debilitating as the Kit Carson School District certainly knows. Over the past week, they had so many students out with the flu they were forced to cancel school on Friday. The basketball teams were also hit hard during the week, which meant less than efficient practices as players were out sick. The school cancellation also meant the Wildcats had to postpone a conference game with Granada.
Kevin Washington grew up in Wichita, Kansas and spent every moment he could on the basketball courts. As he grew up he was very successful, first as a high school All-American at Wichita Heights, then playing at West Texas State University. He finally played professionally for years oversees in such interesting countries as Australia, New Zealand, and Sweden. During all that time, his love and passion for the game has never waivered, as he now teaches youth how to play the game he loves. He also helps high school players connect with colleges across the country through his travel team programs.
Kit Carson is coming off a very successful preseason where head coach Damon Dechant led his Wildcats to a 4-1 start and a Lamar Holiday Basketball Tournament runner-up finish. They now enter 2018 where the full schedule will get underway. Coach Dechant was happy that hoops action was back in the limelight and pleased to get two quality wins out of the chute including a 64-26 win over Bethune on Friday night and a win over Arickaree-Woodlin, 57-44. “Anytime we can get two wins in a weekend we will take it. It is good to get those first games back from break out of the way so the team can get back into a routine.”
It has a been a long break for area preps fans who left 2017 watching a high level of play at the 54th Annual Lamar Holiday Basketball Tournament. Now that all the teams have gotten some much-deserved rest, relaxation, and good home cooking they hit the hardwood once again to begin the grueling main basketball season that will run right up to March. In the first weekend back, the Eads Lady Eagles used their defense to get a key conference win, 35-24, over a good Cheraw group on Friday night in Eads. They then turned around and traveled to Stratton where they easily took care of the Knighted-Eagles, 53-17. Eads is now 6-2 overall after the first weekend back.