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.
Midway through the season and the Rivals have started things back up again by attending the Savage Invitational in Lamar this past weekend. The team still having trouble getting everyone healthy and back on the mat also the weight shifting is taking a little longer for some. They will have to have all this managed and put in place by the Regional Tournament that is approximately one month away. Even with this the Rivals still managed to pull off a 4th place team finish at a very tough tournament.
Over the holiday break most people put the prep sports talk to the side as they prepared for their holiday plans with family and friends. The first part of the winter season sports including basketball and wrestling was put on hold while we all turned to Christmas and New Years’ celebrations.
But one list that came out from CHSAA was under the radar but is one that needs to be reported. That list is the 8-Man and 6-Man Football All-State selections. These athletes are considered the best of the best in their given football divisions.
The 54th Annual Lamar Holiday Basketball Tournament was one for the books as within both the Boys’ and Girls’ divisions 4-peat championships were earned. Yes, that’s four championships in a row. The Kit Carson girls did it with a defeat over the athletic Holly group; and the Holly boys won their fourth HBT championship defeating Kit Carson for the second year in a row.
Well here we are again in the most wonderful time of the year! At least it is for wrestling enthusiast across the state. Every Saturday will be spent inside a gymnasium watching their favorite wrestler go at it; win or lose, still eager for the next event to get here. This season it comes with a little different story for the Eads wrestling program as they are combining their talents with McClave High School and Wiley High School. The coop will provide better practices for the wrestlers by providing an appropriate sized wrestling buddy to drill with, along with the chance of competing as a team at various tournaments. Cade Hasser will lead the team as the head coach and Hayden Uhland will help out as the assistant. The move has already proved true as the County Line Rivals worked together and finished with a 2nd Place plaque at the Fowler Wrestling Tournament held this last Saturday.