On Saturday, Feb. 17, the women’s basketball team started off with a game facing Bethany College. Sterling, leading most of the game, ended with a final score of 74-66 in Sterling’s favor, putting the women’s team with a total 16-13 win-loss ratio.
The night was also one of joy for some on the team as four of the seniors played their last home game. Senior Kilee Harris said that “from warm ups to the final buzzer we had so much positive energy and teamwork out on the court and from the bench. Then, you add being on your home court into that and it’s all amplified! Couldn’t ask for a better last home game!” Other seniors on the team include Jordin Greer, Samantha Mosley, and Jessica Princ.
While the Sterling men’s basketball team doesn’t have any seniors this year, the game still held some weight. Also facing Bethany College, Sterling stayed strong most of the game, leading all the way into the second half. However, with less than 10 minutes on the clock, the Swedes were able to overtake Sterling with a final score of 80-93. This puts the men’s team with a total 7-22 win-loss ratio.
On both Friday and Saturday, Sterling’s baseball team went against Oklahoma Wesleyan University in a three-game competition. For the first game, Sterling lost with a score of 3-7. Sterling led after the third inning, only to be overtaken by three runs in the sixth inning.
During the second game, Sterling was able to make a comeback winning the game 10-6. Both teams started the game off strong with Sterling in the lead until the fourth inning when Kansas Wesleyan overtook them. By the end, however, Sterling stepped up its game as Wesleyan dropped the ball.
At the third game on Saturday, Sterling was up against some tough competition that lost them the game with a score of 8-13. Oklahoma Wesleyan gave a third inning that won them the game with 10 runs. Sterling was able to catch up with an impressive six runs in the fourth inning, though it wasn’t quite enough. This lends the baseball team with a total win-loss ratio of 3-9.
On Saturday, Sterling’s softball team played two games against Doane University. Sterling ended up winning the first game with a score of 24-22, but lost the second game 9-13. This puts the softball team with a total 2-4 win-loss ratio.
Senior Jenna Weimer stated, “I think in light of the high score of the previous game we let up a bit. We figured in any given inning we could just score five or six runs like we had in the last game, and that just wasn’t the case with the second game’s pitcher. Lots of good stuff individually, we just couldn’t quite pull it together as a team.”
On Saturday, Feb. 11, the Sterling men’s basketball team faced Friends University in Wichita, KS. with an outcome of 91-97. Ultimately what caused such a close loss was due to the major issue of the teams turnovers. With only two more games left, the defense is in a time crunch to fix the issue that is their defensive play, having difficulty to even put 80/90 points per game.
In the first half of the game, Sterling was behind 18 points. “This hurt us because we know they’re a good team and weren’t going to let us back into the game easily,” said freshman Sean Nordberg. “Secondly, there was a short stretch late in the second half when we had the lead down to six or seven. We missed our next shot, then fouled on the defensive end and shortly after found ourselves down 11 again after some calls that didn’t go our way.” Nordberg was the leading scorer of the night with 24 points.
There are only two games left for their season. Junior Keyshawn McMahon believes his team will finish strong, saying that he is “excited” and that “we will keep getting better and finish strong.” What the team is expecting is a win streak for the last two games. Due to how new and young the team is, this is a year of experimenting and learning. The team is now not only preparing for the last two games, but the next season as well.
On Thursday, Feb. 9 and Friday, Feb. 10, the Sterling baseball team traveled to San Antonio, Texas with an overall record of 1-3 this weekend. They faced Our Lady of the Lake University and Central Methodist University. The first game against Our Lady of the Lake ended with a score of 7-8. Second game they played this weekend was against Central Methodist, with an ending score 5-8. Game three against Central Methodist saw SC baseball in the lead with 5-1, but ended up losing 5-8. The fourth and final game of the weekend was a turning point with a win of 5-8. One of the highlights from those games was freshman Tyler Pfeifer pitching seven innings throughout the weekend.
With 30 plus games to come ahead, the team is facing Oklahoma Wesleyan University, ranked number five in the nation. Sterling’s baseball team will soon start conference this week, aiming to advance in regionals and working their way to the World Series this spring.
“I feel like the first win came at the right time, we have momentum going towards our conference opener against OK Wesleyan,” said sophomore Cristian Bracero. He also believes there is improvement needed to be made such as “not walking walking as many people, taking care of the ball when we are in defense.” He feels confident that the team will bounce back. “I feel confident about this team and I trust every single guy in it.”
Freshman Daniel Medina also believes the last game they played was an eye-opening moment for the team as a whole. Medina, just like Bracero, believes there is much to improve when it comes to pitching. He has full trust of the coaches in the team. “We are a family in and out of the field, making us stronger than ever…nothing but great things await us.”
The Sterling College Lady Warriors looked to shake off their hard-fought loss on Wednesday, as they took on the McPherson College Bulldogs in the Gleason Center on Saturday. Freshman point guard Kylah Comley and fellow freshman Alexis Theus combined for 48 to push the Lady Warriors past McPherson, 80-72.
In the opening quarter, McPherson came out strong to battle with Sterling. The Lady Warriors looked to keep the pressure on the defense by attacking the rim and going inside often. However, McPherson continued to strike on offense, taking a 14-10 lead at the end of the first quarter.
In the second quarter, McPherson kept their foot on the pedal. The Lady Bulldogs would go up 19-12 with just under seven minutes to play. However, the Lady Warriors would fight back, using a quick 8-0 run to take a 22-19 lead with 4:22 left in the quarter. The Lady Bulldogs tried to stop the Lady Warriors run with a score, but Sterling would only keep powering forward making play after play. Sterling took a 36-24 lead at the break.
The Lady Warriors would continue to thrive in the third quarter, scoring six unanswered to take a 42-27 lead totaling its largest lead of the night. McPherson kept battling back closing in on the Lady Warrior lead throughout the quarter, as the Bulldogs cut the lead down to two 51-49 in the final minutes of the third. However, Sterling used a buzzer beater three and some free throws late in the quarter to give them a 57-51 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
In the final quarter of the game, Sterling and McPherson battled it out. Being aggressive would help Sterling extend their lead throughout the remainder of the quarter, getting to the rim and the free throw line time and time again. McPherson would continue to fight, but they didn’t have enough to pull this one out, as the Lady Warriors would go on to defeat McPherson 80-72.
Comley led Sterling with 30 points for her second-straight 30+ point game, while Theus had a career high 18 points off the bench. Jordin Greer, senior, and Jessica Princ, senior, each added 13 points in the victory, while Kilee Harris, senior, had a team high of six rebounds and Comley added a team high four steals. Kennedy Sokoloski, junior, and Comley each had a team high three assists in the game for the Lady Warriors.
Sterling (5-3, 4-1) will be back in action on Wednesday, Dec. 6, as the Lady Warriors head to North Newton to take on the Bethel College Threshers at 6 p.m.
Men’s Basketball vs. McPherson College W 84-75
The Sterling College men’s basketball team looked to pick up their first conference win on Saturday, as the Warriors took on the Bulldogs of McPherson College. A career night from Kody Crosby, freshman, would propel the Warriors over the Bulldogs 84-75.
Early in the game, the Bulldogs started out hot, getting out to an early 11-4 lead. The Warriors continued to chip away at the lead, using scores inside from Crosby and JaMiah Windom-Haynes, freshman.
Haynes and Leye Oyatayo, junior, followed by a three-pointer from Christian Ohler, junior, to tie the game at 13-13. The Bulldogs would use a quick 6-0 run to jump ahead 19-13, but Windom- Haynes and Crosby would take over the game, as the two freshmen would go on a 21-6 run against the Bulldogs to give Sterling a 34-25 lead with 6:09 left in the half.
A pair of free-throws from Oyatayo and back-to-back scores from Ohler would help Sterling extend their lead, while Keyshawn McMahon, junior, and Trey Dubbert, junior, would add baskets for the Warriors, giving Sterling a 46-30 lead with two minutes to go in the half. The Warriors would finish the half strong scoring twice in the final minute to give Sterling a 51-32 lead heading into the break.
Sterling looked to continue their offensive surge into the second half, getting started with scores from McMahon andOyatayo to take a 56-36 lead early in the half. McPherson started making adjustments to find ways to chip into the Warriors lead. Midway through the half the score was 62-48. That’s when the Bulldogs started to make a run of their own late in the half, cutting into the Sterling lead to make it 68-63 with 6:42 left in the game. However, back-to-back scores from Crosby would push Sterling ahead 73-64.
McPherson still wasn’t done fighting, getting a few quick scores and hitting a three-pointer to make it 73-71 in the final minute, but a basket inside from Ohler and two pairs of free throws from McMahon would put Sterling ahead 79-75 with less than 20 seconds to play. The Bulldogs would start to foul to stop the clock, but Isaac Ostrosky, sophomore, and Oyatayo would hit free throws late to keep Sterling ahead, as the Warriors would hold off the late McPherson run to win this one 84-75.
Crosby led Sterling with a career high 30 points, while also pulling down 10 rebounds for a double-double. Ohler and Oyatayo each had 12 points off the bench, while JaMiah Windom-Haynes added 10 points in the win. Keyshawn McMahon had a team high eight assists in the game while Isaac Ostrosky had a team high two steals for the Warriors.
Sterling (3-7, 1-4) looks to continue their winning ways as they travel to North Newton, Kansas, on Wednesday, Dec. 9, to take on Bethel College at 8 p.m.
Indoor Track and Field
The Warriors started their season off at the Fighting Bee Opener hosted at the University of St. Ambrose in Davenport, Iowa. The Warriors had a strong showing at the opening competition, placing in multiple events. In the 800-meter run, Sterling’s Pierce Wolters, freshman, placed second followed by Zach Williams, junior, at third and Trenton Scmitt, freshman, at fourth.
In the 3,000-meter run, Josh Christain, freshman, placed third, as well as taking home second place in the mile runs. In the 60-meter hurdles, Jordan Wallace, freshman, earned first place. In the 4×400, the Warriors placed second.
The Warriors next time in action is in January at the Ward Haylett Invite in Crete, Neb.
The Lady Warriors traveled to Davenport, Iowa to compete in the Fighting Bee Opener. During the 200-meter run, Jaci Nelson, junior, finished fifth and Abby Reed, junior, finished 11th. In the 400-meter, Reed finished fourth with a time of 1:07:14.
02.00 3 Zach Williams JR Sterling 2:02.53 3 4 Trenton Schmitt FR Sterlin Wolters FR Sterling 2:02.00 4 3 Zach Williams JR Sterling 2:02.53 3 4 Trenton Schmitt
The Lady Warriors next time on the Track is in January at the Ward Haylett Invite in Crete, Nebraska.
The No. 16 Sterling College Warriors traveled to Sioux City, Iowa on Saturday to take on the No. 3 Morningside College Mustangs for the first round of the 2017 NAIA Football Championship Series. After a 7-7 opening quarter, Morningside got into a zone that couldn’t be slowed down, ultimately keeping the Warriors from creating any momentum. Sterling loss 63-7
Early on in the game the Warriors got offense from Eric Butler, sophomore, with completions to Raphael Williams, junior, and Greer Chandler, junior, that would move the Warriors down the field, as Sterling looked to answer the Mustangs early on.
Eric Butler would find Darryl Terrell, sophomore down the field for a 36-yard reception, putting the Warriors in the red zone on first and goal. Aaron Chisolm, sophomore, finished off the nine-play drive with a 1-yard rushing score to even the game at 7-7 in the first quarter. The Mustangs kept firing on all cylinders in their next drive, using two passes down the field to add another quick score, to make it 14-7 in the closing minutes of the first quarter. The Warriors looked to answer late in the quarter, but the Mustangs would force Sterling to punt. Following the punt neither team would be able to add scores in the final minutes, the Mustangs led the Warriors, 14-7 heading into the second quarter.
In the second quarter, Morningside had started to create separation from the Warriors. The Warriors would get tackles and big defensive plays from Kenya Edner, senior, Swain Williams, senior, Nicholas McGrew, junior, and Adam Douglas, junior, throughout the Morningside offensive drives, but the Mustangs wouldn’t be contained. The Mustangs would add three scores to their total in the second quarter to take a 35-7 lead. Offensively, Sterling struggled against the aggressive Morningside defense, only picking up three first downs in the quarter on strong rushes from Chisolm and key receptions by Terrell. Morningside led 35-7 heading into the break.
With the second half underway, Morningside continued the attack on both side of the balls, adding to their lead throughout the remainder of the game. Morningside would add three scores in the third quarter to take a 56-7 lead. Sterling would continue to show fight and toughness, getting stops throughout the fourth quarter; while on offense getting strong play from Daniel Doriscar, freshman, and Eric Haynes, junior, in comeback efforts. However, the Mustangs were the better team Saturday and that showed from early on going on to defeat the Warriors in the First Round of the NAIA Football Championship Series, 63-7.
Butler finished the game with 146 passing yards, going 12 for 31 in the game, while Chisolm led the Warriors with 60 rushing yards and a touchdown. Terrell led the receiving game with six receptions for 81 yards, followed by Chandler and Williams each with two catches for 34 and 10 yards respectively.
Defensively, McGrew led the Warriors with nine tackles, while Edner finished with 7.5 tackles and a pass break up. Dezmond Howard, senior, and Maurice Rucker, sophomore, each had a forced fumble, while Braden Scheulen, freshman, earned a blocked kick in the game.
Sterling ends the season 9-3 overall with a KCAC record of 8-1, earning their second KCAC Championship in school history. The Warriors finished off an excellent year by reaching the NAIA Football Championship Series for the second straight season, only the third time in program history.
Women’s Basketball – vs. Southwestern College / W 72-70
On Saturday, the Lady Warriors traveled to Winfield, Kan. to battle against the Lady Builders of Southwestern College. In a game that was decided in the final seconds of the game, both teams gave everything they had every possession of the game; however it was Sterling who would prevail victorious at the end of regulation 72-70.
The Lady Warriors were down a key player in Kilee Harris, senior, who would have been able to impact the game in many ways. In a game that went down to the wire, the other team leaders of the Lady Warriors shouldered the load for the team. With the exception of one starter, every other member of the starting five had to play close to 40 minutes for the Lady Warriors to pull this one out. The teams battled all night with big time runs and lead changes throughout the game—there was a feeling it would come down to the final seconds.
With the game on the line late in the second half with the scored tied at 68 Jordin Greer, senior, knocked down a pull up jumper to put the Lady Warriors up by two. However, Southwestern would answer with a basket on the other end on the following possession to tie it at 70. With the game on the line Kylah Comley, freshman, had the ball in her hands as time winded down after killing time to ensure Sterling would have the last shot. She drove to the basket hard and finished strong at the rim for the game winning basket.
Comley had a huge night pouring in 33 points while dishing out 6 assists. Senior leaders Jordin Greer and Jessica Princ also came in huge for the lady Warriors scoring 25 and 14 points respectively. Jordin Greer led the team in steals with five takeaways and Alexis Theus, freshman, led the team in the rebounding category pulling in 6.
Following this match-up, the Lady Warriors are now 3-2 on the season. Their next matchup will be against the Lady Spires of Saint Mary at home on Nov. 21 at 6 p.m.
Men’s Basketball – vs. (13) Southwestern College / L 77-97
On Saturday, the Warriors wheeled up to Winfield, Kan. to take on the Southwestern College Builders in a conference matchup. The Warriors gave great effort in this matchup, but it wasn’t enough to stop the Builders. The Builders led for the rest of the game since the 13:50 mark of the first half, and they never took their foot off the pedal winning big 77-97 over the Warriors.
The Warriors came out challenging the Builders with six lead changes in the opening minutes of the game, but the Builders would demonstrate poise in their attack early on, getting the shot they wanted time and time again. Once the Builders got hot, there wasn’t much the Warriors could do to slow them down.
The Warriors were led by Isaac Ostrosky, freshman, who scored a season high of 27 points. Trey Dubbert, junior, scored 16 points off the bench for the Warriors and Jamiah Windom-Haynes, freshman, and Kody Crosby, freshman, chipped in with 11 and 13 points respectively.
The Warriors move to 2-5 on the season, their next matchup is against the University of Saint Mary Spires on Tuesday, Nov. 21 at 8 p.m.
By Kevin Baatrup & Lauren Weiland Sterling, KS — Nov. 18, 2017, 7:20 P.M.
“We didn’t back off and we didn’t give up.”
The Sterling College Warrior Classic took place on Friday, Nov. 11 and Saturday, Nov. 12 in Gleason Center. The event hosted the men’s and women’s basketball teams competing on their own turf, and while most of the games fell short, there were other victories won.
Friday night started off with the Lady Warrior’s first home game of the season against Briar Cliff University. The ladies defeated the Chargers in a 78-75 victory. Kylah Comley, freshman, and Jordin Greer, senior, led the team in points, both earning 19 respectively. Kilee Harris, senior, led in rebounds with a total of eight, and Jessica Princ, senior, led in assists with a total of five.
The men, however, took a loss to Concordia University on Friday with a score of 79-75. Tim Hendrixson, junior, led the team in points with a score of 15 respectively. Keshawn McMahon, junior, and JaMiah Windom-Hanes, freshman, both led in rebounds with a total of six, and McMahon also led the team in assists with five.
On Saturday, the victory was cut short for the Lady Warriors, falling to Central Methodist University with a score of 75-59. Princ led the team in points, earning a total of 20 respectively. Harris led in rebounds with a score of 10, and Comely led in assists with six.
Saturday also was another hit for the men, losing to Hastings College with a score of 86-70. Windom-Hanes led in both points and rebounds, with 20 points and five rebounds, while McMahon led with four assists.
Through the disappointing losses of the weekend, men’s assistant coach Phinehas Starks found things to be proud of.
“Even though we lost…I think one thing we continue to do good is we continue to fight defensively. We didn’t back off, we didn’t give up. The guys on the bench came up with some really good energy and ready to play.”
Women’s head coach K.C. Bassett shares similar sentiments.
“We definitely play hard, which is always something we strive for…overall we played pretty well as a team,” she said, even though some shots didn’t hit and overall defense “needed work.”
She also said that “we had some bench people come off and play some good minutes and had people gut through injuries and they did a good job overall as well.”
In their final regular season game, the No. 16 Sterling College Warriors traveled to McPherson to take on the Bulldogs, in a game that was a battle for the entire 60 minutes. After being tied at the half, Sterling pulled away in the second half to beat the McPherson College Bulldogs 50-34 to become the 2017 KCAC Champions.
Sophomore Eric Butler finished with 324 passing yards, going 25 for 39 with a touchdown, adding five carries for 29 yards and a touchdown for Sterling. Sophomore Aaron Chisolm had a career game, leading the Warriors with 208 rushing yards on 21 carries, scoring four touchdowns for the Warriors. Sophomore Darryl Terrell added 117 receiving yards on 11 receptions and a touchdown, while junior Jordan Dye finished with four receptions for 81 yards and a touchdown. The Warriors racked up a total of 573 yards of total offense on the day for the game.
Defensively, senior Swain Williams led Sterling with eight tackles and three pass break ups, while freshman Braden Scheulen added six tackles, including two for a loss. Sophomore Maurice Rucker finished with four tackles and two pass breaks ups, while seniors Kenya Edner, Dezmond Howard, and Dezmon Walker each forced a fumble in the victory. Senior Michael Winstead also connected on all six of his extra point attempts for the Warriors.
Sterling finishes the regular season 9-2 overall and with a KCAC record of 8-1 to earn the 2017 KCAC Championship, the second in school history. Sterling will battle against Morningside College in Soiux City, Iowa next Saturday in the first round of the NAIA College Football Championship Series.
Women’s Basketball – W vs Briar Cliff University 78-75/ L vs Central Methodist University 59-75
Opening day of the Warrior Classic, the Lady Warriors took on the Briar Cliff University Broncos. The game was closely contested all the way to the buzzer.
In the first half, neither team was able to get much separation. However, in the third quarter the Lady Warriors used a 29-point quarter to give them the largest lead of the game by 13 points. The Lady Broncos used a big fourth quarter to try to pull in close, but it wasn’t enough. The Lady Warriors would prevail win this one narrowly 78-75. The Lady Warriors used a balanced scoring effort to pace them finishing with 4 players in double digits.
Freshman Kylah Comley and senior Jordin Greer scored 19 points respectively and senior Kilee Harris and freshman Alexis Theus chipped in with 15 and 12 points.
On Saturday, the Lady Warriors squared off against the Lady Eagles of Central Methodist University. The Lady Warriors battled hard in this game, but it came down the making shots and getting defensive stops. A huge fourth quarter run by the Lady Eagles where they scored 26 points put this game out of reach. The Lady Warriors were defeated 59-75.
The Lady Warriors shot 0-11 from the three-point line and 38% from the field, as opposed to the Lady Eagles who shot 11-25 from three point range and 44% percent from the field. Senior Jessica Princ led the scoring efforts for Sterling with 20 points. While Harris tallied a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds. The Lady Warriors are now 1-2 on the season, their next matchup is a home game Wednesday facing off against the Ottawa University Braves.
Men’s Basketball- L vs Concordia University 79-75/ L vs Hastings College 70-86
On Friday evening the Warriors faced off with the Bulldogs of Concordia University. The Warriors were defeated 79-75.
The matchup was an edgy contest based on runs. The Warriors struggled offensively early on and found themselves in a big hole down 22-8. But they stormed back, going on a 17-3 run in the final 12 minutes of the half to tie the game at 25-25.
In the second half, the Bulldogs would pull away again going up by as much as 21 points. But the Warriors went on another charge to pull within four in the final six minutes but it wasn’t enough. Junior Tim Hendrixson led the Warriors in scoring with 15 points off the bench.
Saturday, the Warriors battled the Broncos of Hastings College. The Broncos simply executed better, defended better and outworked the Warriors on the boards. The Warriors loss this one 70-86 in result.
This contest was lopsided from all but the first ten minutes. Both teams started the game slow with a bit of sloppy play. However, the Broncos would start hitting shots and create separation from the Warriors. The Warriors couldn’t keep the Broncos off the boards as the Broncos outrebounded the Warriors by 17 rebounds. Freshman Jamiah Windom Haynes led all Warrior scorers with 20 points while also garnering 5 rebounds. The Warriors are now 2-3, their next matchup is Wednesday at home against the Ottawa University Braves.
Volleyball – L vs Saint Mary 3-0, (25-18, 25-21, 25-17)
Sterling finished up the KCAC tournament against Saint Mary. The Lady Warriors and Spires battled it out, but Saint Mary would finish with the victory, defeating Sterling 3-0. (25-18, 25-21, 25-17) Chelsey Riffel (Jr. Sterling, KS) would finish with 13 kills for Sterling, followed by nine kills from Makenzie Cork (Sr. Safford, Ariz). Mikaela Wells (Jr. Haven, Kansas) finished with 27 assists, while Alexandra Reid (Jr. Pheonix, Ariz) added 15 kills for the Lady Warriors.
Sterling finished the season 15-18 overall with a KCAC record of 10-12, finishing seventh in the conference.
Nov. 4 – Football vs University of St. Mary – W 39-20
Saturday, the Warriors faced off against the Spires of The University of St. Mary. The Warriors came into this game on a two game winning streak and on a mission to beat the Spires in Leavenworth.
The Warriors led the entire game Saturday. The Warriors started the game with 26 unanswered points for a 26-0 lead at the end of the first half. In the second half it was more of the same.
Highlighted by stingy defense and efficient offense, the Warriors cruised to a 39-20 victory. Sophomore quarterback Eric Butler turned in a huge game for the Warriors with four touchdowns, two rushing touchdowns and two passing touchdowns. Sophomore Darryl Terrell represented the Warriors with two touchdowns of his own Saturday as well.
The Warriors spoiled Senior Day for the Spires, and they look to have more of the same success against the McPherson College Bulldogs in McPherson on Nov. 11 at 1:00 p.m.
Nov. 4 – Volleyball vs University of St. Mary – L-9-25, 21-25, 20-25
The Lady Warriors traveled to Leavenworth, Kan. on Saturday to matchup with the Spires. The last matchup with the Spires the Lady Warriors won 3-0, but this time it was the complete opposite.
The first set was one sided—the Lady Warriors didn’t have an answer for the Spires losing 9-25. In the second set, the Lady Warriors showed a lot of energy and fight, but it wasn’t enough to win the set as they fell 21-25.
Lastly, in the third set, which would be the final set, the Spires controlled the set to finish the set 20-25. This was the last regular season game for the Lady Warriors as they prepare for the KCAC tournament.
Nov. 4 – Men’s JV Basketball vs Northwest All Stars – W 93-81 / Nov. 3 – Men’s JV Basketball vs Colby College – L 79-97
The JV Men’s basketball team traveled to Colby, Kan. for the Colby invitational tournament for the weekend. They split each game for a 1-1 record for the weekend.
In the first game, they matched up against Colby College. The game was capped by runs, the Warriors led the game by 10 points after the first half 57-47, but they couldn’t close the game as the Trojans charged back to win the game 97-79. Freshman Cameron Bluitt scored 22 to lead all scorers for the Warriors and freshman Sean Nordberg pitched in with 16.
In the second game, the Warriors squared off with the Northwest All-Stars. Except for a small exception of the game where the Warriors trailed, they cruised easily to a 93-81 win. Warriors scoring leaders were again Freshman Cameron Bluitt and Freshman Sean Nordberg with 17 and 15 respectively.
The next JV game will be at Barton County Community College on Wed., Nov. 8. at 7:30 p.m. The next varsity game will be the Warrior Classic at home against Concordia University on Friday, Nov. 10 at 8:00 p.m.
Nov. 3 – Women’s Basketball vs 6 College of the Ozarks – L 72-92
The Lady Warriors traveled to Point Lookout, MO. to face the Lady Bobcats of The College of Ozarks. The game was closely contested and competitive for most of this outing.
The first quarter ended 19-18 in favor of the Lady Bobcats. The Lady Bobcats extended their lead in the second and third quarters behind big 30 and 26 point quarters. The Lady Warriors were never able to overcome the early deficit and they ended up losing this one 92-72.
One major difference in this matchup was the ball control—the Lady Warriors had 24 turnovers in contrast to only six assists. The Lady Warriors had a balanced effort scoring wise, having four of their five starters in double figures. However, they struggled to get much contribution from their bench.
Freshman Kylah Comley scored 22 and grabbed 7 rebounds for the Lady Warriors and Senior Jordin Greer scored 17 points on 7 for 10 shooting.
Their next game will be the Warrior Classic hosted here at home against Briar Cliff University at 7:00 p.m.
Nov. 3 – Men’s Basketball vs University of Missouri-Kansas City – L 58-110
The Warriors traveled to Kansas City, MO on Friday to battle with the University of Missouri- Kansas City Roos in an exhibition game. From the start of the game, it was all UMKC.
The Warriors never seemed to adjust to the strength the Roos played with in this game. UMKC seemed bigger and faster all throughout the night and it showed with the Roos 51 rebounds and 36 free throw attempts.
The Warriors did some good things in this game defensively and rebounding wise, but it wasn’t enough in this blowout win for UMKC. The Warriors were led in scoring by junior Trey Dubbert with 12 points.
The Warriors will have a chance to make up for this loss quickly as they prepare for action against the Doane Tigers in Crete, Neb. on Monday at 6:00 p.m.
Sterling, Kan. – Halloween on the Hardwood was an event that led to some unique costumes from creative fans and a win from the Warriors.
The Sterling College men’s basketball team played their first home game in Gleason Center on Monday, Oct. 30 facing the Barclay College Bears. The Warriors came out with a 104-77 victory that Coach Dean Jaderston was “pleased” with.
Jaderston said that “we started out a little bit slow, which is normal, as we got the feel of the game, and probably around the first half we got comfortable and second half we really started stepping up and playing the way we wanted to play.”
“We played together as a team,” said junior Leye Oyatayo. “I think almost everybody scored. It was fun basketball.”
However, Jaderston, along with junior Trey Dubbert, take this game as a learning experience as to what to improve on during the season.
“I think personally I can improve on is just playing a little bit quicker [and] seeing my teammates faster,” Dubbert said. He also said he wishes to improve on “letting the game come to [him] and not trying to rush things or overthink things,” but just to play the game of basketball.
“We have a young team, and we’re going to get better everyday,” Jaderston said. “Right now, it’s about each player getting better individually and getting us better collectively…if we play really hard every day and get a little bit better, it’ll be really fun by the end of the year.”