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Sports Fall Kickoff GPHS

Fall sports are officially back! After working hard this summer, the athletes of Garden Plain have kicked off their season with Jamborees as well as a Black and Gold Scrimmage. We have interviewed a few players from each team along with their coaches for a little insight of this upcoming season.
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Photos contributed by John Bloomquist.

Volleyball

GPHS Volleyball team huddles up after the black and gold scrimmages. Photo contributed by John Bloomquist.

Bump, Set, Spike, the Lady Owls are back! They started their season with a Jamboree against Halstead and Hesston. (Hesston: 25-20, 13-25, 25-22)(Halstead: 19-25, 16-25, 25-22) Haidyn Thompson, senior three-sport athlete, said,” My favorite part of the Jamboree was actually playing teams and it not counting against us.” Coach Gina Clark’s philosophy for this season is, “No Pressure, No Diamonds, No Struggle, No Strength.” This came from looking at the struggle and pressure that makes you grow as a player and team. Coach Clark’s goal for this year is to compete with other teams. She is looking forward to the improvements her athletes will make, and having a fun exciting journey together. Claire Rolfs, junior three sport athlete, said, “I’m super optimistic about this season, it will be great!’ The hardest part about prepping for this season is the graduation of five seniors, and accommodating forty-five kids in the gym. Coach Clark’s game day routine consists of a little quiet time in her classroom, no music, no lights, and no noise. Before a game, she predicts the ending scores of the match on her clipboard. These diamonds are ready to shine this year!

Football   

GPHS Football team running onto the field to warm-up before the black and gold scrimmage. Photo contributed by John Bloomquist.

Fall sports are picking up, and Garden Plain Football kicked off their season with a Black and Gold scrimmage. This year Coach Todd Rice stated that his slogan for this season is, ”Own It.” His goal for the football team is to win a game in the playoffs and see what happens from there. Jaxen Bolinger, senior two sport-athlete, said, “My goal for this season is to be 2A State Champs.” Preseason heat has challenged many teams. Coach Rice has faced this head on with adapting to the heat, morning practices, and after school walk throughs.  Aden Stuhlsatz, senior two-sport, stated that he is beating the heat by, “Focusing on the practice so he does not think about it.” Coach Rice’s pregame routine involves eating the same thing, staying in a regular routine, and doing anything to keep the bad luck away.

 

Cheer

Cheerleaders show off their stunts at the 2023 football jamboree. Photo contributed by John Bloomquist.

As football is starting, the cheerleaders are staying in tune on what to expect for this upcoming season. The squad made their first game day appearance at the football Jamboree, showing off their hard work from this summer.  With no seniors on the team, their junior captains have been adjusting with the big jump into a seniority role. According to Coach Page Arnold, the hardest part of prepping over the summer is getting the freshman up to date with over 60 cheers and 7 dances, as well as learning new stunts. The team is focused on being better than ever and taking the season head on. Coach Arnold was asked if she has a superstition for game days, to which she replied “My game day superstition is before I go to games, I have to put on my left sock, right sock, left shoe, right shoe and everything will be good. When I get to the game I check my bag 3 times to make sure I have the music we need, and take a deep breath because I feel like I am more nervous than the girls.”

Cheerleader Jewel Gallagher poses with cross country runner Adi Stuhlsatz.

Cross Country

Garden Plain cross country athletes are running head first into this season, starting with a meet at Clearwater. Arthur Boyle, sophomore two-sport athlete, is beating the heat by taking frequent water breaks. Coach Steve Rangel’s philosophy for his runners is, “Work Hard and Run Fast.” Another thing he tells his athletes is, “Get out fast with the leaders, do not try to win in the first mile, and win in the second or third mile.” Coach Rangel’s goal for this year is to qualify both girls and boys for state. Adi Stuhlsatz, a senior, said, “I’m excited about meeting new, hardworking people who have commitment, and people perform well!”  Cross country runners need lots of strength and endurance in order to compete with others. Coach Rangel says, “It is hard to get an athlete to run to their full potential, if they are not utilizing summer workouts.” Before a meet, runners will focus on a warm up and eliminate telephone conversations. Cross country is ready to run their way to state.

        Dance

GPHS dancers performing before the black and gold scrimmage. Photos contributed by John Bloomquist.

The Garden Plain dance team is back! After a very successful summer of early morning practices, and UDA dance camp, these girls are back and more excited than ever! This squad consists of no seniors, but has two junior captains taking the situation and making the most of it. Coach Brianna Puetz said that watching her team grow and create a bond together is one of her favorite parts of the season. Before performance time, the GPHS Dance Team always huddles up in a circle while putting one foot in the circle & Praying to God! They pray to the Patron Saint of Athletes (St. Sebastian), to Mary, & many more! After they Pray, they follow it with a team cheer that is special to them. When interviewing captain Jaden Stuhlsatz, she was asked what her outlook on this season is to which she stated that she hopes the team as a whole overall improves by using new techniques learned this year. 

 

 

 

 

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Camryn Hiner, Garden Plain HS - Renwick Review
This is my first year of participating in Renwick Review. I am not involved with anything at school, but I enjoy playing club softball after school. One thing that I appreciate about the district is the community that makes you feel like family. Sydney Puetz is one person that I admire because she was always a positive and hardworking leader. I want to be an interviewer and photographer.
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This is my first year being involved with Renwick Review and I couldn't be more excited. Along with this I am also involved in cheer, volleyball, track, and KAY club. While being a cheerleader these past few years I have gotten the amazing opportunity to experience the pep and spirit throughout the small towns of Renwick. I admire that Renwick is always there for each other during hardships, even with there being multiple schools. My biggest inspiration would have to be Dolly Parton, she has such a sweet heart and is not scared to speak out about whatever she finds important. My favorite saying of hers is probably "You'll never do a whole lot unless you are brave enough to try it". During my time with Renwick Review I would love to take pictures and videos of the little things in the schools that go without being realized. Renwick has so many amazing things about it that not many people know!
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