With summer not too far away the football team has been getting after it in the weight room. If you are interested in playing football give it a try. It's never too late to join the family! Last season the Bombers achieved many goals, but are looking to achieve even more this upcoming season.
They will have to compete in different brackets with at most 12 wrestlers in each bracket. The Bombers have been working hard all year to get to this point. Everything comes down to these final matches. If they win, they move on.
Alex Milner, a three year High School wrestling veteran, is a very confident. "I fear nothing," said Milner. He says he will wrestle in five matches per tournament and is confident in his ability to win them all.
This Friday the Bombers will take on the Gilmour Lancers in the third round of the state tournament. The boys earned an ugly win against Orange last Saturday to advance to the District quarter-finals. In the first round the Bombers earned a bye-week based on team ranking voted on by area coaches and league officials.
The Boys Basketball team won a share of the CVC title on Friday, February 20th by defeating the Perry Pirates (17-3), who had beaten the Bombers a few weeks earlier. There was a unique feeling in the gym prior to the game knowing this would be the last CVC championship the Bombers Basketball team would be competing for. The game was tight throughout the first half until Perry went on a mini run to end the half sending the Bombers into the locker room down by 5. Kenston came out strong in the second half winning the third quarter by 3 and the fourth quarter by 8. Many huge free throws were made down the stretch to seal the game by CJ Maynard and Drew Sova. CJ Maynard led the game with 26 points. When I asked him what the team did after halftime to get this win and what one last CVC title meant to him he said, "We put in the work that was necessary to get the job done. It was amazing to be a part of something that meant so much to Kenston." This win gave the boys a regular season record of 18-4 which included being 10-2 in the conference. Kenston will host a home playoff game on March 4th against the Glenville Tarblooders at 7 p.m.
Although the golf season has been over for a few months and the weather won't be adequate for play until April (or later), the players are in 'full swing' and working hard through the offseason as well as the Cleveland weather. And what makes this practice possible is the Golf Dome. Many of last season's team members and next year's prospects can be found there throughout the week and on the weekends, improving their game and keeping their skills sharp.
The girls basketball team has now entered tournament time! They came out with a huge win against Bedford with the score of 65 to 51; even when Bedford was favored to win! Starting off this game was Michaela Barnes, Abby Randall, Corenna Maynard, Carri D'Angelo, and Sarah Spehn leading the Bombers off with a score of 20 to 6 by the end of the first quarter. Michaela Barnes led the team in points scoring a total of 27. Congratulations Michaela! "I feel like our hard work and dedication throughout this entire season is really starting to pay off; we're starting to collaborate well together as a team and are excited to see what happens when Shaker comes to our home court," said senior, Emily Lamb. The lady Bombers are continuing the tournament and playing Shaker on Wednesday, February 25th, at 7 p.m. Come out and support your team!
With the snow leaving and the warm weather arriving the anticipation for the baseball season begins to grow. Coming off of a successful season last year after getting a share of the CVC championship the team looks to build upon the talent they have and replace the seniors that were lost. After losing six seniors from last year’s team they look to fill the big holes. Senior captain Sam Obringer said, "We lost some big talent from last year, but I am confident that guys will step up and fill those roles." Coming off of a 12-10 overall record and a 7-3 record in the CVC they look to improve. With last year's rotation of Pete Rozman, Anthony Hajdu, and Nathan Blake all graduating the team will turn to this year's seniors to anchor the staff. Seniors Ben Princic and Brad Davis will be the go to seniors pitchers with junior Chad Linder there for support. Even though the pitching rotation took a hit, the overall team has grown and they look to claim the CVC championship once again. With the majority of the infield being returning starters the only blank space there is third base, where the Bombers have several players who could be put there.
Sunday, February 15, 2015 the Kenston gymnastics team ended their season taking eighth place out of twenty-seven teams at the sectional meet. The meet was not one of their best, but their hard work and determination still showed through. Although the gymnastics team as a whole finished their season, junior Sammi Nero will continue to go on at Districts qualifying in floor, vault, and beam. Brooke Mostar said, "I am very proud of our team this year! I am especially proud of Sammi for making it to districts. I hope she has a great meet and makes it to states. We all cannot wait to support her." Nero is a second year District qualifier and made it to States on bars and vault last year. Nero will be competing at Districts Saturday, February 28th at West Geauga High School. The competition will start promptly at ten o'clock. Come cheer Sammi Nero on to States for another year!
Softball season starts mid-February. This spring break for the second year in a row our team will be heading down to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. We are participating in spring training at a park in the sunny state hosted by "The Cal Ripken experience". Senior Paige Palmer said, "We dominated last year in Myrtle and I expect the same this year from the girls. I am excited for the upcoming season and sad that it is my last year." Coach Debonis continues to make us better athletes every practice. He runs hard and efficient practices that keep the players in good shape all season along with preseason. Coach Debonis always makes sure we are ready for the next game.
The Kenston Bombers hockey team beat Orange 2-1 in the second round of districts. Goals came from Freshman Nick Kendra and Senior Jack Javorsky. Junior Mike Nero put a solid shot on net. Kendra picked up the rebound in front and went between the legs on Greg Russell. Greg ended the game with forty some saves and holding the Bombers to only two goals. Jack's goal came in the third period. Nero won the face off back to Jack and he ripped it top left past Russell. The rest of the game the Bombers held the Lions to one goal. Jack Javorsky said on the win, "it wasn’t pretty, but it was a win. We still have a chance to go far in the tournament." The Bombers play Gilmour Academy this Friday at 8 p.m. at Kent State Ice Rink.
The Kenston High School Girl's Basketball team (10-9) will face Bedford High School (12-9) in the first round of the state tournament on Saturday, February 21st. Kenston is ranked 10th in the blended Euclid/Perry district of 24 teams, while Bedford is ranked 9th. Earlier this season, the Bombers fell to the Bearcats 47-50.