April 17, 2014

Huppe, Webb earn all-state basketball honors

Gardner Edgerton High School junior Kyle Huppe and senior Tanner Webb recently earned state  6A honorable mention basketball honors.
Webb and Huppe both averaged over 13 points per game and led GEHS to a 12-8 overall record and third place …

Blazers finish 3rd in EKL league

GEHS senior CJ Hall helped the Blazers to a 12-9 record and third place finish in the East Kansas league this season. The Blazer closed the season with a first round 6A sub state loss at Olathe South. Photo courtesy of Plank Photography
GEHS senior CJ Hall helped the Blazers to a 12-9 record and third place finish in the East Kansas league this season. The Blazer closed the season with a first round 6A sub state loss at Olathe South. Photo courtesy

Blazers go 12-8 following home wins against Schlagel, Bishop Miege

Dave Switzer Special to The Gardner News Gardner-Edgerton upped their season record to 12-8 with a pair of home victories last week- in games that had two contrasting styles. On Tuesday Feb. 21, the Blazers engaged in an old-fashioned shoot- out with Schlagle, winning a fast-paced 88-75 thriller. Three nights later, GE put their defense on display, holding league foe Bishop Miege-a club that had defeated them earlier in the season-to just 34 points in a 44-34 victory. Against Schlagle, the Blazers were white-hot from the outset, scoring 46 first half points, mostly behind the triumvirate of Kyle Huppe, Tanner Webb and Zach Hickman-all who would go for at least 20 points in the affair.   The Stallions were on fire as well, only trailing 46-36 at the break by using some impressive shooting from behind the arc.  They clawed back even closer after three quarters, cutting the GE lead to 62-58 entering the final frame. The Blazers were equal to the challenge in that fourth quarter, scoring 26 points on the way to a season-high 88 as they hung on for a scintillating 88-75 triumph. Huppe had 28 points to lead the team with Webb adding 22 and Hickman 20.  Matt Plank had eight, Trae Wrench had four, CJ Hall had four, Chip Kueffer had three and Dilon Dodson had two to round out the impressive 88-point effort. Three nights later, GE ended their regular season by hosting Bishop Miege.  The Blazers never trailed in gaining the hard-fought 44-34 league win. Huppe and Webb had all of the squad’s points in the first period as they sprinted out to an 11-6 lead.  After Miege trimmed the advantage to 11-9 early in the second quarter, Huppe hit a three to extend the lead to 14-9.  The Stags clawed back to within one at 14-13 before Plank hit a long triple to put his team up 17-13 at the 4:51 mark.  The Blazers would hold Miege to just one free throw the rest of the period as they went into intermission up 21-14.   The Stags started the third quarter on an 8-2 run to get to within one at 23-22 with 1:41 to play in the period.  Huppe then stepped up, burying a guarded three and hitting another jumper to get the lead to six at 28-22 entering the final quarter. Miege used a 7-2 run to trim that lead to 30-29 with 526 left in the contest. Hall gave the Blazers some breathing room by dropping in two charities before two steals by Wrench set up layups by Huppe and Webb to put GE up 35-29 with 4:11 to play.  The Stags could get no closer than five the rest of the way as GE wrapped up a 44-34 win. Huppe led the team in scoring with nineteen points.  Webb had 13, Hall and Plank had three each, while Wrench, Hickman, and Dodson each had two in the win. Next action for the team will be in the Leavenworth substate on March 1.  The Blazers will travel to Olathe South-one of the top 6A programs in the state.  Win that one and GE will play again on March 3 with a chance to get to the state tourney.

Dave Switzer
Special to The Gardner News
Gardner-Edgerton upped their season record to 12-8 with a pair of home victories last week- in games that had two contrasting styles.
On Tuesday Feb. 21, the Blazers engaged in an old-fashioned shoot- …

Trailblazers run into tough stretch against top-ranked Blue Valley teams

RIGHT: GEHS junior guard Kyle Huppe scored 13 points in the Blazers 53-44 home loss to Blue Valley North Feb 10. Photo courtesy of Plank photography

David Switzer
Special to The Gardner News
Facing two of the best teams in the state, the Gardner Edgerton Varsity boys dropped a pair of contests last week.
On Feb. 7, GE faced off with third-ranked Blue Valley Northwest.
The …

GEHS varsity boys continue impressive run

GEHS senior Tanner Webb scored a season high 29 points, leading the Blazers to a 68-61 overtime win Feb 3.  Photo courtesy of Plank Photography

Dave Switzer
Special to the Gardner News
After reeling off two come-from behind victories last week, the Gardner Edgerton boys’ basketball squad upped its season record to 9-5.
The Blazers, who have won seven of the last nine contests, also …

GEHS squeaks past Blue Valley West, 38-37

Kyle Huppe scored 5 points as GEHS posted a big 38-37 EKL win at Blue valley West Jan 6. The Blazers host rival St. Thomas Aquinas Jan 10.  Photo courtesy of Plank Photography
Kyle Huppe scored 5 points as GEHS posted a big 38-37 EKL win at Blue valley West Jan 6. The Blazers host rival St. Thomas Aquinas Jan 10.  Photo courtesy of Plank Photography

Dave Switzer
Special to The Gardner News

Senior Leader

Zach Hickman led GEHS with 24 points in a 67-57 home win vs. Blue Valley Southwest just before the holiday break.  The Blazers hit the road this week with games at Blue Valley North (Jan. 3) and Blue Valley Northwest (Jan. 6).  Photo courtesy of Plank Photography

Zach Hickman led GEHS with 24 points in a 67-57 home win versus Blue Valley Southwest just before the holiday break. The Blazers hit the road this week with games at Blue Valley North (Jan. 3) and Blue Valley Northwest …