Gardner Edgerton High School jumped to a 17-12 first quarter lead in 6A sub-state play against Olathe Northwest High School last week. The Blazer team was unable to hold on to the lead, however, and the loss ended GEHS’ boys varsity basketball season.
The Blazer team went into the locker room at halftime with a 35-27 advantage. They maintained the lead through the third quarter. However, when Northwest rallied to force overtime, the GEHS team couldn’t hold on.
In overtime, Northwest took control from the start. Northwest’s Charlie Holmgren canned a trey to open overtime, and Northwest never looked back. When the final overtime buzzer sounded, the Olathe team was ahead 72-65.
GEHS Coach Jeff Langrehr called the Blazer effort, “remarkable.”
“We had three players missing with illness and had only seven varsity players,” Langrehr said. “In my mind, we won the game.”
The loss failed to overshadow a 20-point effort by senior Kyle Hultgren. Nash Bostwick closed his high school career with 17 points, Jacob Lathrum had 12 points, Brett Wright had 11 and Devan Toomey had five points.
“Our seniors were remarkable dealing with a lot of adversity,” added Langrehr. “I am real proud of the team.”
Hultgren led the scoring on the season with a 15-point average. Wright averaged 14 points per game and broke a 40-year old school record for assists in a season.
Newcomer Nash Bostwick chipped in 10 points per game, and Jacob Haywood provided perimeter scoring and unselfish play. Lathrum was also a consistent three point shooter.
“This was a special group of kids,” added Langrehr. “They led us to a winning season and to the brink of a sub-state title.”