American Implement Western KS Team of Week: Wichita Co.

Wichita County named Team of the Week.
By: Conor Nicholl for Sports in Kansas
Jan 7, 2019

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In the fall, Leoti-Wichita County became of the season’s biggest football surprises with first-year coach Brant Douglas. WC posted a 6-3 mark and enjoyed its best year since before 2004. In boys’ basketball, the Indians have delivered a similar turnaround.

Last Friday, Wichita County pulled an upset 63-44 victory versus Johnson-Stanton County of the Hi-Plains League. Stanton County reached the Class 2A state tournament last winter and was ranked eighth in Class 2A. SC fell to No. 10 this week after the loss dropped the Trojans to 6-1.

Wichita County moved to 5-2 under coach Haydon Parks. The Indians were 8-13 last year, its most victories since ’12-13. WC has not had a winning record since a 12-10 mark in ’10-11. WC had dropped three straight to SC, all last year.

Wichita County held Stanton County to 30 percent shooting and 4 of 26 (15 percent) from 3-point range. Through the season’s first six contests, the Indians had four players in double figures. Junior Sonnie Altman led with 13.7 points and 7.5 rebounds. Junior Gabe Hernandez delivers 13 points and four assists.

Senior Oscar Jimenez delivered 11.7 points and 5.3 rebounds. Sophomore Kayde Rietzke has 10.6 points and three assists. Senior Ronald Michel averages 5.3 points, 7.3 rebounds, three assists and 1.7 steals a game.

 SC has captured three straight wins, all on the road, with victories against Weskan (55-44) and Meade (62-61) before Friday’s win. Earlier this winter, SC took runner-up to Wallace County in the Sagebrush Shootout in Brewster.

Before the Meade victory, SC had dropped nine straight to the Buffs since 2011, including a 45-44 loss last year. Leoti has significantly improved in close games from ’17-18, a season that yielded a 1-2 mark in overtime contests and had two wins within 10 points.

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