Craw-Kan Team of the Week: Girard Trojans

Girard earned its first title ever in any sport.
By: Sports in Kansas - Chet Kuplen
Mar 17, 2017

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The Girard Lady Trojan basketballt team, led by coach Brad Herlocker, made history last weekend as they captured their first ever state title in school history in any sport. For their effort, GHS has been named the Craw-Kan "Your Community Technology Partner" Team of the Week from Sports in Kansas from the Southeast Kansas area. 

The Trojans won 54-48 last Saturday in Emporia in the 4A-II State Championship at White Auditorium. Girard finished 24-1 on the season.  Four girls scored in double figures in the championship game including 15 from senior Calea Augustin, 14 from senior Ashley Ray, 13 from junior Sidney Crain, which included 8-of-8 clutch free throws, and 12 from senior Olivia Hanson. Free throws proved to be key for Girard as they made 19-of-23 in the title game, 15 which came from Augustin and Crain. Jeff West would also shoot well from the line as they hit 10-of-13, but the Trojans took advantage of more attempts. Girard won their opening round game against Topeka-Hayden (64-58) before knocking off Scott City (43-19) in the semis. 

The seniors on this team (Augustin, Kelli Cuthbertson, Hanson, Lauren Franklin, Ray) have really help put this team on a state title level they havent seen before, and what's even more impressive is they started their career with a 7-14 record just three years ago as freshman. Last season Girard finished as the fourth place team in 4A-II and their only loss this year came to Washburn Rural, a ranked team in 6A with around 1,800 students, Girard has an enrollment of just 304 students. Regardless of classification, GHS was one of the top teams in all of Kansas this season. 

Be sure to check out the Craw-Kan All-Area Teams from Southeastt Kansas that will be released early next week. Craw-Kan wants to congratulate the Lady Trojans and Coach Herlocker on an outstanding season. 

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Craw-Kan “Your Technology Partner" and Sports in Kansas will once again be in partnership over the 2016-2017 school year to release a "Craw-Kan Team of the Week". 

"I am again excited for this partnership with Craw-Kan and highlighting teams from the SEK area to not only a local platform but also giving them statewide reach on our network," said Sports in Kansas Managing Partner, Chet Kuplen. "Not only does this help athletes and teams to be promoted for their achievements, it also lets the area know what all the new products that Craw-Kan has to offer, including new gigabit fiber now in the the area. Also that Craw-Kan is now in Frontenac and Pittsburg” 

"Craw-Kan offers all your technology needs in the area from internet to web design and cell phones to security systems." said Craw-Kan Marketing Manager, Zach Adams. "We have a lot of new products including the fastest internet in the area in the new gigabit fiber, we are also in Frontenac and Pittsburg with our service. We are very excited with all the new products we have to offer to the area."

Nominations will be accepted from every Friday-Sunday, with the "Craw-Kan Team of the Week" being released every Monday on Sports in Kansas (Kansas-Sports.com). Teams must be nominated via email or twitter. 

Teams must be from the following leagues in the Southeast Kansas area to be eligible: SEK, CNC, TRL

Craw-Kan and Sports in Kansas will also partner in releasing a "All Craw-Kan Team" for the Southeast Kansas area after postseason play has wrapped up. 

How to nominate?

email: chetkuplen@kansas-sports.com