Oiler seniors end career with second perfect season

MIKE COURSON/For the Ellsworth County Independent-Reporter

The Central Plains boys celebrated a second-straight state title and perfect season with a 40-28 win over St. John in Saturday’s Class 1A state championship game at Dodge City’s United Wireless Arena. This year’s team is, back row from left: Jacob Oberle, Coach Brett Rolfs, Alex Hickel, Brett Liebl, Myles Menges, Devin Ryan, Brett Thompson, Katie Gunder, and Asst. Coach Aaron Gonzalez. Front row: Bralen Thompson, Tyler Holmes, Ethan Hurley, Jerred Bieberle, Lawson Oeser, JJ Heredia, and Dylan Kitchen.

MIKE COURSON/For the Ellsworth County I-R

Central Plains senior Alex Hickel accepts his state medal and a hug from head coach Brett Rolfs.

MIKE COURSON/For the Ellsworth County I-R

The location of Saturday’s championship games may have changed but a rabid fan base, clad in green, showed up to support both Central Plains basketball teams.

DODGE CITY — The Central Plains-St. John rivalry is well-established in Central Kansas. The Central Prairie League powers have fought for the top spot in the league over the last seven seasons, often knocking one another out of substate and meeting in the Class 2A state championship game in 2015.

Saturday night in Dodge City the teams again met for a state title, this time in Class 1A. In 2015 the Tigers won 49-45 as part of their state-record 63 consecutive wins. Saturday night the Oilers prevailed 40-28 to extend their own win streak to 53 games.

 

 

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