Varsity Kansas

Maize South Mavericks

BOYS

Coach Kip Schultz

2-18 in one season

PROBABLE STARTERS

G Wes Phillips 5-10 So.

G Micah Kiser 5-10 So.

G Austin Mormando 6-0 Jr.

F Jace Nibarger 6-2 Sr.

F Eric Dinkel 6-5 Jr.

TOP RESERVES

G Marshall Henning 5-10 So.

F Zach Schraeder 6-7 Sr.

BREAKDOWN

Schultz had a unique problem in his program’s first year _ dealing with a group of players who, in most cases, hadn’t played for a year.

“We had a lot of kids who came over and played for us that had been cut at Maize High the year before,” Schultz said. “Eight out of our 12 varsity players hadn’t played in a year.”

There should be no such problems this year. The opposite, in fact.

“We’ve had to cut guys who played for us last year,” Schultz said. “There’s more talent.”

The Mavericks are led by 6-foot-5 junior forward Eric Dinkel, who averaged 10 points and eight rebounds. Maize South will also get a boost in the second semester when 6-foot-7 forward Zach Schraeder can begin playing games after transferring. Schraeder is the younger brother of Butler Community College All-Jayhawk offensive tackle Ryan Schraeder.

“We’ll be a lot better team when Zach comes on board,” Schultz said. “I don’t want to say how many wins we’ll get this year or anything like that, but I think we’ll be quite a bit improved from last season.”

GIRLS

Coach Mike Domnick

2-19 in one season

PROBABLE STARTERS

G Maddie McKay 5-4 Jr.

F Emily Martin 5-11 Sr.

G-F Shea Poynter 5-8 Sr.

G McKenna Poynter 5-5 So.

G Shelby Lewis 5-5 Jr.

G Kelcey Johnson 5-6 Sr.

G Becca Phillips 5-7 Sr.

TOP RESERVES

F Jessica Domnick 5-6 Jr.

F Lindsey Moser 5-9 Sr.

G McKenzie Cordell 5-6 Jr.

F Mariah Suchan 5-10 Fr.

BREAKDOWN

Last year was a test for Domnick and his team, playing just a handful of home games and facing down perennial powers from the Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail League in their first year of existence.

And Domnick hopes his team is better for it after finishing 2-19.

“It takes a while to get acclimated, no matter what, but we played a schedule that had a lot of tough teams,” Domnick said. “It seemed like if you were in contention to be a state champion, we played you.”

And that brutal schedule continues into this season _ Maize South plays Andover Central and Collegiate in two of its first three games.

The Mavericks have plenty of experience back, with seven players on the roster who started games last season.

“I expect us to play hard, play under control and compete,” Domnick said. “Regardless of who we have to play.”

— Tony Adame

THE SCHEDULE

December

3—Winfield; 7—at Andover Central; 14—Collegiate; 17—at Wellington.

January

4—at Circle; 7—Clearwater; 11—at Andale; 14—at Rose Hill; 18—Arkansas City (girls); 21—Buhler (girls); 20-22—at Burrton tournament (boys); 25—Arkansas City (boys); 28—Buhler (boys); 27-29—at Mulvane tournament (girls).

February

1—at Augusta; 4—El Dorado; 11—at Collegiate; 15—Wellington; 18—at Clearwater; 22—Circle; 24—Andale.

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