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January Highlights from the Wolfpack!

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The Idalia Men’s Basketball team is just past the mid-way point of the 2018-2019 season, and they have recorded the best record at this point in a few years. With 16 boys on the team this year, the Wolves have been in every game this season and have competed extremely hard to the end. Their efforts have gained the varsity team a 6-8 record including a tough overtime loss to league rival Arickaree/Woodlin in Idalia this past Friday evening. The Wolves are currently in 5th place in the YWKC league standings, with the bulk of the league play yet to be played. We will finish the season with league contests against Bethune, Otis, Stratton, Arickaree/Woodlin, and the only non-conference game will be with Burlington. With the increasing player numbers, the Wolves are also playing a full junior varsity schedule this season. This program is vitally important to the development of the future of the basketball team and they have produced a 7-4 season so far with four games remaining on their schedule. The talent and skill level of the team continues to grow each year and that is in no small part due to the community support and basketball programs for the young Wolves. The team appreciates the ever expanding crowd base and the increasing excitement from our fans. It has been wonderful to see the community as excited for basketball as the team, and it shows. A few comments from a few Eads parents a week ago was that Idalia has the best fan base in 1A basketball. Our team cannot thank you enough for the support. We are growing and work hard to give you fans the best brand of basketball possible. While our goals are lofty, our fans are dedicated. Thank you!

The basketball team and parents were recently invited to watch a Denver Nuggets basketball game versus the Cleveland Cavaliers. Through the creative direction and coordination of Lynne Cody, many of the boys on the team were able to view their first professional sports game live from the Pepsi Center. Lynne was able to secure pre-game court side seats to watch both teams warm up during their shoot-around. The team was also a featured guest presented on the JumboVision and marquee during the evening. Some members of the Idalia team were also able to get signatures from their favorite players as well as game worn merchandise as a lucky bonus. The entire team would like to thank the Cody’s for putting together an action packed 40+ person night out on the town. It could not have been any better. That event will certainly be a highlight of this season when the dust settles. Thank you to Lynne and Kane for a wonderful experience.
Basketball takes time to develop and incredible people to donate their time and energy to teach it. Our own basketball mastermind, Mr. Johnson, heads up the Youth Basketball for the elementary after school and on the weekends. This basketball program is where the love for the game is sowed and nurtured and in just a few short years has begun to reveal its rewards with the Junior High Program. The junior high boys just finished their season Saturday night in Bethune with the YWKC South District Championships. The junior high Wolves finished 2nd behind first place Stratton\Liberty. The junior high finished an incredibly successful season with a 7-2 record – their only blemishes coming from Stratton/Liberty. I wish to congratulate these players on a very successful season. Our goals are very high and even though we fell one game short, we are all incredibly proud of you. These boys will play in more than one state tournament. I believe! Go Wolves! Submitted by Brad Wingfield, Coach

The junior high girls have had a very successful year so far. They are 7 and 2 heading into the Championship game. We have a talented mix of 7th and 8th graders that play really well together. It has been a very fun year watching this group of kids grow as a team and individuals. Our Lady Wolves basketball program has a bright future.
The high school girls team has had their ups and downs this year posting a 5 and 9 record so far, but we have played one of the toughest schedules in 1A basketball. Our three seniors have had a solid season, and I look forward to tournament time for them to shine. Our three sophomores have really developed this year, and the freshman are paying their dues and learning a lot. Tournament time is almost here, and it going to be very fun! We would like to thank the Idalia community for their continued support this season. Submitted by Cory Zion, Coach

On January 14 the high school Knowledge Bowl team consisting of Dawn Rice, Tyson Richards, Hannah Carpenter, Jake Garton, and Garrett Hurlburt and the junior high team consisting of Tyler Hall, Allison Rice, Alyssa Jones, Kagen Hoyda, and Oscar Ornelas, traveled to the Hi-Plains High School to participate in the annual YWKC Knowledge Bowl meet. There were nine high school teams present, and just like every year, the day began by each team taking a 40-question, written test to place the teams. This would group the top three teams in a room, and so on. For the remainder of the day, the teams would participate in an oral round of 50 questions, each time adding together their scores and repositioning them with different teams. The Idalia team started in the second room, then remained tied in third place with Hi-Plains team until the final round. The Idalia team ended up in fourth place. Arickaree got first, Otis second, and Hi-Plains third. The day was filled with brain racking questions, and ended up being a great success. We topped of the day with some delicious ice cream on behalf of our amazing coach Mrs. Soehner. Without her volunteering to take over, Knowledge Bowl would have become a thing of the past. Let’s all thank Mrs. Soehner next time we see her! Submitted by Hannah Carpenter, Knowledge Bowl Team Member

Idalia FFA partners with the Kindergarten-3rd grade for the PALS program. Once a month elementary students join the high school agriculture classes for projects. For January’s PALS the elementary students participated in Ag Olympics doing hay bale rolling, egg tosses, potato sack races and stick horse races. Submitted by Morgan Reese, FFA Advisor

On January 12, Idalia hosted teams from Burlington, St. Francis, and Benkelman for our annual Youth Basketball Tournament. All four Idalia teams played well, with each team tasting victory. Highlighting the days’ success was both our 3rd/4th grade and 5th/6th grade girls teams coming away as undefeated champions! Submitted by Myles Johnson

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