West Platte wrestling team numbers are dominated by juniors with 9 of 15 boys and 1 of the two girls in that class.  Experience is shown by 12 returning lettermen, 11 boys and 1 girl, 8 sectional qualifiers and 3 state qualifiers.
Brett Swope returns as head coach with Michelle Newkirk again coaching the girls and Kyle Crockett as boys assistant coach.  Last year’s record for the team was 8-8 and 1-4 in the KCI Conference.  
State qualifiers returning are junior Peyson Chandler, 145 pounds, senior Lamar Henderson, 285 pounds, and senior Cameron Williams, 170 pounds.  
Junior Lane Scott, 195 pounds, was fourth place at Sectionals which would have qualified him for state in a non-covid-19 year.
Other Sectional qualifiers were junior Josh Brown, 132 pounds, junior Anthony Depetre, 152 pounds, sophomore Ryan Handgen, 126 pounds, senior Macon McDonald, 285 pounds, and  junior Mckanan Reade, 132 pounds.  Junior David Brown, 160 pounds. and junior Tristan Newkirk, 145 pounds are returning lettermen.
Team newcomers expected to make impact are junior Vilhelm Johansen, 138 pounds, freshman Teagan Gephart, 170 pounds, and freshman Matthew Haynes, 182 pounds.
The girls team currently has two members.  Junior Kristen Crockett, 140 pounds, a returning letterman.  Freshman Hailey Peters, 120 pounds, is someone coach Swope thinks will be a future star.
Coach Swope says “We are still building the program from the bottom up.  One main goal this year is to have a full boys varsity line-up and continue to grow the girl’s team.  
Another goal is to have four plus state qualifiers and hopefully return with a state medalist or two.”
The KCI Conference is competitive and Swope expects reigning champion Mid-Buchanan to be at or near the top again.  He has set a goal of the Blue Jays to finish in the top 3 in the Conference.  
Swope concluded with “I am looking forward to this season.  I hope to continue to build the wrestling program for the Weston community, but more importantly continue to build student athletes of character.”

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Boys Basketball Headed for the Next Level

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Each year the Blue Jays varsity basketball record has shown slight improvement.  After five straight years with a losing record, two years ago the team was 14-12 and 2-5 in the KCI Conference.  Last year the team’s record  was 15-10 overall and 9-3 in the conference.
New head coach Tyler Funk brings youth and successful basketball experience to West Platte and is ready to get the Blue Jays to the next level of achievement.  Ryan Ramey continues as the assistant coach.
Last year the Blue Jays were District runners-up, second in the conference, second in the KCI Tournament, fourth in the Lawson Tournament and third in the North Platte Tournament.  
Coach Funk has six seniors and two juniors returning, three with post season honors.  Ryan Pattison and Mason Montez were both All district and All KCI Conference.  Tanner Rowe was All Northwest District honoree.  Dalton Hill, Trent Taylor, and Ty Lawson are the three other returning seniors.  Returning juniors Xavier Reynolds and Charlie Kinslow are in the mix for this year’s impact players.
Coach Funk looks for junior Ezra Stigman and “a bundle of sophomores... to push our older guys and get time at the varsity level.”  The team numbers are the highest in several years and the competition for varsity playing time will fierce.
“With an experienced group coming back we are setting our goals high and working hard to achieve them,”  coach Funk said.  “The keys to our success this year will be our experienced seniors showing great leadership and competitiveness.  We will also have to take care of the basketball on the offensive end and be committed to getting stops on the defensive end.”
The three team goals are )1) to contend for a conference title, (2) return to the district title game, and (3) the seniors want to win a tournament title.


Boys Basketball - Varsity & JV

11/22 @ Bishop LeBlond 6:15 pm
11/30 Orrick 5:00 pm
12/3 @ North Andrew
12/6-11 KCI Tournament - Varsity
12/11-15 Mid-Buchanan JV Tournament
12/14 Hogan Prep Academy Charter
12/17 @ Penney 5:30 pm
1/4 Northland Christian HS
1/6 @ Mid-Buchanan 5:30 pm
1/7 South Holt
1/10-15 Lawson Invitational Basketball Varsity Tournament
1/18 @ Lutheran (Kansas City)
1/19-22 WP 9-10 Invitational
1/21 @ Lawson 5:30 pm
1/24-29 NP Varsity Tournament
2/1 Troy High School
2/4 @ Lathrop 5:30 pm
2/7 @ DeKalb 5:30 pm
2/8 East Buchanan
2/11 Plattsburg 5:30 pm
2/15 North Platte 5:30 pm 
Girls Basketball - Varsity & JV
11/22 @ Lutheran (Kansas City)
11/30 Orrick 5:00 pm
12/3 @ North Andrew
12/6-11 KCI Tournament - Varsity
12/17 @ Penney 4:30 pm
1/6 @ Mid-Buchanan 5:00 pm
1/7 South Holt
1/10-15 Lawson Invitational Tournament - Varsity
1/18 Bishop LeBlond
1/21 @ Lawson 5:00 pm
1/24-29 NP Varsity Tournament - Varsity
2/1 Troy High School
2/4 @ Lathrop 4:30 pm
2/7 @ DeKalb 4:30 pm
2/8 East Buchanan
2/11 Plattsburg 5:00 pm
2/15 North Platte 4:30 pm
Wrestling
12/7 Lexington High School
» 12/7 El Dorado Springs
» 12/7 Lexington
12/11 Polo Duals Tournament
12/14 South Harrison Quad
» 12/14 North Andrew
» 12/14 South Harrison
» 12/14 St. Paul Lutheran (Concordia)
1/15 Sam Martin Boys Invitational
1/22 Lathrop Invitational