Area athlete of the week: McLouth’s Garrison Pope

Junior guard scores 30, 29 in two Bulldog wins

Garrison Pope, a junior basketball player from McLouth, is this week’s Area Athlete of the Week. (Submitted)

Area athlete of the week



HIS PERFORMANCE: McLouth doubled its season win total behind a huge week from Pope. The junior guard knocked down four 3-pointers and 6 of 7 free throws on his way to a career-high 30 points in a 60-35 win over Valley Falls, also adding seven steals and four rebounds, and then hit five 3-pointers and 8 of 13 free throws in a 29-point game in a 62-54 win over Olathe Heritage Christian.

COACH’S COMMENT: “Garrison has been extremely dedicated to this team and always works to get better,” McLouth coach Steve Lilly said. “In our last couple of games, Garrison’s teammates have been able to get him the ball in good scoring positions and he has been knocking down shots. Garrison, along with his teammates, have been very committed to changing the culture of our program.”


CYDNEY BERGMANN, CONCORDIA BASKETBALL: Bergmann went over the 1,000-point plateau in her career, moving into fifth all-time in Concordia history with 1,006 points. Bergmann scored 27 points in a loss to Marysville and then had 23 in a win over Chapman.

TJ FRITZ, WAMEGO BASKETBALL: In a battle of unbeatens, Fritz came up huge in the Red Raiders’ 67-65 win over Nemaha Central. Fritz scored 34 points, hitting eight 3 pointers and 4 of 4 free throws.

GABLE HOWERTON, SILVER LAKE WRESTLING: Howerton captured the 170-pound title at the Marysville JayHusker Invitational, beating Class 5A No. 3 Chase Reynolds of Shawnee Heights 8-6 in the finals. Howerton improved to 21-1 overall.

JOHN LONG, SANTA FE TRAIL BASKETBALL: Long was virtually unstoppable for the Chargers last week, scoring 31 points in a loss to Wellsville and then going for a career-high 41 points in a loss to Anderson County.

ISAIAH LUELLEN, ROSSVILLE WRESTLING: Staying unbeaten on the season, Luellen captured the 160-pound title at the Basehor-Linwood Bobcat Classic, going 5-0 with the closest win a 15-7 decision in the semifinals over Class 4A No. 4 Gavin Cullor of Prairie View. In the finals. Luellen took a 16-8 major decision win over Class 6A No. 3 Jensen McDermott of Gardner-Edgerton.

TANNER MARTEN, ONAGA BASKETBALL: Marten posted a triple double with 17 points, 17 rebounds and 15 blocks in the Buffaloes’ 40-38 win over Washington County, while also adding five assists. He also had 15 points, 14 rebounds and 7 blocks in a loss to Wetmore.

ABBY OGLE, BALDWIN BASKETBALL: A week after going over the 1,000-point mark in her career, Ogle had a huge week in wins over Ottawa and Spring Hill. After getting 24 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 7 steals against Ottawa, Ogle just missed a quadruple double against Spring Hill with 17 points, 10 rebounds, 11 assists and 7 steals.

WILL STRODA, ABILENE WRESTLING: Stroda captured the 113-pound title at the Basehor-Linwood Bobcat Classic, pinning his first two foes before taking a tough 9-6 semifinal win to reach the finals where he beat Mill Valley’s Austin Keal 5-0. Stroda improved to 25-1 with 21 pins.

DEXTON SWINEHART, LYNDON BASKETBALL: Swinehart averaged 16 points per game in two wins as the Tigers wrapped up an undefeated Flint Hills League title. Swinehart scored 15 in a 63-48 win over Mission Valley and then led the Tigers with 17 points in a 45-44 win over Osage City for the title.

SHAY TANKING, HOLTON BASKETBALL: Tanking had games of 24 and 21 points in a pair of Holton wins, going over the 1,000-point mark in her career in last Tuesday’s win over Sabetha.



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