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Hosting sub-state proves beneficial for WP athletics

 On Saturday October 20, 2018 Western Plains hosted the 1A KSHSAA Sub-State Volleyball tournament.

Hosting the tournament was a really good learning experience for the WPH volleyball players that were there and helped. Athletic Director Pat Flax, who organized the bulk of the tournament, stated, “Preparing for sub- state is unique because the qualifying teams aren’t determined until the Tuesday before at regional tournaments. This means there is a great deal to be done Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. It is pretty stressful, simply because of the limited time and it is a KSHSAA event, so things have to be done according to very well defined specifications. On a ‘one to ten’ stress scale, I would say there were probably moments of about an eight.”

Sophomore Carlee Flax was a hostess for Rawlins County and Victoria for Sub-State and got to sit behind the team she was the hostess for.

Flax truly enjoyed the experience. “I liked that I was able to watch top 1A teams in our state go head to head and be able to to watch them play a next level of volleyball.”

Freshman Tabitha Williams was also a hostess for under Ridge for Sub-State, Williams stated, “My favorite part was getting to watch how the team I was hostessing performed.”

Freshman Taylor Culver was not a hostess but helped with the admission. Sub-state opened her eyes to a new level of the game and when asked about goals for the future she commented, “I would work harder on every thing especially my digging and hitting and just to be a better athlete all together.”

Overall, the experience of hosting such a large tournament was good for our school for many reasons, but it was great for our own WP athletes to gain exposure to a high level of the sport, in order to give them goals to work for in the future.