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WP shows great improvement during 2015-1016 season PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wauneta Breeze   
Friday, 18 March 2016 16:03

Junior Greg Gaston led Wauneta-Palisade in scoring, assists and steals during the 2015-2016 season. (Diane Stamm | Johnson Publications)

By Diane Stamm

The Wauneta Breeze

After three seasons with a combined 15 wins, the Wauneta-Palisade boys’ basketball team equaled that total during the 2015-2016 campaign.

The Broncos finished the season with a 15-9 record.

WP opened the season with three-straight wins, before dropping two games in the Cattle Trail Invitational by a combined total of three points.

The Broncos rolled off five more wins before going 3-3 to wrap up January and the RPAC tournament.

Back-to-back losses to Medicine Valley and Sutherland were followed by back-to-back wins over Maywood-Hayes Center and Arthur County.

After a loss to state-qualifying Dundy County-Stratton to end the regular season, WP beat Hitchcock County and Wallace in subdistricts before losing to Giltner in the district final.

Senior Chase Rathe finished second on the team with 255 points, 116 rebounds, 62 assists and 14 blocks.

Rathe will finish his career as a four-year letter winner.

Paul Behrends also wrapped up his WP career.

Junior transfer Greg Gaston led the Broncos in scoring with 412 points, 115 assists and 99 steals. Gaston made 55 three-pointers at a 38 percent clip.

Junior Brody Nordhausen and sophomore Cash Yearous saw action in all 24 games and Tyler Davis played in 23 games after sitting out one game with an ankle injury.

Yearous and Davis each scored over 200 points on the season.

Davis totaled 31 blocks and Yearous had 83 steals.

Freshmen Dalton Harchelroad, Caid Doetker and Duncan Rector also started games during the season.

Eleven players saw action in at least 13 games.

“I feel like we have a lot of different possibilities for next season, personnel wise,” said Coach Dave Kuhlen.
However, you do not become a playmaker by doing a little bit here and there. If being a state championship caliber team is the goal, then the amount of time spent needs to be considerable.”