Special to Reflector-Chronicle
The Cowboy Basketball team has been working hard this summer and needs to be recognized for their dedication and pursuit of excellence. After ending a successful season of placing 4th in State, the Cowboy coaching staff met in April to begin hammering out the summer schedule.
In May, the team met for Cowboy Time with Head Coach Terry Taylor and Assistant Coaches Kyle Becker and Tim Klein for Team Improvement and Development. These sessions continued the month of June and July.
A team growth was created at those sessions, which would help the team during the summer and allowed some fine-tuning that will enhance next season.
Student athletes participating were seniors: Ethan Hodges, Kiel Kelly, Jesse Goodwin, Jesse Patrick and Killian Millner. Juniors: Zach Barbieri, Justin Carroll, Elliot Gassman, Dalton Goodwin, Ryan Helm, Tanner Hoekman, Gabe Johnson, Reggie Koop, Jacoby Robinson and Chase Stalder. Sophomores: Dylan Ford, Eric Harms, Andrew Schwarting, Hayden Funston, Harley Hazlett, Rogan Tokach, Andy Tope, Marcus Willey and Tate Berry. Freshmen: Michael Anquiano, Donovan Anquiano, Cole Bartlett, Parker Base, Sam Burt, Anthony Haug, Colby Korf, Parker O’Neal, Jacob Schartz, Ben Veach, Carter Wiildey, Ryan Wilson and Cooper Wyckoff.
In early June, the coaching staff incorporated all aspects of the Cowboy program into the Cowboy Camp week. Coach Kyle Taylor from Goddard High School assisted the AHS coaches for the high school age camp.
Abilene Middle School Coaches Eric Graefe and Michael Willey assisted Coach Terry Taylor during the future Longhorn camp.
The Junior Cowboy Camp, sponsored by the Abilene Parks and Recreation department, was under the direction of Coach Tim Klein and several Abilene Cowboy High School players. This camp was attended by 32 young guns that participated in learning the fundamental skills of basketball to prepare them for their future in the Cowboy Basketball program.
Also in June 28 freshmen through senior class basketball players had the opportunity to improve their skills at the Rec Center under the supervision of coach Klein, coach Graefe and Nick Rice of Tabor College.
Cowboy Competition Time began June 1st with a tournament at El Dorado with the varsity going 2-1 against teams from Udall, Augusta and El Dorado.
Abilene hosted an Invitational Tournament the next weekend playing teams from Clay Center and Goddard. Creighton Team Camp took place the following weekend as coach Klein took the varsity to Omaha, NE to play teams from the Midwest Region.
A tournament at Buhler followed and the Abilene teams played in the Salina Summer League on Thursday evenings. The players have had the opportunity to be competitive through this experience and played well against teams consisting of Salina Central, Salina South, Southeast of Saline, Buhler, Sacred Heart of Salina, Ellsworth, Ell-Saline, Bennington and Beloit. The varsity ended with a record of 2-4, the junior varsity had a 3-3 record and the freshmen went 5-2.
The Cowboy Basketball Summer program ended with the varsity having an overall record of 16-8, the junior varsity was 6-12 and the freshmen had an overall record of 10-2.