Multiple Teams · PIRATE KIND OF WEEKEND!!!!

With great team effort by all our PIRATES had another fantastic weekend! Starting on Thursday the Pirate bowling teams travelled to Northrock Lanes in Wichita for the state tournament. Your regional champion boys team took 5th place as a team. Team members were Aaron Slaughter, Brendyn Bard, Cody Davis, Kyrin Fergus, John Webb, and Logan Vogel. The girls team were represented  by Brooklyn
Lamberd and Abby Berner. Abby Berner bowled a season high 611 earning state runner-up!!



Our Pirate Forensics went to 2 different venues over the weekend with the following results:


Duo Interp: Gwen Gambrill/David Holmes 2nd (qualified for State), Samuel Nunez/Ellie Vaughan 4th

Dramatic Interp: Olivia Hilty, 3rd, David Holmes 4th

Humorous Interp: Nevaeh Fakeye 3rd, Eden Barnes 6th

Program of Oral Interp: Gracie Petzoldt 4th

Improvised Duet Acting: Samuel Nunex/Gwen Gambrill 5th

Oration: John Havel 6th

Olathe Northwest (this tournament is the largest in the state for the entire season, with over 800 entries):

Congressional Debate: Andrew Flory 1st

Informative Speaking: Taran Kerst 4th (this earned Taran her second NIETOC bid, which fully qualifies her for the NIETOC in May.  She is the first student in Piper history to do this)

Public Forum Debate: Dylan Hendrix/Jamison Foglesong 5th

Duo Interp: Andrew Novak/ Ally Viera 8th (earned a NIETOC bid)

Broke to semifinals, but we do not know their exact placement:

International Extemp: Dylan Hendrix, Taran Kerst, Andrew Flory

Humorous Interp: Andrew Novak

Poetry: Hannah Pappert

Also on Friday night, the boys basketball team defeated the Golden Tornadoes of Coffeyville 83-56 earning their 3rd trip in a row to the state tournament! Team was led by Tamar Bates 22 pts, Brandan Jackson 18 pts, Trey Bates 13 pts, & Braijon Barnes 10 pts. They will play on Wednesday at 4:45 pm in the Tony’s Pizza Center vs. Parsons.

Saturday night brought the Blue Comets of Chanute to square off with the undefeated girls team. It was a sluggish start to the game, but once the Pirates got rolling, it was clear that the girls would be making their 5th trip to Salina in the past 6 years! They were led by Ryan Cobbins 25 pts, Ali Vigil 10 pts, and Grace Banes 9 pts. With a 58-26 win, the Pirates earned the #1 seed playing Frontier League foe Eudora on Thursday at 6:30 pm. 

Our Pirate Powerlifting team went to Basehor-Linwood for the ‘4A State Meet’. Below are the results:

Team Results

Piper Men – 4th Place Finish (highest finish in school history)

Piper Women – 4th Place Finish (highest finish in school history)


27 Men’s School Records Broken

17 Women’s School Records Broken

This is the largest number of athletes that Piper has ever taken to the ‘State Powerlifting Meet’ in both the Men’s and Women’s divisions.  We will only be graduating two seniors, Abby Berner and Cooper Beebe, from this year’s team.  We currently only have one junior, Jacob Swatek, who competes on the team.

We were very close to winning a bronze medals for three more athletes in the Men’s division as we had three lifters finish 4th, Fr. Jackson Andrade, Fr. Grant Lockwood, and So. Brandon Snell.

Fr. Kaia Cordill took 4th in the Women’s 165lb class, she was 5lbs away from being the bronze medalist.

Abby Berner won Lifter of The Meet in Women’s Heavyweight Division, awarded to the strongest female lifter pound-for-pound in the 4A Classification.

Darius McNeal (2nd) and Cooper Beebe (3rd) become the 4rd and 5th lifters in school history to earn medals at the ‘state meet’.

  • John Stimach 3rd (2009)
  • Sterling Owens 1st (2014)
  • Malakhi Kennon 1st (2018)

Abby Berner becomes the second female lifter in school history to medal.  The first ‘State Champion’!

  • Leanna Coffey 3rd (2009)