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Satanta High School Captures State Scholars’ Bowl Title

By Ryan Burrows

In photo (L-R): Coach Ryan Burrows, Sami Small, Jody Zimmerman, Adan Gutierrez, Ella Burrows, Jaylon Essix, and Andrew Heimerich.


The Satanta High School Scholars’ Bowl team captured the 1A KSHSAA State Scholars’ Bowl Championship title on Saturday, February 9, 2019, at Moundridge High School. The team, consisting of senior team captain Adan Gutierrez; juniors Jaylon Essix, Andrew Heimerich, and Sami Small; and sophomores Ella Burrows and Jody Zimmerman, earned Satanta a tenth consecutive trip to the state tournament after winning a regional title at Satanta High School on January 31.


At state, the team was treated to a take-out lunch brought in from Chick-fil-a by team supporters before the meet began. It was a rocky start at state for the Indians with team the losing its initial round to Pretty Prairie 30-40. After regrouping, the team went on a run of 11 wins that included the following scores from pool play: Chetopa: 60-0; Frankfort 50-20; St. John’s: 55-35; Udall: 120-0; Wheatland 55-50; and Lacrosse: 100-0. The Indians were dominant in the final round-robin, defeating Pretty Prairie 70-20; Lacrosse 70-10; Valley Falls 65-40; Hill City 60-50; and Moundridge 90-30.


Saturday's state title was the fifth Scholars’ Bowl State Championship for Satanta and its third state title in a row. State title years for the Indians now include 2019, 2018, 2017, 2014, and 2013. Satanta is also home to three runner-up titles: 2016, 2015, and 2012. The 2018-2019 season was particularly successful for the Indians who posted an overall match-to-match record of 93-9, a win-rate of just over 90%. A major highlight of the season included a SPIAA League Championship, which the team captured at Pawnee Heights on January 7.


Following the meet, the team and its coaches Ryan Burrows and Joyce Apsley traveled to Wichita, spending Friday evening at the mall before enjoying ice cream at Marble Slab Creamery, a trip to Super Target, and a soak in hotel hot tub. The team continued its celebration on Sunday with lunch at The Outback, the cost of which was covered by gifts from supporters of the team. “The support of parents, grandparents, teachers, community members, and the USD 507 school district has been instrumental in our success, and we are grateful for all the support we’ve enjoyed,” said Ella Burrows.


The team will now shift its focus toward assisting the junior high quiz bowl team, which will host a large tournament (consisting of 15 teams) in Satanta on February 26.