Kapaun looks to keep momentum going in year 2 of Schartz Era

Published: Sep. 1, 2021 at 10:07 PM CDT
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WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - In City League veteran Weston Schartz’s first season as head coach at Kapaun, he led the Crusaders to an 8-2 season, proving to be one of the most improved programs in the state after going 2-7 the year before. With much of that core talent returning, Kapaun will look to keep the momentum going this season.

“We had an 8-2 year last year and we thought it was a good year,” Schartz, who was elected to the Wichita Sports Hall of Fame last week, said. “We lost to Bishop Carroll and Northwest and we would like to beat those teams this year. They are two teams that we haven’t beaten in a while here and that’s where we are setting our goals, but we got to take it one game at a time and continue to improve.”

Kapaun finished as the number one scoring defense in Class 5A last season, allowing an average of just 10.1 points a night. The Crusaders return much of its defensive core with senior defensive linemen Will Doolittle, junior linebacker Nathan Fury, defensive back Isaac Schmitz and free safety Luke Porter.

“Will Doolittle is as good as anybody in the league and Nathan Fury is a really good linebacker,” Schartz said. “We got a lot of guys that played big, important minutes last year and they know how to win.”

While Kapaun lost its quarterback to graduation, offensively it returns one of the state’s top recruits in tight end Will Anciaux, who holds multiple power five offers.

The Crusaders played mainly WAC teams last year due to COVID-19 and will look to have the same success back in the GWAL this year.

“Every year we take the field we want to be city league champs and state champs, that is realistically what we want to do,” Schartz said. “Some years we will give it a good run and some years we may not be as good, but we think we have enough talent to compete with everyone on our schedule.”

The Crusaders open the season on the road against Wichita South Friday.

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