Olpe takes down South Gray in title game, 66-42

Published: Mar. 12, 2022 at 8:55 PM CST
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DODGE CITY, Kan. (Catch it Kansas) - The Olpe Eagles completed back-to-back seasons with State Championships in football and basketball 66-42 victory over the South Gray Rebels.

For the second year in a row, the two schools locked up in the Class 1A Division I championship game.

The Eagles opened a quick lead on the Rebels with a Derek Hoelting three-pointer. They would never give up the lead for the entire game. Olpe led 20-7 at the end of the quarter. Damon Redeker scored nine points including one three-pointer.

Olpe kept the foot on the gas in the second quarter adding 17 points to their score. South Gray added 13 points to trail 37-20 at halftime.

South Gray mounted an 8-2 run to start the third quarter. The run helped them to outscore Olpe 13-12 in the quarter. They trailed 49-33 going into the fourth.

Olpe roared back and scored 17 points in the fourth quarter while holding the Rebels to only nine.

For the game, Olpe shot 54% making 25 of 46 field goals. They made eight of 14 three-pointers and eight of 12 free-throws. Derek Hoelting led all scorers with 30 points. Damon Redeker added 14 points. Truman Bailey contributed 12 points.

South Gray ended the game shooting only 34.9% making 15 of 43 from the field. They made seven of 19 from behind the three-point line, including a few from beyond the NBA line. Brady Deges led the Rebels with 12 points.

Olpe won their second straight Class 1A Football Championship in November under head coach Chris Schmidt. Schmidt also leads the basketball team. Many of the same players who led them on the gridiron also led the team on the court.

”They’ve had a target on their chest in two sports,” said Coach Chris Schmidt. “And, they’ve met every challenge the right way. They’ve approached it the right way and just to go out and get championships is awesome.

”The Eagles are the first team in history to win back-to-back championships in Eleven-Man Football and Class 1A basketball.

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