Goodland Cowgirls ready to defend longest active win streak in Kansas

Goodland’s streak is one win away from 40 to start the 2023-24 season.
Published: Nov. 15, 2023 at 10:11 PM CST
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WICHITA, Kan. (Catch it Kansas) - As winter sports practices began this week in Goodland, the Cowgirls basketball team, like always, is training for another state title. This year, they have a new title to bring into the new season: the holders of the longest active winning streak in all of Kansas high school sports. Coming off a second-straight Class 3A state championship, Goodland’s streak is one win away from 40 to start the 2023-24 season.

After Andale football’s 57-game winning streak fell this fall, the Cowgirls now hold that mark across all sports and genders in the state.

“We’ve been blessed the last couple years to have great talent and great work ethic and a lot of girls who want to achieve some great things,” said Goodland head coach Bill Biermann. “We never talked about going undefeated. We never talked about having a 39-game winning streak, it’s just a thing that happens if you win back-to-back titles.”

Goodland’s last loss was on Jan. 22. After graduating a historic senior class that included Miss Kansas Basketball Talexa Weeter, this team will work towards a new identity to hopefully keep the wins coming.

“We’re going to be different. We’ve had great size that last couple of years,” said Biermann.

Although losing pieces from last year’s team, they bring back some key ones with lots of state tournament wins such as seniors Haley Biermann and Jaxi Mitcheck.

“We’ve strengthened our team bonding,” Haley Biermann said. “We’ve all come close a lot over the years and we’ve become like a family.”

Although the streak and the titles that come with it are not top of mind to Goodland, it has plenty that are ready to fight to keep it rolling.

“It’s not the most important thing to us but we do like that it comes along with winning,” Haley Biermann said.

“We have some girls again who are ready to prove something,” Coach Biermann said. “Everybody likes to talk about the last couple of years and they want to make sure they can get theirs too.”