Sports success at Eureka HS rallies town continuing to recover from tornado

Less than a year since a tornado tore down homes and injured people in Eureka, the town comes together around high school sports. Eureka won the 3A state wrestling tournament late last month and this weekend, sends its boys' and girls' basketball teams to State.

The athletes are using last year's tornado as motivation to succeed, not an excuse to let down.

Two weeks ago, Eureka wrestler Kolby Beitz says more than 100 people from the community made the long trek to Hays to support the team.

The wrestling team championship was the first sports title for Eureka in school history. The Tornadoes are looking to add to its history with both basketball teams competing at State this weekend in Hutchinson.

The community's grown closer together after last June's EF-3 tornado left the town in pieces. The football team couldn't host a home game and had to have its homecoming at Douglass High School.

"It was dark. Everyone had their heads pretty low," says Eureka High School basketball player Cade Larcom. "it started to pick up again around basketball season and we opened with a win and we just kept rolling, girls and boys both."

Eureka High School girls basketball coach Shelly Hoyt sees how the community's come together and says that makes her proud to be part of it.

"The community is so grateful for these kids and what they have done and they acknowledge it and they acknowledge all of the work that the staff puts in, they acknowledge that," she says.