It’s RPAC time!! The Viking sports teams are looking forward to this weekend as they head into the start of the winter RPAC competitions. On Friday January 24, the Wolfking wrestlers will head to Wauneta-Palisade High School in Wauneta to compete in the 2020 wrestling meet, while the girls and boys basketball teams will head to Medicine Valley on Saturday, January 25 to begin the week-long RPAC basketball tournament.
The Bertrand-Loomis wrestlers will be led by C-2 state ranked junior Trevin Edwards(18-3) in the 106 pound weight class, and senior Jacob Hilmer (12-4) at the 113 class. Both will enter as number one seeds in their respective weight classes and hope to emerge as RPAC Champions.
John Kenney at 132 looks to enter as the second seed in a very competitive field of wrestlers as each of the top three have wins over each other. Joel Abramson at 182 will also be seeded second but will have to upset 22-1 Daylan Russell of Alma and a very tough Bobby Evans (18-8) of Cambridge for the conference title.
Kellan Brown at 120 and Alex Booe at 285 will most likely be seeded in third, while Justice Wissmann at 156 will round out the Wolfking field with a fifth seed.
The boys and girls basketball teams will start the RPAC tournament this Saturday in Medicine Valley where the fifth seeded Viking boys will take on the fourth seeded Trojans of Cambridge at 4:15. At 6:00, the second seeded Bertrand girls will take on number seven seeded Arapahoe.
The Viking boys (3-9) are looking forward to taking on the Trojans now (3-8). Bertrand will be led by sophomore Jarrett Bieker who averages 13.9 points and 9.7 rebounds per game. Along with Bieker will be guards Arik Ackerman who is averaging 7.8 points per game and Jonah Nelson who is averaging 6.5. Seniors Isaiah Schwarz and Sam Maloley are other likely starters. Other probably contributors will be freshmen Owen Kaps and Chonsey Bieker, and juniors Landon Andersen and Ethan Taylor.
The Bertrand girls are hoping to compete well in the 2020 tournament. The Vikings will take on Arapahoe in first round action, and hope to advance to play the winner of Cambridge and Medicine Valley in the quarter final games on Monday in Alma. The winners will advance to play in the semi-final round at Southwest High School on Thursday. The Lady Vikings are led by junior point guard Erin Boggs who averages 10.3 points a game, as well as 2.6 assists and 2.5 steals.. Along with Boggs, senior Jada High and junior Trista Callahan will look to help out on the offense side, while sophomore Johanna Ford and senior Cailey Grabstein will help down low. Others likely to contribute will be seniors Grace Straight and Natalie Johnson, and sophomore Kenzy Drain.
The Viking teams look forward to your support as they compete this week in the RPAC competitions.