Winter sports back in full swing

The Yuma High School wrestlers already got things going last weekend, now the rest of the winter sports teams will resume their seasons this week.
YHS’s top-ranked boys basketball team gets back to action Friday at Akron in the Lower Platte Activities Association opener for both squads. The Indians went 5-1 in December. Friday will be their first game since a home win over Simla on December 20.

Javier Gamboa and his teammates resume the 2019-20 season Friday at Akron. (Photo by Dave Gustafson)

The only other LPAA member in the Top 10 as the season resumes and league play begins is Wray at No. 10 with a 4-2 record. Sedgwick County is just outside the Top 10 after going 5-0 in December. Merino is 4-1, Caliche 4-2, Wiggins 5-3, Akron and Haxtun both 2-4, and Holyoke 1-6. Holyoke lost to Pine Bluffs, Wyoming, last Saturday. Wray is at Chase County today, January 9.
Sedgwick County and Haxtun open league play Friday at Haxtun, and Merino is at Caliche.
While the Indians are ranked No. 1, they are just 13th in the 2A Ratings Percentage Index. Sedgwick County is No. 14, Wiggins 15th and Wray 17th, while Akron is 46th, as of January 9.
The Yuma girls remain ranked No. 8 in the 2A Top 10 despite going 2-4 in December. However, they are in a much tougher position in the RPI, currently sitting at 35th, four spots behind Akron.
The Indians did finish on a high note with a convincing win over No. 9 Simla on December 20. The girls also resume their season Friday with the league opener at Akron.
Holyoke enters the new year ranked No. 1 in 2A after going 6-0 in December. The Dragons improved to 7-0 with a home win over Pine Bluffs last Saturday. Wray is ranked seventh after going 4-2 in December. The Eagles play a non-league game with Chase County this week. Merino went 4-1 in December, Wiggins 5-3. Sedgwick County 3-2, Akron 3-3, Haxtun 2-4 and Caliche 1-5.
Reagan Nolin will lead the Indians into their 2020 opener at Akron, Friday.
Holyoke is second in the RPI, Wray is 10th, Sedgwick County 21st and Wiggins 22nd.
Besides Yuma at Akron, other league openers Friday at Sedgwick County at Haxtun and Merino at Caliche. All other LPAA teams begin league play next week.
The Yuma wrestlers were at Bennett last Saturday. The grapplers go to Akron today, January 9, for a dual, and the boys are at the Lamar Invitational on Saturday, while the girls go to the Northridge Women’s Wrestling Tournament in Greeley.
Yuma Middle School also gets its seasons going this week. The girls teams host Wray today, January 9, for their season opener, while the wrestling team opens Tuesday, January 14, at the Wray Bash.
Area Class 1A schools also return to action this week.
The Otis basketball teams host Akron on Saturday afternoon in a non-league game. Stratton/Liberty hosts Eads on Saturday in Stratton. Arickaree/Woodlin teams have a difficult return to the season as they are at Fleming on Friday and Kit Carson on Saturday. Lone Star was at Idalia this past Tuesday for YWKC League tilts, and host Prairie on Friday for nonleague games.