By William

LINDSBORG – Considering the number of seniors on the team, the Smoky Valley boys basketball team still struggled the 2019-20 season with a very tough schedule and limped in with a final record of just 6-15, while going just 2-7 in Central Kansas League action.

“This was a very unique season for us,” explained Vikings Head Coach Doug Schneider. “We played arguably our toughest schedule ever since I have been head coach here at Smoky Valley.”

Tough was right as the Vikings recorded 15 losses this season to teams that finished combined with a winning percentage of over 76%.

Coach Schneider continued his post-season reflections by adding, “We also played more games this year with significant illnesses than we have over the past few years. Despite of all that happened, our players never quit competing and I was so proud of their effort and their energy although I know our players and our staff would have loved winning a few more games.”

The Vikings were led by senior Cade Schneider who led the team in scoring with 262 points or 13.1 points per game, including a team high 51 three-pointers made. Schneider also finished second on the team in rebounds with 87, assists with 40 and steals with 26.

Schneider concluded his Viking career by being named second-team All-Central Kansas League, earned honorable mention honors by Sports in Kansas and the Topeka Capital Journal. Besides being named to the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association All-Academic team, Schneider was also selected to play in the Central Kansas All-Star Game.

Besides Schneider, the Vikings graduate four other seniors who saw a lot of court time, including:

  • Trey Kennedy who finished second on the team in scoring with 231 points or 11.6 points per game, connected on 43 three-pointers while also making 25 steals when on defense.
  • Matt Lucas led the Vikings in rebounding with 112 and blocked shots with 13. He was also third on the team in scoring with 95 points and dished out 34 assists.
  • Johann Rauchholz led the team in steals with 28 while finished fourth in scoring with 93 points.
  • Bruster Bengtson was third for the Vikings in rebounds with 72 while also recording 23 steals.

The Vikings will have plenty of players returning for the 2020-21 season who earned plenty of playing time this past season. Looking toward being on the court next season will include seniors-to-be Ryan Heline {team leader in assists this season by dishing out 68}; Brandt Heble, Ty Miller, Joe Osowski, and Jake Lucas, who missed much of the past season due to an injury. Also coming back will be junior-to-be Haven Lysell-Stewart who blocked 10 shots this past season, plus sophomore-to-be Karson Pihl.

Coach Schneider concluded his reflections by looking at the positives for next season, saying, “We lose some talented players from our 2019-20 team, including our top five scorers who put up nearly 80% of our points. On the bright side, our junior varsity had a very strong season and finished 17-3. This group of young men is primed and ready for their opportunity to play. There will also be a number of players who may be able to step up into varsity roles next season, but of course that remains to be seen. Still many uncertainties in regards to what our summer sessions and preparations are going to look like with the continuing coronavirus issues, but one thing is certain – these young men will be ready to play when the season rolls around and they will bring a ton of energy to the 2020-21 season.”


Leaders in Scoring {Avg}: Cade Schneider – 262 {13.1}; Trey Kennedy – 231 {11.6}; Matt Lucas – 95 {5.3}; Johann Rauchholz – 93 {4.7}.

Leaders in 3-Pointers Made: Cade Schneider – 51; Trey Kennedy 43.

Leaders in Assists: Ryan Heline – 68; Cade Schneider – 40; Matt Lucas – 34.

Leaders in Rebounds {Off/Def}: Matt Lucas – 112 {34/78}; Cade Schneider – 87 {27/60}; Bruster Bengtson – 72 {31/41}.

Leaders in Steals: Johann Rauchholz – 28; Cade Schneider – 26; Trey Kennedy – 25; Bruster Bengtson – 23.

Leaders in Blocked Shots: Matt Lucas – 13; Haven Lysell-Stewart – 10.

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