After a shaky start to the season, 1 win and 4 losses, the Frontenac Raider Boys’ Basketball team did a 360. Under the direction of head coach, Ryan Varsolona, the Raiders finished with a record of 14 wins and 9 losses.
With a goal that carried over from football season, the team went on to become CNC Champs, lead by seniors Isaac Bicknell, Ryan Long, Luke Loy, and Eian Monsour. Not stopping with that accomplishment, the Raiders continued to battle to become 4A-II Sub State Champions. For the first time since 2004, this launched the berth to the State games in Emporia. In the first round, the Raiders fell to defending champs, Wichita Collegiate. It was a hard-fought battle, leaving everything on the court.
The school and community couldn’t be prouder of the accomplishments of this outstanding group of young men, as well as their coaches. The hard work and dedication of the entire team and coaches, Ryan Varsolona, Troy Morris, and Jared Pile paid off with several players earning post-season recognition: Isaac Bicknell earned 1st Team CNC; Eian Monsour and Broc Ginavan both earned 2nd Team CNC; Ryan Long, who came back from a knee injury at the beginning of the season, earned CNC Honorable Mention; and Coach Varsolona was selected CNC Coach of the Year. Isaac Bicknell and Eian Monsour were selected to play in the All Star Game on March 31, 2017 at Pittsburg State University. Sports in Kansas picked Isaac Bicknell as first team All Area, with Broc Ginavan, Eian Monsour and Jake Wilbert getting the second team nod. Honorable Mention went to Ryan Long, Peyton Brown, and Hayden Pile. All Area Coach of the Year was Ryan Varsolona.
What a year of accomplishments!