Surpassing success

Before the high school fall sports season comes to a final end, it’s worth highlighting something—actually someones—who achieved a remarkable feat over their four-year high school career. The four seniors on the Goessel High School volleyball have established a four-year won-loss legacy of 172 wins and only four losses.

For you math whizzes out there, that equates to an average season record 44-1. The four seniors, Eden Hiebert, Brittney Hiebert, Leah Booton and Kara Burkholder, plus their talented teammates, carried an unbeaten season all the way to the Class 2A volleyball championship match this fall before losing to Heritage Christian, a private school from Olathe. Final record: 43-1.

Strong coaching is another factor for success, but even coach Crysta Guhr can hardly believe what her four seniors accomplished on the court.

“It is almost laughable because you just can’t fathom it,” Guhr said of the run. “So, to say that these four will be missed is a major understatement.”

Missed, yes. But the beauty of high school sports is that it can build character to last a lifetime—learning from the hard knocks of a losing season, but for the fortunate few who soar to new heights it’s about talent, commitment and character. Don’t be surprised if we see these seniors achieving other remarkable accomplishments as they pursue new goals. —DR