Golden Eagle Week-in-Review #4: Dodge City “Tournament of Champions”


This year’s Golden Eagles after winning the Dodge City “Tournament of Champions” earlier in the week.

Adrian Holguin, Sports Editor

The Golden Eagles had an extremely successful week 4, winning their matchups against Heights, Hutch, Eisenhower and Junction City, all by large and impressive margins. The team is already coming off of an extremely successful week 3 during which it went undefeated in the team’s three contests with zero signs of slowing down. The Golden Eagles were able to use their momentum to win the Dodge City “Tournament of Champions.”
The Golden Eagles are in the middle of a win streak that currently stands at seven as they seem to be hitting their stride at just the right time. The Golden Eagles have been guided by coach Mike Domnick, who has helped to continue this program’s winning culture since he replaced Coach Gary Cundiff in 2016. Coach Domnick has been able to further enhance the previous level of success alongside the likes of highly touted players such as Tanner Mans, Alex Littlejohn, and Enrique Lankford just to name a few.

Game Recaps:

1/15: Win vs Heights 52>36

The Golden Eagles were able to continue their win-streak in last Friday’s matchup against Heights. Although the team failed to reach its overall points average of 60.1, the Golden Eagles can find solitude in the fact that senior Enrique Lankford was able to have a monster night with 18 points while shooting 55 percent from the field on 11 total shots. All five members of the Golden Eagle starting lineup got onto the stat sheet, with all five ending the night with north of five points. This shows and emphasizes the ability of this group to find ways to move the ball around, as well as emphasizing constant motion in an effort to get guys open and thus getting the ball through the bottom of the net more often than not.

1/19: Win vs Hutchinson 65>39

The Golden Eagles kicked off the Dodge City “Tournament of Championships” with an emphatic and impressive win against Hutch. This was a great way to kick off the tournament for this group, considering the fact that they were indeed able to meet their average point total, along with holding Hutch to below 40 points. It is performances like this that I believe can become a consistent occurrence for this group as we continue on deeper into the season.
Alex Littlejohn was unsurprisingly the leading scorer for the group, finishing the night with a point total of 21. The Golden Eagles were able to accomplish the impressive feat of getting nine players onto the stat sheet, effectively showing the impressive and pure depth that this group possesses.

1/21: Win vs Eisenhower 64>45:

The Golden Eagles would then turn around three days later and take part in their-second round matchup against Eisenhower, which they would win by nearly 20. The leading scorer for the group was senior Carter Reid, who was able to put up a total of 22, with Alex Littlejohn following not far behind at 18. Fellow senior Will Biby was also able to put up a total of 12 points, while shooting a great percentage at 63 percent on eight shots. This would then set the stage for the team’s championship matchup against Junction City.

1/23: Win vs Junction City 61>46:

The Golden Eagles were successfully able to bring home the tournament crown following a 15-point victory in the final round against Junction City. Alex Littlejohn was on fire throughout the night, putting up a total of 20 points and dropping 75 percent of his 8 shots. Carter Reid, Preston Rotinghaus and Will Biby were all able to get at least nine points on the scoreboard enroute to the Golden Eagles’ impressive victory.

Tournament Recap:

In addition to taking home the Dodge City Tournament crown, the Golden Eagles were able to take home a multitude of awards, with Alex Littlejohn bringing home the “Most Inspirational Player” award. There would also be three Golden Eagles that would be named to the all-tournament team, with those three being seniors Alex Littejohn, Carter Reid and Enrique Lankford. Senior Stephen Nguyen was also named to the all-academic team.

Going Forward:

The Golden Eagles will be kicking off their new week in tonight’s matchup against the South Titans, and they will then quickly move on for Friday’s matchup against North. I fully expect and predict the Golden Eagles to come out on top in these two contests, thus extending their win streak to nine games by the end of the week. The Golden Eagles currently have all the momentum on their side and are cruising through their schedule at this point. If this team is able to continue to keep this hot streak going, they should be able to make a long and deep playoff run.