Waukee Wins Girls State Basketball Championship for the First Time!
On March 7, Waukee beat Valley 72-58 to become the 5A Girls State Basketball champions! It was Waukee’s first appearance in a championship game, despite having made it for six years out of the last seven to the Girls State Basketball Tournament. The Warriors finished the 2014-15 season with a 24-2 record, with losses only to Valley and Ankeny Centennial.
Head coach Chris Guess and assistant coach Sheri Guess have coached at Waukee for twelve years. “We are so proud of the girls. They truly played together as a team and represented their school and community with class,” Sheri said.
Chris surpassed his 200th win at Waukee and 350th career win this season, with a 207-81 record at Waukee and a 359-171 career record. “There are a lot of people and players that have put a significant amount of time and energy into making that happen. It is a group effort and there are many people that do not get credit who are instrumental to the successes of our program,” Chris said.
“It is fun to see the hours of hard work and dedication pay off for the girls. The support from the Waukee community during the entire season, especially the State Tournament, was incredible. The Waukee student section was phenomenal and we were proud to play in front of them at Wells Fargo,” Sheri said.
Junior Reilly Jacobson and senior Ellie Cavanaugh were both named to the all-tournament team, with Jacobson being the captain. “Being a state champion is unreal; it is a great way to end as a senior! It is completely unexpected, but a great honor to be on the all-tournament team because there are so many deserving players out there,” Cavanaugh said.
Cavanaugh, who will be playing soccer at Iowa State University, has been on varsity all four years of high school. After a season of ups and downs and lessons learned from losses, she claims she is most proud of all the team was able to accomplish and will miss the relationships she has formed with her teammates and coaches over the years.
“The Guesses are a second set of parents. They would do anything for any of us. They put in so much hard work and are a huge part of our success,” Cavanaugh stated.
Jacobson has played on varsity all three years of her high school career and continues to build strong relationships with her teammates, which she claims has been one of the biggest impacts of playing on this team. Her motivation, driven by not wanting to let her team down, pushes her to succeed. “Competing at state was so much fun. Being named the captain of the all-tournament team was really exciting!” Jacobson said.