Lost without the CKL

Senior Kylah Comley recieves a pass during the 2015 Sterling Invitational Basketball tournament. In the background are the banners of teams that are part of the CKL, after the 2015-16 school year, those banners will be taken down and replaced with teams of the Heart of America league.

Senior Kylah Comley recieves a pass during the 2015 Sterling Invitational Basketball tournament. In the background are the banners of teams that are part of the CKL, after the 2015-16 school year, those banners will be taken down and replaced with teams of the Heart of America league.

I’m not going to beat around the bush, this is an opinion after all.

I think that the decision to switch leagues from the Central Kansas League to the Heart of America League is one of the worst things to happen during my high school career.

Sure, I have bias because it will be my senior year when we actually make the switch, but that doesn’t change what I believe.

The CKL is considered by many to be the best league in the state, especially for 3A and 4A schools.

Not only does it have multiple athletic state championships in it’s history, but the CKL is home to some of the best academic schools in the state. So why are we leaving?

To be clear, this is not me trying to diss the HOA. I have nothing against the schools in that league.

This is me expressing my remorse.

The CKL has brought me, along with many other students of SHS, some of the best friends I could ask for.

Thanks to league tournaments, basketball games, softball doubleheaders, and even choir contests, I have met some great people that I otherwise wouldn’t have.

Knowing that after this year I probably won’t get a chance to see most of them outside of a couple times a year is heartbreaking for me.

Even harder to cope with is that some of the activities at Sterling will not have the kind of competition, or even the diversity of activities, available that we had in the CKL.

We won’t have Hesston, we won’t have Smoky Valley, we won’t have those challenges that the schools in the CKL bring anymore when it comes to activities. Sports and academics alike.

I’m extremely sad that my fellow students, and I won’t have the connections or competition that we once had.

We will miss it.