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June 2017

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Southeast Strong Once Again By Conor Nicholl

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Johnson Caps Season With Four Golds By Matt Browning

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Quite a Meet, Year, for Dubbert By Harold Bechard

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Three Straight for Sacred Heart By Conor Nicholl

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Year 1: One To Remember August, 2016 • VYPE NCK’s - the first issue. • Central vs. South: Bragging Rights • Fall Sports Preview

September, 2016 • Beloit dedicates FB season to Noah Smith • Central Mustang tennis tradition • Bullpup spikers are track stars as well

Sitting in Cessna Stadium a couple weeks ago and watching the largest high school track and field meet in the country being run off like clockwork was something I had not been able to do in a very long time. Oh, I had been at the state track meet many times, but usually in the press box or on the stadium floor, interviewing athlete and preparing to write stories for this magazine or newspapers. But, just to sit back, relax a little, and watch the best track athletes this state has to offer - from the smallest 1A school to the largest in 6A - was a treat for my wife and I. We saw many outstanding performances - some even historic - on what turned out to be a near perfect Memorial Day Weekend day. The state track meet completes the high school sports season each year. It also wraps up the first year of VYPE Magazine in the north central part of Kansas. With that being said, here’s a look back at one person’s “Top 10” from the 2016-17 school year for VYPE North Central Kansas magazine.

January, 2017 • SHHS coach Pat Martin continues tradition • Davis Dubbert in NYC for Wendy’s Heisman • Working through the consolation bracket

February, 2017 • Brayden Neuschafer & Central basketball • A look back at Tescott’s 1957 basketball title • No.1 Clay Center girls look to defend

1. Hanover dominates in Eight-Man II with a football title and the boys and girls win state championships on the same day in basketball. 2. Sacred Heart’s golf team sets an all-time record in a regular season tournament and dominates Class 2A for its third straight state title. October, 2016 • Abilene VB has an eye on the prize • The hot topic of KSHSAA classifications • Ediger-Ivers win 4A tennis doubles

3. Davis Dubbert of St. John’s Beloit shows he is one of the top all-around athletes in Kansas as well as a national finalist for the Wendy’s High School Heisman.

March, 2017 • Hanover boys and girls win BB titles • Sacred Heart claims first title in 36 years • McPherson 2nd to Miege in boys and girls

4. Stratton Brown of Sacred Heart goes unbeaten in 3-2-1A tennis singles for the second straight year and hits a game-winning shot in the 2A state basketball tourney. 5. Halle Johnson of Bennington wins the 800, 1600 and 3200 meter races in Class 2A; anchors the winning 3,200 relay and is member of state title cross country team. November, 2016 • A look at McPherson basketball • Injury fails to derail Concordia VB • Goessel, Bennington, SJ-Beloit win XC titles

6. Sacred Heat Basketball. After a near miss the year before, the Knights win their first state title in 36 years and finish the season with 25 straight wins. 7. Will Bruna of Hanover finishes his career with a pair of state titles, over 5,400 yards passing and 90 touchdowns, as well as a state title in basketball.

April, 2017 • Ellsworth three-sport star Kaden Davis • Clay Center’s Peyton Lane continues tradition • Andrew Stratman boosts Central baseball

8. Abilene claims its first state wrestling title since 2003 and Clay Center’s Hunter Mullin wins his second straight title. 9. McPherson doesn’t win a state title in basketball, but the boys and girls each finish second in Class 4A-I to Bishop Miege.

December, 2016 • Hanover dominates Eight-Man II FB • Q&A with KSHSAA’s Gary Musselman • Mac coach promotes girls’ wrestling

10. Salina Central’s boys and girls both qualify for the Class 5A state basketball tournament.

May, 2017 • Q&A with future KSHSAA boss Bill Faflick • Stratton Brown of SHHS unbeaten again • Sterling wins Class 3-2-1A tennis title

LOCKER TALK The opening for the new Salina Fieldhouse is set for July 13

Excitement Building for Salina Fieldhouse Over the next few weeks, workers will be putting the finishing touches on the new Salina Fieldhouse in prepration for the opening of the 65,000-square foot multi-sport facility in downtown Salina. The official opening of the Salina Fieldhouse is set for mid-July with the first annual Jeff Hawkins Salina Basketball Camp on July 13. This event, organized by former KU player Jeff Hawkins, is open to youth from kindergarten through 3rd grade in the morning and 4th through 12th grades in the afternoon. The clinic will feature special guest who will share many basketball skills and techniques with campers. The registration deadline is July 1, and information can be found online. The first tournament event - the Salina Downtown Showdown on July 22-23 is being organized by Salina Central basketball coach Doug Finch. The two-day Mid-America Youth Basketball (MAYB) event is expected to bring in youth teams - grades 3 through 12 - from throughout the Midwest region. “We believe Salina is a great fit for this event. Our central location, diverse lodging accommodations, abundant dining options and various attractions will certainly provide our participants and guests with a great weekend full of fun activities,” Finch said. “And, of course the highlight will be playing in the new Salina Fieldhouse. There’s something about playing in a brand new place that stirs up excitement.” While the Salina Parks and Recreation Department (SPRD) will be responsible for operations of the Salina Fieldhouse, SPRD will work with Visit Salina to promote and market the facility to events that bring visitors. A Chamber Business After Hours is also scheduled at the Fieldhouse on the evening of July 13. This event is open to all Chamber members. If you’d like to learn more about the Salina Fieldhouse, go to


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Hoover, a senior, brought home a pair of gold medals from the state track meet in Wichita, winning the javelin and high school events in Class 2A. Hoover leaped 6-feet, 6 inches in the high jump to win by two inches and threw the javelin 184 feet, 4 inches to edge teammate Dawson Miller for first place.

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Bennington, 3,200 Relay (2A) Kya Johnson, Chloe Stanley (131) Karis Hilbert, Halle Johnson

Avery Gates, SJ-Beloit, Pole Vault - Class 1A

Brooke Diederich, Linn Long Jump - Class 1A

Jacob Faerber, Sacred Heart 400 Meters - Class 2A

Claire Zarybnicky, Hanover 800 Meters - Class 1A

Jonathan Lollar, Herington Long Jump - Class 2A

Peyton Lane, Clay Center, Pole Vault - Class 4A 6


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Ben Veach, Abilene Long Jump - Class 4A

Hanover, 400 Relay (1A) Riley Doebele, Claire Zarybnicky, Taylor Klipp, Macy Doebele

Madison Scott, Republic County Pole Vault - Class 2A

Sterling, 400 Relay (3A) Grace Rowland, Eryn Spangenberg, Alexus Edwards, Ashlyn Kelley (1529)

Kourtni Hubert, Beloit, Javelin - Class 3A

Shelby Ohlde, Linn High Jump - Class 1A

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Kyle Bliss of Concordia slides head first into third base against Baxter Springs in the 4A-II state tournament. (Photo, Dale Stelz)

Luke Streit of Salina South is safe at second base in a first-round 5A state game against Wichita Heights. (Photo, Kelly Ross)

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SOFTBALL Holly Lathan of Sacred Heart makes contact against Chase County in the 2-1A state tournament. (Photo, Nikki Hightree)

Southeast of Saline third baseman Destinee Nickelson eyes the Perry-Lecompton hitter at the 3A tourney in Manhattan. (Photo, Bill Millspaugh)

Chelsey Knight of Moundridge scoops up a ground ball against Ellinwood in the 2-1A state tournament in Pratt. (Photo, Nikki Hightree)

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Bullpups Fall in Quarters

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McPherson’s outstanding soccer season came to an end, one game short of the Class 4-1A Final Four with a 1-0 loss to TMP-Marian in the playoff quarterfinals. The Bullpups finished the season with a 15-4 record and placed five players on the all-league first-team - forwards Aislinn Hughes and Claire Hedlund, mid-fielder Alayna Wallace and defenders Laiken Hein and Heidi Myers.

Ashley Ostrander of TMP-Marian scores the only goal of the state quarterfinal game past McPherson goalkeeper Riley Hett. Anna Schwindt of McPherson and TMP’s Kayla Vitztum eye the ball heading their way.

Claire Hedlund of McPherson looks to get by TMP’s Raegan Billinger.

Laiken Hein of McPherson kicks the ball away from Ashley Otrander of TMP-Marian.

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Aaron Henke helped lead Tipton Catholic to a second-straight Sand Greens team with No. 3 medalist honors.


Mason Ahlberg of Clay Center placed fourth overall in the 4A state tournament at Wamego.

Goessel’s Michal Holada was second overall in the Class 1A state meet in Goodland. (Photo, Dale Wiens)

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Sacred Heart’s Cole Elmore placed third in the 2A state tourney to help the Knights to a third straight title. (Photo, Dale Stelz)





Johnson Caps Season With Four Golds By Matt Browning VYPE North Central Kansas Only twice this season had Bennington’s Halle Johnson run the 3200-meter event prior to the state track meet. Johnson, a junior for the Bulldogs, normally ran the 1600 and 800 meters and even dabbled in the 400 meter during the regular season, so while she always expected to win every race she competed in, she would not have been surprised by any outcome. Johnson was dynamite at the state track meet. She won the Class 2A 3,200 with a time of 10:06:32 - a personal record - and also won the 1600 and the 800 which she had to make a furious comeback down the closing stretch.

Sylvan-Lucas’ Autumn Princ was a double-winner in the 1,600 and 3,200 in Class 1A.

Halle Johnson of Bennington won the 800, 1600 and 3200 in Class 2A and also anchored the team’s 4x800 relay. (Photos, Phil Zivnuska)



“I just feel really blessed,” said Johnson, who also anchored the Bulldogs’ winning 4x800 relay team. “My focus all year had been state. I had fight through really hard and get myself in the right mindset.” Not only did Johnson set a new personal record in the 3200, but she also ran her best times in the 1600 and 800, as well. In the 1600, Johnson ran into the lead for good after the first lap and won with a time of 5:12:18, which was nearly two seconds faster than Samantha Vermetten of Valley Heights. The 800 was Johnson’s final event, so she admitted to having some dead legs. It was evident, as she did not get into the lead until the closing 200 meters. Johnson defeated Vermetten again, with a time of 2:19:89. “I focus on one race at a time,” said Johnson, about having to run in three events in one day. “It can be overwhelming, but I try to stay positive and do whatever I need to do to win.”

Ninti Little of Chapman wins the Class 4A 100 over Emma Ruddle of McPherson and Samantha Van Roecke of Chanute. (Photo, Phil Zivnuska)

Four Straight for Hubert As a freshman and sophomore, Kourtni Hubert won the Class 1A javelin title at Clifton-Clyde and was never really challenged either year. After her sophomore season, Hubert transferred to Beloit and proceeded to win her third state javelin title, this time in Class 3A. Hubert again did not feel challenged. So, as she prepared for her last state tournament over Memorial Day weekend at Cessna Stadium on the campus of Wichita State University, Hubert knew this meet would be significantly more challenging than her previous three seasons. “There was a lot of good competition,” Hubert said. “There were girls who could throw it as far as I could.” In the end, however, Hubert was crowned champion once again as her throws of 146 feet, 9 inches and 147-10 topped Kaley Dalinghaus of Nemaha Valley by four feet. “It feels really good to end this way,” Hubert said. “I kept the same routine and prepared the same. I didn’t feel like I needed to change anything.”

Elle Barrett of McPherson claimed the gold in the Class 4A triple jump. (Photo, Nikki Hightree)

Princ a Double-Winner Autumn Princ of Sylvan-Lucas was a double-winner in Class 1A, as she won the 1600 and 3200. She was in last place on the final lap of the 800, before passing several runners and taking fifth place. With a time of 5:25:64, Princ won the 1,600 by 12 seconds. Princ ran the 3,200 in 11:39:16, which was 28 seconds better than second place. “The state tournament is no different for me because I view it as just another tournament,” Princ said. “But I have been over the moon these past few days.”

Little Defends 100 Title

Taya Wilson of Sterling won the 100 hurdles in Class 3A. (Photo by Kelly Ross)

Ninti Little of Chapman defended her crown in the 100 meter, as she ran the race in 12:26, which was better than runner-up Samantha VanHoecke of Paola by 24 hundredths of a second. “It took me a really long to determine that it was the right event for me,” Little told Vype Magazine in April. “I started running it, but I couldn’t get it. I just thought it wasn’t my race. But as I trained, I figured out the phases and that helped me a lot.” Little was also to compete in the long jump, but she was scratched due to an injury. VYPE.COM | HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS | JUNE 2017




Quite a Meet, Year, For Dubbert

Davis Dubbert of St. John’s Beloit won the Class 1A high jump and javelin at virtually the same time on Saturday at the state meet. (Photo, Tanner Colvin)

By Harold Bechard VYPE North Central Kansas An athlete who qualifies for four individual events at the state track meet can usually count on a few dizzying moments in Cessna Stadium as he or she tries to navigate the busy schedule. Davis Dubbert of St. John’s Beloit wrapped up a remarkable senior season by winning two gold medals at nearly the same time on the second day of the nation’s largest high school track meet. Dubbert, a star in football and basketball as well as a national finalist for the Wendy’s High School Heisman award for the Blujays, competed in both the Class 1A high jump and javelin at the same time on the second morning of competition. Both events were scheduled at the same time - the high jump inside the stadium and the javelin outside the stadium. No problem, despite what Dubbert called a “pretty hectic” schedule. He won the high jump with a leap of 6-foot-6 and then hustled over to the javelin where he won that event with a final throw of 175-10. The gold medal in the high school was the second straight for Dubbert, who was one of the top basketball players in Class 1A this past season as well as a talented eight-man quarterback in football. 14


Kaden Davis of Ellsworth brought home Class 3A state titles in the 200 and 400 dashes. (Photo, Bill Millspaugh)

He will compete for the Wichita State track program next season. Dubbert led St. John’s to a third-place finish in the team race.

Davis, Peters Sprint to Wins Ellsworth senior Kaden Davis, who will play football at Butler College this fall, and junior Lane Peters of Pike Valley, had plenty of big moments on the track. Davis finished his final state meet in style with a pair of gold-medal finishes in Class 3A. He won the 200 dash in 22.0 and the 400 in 49.13. He also placed second at 100 meters in 10.96, finishing behind Jacob Koelzer of Nemaha Central.

Pike Valley’s Lane Peters set a Class 1A state record in the 100 and won the 200 as well. (Photo, Nikki Hightree)

Peters, a junior, broke a Class 1A record in the 100-meter dash that had lasted for 35 years. His time of 10.77 seconds in the finals, broke the mark of 10.80 set by Burlingame’s Mark Traphagan in 1982 and matched 13 years later by Joseph Herron of Waverly. Peters followed up his stunning 100 effort with a victory in the 200 with a time of 22.21. He also was a member of the second-place 400 relay team. Hoover Wins Two Jarrod Hoover of Washington County, like Dubbert, produced a unique double, with wins in the Class 2A javelin and high jump. Hoover edged teammate Dawson Miller in the javelin, 184-4 to 183-0 and also won the high school with a leap of 6-foot-6 before missing three times at 6-8.

Faerber, Lollar Surprise Jacob Faerber of Sacred Heart and Jonathan Lollar of Herington both surprised more than a few people with their performances at the state meet. Faerber, the third or fourth best sprinter in the NCAA league during the regular season, pulled off a stunning come-from-behind victory in the Class 2A 400 dash, winning the event with a time of 49.54,

Colin Budke of Beloit won the gold medal in the Class 3A long jump. (Photo, Tanner Colvin)

nearly a second better than his previous high. He then finished second in a near photo-finish in the 200, losing to Plainville’s Hayden Friend by seven thousandths of a second. Lollar, who was not among the top seeds in either event, nearly pulled off a double. He finished second in the triple jump (44-5) before winning the long jump (22-1 1/2). Both marks were personal bests by over a foot.

Other Champions Ben Veach of Abilene (4A long jump, 21-8), Peyton Lane of Clay Center (4A pole vault, 15-6), Colin Budke of Beloit (3A long jump, 22-2 1/2) and Tyler Palic of Marion (3A discus, 175-11). Lane and Palic are near the top of their events in all classes. Lane won his event by a foot and Palic the discus by 20 feet. Jerrod Hoover of Washington County was a winner in the Class 2A high jump and javelin. (Photo, Dale Stelz).



Community Athlete of the Month Cruz Aranda, Salina South H.S. Aranda wrapped up his high school career at South by helping lead the Cougars to a third-place finish in the Class 5A state tournament. He was named to the Class 5A all-state team for the second straight year and was tabbed as the Class 5A Co-Player of the Year. Aranda, a four-year starter, played shortstop for the Cougars and batted over .400 for his career. He will attend Neosho County Community College this fall.

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Three Straight for Sacred Heart By Conor Nicholl VYPE North Central Kansas Sacred Heart’s quintet of juniors Grant Herrenbruck, Cole Elmore, Quentin Shaw and Rase Welsh and freshman Tate Herrenbruck are best friends. Outside of school and especially during the summer, the fivesome play golf for hours each day. “After golf, we will go to the country club pool and chill out for a little bit and swim in the hot tub on summer days, then the next day it starts over,” Elmore said. The Knights routinely play against each other in summer tournaments. In the spring, they form one of the best high school golf teams in the state in any class. “In school we are trying to get each other to play well,” Elmore said. “We are trying to put up a good team score, but it’s all fun to play with the guys.” This spring, the Knights captured their third straight Class 2A team title with a 309, seven shots in front of Pittsburg-St. Mary’s Colgan, at Southwind Country Club in Garden City. Grant Herrenbruck earned medalist honors for the second straight season with a 73 on the par-71 links. Elmore took third with a 76. Tate Herrenbruck tied for sixth at 79 and was the lone freshmen in the top 51 in the standings. Shaw took 12th with an 81, and Welsh tied for 15th at 84. Sophomore Charlie Skidmore rounded out the scoring with a 90 and a tie for 25th. At the NCAA league meet, Sacred Heart shot a 13-under-par 271 and obliterated the all-time state record of 284 set by St. Thomas Aquinas in 2011. “Props to (Colgan),” Elmore said. “They gave us a run for our money. We definitely were a lot higher than we expected to be, being our highest score of the year, but it was such a tough course.” In 2015, the Knights fired a 295 to win the crown. Brooks Brown, now playing at Washburn University, picked up the individual title with a 70. Grant Herrenbruck finished second, while Elmore was sixth and Shaw seventh. Before ’15, the Knights lone golf title came in 1997. 18


Sacred Heart junior Grant Herrenbruck earned medalist honors at Southwind Country Club in Garden City, leading the Knights to their third straight Class 2A state title. (Photo, Dale Stelz)

Last year, the Knights shot a 310 and won state by 28 shots. Grant Herrenbruck took first, followed by fourth for Elmore, fifth from Jack Skidmore, ninth by Shaw and 13th from Welsh. The Herrenbrucks and Elmore have traveled throughout the country playing golf at the highest junior levels. Golf Digest has profiled the Herrenbruck brothers in a video through the national Drive, Chip and Putt program. Elmore enjoyed his finest season with an average score of 73. In midseason, Sacred Heart went to the prestigious Hutchinson Invitational meet and tied Class 6A No. 1-ranked Blue Valley North for the team title, finishing second to North on a tiebreaker. At state, Sacred Heart was aware of Colgan and its top player Bradley Beykirch from summer meets. Beykirch eventually took second. Grant Herrenbruck, known for his steady play, delivered another fine

Jacob Huffaker of Southeast of Saline took home medalist honors in the 3A state meet in Independence. (Photo, Bill Millspaugh)


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round. Elmore had a key eagle at No. 10 that kept the Knights in front. “Definitely was a lot closer than we thought, but we are happy with the outcome,” Elmore said. Huffaker wins 3A Southeast of Saline junior Jake Huffaker, like the Sacred Heart golfers, is known for playing around the country. He is one of 16 players that earned selection to the First Tee National Par 3 Championship this summer. The elite level has helped Huffaker qualify for the state meet all three seasons, including a Class 3A individual state title at Independence Country Club. Huffaker shot a 77 on the par-71 course and won state by three shots. South, Central Fare Well in 5A In a highly competitive Class 5A meet at Salina Municipal, Aquinas won with a 301, while Andover shot 302, St. James at 303 and Salina South at 304. Central took sixth at 311. The top nine teams stayed with 15 shots. South sophomore Parker Renz shot 73, and with tiebreakers, finished seventh. Central senior Brayden Neuschafer and South senior Josh Reed each shot 74 and finished eighth and ninth, respectively. In other classes, Goessel’s Michael Holada earned second place with an 80 in 1A, five shots behind Immaculata’s Timothy Wheaton, and in Class 4A, Clay Center senior Mason Ahlberg finished fourth with a 76.

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Tipton’s Depth Pulls Through One of the biggest strengths for the Tipton Catholic squad is the Cardinals’ senior-laden depth. The depth helped Tipton repeat as the sand greens golf champion with a 351 - 30 shots ahead of runner-up Chase County. Dylan Hollerich was last year’s state medalist and Tipton’s top golfer this spring. At the state meet, Hollerich was Tipton’s fourth golfer and tied for tenth. However, Aaron Henke finished third with an 81 on the par-66 course. Senior Ed Koeningsman took seventh at 86, and senior Justin Brummer was ninth at 91. Senior Ben Hake rounded out the scoring with a tie for 20th. Rock Hills junior Tycen Higer, who won as a freshman, took his second title with a 77.

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Comeback Player of the Month Kelsey Doll, Sacred Heart H.S. Sacred Heart’s Kelsey Doll celebrated reaching a goal this spring, qualifying for Class 2A state track as a junior with the Knights’ 4x100-meter relay team. “Being at the state meet, it’s one of the greatest meets ever,” Doll said. Seeing state as a sprinter was not in the original plans. Previously, Doll was a distance runner and long jumper. She even played basketball. Injuries rerouted her. Doll tore her anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee during her freshman campaign of basketball trying to chase down an opponent in transition. “She has an older sister who went through two ACL tears,” said Laurie Doll, Kelsey’s mother. “The minute she did that, I knew something was wrong.” Kelsey leaned on her sister, Hannah, for advice as she faced her first major surgery. She missed track her freshman year, but recovered in time for her sophomore year of volleyball. She joined the basketball team once more, but with a similar, frustrating ending. Throughout the season, she found temporary remedies for another nagging injury in her knee. “I would come down and I would be taken out for like five minutes, because I had to wiggle it back in somehow, kind of massage my knee so I could bend it again,” Doll said. The week before sub-state, Doll could no longer find quick fixes for the aggravation. An MRI revealed she had a buckle tear that required her meniscus to be cleaned out. Her basketball career came to a sudden halt, and she would miss her sophomore year of track, as well. Dr. Todd Herrenbruck at Salina Ortho helped see Doll through both injuries. Steven Sjogren aided in physical therapy. “I’m so thankful for all those hours in physical therapy, because it brought me to the point where I am now,” Doll said. Doll’s junior year was a healthy one. She played volleyball, and when the spring rolled around, she finally received an opportunity to be on the track – only now as a sprinter and thrower. With injury woes behind her, Doll has her sights set on a standout senior year.

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Cougars Finish Strong in 5A By Kyle McCaskey VYPE North Central Kansas Moving forward, Salina South has forced itself into the conversation of powerhouse baseball programs in Class 5A. “We feel like we’ve got our program to a point now where the expectation is there,” said Salina South coach Kris Meis. “I think people in the state are more aware of us now, so we’re just going to have to play with a target on our back.” For four consecutive seasons, the Cougars have won 15 or more games – the first time that has been accomplished in program history. The past two seasons, South reached the state tournament. After a one-and-done visit in 2016 on the production of a senior-laden class, a dropoff was assumed. Instead, South surged back to state this year, placing third. “The expectations outside of our program were that we probably wouldn’t make it back to state,” Meis said. “We had some great leadership from our seniors, and had some new guys step up.”

The rugged Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail League Division 1 provided unmatched preparation. Derby and Hutchinson were 6A qualifiers. Salina South and Maize broke into the 5A bracket. After splitting their regular season doubleheader, Salina South and Maize found each other again in the semifinals. Maize scored a 6-1 victory. Undeterred, the Cougars stood tall against another state power, Bishop Carroll, in the third-place contest. South hammered out a 10-3 win. “We wanted to give our four seniors the opportunity to go out with a win,” Meis said. “You don’t always get to do that in postseason play.”

South’s Brady McAfee scoops up a ground ball against Heights at Eck Stadium.

Cade Peters of Salina South delivers a pitch against Wichita Heights in the 5A tournament. (Photos, Kelly Ross) 22


Marion Second in 3A Marion established its own program benchmarks – 23 victories, an 18-game win streak, a Heart of America league championship and the Warriors’ first 3A state tournament victory. Marion’s baseball T-shirts were emblazoned with “72.4,” the distance in miles from the high school parking lot to Tointon Family Stadium at Kansas State University, site of the 3A state tournament. “So proud of this group and what they accomplished, accepting the challenge and the expectations that came with this year,” said Marion coach Roger Schroeder.

Marion’s Evann Heidebrecht slides safely into second.

Seth Savage of Marion makes a nice running catch against TMP-Marian in the 3A tourney. (Photos, Bill Millspaugh)

Bowler of the Month Caleb Demel, Salina South H.S. Caleb just finished his junior year at South High and qualified for the Class 5-1A state tournament at Northrock Lanes in Wichita for the second straight year. Caleb finished 31st in the 2017 tournament with a series of 559. As a sophomore, he placed fifth at 5-1A state with a 702 series.

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STATE BASEBALL The Warriors ensured the trip would be a memorable one. They were resilient in earning a 6-5 victory in eight innings over TMP-Marian in the quarterfinals, and followed that up with an 8-6 triumph over SoutheastCherokee in the semifinals. Marion’s spirited run ran out of fuel in the championship game, falling to Wichita Independent 8-0. “After the game, we wanted to talk about how one game wasn’t going to ruin, for lack of a better term, a really good season for us,” Schroeder said. “We competed extremely well, I thought, the entire state tournament.” Although four seniors exit the team, Marion will come off the program’s best season with postseason experience that practice cannot duplicate. Programs typically ride ebbs and flows, where a window of elite opportunity can open. “I think ours is just opening right now,” Schroeder said. “I think it really sets us up well here for the next couple of years.” The Concordia Panthers were a state qualifier in the Class 4A-Division 2 tournament in Emporia, The Panthers (14-4) were ousted in the first round by eventual runnerup Baxter Springs, 3-0. Concordia’ Cole Larsen pitches against Baxter Springs in the 4A-II tourney. (Photo, Dale Stelz)

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The Sterling Lady Bears are the 400-Meter Relay state champions for Class 3A. They fought through miserable conditions at the regional meet in Russell to qualify for state. Despite running on a very wet track and into a stiff north breeze, they posted a firstplace time of 51.08 seconds. The Lady Bears found the weather conditions much more enjoyable in Wichita as they qualified for finals with the fastest overall time of 50.81. In the finals, they recorded another PR with their fastest time of 50.40 in taking home the state title. The foursome of Grace Rowland, Eryn Spangenberg, Alexus Edwards and Ashlyn Kelley was coached by long-time SHS track coach Keith Patterson, who is retiring this year. The ladies dedicated their state relay final to Coach “KP�.





Kendall Schlesener was part of a SE-Saline senior class that won 64 games over a three-year period. (Photo, Bill Millspaugh)

By Conor Nicholl VYPE North Central Kansas Southeast of Saline coach Pesha Ptacek often joked with her 5-foot-7 senior ace right-hander Kendall Schlesener. “She goes out there on the mound – we always tease her and call her the princess, a beauty queen princess,” Ptacek said. However, Ptacek also quickly rolls off a list of superlatives when describing Schlesener and the Trojans’ five-player senior softball class that went 64-6 in the last three years. Schlesener had elbow surgery before the ’16 season and posted a strong spring. Before 2017, she participated in weights, conditioning and physiology. Ptacek labeled her probably the most conditioned athlete she’s coached in 12 seasons with Trojan softball. “Unfazed by adversity,” Ptacek said. “She is the kind of kid that you want as a leader of your team.” This year, Schlesener had a 0.23 earned-run average. Schlesener was the SES recipient of the KSAL scholarship honor, given to one senior at 26


Sacred Heart’s Lindsey Gack makes a running catch against Chase County in the 2-1A state tourney. (Photo, Nikki Hightree)

Abilene and each of the five Salina high schools. “Coming back from that surgery, she knew that she wanted to make big strides,” Ptacek said. Schlesener, along with fellow seniors Madi Schuman, Destinee Nickelson and Kaylen Lassley, and junior Karis Calahan earned first team all-league - Lassley and Calahan for the third time. Calahan led the squad in batting at .519 for a 20-2 squad. Emily Wiles, a reserve, rounded out the senior class. Southeast lost in the first round of state in 2015 and reached the final four last year before falling to Oskaloosa. This spring, the No. 4-seeded Trojans had some defensive miscues early and fell 3-1 to PerryLecompton in the first round. “Oskaloosa, we felt like we legitimately got beat by a team that was better than us, and that’s OK, that happens,” Ptacek said. “When we finished against Perry-Lecompton, we felt like we gave it away.” In addition to the seniors, juniors Carter Brull and Taylor Weis enjoyed productive years. Ptacek labeled Brull, who led the team in RBI the first half of the spring, “irreplaceable” in left field.

“(Weis) is that kid that just goes completely unnoticed, and she has got a calm, quiet demeanor, and she is not flashy in any way, shape or form, but when you need a big play, Taylor is the one who always comes through,” Ptacek said.

SHHS Returns to State Sacred Heart softball opened the season 6-4 before traveling to Beloit on April 25. The temperature was 70 degrees with little wind when the Knights left Salina. When Sacred Heart reached Beloit, the temperature had dropped to 42 degrees with a strong wind. The Knights weren’t prepared for the cold temperatures but enjoyed a strong start to both contests. In the first game, Sacred Heart led 4-0 entering the bottom of the second before falling 11-5. In the second contest, the Knights held a 5-0 lead to the bottom of the fifth before losing 7-5. “I was worried losing both of those games that it was going to deter them, and it really had the opposite effect,” coach Dave Hadorn said. Shortly after the losses to Beloit, Hadorn talked to his young team at a practice. Half of the 14 players on the roster were freshmen and the squad had one senior, Holly Lathan. “I said, ‘We’ve really got a shot to go to state,’” Hadorn said. “They really kind of bought into that and started practicing harder and working harder.” The Knights eventually qualified for the Class 2-1A state tournament and finished 15-9, its first state trip since a 3A runner-up showing in 2013. Sacred Heart, the No. 7 seed, lost 6-0 to eventual state champion Chase County in the first round. Lathan had two of the team’s three hits. “I was real proud of the girls,” Hadorn said. “Some teams just don’t come together, and this team really came together.” Junior Payton Bergkamp and freshman Sadie Van Riper paced the team with averages just under .400. Van Riper often caught and played third and second. Freshman Grace Martin also played four positions.

Hailey Franson of Clay Center gets set to throw to first against Girard in the 4A-II state tournament. (Photo, Dale Stelz)

South first baseman Jacie Marcotte stretches for the throw, but a Shawnee Heights runners is safe in the 5A tourney. (Photo, Kelly Ross)

South, CCHS, Moundridge Reach State In Class 5A, a young Salina South team fell to eventual champion Shawnee Heights, 12-0, in the first round to finish the season 12-11. In 4A-II, Clay Center/Wakefield (16-5) lost to eventual champion Girard, 15-8 in the first round. Pitcher Megan Blake (.467 average, 8-4, 1.85 ERA) led the team. In Class 2-1A, Moundridge (15-8) lost a 1-0 decision to Ellinwood in the first round despite pitcher Jadah Moore allowing just three hits in the game.

Moundridge pitcher Jadah Moore throws out an Ellinwood runner at first in 2-1A. (Photo, Nikki Hightree)



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