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“You Say Goodbye, and I say Hello” - Harold Bechard


June 2018

TRIPLE CROWN Tim Lambert of Smoky Valley Strikes Gold At The State Track Meet

INSIDE: • State Track & Field • Knights Dominate Golf • McPherson Tennis • Pictures Galore

Kate Weis SE-Saline Softball

Jamya O’Quinn Moundridge Track

Nolan Schrader McPherson Tennis

Cole Elmore Sacred Heart Golf

Jake Huffaker, SE-Saline H.S.



Jake is a 2018 graduate of Southeast of Saline, participated in golf and basketball for the Sydney Johnson, Trojans - lettering four years in golf and three in basketball and was a Wendy’s High School Beloit H.S. Heisman representative. He was the Class 3A individual champion at the 2017 state golf tournament and was a medal-winner two other times at state. He was also a member of two SES basketball teams that placed third in the 3A state tourney. Jake finished with a 3.95 GPA, was treasure of the National Honor Society at school and volunteers for the Salvation Army Christmas, school fun night, church vacation bible school, First Tee of Salina 100 Hole Golf Marathon and helped raise money for The First Tee of Salina. He plans to attend Kansas State University and major in Kinesiology with a minor in Business.

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Athletes congratulate each other following the conclusion of the KSHSAA State Track & Field Meet in Wichita. (Photo, Dale Stelz)

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28 - State Baseball

14 - State Track & Field Barrett Sets Sail With Record Leap By Conor Nicholl

18 - State Golf

Marion, Ell-Saline Finish Third By VYPE Staff

32 – State Softball Clay Center Drops Opener in 4A-II By VYPE Staff

Best Ever? Knights Go 4 For 4 By Jim Misunas


22 - State Tennis

3 - Pregame

Bullpups’ Perfect Season Ends in Style By VYPE Staff

26 - State Soccer

Mac’s Banner Year Falls Just Short By Brad Hallier

By Mike Cooper, CEO/Publisher

8 - Picture This

KSHSAA Spring Sports Wrap-up

37 - Extra Point ... Saying Goodbye By Harold Bechard

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Harold, thanks for a job well done. I always appreciated your hard work covering high school sports. You were great to work with and always professional. Of course, I really enjoyed your coverage of our league, the GWAL. Enjoy your retirement. It is well deserved. - Jay Means, USD259 District Athletic Director Thanks for all you have done to promote high school sports and journalism. You have been kind and generous to me and I am forever grateful. Enjoy your retirement! - Matt Browning, VYPE Editorial Contributor Harold took a well-established product and pushed VYPE to become a local leader in high school sports coverage. The content has always - always - trended toward positive under Harold, focusing on all of the good that comes from young adults chasing athletic, academic and personal triumphs. Most people never saw the tremendous amount of time Harold committed to the magazine, and that is a testament to him, that those tireless hours were so well orchestrated that the quality of the end product never wavered. - Kyle McCaskey, VYPE Editorial Contributor I really don’t know how he did two magazines at a time!! Harold was always so even keeled. Very personable too. made my job easier. Thanks Harold! - Bill Millspaugh, VYPE Photographer Back in the early 80’s Harold was working for the Salina Journal and covered my playing days at Salina Sacred Heart. For the past 9 years I have worked with him at Trinity Catholic High School.  How time flies.  Harold is a true professional and will be missed.  Congrats on your retirement!!!  -Greg Strecker, Athletic Director Hutchinson Trinity Catholic High School Congrats, Harold.  The thing I always noticed about Harold was his passion for the sports he covered.  He has been a fixture in the Salina area for years and we will miss his coverage of our sporting events.  Best of luck and enjoy your retirement…you have earned it. - Ken Stonebraker, Athletic Director Salina South Harold is one of the best sports journalists Kansas has ever had. He covered Final Fours and major college bowl games, but he also covered local golf tournaments with equal passion. He’s not just a mentor but also a friend. He will be missed! - Brad Hallier, VYPE Editorial Contributor and new VYPE Editor In Chief Harold Bechard is one of the best high school and college sports writers of his era.   I got to know Harold when his kids went to Sacred Heart.   Harold was always promoting high school sports in a positive way.  In addition he was a very active member of booster club at Sacred Heart, and working fund raisers for the school.     Harold would be a great teacher to anyone interested in becoming a sports journalist.   In my opinion he deserves to be in the sports hall of fame for all the awesome articles he wrote about student athletes during his career.   Enjoy retirement Harold! - Ed Muninger, Athletic Director Salina Sacred Heart Thank You Harold for your support of the student athletes in North Central Kansas.  Growing up in Salina I have always enjoyed your stories.  You always have had the best interest of the kids throughout your career - Greg Maring, Athletic Director Salina Central Harold was a true professional in all ways.  He will be sorely missed by everyone who dealt with him.  Harold, good luck in the next phase.  Thanks for everything you did for the athletes, coaches and administrators in the state of Kansas. - Mitch Fiegel, Athletic Director Wichita Collegiate Harold....thanks for all you have done to highlight high school kids and their accomplishments around the state of Kansas!  Congratulations on your retirement! - Shane Backus, Athletic Director McPherson Harold was always professional and was great at representing all sports and all schools.  He will be missed by all. - Doug Carr, Athletic Director Andover Central


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Na-Na-Na-Na-Hey-Hey-Hey-Goodbye! “The most valuable player is the one who makes the most players valuable.” Peyton Manning Man, there are certainly a lot of songs and sports quotes out there that you can quote when saying so long to someone on your team! It is really hard to make a decision on what is best. And, you have to be really careful with songs. A song like Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) by Green Day seems like it has perfect lyrics to say “goodbye” but Good Riddance basically means get the heck out of my face! Seasons in the Sun has some great “bye” lines but it is about dying! And, I really wanted to use this line in Mr. Blue Sky but it also might hint that someone is dying – Mister blue, you did it right But soon comes mister night creepin’ over Now his hand is on your shoulder Never mind I’ll remember you this I’ll remember you this way Heck, even my “Na-Na” choice is sometimes used for the losing team! Fortunately, Harold is not dying or a loser! He says he is “retiring” but with Mr. Bechard there is always a hidden meaning in what he says so “retiring” probably means “I got other things to do!” On the cover we used a lyric from The Beatles, “You say goodbye and I say hello.” That is what Harold’s retirement really means. Goodbye to VYPE and hello to what is next. To say Harold will be missed and never replaced would be an understatement of epic proportion. It is very simple, VYPE would not be VYPE without Harold. His signature will forever be stamped on VYPE’s editorial philosophy, its values and its culture. He will not be replaced. VYPE’s challenge now is to continue his legacy and move forward with a new team. The quote above from Peyton Manning is absolutely perfect as a description of Harold and what he has meant to VYPE. He has made all of us better.

First I want to thank you for the great opportunities that you have afforded me over the years. I never knew what ‘Parkour’ was until you gave me the opportunity to cover it! You have enriched my life with many different venues and the many people I have met.  There are too many memories to list here but one that stands out was at Dexter (I think I remember correctly).  The goal post was a few feet from the farmers field.  After each point after TD they had to climb a small ladder to get over the fence to retrieve the ball from the farmers field!  Only these experiences were available through Vype.

And he most certainly made my life better even when I did my very best every month making his worse with late advertising and editorial changes! I never was concerned about VYPE’s editorial content. Never. I knew it would be great every month…and it was.

Wish you and your wife an enjoyable retirement. However I have a feeling that for some of the ‘big’ games I will still see you in the stands! - Dale Stelz, VYPE Photographer

I could go on and on and on…as you all well know, but I wanted to leave some space for some other folks to “Get In The Game!”

A great Cardinal fan and someone readers and colleagues could trust with crafting a fair and colorful story. Harold is a funny guy who always treasured the written word. Harold is truly The pride and joy of Grinnell, Kansas. - Jim Misunas, VYPE Editorial Contributor

Mr. Bechard, enjoy those grandchildren, lament over the Cardinals and Rock Chalk every chance you get. And, from time to time, put your name on a byline in VYPE!

“Thanks very much for allowing me to write for Vype. I have really enjoyed it. Thanks for all of the different pieces and subjects I was able to do. I appreciate everything.” - Connor Nichol, VYPE Editorial Contributor I appreciate Harold for caring about high school sports. I am passionate about high school sports, so anyone who feels the same will always be near and dear to my heart. I also love Harold’s honesty -- it’s so important. - Joanna Chadwick, VYPE Editorial Contributor and new Assistant Editor Thank you Harold for providing our student-athletes with outstanding coverage the last eight years. You have done a wonderful job bringing positive content to our school and communities.  - James O’Brien, Athletic Director Halstead HS

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STATE CHAMPIONS State Track Photos by Nikki Hightree, Bill Millspaugh, Kelly Ross, Dale Stelz,and Mark Weaver

Gareth Pettijohn, SE-Saline Javelin - Class 3A

Hannah Burks, Beloit 3,200 - Class 3A

J.J. Allen, Bennington Long Jump - Class 2A

Autumn Princ, Sylvan-Lucas 3,200 - Class 1A

Emma Ruddle, McPherson 100-Hurdles, 100 - Class 4A

Macy Doebele, Hanover Triple Jump - Class 1A



Pike Valley, 400-Relay, 1A Cole Strickler, Lane Peters Brody Carlgren, Tristyn Garman

Peyton Lane, Clay Center Pole Vault - Class 4A

Deon Dyke, Republic County 400 - Class 2A

Darrel Gustin, Ellsworth Discus - Class 3A Logan Batchman, Sylvan-Lucas Shot Put - Class 1A

Jaylyn Wiese, Tipton 800 - Class 1A

Halle Johnson, Bennington 1,600 - Class 2A

Isaac Mitchell, Salina South Javelin - Class 5A VYPE.COM | HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS | JUNE 2018


STATE CHAMPIONS State Track Photos by Nikki Hightree, Bill Millspaugh, Kelly Ross, Dale Stelz,and Mark Weaver

Wes Shaw, Hillsboro Shot Put - Class 2A

Taylor Klipp, Hanover 3,200-Relay - 1A - Tianna Lohse MaKenna Jueneman, Clair Zarbynicky Kloie McIntyre, Herington 100-Hurdles - Class 2A

Sydney Burton, Abilene 800 - Class 4A

Ryan Stanley, Bennington Pole Vault - Class 2A

Moundridge, 400-Relay, 2A Josalyn O’Quinn, Emma Green Ellika Ptacek, Jamya O’Quinn

Tyus Wilson, Sterling High Jump - Class 3A 10


Remington Cravens, Ellsworth Triple Jump - Class 3A

Claire Zarbynicky, Hanover 3,200-relay, 1,600 - Class 1A

Tyler Palic, Marion Discus - Class 2A

Shelby Ohlde, Linn High Jump - Class 1A

Brant Douglas, Clifton-Clyde 400-Relay, 1A - Christian Seifert Elias Girard, Nathaniel Ohlde

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Andrew Snell of McPherson took home thirdplace honors in 5A. (Photo, Kendall Shaw)

Carson Harris of Salina South hits an overhand at the 5A tournament in Emporia. (Photo, Bill Millspaugh)

Cole Brumbaugh smacks a forehand at the 4A state meet in Winfield. (Photo, Kelly Ross)

Jarrod Nowak of McPherson placed second in Class 4A singles. (Photo, Kelly Ross) Jase West of Abilene hits a forehand at the 4A state tournament. (Photo, Kelly Ross)

Joey Oberle of Ellsworth finished third in the 3-2-1A state tournament in Wichita. (Photo, Phil Zivnuska) 12


Trace Leners (L) and Charlie Skidmore of Sacred Heart placed fifth in 3-2-1A doubles in their first year of tennis. (Photo, Phil Zivnuska)

Sterling’s William Weiner placed fourth in 3-2-1A. (Photo, Phil Zivnuska)


Emily Burt of Abilene pitches against Independence in the Class 4A-I state tournament. (Photo, Allie Schweizer)

Sadee Graves of Republic County scores a run against Wabaunsee. (Photo, Everett Royer)

Southeast of Saline’s Emily Meares heads to the dugout after scoring a run against Silver Lake in the 3A tourney at Manhattan. (Photo, Bill Millspaugh)

Clay Center’s Lexy Liby keeps her eye on the ball in the 4A-II game against Galena. (Photo, Allie Schweizer)

Republic County coach Stephanie Mettlen talks with pitcher Kansas Cole during a 2-1A tournament game against Wabaunsee. (Photo, Everett Royer)

Jacquelyn Hulse of Smoky Valley receives congratulations after one of her three hits against Girard. (Photo, Tanner Colvin)

Hannah Willey of Abilene heads to first after a walk against Independence. (Photo, Allie Schweizer)




Barrett Sets Sail With Record Leap

Elle Barrett of McPherson set a Class 4A state record in the triple jump and also won the long jump. (Photo, Kelly Ross)

Additionally, her Bullpup teammate, Emma Ruddle, earned titles in the 100 dash and 100 hurdles with times of 12.37 and 14.36. They helped McPherson take third place. “I guess it was the perfect way to finish,” Barrett told The Wichita Eagle. “I feel really, really blessed. A lot of people don’t have the coaching staff or the teammates or the support that I have. I’m just fortunate enough to have all of that.” Tim Lambert of Smoky Valley pulled off a rare trifecta in Class 4A with three individual golds. He earned titles in the 100- and 200-meter dashes and 300-meter hurdles. The junior won the 100 in 10.82, the 200 in 22.11 and the hurdles at 37.95. Lambert broke a pair of state records in the prelims when he ran 37.85 in the 300, and 21.76 in the 200. He bested the 300-Hurdle time by .08 seconds and the 200 mark by .11. Bennington continued its run of track success with team crowns in both Class 2A boys and girls. On the girls’ side, Halle Johnson again enjoyed another big meet. She took second in the 800 (2:22.08) and 3,200 (11:30.83) and first in the 1,600 (5:16.24). For the Bulldog boys, J.J. Allen won the long jump (22 feet, 1 inch) and Ryan Stanley took the pole vault (14-0). Stanley was third in 100 hurdles (15.67). Javon Allen was second in 200 (22.65) and third in the 100 (11.14). Both the boys and girls finished second in the 400 relay, while the 3,200 girls relay was second in 10:06.96. Bennington last won the boys’ title in ’10, and the girls in ’11.

By Conor Nicholl VYPE North Central Kansas McPherson’s Elle Barrett provided one of the top highlights of the state track and field meet with her performance in the Class 4A triple jump and long jump at Wichita State’s Cessna Stadium. Barrett set a new state record in the triple with a mark of 39 feet, 11.5 inches. The former mark was 39-1, which had stood for 20 years. Barrett also won the long jump on her last attempt when she went 18-1.5. Barrett also took the triple jump last season with a leap of 37-9.5, and won both disciplines as a sophomore. A Washburn signee, she finished her career eighth in state annals in the triple jump. 14


Tim Lambert of Smoky Valley won three individual gold medals in Class 4A, in the 100 and 200 dashes, and 300 hurdles. (Photo, Bill Millspaugh)

Jayma O’Quinn of Moundridge was one of the top performers in any class with three golds in 2A. She won the 100 and 200 dashes and anchored the 400 relay team. (Photo, Mark Weaver)

Taylor Briggs of Chapman was a triple winner in 4A, with golds in the 1,600 and 3,200 runs and an anchor on the 3,200 relay team. (Photo, Kelly Ross)

Hanover captured the Class 1A girls’ title - the first in school history - behind another big performance from Claire Zarybnicky. She won the 1,600-meter run (5:36.98) and was a leg on the gold-medal winning 3,200 relay. Zarybnicky earned runner-up in the 800 (2:28.34) after she won the event as a junior. Macy Doebele also provided a gold medal in the triple jump with a leap of 35-9. In Class 4A, Chapman’s Taylor Briggs won three titles in the 1,600, 3,200 and 3,200 relay. She earned the first crown in 5:09.06, the 3,200 (11:03.78) and led the relay in 9:42.21. The standout freshman, also a cross country champion, set school marks in all three events. “Taylor had an outstanding meet,” Chapman coach Michelle Elliott told the Topeka Capital-Journal. “For a freshman, she was poised and ran like an experienced runner. I am so impressed with Taylor’s work ethic. She is a dedicated runner and does every workout we ask. She is truly a unique athlete.”

Moundridge’s Jayma O’Quinn also had a huge meet, collecting a trio of golds in 2A in the 100, 200 and 400 relay. She earned the 100 title in a time of 12.42 and the 200 crown in 25.99. The relay, which also included younger sister Josalyn O’Quinn, won in 50.62 seconds. In Class 3A, Beloit thrower Sydney Johnson, a Missouri signee, earned titles in the discus (151-8) and shot put (41-9.5). She earned the discus title by more than 11 feet over second and 30 feet better than third. Johnson won the discus crown as a sophomore, too. For the shot put, Johnson collected the crown on her first throw to win by nearly two and a half feet.

Lane Peters of Pike Valley dominated the sprints once again in 1A, with victories in the 100, 200 and 1,600 relay. (Photo, Dale Stelz)




Also in Class 3A, Grace Rowland earned the triple jump (36-10.75) and long jump titles (16-11.5). Rowland trailed Nemaha Central’s Allison Rottinghaus entering her fifth (second-to-last) jump. She then uncorked her state title winning leap, her best jump in the competition by more than 19 inches. In Class 2A, Lincoln’s Aubry Donley earned crowns in the 400 (58.17) and 800 (2:21.37). Donley was part of the lead pack at the end of the first pack with a time of 1:12.8. She turned in the top second lap time of 1:08.5. Donley was a repeat winner in the 400. In Class 1A, Pike Valley speedster Lane Peters again repeated in the sprints with titles in the 100, 200 and was part of the winning 400 relay with times of 11.06, 22.66 and 45.61, respectively. St. John’s-Beloit David Lutgen, a Wichita State commit, won titles in the 1,600 and 3,200 at 4:28.25 and 9:28.98, respectively.

Grace Rowland of Sterling was a double-winner in Class 3A, taking home golds in the long jump and triple jump. ( Photo, Nikki Hightree)

Aubry Donley of Lincoln won two gold medals in Class 2A, with victories in the 400 and 800. (Photo, Bill Millspaugh)

David Lutgen of St. John’s Beloit wrapped up a brilliant prep career with wins in the 1,600 and 3,200 in Class 1A. (Photo, Mark Weaver)

Sydney Johnson of Beloit dominated the throwing events in Class 3A, with wins in the discus and shot put. (Photo, Nikki Hightree)




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Four seniors, four state titles: (from left) Grant Herrenbruck, Rase Welsh, Quentin Shaw and Cole Elmore.

Knights Go 4 For 4 By Jim Misunas VYPE North Central Kansas Sacred Heart’s golf team achieved a “fourpeat” for the KSHSAA record books with its fourth consecutive Class 2A state golf championship at Pittsburg’s Crestwood Country Club last month. The title was the fifth in school history. Sacred Heart state medalist Cole Elmore shot 5-under-par 67 to edge teammates — two-time state champion Grant Herrenbruck and third-place finisher Tate Herrenbruck - by one stroke. The Knights’ four-player score of 9-under-par 279 broke an all-class state record for a par 72 course. SHHS finished 57 strokes ahead of runner-up Pittsburg Colgan (336). St. Thomas Aquinas shot 7-under-par 281 at Crestwood Country Club the previous week. The Knights also broke the state scoring records a par 70 course at Hillsboro Golf Course (8-under 272) and a par 71 course at Belleville (13-under 271) during the season. Sacred Heart had an extremely deep team. Kameron Shaw (76) placed sixth, Quentin Shaw (81) finished ninth and Rase Welsh (82) placed 11th. Elmore, Grant Herrenbruck and Shaw were part of four consecutive championships and Welsh played for three state champions. 18


“It’s been a real joy. It’s been incredible to watch these seniors play,” said Sacred Heart coach Eric Muninger. “They have so much passion for the game. You would love being around these guys, going to their tournaments and watching them play.” Elmore birdied two front-nine holes and carded four birdies on the back nine, including a medalistclinching birdie at No. 17. He’s signed to play golf at Lewis University (Ill.) after four Top 5 finishes at state. “It’s amazing. To do it on this stage — if I had to pick one place — I’d pick this one,” Elmore said. “I’m super ecstatic for the success of our team and to be able to get my first win of the season. To get that fourth championship, for us seniors it’s something we’ll always remember.” Grant Herrenbruck finished his career as a twotime state champion and two-time state runner-up. Pat Mears (1986) was the Knights’ other state golf medalist. “Cole outdid me. I’m glad he got the individual win and really glad we got the par 72 record,” said Grant Herrenbruck. “I played pretty solid, probably the best I’ve played in the last three years.”

A University of Kansas signee, Grant Herrenbruck won 17 high school medalist honors and was an eight-time runner-up to a teammate. “When we played, we expected nothing less than getting a state title,” Herrenbruck said. “We always had that as our goal. The competition in practice is what kept us going. We knew our freshman year we could be something special for four years.” The Knights matched Kapaun Mt. Carmel’s feat of sweeping team and medalist state titles (2012-2016) for the second time in 90 years. Grant Herrenbruck won state titles at Garden City’s Southwind (2017) and Salina Country Club (2016) and Brooks Brown won the 2A title at Emporia’s Municipal (2015). The Knights’ quality depth was illustrated by the top six medals earned at the NCAA League and 2A regional tournaments. “We already had the par 70 and 71 scoring records,” said Tate Herrenbruck. “We knew Aquinas shot a 281 at regionals for the par 72 record. Our goal was to beat that. It was a great way to end it and a great run of success.” In addition to the state title, the Knights earned a national Top 20 ranking from the National High School Golf Association. The Knights earned bragging rights as the state’s premier team by winning the prestigious Hutchinson Invitational with a 4-under-par 280. Grant Herrenbruck earned medalist honors with a 3-under-par 68. The Knights lost a tiebreaker at Hutchinson to Blue Valley North (294) in 2017. “They proved they were an elite group that loves challenges,” Muninger said. “The better golfers appreciate the tournament. It’s our one chance to play with the state’s best golfers. The Hutchinson Invite is the biggest test because all the big-class teams play and it features four or five eventual state champions.”

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McPherson’s Nolan Schrader won his third state championship in doubles at the 4A tourney in Winfield. (Photos, Kelly Ross)

By VYPE NCK Staff The McPherson Bullpups were a perfect 10 for 10 this spring and head coach Tyler Brown’s team got the points it needed to hold off Wichita Collegiate in the Class 4A state tournament in Winfield. The Bullpups scored 48 points to 41 for two-time defending champion Collegiate. Smoky Valley finished third. The Bullpups got a state title from its double team of Nolan Schrader and Kaden Stewart, who downed Andover’s Jason Reilly and Jason Thompson, 3-6, 6-2, 6-1, in the finals. Jarrod Novack placed second in singles, dropping a 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 decision to Collegiate’s Wonjoon Choo, but teammate Andrew Snell was right behind with a third-place finish in singles with a close victory over Arkansas City’s Piece Klaassen. McPherson also got points from its doubles team of Jackson Schrader and Rhett Edmonson, who finished 10th. 22


It was, in the classic sense of the word, a team effort. It also marked the fifth straight year McPherson has either finished first or second in the team race. The Bullpups, who won all 10 tournaments they played in this spring, were state champs in 2015 as well. “These boys are something special and are exactly what every coach dreams of having as they get to your program,” head coach Tyler Brown told the McPherson Sentinel. Schrader and Stewart capped off their careers with back-to-back doubles state championships. Schrader played in four consecutive state finals and won three of them. Snell finished his career with four state medals, placing fourth, sixth, and third twice in singles. Smoky Valley placed third with two doubles teams in the top seven. Nick Reinert and Johnann Schrader took fifth, defeating Craig Koch and Jason Wilson of Andover Central. Matt and Jacob Lucas finished seventh, beating Phillip Voegeli and Ronan Boyle of Hayden. Cole Brumbaugh placed 10th in singles. In Class 5A, Salina Central won the doubles title for the fourth time in six years and finished a close second to Valley Center in the team race. Senior Will Hayes and freshman teammate Reed McHenry held off Maize’s Chase Schreiner and Tanner Ohnmeis, 6-0, 4-6, 6-4, in the finals to finished with a 38-1 record. The Mustangs defeated Eisenhower’s Nathan Watson and Tyler McGreevy in the semifinals. Central also got a seventh-place finish from Max Shaffer in singles, while the doubles team of McCabe Green and Chase Courbot took ninth. Salina South’s Carson Harris finished eighth in singles.

Kaden Stewart teamed with Nolan Schrader for asecond straight doubles title in 4A.

In Class 3-2-1A at Wichita’s Riverside Park, Ellsworth’s Joey Oberle wrapped up an outstanding season with a third-place finish in singles. Oberle won a 6-4, 6-2 decision over William Weiner of Sterling to finish with a 29-5 record. Weiner ended his season 25-7. Hesston’s Logan Gamble was sixth and Kenan Comely of Sterling was seventh. In doubles, Sacred Heart’s Charlie Skidmore and Trace Leners won five consecutive matches en route to a fifth-place finish. Skidmore and Leners, who are both first-year tennis players, edged Hesston’s Jorge Morales and Jeb Carlson, 9-8, in the fifth-place match.

Will Hayes of Salina Central was part of a doubles team that won the 5A state title with a 38-1 record. (Photos, Bill Millspaugh)

Cody Hazelton, Moundridge H.S. Cody just finished his junior year at Moundridge and participated in football and track for the Wildcats, as well as rodeo. He belongs to the FFA and High School Rodeo Club in school. Cody's favorite event is Bull Riding. His rodeo awards include: 2016 Hillsboro Champion Bull Rider, 2016 & 2017 CKYRA Bull Riding Champion, 2017 Strong City Bull Blowout Champion, 2018 Jayhawker Roundup Rodeo Champion Bull Rider and 2018 CPRA Salina Bull Riding Champion. After high school, Cody plans to attend a technical school for welding, raise bulls and compete in Bull Riding events.



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Mac’s Banner Season Comes Up Just Short RECORD-BREAKERS School records broken by the 2018 McPherson girls’ soccer team:

McPherson all-state forward Aislinn Hughes battles Bishop Miege defenders in the Class 4-1A semifinals (Photos, Kendall Shaw)

- Most wins in a season - 18 - Best record - 18-2-1 - Most goals, season - 136 - Most goals, game - 14 - Most shutouts - 14 - Fewest goals allowed - 9 - Wins by mercy rule - 6

By Brad Hallier VYPE North Central Kansas The disappointment was still fresh for the McPherson girls soccer team on the evening of May 24. At Bethel College in North Newton, McPherson lost its second game all season, in the Class 4-3-2-1A state semifinals no less. McPherson had state-championship aspirations. The Bullpups were determined to be the first school outside Kansas City, Topeka and Wichita to win a Kansas girls soccer state title. Alas, the 2-1 loss to eventual champion Bishop Miege put the Bullpups in the game nobody wants to play in - the third-place game. Still, even before the Bullpups left the field after losing to Miege, they began focusing on Topeka Hayden. The next day, McPherson routed Hayden 5-0. “After the loss, I told them that they have one more chance to play with their teammates,” McPherson coach Chris Adrian said. “They played with so much passion against Hayden. It was a great way to go out, even if it’s not what we wanted.” The eight seniors had been painstakingly close to that elusive state title. As freshmen, McPherson finished state runner-up after a 1-0 loss to Hayden. The next year, McPherson finished third, falling in overtime in the semifinals to Miege. Senior forward Aislinn Hughes, who scored a schoolrecord 32 goals this season, said she wasn’t going to let her career end in disappointment. “After the loss, it stung, but coach said we were one of four teams to play one more game,” said Hughes, who will play collegiately at Emporia State. 26


Jessie Kynaston of McPherson leaves a Miege players in her wake as she heads up-field.

“We looked around and realized how much we loved playing for each other. “I’m always proud of my team and the records we broke, and I’m super proud of our season.” McPherson was one of Kansas’ most dominant teams this season. The Bullpups lost 2-1 to Maize South and tied Circle 1-1. Other than that, McPherson won every game before Miege, often winning by lopsided margins. The Bullpups outscored their 21 opponents 136-9. “I definitely have a ton of pride,” Adrian said. “Our goal was to win the whole thing, but (finishing third) shouldn’t take away from what this group accomplished this year. I enjoyed every second of it. “After the Miege game, I told them I was not looking forward to (the third-place game), because I didn’t want the season to end.”

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Marion, Ell-Saline Finish Third The third-place game was the final one for five seniors - Corbin Wheeler, Cole Srajer, Garrett Hoffner, Jacob Vondenkamp and Riley Hake. “They’ve meant so much to this program,” Schroeder said. “I didn’t want to build a team when I started, I wanted to build a program, and we’re well on our way. “We’ve got a good chance to be a really good team next year, and it’s because of the seniors. They’re the ones who paved the way. They were awesome and they bought in from Day One.” In the Class 2-1A tournament, Ell-Saline was attempting to win its second state title in five years, but ran into Pittsburg Colgan in the semifinals, dropping a 9-1 decision to the Panthers. The experienced Cardinals, who had 10 seniors on their roster - and six in the starting lineup - bounced back quickly and pounded Chase County, 16-6, in the third place game. “We won our last game, but we thought we had a chance in that first one,” Ell-Saline coach Joe Roche said. “I wish we could have played better. I know they do, but I think they’re happy with the way they Evann Heidebrecht of Marion slides home with one of his team’s 11 runs performed in their last game to finish up their high against Cheney in the 3A state tournament. (Photos, Bill Millspaugh) school careers. “We have 10 seniors; 10 quality guys on this team. By VYPE NCK Staff Next year, hopefully we can reload a little bit, and who The Marion-Centre Warriors and Ell-Saline Cardinals knows, with this wide open field, why not us? We can got their wish. Both played baseball on the final day of get here again. We have some great kids. It was a heck of a lot of fun. It was definitely my honor to be around the 2018 season and both ended with victories. them and coach them, and hopefully they feel the But, both teams had to settle for the third-place same way.” trophy after falling in the semifinals - Marion in Class 3A at Manhattan, and Ell-Saline in 2-1A at Great Bend. Still, a pretty darn good consolation prize. For Marion, it was the second consecutive Top 3 finish in the state tournament. The Warriors lost to Wichita Independent in the 2017 state title game. The Warriors stubbed their toe in the semifinals this year, losing to eventual state champion Sabetha, 9-4, after rolling past Cheney, 11-1, in the six-inning opener. They turned around and took care of business in the third-place game with a 9-1 victory over Riley County to finish the season with a sparkling 22-3 record. “I am so proud of this group,” Warrior coach Roger Schroeder told the Marion County Record. “That was so hard to play that game, I almost had trouble motivating myself to play it. “You’re on the brink of a state championship, then you’ve got to sit around and wait to play for third place. The want-to was so good, and I’m just so proud of them. The response this group had was tremendous. We’re one of two teams in our class that gets to end on a win.” Marion’s Cooper Carpenter tags out a Cheney runner during a run-down.




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Ell-Saline shortstop Kaden Griffin tags out Colgan’s Bryce Hutchins in the 2-1A semifinals (Photos, Joey Bahr)

The Cardinals (18-8) reached the semfinals with a thrilling come-from-behind 2-1 victory over Kansas City Christian in a first-round game. They trailed 1-0 with two out in the top of the seventh when sophomore Connor Anglin singled home Brandon Headlough and Spencer Came. Ell-Saline starter Richard Davis set KCC down in order in the bottom of the seventh for the victory. Davis (7-2) went the distance, allowing just one run and five hits in seven innings. The Cardinals has a strong, balanced lineup throughout the season. In addition to Davis, Headlough and Spencer Came, Ell-Saline’s seniors included Joshua Brandt, Murphy Seim, Malik Myers, Avery Bradley, Nathan Parks, Brody Ditto and Nathan Schweitzberger. All 10 were able to play in the final game of the season. “I was a little bit concerned after the loss, but I gave them three minutes to get over it and they were going to do what they needed to do,” Roche told the Salina Journal. “We had to turn the page and hopefully apply what we learned to the next game and any other situation that might arise. “I knew the seniors wanted to finish on the field and we got them all in the game, so they all had a piece of it and they all deserved it.”

Jackson Gormley Sacred Heart H.S. Jackson is a 2018 graduate of Sacred Heart High School and participated in cross country, basketball and baseball for the Knights, lettering two years in baseball. Jackson finished with a 3.08 grade point average and belonged to the Jazz Band and Scholars Bowl at school. He volunteered for Meals on Wheels and the Salina Municipal Law Enforcement Band. Jackson will enlist in the U.S. Army this summer and eventually train as a combat medic.

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Bennington Track & Field The Bennington High School track and field teams, coached by Rena Mick, made their trip to Wichita extra special last month as both teams won state championships in Class 2A. The state meet was held at Wichita State's Cessna Stadium. It was the third state championship for the Bulldog boys (2018, 2010, 1977) and second for the girls (2018, 2011).

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Clara Edwards of Clay Center pitches against Galena in the Class 4A-II state tournament in Salina. (Photo, Tanner Colvin)

By The VYPE NCK Staff First-round games were not kind to VYPE area softball teams last month at state sites across the state. Abilene (Class 4A Division I), Clay Center and Smoky Valley (4A-II), Southeast of Saline (3A) and Republic County (2-1A) all lost opening-round games as their respective seasons came to an end. The biggest shocker was Clay Center. The Tigers entered the state tournament in Salina as one of two unbeaten teams in Class 4A-II, but eighth-seeded Galena spoiled the party with a 6-0 victory. Galena pitcher Madyson Cox was the player of the game. After allowing a one-out triple in the second inning, she retired the final 17 Clay Center batters she faced. The Tigers ended their season with a 22-1 record, but should be strong again next year with several underclassmen playing key roles. Four seniors played their final game - Sydney Callaway, Alexis Schnell, Gabrielle Nelms and Hannah Ferguson. Smoky Valley couldn’t duplicate Galena’s performance in 4A-II. The Vikings dropped a 6-1 decision to unbeaten Girard to end their season 13-10. The state tournament trip was the first for Smoky Valley.

Kira Haxton of Smoky Valley slides home safely against Girard. (Photo, Tanner Colvin)

Senior catcher Jacqelyn Hulse, one of three seniors on the roster, had a big game at the plate for Smoky Valley with a pair of singles and a double. Also playing in their final high school game were Megan Sample and Jordan Otto. In the rain-delayed Class 4A-I tournament in Emporia, Abilene couldn’t pull off the upset, falling to top-seed and eventual state runner-up Independence, 7-0, to finish the season 8-15. The Cowgirls had four seniors playing their final game - Mikaela Gose, Jensen Roth, Grace Alvarez and Brett Short. Southeast of Saline lost a tough opening-round game in the 3A state tournament in Manhattan. The Trojans were tied with eventual state champion Silver Lake at 4-4 heading into the bottom of the sixth, but a reversed obstruction call led to a three-run inning by the Eagles. Silver Lake won the game, 7-4, and went on to win the school’s 13th state championship. The loss ended Southeast’s 15-game winning streak. The Trojans (17-7) had started the season with a 2-6 record. Seven seniors played their final game - Morgan Thaxton, Taylor Weis, Mckayla Berg, Carter Brull, Karis Calahan, Kameron Davis and Ellie Wiles. Like Southeast, Republic County’s first-round opponent ended up winning the state championship in 2-1A. The Wabaunsee Chargers proved to be too much for the Buffaloes, winning an 11-3 decision at Pratt. Republic County (16-8) was making its second straight state tournament appearance (second overall as well). Just two seniors played their final game Brittany MacLean and Jaycee Blazek. The Buffaloes had eight sophomores on the 12-player roster.

Kate Weis of Southeast of Saline gets ready to unleash one against Silver Lake. (Photo, Bill Millspaugh)

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Salina South H.S. Lauren, who just completed her junior year at South High School, won the Class 5-1A state championship in March with a 690 series at Northrock Lanes in Wichita. She rolled a 189 game to start the tournament and found herself 48 pins behind the leader. But, Lauren followed that with games of 253 and 248 to win the individual title by 21 pins. She also qualified for the state meet as a sophomore and finished 25th overall.

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It’s Time to Say Goodbye ... There’s probably no such thing as a perfect time to retire, but Harold Bechard here it is. I am stepping down as editor of VYPE Kansas’ two Editor, VYPE Kansas magazines, effective June 15th. My 105th and 106th magazines went to the printer last week. I have spent 7 years as the editor of VYPE, which has been in business for 11. (With numbers like that, it’s time to head to Vegas) The editorial reins for VYPE South Central Kansas and North Central Kansas have been handed over to a good friend of mine, Brad Hallier, whom I worked with at the Hutchinson News a decade ago. I have no doubt Brad and VYPE co-worker Joanna Chadwick will take these magazines to another level and continue to highlight and showcase high school athletics at its very best. There are many people to thank. These magazines could not happen each month without the person behind the scene who puts it all together - the graphic designer. I’ve had the good fortune to work with three very talented ones - Mitch Gee, Troy Wells and Krystal Neuhofel. They are the ones who make VYPE come alive each month. Then, there are the writers and photographers who have filled the pages with their prose and photos. I apologize in advance if I haved missed anyone, but here goes. Behind the lens have been pros like Dale Stelz, Bill Millspaugh, Kelly Ross, Mark Weaver, Phil Zivnuska, Bill Purnell, Jeff Tuttle, Kendall Shaw, Tanner Colvin, Joey Bahr, Everett Royer, Nikki Hightree, Milt Mounts, Lindsey Bauman, Scott Sewell, Ron Preston, Phil Frigon, Jeff Frazell, Salena Favela, Todd Deterding, Jeff Cooper, Carleen Nordell, Jen Schroeder, Kim Rayas and Allie Schweizer. These men and women have gone above and beyond for me on numerous occasions. Their hard work has always been appreciated. The writers’ pool is smaller, but no less talented - Matt Browning, Jim Misunas, Joanna Chadwick, Bob Lutz, Brad Hallier, Ted Hayes, Brent Maycock, Kyle McCaskey, Conor Nicholl, Eric Turner, Amy Houston, Tony Adame, Scott Paske and Taylor Eldridge. It’s been a pleasure to work with each and every one. Of course, you can’t talk about VYPE without Mike Cooper’s name being mentioned. As this magazine’s CEO & Owner, Mike has been and still is the driving force behind VYPE Kansas. His vision of highlighting area high school athletes in the printed form still works today as it did in 2007 when be brought VYPE to the Wichita area and 2016 to north central Kansas. Without Mike, there is no VYPE. His No. 1 goal each month is to feature as many high school studentathletes as possible, and to showcase them in a positive manner. No other publication spends more time and space highlighting student achievements on, and off, the playing fields. Grade point averages, school activities and volunteer work are just as important to Mike as touchdowns, field goals and strikeouts. It’s been a lot of hard work, and yes, frustrating at times, but Mike, don’t forget all the young people you’ve affected in a positive manner because of VYPE. You should be proud. People have been asking me, so now what? What are you going to do with your free time? Well, I’ve been in involved in the business of sports for 42 of the last 44 years, so it’s not something easy to walk away from. But, there are changes that need to be made, most notably taking better care of my health. If anything, that is the No. 1 reason for retirement, after a health scare last winter. I’ve always wanted to write a couple books. It doesn’t really matter if I make a dime off them or not, it’s just something I’ve always been interested in (if you have any ideas, I’m all ears). I hope to stay involved in sports writing at some level, but we’ll see where that leads. There’s also another passion - traveling. My wife, Susan, and I love visiting new places and enjoy the journey. I plan to exercise more, eat better, bother my wife more than I do now, and spoil our four grandchildren as much as I can. And, I will continue to read VYPE.



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