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Madison Jensen, Heights H.S. Madison is a senior at Heights High School and participates in swimming and the dance team for the Falcons. She has lettered four years in each activity and was a Wendy’s High School Heisman winner at the school. Madison carries a 4.0 grade point average and belongs to the Heights Madrigals, Leadership Advisory Council, Peer Leaders, Circle of Friends, National Honor Society, Heights Orchestra and Teens HOPE at school. She volunteers for the Calvary United Methodist Church, Stucky Middle School and as a choreographer for musicals. Madison is also a member of the Midwest Dance Mechanix and plans to attend Kansas State University.

Seth Hemberger, Argonia H.S. Seth is a senior at Argonia H.S. and participates in football, basketball and track for the Raiders. He has lettered four years in basketball and three each in football and track. As a senior, Seth was named first-team all-state as a linebacker and Honorable Mention all-state as a running back in football.In basketball, he was named first-team all-league and second-team all-state. He was also SCBL All-Academic first team and a Wendy’s High School Heisman winner. Seth carries a nonweighted 3.918 GPA and belongs to the Band, Vocal, Kay Club, Math Club, Powerlifting Team, School Play, NHS and FCA at school. He plans to attend Kansas State and major in Agribusiness.


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Wichita East freshman Astrid Dirkzwager was recently selected as one of 24 swimmers to attend USA Swimming’s National Diversity Select Camp at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs on May 4-7. Dirkzwager, who qualified for the camp with her 200-yard backstroke time, has already posted KSHSAA state-qualifying marks in the 50 freestyle, 100 butterfly, 200 freestyle, 200 individual medley and 500 freestyle, as well as two relay events. The USA camp is designed for athletes from ethnically under-represented populations to become leaders in the sport of swimming, according to USA Swimming.

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Overachieving… VYPE is all about overachievement. We recognize it every month for accomplishments on and off the field. It is our passion. VYPE strives every day to introduce our readers to the best student-athletes, coaches, teams, parents, fans and communities in the VYPE coverage area. We are passionate not only for their athletic performances but also for their accomplishments in academics, community service, volunteerism, character, etc. Frankly, VYPE’s passion for recognizing student athletes not only for athletics but also their gifts to mankind is what makes us great and what drives us to tell their stories. VYPE is successful because you only get VYPE content in VYPE! We are unique, we are exclusive, we are positive and we are in high demand. Thanks to all of you for allowing us to tell great stories. Every now and then there is a story of overachievement that comes from a unique situation or event, and I have one. Every year, VYPE facilitates booster club fundraising events though our partnerships with Rusty Eck Ford, Walmart and WATC. Over the past nine years, these partners have generated over $100,000 in scholarships to area students and tens of thousands of dollars donated to area booster clubs. The booster club donations come from the sale of Rusty Eck Ford Adopt-A-School tickets and chance tickets. Clubs or organizations from the host school sell the tickets and benefit from the donations collected. This could be a baseball team, a dance team or a booster club. Or, in one special case, a debate team!

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As part of the 2017 Full Court Press Fundraiser, VYPE held an event at Kapaun Mt. Carmel. The group chosen to help sell tickets and reap the benefit was the debate team. There is a long story here, but the bottom line is the debate team members were able to sell more Adopt-A-School tickets and more chance tickets than any other organization in the nine years of VYPE facilitating fundraising events. More than 100 Adopt-A-School tickets were sold at $10 per ticket and over 300 chance tickets were sold at $1 per ticket! Do the math! That is a nice chunk of change for a couple of hours of work at a mid-week basketball game! On an average, with some exceptions higher or lower, a VYPE event might sell 10 to 20 Adopt-A-School tickets and 50 to 100 chance tickets.

The Kapaun Mt Carmel speech and debate team is one of the most well recognized and successful teams in the state of Kansas. This year teams qualified in debate to the National Speech Debate Association National Championship, the National Debate Coaches Association Championships, The University of Kentucky Tournament of Champions, and the National Catholic Forensics League National Championship.  KMC had 4 of the top nine finishers in the 5A 2-Speaker State Championship and were runners-up in the 5a 4-speaker State Championship.  KMC has an active squad with more than 95 students participating throughout the year.  Last year KMC had 3 national Academic All-American and this year they look to have 8.  During the course of the season KMC have competed in Dallas, KC, Chicago, Des Moines, Oklahoma City, and in a national circuit competition for debate, winning both the ColleyvilleHeritage Hall and West Des Moines Valley Mid-America Cup, and receiving speaker awards at every national tournament attended.  The money raised will be used to help cover travel expenses for upcoming competitions.

So, how did they do it? Simple, they worked their “donkeys” off! (Come on folks, we are a family magazine!) It was amazing and fun to watch. They literally stopped every person who came through the door and went into the stands multiple times to sell tickets. They were relentless! So much so that I promised to give them the praise and recognition they deserved because that is what VYPE does. While they are obviously great sales and marketing people, they are also very good debaters! See the sidebar to the right to for the proof! Thank you from all of us at VYPE for providing us another great story to tell! Special thanks to Coach Mike Harris - well done! VYPE.COM | HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS | APR 2017

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BV Southwest Student Wins Design Contest Davis Bloom decided to keep things simple and it paid off. The Blue Valley Southwest student was recently named the design winner of the 2017 National Work Zone Awareness Week art contest sponsored by the Kansas Turnpike Authority. National Work Zone Awareness Week was held April 3-7. Students from Kansas schools - grades 8-12 - were invited to participate in the second annual design contest sponsored by the KTA. Bloom, a junior at Blue Valley Southwest, came up with his design by studying the signs used for roads and work zones in the KC area. “Their signs are extremely simple and need to be basic and easy to understand for the people on the road seeing them,” Bloom said. Bloom said that after researching the background of the contest, he realized the importance of the work zone awareness week and what it means for the public. “It has personally changed my view on work zone safety,” he said. “I believe living in any area like the Kansas City area I live in that has a lot of road work - creates a definite importance for drivers to consistently practice safety while driving, especially in areas with work zones.” Bloom does not know what college he will attend after high school, but plans to study Graphic Design and play baseball. He is a left-hand pitcher and first baseman for the Timberwolves. “I am very excited to have won the contest and to see it used for a good cause,” Bloom said. In addition to having his design work published in VYPE South Central Kansas, Bloom had his choice of a $200 gift card or FitBit Blaze smartwatch as the contest winner. “Work zone safety is vital, not only for workers, but for drivers as well,” said Rachel Bell, KTA Director of Business Services & Customer Relations, prior to the contest. “Teen students are in their formative driving years and this contest is a fun, engaging way to encourage the development of those safe driving behaviors.”

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WATC Enrollment Takes Big Jump During the 2016 fall semester, the Wichita Area Technical College achieved its highest fall enrollment in the history of the school with a head count of 3,592 students - an increase of 8.2 percent from the previous fall semester. Andy McFayden, the Director of Marketing and Community Outreach at the school, said contributing to the success was a strong increase in adult enrollment, including an increase of 18.9 percent in Career and Technical Education (CTE) and 10.5 percent of total adult enrollment over last fall. McFayden said WATC also saw growth in high school student enrollment - up 4.6 percent - which shows a continued demand for free-tuition CTE courses (as part of SB155), reduced tuition and guaranteed-to-transfer general education classes. And the numbers continue to improve. WATC has surpassed its Fall 2016 numbers and is on track for another record-setting enrollment during the current semester. As of Feb. 17, 2017, census date, WATC was up 21.4 percent in credit hours and 20.1 percent on headcount compared to Spring 2016. This semester has a record number of overall student headcount with over 4,000 students. This is up 11.9 percent over the fall 2016 semester headcount. McFayden said adult credit hours and headcount are up substantially compared to Spring 2016, with an increase of 25.2 percent for credit hours and 22.8 percent for headcount. This is an increase of over 400 adult students over last year. “Students can expect to find applied learning at WATC,” McFayden said. “We are about teaching students what they need to know to get to the career they want. Our classes are small and the work is primarily hands on. You are going to find instructors who care about your success and get to know you.” One part of WATC’s enrollment success, according the McFayden, is the Wichita Promise scholarship program that provides free tuition to students in a high-tech, high-wage career pathway and a guaranteed interview with one of WATC’s business and industry partners upon completion of their program. WATC announced the Wichita Promise at the beginning of April 2016 in hopes of addressing the need for trained, skilled workers in Wichita. Both the fall and spring offerings were filled before the enrollment deadline. Applications for Fall 2017 Wichita Promise opened in late March. WATC has also partnered with VYPE Magazine to get the word out about the college.

“It’s been a great partnership,” McFayden said. “VYPE has given WATC the opportunity to increase awareness of our JumpStart program that offers free technical classes and reduced, guaranteed to transfer, general education courses to students while they are still in high school.” WATC offers over 100 degree and certificate options. Students, who are interested in getting started or want more information, are encouraged to visit the school’s website at www.WATC.edu, or call 316.677.9400.

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21 MEANS 21 Underage drinking is against the law. Make responsible decisions in your life.

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Help us honor the memories of Kylie Jobe and Kyle Thornburg, two Maize High School graduates who loved athletics. A drunk driver killed both on March 23, 2011.

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R2B Memorial Run Raises $15,000 Cold weather did not disuade runners from participating in the sixth annual Run2Believe Memorial 5K Run on March 25 at Maize High School. Around 425 participated in the event, which is held each year in honor of former Maize High students Kylie Brooke Jobe and Kyle Thornburg, who were the victims of a drunk driver in March 2011. Approximately $15,000 was raised at this year’s event and more than $60,000 has been raised since the event started. Proceeds go toward supporting alcohol awareness programs; the After Prom activities; the Maize Educational Foundation, which gives two annual scholarships in Kyle’s name, and Oklahoma State University Foundation, which give one in Kylie’s name. “So many are return runners, and have participated each year,” said Robin Thornburg, Kyle’s mother. “Many are new, but a large majority either knew Kyle and Kylie or knew of them. Both were in college and they still had a lot of friends here.” In addition to the 5K Run, the Maize Lions Club provided a pancake breakfast. “We hope to encourage students and quite frankly, people of all ages to make responsible decisions, and remind them their choices have consequence that affect not only their lives, but everyone around them,” Robin Thornburg said. “While it is a blessing and honor to be able to remember them, our hope is to call people’s attention to not drink and drive. “If we can encourage one person to think before they get behind the wheel or in a car with someone else who has been drinking ... we continue to say ‘Don’t drink and drive.’ ” Kylie Jobe (20) and Kyle Thornburg (22) were high school sweethearts at Maize High School. Both loved athletics. They became innocent victims of a drunk driver as they returned home from a ski trip over spring break in 2011. They were killed in an accident on I-70 when a 27-year-old man entered the interstate going the wrong direction. He had a blood alcohol level of .23 — almost three times the legal limit.

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Young Life student athlete of the month Josh Christian, Maize H.S. Josh Christian is a senior at Maize High School. Christian, who carries a 3.7 G.P.A., helped the Eagles qualify for the 2016 Kansas State Cross Country Meet last fall. He has been a varsity member of the team since he was a freshman and has lettered in track for the last three years. He plans to study premed at Sterling College next year. What do you wish people knew about Young Life? “I think some people might be scared of religion, but that is not Young Life. We’re just here to love on you and share what we believe with you.” What does YL mean to you? “For me, it has helped me as a follower of Christ. And beyond that, it has helped me be a more outgoing person and make friends I might not know at school.” What’s the funniest thing you’ve seen at club? “Probably the peanut butter and jelly on glass game. There is a piece of glass with jelly on one side and peanut butter on the other with two people facing each other. The first person to lick it off wins.”

Josh with YL leader Brock Glenn

Young Life has been present in Wichita-area schools since 1956. Our mission is to love kids in the name of Christ and walk with them in an authentic quest for truth, focusing on fun, adventure and friendship. Currently, Young Life is active in 19 area schools, including programs for high school students, middle school students, expecting/ parenting teens and students with disabilities. Find us online at Wichita.younglife.org Important Dates for Maize High School Boys Campaigners: 7 p.m. Sundays Girls Campaigners: 7 p.m. Wednesdays Young Life Golf Tournament: April 27 Young Life Camp at Frontier Ranch in Colorado: July 31-August 6

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Amy and Sam Hardin, Trinity Academy

One of my favorite memories of Sammy, is from age two until about four, rushing through our house everyday, football in hand, making cuts, jumping furniture, diving onto the couch and yelling, “Touchdown!” with a huge grin on his face. I was Sam’s biggest fan in that living room and all through his youth sports. Now, I’m in the stands at Trinity and nothing compares to Friday Night Lights. If you’ve been to Trinity, you might recognize me, I’m the cheering mom wearing No. 14 and ringing a cow bell. Sammy loves football! And I love football for what it’s taught him about discipline, work-ethic, sacrifice, teamwork, and leadership. I love the relationships our family’s developed. I love the time Sam’s spent with me patiently explaining rules, positions, plays and terms. And I love that he still hugs me before and after every game. I love doing whatever I can to make sure he can be his very best. Now I’m preparing to be in the stands for his final high school year. I still see that little guy rushing though our house. But now I also see the young man he’s become, continually striving to be the best quarterback, student and person he can be. Thank you God for all of it. - By Amy Hardin


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Adam Theis of Bishop Carroll throws out a runner at first against Maize. (Photo, Baylee Dobler)

Casey Mayes of Andover slides safely into third against McPherson. (Photo, Kendall Shaw

Collin Harmon of Independent fires a pitch home against Council Grove at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium. (Photo, Dale Stelz)

Bradyn Wiens of Maize South bunts for a single against Topeka West. (Photo, Dale Stelz)

Chandler Kelly of Maize connects against Bishop Carroll pitching. (Photo, Baylee Dobler)

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Isabel McCarty of Northwest gets set to fire to first base against North at the Two Rivers Complex. (Photo, Mark Weaver)

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Sydni Hawkins of Spoutheast gets set to throw out a Bishop Carroll runner at first base. (Photo, Mark Weaver) Reagan Fischer of Valley Center is greeted at home plate after a home run against Newton. (Photo, Bill Millspaugh)

Reagon Smith of Bishop Carroll throws a pitch against Southeast. (Photo, Mark Weaver)

Maize’s Savannah Hughes, Braeland Booth and Lauryn Ogden celebrate a win over Goddard. (Photo, Baylee Dobler)

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Injury Prevention Week FOR STUDENT ATHLETES

Advanced Physical Therapy will be offering FREE 15 minute Prevention Screenings for Student Athletes. This will consist of a one-on-one session with a certified Physical Therapist focusing on injury prevention. Injury prevention programs have been shown to reduce injury rates including ACL tears and other musculoskeletal injuries that may contribute to compromised performance.

Tuesday, May 23 and Thursday, May 25 from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. West Wichita Advanced Physical Therapy 834 N. Socora, Suite 1, Wichita, Kansas 67212

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Tyler McGreevy of Eisenhower serves as teammate Collin Anderson readies for the return.

Kaden Jobe (left) and Chase Schreiner of Maize won the doubles championship. 18

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Riley Jackson, Independent School

Riley is a senior at The Independent School and participates in volleyball, basketball and softball for the Panthers, lettering three years each in basketball and softball. She was named honorable mention all-league shortstop as a junior. Riley carries a 3.50 grade point average and belongs to the Stuco, Community Service (president), Environmental Action Club, Prom Committee, Girl Talk, Literary Champions and Peer Tutor Program. She volunteers at Exploration Place and the Sedgwick County Zoo. A certified scuba diver, Riley plans to attend Kansas State and major in Elementary Education with a minor in Business.


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Alex Moen of Andover placed second in the Elite 3,200 at the Shocker Pre-State Challenge. (Photo, Dale Stelz)

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Josh Carter of Northwest, shown here at the Maize Invitational, finished second in the Elite Shot Put at the Pre-State Challenge. (Photo, Bill Millspaugh)

Gabriela Reyna of North was second in the Elite 3,200 at the PreState Challenge. (Photo, Dale Stelz)

Taylor Latimore of Valley Center placed second in the javelin, shot put and discus at the Pre-State Challenge. (Photo, Dale Stelz)

Maggie Remsberg of Newton took home third place in the Elite Long Jump. (Photo, Kelly Ross)

Jaden Damon of Eisenhower was runner-up in the Elite Long Jump. (Photo, Kelly Ross)

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Alley Henderson of Trinity Academy works her way past Dodge city defenders during a non-league home match. (Photo, Dale Stelz)

Ashlyn Lakin of Maize and Libby Brooks of Bishop Carroll chase after the ball during the Blue Bracket title match at the Titan Classic. (Photo, Bill Millspaugh)

Buhler’s Aliyah Frederick (left) and teammate Bailee Stewart battle McPherson’s Kaliah Tice for possession during a match in McPherson. (Photo, Kendall Shaw)

Jadin Kaltenbach of Bishop Carroll looks to get past Derby’s Jaici Stanley in the Titan Classic semifinals. (Photo, Dale Stelz)

Sabrina Luongo of Campus (right) battles Emporia’s Yamia Victor for the ball during the Red Bracket title match at the Titan Classic. (Photo, Bill Millspaugh

Sierra Fury of Kapaun races Maize’s Bailey Stedman for possession during the Blue Bracket semifinals. (Photo, Dale Stelz)

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Kaden McCoy, Clearwater H.S. Kaden is a senior at Clearwater High School and particpates in football, basketball and track for the Indians. He has lettered four years in track, two in football and one in basketball. He was named all-league cornerback and punter last fall and placed seventh in the triple jump as a junior at the state track meet. Kaden carries a 3.20 grade point average and plans to attend Friends University, compete on the track team and study Business Administration.

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Annika Senn of Newton competes in the 200 Freestyle in Salina.

Elizabeth Mitsch of Kapaun looks for her time after the 100 Freestyle.

Katelyn Blattner of Heights checks her time after the 100 Butterfly.

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Maci McCullough of West competes in the 100 Breaststroke at Heights.

Megan Keil of Derby prepares for her leg in the 200 Medley Relay.

Taylor Kostboth of Trinity Academy touches home in the 50 Freestyle at Heights.

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Salute Athletes at the Shocker Pre-State Challenge.

Jewel Eck, Andale Pole Vault, First Place

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Kali Martin of Circle drives hard to the basket during a win over Labette County in 4A-I. (Photo, Tanner Colvin)

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For Wright, Johnson, Mothers Know Best

Martavious Johnson and Yazmine Wright are defending Class 6A state champs for Hutch High. (Photo, Kyle McCaskey)

By Kyle McCaskey VYPE South Central Kansas Hutchinson seniors Yazmine Wright and Martavius Johnson mirrored their descriptions of who cultivated their trails to track and field titles. Mothers knew best. Johnson grew up without his father. His mother, LaKisha Hambrick, made Father’s Day a day of celebration. She and her son commemorate Momad’s Day – a combination of mom and dad – representative of Hambrick’s steadfast support for her son. “She actually helped me get into track my eighth grade year, because I wasn’t even going to do it,” Johnson said. “So without her, I would probably not even be anywhere close to where I am right now, and I appreciate it.” Wright walked a similar pathway. Wright did not have a desire to run track, but her mother, Edie Kimble, was adamant. “Ever since I was little, she was like, ‘I don’t care what you do, but you’re going to run track,’ and so I did it, and I was actually pretty good at it,” Wright said. “I was like, ‘Oh wow, I guess I’m never going to be able to stop doing this.’” Those gentle, motherly nudges toward athletics peaked in their junior seasons. Johnson bolted to the boys 6A 110-meter hurdles 28

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championship, running 14.83 seconds – the only 6A competitor to cross sub-15. Wright’s title in the girls 400 dash left no margin for error, but was no less gratifying. Wright timed in at 57.19, fending off Olathe East’s Ciara Thuston by three-hundredths of a second. Wright’s title avenged two previous state runnerup performances. Johnson was fourth and third in the 110s in his freshman and sophomore campaigns, respectively. The perspective shifts. Two of 6A’s best must become better. Johnson will round out his competition slate with the 300 hurdles, triple jump and 4x100. Johnson seeks redemption in the 300, where he was a state qualifier this past season, but false started in preliminaries. He wants to become a more pronounced finisher in the 110. “My problem is being able to keep my speed throughout the whole race,” Johnson said. “Last year, I remember that was the only thing I focused on, was last five hurdles – last five hurdles, and it just paid off.” Wright is stretching out, adding the 800 run to the 400 and 4x400 relay. After discovering her ideal pace in the 400 at state, Wright’s determined gaze is set on running under 57 seconds.


But better also means maturity. As seniors and champions, Wright and Johnson are automatically thrust in the bright lights of leadership. “I think I’ve just noticed more things,” Wright said. “Before, I kind of just focused on myself, which isn’t good. This year, I’ve focused more on the younger kids. I’ve thought about how I can help them, and thought about what I can do to help the team, because I know this is my last chance.” Johnson nods in agreement. “When the young hurdlers came to offseason workouts and we were training, I noticed there was potential, and so I needed to step up,” Johnson said. “I needed to mature, and be able to help them be the hurdlers that they can be.” Defending their state championships are top priorities. The gravity that accompanies being everyone’s target is not lost among them. “Yes, because every time me and my mom talk about track, we talk about how I have to defend my state title, which drives me crazy,” Wright said. Their mothers’ influence and instructions ring inside their minds as they prepare for their state pursuits. “Run,” Johnson said. “Pretty much the same thing – to run, which is what she says to me every time,” Wright said.

Abbey Jacobs, Northwest H.S.

Johnson won the 110 Highs at the Shocker Pre-State Challenge. (Photo, Dale Stelz)

Abbey is a graduating junior from Wichita Chester Lewis Alternative High School who competed for the Northwest High bowling team. She lettered all three years for the Grizzlies, earned second-team all-state honors as a sophomore and was a Junior Gold National Tournament participant in 2016 and ‘17. Abbey carries a 3.40 grade point average and belongs to the Prom Committee. She has a high game of 276 and high series of 696. Abbey plans to attend Baker University and study Business.

Wright is one of the state top performancers at 400 meters (Photo, Dale Stelz)

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TRACK & FIELD

Johnson Seeks Another Trifecta By Matt Browning VYPE South Central Kansas

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Normally, Maize South senior track athlete Kassidy Johnson spends her fall playing soccer. Not only did she enjoy it, but it was also a good way to keep her in shape for track season. This past fall, however, Johnson tried something new and ran cross-country. The change to cross-country proved to be beneficial in multiple ways. Not only did Johnson become mentally tougher by the rigors of distance running, she also was a member of a state champion, as the Mavericks won their first cross county title. There was not much of a break after the season, though. “I took a short break, then I started working out for the track season,” Johnson said. “My coach came up with workouts for me and they were mostly sprint workouts.” Being a defending state champion in the 400, 800 and 1600, Johnson’s goals might be different than most. First and foremost, she does want to repeat in all three events. On top of that, she has specific times she wants to run at state. Last season at the 5A tournament, Johnson ran the 400 in 57:73, the 800 in 2:17:44 and the 1600 in 5:10:91. “I would like to be under 2:12 for the 800 and below 57 seconds in the 400,” Johnson said. “In the mile, I want to be under 5:10.” The transition to Class 4A will be more of a challenge for Johnson than one might think. Her main competition in the 400 will be defending champion Sidney Howland from El Dorado and Girard’s Callie Logue is the defending champion in the 800 and 1600. “I have never ran against either of them,” Johnson said. “But I know dropping to 4A will make it tougher for me.” Johnson’s sprint coach, Brett Pfeifer, said Johnson’s work ethic and determination set her apart from other track athletes. He also thinks those two attributes will pay off when she runs collegiately at Kansas State next season. “I don’t think she has reached her potential yet,” Pfeifer said. “But with her will to win, I think she’s only going to get better at the collegiate level.” Pfeifer also said not many track athletes have the range to compete in multiple events, which makes Johnson’s accomplishments last year all that more impressive.


“We have been fortunate in the Maize district to have had many great track athletes,” Pfeifer said. “But certainly Kassidy pushes the envelope to be the best.” Johnson’s accolades do not begin and end on the track. She is also a decorated student, who is involved in multiple academic clubs at Maize South, like National Honors Society and the Community Volunteering Group. “While I love track, I definitely think school is more important,” said Johnson, who carries a grade point average over 4.0. When Johnson first started running in the seventh grade, she did it because all of her friends did it. But it soon grew to be a passion that she recognized she was good at. “I found the success to be motivating,” Johnson said. “I love the challenge to see what my body can do.”

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Martinez One of State’s Top Prospects

By Bob Lutz VYPE South Central Kansas Mateo Martinez is a very good baseball player. He’s also a sophomore in high school, so there are no givens. It’s not even a cinch that the 6-foot-1, 190-pound Martinez, from Campus, will be a catcher for the long haul, even though that’s the position he loves and has played since he was 10. “I wanted to catch even when I was younger,” said Martinez, who batted .444 for the Colts as a freshman in 2016. “But nobody would give me the chance. My coach when I was 10 let me catch for the first time and that’s when I fell in love with it.” Martinez, though, has a good arm, like many catchers. And Campus coach Bryan Clasen plans to use him more and more as a pitcher this season, especially after he blew away Wichita South over two innings in the Colts’ season-opening doubleheader, striking out five. “He’s going to get quite a few more innings for us the next few years,” Clasen said. “I kind of hope he’ll develop into a closer. But as for college, I don’t think he’ll pitch.” But you never know. As for college, the decision on where Martinez is going has been made. He committed to Wichita State last fall, something he’s been hoping to do for years. “That’s always been my dream college,” he said. “I’ve 34

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wanted to go there since I was really young. I like the fact that it’s close to home and I’ll be able to see my family whenever I like.” Martinez has been making the summer baseball rounds for a while now as a player for the Kansas City Royal scout team. He started out as a 3-yearold, playing T-Ball at Westurban in Wichita. Martinez is already a highly-regarded prospect, ranked as the 25th best high school catcher in the nation by Prep Baseball Report and as the second best prospect in Kansas. “We have a really good sophomore class and Mateo can really play,” Clasen said. “He’s a big kid with a good body and he works his tail off. And he’s very coachable.” Martinez’s bat has pop but he doesn’t use it unless he’s swinging at pitches in the strike zone, Clasen said. “He has a real good eye, he led our team last year with 15 walks,” Clasen said. “He waits for his pitch but he doesn’t get cheated when he swings.” Martinez also plays football and basketball at Campus, but it’s baseball that causes him to daydream. “Being a catcher, I just like having the ball in my hands on every play,” Martinez said. “I like being in control of the game, being the leader and seeing everything.” Defensively, Martinez admits there is work to be done. For a catcher, there always is. He said his role model is veteran St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina, considered one of the best defensive catchers in history for his ability to handle a staff, throw and frame pitches.


“I feel like (Molina) was an inspiration to me when I was young,” Martinez said. “I hope to have that kind of arm and baseball IQ. He just gets it. “Catching is a hard position, the hardest on the field. But I’ve been improving with my quickness, getting down to block balls and trying to be a wall back there.” The summers are wall-to-wall baseball for Martinez, something he loves. But he also likes playing for Campus and thinks the Colts are headed for special things with all of their young players. “We have a lot of sophomores and also three freshmen who start,” he said. “I love being able to play with all of my best friends and playing the game a love. And we’re such a young team. We’re going to be together for a while.” Mateo Martinez of Campus is ranked as the second-beat high school prospect in Kansas by Prep Baseball Report.

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Allen ignites

Carroll’s Offense

By Jim Misunas VYPE South Central Kansas When Bishop Carroll’s Hanleigh Allen converted the 1-0 gamewinner off Liz Aiken’s pass in the Titan Classic against rival Maize High early in the season, it sparked post-season thoughts. After all, if the Golden Eagles can beat Maize, perhaps they can eventually challenge the seven-year reign of state champion St. Thomas Aquinas. “It was great we could beat Maize. Our reaction was pure joy,” Allen said. “We were on the field for 20 minutes talking about it. That win tells us we’re capable of achieving big goals.” Maize humbled the Eagles in a 6-1 victory last year, a game that stuck with the Golden Eagles. “We used it as a learning tool,” Allen said. A new year delivered a fresh attitude, keyed by Kansas State commit Maguire Sullivan, who helps anchor Carroll’s defense, along with Bethel doublesignee Jadin Kaltenbach and senior Whitney Bockover. among others. “We were hyped to play Maize,” she said. “We shut down their offensive movement.” Allen scored 13 goals in Carroll’s first six games, on pace to break the school’s scoring record of 30 goals. “As far as her effectiveness as a scorer - Hanleigh has an array of skills to beat a defense,” said Carroll head coach Greg Rauch. “She has the composure, touch, ball striking and above all of these is her drive to achieve. She just never quits working.” Rauch said Allen is motivated to push herself in every drill. Hanleigh Allen has given Bishop Carroll a huge offensive boost. (Photos, Dale Stelz)

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“Hanleigh is extremely competitive even in the simplest of drills,” he said. “She wants to finish first with the highest touches.” Allen said new Golden Eagle players deliver improved speed, which frees her for scoring opportunities. “Our freshmen give us speed on the outside and in the middle,” she said. “They are able to deliver the ball in the right spots.” Allen counters pressure defense with her speed while dribbing the ball. “There’s always some marking me, but I don’t pay too much attention because I’m thinking a play ahead and what I’m going to do to break away.” Wichita’s WSC Fire club soccer team has developed Sedgwick County’s players against Kansas City’s teams. Sullivan and Bockover join Allen on the summer team. “There’s great players on every high school team, but the summer team puts them together,” she said. “Everyone is a great player who pushes you to get better.” Rauch said Allen’s ability to score with eiother foot is a nice advantage. “Hanleigh is right foot dominant, but has the ability to score with both feet for sure,” he said. “She struck the crossbar against Maize from 30 yards with her left foot.” Rauch said Carroll’s stair-step approach starts at league and goes to regionals and state. The gorilla from St. Thomas Aquinas is waiting. “We want to compete for City League, regional, and state championships. We can only control how we perform, If we take care of our responsibilities, then the results will take care of themselves. Rauch first learned about Hanleigh when her older sister Keighton played goalie for Carroll before signing with Texas-El Paso. “Hanleigh always had a ball at her feet,” he said. “Their dad told me that Hanleigh was going to be every bit the standout athlete. He looks like Nostradamus now.”

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Kirsten Nicholas, Campus H.S. When Kirsten Nicholas graduates on May 21, she can look back with pride on her accomplishments in academics and athletics at Campus High. During her four years on the swim team, she competed in six different events - 200 IM, 200 Free, 200 Free Relay, 100 Fly, 400 Free Relay and Medley Relay. Kirsten swam on the medley relay team that has qualified for state competition in May. She also competed on the volleyball team as a sophomore, the basketball team as a freshman, sophomore and junior and the cross country team as a junior and senior. She has also excelled in the classroom, being in the Top 10 percent of her class, and a member of the National Honor Society and the International Baccalaureate (IB) program. She is a tutor for the District’s afterschool SPARK Program, volunteers at Exploration Place and has been in the CHS band for four years. Kirsten credits her two years in the academically rigorous IB program at CHS in preparing her for college. On April 26, Kirsten will sign academic scholarship papers with Hendrix (Ark.) College and compete in cross country and swimming. Her academic interests are in the areas of Sports and Exercise Science and Business.

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SWIMMING

Two different injuries have slowed Maize South’s Mia Gibson since her sophomore season. (Photo, Dale Stelz)

Injuries Slow, Don’t Stop Gibson By Joanna Chadwick VYPE South Central Kansas Maize South senior Mia Gibson is used to winning. She won the Class 5-1A 100-yard freestyle as a freshman and was second in the 100 backstroke. She won the 100 back as a sophomore, was second in the 100 free. But an injury suffered before the 2016 season hampered Gibson, and she finished a disappointing third in the 100 back and fifth in the 100 free. Gibson is coming off yet another major injury, but she’s determined that this latest one will not keep her off the top of the podium at the Class 5-1A swim meet. “It’s a very important goal for me right now,” she said. “Honestly, it just feels weird - I was literally at the top of that podium for two years in a row and then I’m at the bottom. “I want to be there for my team. Getting back on top will be good for my team because my team has a goal of winning state this year. For me, right now it’s a comeback. Last year and this year I’ve had really big problems, but I’m going to come back and show people.” 42

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As a junior, Gibson suffered a concussion during a Powder Puff football game. The concussion was so severe that she missed school. “Two, three months later, she was still sensitive to light and couldn’t make it through school,” said Tedd Gibson, Mia’s dad and Maize South’s swim coach. “The whole time we wanted to get her in the water, but they wouldn’t clear her. By the time the high school season rolled around, she wasn’t quite ready.” As frustrating as the concussion was, nothing tops her latest injury suffered on Nov. 1 while doing a flip turn, a movement she has completed thousands of times since she started swimming at age 8. “My eyesight is so bad, and I never really know where the wall is,” Mia Gibson said. “I was trying to get on my stomach faster than I was trying to turn, so I missed the wall. My knee had flipped over, and it was completely straight. It was a really awkward thing.” Gibson felt a pop, then shooting pain and needed help to get out of the pool. She initially was out of swimming for five weeks due to physical therapy. And then it stretched to 14 weeks. Still nothing showed up on an MRI. No ligament tears. Nothing.


Gibson had missed three months in the pool as a junior and now had been in the pool twice in about the same span. “I did everything. What is wrong?” Gibson remembered wondering. “I’m getting frustrated. The doctor’s like, ‘nothing’s wrong.’ Nobody’s believing me. I had to wear a knee brace for the longest time. Nobody’s believing me, and I’m doing all this and it’s not working and it hurts.” That’s when Gibson went for a second opinion and was diagnosed with a plica band injury. “We had never heard of it,” Tedd Gibson said. “It’s usually never a problem. He went in and cleaned it up and a week later, she was in the water. She’s still trying to deal with a repaired knee; she’s not near as fast as she was. “Her good will still beat most of them.” He paused. “That sounded arrogant,” he said. “I didn’t mean it to. But it’s just a fact. She’s pretty darn good.” Mia Gibson will swim at Arkansas-Little Rock, a Division I school. It’s been a slow road, though. “I don’t know that she’ll be 100 percent (for state),” Tedd Gibson said. “But at this point, we kind of figure that she doesn’t have anything to prove. I want her to be happy, to enjoy the ride and see what she can do. “If she’s only 80 percent, she’ll be a top three in the back. The goal is obviously to win it. Still, I don’t know if she’ll get there.”

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SOFTBALL

Encore for Andover’s Lesperance? By Joanna Chadwick VYPE South Central Kansas Andover pitcher Lexi Lesperance was a freshman when she set out to build the foundation that would ultimately lead one of the biggest upsets in recent memory. Lesperance is a talented athlete with the ability to play a variety of positions on the softball field while also excelling on the mound. But when she started her freshman season, she sat in head coach Ernie Hager’s office once a week to talk about her attitude on the mound. “I think once I started my freshman year of high school ball, I realized I had a horrible mental game,” Lesperance

Andover’s Lexi Lesperance credits a better attitude on the mound for her success. (Photos, Dale Stelz)

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said. “We had to sit, and we’d talk after practice about how I had to get better.” Two seasons later, there were no glimpses of such a weakness as Lesperance led the Trojans to a major upset, ending five-time defending champion Bishop Carroll softball’s 77-game winning streak in the 2016 Class 5A quarterfinals. “She kept their lineup off balance all night,” Hager said. “That made a big difference. We made plays behind her, but she did a really good job of keeping the batters in situations where they were hitting where we wanted to hit them.” Lesperance also was 4-for-4 hitting with six RBIs and a home run.


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“That win was a huge game for our program, and Lexi was a huge part of getting us through that,” Hager said. Andover advanced to the 5A semifinal, but with the Trojans leading Shawnee Heights in the seventh inning, the game was called because of unplayable fields. Due to a national federation rule, the score reverted to the previous inning, and Andover lost. Lesperance, who threw a perfect game in a win over Heights in regionals, had a 1.47 ERA in the postseason with 33 strikeouts. She had a 2.16 ERA on the season with 106 strikeouts, while hitting .520. “She has the ability to play anywhere on the field,” Hager said. “But she’s such a great pitcher; it’s tough not to play her there. “She has good pop. She can throw in the 60s consistently. She’s that good. When you look at her, you’re saying, ‘no way.’ She has good pop along with her offspeed stuff…. Some of the best of what she does is location, and that kind of narrows down

where they’re going to get a good bat on a pitch. They’ll usually hit where we want them to hit.” The talent has long been there, but the difference in Lesperance as a junior -- and now a senior -- is her mental state. “I didn’t know what high school ball was as a freshman, and errors were made behind me,” said Lesperance, who will play next year at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. “I would get so frustrated so bad. You can’t have someone in the circle who isn’t mentally tough. No one wants a person with a bad attitude. “I would get so mad that I would start crying. Today I understand that errors will happen, no matter what. You have to be mentally tough. I learned to talk into my glove to handle my anger. “(Catcher) Taylor (Casady) knows how to read me. She’d give me this look -- ‘everything is OK. It’s fine.’ ”

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POWERLIFTING

State Powerlifting Championships were held this spring at Wichita Southeast (6A), Goddard (5A), Clay Center (4A) and Conway Springs (3A)

Ethan Willis, Clearwater (4A)

Feynix Horning, Southeast (6A)

Jacob Klelda, Goddard (5A)

Juan Ibarra, Newton (5A)

Kinsey Biehler, Conway Springs (3A)

Photos by Phil Frigon, Bill Millspaugh and Dale Stelz

Leonard Carr, Douglass (3A)


Madeline Moyer, Andover Central (4A)

Sammy Boese, Valley Center (5A)

Trey Bright, Sedgwick (3A)

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John Henry Marx Bishop Carroll H.S. John Henry is a senior at Bishop Carroll and has participated in football, weight lifting and trap shooting for the Golden Eagles. He carries a 3.80 GPA and has been shooting competitively for the past year. He ranked first on the team last year in average and became the first at BCCHS to have a perfect 50 for 50 score this spring. John Henry said the BCCHS program is great because there are no bench warmers and everyone can improve against themselves. BCCHS is a member of the Kansas State High School Clay Target League. It does not fall under KSHSAA. There are 710 students from 39 high schools competing this spring. On June 3-4, the second annual state shoot to be held at Ark Valley Gun Club. Over 500 students from 35 high schools are expected to attend. The smaller 1A schools will shoot on June 3 and the larger 2A schools on June 4. Bishop Carroll, with 40 students on the team, is a 2A level school. Valley Center has possibly the largest team with 48 students involved. Each student must possess a Kansas Hunters Safety certificate or have completed the league SAFE training to be eligible for competition. BCCHS head coach Tony Goebel said safety is always the number one rule of any shooting sport. He said the rules of his team are 1, safety; 2, learn; 3, have fun and 4, compete.


COACH’S CORNER

Tad Remsberg,

Newton Track & Field Tad Remsberg enters his 13th season coaching Newton track and field, and the program will carry high expectations. The Newton girls won their first-ever 5A state track title last season, while the boys were in the top five. Remsberg is an El Dorado graduate, earning a state title of his own in the 4x100-meter relay as a senior. VYPE - As a student at El Dorado, you competed for current Wildcats coach Gary Melcher. What principles did you borrow from his instruction? REMSBERG - “Number one, Gary was, and still is, extremely organized. Very knowledgeable, and always has very high expectations – expected us to compete as hard as we could and work at our craft. I learned a ton from watching him, and his demeanor and his expectations.” VYPE - What is the disposition of the Newton girls as they prepare for a state championship defense? REMSBERG - “I’m really blessed with a special group of young ladies. They’re pretty tough. They’re extremely talented. They’re great competitors and great kids. One of our biggest advantages we have is they really like each other. They like each other off the track and they support each other. Most of them are multi-sport athletes, and they support each other in those other sports, too … I would say they’re happy they’re defending this title, and they’re going to do whatever they can to try to hang on to it.” VYPE - There is elite talent and depth among the sprinters. To what do you attribute Newton’s success in sprints? REMSBERG - “There are two things that contribute to it. Number one, almost all of my sprinters ran for our youth track program. My top-end kids, most of them started really, really young, running club track in the summer. I’ve known all of them for a long time, and worked with them for quite a while. Our training style is a little bit different. We don’t do a ton of volume, but it’s intense. I got a lot of them early on, when they didn’t have a lot of bad habits. The training style we do with our first and second graders is very similar to what we do with our high schoolers.” VYPE - You have two children in the program – senior Kade and sophomore Maggie - both of whom are former state champions, with another son in seventh grade. With Kade, this is your final opportunity to coach him. What is your mood coaching Kade these next two months? REMSBERG - “I know this – last year, with Kade’s injury, it was a bittersweet year, because we had a great year, both our teams. It was a great year, but that injury to Kade was a sad note, because he didn’t get to compete to his ability, and it was his first year to get to compete with his sister. I’m really excited to have both of them healthy going into this season. I’m just trying to enjoy every second of it, and I’ll never get to do this again. Kade’s off to Air Force football.” VYPE - If you could advocate for one change in track and field, what might it be? REMSBERG - “I talk about this with my assistant coaches and several coaches around the state many times. In my perfect world for track - Kansas track and field - what I would love to happen is we already have a great state track meet with all the classes there – I wish our state track meet was a week earlier, and after state track we would take the top eight times and performances from every event, and then have a Grand State with all classes represented. You have years with a Jordy Nelson from one of the smaller classifications, and I would love to see a race with all the top kids.” VYPE.COM | HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS | APR 2017

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YOUTH BASKETBALL

Wichita Youth on Top-Ranked Teams The Wichita-based 5th grade girls' basketball team - Potential Players - is ranked as one of the top teams in Kansas at their grade and age level. When you give your heart this kind of workout on ouch? Most kids are pretty flexible, which means Why Exercise Is boys Cool The team plays against in the advanced league in Wichita and won championship the their boys' league. a regular basis, your heart will get even better at the that they can bend and in stretch bodies its main job — delivering oxygen (in the as form of and without much trouble. kind of exercise often They have also been champions of numerous MAYB tournaments well are coached byThis Brian Butler. oxygen-carrying blood cells) to all parts of your really good, like on when youArkansas take a big stretch Kids exercise all the time even thinking Two members of without Potential Players - Mahogany Butler and Danayshia Smithfeels - are starters the body. in the morning after waking up. Being flexible is of it. Just being active, like when you run around Mavericks, the No. 1-ranked AAU team in the country. having “full range of motion,” which means you outside or play kickball at school, is a kind of So you want to do some aerobic exercise right ButlerWhat andelse Smith both fourth Players team. Another can move your arms and legs freely without exercise. countsare as exercise? Playing graders, who play up on the fifth-grade Potential now? Try swimming, basketball, ice or roller member of the team - Zion Butler - plays for the No. 3-ranked B.T.R. team. feeling tightness or pain. sports, dancing, doing push-ups, and even reaching down to touch your toes. When you exercise, you’re helping build a strong body that will be able to move around and do all the stuff you need it to do. Try to be active every day and your body will thank you later. A HAPPY HEART You may know that your heart is a muscle. It works hard, pumping blood every day of your life. You can help this important muscle get stronger by doing aerobic exercise. Aerobic means “with air,” so aerobic exercise is a kind of activity that requires oxygen. When you breathe, you take in oxygen, and, if you’re doing aerobic exercise, you may notice you’re breathing faster than normal. Aerobic activity can get your heart pumping, make you sweaty, and quicken your breathing.

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hockey, jogging (or walking quickly), inline skating, soccer, cross-country skiing, biking, or rowing. And don’t forget that skipping, jumping rope, and playing hopscotch are aerobic The fifth-grade Potential activities, too!

Players: (Front, from left)

Mya Mayberry, MUSCLES STRENGTHENING Mahogany Another kind ofButler, exercise can help make your muscles stronger. Did you ever do a push-up or Zion Butler, swing across the monkey bars at the playground? N’ascent Robinson, Those are row) exercises that can build strength. By (back using your muscles to do powerful things, you can Adrian Hazelwood, make them stronger. Madison Bradley,For older teens and adults, thisCarly kind of workout can make muscles bigger, Dameron, too.Danayshia Smith and

It’s easy to find things to do for good flexibility, such as tumbling and gymnastics, yoga, dancing (especially ballet), martial arts and simple stretches (such as touching your toes or side stretches). FEELING GOOD It feels good to have a strong, flexible body that can do all the activities you enjoy — like running, jumping, and playing with your friends. It’s also fun to be good at something, like scoring a basket, hitting a home run, or perfecting a dive.

But you may not know that exercising can Elizabeth Tjaden. actually Here are some exercises and activitiesMahogany to build Butler and put you in a better mood. When you exercise, your brain releases a chemical called strong muscles: push-ups, pull-ups, tug-of-war, Danayshia Smith endorphins, which may make you feel happier. It’s rowing, running, inline skating, bike riding just another reason why exercise is cool. Zion Butler BEING FLEXIBLE Can you touch your toes easily without yelling • www.kidshealth.org


SPIRIT

KSHSAA Sportsmanship Winners Walmart would like to congratulate Andover Central, Caldwell and Central Christian in boys’ basketball and Cheney in both girls’ and boys’ basketball for winning sportsmanship plaques and medals at last month’s state basketball tournaments. Schools participating all three days of the tournament were eligible to receive a plaque for their school and medals for cheerleaders. Schools whose teams did not advance to the semifinal rounds were eligible to receive a certificate if they met the qualifying standards of sportsmanship. Those included Caldwell, Central Christian, Wellington and Wichita Independent in the girls’ tournament and Mulvane in the boys’ tournament.

Andover Central Jaguars, Boys’ Tournament

Caldwell Bluejays, Boys’ Tournament

Central Christian Cougars, Boys’ Tournament

Cheney Cardinals, Boys’ & Girls’ Tournaments


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