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


FREE BY YOUR WICHITA METRO South Central Kansas · June 2018

WHAT A FINISH! Gold Medals Came Raining Down On Area Athletes, Including Remington’s Hope Thiel in the Class 3A 400.

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Deron Dudley Wichita South Track

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Mercedes Gassmann of Garden Plain Brings Home the Gold in the Class 3A 100-Meter Dash at the State Track & Field Meet in Wichita. (Photo by Jean Nance, Times-Sentinel)



Rollercoaster Ends High For ACHS By Brad Hallier


Conrad’s Big Spring Ends With Gold By Joanna Chadwick


Injury Fails to Slow Andale’s Smarsh By Joanna Chadwick


Hornets Make History With 5A Title By Matt Browning


Maize Claims Third Over Carroll By Brad Hallier


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Jags, Ellington Claim 4A Championships By Jim Misunas

KSHSAA Wraps Up Spring Sports


Aaron Bucher, Ark City Baseball


Keil On Track To Make Big Splash By Brent Maycock



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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 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. 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 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 “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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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. 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. 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!” 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! - Mike Cooper - VYPE CEO/President

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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Student of the Month LAUREN VESTRING – NORTHWEST HIGH SCHOOL Lauren Vestring is a Northwest High School student and soccer player. She plays center and outside defense. Vestring was named one of Kansas’ top players making the coaches’ 2018 All-League Second Team as a freshman. Her success did not come without hard work and perseverance. Vestring had been experiencing severe back pain during extensive physical activity. However, through physical therapy, Vestring saw big gains. “I have definitely noticed that I feel much stronger in my back than I have before,” she said. “Coming to physical therapy has also helped me play soccer with minimal pain in my back.” Vestring says her favorite treatment is the e-stim machine.

It's baseball season! How do I know if my child is pitching too much? By Amanda Noll, PT, DPT, CSCS Baseball season is upon us and we all know how hectic that can be. Kids are often playing in games 2-3 nights a week with practice in between and tournaments on weekends, and a lot of the time they are playing in multiple leagues. So if your child is a pitcher for your local team, you may be wondering if they are pitching too much. What you may also not know is that pitching too much or throwing certain pitches at too young of an age can lead to chronic elbow pain/problems which may lead to surgery. Too often, athelete's pitch counts are not properly monitored, espeically outside of games/practice. Practicing at home in the backyard counts toward the pitch count as well! Ideally, pitchers should be taking at least 4 months out of the year completely off from pitching, 2-3 of those months being consecutive. It is also extremely beneficial for them to play multiple sports a year. Studies have shown that athetes who specialize in one sport before the age of 18 are more prone to injury than athletes who play multiple different sports each year. So back to the question, how do I know if my child is pitching too much? Go to this website to see the pitch counts and required rest periods for the age of your athlete as recommended by the MLB, Coaches and parents should be aware of this and follow it closely to keep athletes from developing medial elbow pain which could possibly lead to an Ulnar Collateral Ligament tear with subsequent reconstruction, or Tommy John surgery, which can take 12-18 months of Physical Therapy after surgery. If your child starts developing medial elbow pain while he is pitching, give us a call today and we will evaluate and treat your athlete to prevent this pain from worsening and to get them back on the field faster!

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Abbee Rhodes, Augusta Shot Put - Class 4A

Blake Harden, Attica Triple Jump - Class 1A

A.J. Wilson, Arkansas City 400 - Class 4A

Clay Eckert, Buhler - 110 Hurdles - Class 4A

Cale Carson, El Dorado 800, 3,200 Relay - Class 4A

Claire Clark, Garden Plain 400-Relay - 3A - Macy Catlin Nikole Puetz, Mercedes Gassmann

Deron Dudley, Wichita South 400 Relay, 100 - Class 6A

Emma Wondra, Kapaun High Jump - Class 5A 12


Wichita Southeast, 1,600 Relay, 6A Sariah Sumpter, Elontae Hackney-Cooper Savion Carter, Christal Mosley Elle Eck, Andale, 4A - 400-Relay McKenna Gray, Abby Smarsh, Kasidee Eck

Ethan Hull, Bishop Carroll Pole Vault - Class 5A

Jacob Schmitz - Kapaun Discus - Class 5A Hope Thiel - Remington 400 - Class 3A

Kylie Klassen, Hesston Pole Vault - Class 3A

Maggie Remsberg, Newton 100 Hurdles - Class 5A

Miles Martin, Independent 400 - Class 3A

Tori Poe, Norwich 200 - Class 1A

Owen Pearce, Kingman 3,200 - Class 3A

Layne Needham, Cheney 100 HH, 300 IH - Class 3A



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Arkansas City, 1,600-Relay, 5A - Jordan Wilson, Jacob Beeson Eanthony Banks, A.J. Wilson

Ollie McGee, Wichita Southeast 200 - Class 6A

Jason Irwin, Bishop Carroll 800 - Class 5A

Bryce Merriman, Britte Magnuson Maise South, 5A, 3,200 Relay Dane Wedge, Brendon Becoat

Kasidee Eck, Andale, 4A 1,600 Relay - Elle Eck, Shelby Cox, Abby Smarsh

Sam Timmesch, Garden Plain - Shot Put - Class 3A

Libby Schurle, Valley Center Javelin Class 5A

Kindel Nordhus, Bishop Carroll 300 Hurdles Class 5A

Jayla Bynam, Hutchinson Shot Put - Class 6A

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Track & Field State Champions

Ezekiel Kemboi, El Dorado 3,200 Relay - 4A - Dylan Wittum Christian Price, Cale Carson

Joseph Holthusen, Bishop Carroll 110 HH, 300 IH - Class 5A Samantha Simoneau, Burrton Discus - Class 1A

Tayezhan Crough, Hutchinson 110 HH, 300 IH - Class 6A

Taylor Linn, Bishop Carroll Pole Vault - Class 5A

Savannah Simmons, Newton 400 Relay - 5A - Myriah Nicholson Taylor Antonowich, Kalli Anderson Toby Penner, Berean Academy 110 HH, 200 IH Class 2A

Wichita South 400 Relay, 6A Phillip Landrum, Martin Nguyen Deron Dudley, Nicomus Craig

Taylor McGlothlin, Wellington 400 - Class 4A


Jason Reilly (L) and teammate Jason Thompson of Andover Central finished second in Class 4A. (Photo, Kelly Ross)

Max Wheeler of Collegiate teamed with Luke Swan to place third in 4A Doubles. (Photo, Kelly Ross)

Valley Center’s Garrett Rogers (L) and Ian Clifton helped the Hornets to the 5A title with a third-place finish in doubles. (Photo, Bill Millspaugh) Rodney Steven returns a shot against Olathe West’s Brett Seaton in the 5A singles title. Steven’s bid for a third straight title came up short. (Photo, Bill Millspaugh) Tanner Ohnmeis (L) and Chase Schreiner of Maize took second in the 5A tourney in Emporia. (Photo, Bill Millspaugh)

Pierce Klaassen of Arkansas City finished fourth in the Class 4A Singles. (Photo, Kelly Ross)




Emotions ran high when Maize and Wichita Heights met in the first round of the 5A state tournament. Heights won a 1-0 extra-inning thriller. (Photos, Dale Stelz)

Austin Zellers of Andover Central (16) meets his happy teammates after scoring a run against Ottawa in the 4A-I tournament. (Photo, Kelly Ross)

Joshua Salazar of Nickerson rounds second and is heading for third against Anderson County in 4A-II. (Photo, Kim Rayas)

A foul ball is just out of reach from Bluestem catcher Coy Moran in a 2-1A game against Spearville. (Photo, Joey Bahr)

Cooper Elliot of Andover Central snags a ground ball in the hole and throws out an Ottawa runner from deep short. (Photo, Kelly Ross)

Trinity Academy’s Reese Bayliff slides safely into second during a 4A-II game against Iola. (Photo, Kim Rayas)




Abby Legleiter of Arkansas City takes a cut against Paola in 4A-I. (Photo, Allie Schweizer)

Maize South’s Alyssa Kerr throws out a Shawnee Heights runner in the 5A state tournament. (Photo, Dale Stelz)

Carlee Arnold of Haven scores a run against Riverton in the 3A tourney in Manhattan. (Photo, Bill Millspaugh)

Maci Omli of Eisenhower just missed making a diving catch in the outfield against Bishop Carroll in 5A. (Photo, Dale Stelz)

Goddard’s Krystal Castorena slides safely into third against Mill Valley in 5A. (Photo, Dale Stelz)

Alyson Knoblauch of Kingman forces out Holton’s Bailey Flewelling at second base in 4A-II. (Photo, Tanner Colvin)

Madison Loos of Udall looks for a base hit against Waverly in the 2-1A state tournament in Pratt. (Photo, Everett Royer)

Andale’s Maggie Eck (7) is mobbed at home plate after a home run against Tonganoxie in 4A-I. (Photo, Allie Schweizer) 18


STATE SWIMMING Photos by Bill Millspaugh

Claire Conover of Kapaun swims during the 200 Freestyle relay at the state meet.

Hannah Balch of East competes in the 100 Breaststroke.

Julie Whitfield of East and Derby’s Megan Keil prepare to compete in the 100 Freestyle.

Katerina Savvides of Wichita East swims the butterfly during the 200-yard medley relay at the state meet.

Lexie Shelton of Bishop Carroll, shown here competing in the breaststroke, won the gold medal in the 500 Freestyle.

Kapaun’s Liz Mitsch smiles after seeing her time in the 100 Backstroke.

Natalie Knapp of Kapaun swims the butterfly during the 200 Individual Medley, an event she won in Class 5-1A.




Conrad’s Busy Spring

Ends With Gold

Lakelin Conrad of Collegiate added gold medals in the (3A) 1,600 and 3,200 to his impressive resume. (Photo, Mark Weaver)

By Joanna Chadwick VYPE South Central Kansas Wichita Collegiate distance coach Clark Ensz spent one year with senior Lakelin Conrad, but it was enough for Ensz to make a strong statement. “I’ve been coaching for 40 years,” Ensz said. “... I’ve coached a lot of national class people. I know what talent is. He has that kind of talent. “He should end up a national class collegiate runner. A lot can happen; there are no guarantees. But he certainly has that kind of ability. I have absolutely no question.” Conrad, who will walk on at TCU in the fall, won his second 3200 state title in 9:35.15 and his first 1600 title in the Class 4A track meet. He has also won three cross country titles. Ensz’s prediction is based on Conrad’s natural ability, as well as his willingness to absorb coaching and then apply it. There’s also the fact that Conrad hasn’t put all his focus on running. 20


Conrad is a talented tennis player, as well. He finished fifth in Class 4A singles as a senior and was second as a junior and sophomore. Collegiate tennis coach Dave Hawley also worked with Conrad, often staying after practice to hit with him. “It was really nice how all four years he’d accommodate me with my running,” Conrad said. “And my running coaches, too. A lot of schools only allow you to do one sport in one season…. I think I’ve overdone it with my training in the past. This year they made sure I didn’t.” Weeks before state, Ensz told Conrad he could run a 4:20 in the 1600. “I thought that I don’t know if I can do that,” Conrad said. “In the 1600, I ran exactly a 4:20.” In that race, Conrad bettered his personal record by seven seconds while setting the school record. But, there was a point early in the season when Conrad made a critical error. “I had a disappointing 1600 where I didn’t run that smart…. I tried to take the lead, I went too fast in the middle of the race and then slowed down because I was trying to catch up on the side with the wind and then trail someone against the wind,” Conrad said. “It messed up my rhythm.” But he learned from that mistake -- and showed that knowledge in the 3,200 at state. “I was kind of nervous because the guy blasted out at the beginning,” Conrad said. “I was worried if he’d be able to keep his pace. But I was able to get faster and run the second half faster…. I let my instincts take over. There are so many different situations that can happen. I wanted to make sure that I felt it was right.” Ensz added: “He started pushing until no one was left. The last curve, it was all over. It was very impressive to watch the way he kept applying just a little more pressure. Let other people do the work early on and pretty much took over the race.”

Federico Harvey’s win in the triple jump helped Campus to a third-place finish in the 6A team race. (Photo, Kelly Ross)

• Buhler’s Braden Rose won the shot put and javelin in Class 4A, and helped the Crusaders to the team title. • Hutchinson’s Tayezhan Crough swept the Class 6A hurdles, while Berean Academy’s Toby Penner did the same in 2A. • Joseph Holthusen helped lead Bishop Carroll to the team title by sweeping the 5A hurdles. • Wichita South’s Deron Dudley was a part of City League domination in 6A sprints. Dudley won the 100 meters in 10.59, edging Southeast’s Ollie McGee, West’s Xavier Sellers and South’s Philip Landrum. Braden Rose of Buhler won the shot put and javelin in Class 4A, helping the Crusaders to the team title. (Photo, Kelly Ross)

Campus senior Federico Harvey didn’t intend on going out for track -- even though he was Class 6A’s defending triple jump champion. “During the beginning of the season, I didn’t go out for track because I was trying to focus on my weight and getting it up for football,” said Harvey, who signed to play football at Butler. “Then my friends from track -- ‘hey, you need to come out.’ They were losing meets by points I could have filled in.” Harvey approached coach Greg Slade about joining the team. After meetings with the track team and the athletic director, Harvey got the go ahead to return. Harvey never regretted that decision, especially after he helped Campus to a third-place finish by winning the triple jump and taking second in the long jump. Campus last placed at state in 1990 when it won 5A. Harvey went 47-0 in the triple. He didn’t think he had hit 47 feet for the first time until it was later corrected as a measuring error. He also went 21-9 in the long jump, while his brother, Cameron, finished third at 21-6 ½. “It was the greatest decision I made,” Harvey said of going out for track. “I got my state title. I made history with the track team. I’m glad I was a part of that.” Harvey also was key in Campus’ winning football record in the regular season. He played quarterback and led Campus to a 5-5 record with a playoff and regular-season wins over Hutchinson.

Dudley also helped the Titans to the 400 relay title and a record time in 41.62 seconds. McGee won the 200 in 21.47. • Carroll’s Ethan Hull and Augustine McCormick went 1-2 in the 5A pole vault. Hull went 15-1. • Arkansas City’s A.J. Wilson won the 4A 400 and was part of the 1600 relay. • El Dorado’s Cale Carson won the 4A 800 and was part of the 3200 relay.






Duane Smarsh, who died in 2017, was a staple at Abby Smarsh’s meet. He had his spot on the fence at the finish line. “He never missed a meet,” Greg Smarsh said. “He was at the state meet last year, even though he was in failing health.” Abby Smarsh’s pregame thoughts were about both her grandfathers - Duane Smarsh and Kenny Kraus who have passed away. “I prayed to them to be with me in the races,” she said. “They were with me. I know they would be proud to watch me do this.” While hurdles are usually what Smarsh is connected with, she’d prefer to be known for her team approach to relays. “That’s where I score a lot of points to win state championships,” she said. “Having the girls on relays and having them to push me through the season and workouts - we’ve built a special relationship.”

Despite a painful leg injury, Andale’s Abby Smarsh won the 300 hurdles and was part of two gold-medal relay teams as the Indians won the 4A team title. (Photo, Dale Stelz)

By Joanna Chadwick VYPE South Central Kansas Andale senior Abby Smarsh suffered a left quadricep injury during regionals when she fell over a hurdle during the 300-meter hurdles warmup. “I ran the 300 hurdles after it,” she said. “I knew coming out of the blocks, I knew something was wrong.” Smarsh still had pain at the state meet, but she successfully defended her title in the 300 hurdles in 44.73, took third in the 100 hurdles and helped Andale win the 400 relay, 1600 relay and the Indians’ second straight 4A team title. “I was fighting through a quad injury, and I didn’t know if I’d make it through to the finals. I did, and then I ended up PRing. To do it with that quad injury showed that hard work can get you anywhere,” said Smarsh, who added that adrenaline staved off the pain until after the races. She has put in the work all through high school. Andale coach Greg Smarsh - Abby’s father - left out the hurdles and blocks so she could work whenever the weather was good. She competed in indoor track and went to all of Wichita State’s camps. Smarsh has signed to run at Wichita State. Hurdles are a family tradition. Her brother, Jared, did hurdles, her father did, and so did her grandfather, Duane Smarsh. 22


Wrestler-turned-sprinter Mercedes Gassmann of Garden Plain was a 3A state champion in the 100 and 400-relay. (Photo, Jean Vance, Times-Sentinel)

It wasn’t until after the prelims that Garden Plain senior Mercedes Gassman thought she had a chance to win the 100 meters in Class 3A. She wasn’t pleased with how she did at regionals. But after qualifying for the 3A finals with the top prelim time, well, Gassman was suddenly confident. “I was scared I wouldn’t make it to the finals,” she said. “After I did, it was ‘OK, I can actually do this.’”

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Gassman won in 12.25 and then helped the 400 relay team win in a school-record time. “I’m more happy that I got it for them,” Gassman said of her relay teammates. “They’re a great group of girls, and they’re supportive of me. It’s been really fun with them, and I didn’t want to let them down.” Garden Plain qualified seventh in the 400 relay prelims, putting the Owls in Lane 1. “We were all nervous about that,” Gassman said. But Gassman has a mental focus honed from wrestling. She won the Central Plains League title at 132 pounds in February. “I do it in wrestling, and I don’t really remember what exactly happens because I’m so completely focused,” Gassman said. She doesn’t remember much after getting the baton for the anchor leg, even though Garden Plain was in fourth. “I kind of zoned out, and at like the 50-meter mark, I thought, ‘you better get her,’” Gassman said. “... I was so upset at the finish line because I thought she beat me. And then I saw it on the board.” Garden Plain finished in 50.06, edging Norton, which finished in 50.08. • Maggie Remsberg won her first individual title, taking the 100 hurdles in Class 5A. She helped Newton win its third straight team title. • Wichita Southeast’s Christal Mosley won the Class 6A 200, 400 and was part of the winning 1600 relay. She broke a 38-yearold 6A state meet record in the 400, finishing in 54.4 seconds in the prelims. • Cheney’s Layne Needham swept the 100 and 300 hurdles in Class 3A.

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Hornets Make History

With 5A Title By Matt Browning VYPE South Central Kansas

The Valley Center tennis program did more than just win a state championship at the Class 5A Tournament in Emporia last month. The Hornets won the very first boys’ state title in school history in any sport, finishing with 34 points three in front of Salina Central. “It is indescribable,” Valley Center coach Dean Schulz said. “We were not paying attention to it when we wanted to win a state title. You look at the teams that came up short in our school and we feel like it is an honor.” Hayden Brauer took third in singles for the Hornets, while the doubles team of Ian Clifton and Garrett Rogers also took third. Schulz thought the Hornets had a chance to be special coming into the season, as they returned four varsity players from last season’s team that took eighth at state. But not until Friday night of this year’s tournament did Schulz and his staff begin to entertain the idea of hoisting the championship trophy. “My assistant and I talked about it quite a bit Friday night,” Schulz said. “Our No. 2 doubles needed to win their first match Saturday because they got pushed to the back side after losing in quarterfinals. They needed to win two matches to get us a guaranteed 32 points. Salina Central could only get 31 points, so we knew we were going to win a little before noon.” Rodney Steven’s bid for a third straight singles title in 5A came to an end in the finals as the banged-up Bishop Carroll junior lost to Brett Seaton of Olathe West. The Maize doubles team of Chase Schreiner and Tanner Ohnmeis also finished second.

Hayden Brauer of Valley Center finished third in singles to help lead the Hornets to their first-ever boys’ state championship in any sport. (Photo, Bill Millspaugh)


At his regional at Conway Springs, Independent freshman Bryson Toubassi struggled through the tournament, ultimately claiming regional champion honors, despite not his strongest performance. But that was exactly what Toubassi needed as he headed to the Class 3-2-1A tournament at the Riverside Complex in Wichita. Toubassi won his first two matches (6-0, 6-0), his semifinal (6-2, 6-2) and the championship match against Owen Vander Ark of Prairie View (6-1, 6-1) 24


Bryson Toubassi of Independent finished unbeaten in 23 matches to claim the Class 3-2-1A singles title. (Photo, Phil Zivnuska)

“In the finals at regionals I faced William Steiner of Sterling and he played a strategy I was not used to,” Toubassi said. “He sliced the ball to backhand, which is my weakness. “At state, I had not seen any of the opponents that I faced, so I think that was to my advantage. Also, some of the tougher seeds were at the bottom of the bracket.” Toubassi (23-0) is another in a long line of highly skilled players the Panthers have produced over the past few seasons. What stands out, however, is his performance as a freshman. “He is one of the better players I have had,” Independent coach Simon Norman said. “He is one of the better ones in the city right now, in any age group. The question is what he does he do from here?”

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Collegiate coach Dave Hawley knew his team would be in for a significant rebuilding project this season as the Spartans graduated four seniors last year that placed at state and led the team to a team title. So despite all of the state championships he has led Collegiate to, Hawley considered this year’s second place finish to McPherson in 4A as an accomplishment and a building block for the future. “Frankly, I feel like we exceeded expectations this season,” Hawley said. “If we would have won it this year, it would have been a steal.” Wonjoon Cho (25-1) took home the singles title for the Spartans, while the doubles pairing of Max Wheeler and Luke Swan took third. “I was excited for awhile because I thought we had a chance,” Hawley said. “But McPherson had the experience.” Jason Reilly and Jason Thompson of Andover Central were second in doubles, while Arkansas City’s Pierce Klaassen was fourth in singles.

O'Toole made his senior season one to remember by helping the Bulldogs win the Class 4A-I state championship. On the mound, O'Toole finished with a 6-1 record and 0.41 earned run average in 51 innings. He had 65 strikeouts and 10 walks. At the plate, he batted .356, with 20 runs scored, seven doubles and 21 runs batted in. O'Toole will attend Cowley Community College this fall and play baseball.

Collegiate’s Wonjoon Cho took home the singles title in Class 4A to help the Spartans finish second. (Photo Kelly Ross)



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Jaguars, Ellington Claim 4A Golf Titles

Keegan Ellington shot a 2-under 69 to win medalist honors in Class 4A and lead Andover Central to its second straight team title.

Top 10 area finishers also included Wellington’s Ty Wilson, sixth (72), and Rose Hill’s Peyton Austin, seventh (73). At the Class 3A state tournament in Seneca, Hesston’s Grant Brenneman celebrated a state championship with a clinching birdie at No. 18 to finish a 1-over-par 72 at Spring Creek Golf Course. “That’s how champions finish,” said Hesston coach Grady Pauls. “He took what the golf course gave him.” Brenneman is the school’s sixth state golf champion. “This has always been a goal of mine,” Brenneman said. “The course management and the strategy me and my coach came up with was the biggest deal.” Brenneman’s father Jim Brenneman (1987, 1988) is a two-time state champion. Two-time champion Dave Henson (1980, 1981) and Jeff Voth (1982) are the Swathers’ other state champions.

By Jim Misunas VYPE South Central Kansas The Andover Central Jaguars celebrated back-toback 4A state golf championships last month at Emporia Municipal Golf Course. One year after winning a tiebreaker against Trinity Academy, the Jaguars (290) won by 17 strokes over runner-up Hays High (307), with Andale (308) finishing third. Andover Central medalist Keegan Ellington shot 2-under-par 69 to edge Wamego’s Thomas Dillon (70). “Coach Doug Snyder said keep playing your own game,” Ellington said. “We hit the middle of the green, two-putted and made some birdies.” Peyton Wilson of the Jags placed third (70) after a playoff and Cooper Schultz finished fifth (72). Jacob Wagner (80), Austin Goodrum (82) and Davis Joseph (86) also competed for Central. Five of six players return next season, but the Jaquars’ projected enrollment moves them up to 5A. “It’s exciting right now, but there’s a good chance we will bump up to 5A,” said Snyder. “These guys are ready for that challenge.” Davis said state experience proved critical. “We returned five guys from the state championship,” Davis said. “We understood the moment and tried to prove it.”



Hesston’s Grant Brenneman won medalist honors in 3A by two strokes with a 1-over 72. (Pam Weaver Photography)

Andover Central’s Peyon Wilson (left) and Cooper Schultz placed third and fifth in 4A with scores of 70 and 71, respectively.

Sabetha (320) captured the 3A team title, followed by Phillipsburg (322) and Cimarron (324). Sedgwick’s Owen Gartner (76) and Garden Plain’s Nolan Sell (76) tied for fourth in the medalist race. At the Class 5A state tournament in Kansas City, medalist Michael Winslow shot 3-under-par 69 at the Dub’s Dread course to lead St. Thomas Aquinas (296 total) to the school’s third consecutive championship and 10th title overall. Kapaun Mt. Carmel (314) finished runner-up and Emporia (324) placed third. The Crusaders counted scores from fifth-place Jack Baker (75), seventh-place Cooper Steiner (76), 15th-place Austin Wilbert (80) and Ben Spicer (83).

Ty Wilson of Wellington placed sixth in 4A with a 72.

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Keil Was On Track To Make Big Splash Keil defended her 6A titles in both the 50 and 100 freestyle, earning athlete-of-the-meet honors. She broke her own state record in the 50 and then fought off a tough field in the 100 freestyle for her second straight double-gold state meet. “I was really worried, but they’re really satisfying this year,” Keil said. “I was just proud I was able to do both this year and still be a state champion.” Keil ran track in seventh grade before giving it up to concentrate on swimming. But the bug never left her and when the opportunity presented itself this year to do both, she jumped at the chance. Keil not only split her time during the season, but also did so the weekend of the state meet. After qualifying in the 50 and 100 freestyle in Friday’s preliminaries, Keil raced over to Derby’s 6A track regional in Lawrence. She qualified in the 800 meters, placing third, and then helped the Panthers’ 1,600 relay to a runner-up finish and state berth. Saturday, it was back to the pool where she dominated the 50 freestyle, winning by nearly a second and a half in 22.7 seconds, breaking her own state record by .04 seconds. The 100 freestyle title was tougher, but Keil held on to win in 51.38 seconds. Keil was joined as a double winner at the state meet by Bishop Carroll’s Sydney Schmidt, who was dominating in earning athlete of the meet honors in the Class 5-1A state meet. Megan Keil of Derby broke the state record in the 50-freestyle in 6A and also won the 100-freestyle.

By Brent Maycock VYPE South Central Kansas After capturing two Class 6A state swimming titles as a junior, including a record-setting performance in the 50-yard freestyle, Derby’s Megan Keil had little to prove going into her senior year. Only she wanted to prove something to herself. “I just wanted to do something different,” Keil said. “It’s my last year and I didn’t want to regret only swimming in high school.” So Keil did something most elite swimmers would consider unthinkable. She decided to double up this spring and also run track for the Panthers. Initially, Keil was a bit worried the decision might detract from her performance in the pool. At last month’s state meet in Topeka, however, she proved she was every bit as formidable as she’s ever been.

Wichita East’s 200-medley relay team of Katerina Savvides, Hannah Balch, Gillian Pierce-Butt and Baylor McPherson celebrate a gold medal. Photos by Bill Millspaugh



Astrid Dirkzwager of Wichita East swims the backstroke at state, an event she won in Class 6A.

Like Keil, Schmidt blew away the field in the 50, winning by nearly a second over Maize freshman Brooke Blasdel, in 24.35 seconds. She then turned around and laid waste to the 100 butterfly, winning by 2.5 seconds in 57.62 seconds. “It feels great,” Schmidt said. “I never would have imagined last year that I could do this. It just feels awesome.” She was joined as a state champion by teammate Lexie Shelton, who captured the 500 freestyle title. After qualifying first in the 5-1A 200 individual medley, Kapaun Mount Carmel’s Natalie Knapp was hardly a surprise winner of the event in the finals. Yet midway through the race, she wasn’t even in the picture for contention. “I knew my (butterfly) was my weakest stroke so I just tried to keep up with them,” Knapp said of the opening stroke of the event. That field included teammate Elizabeth Mitsch, and when it was over, she came all the way back to edge Mitsch to win by .7 seconds in 2:15.11 Mitsch did end up with a title, teaming with Knapp, Baldessari and Claire Conover to win the 400 freestyle relay in 3:41.16. The relay win capped a runner-up team finish for the Crusaders, who scored 285 points, four points behind Aquinas. Wichita East defended the Class 6A team title it won a year ago. The Blue Aces swept all three relay titles, setting a state-meet record in the 200 freestyle relay. The foursome of Astrid Dirkzwager, Gillian Pierce-Butt, Baylor McPherson and Julia Whitfield teamed for a 1:36.77, taking .03 seconds off the old record set by Free State in 2015.

Laura Seiler, Bishop Carroll H.S. Laura just completed her junior year at Bishop Carroll and is a two-year letterman on the bowling team. She finished third overall in the Class 5-1A state tournament (653 series) to lead her team to the state championship. Laura carries a 4.13 GPA, belongs to the God Squad at school and volunteers for Special Olympics Bowling and the Lord’s Diner. She plans to attend the University of Oklahoma and study Meteorology. “I want to thank my bowling family for welcoming me onto the team and helping me be better. I always look forward to bowling season because of them. I love you guys.”

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Sydney Schmidt of Bishop Carroll won gold medals in the Class 5-1A 50 freestyle and 100 butterfly.

McPherson and Pierce-Butt teamed with Katerina Savvides and Hannah Balch to open the meet with a win in the 200 medley relay in 1:47.96. Savvides, Balch, Whitfield and Dirkzwager then clinched the title with a win in the 400 freestyle relay in 3:32.99. “It was kind of rough in the beginning but we found a way and some motivation and support from the team,” Dirkzwager said. Dirkzwager added one individual gold. After qualifying second in the 100 backstroke, Dirkzwager came back in the finals and won by .07 seconds in 55.85.

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ARK CITY BREAKS THROUGH FOR STATE TITLE The Arkansas City Bulldogs relish the Class 4A-I state championship after the celebratory dogpile near first base. (Photos, Allie Schweizer)

By Matt Browning VYPE South Central Kansas The last time the Arkansas City baseball program was in the state tournament, 2018 heroes Hunter O’Toole and Kade Gonzalez were six years old. There had been several close calls in that span, but the Bulldogs broke through this season, qualifying for the Class 4A DI tournament as the No. 2 seed. Qualifying was just the beginning, though. Ark City defeated Independence (10-0), Andover Central (1-0 in nine innings) and Bishop Miege (11-1) en route to the program’s second state championship. The other title came in 2002. “I am really happy for the players and coaches,” Ark City coach Aaron Bucher said. “It has been a long haul for us.” Sandwiched in between two dominating performances where their offense was dominant, was what Bucher called one of the best high school baseball games he has seen in the semifinals. Gavin Rains slides home for one of Ark City’s 11 runs in the title game. 34


“I guess maybe the heat took a lot out of us for that last game,” Ebright said. “Our 3-4-5 hitters did not get a hit and then we give up four runs in the fourth inning and we could not overcome that.” Heights fell to Shawnee Heights 11-2 in the third place game. At the 6A tournament, Derby and Campus both fell in the semifinals. The Panthers lost to Blue Valley Northwest, 4-3, while the Colts lost to Blue Valley, 7-0. The third place game was cancelled because of the weather.

Andrew Brautman started on the mound for Ark City in the 4A-I title game against Miege.

O’Toole carried a perfect game against Andover Central through 6 2/3 innings and then a no-hitter through seven innings. The only hits he gave up were two flare singles in eighth inning. Closer Kade Gonzalez put up another zero in the ninth inning, which set the stage for both players to play the role of heroes in the bottom half of the inning. In what should have been just a routine single, O’Toole wound up on third base after the Jaguars misplayed his base hit. Gonzalez drove him in to give the Bulldogs the semifinal victory. “These guys are just really together,” Bucher said. “I have coached them since eighth grade and we have had some close calls in regional finals the past couple of seasons, losing to Bishop Carroll last year and Maize the year before. This is a good feeling for them.” Andover Central defeated Tonganoxie, 2-0, in the third place game.

Blake Freeman of Bishop Carroll connects against Seaman in the 5A state title game in Wichita. (Photos, Kim Rayas)


The main message Bishop Carroll coach Charlie Ebright wanted to send to his players after the Eagles fell to Topeka Seaman 7-2 in the 5A championship game was there will come a point where everybody in the program will look back on their performance and be proud. In the moment, though, it was difficult to feel anything else but disappointment, as Carroll was the higher seed and took down the two seed, Wichita Heights, 10-4, in the semifinals. “It is going to take us a few days to let go,” Ebright said. “We came into the season with a championship as the goal and to not get there, hurts.” The Eagles had been dominant in both pitching and offense in their quarterfinal and semifinal contests. They allowed one walk and no errors in their 2-0 victory over Mill Valley in the quarters, then exploded for 10 runs against Heights. But against Seaman in the finals, Carroll stranded 10 baserunners, including the bases loaded in the third inning when it trailed 4-1.

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Morgan Herrmann of the Jags gets back safely to third base against Piper.

There were plenty of smiles for Andover Central players after the Class 4A-I tournament had ended. (Photos, Allie Schweizer)

By Brad Hallier VYPE South Central Kansas Andover Central softball didn’t do anything the easy way. For a state champion, having double-digit losses is rare. Thus, the road just to make it to the Class 4A Division 1 state tournament in Emporia was long enough for the Jaguars, as they entered the postseason with a pedestrian 10-10 record. To get to Emporia, Andover Central had to beat 14-win Circle and 20-win Augusta. The opposition didn’t faze Andover Central. Actually, not much did, as the Jaguars soon became the 4A Division 1 state champion by beating three teams in Emporia with a combined 64 wins. Then again, when your coach is battling, and then beating, breast cancer, playing quality opposition doesn’t seem as daunting. Jaguars coach Rita Frakes, who now has two state titles in her 13 years at Andover Central, was diagnosed with breast cancer in April, 2017. She didn’t inform her team until after the season ended with a first-round state-tournament loss to Kansas City-Piper. 38


Audrey Orlowski fires home against KC Piper in Andover Central’s tournament opener.

She sat out volleyball season to get treatment and rest up for softball. A few minor complications aside, Frakes became cancer free in March. “I couldn’t hit or pitch batting practice, due to wounds I had, but I told them I could do it,” Frakes said. The season was like the stock market - up and down. But when it seemed like the season was going downward, Frakes credited several players for keeping things together, including junior Maura Flahive, seniors Taylor Wolf and Jordyn Maddex and sophomore Katie Boline. “They pulled everyone together, and if they hadn’t, this wouldn’t have happened,” Frakes said. The state tournament was every bit adventurous as the regular season. First, rain pushed the tournament back a day. Andover Central started with a thrilling 12-9, 12-inning win against Piper. Later that night, the Jaguars topped Paola 8-4. They returned to Andover at 1 a.m., only to meet for batting practice in less than six hours. The Jaguars returned to Emporia, where they beat previously undefeated Independence 5-4 in eight innings.

In Class 5A, Bishop Carroll’s quest for a 14th state title came one game shy. Seeded No. 2 at state, Carroll rolled Eisenhower 16-2, and then beat Topeka Seaman 9-4. But the run ended with an 11-0 loss to undefeated Shawnee Heights, which has won back-to-back 5A titles. Carroll will be in position to return to state next year with two all-City League pitchers back, including junior Kaylin Watkins and sophomore Reagan Smith. In Class 3A, Haven was at state for a fifth straight year and returned home with a trophy for a third straight year. After back-to-back 4A Division 2 runner-up finishes, Haven came in third place after ultra-talented freshman Maguire Estill bombed an eighth-inning tworun home run, giving the Wildcats a 4-2 win against Osage City. The top-seeded Wildcast lost a semifinal thriller, 10-9 to Oskaloosa. “From the moment we lost in the semis to the point when we won third place, I kind of had no interest,” Haven coach Darin Ashworth said. “Mac homered, and I saw the reaction of Osage City’s players and how emotional they were, and I realized it was a big deal.” In Class 2-1A, Udall took an undefeated record to the state tournament in Pratt, but after a first-round win, Udall lost 15-1 to Chase County in the semifinals, and 16-1 to Bluestem in the third-place game. Bluestem fell in the semifinals, 11-3, to eventual champion Wabaunsee.

Bishop Carroll’s Emma Henning takes a big cut at the plate in the opener against Eisenhower.

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Mary Beth Winter, Andale I am blessed to be a mom of four great kids – Wyatt (23), Wade (21), Rob (18) and Ashton (15) - who have been involved in sports throughout their years at Andale. Although it can be very chaotic at times, I would not change one thing about it. Doug and I have enjoyed getting to know the kids and their families while we cheer on the Andale Indians. I have organized many team dinners for football, basketball, baseball, volleyball and softball and have never had an issue with finding other parents to help out. We are so lucky to live in a community that supports athletics and kids the way Andale does. Both my husband and I graduated from Andale and we knew this is where we wanted our kids to go to school. I have been an officer of the Andale Booster Club for seven years and this has given me a unique perspective on all the clubs, sports, academics and extracurricular activities that make up Andale High School. The community support, in my opinion, is unmatched in the state. I also substitute teach in the Renwick schools and love every minute of it. This allows me to see the kids in a different setting and get to know them better. Thank you for the Nomination.

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Maize Claims Third Over Carroll

Elizabeth Palmer of Maize uses her head against Mill Valley in the 5A semifinals.

By Brad Hallier VYPE South Central Kansas Maize has become one of the strongest and most consistent girls soccer programs in Kansas. For 12 years running, the Eagles have reached the state semifinals, most coming in Class 6A, and the last three in Class 5A. The Eagles usually bring home trophies, too. This year was no exception, as Maize topped Bishop Carroll 2-0 for third place at the 5A tournament in Topeka. One thing missing is that elusive state championship, but that doesn’t just go for Maize. Only once has a girls soccer state champion been located outside the Kansas City and Topeka areas (Trinity Academy, 2014, Class 4-1A). It’s not like Maize and others in and around Wichita aren’t competing. Maize lost its semifinal this season 5-3 to Mill Valley, while Bishop Carroll lost 1-0 to eventual champion and undefeated Blue Valley Southwest. Maize and Bishop Carroll also regularly play strong nonconference schedules. This season, Maize beat Shawnee Mission East 1-0 and lost to St. Thomas 42


Aquinas 3-2. Carroll, meanwhile, beat 6A semifinalist Manhattan 2-1, lost to 6A runner-up Washburn Rural 1-0 and beat Kansas City, Missouri power St. Teresa’s 2-0. While Johnson County has nearly monopolized the market in girls soccer state-championship trophies, Maize coach Jay Holmes said he doesn’t see much difference in terms of talent level. “I thought we had a good opportunity to make it this year with the talent we had,” Holmes said. “When I took my first team to state, I thought the gap was similar to what it is now. We know our girls can be compete. We just didn’t pay attention to the details this time.” Both Maize and Bishop Carroll reached the semis after winning quarterfinal thrillers. Carroll topped Valley Center 2-1 in a penalty-kick shootout, while Maize beat Kapaun Mount Carmel 2-0. Maize graduates a talented senior class, but don’t expect a dropoff with players like junior forward Kourtnee Davis and sophomore defender Mallory Stegman back. Bishop Carroll picked up a smorgasbord of injuries late in the season, including a season-ending injury to star forward Hanleigh Allen during a win against Maize. By the time Maize topped Carroll for third place in the teams’ third meeting of the season, Carroll also had sophomore midfield wizard Taryn Lubbers, speedy sophomore midfielder Lauren Brooks, freshman forward phenom Khloe Schuckman and senior midfield general Maguire Sullivan sidelined.

Bishop Carroll goalkeeper Ashton McCorry dives for a loose ball in front of her net in the 5A semis against Blue Valley Southwest.

Maize’s Rachel Marshall battles Mill Valley’s Payge Bush for possession.

“In all honesty, and this is difficult to explain as a coach, but I didn’t think the hardware the girls brought back matched the effort they put forth,” Carroll coach Greg Rauch said. “Everybody performed. I couldn’t have been more proud of this group. Would I liked to have have seen a better result (at state)? Of course, but the character they showed was as good as it gets.” The semifinal loss to BV Southwest was tight and tense, and, once again, showed that Wichita-area teams are capable of competing with the best from Kansas City. “Anybody who watched those games … I mean, our game with Blue Valley Southwest, we held them all the way through,” Rauch said. “In the past, I think teams had to make mistakes or miss chances in front of the goal for us to have a chance, but now, we have a chance.”

Taylor Bockover controls the ball as Southwest’s Marlee Milner moves in.



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Athletics No Longer In Bloom

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By Joanna Chadwick VYPE South Central Kansas On the Monday and Tuesday following the Class 5-1A swim meet in mid May, Andover’s Baylee Bloom didn’t do much. She went to the lake for a day trip with family, she relaxed. There was no golf practice. No swim practice. After a high school career jam-packed with sports, Bloom is heading off to Kansas State to study graphic design. Bloom’s sports career is over. “It has been weird for me,” said Bloom, who qualified for state in golf and swimming all four years at Andover High School. “Usually I have to go to practice, but I’ve been sitting at home and I don’t have to go anywhere.” Bloom’s easiest year competition-wise was her senior year when she only played golf and swam. As a freshman, she played golf and volleyball in the fall and then did swim and softball in the spring. She played golf and volleyball through her junior year. Bloom’s days consisted of going from one practice to another, while squeezing in homework. Game days were even worse. “I don’t know how I did it,” she said. “Looking back, I’m still shocked. It was actually crazy.” She’ll probably get involved intramurals in college, and she still plans to compete this summer for the Andover All-Stars swim team. Bloom made the decision to focus on her career after her golf season ended in October. “I knew I wasn’t going to play on the (LPGA). I knew I wasn’t going to be an Olympic swimmer,” Bloom said. But while Bloom was competing, she did it at a high level. In golf, she finished seventh in as a sophomore and junior and was fourth in 2017. In swimming, she finished in the top eight her final three years in the 100-meter breaststroke. She took fifth in the 200 individual medley as a junior. Last month, Bloom finished fourth in the 200 individual medley and sixth in the 100 breaststroke. “At the state (swim) meet, I was really sad,” Bloom said. “After I finished the breaststroke, it was my last super competitive race ever. … It was very emotional.”

Bloom had three top seven finishes at the state golf tournament.

FLEET FEET Featured Athlete Toby Penner, Berean Academy Penner, a 2018 graduate of Berean Academy, was king of the hurdles in Class 2A at the state track meet. He won the 110-meter highs and 300-meter intermediates at Cessna Stadium. As a junior, Penner finished second in the 300 Hurdles and was third as a sophomore. He also placed fifth at state in the 110 Hurdles as a sophomore.

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Cayden Atkins, Goddard H.S. Cayden just finished his junior year at Goddard High School and participates in wrestling, helping the Lions to a fourth consecutive Class 5A state title. He has lettered three years in wrestling and placed fourth at 195 pounds at the 5A state meet this year. Cayden carries a 3.60 GPA and belongs to the GHS Ambassador and GHS Peer Mediator clubs at school and volunteers for Miracle League Angel and Kansas Young Guns Wrestling. As an outdoorsman, Cayden enjoys deer hunting and fishing. He brought down his first buck - an 11-pointer - with a bow in 2016. Cayden plans to wrestle in college and get a degree in Architectural Engineering.

1st Annual Circle of Stars Weekend! • July 20th Golf Tournament with 9 former Husker Legends at Crestview Country Club 1000 N 127th St E, Wichita, KS 67230

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Arkansas City Baseball Arkansas City baseball coach Aaron Bucher led the Bulldogs to a state baseball title in Class 4A Division 1 after previously winning a 5A title in 2002. The Bulldogs (21-4) beat Independence (10-0), Andover Central (1-0) and Bishop Miege (11-1). The Bulldogs’ head baseball coach since 2000, Bucher also serves as the ACHS athletic director. He has coached Legion baseball at Arkansas City since 1997 and has also coached football and girls and boys basketball. VYPE - Any particular keys to winning the 4A state title? BUCHER - “It’s a credit to the players and assistant coaches. We talk about an overachieving approach to things, which is be willing to do all the little things no one else wants to. These guys are what that’s all about, in addition to having great talents, they take pride in getting better every day. Our pitching and defense has been our cornerstone. Pitchers Hunter O’Toole, Garrett VanDeventer, Cade Gonzales and Andrew Brautman were phenomenal in the postseason. We gave up one run and six hits and played error-free at state. We played at a really high level for five postseason games, especially the state tournament games. Offensively, we had great balance throughout the lineup.” VYPE - How did the challenge of playing quality baseball programs in the AVCTL help your baseball team? BUCHER - “The AVCTL D2 is a meat-grinder. All of the teams are well coached and prepared. You must bring great effort and energy against every opponent. Playing cross-over games versus AVCTL D1, definitely prepares you for postseason.” VYPE - Was there was a game or time when you knew this baseball team was special? BUCHER - “These guys have been together since they were 8 years old and we started coaching them in the eighth grade. We’ve had tough losses in the postseason (Maize, 2016 regional final; Carroll, 2017 regional final, 2-1). Our turnaround started after getting swept by Campus when we rallied to beat Maize South in the second game after we played terrible in the first game.” VYPE - Beating Andover Central 1-0 in nine innings was a classic. What was that game like? BUCHER - “The semifinal game against Andover Central was the best high school baseball game I’ve ever been a part of. Great pitching on both sides, dudes just making defensive plays. We caught a break in the ninth inning and capitalized. We had our guy Hunter O’Toole on the mound, so we felt good even though we couldn’t get anything going offensively. I have great respect for Andover Central coach Grant Bacon. Hunter Flanigan was great on the mound for them. We’d had great games against each other in the past. But the semifinal is going to be tough to top.” VYPE - What was it like to see your players’ dreams realized? BUCHER - “It is very emotional. We had 21 guys out for baseball and I love every one of them. They are the definition of servant leadership. They sacrificed individual goals for the team without even thinking about it. It’s hard to find a group that is willing to do that, and I am so proud to be a part of it. Everyone in competitive sports dreams of winning the last game and they were able to do that. It’s something all of us will remember forever.”

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Breanna Zarchan, Kapaun Bowling, Newman

Brett Westerman, Derby Baseball, Friends

Brody Kooser, Derby Football, Fort Hays State

Bryce Boomsma, Heights baseball, Coffeyville CC

Bryce Fimreite, Andover Central Soccer, Friends

Bryce Leonard, West Football, Friends

Cajia Allen, Kapaun Volleyball, Highland CC

Cale Carson, El Dorado Cross Country, Friends

Clark Schoonover, Andover Central Football, Emporia State

Clay Butherus, Goddard Tennis, Friends

Clay Eckert, Buhler Track, Wichita State

Cody McNerney, Collegiate Football, Universty of Kansas




Congratulations to all Signees! Cody Troyer, Heights Baseball, Coffeyville CC

Colton Lumpkins, Maize Football, Bethel College

Corbin Gosnell, Campus Football, Kansas Wesleyan

Corbyn Howard, Bishop Carroll Soccer, Cloud County CC

Eisenhower Football: Jacob Simler Southwestern Justis Moore Dodge City CC Tanner King, Elmhurst

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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.





FIRST EVER! Valley Center’s Tennis Team Won The School’s First Boys’ State Title In Any Sport

Keegan Ellington Andover Central Golf

Tori Poe Norwich Track

Megan Keil Derby Swimming

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