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Cardinals headed to State in first season By Michael Buhler
Cheney’s Kauy Kuhn makes contact during the Cardinals’ regional championship win over Independent. Last Friday’s victory means a berth in the 3A State tournament for Cheney, which started its program this season.
The Cheney Cardinals have not let being a first-year baseball team intimidate them this spring. Last week, that calm paid off as the Cardinals won the Class 3A regional title to punch their ticket to this week’s State tournament. Cheney won the regional title last Friday with a 2-1 victory at Wichita Independent, scoring both of its runs in the top of the fourth inning. Jacob Howell reached and later scored on an error for the game’s first run then Noah Schomacker drove in Hunter Adolph with a squeeze bunt to cap the rally. Kaleb Howell allowed just one run to earn the win and pitch the Cardinals to State. Cheney reached the finals with a 5-2 win over Bluestem in the semifinals last Wednesday. With the score tied at 2 in the top of the seventh inning, Corbin Meireis drove in the go-ahead run to make it 3-2.
Kauy Kuhn’s base hit scored two more runs and made it 5-2. Micah Grover got the win, while Kaleb Howell saved it. The Cardinals opened regional play with a 15-0 win over Elk Valley/Fredonia. Hunter Adolph earned the victory. Cheney (16-7) is the sixth seed at the Class 3A State tournament in Manhattan and will open play Thursday at 5:45 p.m. against Larned (18-3). The semifinals and championship games are set for Friday. First round EV/Fredonia 000 0 Cheney 076 2 W – Adolph.
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Goddard rallies for return to 5A State By Michael Buhler
Thanks to a seventh-inning rally, the Goddard Lions are headed back to the Class 5A State softball tournament. The Lions rallied from a tworun deficit against Maize in the regional final last Wednesday at Goddard to pull out a 4-3 victory and win their third regional title in four years. Goddard (20-2) trailed 3-1 at one point – and still trailed 3-2 entering the bottom of the seventh, when Talli Shepherd led off with a game-tying, inside-thepark homer. Brianna Fuchs then
singled and later scored the game winner on Julisa Ortega’s base hit. Ortega also got the win in the pitcher’s circle, tossing 4 2/3 innings of relief. In addition, she had three hits and drove in a pair of runs, while Torri Vang also had a pair of hits. Earlier in the day, the Lions downed Liberal 12-0 in the regional semifinals. In that game, Miranda Rohleder drove in six runs. Rohleder, Madison Smith and Kacee Moore each had a pair of hits. Ortega struck out five against Liberal as she and Emme Yost
combined for a one-hitter. Goddard will face St. Thomas Aquinas (14-8) in the first round of the State softball tournament Thursday at Two Rivers Youth Club in Wichita. First pitch is set for 5 p.m. The semifinals and championship games are set for Friday. Semifinals Liberal 000 00 – 0 1 2 Goddard 263 1x – 12 10 0 W – Ortega. Championship Maize 003 000 0 – 3 7 1 Goddard 100 001 2 – 4 8 0 W – Ortega.
The Lions celebrate their regional championship.
Cardinals take fifth at State golf tournament By Travis Mounts
What looked to be a rebuilding year for the Cheney golf team ended with a fifth-place finish at the 3A State tournament, held Monday in Salina. “We lost our No. 1 guy from last year and were thinking this would be a rebuilding year. But we do
have kids who have gone to State the past two years who were juniors this year, so we had some confidence. But we found ourselves in the middle of it,” said Cheney head coach Tim Hiebert. Austin Hampton and Conner Lies, in their third State appearance, helped the Cardinals to a strong
finish. Hampton placed 21st, finishing with two other golfers at 82. Lies shot 84 and finished 34th. Senior Austin Wheelock – who did not play last season – helped provide leadership to the team as well, Hiebert said. Cheney’s other golfers were: Trey Akler, 87, 43rd;
Riley Amsink, 88, 48th; Wheelock, 89, 53rd; and Connor Keefe shot 95 and placed 75th. “It was good to have five scores in the 80s,” Hiebert said. The Cardinals were ninth a year ago at State, and they placed seventh in 2014. This year’s finish
was an improvement, but the players wanted more. “I think they were disappointed. As a coach you don’t want that, but you also want them to feel they still have something to do. Next year looks good,” Hiebert said. The weather was not a factor, he said.
“I was hoping it would rain all day. We play well in the rain. When the weather gets bad, they play tough. That’s been our motto – keep grinding,” Hiebert said. Garden Plain’s Nolan Sell also was at the 3A State tournament. He shot 88 and placed 46th.
Cheney softball drops nailbiter in regional final By Michael Buhler
The Cheney Cardinals came so close to winning the Class 3A regional softball tournament. The Cardinals lost to Bluestem 5-4 in the regional final last Thursday at Harper, almost overcoming a 4-0 deficit before coming up short at the end. Cheney trailed Bluestem 4-0 in the top of the third when Kennedy Higgins doubled and scored on a passed ball. Back-to-back triples by Taryn Lonker and Emily Monson made it a 4-3 game. After Bluestem extended the lead to 5-3, Monson added an infield RBI single in the top of the fifth to make it a 5-4 game, but the Cardinals came no closer. Cheney made the regional final by downing Douglass 1-0 in the semifinals earlier last Thursday. The Cardinals scored the game’s lone run when Kristen Wewe came home on a Higgins groundball. Cheney opened regional play last Wednesday by rolling past Belle Plaine 16-0. Delaney Lorenz drove in three runs, while winning pitcher Monson and Kennedy Higgins each drove in a pair. Higgins also added a pair of hits. The Cardinals finish the season 18-5. First round Belle Plaine 000 – Cheney 3(13)x W – Monson.
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The Cheney Cardinals celebrate their 1-0 regional semifinal victory over Douglass. The win put the Cardinals in the 3A regional final, where they lost 5-4 to Bluestem.
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Lady Owls claim EHS girls take second at regional regional crown By Taylor Eldridge
By Taylor Eldridge
The athletic success of the Garden Plain girls senior class continued last Friday at the Class 3A track and field regional, hosted by Cimarron. The Owls won the regional title behind three title-winning performances and a total of 11 qualifications to the Class 3A State championships, this Friday and Saturday at Wichita’s Cessna Stadium. “It’s just really impressive to see what they’ve done this season,” coach Eric Rockers said. “They won State in volleyball, then they made it to State in basketball, and now they won regionals in track. It just shows you the kind of leadership and the ability of the senior girls.” Junior Emerson Tice qualified in all four of her events. She won the regional titles in the 200-meter dash (27.45 seconds) and in the 400 (1:00.35), while taking runner-up in the 100 (13.07). Tice also ran a leg on the Garden Plain 4x100 relay team that won gold, alongside Lauren Costello, Nikole Puetz and Madi Schmelzer. Kenzie Thimesch qualified in all three of her events. She took runnerup in the long jump (16 feet, 10.5 inches) and triple jump (36-7) and was third in the 100 hurdles (16.47). Schmelzer is going to State in the 100 (fourth in 13.30) and the 200 (second in 27.76), while Costello (third in 300 hurdles in 47.67) and Ryann Flax (fourth in high jump at 5-0) also qualified in their events. The boys team came away with six qualifications, with Dylan Dreiling (6-4 in the high jump) and Alex Becker (181-0 in the javelin) winning regional championships. Jared Becker (second in 110 hurdles in 15.88 and fourth in long jump at 203.75), Caleb Ellis (fourth in triple jump at 41-11.5),
and Johnny Becker (third in javelin at 168-0) all qualified individually. While Rockers was pleased to send so many through to the State meet, it also was frustrating to see four entries finish either fifth or sixth – just outside the top four who qualify. Nate Pauly pulled up with a hamstring injury early in the meet, which put a damper on things as well. “I was really proud of Caleb Ellis for setting a new (personal record) and getting to state,” Rockers said. “We had a lot of really good performances, but it was also a little heartbreaking to see so many guys get fifth and sixth and for Nate to come up with an injury.” State schedule Friday (all p.m.) 1:15: Jared Becker in long jump finals. 2:10: Kenzie Thimesch in 100 hurdles preliminaries; finals Saturday at 9:30 a.m. 2:30: Jared Becker in 110 hurdles preliminaries; finals Saturday at 10 a.m. 2:55: Garden Plain girls 4x100 relay in preliminaries; finals Saturday at 3 p.m. 3: Alex Becker and Johnny Becker in javelin finals; Kenzie Thimesch in triple jump finals. 3:35: Emerson Tice in 400 preliminaries; finals Saturday at 3:45 p.m. 4:20: Lauren Costello in 300 hurdles preliminaries; finals Saturday at 4:25 p.m. 4:45: Caleb Ellis in triple jump finals. 5:15: Emerson Tice and Madi Schmelzer in 200 preliminaries; finals Saturday at 5:50 p.m. 6:30: Kenzie Thimesch in long jump finals. Saturday (all a.m.) 8: Dylan Dreiling in high jump finals 8:30: Emerson Tice and Madi Schmelzer in the 100 preliminaries; finals at 12:45 p.m. 11:30: Ryann Flax in high jump finals. Class 3A Regional in Cimarron Boys: 100: Walter Stuhlsatz, 6th, 12.11. 110 hurdles: Jared Becker, 2nd, 15.88. 4x800 relay: Ethan McGregor, Justin Puetz, Kaden Buzzard, Kaleb Snyder, 5th, 9:04.06. High jump: Dylan Dreiling, 1st, 6-4. Long jump: Jared Becker, 4th, 20-3.75. Triple jump: Caleb Ellis, 4th, 41-11.5. Shot put: Sam Thimmesch, 5th, 43-4.5. Discus: Brady Frerichs, 5th, 118-10. Javelin: Alex Becker, 1st, 181-0; Jonny Becker, 3rd, 168-0. Girls: 100: Emerson Tice, 2nd, 13.07; Madi Schmelzer, 4th, 13.30. 200: Emerson Tice, 1st, 27.45; Madi Schmelzer, 2nd, 27.76. 400: Emerson Tice, 1st, 1:00.35. 100 hurdles: Kenzie Thimesch, 3rd, 16.47; Lauren Costello, 5th, 16.61; Ryann Flax, 6th, 17.11. 300 hurdles: Lauren Costello, 3rd, 47.67. 4x100 relay: Lauren Costello, Emerson Tice, Nikole Puetz, Madi Schmelzer, 1st, 51.95. High jump: Ryann Flax, 4th, 5-0. Pole vault: Libby Heimerman, 5th, 9-0. Long jump: Kenzie Thimesch, 2nd, 1610.5. Triple jump: Kenzie Thimesch, 2nd, 36-7.
Cheney’s Lies takes different path to State By Taylor Eldridge
Cheney track and field coach Rich Simmons remembers a conversation, before the season began, with Cheney senior Trevor Lies about his upcoming goals. Lies wanted to be a league champion and qualify for State...in the shot put. He accomplished his goals of winning a league title and qualifying for the Class 3A meet on Friday and Saturday in Wichita’s Cessna Stadium, but it came in a different event: the discus. Lies was one of four individuals who qualified from Cheney at the Class 3A regional in Cimarron, taking third in the discus with a throw of 121 feet, 5 inches. It’s pretty funny to look back on it now,” Simmons said. “He just thought his discus wasn’t as strong going into the season, but he really worked on it, and it came together for him at the right time. I was happy that he gets to go to the State meet in his senior year.” Fellow senior Calvin Schell is also headed back to State with hopes of winning a championship. He won the regional title by clearing 14 feet, but
he’s just one of a handful of vaulters in Kansas this season to go over 15. Miranda Ortiz and Gabrielle Lavington will also be returning to the State meet. Ortiz was fourth in the 100 hurdles in 16.48 seconds and was runnerup in the 300 hurdles in 46.80, while Lavington will be back to defend her championship in the shot put (second at 38-1.25) and will also compete in the discus, which she won with a throw of 118-4. “It’s nice to get those seniors back to State; that was the goal,” Simmons said. “We feel like everybody we’re taking to State has a chance to be really competitive in their events. They’re definitely capable of doing really well, so we’re hoping for the best.” The girls 4x400 relay team of Ortiz, Madison Freund, Kaleigh Black and Layne Needham, and the 4x800 relay team of Freund, Blaire Hoeme, Black and Needham, will represent Cheney at State as well. While Simmons was pleased with that, it was a bittersweet feeling to come away from regionals after See CARDS, Page 3B
The Eisenhower track and field team was already on the bus, ready to go home after its Class 5A regional meet in Liberal, when coach Stephanie Bush was in the press box filling out her State-qualifier forms. That is when Bush heard over the intercom that the Eisenhower girls team had won the runnerup trophy from the meet. Bush was stunned, sure the Tigers were well behind teams like Bishop Carroll and Maize South. But it turned out that Brooke Smith’s photofinish victory over Bishop Carroll to close out the 4x400 relay wasn’t just for the race victory, it was to edge Carroll (by a halfpoint) and Maize South (by one point) for the team victory. “I had to call the bus and tell them to all come back on the field because they were waiting at midfield for us to accept the trophy,” Bush said. “We literally had no idea we were that close. I’ve never had a situation like that, ever, in all of my years of coaching.” The girls team came away from the meet with 11 entries to the Class
5A State championships this Friday and Saturday at Wichita’s Cessna Stadium, including regional champions in Ryleigh Jackson (17 feet, 8.25 inches in long jump), Jaden Damon (36-10.75 in triple jump), and its 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams. Jackson also qualified in the pole vault (second at 11-0) and triple jump (second at 33-11), and she ran a leg on the 4x100 relay team along with Allison Martin, Damon. That relay team broke a school record with their time of 49.51. Damon qualified in the long jump (second at 176.5), while Omli succeed in both the 100 (third in 12.63 seconds) and the 200 (fourth in 26.99). Brooke Smith qualified third in the 400 (1:02.29), and Sierra Broce qualified fourth in the 3200 (12:31.09). “That was a huge performance by our girls team,” Bush said. “That was the first time we’ve ever got a top-two trophy at a regional meet, so that’s a huge accomplishment. It was a shock at the end, but we have some great kids this year, and it’s been so much fun
to watch them all compete at such a high level all year long.” The boys team will take five individual entries and its 4x100 relay team of Tryston Peppard, Kwame Parry, Justis Moore and Ryan Ortman, which qualified fourth in a time of 45.23. Matt Pile continued his rise in the javelin, winning the regional title with a throw of 181-1. Garrett Kennedy won a regional title in the pole vault and will defend his title after clearing 15-0. The other qualifiers were Collin Dwornicki in the 1600 (third in 4:37.03), Adam Brown in the discus (third at 139-11), and Nathan Northrop in the high jump (fourth at 5-10). “I think the biggest thing with our boys team was just seeing how much they improved this season,” Bush said. “This is the most boys we’ve taken to the State meet, and I think it’s because of how hard they’ve worked, and I think they surprised even themselves with how competitive they’ve been.” State schedule Friday 8 a.m.: Nathan Northrop in high jump finals; Adam Brown in discus finals; Jaden
Damon and Ryleigh Jackson in triple jump finals. 8:05 a.m.: Sierra Broce in 3200 finals. 9:45 a.m.: Eisenhower girls 4x100 relay in preliminaries; finals Saturday at 3 p.m. 10:05 a.m.: Eisenhower boys 4x100 relay in preliminaries; finals Saturday at 3:20 p.m. 11:30 a.m.: Garrett Kennedy in pole vault finals; Ryleigh Jackson in pole vault finals. 12:05 p.m.: Macy Omli in 200 preliminaries; finals Saturday at 5:50 p.m. 12:45 p.m.: Eisenhower girls 4x400 relay in preliminaries; finals Saturday at 6:30 p.m. Saturday 8:30 a.m.: Macy Omli in 100 preliminaries; finals Saturday at 12:45 p.m. 9:45 a.m.: Matt Pile in javelin finals; Ryleigh Jackson and Jaden Damon in long jump finals. 1:20 p.m.: Collin Dwornicki in 1600 finals. Class 5A regional in Liberal Boys: Eisenhower, 5th, 45 points. 100: Kwame Parry, 6th, 11.43. 1600: Collin Dwornicki, 3rd, 4:37.03. 4x100 relay: Tryston Peppard, Kwame Parry, Justis Moore, Ryan Ortman, 4th, 45.23. High jump: Nathan Northrop, 4th, 5-10. Pole vault: Garrett Kennedy, 1st, 15-0. Long jump: Drake Damon, 5th, 21-0.5; Jordan Greene, 6th, 20-3.5. Shot put: Jakob Thomas, 6th, 44-6. Discus: Adam Brown, 3rd, 139-11. Javelin: Matt Pile, 1st, 181-1. Girls: Eisenhower, 2nd, 90 points. 100: Macy Omli, 3rd, 12.63. 200: Macy Omli, 4th, 26.99. 400: Brooke Smith, 3rd, 1:02.29; Allison Martin, 5th, 1:03.99. 3200: Sierra Broce, 4th, 12:31.09. 4x100 relay: Allison Martin, Ryleigh Jackson, Jaden Damon, Macy Omli, 1st, 49.51. 4x400 relay: Alyssa Carpenter, Aspen Kridner, Allison Martin, Brooke Smith, 1st, 4:14.27. 4x800 relay: Veronica Embrey, Sierra Broce, Brooke Smith, Aspen Kridner, 5th, 10:23.20. Pole vault: Ryleigh Jackson, 2nd, 11-0; Anna Robbins, 5th, 10-0. Long jump: Ryleigh Jackson, 1st, 178.25; Jaden Damon, 2nd, 17-6.5. Triple jump: Jaden Damon, 1st, 3610.75; Ryleigh Jackson, 2nd, 33-11.
Clearwater seniors overcome heartbreak By Taylor Eldridge
Kaden McCoy and Kale Mills are two seniors on the Clearwater track and field team who know a thing or two about heartbreak. Exactly one year ago, both suffered heartbreaking fifth-place finishes at their regional meet. McCoy lost on a tiebreaker to fall out of the State meet, while Mills finished fourth in his heat and thought he had made it, only to find out a time in another heat edged him out. Both were determined not to let that happen again. Mills finished runner-up and ran personalbest times in both of his races – the 100 hurdles (14.99 seconds) and 300 hurdles (40.29) – and McCoy took third in the triple jump with a seasonbest leap of 43 feet, 5.25 inches.
“After what happened last year, we were really excited to get both of them into the State meet,” Clearwater coach Jeff Cornwell said. “Both of those guys did the best they have all season and set themselves up for a big performance at the State meet.” The girls team will be sending Cara Wiens, who took second in the 100 in 12.89 and just missed qualifying in the 200 (fifth in 27.01). Kylee Harman, who took runner-up in the 800 (2:24.14), also qualified for State. The 4x800 relay team of Olivia Helmers, Grace Garrison, Bailie Troll and Harman qualified for the State meet by finishing fourth in a time of 10:25.28. “It’s been a lot of fun to watch the whole team this season, especially the
girls now that they are a lot more competitive,” Cornwell said. “They work hard, and they don’t complain, and they have a great ability on top of that. They put in the work, so it’s fun to watch them succeed.” Cornwell was proud of how the whole team performed in what was clearly the most difficult qualifying regional in Class 4A. He was disappointed performances like the one by Brandon Bates, who jumped 42-7.25 in the triple jump and would have won two other regionals, were not rewarded with berths to the State meet. “I’m just proud of everyone because of how hard this team has worked this season,” Cornwell said. “They’re working hard and having fun while doing it, so I think the harder they worked, the
more success they had, and we just kind of rode that wave this season.” State schedule Friday (all a.m.) 9:20: Kale Mills in 110 hurdles preliminaries; finals Saturday at 10 a.m. 9:45: Kaden McCoy in triple jump finals. 11:35: Kale Mills in 300 hurdles preliminaries; finals Saturday at 4:45 p.m. Saturday 8:30 a.m.: Cara Wiens in 100 preliminaries; finals Saturday at 12:45 p.m. 10:30 a.m.: Clearwater girls 4x800 relay team in finals. 5:05 p.m.: Kylee Harman in 800 finals.
Class 4A regional in Holcomb Boys 110 hurdles: Kale Mills, 2nd, 14.99. 300 hurdles: Kale Mills, 2nd, 40.29. 4x100 relay: Cody Layton, Kaden McCoy, Konner Wells, Ethan Willis, 6th, 45.15. 4x800 relay: Mason Kerr, Bryce Gibbs, Mateo Perea-Gowdy, Tyler Soliz, 6th, 8:46.81. Triple jump: Kaden McCoy, 3rd, 435.25; Brandon Bates, 6th, 42-7.25. Girls 100: Cara Wiens, 2nd, 12.89. 200: Cara Wiens, 5th, 27.01. 800: Kylee Harman, 2nd, 2:24.14. 4x800 relay: Olivia Helmers, Grace Garrison, Bailie Troll, Kylee Harman, 4th, 10:25.28.
Best throw send GHS’ Parks to State By Taylor Eldridge
The thought of throwing the discus never really excited Goddard sophomore Tarra Parks. She considered herself a much better thrower in the shot put and figured that event would be her best shot at being the most competitive this season. Then she threw a discus 125 feet, exceeding her personal best by nearly 20 feet, at the Class 5A regional meet in Liberal last Friday. Parks not only qualified in the shot put, which she won with a throw of 397, but also will go to the State meet Friday and Saturday at Wichita’s Cessna Stadium in the discus, with a regional runner-up performance under her belt. “It’s so funny because she didn’t even want to really throw the discus early in the season,” Goddard coach Leslie Bates said. “She didn’t ever think she was going to be competitive in it, but she kept working, and now she’s going to State.
I think she’s excited about it now.” Parks is one of several Goddard athletes headed to the State meet. She’ll be joined by teammates Marissa Brown, who took runnerup in the 400-meter dash in a season-best time of 1 minute, 1.58 seconds; Brianna Albers, who won the 300 hurdles in 46.68 and ran 15.44 in the 100 hurdles to take second; Hannah Buller, who won the pole vault by clearing 11 feet; and Jessica Gardiner, who won the javelin with a throw of 136-8. “I was really proud of the way our girls performed in Liberal,” Bates said. “We had hopes that all of the girls we took would compete well, and I think coming away with seven State entries and four champions shows just how good our girls are. We’re looking forward to the State meet.” The boys team also qualified four individuals to the State meet. Devin Hart took runner-up in
the pole vault by clearing 13 feet; Carlton Wetiba qualified in the triple jump with his leap of 418.5 to take third; Jimmy Ta set another personalbest time in the 800 to take fourth in 2:04.34; and Blake Sullivan snuck into the javelin qualifiers with a fourth-place finish from his throw of 155-4. “We’re really happy to get those boys into the State meet,” Bates said. “I’m really proud of them all, but Jimmy is the one that stands out to me. Every time he runs, it seems like he chops off another second. So we’re hoping we can do that at State and maybe bring home a medal.” State Schedule Friday (all a.m.) 9: Brianna Albers in 100 hurdles preliminaries; finals Saturday 9:30 a.m. 9:45: Tarra Parks in shot put finals. 10:25: Marissa Brown in 400 preliminaries; finals Saturday at 3:45 p.m. 11:10: Brianna Albers in 300 hurdles preliminaries; finals Saturday 4:25 p.m. 11:30: Devin Hart in pole vault finals; Hannah Buller in pole vault finals. Saturday 8 a.m.: Carlton Wetiba in triple jump finals. 9:45 a.m.: Blake Sullivan in javelin finals. 11:30 a.m.: Tarra Parks in discus finals.
3 p.m.: Jessica Gardiner in javelin finals. 5:30 p.m.: Jimmy Ta in 800 finals. Class 5A regional in Liberal Boys: Goddard, 8th, 24 points. 800: Jimmy Ta, 4th, 2:04.34. Pole vault: Devin Hart, 2nd, 13-0. Triple jump: Carlton Wetiba, 3rd, 418.5.; Trentin Johnson, 5th, 41-0. Javelin: Blake Sullivan, 4th, 155-4. Girls: Goddard, 5th, 72.5 points. 400: Marissa Brown, 2nd, 1:01.58. 100 hurdles: Brianna Albers, 2nd, 15.44. 300 hurdles: Brianna Albers, 1st, 46.68. High jump: McKenzi Shurley, 5th, 4-8. Pole vault: Hannah Buller, 1st, 11-0. Shot put: Tarra Parks, 1st, 39-7; Samantha Schwab, 6th, 35-9.5. Discus: Tarra Parks, 2nd, 125-0. Javelin: Jessica Gardiner, 1st, 136-8.
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Baseball Carroll ends Tigers’ season By Michael Buhler
The Eisenhower Tigers’ hopes of returning to the Class 5A State baseball tournament ran into a roadblock. The Tigers got a brilliant pitching performance from Braden Minor, but Bishop Carroll hurler Jacob Ensz was even better as he led the Eagles to a 1-0 victory in the regional semifinals last Wednesday. Minor went all six innings for the Tigers, allowing just three hits and one run, but took the tough loss as Ensz tossed a fourhit shutout for Carroll. Eisenhower ends its season 15-6. Staff photos/Travis Mounts
Eisenhower’s Brynn Suddeth, left, and Sam Harpenau console each other after the Tigers’ loss to Maize South in the 5A regional final.
Lions, Tigers fall at regional By Amy Houston
The Eisenhower and Goddard soccer teams concluded their seasons last week during Class 5A regional action. The Eisenhower girls hosted Emporia on Tuesday, May 17, and prevailed 4-1 in the first round. Brynn Suddeth had a hat trick, and Anna Wusterbarth scored the other goal for the Tigers. Emporia finished its season 4-12 overall. Next up for Eisenhower was a Thursday battle with Maize South. The Mavericks shut out the home team 2-0. “We were beaten by a very good and well-organized Maize South team that took advantage of a mistake and then held the lead with eight in the box,” said Eisenhower coach Brandon Sommer. Maize South, the No. 7 seed, advanced to Class 5A quarterfinals with a 12-6 record. Eisenhower, the No. 2 seed, concluded its season 15-2-1. Meanwhile, Goddard traveled to Maize on
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six fifth- or sixth-place finishers to just missed the cut-off to qualify for State. “I’m not sure it was frustrating as much as it was heartbreaking,” Simmons said. “There were a lot of seniors involved there, so we were hoping to get them one more
Thursday for a showdown with the undefeated Eagles. Goddard, the No. 8 seed, succumbed to topseeded Maize 11-2. Kourtnee Davis scored the Lions’ first goal with an assist from Kaitlyn Logan, and Logan picked up their final goal off a free kick. Goddard’s Jessica Jackson completed her first season as head coach. “The only way I can truly explain this season is with the word ‘proud.’ I am proud of the team for giving everything they had in every game,” Jackson said. “They expressed that playing for a team is doing ‘whatever it takes,’ our season motto, for each other. We strived to put defense as a priority with the belief that if we score we might win, but if we prevent teams from scoring we will win. We competed in a very tough division in which five of the seven teams hosted their first round in regionals. Overall, I am very pleased the way my first season has gone, and I can’t wait for next year.” The Lions went 11-7
meet, but it just didn’t work out. They performed really well, but we were in a tough regional.” State schedule Friday (all p.m.) 2:10: Miranda Ortiz in 100 hurdles preliminaries; finals Saturday at 9:30 a.m. 4:20: Miranda Ortiz in 300 hurdles preliminaries; finals Saturday at 4:25 p.m. 4:45: Gabrielle Lavington in shot put finals. 5:55: Cheney girls 4x400 relay in preliminaries; finals Saturday at 6:30 p.m. 6:30: Calvin Schell in pole vault finals; Trevor Lies in discus finals.
this spring. Goddard will lose six seniors to graduation: Maddie Domebo, Kendra Hall, Liberty Hinkle, Lizeth Ortega, Megan Rogers and Kenya Sevilla. Eisenhower’s senior leaders included Suddeth, Taylor Martinez and Emily Bozarth. “Seniors are always a huge factor in teams as they bring the experience, skill and leadership,” Sommer said. “My seniors were excellent leaders who fostered a family atmo-
sphere that held drama at bay. They made sure to connect with each member and make them feel welcome, and encouraged people to be better at the end of practice than they were at the start. That’s the attitude that drove this team. We had a great season and finished 15-21 with a third consecutive league title. We’ll be back next year to take care of the unfinished business we left at the regional championship.”
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Lions end season with loss to Mavs By Michael Buhler
The Goddard Lions battled hard but saw their baseball season end last Wednesday with a 4-0
Class 3A regional in Cimarron Boys 200: Jonathan Hubener, 5th, 23.99. 300 hurdles: Jonathan Hubener, 5th, 41.90. 4x100 relay: Austin Ray, Jonathan Hubener, Calvin Schell, Jason Hubener, 5th, 45.08. Pole vault: Calvin Schell, 1st, 14-0. Long jump: Brandon Jones, 6th, 19-9. Triple jump: Brandon Jones, 5th, 41-1. Discus: Trevor Lies, 3rd, 121-5; Griffin Hedrick, 6th, 118-0.
Girls 800: Layne Needham, 6th, 2:36.96. 100 hurdles: Miranda Ortiz, 4th, 16.48. 300 hurdles: Miranda Ortiz, 2nd, 46.80. 4x400 relay: Miranda Ortiz, Madison Freund, Kaleigh Black, Layne Needham, 2nd, 4:20.59. 4x800 relay: Madison Freund, Blaire Hoeme, Kaleigh Black, Layne Needham, 3rd, 10:43.95. High jump: Mariah Hillman, 5th, 4-10. Shot put: Gabrielle Lavington, 2nd, 381.25. Discus: Gabrielle Lavington, 1st, 118-4.
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Indians shut out in regional opener By Michael Buhler
The Clearwater Indians’ baseball season came to an abrupt end in the Class 4A Division II regional tournament last Wednesday. The Indians were held to just two hits as the Kingman/Norwich Eagles rolled to a 12-0 victory. Kaleb Schuckman had both Clearwater hits, but the Eagles scored eight runs in the bottom of the second inning and never looked back. The Indians end their season 9-12. Clearwater 000 00 – 0 2 7 Kingman 083 1x – 12 6 0
Softball Pratt ends Clearwater’s season By Michael Buhler
Tera Lynch, left, battles for the ball during Eisenhower’s home game against Maize South.
loss to Maize South in the semifinals of the Class 5A regional tournament. Pitcher Isaiah Cohen had two of the Lions’ three hits, but the Lions were shut out by the eventual regional champion. Goddard ends its season 4-17.
The Clearwater Indians’ dream of returning to the Class 4A Division II State tournament hit a dead end last Wednesday. The Indians fell to postseason rival Pratt 11-1 in five innings in the regional championship game at Pratt. Clearwater tied the game in the top of the third inning when Elise Oberlechner scored on a squeeze bunt by Bailey Weese. However, the host Greenbacks scored three runs in the bottom of the fourth and seven more in the fifth to enforce the 10-run rule. The Indians reached the finals by defeating Kingman/Norwich 7-0 earlier in the day. Sarah Teufel tossed a four-hit shutout while striking out seven, and Hayley Reibenspies drove in a pair of runs. Clearwater finishes the season with a 13-9 record.
Semifinals Kingman/Norwich 000 000 0 – 0 4 2 Clearwater 220 012 x – 7 9 0 W – Teufel. Championship Clearwater 001 00 – 1 4 2 Pratt 010 37 – 11 16 1 L – Teufel.
Maize ends Eisenhower’s season By Michael Buhler
The Eisenhower Tigers’ softball season reached its conclusion in the semifinals of the Class 5A regional tournament at Goddard last Wednesday. The Tigers were shut out 10-0 by the Maize Eagles, who went on to lose to host Goddard in the regional finals. Maize pitcher Madi Arnold shut out the Tigers and held them to just four hits. Eisenhower ends its season 8-13. Eisenhower 000 000 – 0 4 4 Maize 100 234 – 10 15 2 L – Haywood.
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Kale Mills is this week’s Athlete of the Week. The Clearwater High hurdler will compete in both the 100-meter hurdles and 300-meter hurdles at the 4A State track meet Friday and Saturday at Wichita State University’s Cessna Stadium. Mills qualified in both events by finishing as runner-up at last Friday’s regional track and field meet in Winfield. A year ago, a fifth-place finish kept Mills out of State – the top four regional finishers advance to State. He will run in preliminary races for both events on Friday morning. The finals for 09.23.08:Layout 9/26/08 4:30 PM Page 1 each race1 will be Saturday.
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