The 2014 Ellinwood Eagle Cal Ripken baseball team completed their season Tuesday night and ended up with an undefeated record of 10-0. Front row, from left, Gage Hosman, Cole Petz, Ryan Niles, Blake Kubick, Jaxon Christiansen, Cameron Stevenson and Caleb Robl. Middle row, Kyler Doll, Myles Menges, Woodson Corbett, David Hammeke, Luke Wondra, Keaton Erb, Tyler Knop and Caleb Bookout. Back row, Coach Mike Niles and Coach Monte Doll.
The 12-and-under Barton Bandits NBC baseball team from Great Bend recently won the Smoky Ford Annual Wood Bat Tournament in Pratt. The Bandits are riding a six-game winning streak and currently stand with a 23-6 record. They will compete in the Colby Callahan Memorial Baseball Tournament this weekend in Larned. Front row, from left, Brantley Baldwin, Miguel Martinez, Cal Kaiser, Nahum Olivas, Riley Smith and Joey Soupiset. Back row, Townshend Kurth, Coach Travis Kurth, Eduardo Bujanda, Gage Fritz, Colin Hall, Hayden Honomichl, Coach Darrin Hall and Coach Chris Smith.
For something to be a scandal doesn't it have to be shocking? Doesn't it have to be surprising? That the leaders of FIFA, the governing body of worldwide soccer have been indicted for racketeering and bribery and money laundering certainly doesn't qualify then. There is nothing shocking or surprising about it. In fact, haven't we all said, "Ho hum, what else is new?"
The Barton Blazers took first place in the Wichita Tournament. They defeated the Wichita Biggins in the championship game 49-40. Players include Brock Skelton, J.J. Heredia, Chance Sanger, Nick Wondra, Evan Campbell, Sam Ryan, Mason Perez, and Connor Griffith. These Blazers play again next weekend in Wichita.
The Kansas State High School Activities Association has approved a change for 6A and 5A football teams in 2016. Just that there should be ANY change should be deemed noteworthy. The KSHSAA and change are not usual bedfellows. Bishop Carroll football coach Alan Schuckman said, "Anytime there's change in Kansas high school football, and it's only been once in my 20 years, it's pretty shocking."
Champions were crowned Sunday for the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series at Great Bend's SRCA Dragstrip and the NHRA West Central Division that included Comp Eliminator, Super Stock and the rest of the classes that encompass the nationwide series.