I know, it's supposed to be "Dancing With The Stars" but, this week, it is more appropriate to call it "Fighting With The Stars". Last Sunday the high-flying Kansas City Royals and the resurgent Toronto Blue Jays got into a couple of bench-clearing "fights".
WICHITA- The Barton Blazers ended their summer season by placing seventh at nationals. The event was held in Wichita, KS. The Blazers went 5-3 over the three-day weekend. Players include: JJ Heredia, Nick Wondra, Chance Sanger, Dalton Miller, Evan Campbell, Brock Skelton, Sam Ryan, Ray Kuhlman, Connor Griffith and Mason Perez.
I see that Dennis Rodman has endorsed Donald Trump for President. Fitting? Kiss of death for Trump? Never one for the ordinary, Rodman-who maintains a friendship with the maverick North Korean leader Kim Jon Ung-and Trump do have a lot in common, even, perhaps, their politics. Both "shoot from the lip", both have wild and unruly hair and both have been at the top of their professions. I'm not sure how "The Donald" would look with lip, tongue and nose piercings!
McPHERSON- Anson Hall gave up a single late in the game while the offense delivered a 12-hit payload as the Great Bend Chiefs shutout the River Bandits of Oskaloosa 11-0 in day one of the AAA Legion State Tournament Wednesday.
While the Great Bend Chiefs have yet to discover their seeding or who their first opponent will be Wednesday one thing remains certain for coach Roger Ward. When asked about any changes heading into this week's Triple A State Tournament in McPherson, Ward stated no changes are in the works.
DODGE CITY- Roger Ward said it best. Seedings are lip service. The Great Bend Chiefs, entering this week's pool tournament in Dodge City as the lowest seed out of four teams, accentuated coach Ward's comment by sweeping through the competition with wins over top seeded Garden City Wednesday and host and third seed Dodge City Thursday by scores of 11-2 and 5-3.
DODGE CITY- Coach Roger Ward and his Great Bend Chiefs took care of business early Wednesday as Great Bend delivered an 11-2 pounding of top seeded Garden City. Anson Hall collected the complete game victory as the Chiefs improve their season record to 21-18. Garden City falls to 24-5 and will enter the consolation round of this week's double elimination tournament. In the other game from yesterday's opening round host and third seed Dodge City (29-12) defeated second seed Russell (24-7) by a score of 8-1.
MANHATTAN- Fourteen swimmers from The Golden Belt Barracuda's qualified for the District West Championship Meet in Manhattan last weekend. The 14 qualifiers joined teammates from the Western Kansas Swim team to compete against 25 other teams across Kansas.
The 42nd annual Kansas Shrine Football Bowl Game will be played Saturday, July 25th at 7:05pm at Fort Hays State University. The Golden Belt area will have three players on the roster; Layne Bieberle of Central Plans, Seth Owen of Hoisington and Sheldon Schmidt of LaCrosse.
DODGE CITY- Wednesday's opening round of the American Legion baseball post season will give coach Roger Ward an opportunity to gauge just how far the senior squad has developed as the Chiefs head into pool play at Dodge City.