The Great Bend Panther 11 under baseball team finished up league play on June 25 in Larned. The Panthers earned a league championship with a 14-2 league record. They also qualified for the NBC State tournament to be held in Great Bend on July 10 and 11.
Great Bend United FC U14 team traveled to Kearney, NE this past weekend to participate in the Kearney Invitational. They placed second in the tournament losing against the Cyclones 4-2. Final standings were 2-1-1.
HAYS- The Barton Bullets took second place in the Hays Sizzlin' Summer Basketball Tournament June 20-21. The Bullets lost in the championship game to the State-line Buckets. Pictured are coach Bryce Beck, Trent Stueder, Payton Doll, Reece Morss, Marcus Schmeidler, Blake Penka, Brock Blessing, coach Nick Warren, coach Kaylie Doll, Braxton Donovan, Alex Schremmer, Calan Haberman, Aaron Stein and coach Kelsie Doll.
DEFLATEGATE is back in the news this week as the Golden Boy, Tom Brady, made his appeal to the other Golden Boy, Roger Goodell, the commissioner of the National Football League. Most of the media has already convicted Brady and, based on the information WE HAVE BEEN GIVEN, Brady seems to have been caught with his hand in the cookie jar. We don't always get ALL of the information. Remember though, the NFL hierarchy has not had a good year and they might have reached a little too far in hopes of showing that they MUST enforce the integrity ...
BUHLER- The Great Bend Chiefs dropped both ends of a doubleheader Tuesday night to host Buhler. Great Bend fell in the first contest 11-1 and dropped a 9-5 decision in game two. Brady Michel was the leading hitter in the series for the Chiefs batting five for six including a homerun. Great Bend falls to a game below .500 at 9-10 and will face El Dorado in a single game at McPherson on Friday at 2 p.m. The Chiefs will then square off against Ark City on Saturday at 5 p.m. also at McPherson. Saturday's contest is ...
Curry Sexton and Jake Waters are ready to give back to the state that gave them so much during their collegiate careers. This week, Sexton and Waters, one of K-State's most impactful and productive QB/WR combos, revealed the dates of the summer football camps they will be doing as part of Kansas Gridiron Greats, which targets players from 1st to 12th grade and launched its website (www.KansasGridironGreats.com). Sexton and Waters will be coming to Hoisington for a camp on June 27th. The camp is a fundamentals camp welcome to football players of all positions.
PRATT- It was a very rewarding Father's Day for the dad's of the Barton Bandits 13U baseball team. Behind exceptional pitching the Bandits successfully defended back-to-back tournament titles at the 2015 Smoky Ford Wood Bat Tournament held this weekend at the Green Sports Complex in Pratt.
HAYS- The Golden Belt swim team recorded a first place finish at last weekend's meet in Hays. Aubrey Snapp placed first in all her events. Cal Dunekack and sister Camryn were standouts as well. Phane Pedigo and Dawson Clark were leaders in the high school boys events. All swimmers improved their times swimming in a 50 meter pool.
The Barton Blazers took second place in the Shawnee Mission/Overland Park Premiere basketball tournament. The Blazers defeated the Reno County Elite, Beastmode, Bobcats, and CNBA. They lost in the championship game to Missouri Flight. The Blazers will be playing at home this coming weekend in the Great Bend MAYB tourney. Players include, Brock Skelton, Evan Campbell, Nick Wondra, Chance Sanger, Ray Kuhlman, Connor Griffith, Sam Ryan, and JJ Heredia.
The Great Bend Chiefs split a Friday night doubleheader with Hutchinson at the Great Bend Sports Complex. Great Bend fell in the opening game of the series by a score of 9-8. The Chiefs regrouped and delivered a 13-3 routing of the visitors in game two for the 1-1 split. Friday's second game was called in the fourth by virtue of the mercy rule. At 9-8 on the season Great Bend will face Buhler to start a five-game road swing on Tuesday, June 23. The doubleheader will begin at 4 p.m. The Chiefs return to the Great Bend ...
The Great Bend Middle School 8th grade boys wrapped up their four-day summer basketball camp. The boys worked hard all week and look forward to a great upcoming season of basketball. The boys will be led by coach Schmidd.
RUSSELL- The Great Bend Chiefs fell to their Russell counterparts by scores of 13-3 and 3-1 Wednesday night. The Chiefs fall to 8-7 on the season and will tangle with Hutchinson Friday night in doubleheader play at the Great Bend Sports Complex. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m.
The sports world is not unique to it but they are, perhaps, the best practitioners of it. I'm talking about recycling. The practice of recycling old coaches, old administrators, athletes too. Fire a coach here and he pops up as the head man somewhere else. Kick a general manager out and he becomes the brains somewhere else. The sports world is a very small fraternity. The latest example of this is the naming of Lew Perkins to the Board of Directors of USA Boxing, the governing body that oversees amateur boxing, including Gold Gloves and USA Olympic boxing.
The Great Bend Chiefs and former Barton Cougar Roger Ward are off to an 8-5 start. Ward, coaching the team this summer, is right at home with a baseball nearby. A star player for Barton he went on to play on a very good Kentucky team in 1992, reaching as high as No. 7 in the nation that season.
June 16, 2015|
MIKE MARZOLF, Special to the Tribune