SALINA- The stakes were raised for Great Bend swimmers at Friday's Salina Invitational. Following a victorious quadrangular in Garden City earlier in the week, the Panther girls threw the momentum into high gear and recorded yet another first place finish at the 12-team Salina Invitational Friday.
GARDEN CITY- Great Bend used a three-inning drive in the middle of Tuesday's first game of a WAC doubleheader and held off a Buffalo rally in the final frame to beat Garden City, 7-4. Despite some defensive miscues in the second contest, the Panthers rounded up all 11 of their runs during another three-inning span and defeated Garden City in an 11-8 final.
Nine runs in the first inning provided a little foreshadowing for Tuesday's Western Athletic Conference opener between Class 5A power Great Bend and Liberal. The Lady Panthers needed just six innings to complete two 15-0 wins.
April 15, 2015|
MIKE COURSON, Special to the Tribune
Liberal High School boys track polled 136 points for a first place team finish at Tuesday's Great Bend Invitational. Of the six teams competing, Great Bend boys collected 121 team points and a second seed while Manhattan, Dodge City, Hays and Hoisington finished in order in the final standings. The Panther girls took fifth place with 58 team points and seven points above Liberal who finished last with 51. Dodge City was the top finisher in the girls division with 147 points.
DODGE CITY- A second half shoot over by junior mid fielder Alondra Garcia was all the visiting Panthers could muster as Great Bend dropped their second straight WAC road contest Monday night in Dodge City.
GARDEN CITY- Great Bend Middle School boys and girls track combined for 11 first place finishes at last week's Horace Good Meet. The girls posted 38 top three finishers while the Panther boys saddled 34 top three performances for a total of 72 medals for the day.
Following a 40-minute lightning delay in the second half, TMP's Kayla Vitztum connected with Bailey Hageman in the 42nd minute and propelled the Monarchs to a 3-0 victory over the Panthers Monday at Cavanaugh Fields.
DODGE CITY- Garden City polled 13 points to capture this year's Western Athletic Conference tennis title during the annual conference meet Monday. Host Dodge City recorded nine points to finish as runner up while the Panthers and Liberal tied for third with seven team points. Hays finished last with four points.
Due to wet field conditions, today's WAC baseball doubleheader between Great Bend and Dodge City has been postponed to Monday, May 11 at 4 p.m. The Panthers will participate in the Western Diamond Classic in Hays, May 7 and 9.
GREENSBURG- It was a golden start to the month of May for Ellinwood's girls track and field team as the Eagles finished with a 109-point house cleaning to win Friday's 16-team Kiowa County Invitational.
Editor's note: This is the first of a series about the 1955 GBHS state championship baseball team. Terry Knowles, a member of the 1955 Panthers, wrote the feature and, with teammates, recalls, 60 years later, that glorious season in the history of the GBHS baseball program. Look for part two of the feature in next Sunday's Tribune.
May 02, 2015|
TERRY KNOWLES, Special to the Tribune
LIBERAL- Late season injuries and youth are taking a toll on the Great Bend girls soccer team. Despite a 1-0 lead at the break, Great Bend was unable to hold the momentum over the closing period as the Panthers dropped a 3-1 decision on the road to Liberal in a makeup game Friday. On Thursday, the Panther's fell to Dodge City at home in a 1-0 final.
Jordan Haney wound up her collegiate career on Friday as Tabor College bowed out of the KCAC Softball Championships with a 4-0 loss to Bethany College. Haney hit one for three as the Bluejay's DP. For the season, Haney batted .318 after 129 at-bats, a third team best 41 hits and started in 45 of 47 games as a senior.