HOISINGTON- The Hoisington Cardinal softball team struggled to a 1-5 start this year. This past Friday, the Cardinals were able to turn it around at home. After two come-from-behind wins over the defending Class 4A Division II State Champions from Pratt, the Cardinals moved their record to 3-5.
April 13, 2015|
GARY BOXBERGER, Special to the Tribune
WICHITA- The 4X400 relay team of Jeffery Muiruri, Mason YellowWolf, Ty Yager and Antonio Carrasco ran a season best 3:29 in the Elite Division and posted a first place finish to help the Panther track and field team to four of their seven gold medals at this week's Shocker Pre State Challenge.
RUSSELL- Russell's girls track and field team dominated the competition at Thursday's home meet with a first place finish and a final team score of 98 points out of five teams. Hutch Trinity, Ellsworth, Hoisington and Hays-TMP-Marian rounded out the rest of the competition with scores of 86, 67, 61 and 59.
GARDEN CITY- Turning to its senior leadership Thursday night, the Garden City girls soccer team scored three goals within a three minute span in the second half and added another score for good measure late in the period for a 4-0 shutout victory over visiting Great Bend.
Great Bend senior Jeff Mietler was selected to be on the All Kansas State Bowling team. The Panther captain ended the season with an average of 218. At the conclusion of the regular season, Jeff was named the Most Valuable Player in the WAC and was also named to the All WAC First Team. Mietler anchored the Great Bend boys to a regional runner-up finish and a third place finish at the state tournament.
April 09, 2015|
Special to the Tribune
ANDOVER- Morgan Kottas was perfect for the game hitting 3 for 3 including a pair of doubles in a 5-3 loss to Andover in the first round of a Tuesday doubleheader. The Panthers then went on a 12-run tirade in the second game and shutout the Trojans, 12-0 to split the series.
LIBERAL- Redskin ace Cole Evans pitched six innings allowing four hits and a run to lead Liberal to a 3-1 edging over visiting Great Bend in the first part of Tuesday's twin bill. The Panthers launched a late-game attack but could not overcome an early deficit and fell to Liberal 8-6 in the second game giving the Redskins the two-game sweep.
ELLINWOOD- Great Bend boys jv track finished with 77 team points and a fourth place finish out of nine teams at Tuesday's junior varsity meet in Ellinwood. Meanwhile the Panther girls jv finished sixth with 38 points.
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.
GARDEN CITY- A pair of home runs by senior Dakota Sanders added some needed momentum for the GBHS softball team as the Panthers edged host Garden City in the first of a WAC doubleheader Thursday. Great Bend then broke a 7-7 tie in game two with a two-run extra inning eighth to beat the Buffs 9-7 to earn the series sweep.
Following a two for three performance in Wednesday's opening game of the KCAC Softball Championship, Great Bend native and Tabor College senior Jordan Haney went one for two with an RBI on Thursday as the Bluejays posted 3-1 and 4-0 victories over Bethany College and Southwestern University. Tabor then fell to Kansas Wesleyan in a 7-0 shutout. Haney went 1-3 with a double in bottom of the sixth
HAYS- Hunter Middleton would be $110 richer for the number of opposing batters she has retired this season. Middleton combined for 13 strikeouts over a two-game span putting her well over the 100 season strikeout mark as visiting Great Bend swept Hays in a road makeup game Tuesday.
Tuesday's 14-1 opening round loss to Hays is an occasion coach Randy Beck and the Panthers would very much like to put out of their minds. They did. Following the defeat in the first round, the Panthers scattered ten runs over the third through sixth innings to take a 12-7 victory in the closer.
LARNED- St. John girls track and field team garnered 71 points and a third place finish out of seven teams at Tuesday's meet in Larned. Larned won the girls division with 148 team points. In boys competition, the Tigers finished in fourth place with 76 points while Thomas More Prep (Hays) won top honors with 147 points.