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.
LYONS- It was a tale of same endings for the St. John boys and girls track and field teams as they wrapped up competition Friday at the Lyons Invitational. With only a point's difference in the team scores both the boys and girls squads finished with identical fourth place seeds with the Tiger girls posting 92 team points in the final standings. The boys polled 91 points. Seven teams competed on both sides as Halstead took the crown in the girls division with 139 team points. Lyons was the top finisher for the boys at 122.
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.
WICHITA- Virtually anything that could go wrong did offensively for Great Bend as the Panthers dropped a 5-0 decision in the opening round of the state softball championships against Blue Valley West Thursday.
Due to heavy rains today's 2-1A state baseball championships have been postponed to a noon start. "We will immediately play the next game after," said Christina Hayes of the Great Bend Rec Commission. "Depending on how long the games take, we might or might not be on schedule." "The games will be possible in Great Bend, other locations might not be so lucky," said Jeremy Holliday, KSHSAA official.
Bryce Hofmeister, a sophomore at Dodge City Community College, will move on to the next level of his collegiate football career as the former Panther will become a Tiger this fall at Ft. Hays State University.
You can measure success for a high school and youth sports coach in a lot of different ways; number of state champions, number of athletes continuing their career in college with a scholarship and, most of all, having a positive impact on an adolescent's development. Cliff Burt exemplifies all of those categories and then some. A track coach in Great Bend for the past 35 years, 20 at the high school level, coach Burt has left his mark on the shot and discuss rings that will never be matched.
May 26, 2015|
CHRIS BURT, Special to the Tribune