Tonight's Class 5A District 6 football opener between bitter high school rivals Great Bend and Hays represents the full gamut.
Heading into the final matches before the postseason, the Great Bend High School volleyball team is set to challenge Western Athletic Conference foes at the conference tournament in Liberal on Saturday.
Let the intensity begin, and forgive the Great Bend High School Panthers football team if they're fired up more than usual today on campus.
KINSLEY - Macksville High School's Lisa Penner and Henry Penner each finished second in the girls and boys cross-country races, respectively, on Thursday evening.
GARDEN CITY - Great Bend High School senior Chon Chavez established himself as an All-Western Athletic Conference selection, and junior Kaitlynn Tuey was named honorable mention during a WAC meet on Thursday evening.
Make no mistake about it, Hays High School possesses the most explosive offense Great Bend has faced all season.
When it comes to high school football rivalries, one will be hard-pressed to find one more bitter than Great Bend and Hays.
The Great Bend High School girls' tennis team is looking for experience to help this postseason after sending two entries to the Class 5A state tournament last year.
Now comes the biggest part of the season.
ST. JOHN - The St. John High School volleyball team swept its triangular on Tuesday evening.
RUSSELL - The Hoisington High School girls' golf team finished third at a Class 3-1A regional tournament at the Russell Municipal Golf Course.
DODGE CITY - The Great Bend High School boys' soccer team shut down Western Athletic Conference foe Dodge City on Tuesday evening.
SALINA - As the final scores started trickling in at the Salina Municipal Golf Course clubhouse late Monday afternoon, Maddie Werth began to feel at ease.
The Great Bend High School junior varsity football team improved to 4-2 on the season on Monday night, beating Garden City's freshman team 20-7.
NICKERSON – Larned High's hitting is so dominating, their defense and pitching is often overshadowed.
Great Bend senior catcher Dakota Sanders will be taking her talents to Overland Park next spring.
HAYS- Thomas More Prep recorded its sixth shut out of the season as the Monarchs defeated Great Bend, 3-0 Thursday.
HUTCHINSON- GBMS seventh grader Gage Fritz saddled four medals including a pair of golds to help lead the boys middle school track and field team at Thursday's Todd Thurston Invitational.
Due to inclement weather forecasted for the area today, this evening's home soccer game between Great Bend and Manhattan has been postponed until Monday, May 11 at Cavanaugh Fields. Start time is 4 p.m.
HUTCHINSON- Make it six, please! Shaking off some mid season fatigue, the Great Bend girls swim team swiped another gold finish and their sixth straight of the season at Thursday's quadrangular at Hutchinson.
BUHLER- Due to inclement weather forecasted for this afternoon, today's GBHS track and field meet at Buhler has been postponed and moved to Tuesday, April 28.
Due to inclement weather forcasted for the area today, this afternoon's jv baseball contest at Veterans Park between Great Bend and Hays has been postponed. A makeup date is yet to be determined.
ELLINWOOD- Ellinwood track standout McKenna Rugan will be taking her talents to Emporia State next season. Rugan has won seven state track medals her first three years with the Eagles. She has been a part of three school records in the 4x100, 4x400, and 4x800 meter relays. McKenna was also on three state runner up teams: two in cross country, one in track. Rugan is the fifth Ellinwood track athlete to sign in the last two years. She is the seventh to be offered a scholarship.
Keely Ireland scored on an assist by Alondra Garcia but it was the only offensive momentum Great Bend could muster as the Panthers fell to visiting Garden City Tuesday in double overtime, 2-1.
A 10-0 win in Great Bend's WAC series opener against Dodge City was just the tip of the iceberg for what the Panthers had in store for their guests. The home team pounded out 13 hits in game two and coasted to a 17-0 blowout of the Demons to claim a 2-0 sweep.
Despite a 10-6 hitting margin by the opposition, Great Bend turned up the heat with eight runs over three innings to take a 9-5 victory overall Scott City in the Panthers' home opener Tuesday. Great Bend mustered only four hits in game two against Thomas More Prep (Hays) as the Monarchs claimed a 6-3 win giving the Panthers a 1-1 split.
In only their second meet of the month the Great Bend jv boys track and field team mustered 58 points and a third place finish out of six teams at their home invitational Tuesday. Garden City and Dodge were the top two finishers with 243 and 147 points. Liberal (41), Hays (40) and Hutchinson (30) rounded out the bottom six in order.
ST. JOHN- It was a silver Tuesday for St. John's jv boys and girls track and field teams.