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.
HUTCHINSON- For the first time this season the Panther girls swim team had a taste of silver. During Tuesday's six team meet at Hutchinson, Great Bend found themselves with a second place finish....a position they are unaccustomed after finishing in first place in their previous six meets.
BUHLER- Last Friday's track and field postponement at Buhler was never an issue for the Panther boys track and field team. In fact, it was just what the doctor ordered. Great Bend ended the day with a number of individual best performances for the season as the Panthers finished Tuesday's makeup with a total of 75 team points and a second place finish. Garden City was the top finisher with 89 points. The Panther out performed their counterparts from Hutchinson by a four point margin as the Salthawks finished third in the 12 team meet.
SALINA- Nick Reed posted second and third place finishes in the long jump and 200 meter run and helped lead the 4X400 relay to a second place slot at Monday's jv track and field meet hosted by Salina Central.
KANSAS CITY- According to John Madden, one knee equals two feet. For the Panther softball team, two Hunters equal one no-hitter. It was a perfect outing from the circle for Hunter Middleton and Hunter Marcum. Throw in a high octane hitting attack by the Panthers and the math adds up 20-0 blowout of Shawnee Mission West in Friday's opening round of the two-day Sunflower Classic.
MAIZE- Wet field conditions, stranded runners and six errors proved costly for Great Bend as the Panthers fell in a 9-3 regional decision Tuesday to Salina-South in Maize. Tuesday's regional was called in the fifth inning due to an increasingly wet playing surface as rain showers continued to cause havoc for grounds crews.
Due to inclement weather forecasted for the area, today's 5A Region 1 softball tournament at the Great Bend Sports Complex has been postponed and moved to Thursday, May 21. Starting times for the tournament remain as originally scheduled.
MAIZE- The Great Bend girls soccer team will face No. 3 seed Maize South (13-3) at 7 p.m. Tuesday evening in the girls 5A Region 3 tournament hosted by Maize South. Great Bend (4-11-1) is listed as the 14th seed. Other Region 3 competition includes 11th seed Liberal (5-10-1) taking on Andover Central (10-5-1, 6th seed) in a 5 p.m. contest at Andover Central Tuesday. The Region 3 championship game will be played at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 21 at Maize South.
The 2015 WAC champion Great Bend softball team will take on Emporia at 4:30 p.m. in the second round of the Region 1 tournament Tuesday, May 19. The Great Bend Sports Complex will be the venue for this year's regional. The Great Bend vs. Emporia matchup will follow the tournament opener between Wichita Heights and Maize South at 3 p.m. The championship game will take place at or around 6 p.m. that evening at GBSC.
Great Bend faced a formidable foe but proved up to the task as the Panthers took a 2-0 sweep over visiting Hutchinson to close out the regular season Thursday. Following a 6-2 victory in game one, the Panthers found themselves in a battle but were able to hold off a Salt Hawk rally late in the game to win the second contest, 2-1.