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.
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.
ELLINWOOD- The 4x800 relay team of Quincy Smith, Clay Cooper, Triston Long and Gerardo Calleros finished with a first place time of 8:40.57 at Thursday's Central Prarie League Meet. As a team, the Tiger boys placed seventh out of a nine-team competition with 44 points. Ness City was the top finisher at 98.
Due to wet field conditions today's Panther baseball games against Larned, originally scheduled to be played at home, have been moved to Larned's Moffett Field with the first pitched scheduled for 5 p.m. The JV games will be played at Jordaan Park in Larned.
SALINA- A long pass by Kaily Griffith to fellow sophomore Melanie Garcia set up an early goal but Great Bend would not be able to produce enough offensive push the rest of the way as the Panthers fell to Salina South, 3-1 in the second of a back-to-back Tuesday night.
Hunter Middleton broke two school records in Tuesday's 10-0 and 7-1 sweeping of visiting Thomas More Prep. The Panther senior recorded 12 strike outs in the first game and retired one more for good measure after an inning's work in game two to break the single season strikeout record with 137 for the season. Middleton also collected her 15th win of 2015 breaking another school record.