Three Larned tennis players are on their way to state, and the Hoisington and Ellinwood track teams continued their success last week...
The Cardinal tracksters were in action Friday at rival Ellinwood. The Hoisington boys finished second out of nine schools with 120 points. Lyons won with 128 points, and Sterling finished third with 87 points. After a win Tuesday in Lyons, the Lady Cardinals finished third in Ellinwood with 85.5 points. Southeast of Saline finished with 91 points, and Ellinwood won with 154.5 points.
“As our coaches say, since we don’t have quantity on our team, we must have quality,” said junior Savannah Rose of the eight-man Lady Cardinal roster that has put up respectable points in each meet this year.
“It always makes me feel good when we place high at meets because I know we all are working hard and getting to where we need to be to make it to state.”
Dustin Broeder won the shot put with a season best 50-10.75 throw to climb the list of the state’s top throws in 2011. Broeder also won the gold by six feet in the discus with a throw of 147-0.
The Cardinals dominated the hurdle events. Brandon Nuss won the 110m hurdles in 15.14, beating teammates Austin Stout (15.22), and Ben Stacey (15.37), who won the bronze and silver. Stacey won the 300m hurdles in 40.50, a top time in the state. Stout finished behind him in 41.47. Stacey also finished third in the 100 dash in 11.41, 0.30 seconds from the gold. Chance Demel picked up the bronze in the 800m run in 2:07.23. The team picked up two third place finishes in the 4x400m and 4x800m relays.
The Lady Cardinals again did well in the field events. Rose won the long jump at 15-11. Teammate Belle Brickley finished behind her at 15-6.5. Rose also won the gold in the triple jump at 33-11.25, winning by more than a foot. Brickley finished third at 32-10.50, the same distance as the silver medalist. Britany Axman finished second in the high jump at 5-00, just four inches from the lead.
Rose and Brickley continued to pick up points in the sprint events. Rose won the 400m dash in 1:01.86 by more than a second, and placed second in the 200m dash in 27.84, just 0.13 seconds off the lead. Brickley finished behind her in that race in 28.16.
“Me and Belle are very close, which makes track a lot more fun,” Rose said. “We always warm up for our events together and push each other to be the best we can be.”
The Eagle track teams hosted a nine-school meet on Friday. The Lady Eagles finished atop the pack with 154.5 points, well-ahead of second place Southeast of Saline’s 91 points. The Ellinwood boys finished fourth with 59 points. Lyons won the boys’ side with 128 points.
The Lady Eagles dominated the distance events. In the 800m run, Becca Strecker won in 2:32.89. Jenna Snell took the silver in 2:34.22, and Michelle Klepper finished third in 2:44.30. Snell won the mile by 12 seconds in 5:51.75. Paulina Montoya took the silver in 6:03.55. The pair again took the top two spots in the 3200m run with Snell winning in 13:02.46, and Montoya finishing in 13:17.13. Sophie Hayes won the 300m hurdles in 49.07, 0.73 ahead of the next racer. In the 100m dash, Becky Elsen finished second in 13.24 seconds, 0.06 seconds off the lead. Chelsea Day finished third in 13.33. The team also took the gold in the 4x100m and 4x800m relays, and finished second in the 4x400m relay. In the field, Elsen won the pole vault by clearing 7-6. Caylee Isern finished third at 6-6. Maria Tucker picked up the bronze in the discus.
For the boys, Pablo Montoya won the 3200m race by 23 seconds in 10:25.31. Patrick Ringering won the silver in the 200m dash in 23.61, 0.28 seconds from the gold. Kyle Clawson finished third in 24.00. Clawson picked up the silver in the long jump at 19-5.5, just three inches off the lead.
The Indian tennis team will make a nice presence at state after qualifying three teams in Friday’s Cimarron regional. Larned will be taking competitors in both singles events, as well as at No. 1 doubles. As a team, the Indians finished with 14 points, second only to Sterling’s 22 points.
Jeret Johnson posted a 2-1 record at No. 1 singles to finish in second place and qualify for state. Johnson blanked Southwestern Heights 6-0, 6-0, beat Meade 6-1, 7-6, and fell to Sterling in a well-contested 7-6 (7-2), 6-4 match.
Kevin Vonfeldt posted a 2-2 record at No. 2 singles to finish in fourth and earn his ticket to the state tournament. Vonfeldt easily got past Southwestern Heights 6-1, 6-3, and breezed by South Barber 6-2, 6-0. Vonfeldt struggled to a 6-1, 6-2 loss against Meade, and also dropped his match against Sterling 6-3, 6-4.
Jahman Hill and Roelof Pier also posted a 2-2 record at No. 1 doubles to finish in fourth and qualify. The pair dominated Cimarron 6-1, 6-0, and beat South Barber in three sets 6-1, 5-7, 10-6. The team battled Meade in a 5-7, 7-5, 7-5 loss, and fell to Sterling 6-1, 6-1.
The Monarch baseball team fell victim to its first sweep in two years Thursday at Great Bend’s Al Burns Memorial Field. A TMP comeback bid fell short in game one as Great Bend won 12-8, and the Panthers took game two 11-4 to complete the sweep of the No. 1 team in Class 3A.
The Monarchs lots two runs in the second inning of game one. Trailing 1-0 with two outs, Jacob Fouts hit a two-run triple to give TMP what appeared to be a 2-1 lead. Upon further review, Fouts was called out for being listed under the wrong jersey number on the lineup card, and the two runs were also taken away.
Great Bend (12-4) went on to take a 7-0 lead after four innings before TMP battled back with two runs in the fifth inning, and five runs in the sixth inning to tie the game 7-7. That tie was short-lived as the Panthers answered with five runs of their own in the sixth inning.
Pierce Schippers dropped to 2-1 with the game one loss. Colby Schippers led the Monarchs offensively with three hits, two RBIs, and a run. Fouts finished with two triples, and RBI, and a run. Dylan Schumacher had two hits and scored three times.
Great Bend put up three runs to start game two, scoring in the first five innings to take an 11-3 lead. The Monarchs cut into the gap with two runs in the third to trail 4-2, and another run in the fifth to trail 6-1, but the Panthers ended the drama in the bottom half of the fifth with five runs.
Nathan Zimmerman picked up the loss for TMP. Nick Hammeke led the way at the plate with a perfect 4-for-4 game with three runs scored.