Winfield High School sophomore Jacob George returned from knee surgery in time for his home meet.
He made the most of it.
George captured individual medalist honors Thursday at the Winfield Invitational under cloudy skies at Quail Ridge Golf Course.
Both the Vikings and Arkansas City Bulldogs fielded young but complete teams at the 13-team meet, won by Newton (352) by four strokes over runner-up Derby.
George opened with a 39, tied for third on the leaderboard with Zach Engelken of Newton, one shot behind Derby’s Tre Cornwell and two off the pace of Ark City sophomore Trent Sutherland.
That made for a spirited finish.
George came in with a 40 on the backside, while Sutherland struggled to a 42. Meanwhile, Derby’s Cole Francis matched near-even rounds of 40 and 39, leaving George, Francis and Sutherland tied atop the leaderboard, each with a 79.
Two strokes back was a three-way tie between Carson Hager of Wichita Heights, Engelken and Cornwell.
The top three golfers headed back to the No. 1 hole for a playoff.
George and Francis recorded par on the playoff, but a bogey left Sutherland in third place.
As darkness crept upon the links, it was decided to have a drop 60 yards from the hole, and George was closest to the pin for the victory.
Gold for Bulldogs
TOWANDA — Arkansas City High School seniors Taylor Meinen and AJ Wilson captured gold medals Thursday at the nine-team Circle Invitational.
Meinen won the girls 300-meter hurdles in 49.79 seconds, and took the silver in the triple jump, leaping 31 feet, 8 3/4 inches for second, one spot ahead of teammate Morgan Gonzales.
The reigning Class 4A State champion in the 400, Wilson won that event in 49.86 seconds and was runner-up in the 100 in 11.36 seconds, a photo finish with gold medalist Cole Diffenbaugh of Mulvane (11.35).
Sophomore Brock Merz collected three silver medals in individual competition. Merz was runner-up in the 110 hurdles (16.26), the 300 hurdles (42.28) and the triple jump (38-8 3/4).
Tigers near title
CHANUTE — The No. 11-ranked Cowley College baseball team moved to within one game of capturing its third straight Jayhawk East title Thursday by splitting a doubleheader at Neosho County.
The Tigers dropped the opener 6-3, but cruised to an 11-2 triumph in the nightcap.
Sophomore Grady Davenport, playing his first games since breaking his collarbone more than a month ago, hit a two-run homer in the first inning of the nightcap.
Freshman Hunter O’Toole started on the mound and allowed four hits and two runs in 2 2/3 innings. O’Toole struck out two and walked none, and has 32 strikeouts and only five walks in 26 innings.
Arkansas City High School freshman Trent Sutherland lost a playoff for the championship Thursday at the Winfield Invitational at Winfield Country Club.
Sutherland fired a 79, matching the score of Chanute’s Clete Carlson for tops on the leaderboard. Carlson took the gold medal in the playoff.
Winfield freshman Jacob George earned a medal on his home course, firing near-even rounds of 46 and 45 to tie for eighth with a 91.
No-no for Enderud
DEXTER — Udall High School senior Chloe Enderud recorded 11 of her 15 outs by strikeout while tossing a five-inning no-hitter Thursday afternoon in a 15-0 victory at Cedar Vale/Dexter in the first game of the final South Central Border League softball regular-season doubleheader.
Little sister Emma Enderud limited the host Lady Spartans to just four hits in an 11-3 victory in the nightcap.
Wiley tosses gem
ROSALIA — South Haven High School sophomore Cynae Wiley struck out 14 batters Tuesday in the first game of a Walter Johnson League softball doubleheader at Flinthills, then homered in the nightcap to lead the Lady Cardinals to a sweep of the twinbill.
South Haven took the opener 3-0 and won the nightcap 8-6.
Wiley struck out six straight batters in the second and third innings of the opener, then struck out four in a row in the sixth and seventh. She scored two of the three runs, as well.
In the nightcap, Wiley tripled in the top of the first inning, walked in the second and doubled in the fourth before stroking a leadoff home run in the sixth. She missed hitting for the cycle by a single, but finished 3 for 3 with three runs.
Senior Alaina Resendez had two hits, including a double, while sophomore Mariah Meyer also doubled for the Lady Cardinals (12-5, 11-5 WJL).