Southwestern runner captures National title

Southwestern College junior Taylor Needham leaps the final hurdle in 2017 en route to the National championship, finishing the race in 59.92 seconds at the NAIA Outdoor National Championships in Gulf Shores, Ala.

GULF SHORES, Ala. — Southwestern College junior Taylor Needham captured the National championship in the 400 hurdles on the final day of the NAIA Outdoor National Championships.

After qualifying in the final event Thursday, Needham competed as one of the best eight hurdlers in the NAIA. The Cheney native finished the race in 59.92 seconds, winning All-American status as well as the National title.


Comeback Kids

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — The No. 6-ranked Cowley College baseball team knocked off third-ranked Crowder College (Mo.) 11-5 on Tuesday to remain alive at the JUCO World Series.

The Tigers faced elimination following a close 12-11 loss to Wabash Valley (Ill.) on Monday night, but returned to the field just 16 hours later. 

Backup catcher Payne McCutcheon took advantage of his opportunity to start with three hits, including a double, driving in one. McCutcheon also threw out Elvis Peralta trying to steal second, the only attempted base stealer in the game.


Reaping rewards

Arkansas City High School pitcher Hunter O’Toole capped his junior season with all-league first-team honors in voting by Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail League Division II coaches.

O’Toole also received honorable mention as a third baseman.

O’Toole compiled a 5-1 record with a 1.36 earned-run average on the mound for Ark City. 

He completed four of his starts, giving up 34 hits and just nine walks in 36 innings, with a team-high 27 strikeouts. Opponents compiled a .252 batting average against him.

At the plate, O’Toole batted .290 (18 for 62) with 18 runs and 10 RBI. He drew a team-high 18 walks and tied for the team lead being hit by pitches four times. O’Toole stole three bases in four attempts.

Seniors Mikeal Segree, Harley Weston and Mason Flower, along with junior Andrew Brautman, were named to the second team.

Junior Cade Gonzales was named honorable mention in two spots, at pitcher and at third base.


Lion’s share

The Class 4A State champion Arkansas City High School baseball team earned 10 all-league awards, including three on the first team, in balloting by Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail League Division II coaches.

Senior Hunter O’Toole was named Pitcher of the year, while Bucher collected Coach of the Year honors.

The Bulldogs captured a share of the AV-CTL D-II title with a 10-2 record, sharing the crown with Andover Central.

The Bulldogs captured the 4A D-I Regional title and a berth in the KSHSAA Class 4A D-I State Tournament, where they held the No. 1 seed.

Ark City then stormed to the State title, winning three games while giving up a combined one run and six hits, while not committing an error in State tourney play.

One of those games was a 1-0 walk-off thriller against Andover Central in nine innings in the State semifinals.

In addition to his first-team award as a pitcher, O’Toole earned second-team honors at third base.

Junior pitcher Garrett VanDeventer also was named to the first team. VanDeventer finished with a perfect 8-0 record and a 1.17 ERA.

Senior Andrew Brautman was also named to the first team as a utility player.

Senior Cade Gonzales earned two second-team nods, at pitcher and shortstop. Seniors Chase Watkins and Nate Spencer both earned second-team nods in the outfield. Junior catcher Brice Nittler was a second-team pick after finishing second on the team with a .397 average.

Junior second baseman Halen David earned second-team honors after leading the team with a .418 average.


Five Lady Vikings

The Winfield High School girls soccer team saw five players earn all-league honors in voting by Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail League Division III-IV coaches.

Sophomore Emily Randall was named to the all-league second team at forward.

Sophomore Sydney Russell earned all-league second-team as a midfielder.

Junior Michaela Seahorn earned honorable mention at forward. Sophomore Kodi Salsman was an honorable mention defender, while senior Brynna Pegorsch was an honorable mention goalkeeper.


Cowley reaps rewards

Fresh off winning a second straight Jayhawk East title and District E Championship, the No. 7-ranked Cowley College softball team reaped the rewards with nine players named to the All-Conference team and six named All-Region District E.

Pitcher Ashton Friend was named Jayhawk East Freshman of the Year, while Jenny Hoyt was named the Jayhawk East Coach of the Year for the second consecutive season.

OtherAll-Conference and All-Region first-team selections were sophomore first baseman Randi Hamilton (.399, 20 doubles, 54 RBI) and sophomore shortstop Heidi Nitsch (.394, nine HR, 57 RBI).

Sophomore outfielders Brianna Fuchs (.416, 11 doubles, 44 stolen bases) and Kacia Hilty (.438 average, 21 doubles, 46 RBI) were named All-Region first team and All-Conference second team, as was sophomore catcher Lindsay Webb (.432, 11 HR, 43 RBI).

Freshman second baseman LaTaylah Perez (.377, 28 RBI, 25 stolen bases) joined the All-Conference first team, while sophomore pitcher Logan Wenzel (19-6, 2.66 ERA) was named to the All-Region and All-Conference second team.


More Tigers honors

The No. 5-ranked Cowley College baseball team was rewarded with 10 players on the Jayhawk East All-Conference team, as well as seven on the All-Region squad.

Freshman outfielder Alex Peterson shared Jayhawk East Most Valuable Player honors with Fort Scott sophomore Andrew Morrow. Peterson also was named Freshman of the Year.

Freshman Andrew Roach was named the Jayhawk East Pitcher of the Year.



After 1,254 wins, 18 Jayhawk Conference Eastern Division titles, eight trips to the Junior College World Series and back-to-back World Series titles in 1997 and 1998, Cowley College baseball head coach Dave Burroughs was inducted into the NJCAA Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame during the JUCO World Series banquet on May 25 in Grand Junction, Colo.


State medal

DODGE CITY — Winfield High School sophomore Jacob George didn’t get to finish the season on his home course, as expected — Mother Nature took care of that.

George took home the medal for 13th place Wednesday at the KSHSAA Class 4A State Championships.

He finished with an 81.


Pitch Perfect

Arkansas City High School grad Garrett VanDeventer was named Pitcher of the Year in balloting by Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail League Division II baseball coaches.

Sophomore second baseman-pitcher Owen Bucher, who combined with VanDeventer on that one-hit shutout against Winfield, also was named to the first team.

Sophomore Haden O’Toole was named to the all-league second team at two positions.

O’Toole compiled a 3-2 record with two saves on the mound with a 2.15 ERA and made a team-high 11 appearances on the bump. He gave up nine earned runs and 26 hits in 29 1/3 innings, with 31 strikeouts and just nine walks.

The third baseman also batted .364 (24 for 66) with 17 runs and 11 RBI.

Senior catcher Brice Nittler also was named to the second team.

In tough competition at shortstop, recent grad Halen David earned honorable mention despite a .382 average and team-highs in at-bats (84), runs (21), hits (26) and doubles (8). Recent grad Austin Hensley received honorable mention as a pitcher.


WJL honors

Six members of the Walter Johnson League regular-season champion Cedar Vale/Dexter baseball team were rewarded with all-league first-team honors in voting by league coaches.

Recent grad Jasper Young and junior Devin Catlin anchored the all-league first-team pitching staff.

They were joined on the first team by recent grad Brady Snyder, juniors Arik Artherton and Jimmy Rock, and sophomore Brogan Myers.

Central of Burden saw four players reach all-league status, one on the first team. Udall placed two players, one on the first team, while Oxford had one player earn all-league accolades.

The Raiders, who like Cedar Vale/Dexter advanced to the Class 1A Regional semifinals, saw junior Brayden Irvin make the first team. Central grad Jacob Haws earned honorable mention at catcher, joining position players Hayden Powell, a recent grad, and freshman Ethan Powell.

Recent Udall grad Joshua Fielder, a two-time 1A State champion in track and field, earned a first-team nod, while junior catcher Kyler Roberts earned honorable mention.

Oxford junior catcher Hunter Norland also earned honorable mention.

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