Cowley College softball coach Jenny Hoyt, who led the Lady Tigers to a No. 11 national ranking, 40 wins and the Jayhawk East title, was named the Coach of the Year.
The Lady Tigers placed eight players on the all-conference team in voting by conference coaches.
Freshman second baseman Heidi Nitsch and freshman pitcher Logan Wenzel highlighted the list of all-conference selections with first-team honors.
Nitsch leads the Lady Tigers in triples (6) and walks (24), and is batting .385 with 14 doubles, 15 stolen bases and 30 RBI.
Wenzel is third nationally in wins (22) and has an earned-run average of 2.10.
Five players were named to the second team: sophomore first baseman Jolona Shield (.397, 9 HR, 61 RBI), freshman outfielder Brianna Fuchs (.387, 21 SB, 30 RBI), sophomore outfielder Emilee Baker (.459, .511 on-base, 62 SB), freshman catcher Lindsay Webb (.388, 8 HR, 38 RBI), and freshman pitcher Kacia Hilty (13-6, 2.71 ERA).
Sophomore outfielder Carly Gum received honorable mention after batting .344 with 13 doubles and 30 RBI.
WICHITA — The No. 2-seeded Cowley College baseball team outlasted 10th-seeded Fort Scott 7-5 in 10 innings Friday in the first round of the Region VI Tournament at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium.
After the Tigers rallied to go in front 5-3 with three runs in the top of the eighth inning, Fort Scott answered with two runs off closer Mason LeClair with two out in the bottom of the ninth to force extra innings.
In the top of the 10th, freshman Kea’von Edwards reached base for the fifth time after being hit by a pitch from Fort Scott reliever Joe Fragano (1-1).
Edwards advanced to third on a single by Ross Messina, then scored on an RBI single by pinch-hitter Jack Duke against pitcher Nathan Miller. Sophomore Joel Spain then executed a squeeze bunt to score Messina from third with Cowley’s seventh run.
Trailing 7-5, the Greyhounds had runners at second and third with nobody out in the bottom of the 10th before LeClair (3-0) enticed Mackay Williams to ground out and Mitch Sloan to hit into a double play to end the game.
Pioneer League honors
The Winfield Middle School eighth-grade and Arkansas City Middle School boys track and field team captured Pioneer League titles Tuesday at the Pioneer League Championships at Bulldog Stadium.
WMS seventh-grader Mikayla Konrade was the big winner among local athletes, capturing three gold medals in individual competition.
Konrade won the 100-meter hurdles in 18.71 seconds, took the 200 hurdles in 33.45 seconds and won the high jump with a leap of 4 feet, 8 inches.
The Lady Vikings also won the seventh-grade 4x200 relay in 2:11.36.
ACMS eighth-grader Haden O’Toole was a double gold medalist in individual competition.
O’Toole won the boys 200 in 25.11 seconds and the 400 in 56.64 seconds.
WMS eighth-grader Craig LaBrue also collected two individual gold medals.
LaBrue won the 1,600 in 5:11.44 and the 3,200 in 12:00.32.
Ark City eighth-grader Devon Watkins won the boys 100 hurdles in 15.92 seconds. Teammate Maximus Shannon took the shot put with a heave of 38-2.
The ACMS eighth-graders also won the 4x400 relay in 4:02.58.
Winfield eighth-grader Myles Jackson won the discus, throwing the orb 108-9. The eighth-graders also took the boys 4x200 relay in 1:48.82.
WMS eighth-grader Sophia Sisk took the 3,200 in 15:11.54. Teammate Katie Montoya won the girls discus with a throw of 82-8.
The Lady Vikings also won the eighth-grade 4x200 relay in 1:59.64.
Lance Blubaugh won the boys discus for the ACMS seventh-grade boys, throwing the orb 106-10.
The ACMS seventh-grade boys won three relay races. The Bullpups took the 4x100 (52.3), the 4x200 (1:52.54) and the 4x400 (4:09.47).
Mia Onelio was the victor in the seventh-grade girls 1,600, running the race in 6:07.16 for the Lady Bullpups.