Lady Bulldogs snap long losing skid

Arkansas City High School junior goalkeeper Regan Branch, left, keeps her eye on the ball on a short one-on-one shooting attempt by Winfield junior Emily Randall in the second half in 2019 at Bulldog Stadium. Branch managed to save the point-blank shot, one of 19 saves on the day.

For the Arkansas City High School girls soccer team, Thursday afternoon’s 2-1 triumph against Winfield was more than a shot of redemption against their arch rivals in the annual home-and-away series.

Ark City snapped a 25-game losing skid Thursday at Bulldog Stadium while finally getting over the hump.

The Lady Bulldogs (1-14) ended a drought that dated to April 9, 2018 when the Lady Bulldogs beat Winfield 1-0. The skid included a 5-1 loss on April 11 at Winfield this year, as well as a 2-1 setback on May 9, 2-18 at home last season.

Sophomore Brandy Barron gave Ark City a 1-0 lead Thursday with an assist from senior Alli Riedl five minutes into the match, Barron’s third goal of the season.

Winfield tied it less than a minute later on a breakaway by senior Michaela Seahorn, and the teams went into the halftime intermission knotted 1-1.

Riedl gave the Lady Bulldogs the lead for good 11 minutes into the second half when Riedl’s corner kick bent into the net, her second of the season.

Riedl and Barron are tied for the most goals in school history with four.


State semifinals

TOPEKA — Arkansas City High School senior Pierce Klaassen rolled into the championship semifinals Friday at the KSHSAA Class 5A State Boys Tennis Championships at the Kossover Tennis Center.

Klaassen will meet Adam Burke of St. James this morning for the right to play for the 5A State title.

PRATT — Winfield High School seniors Zach Butler and Tayton Thomson-Donham advanced to the championship semifinals Thursday on Day 1 of the KSHSAA Class 4A State Boys Tennis Championships at the Walter Blake Tennis Complex.

Butler and Thomson-Donham meet Patrick Cashman and Andrew Ladwig of Bishop Miege in the semifinals today.

No-no perfecto

Arkansas City High School’s baseball team is ranked No. 1 in the state in Class 4A Division I. The pitching staff has much to do with that.

Junior Garrett VanDeventer and senior Andrew Brautman combined on a four-inning perfect game Thursday afternoon, leading the Bulldogs to a 15-0 victory against arch rival Winfield at City Ball Park.

VanDeventer (6-0) retired all nine batters he faced before giving way to Brautman, who sent the Vikings down in order in the top of the fourth.

Junior Brice Nittler, who had the honor of catching the perfect game, stroked a two-run single in the bottom of the first inning.


Pitchers’ duel

Though the result was similar, the outing was vastly different for the Winfield High School softball team.

Solid pitching and defense went for naught for the Lady Vikings, who fell to arch rival Arkansas City 3-1 in the second game of a home-and-away series Thursday afternoon at the ACHS Sports Complex.

Winfield starter Abby Cantrell went the distance in the circle and suffered the tough-luck loss after scattering seven hits. She struck out one and did not walk a batter, allowing only two earned runs.

Ark City freshman Hadley Colquhoun tossed a magnificent complete-game two-hitter, striking out seven without issuing a walk.

Colquhoun retired the first nine batters she faced before Aleigha Gale broke up the perfect game with a two-out single to center.


Mother Nature wins

The Winfield High School softball team was seeking revenge Thursday in the second game of the annual home-and-away series between the Lady Vikings and arch rival Arkansas City.

Mother Nature had other ideas.

The Lady Vikings were leading 4-1 and coming to bat in the top of the fourth inning when a lightning strike in the distance beyond left field was close enough to warrant a halt to the action just 43 minutes into the game at the ACHS Sports Complex.

When weather radar indicated a large storm system moving in roughly 30 minutes later, school officials decided to permanently halt the game.

Ark City took the first game of the series 10-8 on Tuesday at the Broadway Recreation Complex.


Lady Tigers 11th

TUCSON, Ariz. — The Cowley College women’s tennis team finished in the same spot it was ranked entering the NJCAA Division I Championships, placing 11th out of 28 teams.

Cowley’s No. 3 doubles team of freshmen Barbara Broville and Maria Zimmerman lost to Broward College’s Anastasia Goncharova and Isidora Petkovic 6-1, 6-0 in semifinal action.

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