Wildcats advance to State baseball tourney

Oxford High School junior Dakota Mitchell avoids the tag by Cedar Vale/Dexter catcher Logan Wallace to score on a wild pitch in 2017 in the championship game of the Class 2-1A Regional Tournament in Sedan.

SEDAN — The Oxford High School baseball team is returning to the Big Show.

The Wildcats punched their tickets to the KSHSAA Class 2-1A State Tournament with a 14-4 victory against Cedar Vale/Dexter in the championship game of the 2-1A Regional tourney Tuesday.

The Wildcats (20-1), ranked fourth in the recent Kansas Baseball Coaches Association poll, lost just one game all season, a 5-1 setback April 27 in the first game of a doubleheader at then-No. 5-ranked Cedar Vale/Dexter.

Dalton Silhan (5-0) went four innings on the mound to earn the victory. Cal Shimkus and Grant Smith each tossed an inning of relief.


Lady Eagles ousted

OXFORD — The Udall High School softball team came up just short in its bid for a berth in the KSHSAA Class 2-1A State Tournament, falling to Sedan 12-11 in the championship game of the 2-1A Regional tourney Tuesday.


Victory at Nationals

CLINTON, Miss. — The seventh-seeded Cowley College softball team overcame an early seven-run deficit Wednesday afternoon against No. 10-seed Danville Area Community College to defeat the Lady Jaguars 10-8 in the first round of the NJCAA Division II Tournament at Traceway Park. 

Freshman second baseman Heidi Nitsch went 3 for 4 and drove in four runs for Cowley. She delivered a go-ahead two-run single in the bottom of the sixth inning to complete the comeback from a 7-0 deficit.


KCAC honors

Three Southwestern College softball players have been named to the 2017 Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference team.

Peyton Timmerman, Whytleigh Guerrero and Paige Hall were named to the annual postseason team, announced May 5 by conference officials.

Timmerman was a second-team selection this year. The utility player from Ozark led the Lady Builders offensively, posting a .338 batting average and a .404 slugging percentage. Timmerman drove in 18 runs and stole three bases on the season.

In the pitching circle, Timmerman posted a 4.51 earned-run average and struck out 37 in 107 innings. Timmerman started every game for the Lady Builders in the 2017 season.

Guerrero earned honorable mention as an infielder. Guerrero finished with a .296 average and a .341 slugging percentage. Guerrero, a junior from Stroud, Okla., drove in 14 runs and stole two bases. She also started every game for the Lady Builders.

Hall also earned honorable mention in the infield. The Miami, Okla., junior batted .333.


On to Regionals

LEON — Udall High School junior Joshua Fielder captured two gold medals Thursday at the Class 2A Regional Championships at Leon-Bluestem High School.

Central of Burden took home three gold medals in the 16-team meet.

Fielder won the 400-meter run in a season-best 51.51 seconds, and leaped 41 feet, 3 inches to win the triple jump. Fielder’s season high in the triple jump is 43-10.

Central senior Caitlin Mannon won the discus with a season-high throw of 111-11. Mannon placed third in the shot put (33-8 1/2). Her season best in the shot is 34-3.

Central junior Clayton Cook punched his ticket to State in two events as well, including a gold medal in the discus. Cook threw the orb a season-best 146-11 to take the district title. Cook placed third in the shot put (44-1 1/2). His season best in that event is 46-10 1/2.

Central sophomore Chance Cook won the pole vault, clearing 12-6. Senior Michael Vaught was runner-up, clearing 12-6.

Udall junior Michaela Mosqueda tied her season best by clearing 9 feet in the pole vault, finishing second to Hayley Cole of Olpe (10-0). Central junior Breanna Williams qualified by placing third (8-0), tying her season best.

Mosqueda qualified in the shot put with a fourth-place finish (32-7 1/2), hitting her season best.

Udall junior Whitney Leiblie punched her ticket in the high jump with a third-place finish (4-10), tying her season best.

Central sophomore Challen Jimenez qualified in the boys 3,200 by placing fourth (11:00.34).

Udall junior Corbin Goodson qualified in the triple jump after placing fourth (34-0 1/4) with a season best. Teammate Melayna Adams, also a junior, qualified in the 300 hurdles (53.73) with a fourth-place finish. Adams scored a point with a sixth-place finish in the high jump (4-4).


Cowley strikes gold

EL DORADO — Cowley College freshman Thais Lindemayer Gomes, the NJCAA Division I national indoor champion in the pole vault, made it a clean sweep by capturing the outdoor national title in the event Thursday at the NJCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships at the BG Products Veterans Sports Complex on the campus of Butler Community College. 

Gomes cleared a personal best 11-11 3/4 in the event to earn 10 team points. Fellow freshman Annie Kelley placed fifth in the pole vault (10-6), while Bayley Holt finished in a tie for seventh (10-0). Both Kelley and Holt earned USTFCCA All-American honors.


Extra innings

CLINTON, Miss. — The No. 6-seeded Cowley College softball team came back from a four-run deficit Friday morning to defeat ninth-seeded Illinois Central 8-5 in nine innings to stay alive at the NJCAA Division II National Tournament.

The Lady Tigers scored three in the top of the fourth to take a 5-4 lead.

Ashton Friend singled leading off the inning and scored on a two-run home run by sophomore Lindsey Webb. Skyler Maga followed with a solo homer.

Cowley sophomore Logan Wenzel tossed a complete-game, four-hit shutout Wednesday in a 3-0 victory against 11th-seeded Madison (Wis.) in the first round.

Sophomore Heidi Nitsch stroked an RBI double in the bottom of the third inning and freshman Skyler Maga lofted a two-run homer in the sixth. Maga had two of Cowley’s five hits.

Wenzel (19-6) struck out seven and walked one.



The Class 4A D-I No. 1-ranked Arkansas City Bulldogs swept their way to the Regional title and a berth in the Class 4A D-I State Baseball Tournament, set for May 24-25 at Soden’s Grove in Emporia.

The Bulldogs defeated Wellington 4-1 in the championship game Wednesday afternoon after topping the host Vikings 10-1 in the semifinals at the Broadway Sports Complex.

Senior Hunter O’Toole pitched six shutout innings in the title game, giving up four singles and two walks while striking out seven.


Swimming to State

Four Winfield High School seniors will end their high school career at the KSHSAA Class 5-4-3-2-1A State Swimming & Diving Championships today and Saturday at the Topeka Capitol Natatorium.

Sophomore Emaleigh Martin punched her ticket to the Big Show, along with two Lady Vikings’ relay teams.

Those four events made the cut after consideration times were determined by the KSHSAA.

Senior Kayla Wampler will compete in the 200-yard individual medley, where she is seeded 17th with a season-best 2 minutes, 32.38 seconds.


Off to the Big Show

WICHITA — Arkansas City High School senior AJ Wilson, the reigning Class 4A State champion in the 400-meter run, will have an opportunity to make it two State titles in a row next weekend at the KSHSAA Class 5A State Championships at Cessna Stadium on the campus of Wichita State University.

Wilson was the lone gold medalist for the Bulldogs on Thursday at the Class 5A Regional Championships at Wichita Northwest High School.

Wilson won the 400 in 49.85 seconds, a hair off of his season-best of 49.86. He was the only competitor to clear 50 seconds, with runner-up Jared McDavitt needing 51.12 seconds.


Doubly good at Nationals

TUCSON, Ariz. — Cowley College’s No. 1 doubles team of sophomores Bruno Hidaka Suiama and Angelo Yasuro Ito Tost defeated East Florida’s Adriel Azucey and Frederik Oervad 7-5, 7-5 in Thursday’s semifinal match at the NJCAA Division I Men’s National Championships.

The duo advanced to play for the National title Friday morning against the tandem of Alex Parker and Marcus Walters of Tyler Junior College.


Regional semifinals

WICHITA — In a rematch of last season’s Region VI championship game, the No. 2-seeded Cowley College baseball team enacted a measure of revenge on 11th-seeded Barton by run-ruling the Cougars 10-2 on Thursday at the Region VI Tournament at Eck Stadium on the campus of Wichita State University.

Sophomore first baseman Daniel DeSimone stroked a pair of home runs, and Cole Larsen gave the Tigers (43-12) another solid outing on the mound.

DeSimone, a transfer from Oklahoma State University, crushed a solo homer off the scoreboard to push Cowley’s lead to 6-1 in the bottom of the fifth.

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