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Winfield High School senior Gavin Crowe comes to the net with a forehand against Arkansas City junior Pierce Klaassen during the singles championship match in 2018 at the Class 4A Regional Championships at Independence. Both players qualified for the KSHSAA Class 4A State Championships.

INDEPENDENCE — The Arkansas City High School boys tennis team just about won it all Friday and Saturday at the two-day Class 4A Regional Championships.

Technically, the Bulldogs did win it all.

Ark City cruised to the team title, scoring 23 out of 58 points. The host Pirates were runners-up with 13 points, with the rest of the pack combining for 22 points. Three teams were shut out.

The Bulldogs qualified their entire team to the KSHSAA Class 4A State Championships, set for this Friday and Saturday at the T.H. Vaughan Tennis Center in Winfield.

Gavin Crowe, the only senior on the Vikings, will end his high school career in the friendly confines of his home courts.

The singles championship came down to Crowe and Ark City junior Pierce Klaassen.

Klaassen jumped ahead early in the championship tilt, finishing off a 6-2, 6-1 victory.

Junior Patrick McGee and sophomore Colby Klotz captured the title, but they had to eke out a grueling 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 victory against sophomore teammates Conner Hoag and Braden Hilario.


Eagles win team title

UDALL — The Udall High School boys track and field team won the team title Friday at the Udall Invitational.

Udall junior Joshua Fielder and sophomore Elexis Bates captured two gold medals apiece in individual competition.

The Eagles also won the boys 4x400-meter relay, finishing in 3 minutes, 57.2 seconds.

Fielder ran the 400 in 53.31 seconds to beat teammate Philip Howe (56.98). Fielder won the long jump with a leap of 20 feet, 3 1/2 inches. He was runner-up in the 100 (11.72).

Bates swept the girls long-distance events, winning the 1,600 in 6:27.33, defeating teammate Izzy Schoech (6:35.75). Bates took the 3,200 in 14:14.72.

Junior Corbin Goodson won the girls long jump, hitting 15-1 3/4. She was runner-up in the triple jump (33-11).

Junior Michaela Mosqueda took the pole vault, hitting 9 feet even. She placed third in both the long jump and shot put.

Ark City Christian Academy junior Iylland Smith won the 800-meter run in 2 minutes, 13.22 seconds, more than five seconds ahead of runner-up and teammate Joseph Jurkovich (2:18.48).

The Lions also won the boys 4x800 relay in 9:22.16 and placed second in the 4x400 relay (3:57.37).

Cedar Vale/Dexter junior Morgan Carson was tops in the boys 300-meter hurdles, finishing in 47.07 seconds.

Central of Burden captured seven gold medals in individual competition.

Senior Caitlin Mannon won the discus with a throw of 105 feet, 6 inches. Mannon also took the shot put, throwing the orb 33-2.

Junior Clayton Cook also took home gold medals in those two events.

Cook won the discus with a throw of 145-3 1/2 and won the shot put with a heave of 46-10 1/2.

Junior Clark Loewer won the 1,600-meter run in 5 minutes, 4.08 seconds. Sophomore Challen Jimenez took the 3,200 in 10:58.06, one spot ahead of Loewer (11:23.08).

Sophomore Chance Cook won the pole vault, leaping 12-9 1/2. The Raiders finished 1-2-3 in the event, with senior Michael Vaught hitting 12-0 to finish second. Junior Hunter Rierson (10-6) was third. Rierson also was third in the 100 hurdles.

South Haven sophomore Taylor McLain won the boys javelin, throwing the spear 133 feet, 5 1/2 inches. McLain was runner-up in the 1,600 (5:26.03).

Freshman Sydney Bacon ran the 400-meter run in 1 minute, 7.25 seconds to win.



Arkansas City High School senior Cooper Pierce singled home junior Brice Nittler with two out in the bottom of the eighth inning Friday night, leading the Bulldogs to a 4-3 triumph against Goddard and a sweep of their AV-CTL D-II doubleheader at City Ball Park.

The Bulldogs took the opener 11-2.

Junior Garrett VanDeventer (5-0) went the distance with a five-hitter in the opener. VanDeventer struck out seven and walked one, and did not allow an earned run.


Triangular sweep

WICHITA — Winfield High School senior Taylor Byerley had a monster night at the plate, and senior Abby Cantrell tossed a one-hit shutout as the Lady Vikings swept a softball triangular at the Two Rivers Youth Complex.

Winfield hammered Clearwater 17-7 in six innings of the opener and shut out Wichita East 10-0 in a four-inning nightcap.

Byerley combined to go 6 for 8 with a home run, two triples, two doubles, six runs and eight RBI in the two games.

On to Nationals

TOPEKA — The No. 7-ranked Cowley College softball team defeated No. 15-ranked Hutchinson 8-0 in the second District E championship game Sunday at Hummer Park.

Cowley opened the District E tourney Saturday with a 1-0 triumph against Cloud County.

The Lady Tigers then topped Hutchinson 5-4 later Saturday night in the semifinals.


Region VI champs

The Cowley College baseball team swept Garden City in their best-of-three series in the Region VI Sub-Regionals at City Ball Park to advance to the Region VI Central District Tournament at Lawrence Dumont Stadium in Wichita.

Freshman Cole Larsen tossed a complete-game, two-hit shutout Friday in the opener, leading the Tigers to a 2-0 victory.

Cowley completed the sweep Saturday with a 10-3 pounding of the Broncbusters.


Round 1 of the annual home-and-away softball series between Arkansas City and Winfield went to the Lady Bulldogs, who recorded a 3-2 victory Monday afternoon at the ACHS Sports Complex.

In a battle of left-handers, ACHS junior Menley Westhoff won a pitchers’ duel against WHS junior Aleigha Gale in Tuesday’s softball opener.

Westhoff scattered five hits and seven walks, finishing with six strikeouts. Gale allowed eight hits and one walk while striking out six.


Baseball title tilt

DEXTER — Already Walter Johnson League regular-season champions, the Cedar Vale/Dexter baseball team advanced to the championship game of the WJL postseason tournament Monday.

Cedar Vale/Dexter opened pool play Monday with a 16-1 victory against Oxford, and later routed West Elk 13-5.

Sophomore Jasper Young and senior Braden Snyder combined on a one-hitter in Cedar Vale/Dexter’s three-inning victory against Oxford.


Softball title tilt

DEXTER — If the Udall High School softball team was setting its sights on a rematch with Cedar Vale/Dexter, the Lady Eagles will have to think again.

They can thank the South Haven Lady Cardinals for that.

Cedar Vale/Dexter, the South Central Border League regular-season champion, was upset Monday afternoon by South Haven in the first round of the SCBL Tournament.

The Lady Spartans opened with a 15-0 shutout of Sedan in pool play, but fell 5-2 to South Haven. The Lady Cardinals went 2-0 in pool play, defeating Oxford 6-4.

Meanwhile, in the Udall pool play, the host Lady Eagles rolled past Central of Burden 16-1 and defeated Flinthills 9-2.

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