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Arkansas City High School senior Mathis Mueller hits a backhand at the net as sophomore Patrick McGee moves into position during doubles play in 2017 at the Salina Central Invitational.

SALINA — The Class 5A No. 2-ranked Arkansas City High School boys tennis team regrouped Saturday with a full, healthy unit, finishing second at the 15-team Salina Central Invitational.

Senior Berett Hollis and sophomore Pierce Klaassen were on a collision course to meet in the title match in singles play after both advanced to the championship semifinals.

Hollis reached the title match with an 8-3 victory against Daniel Siemers of Maranatha, but Klaassen was bounced with an 8-1 semifinal loss to defending KSHSAA Class 3-2-1A State champion Stratton Brown of Sacred Heart.

Brown, a three-time 3-2-1A State finalist, then swept the Bulldogs with an 8-2 victory against Hollis for the title.

Klaassen, who avenged an early-season loss with an 8-3 triumph against Adam Burke of St. James in the quarterfinals, rebounded with an 8-3 triumph against Siemers for third place.


Simply perfect

OXFORD — Three Oxford pitchers combined on a perfect game in a 14-0 victory against Udall in the opener of a Walter Johnson League doubleheader Thursday.

Three pitchers combined on a one-hit shutout in a 15-0 victory in the nightcap.

The Wildcats (8-0, 6-0 WJL) have outscored the opposition 143-1 this season. The pitching staff has recorded three no-hitters this season, two of them perfect games.

Dylan Reuter, Grant Smith and Dakota Mitchell each tossed a perfect inning in the opener. Oxford’s 14-run second inning after taking a 5-0 lead ended the game after 2 1/2 innings due to the 15-run rule.

Reuter (1-0) struck out two of the three batters he faced before giving way to Smith, who struck out the side in the second. Mitchell struck out one in his perfect inning.

Smith went 3 for 3 with three runs, three RBI and two stolen bases. Blake Thurmond was 2 for 3, scoring twice and driving in three, while Neil Terry went 2 for 3 with a double, scoring once and driving in two.

Camren Clements  drove in five runs, going 1 for 2 with a double, scoring twice and stealing a base.


Second at Regionals

GREAT BEND — For the third straight year, the No. 9-ranked Cowley College men’s tennis team placed second Saturday and Sunday at the Region VI Championships.

Sophomore Ronald Rufyikiri lost a pair of tiebreakers to Seward County’s Claudio Quinones in the finals of No. 5 singles, while Lucas Freitas suffered a three-set defeat to Seward County’s Duro Opacic in the finals of No. 2 singles.

Cowley’s No. 3 doubles team of Freitas and Christian Borrero won the first set in their final match before Seward County’s Duro Opacic and Przemek Zielinski rallied to win in three sets.


Four-game sweep

IOLA — The Cowley College baseball team continued its winning ways by completing a four-game series sweep Sunday against Allen. The Tigers took the opener 9-3 and the nightcap 12-1.

Sophomore Jacob Ruder (3-2) struck out 10 in five innings in Sunday’s opener, but left with the score tied 3-3 after allowing five hits and three runs.

Sophomore Matt Krutsh (2-1) started on the mound for the Tigers in the nightcap and allowed three hits and one run in 3 1/3 innings. Freshman Dalton Lanpher came in to record the final two outs in the fourth.

Garrett Hudson finished the game with three scoreless innings of relief, allowing only two hits while striking out four without a walk.

Sophomore shortstop Jacob Means and Kea’von Edwards hit a pair of two-run homers in a six-run second inning for the Tigers.


Shutout for Vikes

Three Winfield pitchers combined to toss a three-hit shutout Monday in the second game of a nonleague doubleheader against Rose Hill at the Broadway Recreation Complex.

The Vikings swept the twinbill, taking the opener 5-3 and winning the nightcap 11-0.

Grant Bloyer, Steele Morin and Conner Woods combined to limit the Rockets to three singles and three walks in the five-inning nightcap.

Bloyer earned the win with three innings of two-hit ball. He walked one and struck out two before giving way to Morin, who allowed one hit while striking out one in an inning of work. Woods finished the gem with two walks and two strikeouts in a hitless inning of relief.


Second at Derby

DERBY — The Arkansas City High School boys golf team collected its second second-place team medal in as many meets Monday at the Derby Invitational at the Derby Golf & Country Club.

Three Ark City golfers earned individual medals.

Freshman Trent Sutherland earned his third consecutive medal, firing even rounds of 38 to place third at 76. The top 10 golfers earned medals.

Senior Hunter Stewart shot a season-low 84, matching a 41 with a 43 for the fifth-place medal. Junior Cole Francis also shot a season-best, opening with a 40 on the front side before settling for a 46 on the back nine to finish sixth with an 86.

First-place team

The Arkansas City High School softball team took over sole possession of first place in the AV-CTL D-II with a doubleheader sweep Friday against Goddard-Eisenhower at the ACHS Sports Complex.

The Lady Bulldogs took the opener 11-1 and the nightcap 16-9.

The LadyBulldogs sent 13 batters to the plate in a nine-run first inning of the opener. All nine batters reached base and all nine scored.

Ark City won a slugfest in the nightcap. The teams combined for 25 runs and 25 hits, including 11 for extra bases. The Lady Tigers hit three home runs.

Emilee Wells hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the fifth inning and added two doubles for the Lady Bulldogs.


Tiger clinch

Led by a pair of pitchers that opened the season in the bullpen, the No. 10-ranked Cowley College baseball team swept a doubleheader Monday against Fort Scott at City Ball Park to clinch the Jayhawk East title.

The Tigers shut out Fort Scott 7-0 in the opener and took the nightcap 13-2.

Making his second start of the season, freshman Cole Larsen (4-0) was in control throughout the opener. The right-hander struck out 12 and walked only one in a complete-game three-hit shutout. Larsen has allowed only one earned run in 41 2/3 innings this season.

Making his first start of the season after previously serving as the team’s closer, freshman Ryan Westerhoff (4-0) went five innings and allowed three hits and one earned run in five innings of work in the seven-inning run-rule win of game two. He struck out four and walked only one to lower his ERA to 1.59.


Udall sweeps Sedan

SEDAN — The Udall High School softball team took a huge step toward the South Central Border League title Monday with a doubleheader sweep at second-place Sedan.

The Lady Eagles took the opener 8-6 and won the nightcap 13-2.

Senior Chloe Enderud (6-0) remained perfect on the season by scattering seven hits to win the opener. She struck out nine.

Freshman Emma Enderud (7-0) also is perfect in the circle this season, going the distance with a one-hitter in the six-inning nightcap. She also struck out nine.


Gold for Dougherty

HAYSVILLE — Winfield High School senior Megan Dougherty captured the gold medal Monday in the 500-yard freestyle at the five-team Campus meet.

Dougherty completed the grueling 500 free in 6 minutes, 24.25 seconds, beating Sydney Cooper of the host Lady Colts by almost seven seconds (6:31.15). 


Barron sets mark

Arkansas City High School forward Brandy Barron is just a sophomore on the girls soccer team. But she already is in the record books.

Barron’s goal with 2:45 left Tuesday night in the Lady Bulldogs’ 2-1 loss to Valley Center on the pitch at Bulldog Stadium moved her into the all-time leader in the young history of the program.

Barron notched her third career goal late in the match to move past Alli Riedl, Juli Barragan and Savana Hernandez as the all-time leader.

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