The Greater Wichita Sports Commission has announced the 2017-18 finalists for the Barry Sanders Male Athlete of the Year and the Lynette Woodard Female Athlete of the Year. This year's finalists include athletes from the City League and AVCTL.
Buhler won three individual events, including two by the same athlete, to help clinch its third boys track and field state championship in school history. The Crusaders also had outstanding performances that bolstered their stake at the title.
After starting the season 1-4, Bishop Carroll won 19 of its last 20 games to take home its first boys basketball state championship. The Golden Eagles beat Salina Central 43-41 in overtime after the Mustangs' coach called a timeout he did not have, resulting in a technical foul.
Just three days after pitcher Gracie Johnston threw a three-inning perfect game against McPherson, Augusta added a trophy. The Orioles clinched the AVCTL III softball title with a pair of run-rule victories against Buhler.
Arkansas City had not reached the state baseball tournament since 2006, but after a regional title, the Bulldogs carried that momentum to a Class 4A-Division I championship. Ark City beat Bishop Miege 11-1 in six innings for its second baseball title in school history.
Former Kansas and NBA basketball star Paul Pierce has been announced as one of the 13 inductees to the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame's 2018 class. Others include former MLB first baseman Adam Laroche and Larry Drew, former Wyandotte, Missouri and NBA coach.
Andover Central entered the Class 4A-Division I state tournament with a 12-10 record and the No. 7 seed, but the Jaguars came home champions. Coach Rita Frakes, fresh off beating breast cancer, led her team to its second title in school history.
After dropping the first game to Maize, one of the premier high school volleyball teams in the Wichita area, Andover's backs were against the wall. The Trojans came back with a passion and won the final two games to get to the Class 5A tournament.
Andale had a great deal of successes in the 2017-18 school year, but the Indians came home with one state championship. Andale's girls track and field team came home with its second straight title, holding off Paola.
Northwest senior defensive end Marcus Hicks had become Wichita's most sought-after high school football recruit with 22 scholarship offers from some of the nation's premier programs. The four-star defensive end verbally committed to Oklahoma on Friday via Twitter.