Michael Spangler is one of the best lower-weight wrestlers in Kansas thanks in part to two men who have been in his corner since he was born. Spangler’s uncle and father serve as Kapaun’s head and assistant coaches, a dynamic Spangler said any athlete would ask for.
Dozens of wrestlers took to the mats in Derby for the Panthers’ 34th annual home invitational. Goddard came out victorious with a team score of 212.5, but Derby and Valley Center made it challenging for the Lions.
While sending five wrestlers into the championship matches, the Derby wrestling team found a great deal of success in its youngest wrestlers at its home invitational Saturday, placing a dozen into the top six of various weight classes.
Maize South’s boys and girls both won state championships in Class 4A cross country a year ago. They will compete at the 5A meet Saturday against tough fields that include perennial power St. Thomas Aquinas.
Kapaun tennis player Clara Whitaker can’t ask for a much better start than she’s had to freshman year. Whitaker was crowned the Class 5A singles champion on Sunday afternoon at Maize South’s tennis courts.