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Spring sports week in review: Recapping the top performances in Wichita, April 9-14

(Top left) Heights third baseman Cody Troyer (left) and Carroll's Reece Flax; (top right) South's Phillip Landrum (left), Southeast's Ollie McGee (center) and South's Deron Dudley; (bottom left) Maize South's Lauren Johnson; (bottom right) Kapaun's Emily Michaelis
(Top left) Heights third baseman Cody Troyer (left) and Carroll's Reece Flax; (top right) South's Phillip Landrum (left), Southeast's Ollie McGee (center) and South's Deron Dudley; (bottom left) Maize South's Lauren Johnson; (bottom right) Kapaun's Emily Michaelis The Wichita Eagle/Courtesy of Kapaun Athletics (bottom right)

There were some major results this past week from the pitch to the track.

Here is the recap from April 9-14:


Kapaun vs. Aquinas

For one of the only times in Kansas girls soccer history, Aquinas played a Wichita-area team and lost.

Kapaun beat the Saints emphatically with a 2-0 win Saturday. A pair of sisters helped lead the way.

Emily Michaelis got the scoring started in the first half off an assists from Molly Boulanger. That set the tone and gave Kapaun confidence against the 16-time state champions.

In net, Megan Michaelis was a rock. She saved all four shots she faced. Ava Ayala rounded off the result with another goal in the second half from Sierra Fury.

Kapaun should gain valuable momentum from the victory after a 1-0 loss to Northwest on Thursday. The Crusaders go to Southeast next at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Maize vs. Aquinas

If Aquinas is the benchmark of a state champion, Maize proved worthy.

The Eagles lost 3-2 to the Saints on Friday, but they controlled the game for all but the last 10 minutes. Maize gave up two goals in the final stretch.

Mallory Stegman scored the first with a first half strike, and in the second half, Mina Chapman scored a beauty after Stegman sent in a low, driven cross into the box. Chapman got a foot to it; it bounced off the post and rattled in.

Maize gets Northwest at 7 p.m. Monday on the road.

Northwest at Derby

If there was a Golden Boot for the Wichita area, Brianna Moore would be one of the frontrunners.

Moore has 15 goals in eight games and added four in a 5-3 victory against Northwest on Tuesday. Only North's Nayeli Gallo has as many goals, and only two others have at least a dozen.

Derby is 5-2 this season, and Moore is one of the biggest reasons. The Panthers have proven able to beat any team in the area after taking Maize down to the final five minutes in a 2-1 loss.

Derby plays at Campus at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

Andover at McPherson

Both teams entered with a combined two losses, but McPherson changed that.

The Bullpups beat Andover 4-0 on Friday at home. All four goals came in the second half.

Hannah Hageman scored first. Jessie Kynaston scored a brace, and Aislinn Hughes added her team-leading 11th goal.


Carroll vs. Heights

The City League picture is no clearer than it was before this week.

Carroll and Heights, two of the league's best, split a doubleheader Friday. The Falcons took the first, 7-5. And the Eagle rebounded with a 18-3 win.

In game 1, Heights thrid baseman Cody Troyer delivered a clutch RBI single in the top of the seventh that gave the Falcons a two-run lead. He went 2-of-3 with three RBIs and scored a pair of runs.

In game 2, few Eagles went cold at the plate. RJ Lara smashed a grand slam in the bottom of the sevenths that made it 15-2. He drove in seven runs after a 3-of-4 outing.

Only one game separates first from fourth in the City League.

Derby at Maize South

They played to two similar box scores with opposite results.

Derby and Maize South split a doubleheader Tuesday, and even the aggregate score was close.

Over two games, the Panthers beat the Mavericks 15-13. They outhit them 18-17. Each team hit two home runs.

Maize South's Alex Epp earned the game 1 win, and Noah Johnson got the victory for Derby in the second game.

Maize at Goddard

Deriq Doty was hot on a bitter, cold night.

Doty pitched a complete game shutout in Maize's 1-0 victory against Goddard on Friday. He allowed only three hits.

The game's lone run came in the top of the fifth when Caleb Jurgensen doubled drilled a double to right field that scored Piercen Dooling.

Goddard's Isaiah Cohens was almost as dominant. He allowed one run one five hits in seven innings. He struck out seven.

Cheney at Trinity Academy

The Central Plains' best decided to share.

Cheney and Trinity Academy split a doubleheader Friday. The Knights took the first game, 6-5. Cheney kept pace in the league standings with a 10-5 victory to follow.

Trinity's Nate Adler earned the win on the mound in game 1 despite Micah Grover's home run that gave Cheney some momentum.

In game 2, Grover took over on the mound and won it with his arm. He pitched six innings and went 2-of-3 at the plate.


Carroll at Maize South

Ashlie Thissen and Maize South are thorns in Carroll's side.

The Eagles have now lost two regular season games in the past four years. Thissen was the winning pitcher in each. She did it last year and did it again Thursday in a 6-3 victory.

Thissen pitched a complete game, allowed five hits, struck out six and walked one.

Center fielder Lauren Johnson pushed two runners across the plate, and Alyssa Kerr sealed the win with a lined double to center that scored Thissen and Leah Self.

Carroll won the second game of the doubleheader 5-3, but the Mavericks have proven they are one of the top teams in the Wichita area this season. They travel to Eisenhower on Tuesday.

Andover at Andover Central

With Sarah Conley on the mound, Andover has a chance.

Against her crosstown rival, Conley threw a complete game one-hitter in Andover's 7-0 victory against Andover Central on Tuesday. She struck out five.

She also led the charge at the plate with two RBIs on two hits, including a home run.

But in the other game of the game doubleheader, Central got back with Audrey Orlowski.

She pitched a complete game and allowed only three hits in the Jaguars' 3-2 victory. Amanda Dodds drove in all three runs after a slew of errors. She laid down a bunt in the bottom of the fifth and finished off an inside-the-park home run.


She traded the bat for the glove and then grabbed the bat again.

A week after hitting two home runs on the same day, Ashtyn Jurging threw a no-hitter. Monday, the girl who wears No. 1 put Neodesha in pretzels en route to a 10-0 victory. Then Friday, she went 4-for-4 against Elk Valley and hit two more home runs.

She drove in nine runs.

Kyndall Clevenger threw Bluestems second no-hitter in the same week in the 17-2 victory. She also went 2-for-2 with a home run and four RBIs.

Bluestem is now 4-4 and turns its attention to Eureka at 4:30 p.m. Monday.

Halstead at Hesston

Rylie Schilling was the heroine.

In the bottom of the seventh, Schilling hit a walkoff single that scored Liz Lumberas for Hesston's 7-6 victory against Halstead.

Lumberas had a strong outing with a double and triple. She went 3-of-4 with a pair of RBIs and runs scored.

Lindsey Jones led the way on the mound, going 6 1/3 innings and allowing five hits. She struck out seven and walked 11.

Track and field

Shocker Pre-State Challenge

The next time high school athletes compete in Cessna Stadium, it will count for trophies.

Dozens of schools converged on Wichita State starting Thursday for the Shocker Pre-State Challenge, and some results stood out.

Southeast's Ollie McGee came runner-up to South's Phillip Landrum twice at last year's state meet in the 100 and 200 meters. Friday, he won both. He ran a 10.56 in the 100 meters. His previous best was 10.71 seconds.

Although only three events were scored, Carroll took first in the boys elite team standings, holding off Hutchinson. And Newton won the girls elite portion, also beating Hutch.

Here are the other results.


City League meet

Kapaun got lowest.

At the City League golf meet Monday, the Crusaders shot a 299 team score and beat Carroll and the field by 16 strokes. Two of the top three individual finishers hailed from Kapaun.

North's Chase McCollum and Kapaun's Cooper Steiner were atop the individual competitiono after shooting 73s.

Kapaun's Jack Baker (74), East's Shamir Khan (75), Carroll's Mark Towey (75), Kapaun's Ben Spicer (76), Kapaun's Keaton Eberhart (76), Kapaun's Matthew Schrock (77), Northwest's Aspen Wadlowe (78) and Carroll's Carson Towey (78) rounded out the top 10.

Swimming and diving

West Invitational

Kapaun did it again.

After beating East at the Northwest Invitational last week, the Crusaders won at the West Invite on Saturday, beating Maize South.

The victory was embodied in the 100-yard breaststroke, when Kapaun finished first, second and third.

Here are the local winners:

200-yard medley relay, Kapaun; 200-yard freestyle, Maci McCullough, West; 200-yard individual medley, Elizabeth Mitsch, Kapaun; 50-yard freestyle, McKayla Siemiller, Northwest; 100-yard butterfly, McKayla Siemiller, Northwest; 100-yard freestyle, Claire Conover, Kapaun; 500-yard freestyle, Lily Valentas, Kapaun; 200-yard freestyle relay, Kapaun; 100-yard backstroke, Elizabeth Mitsch, Kapaun; 100-yard breaststroke, Claire Conover, Kapaun; 400-yard freestyle relay, Kapaun

Newton Invitational

The Railers cleaned house.

Newton won its home invitational over Derby by 56 points. The Railroaders won only three events but placed highly in almost all.

Here are the area winners:

200-yard medley relay, Hutchinson; 200-yard freestyle, Annika Senn, Newton; 200-yard individual medley, Baylee Bloom, Andover; 50-yard freestyle, Addi Schroeder, Newton; diving, Courtney Bailey, Derby; 100-yard butterfly, Megan Keil, Derby; 100-yard freestyle, Lonna Porter, Hutchinson; 500-yard freestyle, Megan Keil, Derby; 200-yard freestyle relay, Hutchinson; 100-yard backstroke, Kennedy Young, Hutchinson; 100-yard breaststroke, Elizabeth Schrock, Hutchinson; 400-yard freestyle relay, Newton


Collegiate Invitational

The hosts showed out.

Collegiate's blue team took first at its home invitational Monday, but it was as close as it gets. Collegiate finished with 28 team points; Maize had 27.

Maize's doubles team of Cole and Schultz beat Collegiate's Ramsey and Trout 8-3 in the championship match.

But the Spartans got back on top in the singles matches. Collegiate's Conrad beat Andover Central's Reilley 8-3 in the final.