Varsity Kansas

Spring sports week in review: Heroics on display across Wichita-area high schools

Carroll's Rodney Steven (top left), Kapaun's Hadlie Lowe (top right), Maize's Camden Jurgensen (bottom left) and Southeast's Sydni Hawkins (bottom right) had standout performances this week.
Carroll's Rodney Steven (top left), Kapaun's Hadlie Lowe (top right), Maize's Camden Jurgensen (bottom left) and Southeast's Sydni Hawkins (bottom right) had standout performances this week. The Wichita Eagle

There were some outstanding performances this week in the Wichita area, including double overtime thrillers and four-home-run nights.

Here is the recap from April 23-28.


Valley Center at Maize South

The winners of Tuesday's match between AVCTL II's top two teams weren't even on the field.

Maize South and Valley Center played to a 3-3 draw after double overtime, splitting the points and giving the field a chance to draw closer in the standings.

The Mavericks and Hornets still hold a healthy lead over Eisenhower, which has lost to both teams already this season. But the match was a missed opportunity to take hold of the league.

Valley Center's leading scorer, Haley Sparks, scored a brace to improve her goal total to 19 this season. The Hornets held a 2-0 in the second half, but Angela Palmer tied it up quickly, and Gaby Crowell came through for Maize South.

WIth short time, Crowell scored the equalizer that sent the game to overtime and eventually saved the Mavericks from dropping a point.

Kapaun at Carroll

Emily Michaelis has caught fire for the Crusaders.

Coming off a brace in Kapaun's 2-2 draw against Washburn Rural, Michaelis scored the game-winner against rival Carroll in Thursday's 2-1 victory.

Freshman Hadlie Lowe had perhaps the performance of her young career with a goal and an assist to lead Kapaun to its first win against Carroll in two years.

With the win, Kapaun (8-2-2 overall, 4-1-1 City League) now sits squarely in the City League mix once again, and the Eagles (9-3, 5-1) have fallen back to earth after an 8-1 start to the season.

Maize at Derby

At the Titan Classic earlier this season, Derby had Maize on the ropes, holding a 1-1 result with 5 minutes to play.

The Panthers lost that game, and fell by another one-goal decision to the Eagles on Thursday, 1-0.

After signing to play at the University of Missouri-Kansas City earlier that day, forward Rachel Marshall scored the game-winner with a penalty kick.

It was the first goal Derby has allowed in league play this season.

Maize has cracked open the AVCTL I standings with the win. The Eagles (12-1, 4-0) hold a half-game lead over Derby (9-3-1, 4-1) in the league standings.


West vs. Southeast

West is not in contention for a City League title this season, but that didn't stop Sydni Hawkins on Tuesday.

Last season's All-Metro selection hit four home runs in the doubleheader, including two in the same inning.

Hawkins' first home run ended the first game via run rule, and after an inside-the-park home run in her first at-bat in the second game, she hit two more in the third inning. Her final home run ended the second game, too.

Southeast came away with two run-rule victories to stretch its winning streak to nine games and sit third in the City League behind Carroll and Northwest.

Campus at Maize

The Eagles seem to be well on their way to another state qualification.

Maize swept Campus on Friday with 9-6 and 3-2 victories. The Colts sit second in AVCTL I, even after dropping two to the league-leaders.

The Eagles (13-0, 10-0) finished last season 20-3 but were bounced in the first round of the Class 5A tournament.

Campus squeaked into the Class 6A tournament after going 10-10 and winning its regional, but this season, the Colts (9-5, 6-2) seem much stronger.

They have almost already equaled their win total from last season and still have six more games to play.

Arkansas City at Andover

Just as Arkansas City seemed to be running away with AVCTL II, Andover brought the hammer down.

The Trojans completed a home sweep of the league-leaders Tuesday with 6-5 and 2-1 wins.

Game 1 was tied in the bottom of the sixth before Jayden Chambers pushed the go-ahead run across. And in game 2, pitcher Sarah Conley threw a gem, allowing just five hits and striking out nine.

With the wins, Andover (12-4, 6-4) moved into third in the league standings. Though the Bulldogs (11-3, 7-3) stay on top, they are in danger of losing that spot.


Campus at Maize

Maize made things interesting in AVCTL I on Friday.

With the field chasing Salina Central, the Eagles needed a win against Campus to stay afloat for a league title and came away with a 7-1 win.

Maize pitcher Adrian Perez didn't come into this season with a ton of experience but showed poise against the Colts. Perez threw a complete game and allowed only three hits on 75 pitches.

With the win, Maize (8-6) moved into a tie for second with Campus (9-4) at 5-2 in league play.

Heights vs. Northwest

Heights and Northwest entered their Thursday doubleheader tied in the City League standings at 6-2.

The Falcons, again, showed their class by sweeping the Grizzlies with 6-2 and 11-1 victories to move to the top of the league.

Heights is riding a four-game winning streak with two wins over West and now two more against Northwest. The Falcons sit in a great spot with a half-game lead over Carroll in the overall standings at 10-2 and have already split with the Eagles.

Maize South at Arkansas City

Arkansas City is making its claim in AVCTL II.

The Bulldogs split with Maize South, the defending Class 4A-Division I champions, on Friday. The Mavericks took game 1, 14-3, and Ark City won the second, 4-3. But with the split, the Bulldogs stay atop the league standings.

Maize South (11-5, 8-2) seems the most likely to catch Ark City (11-3, 7-1), but Friday would have been the best shot to do it.

The Bulldogs' fate is in their hands, but they face the league's third- and fourth-place teams Tuesday and Friday in Andover Central and Goddard, respectively.

McPherson at Circle

The Thunderbirds seem to have steadied the ship, but it might be too late.

After losing four straight, Circle split with AVCTL III leaders, McPherson, on Thursday. The Bullpups took game 1 with a healthy 17-2 win, but Circle came back with a 5-1 win in game 2.

Easton Unruh pitched a great game in the Thunderbirds' win. He went 6 1/3 innings, allowing five hits and one run and striking out nine.

Circle (11-5, 5-3) is still chasing Buhler (10-4, 7-1), and after the Crusaders already swept the doubleheader, the Thunderbirds will need some help. But beating last year's league champions doesn't hurt.


City League Championship

Only two points separated first place from third, but Carroll finished atop the City League field.

Kapaun won the top singles and doubles brackets, but the Eagles showed depth in the lower brackets and entered with a two-point lead in dual points that made the difference.

Kapaun's Andrew Klimiuk beat Carroll's Ty Stranghoner in the top singles final, and the Crusaders pair of Ben Hane and Thomas Kempf topped the Eagles' Johnny Stevens and Braeden Husling for the doubles championship.

Both results were flipped during the regular-season meeting, which likely set Carroll apart in the final team standings.

This marks the second straight City League title for the Eagles over Kapaun and the fourth straight year Carroll has won at least a share of the championship.

To see the full singles and doubles results, click here.

To see the full team results, click here.

Mustang Classic II — Salina

The hosts, Salina Central, came away with the victory, running away from Eisenhower 67-46.

Ellsworth's Joey Oberle beat Salina South's Carson Harris in the singles final, and Salina Central's pair of Will Hayes and Reed McHenry beat their teammates McCabe Green and Chase Courbot for the doubles championship.

To see the full results, click here.


Hutchinson Invitational at Carey Park

In one of the largest tournaments in Kansas this season, the smallest school came out on top again.

Sacred Heart beat Blue Valley North by 11 strokes for the team title and finished with the two lowest individual scores. Grant Herrenbruck shot a 68 to win.

To see the full results, click here.

Collegiate Invitational at Tallgrass

One stroke was the difference Monday.

Andover Central beat Kapaun 300-301 despite one of the Crusaders posting one of the lowest scores of the season.

Jack Baker won the individual title with a 69, beating Collegiate's Eli Graham by 11 strokes.

To see the full results, click here.

MacDonald City League meet

Carroll made a strong push for a City League title Tuesday.

The Eagles won the team and individual titles at the MacDonald City League meet. Carroll beat Kapaun by eight strokes, and Jake Swisher shot a 76, finishing three shots ahead of the field.

To see the full results, click here.

Maize South Tournament at Auburn Hills

The Mavericks took an impressive win Monday.

Maize South beat Eisenhower by 17 strokes, and the Mavericks' Ryan Setser won the individual title with a 76, beating Valley Center's Cason Bershaurer.

To see the full results, click here.

Hesston Tournament

In a field of 16 teams, Wellington went home champions.

The Crusaders beat Trinity Academy by just one stroke, 297-298, for the team title.

Several players finished with the lowest score of 72.

To see the full results, click here.

Derby Tournament

Hutchinson made the drive and came back with a team title. The Salthawks beat Arkansas City by five strokes for the first-place finish.

Rose Hill's Peyton Austin finished with the individidual title after shooting a 71. He beat Hutch's Max Ontjes, who shot a 72.

To see the full results, click here.

Clearwater Invitational

Andale held off the hosts Tuesday.

The Indians won by 14 strokes on the road, and Andale Adam Gorges took the individual title with an 89, beating Clearwater's Tanner Schultz, who shot a 98.

To see the full results, click here.


East Varsity Relays Invitational

The Aces flew high Tuesday.

East won the boys and girls competitions, beating North's boys 115-91 and the Goddard girls 150-92 for the sweep.

The Heights boys and North girls finished third.

To see the full results, click here.

Hutchinson Invitational

The Salthawks showed their class Friday, sweeping the competition.

The boys beat Liberal 85-74, and the girls topped Maize 106-95.

The Garden City boys and girls finished third.

To see the full results, click here.

El Dorado Invitational

Andale finished with another sweep Friday.

The defending state champion won the boys competition over Buhler 109-90, and the girls beat Newton, another state champion, 175-123.

Andover and Kapaun finished third in the boys and girls competitions, respectively.

To see the full results, click here.

Arkansas City Invitational

The Campus boys and Derby girls were winners Friday.

The Campus boys beat Derby 148-130, and the Derby girls topped Andover Central 121-116.

The Arkansas City boys and Campus girls finished third.

To see the full results, click here.

McPherson Invitational

The Bullpups sent the field to the dog house Thursday.

McPherson's boys and girls teams won, beating Salina South and Salina Central, respectively.

To see the full results, click here.

Garden Plain Invitational

Garden Plain swept the competition Monday at its home invitational. Both teams beat Cheney; the boys by 30, and the girls by 77.

Trinity-Hutchinson finished third in the boys and girls competitions.

To see the full results, click here.

James Thomas Invitational — Hillsboro

Smoky Valley finished with a sweep Friday.

The boys ran away from Hesston 95-65, and the girls beat Berean Academy 91-71.

The Nickerson boys and Hesston girls finished third.

To see the full results, click here.


Maize Invitational at YMCA-Northwest branch

Maize South held off rival Maize 377.5-342 on Saturday.

Andover and Trinity Academy finished third and fourth, respectively.

To see the full results, click here.

Hutchinson Invitational

Hutch took first Tuesday at its home meet, with a four-point win over McPherson.

Great Bend and Andover finished third and fourth, respectively.

To see the full results, click here.