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Spring sports week in review: League champions are crowned across the metro

Salina Central's Will Hayes/Reed McHenry (top left), Carroll's Khloe Schuckman (top right), East's Gillian Pierce-Butt (bottom left) and Maize South's Jack Wagner (bottom right) had standout performances this week.
Salina Central's Will Hayes/Reed McHenry (top left), Carroll's Khloe Schuckman (top right), East's Gillian Pierce-Butt (bottom left) and Maize South's Jack Wagner (bottom right) had standout performances this week. The Wichita Eagle, @CoachGoll/Twitter (top left)

It is almost Gatorade bath season.

Some league championships have already been decided, but some still hang in the balance as the postseason nears.

Here is the recap from April 31-May 5:


AVCTL II Champions

After sweeping Goddard with an eight-inning walkoff win, Arkansas City clinched a share of the AVCTL II baseball title Friday with Maize South.

Both teams wrapped up league play last week with 10-2 records as Maize South swept Andover on the road.

The Mavericks are the defending Class 4A-Division I champions, and Ark City seems to be one of the top contenders for a title of its own in late May.

The Bulldogs are zoned for the Winfield Regional starting May 14, and Maize South will be seeded this week.

AVCTL III Champions

As the dust has settled in AVCTL III, Augusta and Buhler stand tied atop the league standings and have claimed a share of the title.

The Orioles and Crusaders finished league play at 7-3 after Augusta's road sweep of Buhler on Friday.

The Crusaders needed one win at home to clinch the league title outright, but they ran into an insprired Augusta group that won 10-8 and 14-5.

Augusta came up two games short of a league title in 2017.

The Orioles will host a Class 4A-Division I regional starting May 14. Buhler heads to Hays for its regional tournament.

AVCTL IV Champions

Andale/Garden Plain and Mulvane split the league Thursday as the Indians earned a must-win road victory against the Wildcats.

Playing with the title on the line, Andale/Garden Plain won 17-7 as Caleb Hitt lived up to his name. He finished the game with five hits in five at-bats with three RBIs and three runs scored.

This marks the sixth straight year Andale/Garden Plain has won at least a share of the AVCTL IV title and the second year in that stretch it has tied with Mulvane.

The Indians will head to the Augusta Regional on May 14. Mulvane is assigned to the Winfield Regional.

City League race

Although many of the area schools have wrapped up league play, the City League has one more game day.

Heights and Carroll sit at 12-2 in the league standings. The Falcons face Kapaun (6-6) Tuesday, and Carroll has West (8-4) Monday.

Each team will need to help to clinch the City League outright, and if both teams sweep, they will share the league title.


AVCTL I Champions

Maize has done it again.

For the seventh straight season, the Eagles have clinched the AVCTL I title. Maize finished league play at 12-0 after sweeping Hutchinson on Thursday.

Maize has become accustomed to winning league titles. The next step is translating that into state success. The Eagles lost in the first round of the Class 5A tournament last year.

They will hope to do much better this year, likely entering the west regional tournament as the No. 1 seed.

AVCTL II Champions

Arkansas City has put together a special season in 2018.

The Bulldogs clinched the AVCTL II title outright at 9-3 after sweeping Andover Central on Tuesday. They finished last in the league standings last season.

Ark City has taken off under alumnae Angie Ruyle and will ride heavy momentum into its home regional May 15.

AVCTL III Champions

Augusta has clinched the league.

The Orioles have thrived under first-year coach Jaime VanDever and have wrapped up league play with a 12-1 overall record.

Augusta has had outstanding pitching this season, headlined with ace Gracie Johnston, who has put up monster stats, including an 18-strikeout game against last year's AVCTL IV champion, Wellington.

The Orioles will head to El Dorado for their regional tournament May 15.

AVCTL IV Chapmions

Andale/Garden Plain ran away with the league this year.

The Indians finished league play 7-1, two games better than Rose Hill, who finished runner-up.

The Indians beat some top competition this year, including Augusta, who clinched AVCTL III. Andale/Garden Plain lost in the first round of the Class 4A-Division I tournament last year to Spring Hill.

This year, the Indians will be a tough out for any opponent, especially as they host their regional tournament May 14.

City League race

Monday has come.

On the last day of the City League regular season, Carroll and Northwest meet tied in league play at 14-0. Carroll is playing for its sixth straight league title, and Northwest is playing for its first since 2013.

The Grizzlies have found trouble in Carroll in recent years. Last year, they were swept. They were swept the year before and each of the two years before that.

But the Eagles have slipped up this year. April 12, Carroll lost to Maize South for the second straight year. They are beatable, but the Mavericks are the only team to beat Carroll in the regular season in the past five years.

Northwest enters the doubleheader with a 14-game win streak.

First pitch is at 5 p.m. Monday from Two Rivers Youth Club, field 5.


City League Champions

East coach Joe Hutchinson was curious how his young group of swimmers would handle the pressure, and they came through.

The Aces won the City League Championship meet Thursday 382-343 over Kapaun. East won eight of the 12 events and celebrated with a jump in the Heights pool.

East is the defending Class 6A champion but lost a great deal of talent from last year's roster. Not to be outdone, several swimmers have stepped up, including Astrid Dirkzwager, Gillian Pierce-Butt and Eloise Lavacek, who had her best day in the pool at the city meet.

The Aces set multiple City League and school records Thursday and will ride that momentum into the state meet starting May 17 in Topeka.


AVCTL III-IV champions

McPherson had a wild week of goals, and it ended with a title.

The Bullpups clinched the AVCTL III-IV for the fourth straight year after wins against Winfield, Augusta and Rose Hill.

McPherson boasts the top offense in the AVCTL or City League this season with a plus-85 goal differential, 32 more goals than the next highest team in the Wichita area.

Four players have at least 10 goals this season and four have at least five assists.

The Bullpups' high-flying offense should suit them well heading into the Class 4-1A regional tournament as they sit No. 1 in the Central/South Central standings.

City League heats up

Barring any slips, the City League could be decided in a winner-take-all match Thursday.

Carroll hosts East needing a win to clinch the league outright, but a win or draw for the Aces will earn them their first City League championship since the 2004 season.

The Eagles are coming off a 4-1 home win against Maize, and East wrapped up a North Cup title Saturday with a 6-5 win over the hosts.

Carroll must first get past a tough Northwest group Tuesday on the road, and the Aces face Heights, who has given them troubles.

If those games turn out to be wins for the favorites, the City League championship match would kick off at 7 p.m. Thursday at Carroll.

AVCTL I all but decided

There is only one game left in the AVCTL I schedule, and it belongs to the pole-sitters.

Maize is the favorite to win the league outright, but the Eagles have to get past Newton on Tuesday. Maize is 5-0 in league play after an 8-0 win against Hutchinson last week. Newton is formidable at 3-2.

But Derby is the only team that could share the title with Maize. The Panthers' league schedule is complete; they finished 5-1.

The Eagles clinched a share of the title with coach Jay Holmes' 200th win at Maize, so the Railroaders are the last test.

Kickoff is at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in Newton.


It is looking like a split.

Maize South and Valley Center played to a 3-3 double overtime draw earlier this season, and with only one game left in the league season, it seems the Mavericks and Hornets will have to share the AVCTL II title.

Maize South plays Arkansas City, who sit bottom of the league standings. And Valley Center travels to Andover Central on Monday.

A Hornets win clinches at least a share of the title, and they would have to wait for the Maize South result Tuesday.

Maize at Carroll

In what seemed a close matchup on paper, Carroll ran riot on Maize.

The Golden Eagles entered on shaky form after losses to Kapaun and Washburn Rural, but they shattered the Maize defense for a 4-1 win.

Senior forward Hanleigh Allen was a problem in the center of the field all game as she finished with two goals and an assist.

North Cup

Normally solid in defense, East was forced into a different play style in the North Cup.

The Aces beat the host, North, 6-5 in the tournament final after three goals were traded in the final 2:30.

Suzannah Young scored the game-winner off a corner kick with 30 seconds left.

Nayeli Gallo, North's star forward and the area's leading scorer, finished with a hat trick and an assists, but it wasn't enough.


Class 6A - Northwest Regional

Only one South Titan won a match at the Northwest Regional, and that player never lost.

Evan Kruse won the singles tournament over Northwest's Trent Landenberger, 6-3, 6-4, to qualify for the Class 6A tournament.

Garden City's team of Daniel Darter/Will Keller topped Campus' Clayton Tolbert/Presley Chan, 6-1, 6-2, to win the doubles tournament.

Here is the full list of state qualifiers:


  • Evan Kruse - South
  • Trent Landenberger - Northwest
  • Joe Blake - Hutchinson
  • Bo Tolbert - Hutchinson
  • Huy Nguyen - Garden City
  • Caedon Odette - Campus


  • Daniel Darter/Will Keller - Garden City

  • Clayton Tolbert/Presley Chan - Campus

  • Koby Nickel/Logan Flippin - Northwest

  • Daniel Chacon/Brian Carrera - Garden City

  • Trevor Page/Mykel Apsley - Campus

  • Alex Ramirez/Cannon Bucknell - Dodge City

Class 6A - Southeast Regional

A handful of Wichita area athletes are headed to Topeka on Friday.

Manhattan's freshman Dan Harkin continued his undefeated season, beating his tammate Robert Zhang in the single final.

Washburn Rural's team of Max Cassidy/Jacek Holroyd topped Manhattan's Jack Easton/Mitch Hutchinson in the doubles bracket.

Here is the full list of state qualifiers:


  • Dan Harkin - Manhattan
  • Robert Zhang - Manhattan
  • Jarrett Bowman - Derby
  • Banks Whitney - Topeka
  • Andrew Stueve - Washburn Rural
  • Mason Richards - Junction City


  • Max Cassidy/Jacek Holroyd - Washburn Rural
  • Jack Easton/Mitch Hutchinson - Manhattan
  • Kyle Findley/Brady Walls - Derby
  • Landon Schmidt/Will Baker - Washburn Rural
  • Clayton Simmons/Daniel Dunn - Derby
  • Aditya Joshi/Ahmad Saeed - East

Class 5A - Eisenhower Regional

Many of Wichita's heavy-hitters are through.

Carroll's Rodney Steven sacrificed his overhand suerve and still won the singles tournament, and Maize's Chase Schreiner/Tanner Ohmeis took the doubles title.

Here are the qualifiers:


  • Rodney Steven - Carroll
  • Brennen Sanders - Maize
  • Andrew Klimick - Kapaun
  • Jaden Tredway - Maize South
  • Garrison Wright - Maize South
  • Parker Winter - Goddard


  • Chase Schreiner/Tanner Ohmeis - Maize
  • Nathan Watson/Tyler McGreevy - Eisenhower
  • Jack Jewett/Noah Spurgeon - Maize South
  • Braden Reichenberger/Clay Hardin - Maize South
  • Ty Stranghonor/Johhny Steven - Carroll
  • Logan Schultz/Ashton Cole - Maize

Class 5A - Salina Central Regional

A solid crop of Wichita talent went to Salina and came back as state qualifiers.

Valley Center's Hayden Brauer won the singles tournament over Andover's Jaydn Richardson, 6-2, 6-2.

Salina Central's doubles team of Will Hayes/Reed McHenry won doubles over Valley Center's Ian Clifton/Garrett Rogers, 6-3, 6-2.

Here is the full list of state qualifiers:


  • Hayden Brauer - Valley Center
  • Jadyn Richardson - Andover
  • Carson Harris - Salina South
  • Max Shaffer - Salina Central
  • Leo Enkelman - Heights
  • Brady Stack - Salina Central


  • Will Hayes/Reed McHenry - Salina Central

  • Ian Clifton/Garrett Rogers - Valley Center

  • Colby Swift/Brayden Ruble - Valley Center

  • Chase Courbot/McCabe Green - Salina Central

  • Alex Jones/Jacob Alkhoury - Andover

  • Seth Bontrager/Zeke Thompson - Newton

Class 4A - Abilene Regional

Two teams will be well-represented in Winfield.

McPherson and Smoky Valley each qualified six players for the state tournament.

Here are the qualifiers:


  • Jarrod Nowak - McPherson
  • Andrew Snell - McPherson
  • Jase West - Abilene
  • Cole Brumbaugh - Smoky Valley
  • Dalton Penka - Larned
  • Laurence Dahlsten - Smoky Valley


  • Nolan Schrader/Kaden Stewart - McPherson
  • Matt Lucas/Jake Lucas - Smoky Valley
  • Nick Reinert/Johann Schrader - Smoky Valley
  • Jackson Raucholz/Rhett Edmonson - McPherson
  • Cody Schiffner/Luke Kohler - Abilene
  • Logan Clark/Zac Wyse - Hays

Class 4A - Collegiate Invitational


  • Wonjoon Cho - Collegiate
  • Lakelin Conrad - Collegiate
  • Luke Ingalls - Buhler
  • Carson Moiser - Circle
  • Drake Dick - Buhler
  • Drew Majors - Trinity Academy


  • Jason Reilly/Jason Thompson - Andover Central
  • Max Wheeler/Luke Swan - Collegiate
  • Craig Koch/Jason Wilson - Andover Central
  • George Kriwiel/Houston Weimar - Trinity Acadmey
  • Carmin Engelken/Carter Engelken - Buhler
  • Nate Trout/Grant Ramsey - Collegiate

Track and field

Goddard Invitational

For one of the first times this season, Andale lost in a team track competition.

The Carroll boys ran riot over Andale on Friday in Goddard, beating the Indians by 104 points. Andale came through on the girls side, beating Carroll by 71.5.

The Andover boys and Maize girls took third.

To see the full results, click here.

Derby Invitational

Campus showed out on its rival's turf.

The Colt boys took first over Garden City and host Derby on Friday while the defending 5A champion Newton girls beat Garden City and Kapaun.

To see the full results, click here.

Circle Invitational

The El Dorado boys earned an impressive road win Thursday in Towanda.

They held off Arkansas City by six points to win while the Circle girls held serve at home against Augusta.

The Independent boys and Andover Central girls took third.

To see the full results, click here.

Hillsboro Invitational

The host girls won, bu the boys fell just short.

Hillsboro won the girls competition over Solomon, but the result was flipped on the boys side. The Sterling girls and Little River boys finished third.

To see the full results, click here.

Lyons Invitational

Hoisington went on the road and came out with a broom.

The boys and girls teams swept the competition Tuesday in Lyons. The boys beat Pratt, and the girls ran away from Nickerson.

The Nickerson boys and Pratt girls finished third.

To see the full results, click here.


City League - Tex Consolver

Heading into the last week of City League golf, Kapaun is riding the hot hand.

After a stretch of Carroll success, the Crusaders won the City League Tournament at Tex Consolver. They won by a single strong, 318-319.

Kapaun took the two lowest scores of the day as Matthew Schrock shot a 76 and Cooper Steiner finished at 77.

To see the full results, click here.

The City League Championship Meet is scheduled to start at noon Wednesday at Auburn Hills.

I-135 Shootout

The Kansas golf power won it, but Andover Central proved not far behind.

Sacred Heart won the tournament by six strokes over the Jaguars, but Central placed two golfers in the top five individual finishers in Cooper Schultz and Peyton Wilson, who shot 76 and 77 respectively.

Andover's Draw Sawyer finished second with a 75.

To see the full results, click here.

The AVCTL championships begin Monday.

Cheney Invitational

Trinity Academy flexed its muscles Tuesday in Cheney.

The Knights took first by six strokes over Andale, 323-329. Caden Vanlandingham finished tied with the lowest score at 76.

Rose Hill took third and had the other highest individual finisher, Peyton Austin.

To see the full results, click here.

Halstead Invitational

The Dragons could be dangerous this year at state.

Halstead didn't qualify fo the state tournament last year, but that likely won't be the case again in 2018.

The Dragons won their home tournament by 38 strokes Tuesday over Hillsboro. They finished with three of the top four finishers, including Austin Milton and Baylor Bohling, who tied for second with an 84.

Sedgwick's Owen Gartner won the tournament with an 81.

To see the full results, click here.