The Halstead and Circle high school boys are looking to repeat as state champions while the girls cross country teams are trying to break through. There are big shoes to fill, but the Wichita area has talent in 2018.
The Kansas State High School Activities Association (KSHSAA) has put restrictions on players and coaches during the summer. Although the rules keep athletes safe, some believe they favor wealthier families.
New KSHSAA director Bill Faflick said his organization’s purpose is to have student-athletes achieve at a higher academic level, become good citizens and graduate — not to win. That is his first response when people complain about the current public/private school arrangement.
Emma Whitaker, a Kapaun High School graduate and Oklahoma State sophomore golfer, won the 2018 Prairie Invitational at Indian Hills Golf Course in Mission Hills. The open tournament is considered the Kansas amateur championship.
Maize High teammates Duwayne Villalpando and Kyle Haas and Newton’s Wyatt Hendrickson finished in the top six of their weight classes at the 2018 US Marine Corps National Wrestling Tournament in Fargo, North Dakota.
Independent freshman Bryson Toubassi finished an undefeated freshman season with a Class 3-2-1A state championship. Toubassi has earned a high regional ranking and earned a spot on the Eagle’s inaugural All-Metro Boys Tennis Team in 2018.
Wichita resident Katie Swan won her opening-round match at the 2018 Wimbledon tournament. It was her second senior appearance at the major. Swan, 19, who travels the world to compete, recaps her experience being back in Britain.
The Goddard wrestling team clinched its fourth straight Class 5A state championship in 2018, and it wasn’t close. The Lions breezed past the field, topping runner-up Valley Center by 125.5 points. Five wrestlers won state titles in their weight classes.
Trinity Academy junior Ben Patton and Wichita East sophomore Astrid Dirkwager have been named to the National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association's All-American list. Derby senior Megan Keil had an All-American time but was not listed.
El Dorado's Cale Carson was perhaps the school's most prolific athlete in the 2017-18 school year. Carson, a Wildcat distance runner, finished third in boys cross country, first in the 800 meters and was part of the winning 4x800-meter relay team.
British-born Katie Swan won her opening-round match in the ladies singles tournament at Wimbledon on Monday. Swan moved to Wichita in 2013 and spent time at Collegiate. Swan beat Romania's Irina-Camelia Begu in straight sets, 6-2, 6-2.
Bluestem is the only high school in Kansas with a school-sponsored boat for its club fishing team. The Lions traveled across Kansas, to Oklahoma and even Alabama for a national tournament with a pair of decorated boats. The sport is growing in Kansas but won't be part of KSHSAA any time soon.
The Eagle has ranked each of the City League, AVCTL and six area Central Plains League teams for boys and girls high school sports. Positions are dictated on a point-based system considering state, regional and league placements and qualifications. Ties were broken with individual evaluation.
The Wichita Eagle and Varsity Kansas has accumulated state, regional and league results from across the Wichita area. Based on a point system of team and individual titles and runner-up, the Eagle has ranked the programs from the 2017-18 school year.
The Eagle has ranked the City League, AVCTL and six area Central Plains League teams against one another and against other teams in their classifications. Positions are dictated on a point-based system considering state, regional and league placements and qualifications. Ties were broken with individual evaluation.