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Kapaun wins two City League titles in two hours

From about 7 p.m. to two hours later, Kapaun owned the City League.

The Crusaders clinched a pair of GWAL championships Thursday night as the boys golf team won the 2019 championship tournament at McDonald Park, and the girls soccer squad beat Wichita East 4-2 at the Stryker Sports Complex.

Kapaun will clinch the City League outright if rival Bishop Carroll loses to Wichita Northwest (4-8-1) on Friday.

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Kapaun’s Thursday opponent, East, was arguably the hottest team int he City League ahead of the virtual elimination game. The Blue Aces were fresh off a North Cup championship, beating North 2-1. Wednesday, after some controversy with the weather, East beat North again 1-0.

The Aces rose to No. 2 in Class 6A Central/South Central. After running into Kapaun, they fell to fourth.

“We just have a lot of confidence in each other,” junior Molly Boulanger said. “We work as a team. We needed tonight to prove ourselves.”

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Kapaun rushed to a 2-0 halftime lead after goals from freshman Makenzie Orr and sophomore Hadlie Lowe. East countered with a breakthrough from senior Josie Goodpasture, but Kapaun junior Ava Ayala got a friendly deflection and put it out of reach. Freshman Elizabeth Orme rounded off the win.

Kapaun coach Anthony Cantele said he wasn’t too pleased with the way his group played but was proud of the accomplishment of a City League title.

The Crusaders started the City League season with a 2-1 loss to North that ignited a fire that blazed through the other seven league opponents, including likely co-champion Carroll who Kapaun beat 3-1 in league play.

“We came into the North game like, ‘It’s whatever. We beat them last year,’ ” sophomore Eden Hadley said. “After that, we said, ‘We’re not losing again. We can’t lose again.’ “

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Boys golf shared the City League crown with rival Bishop Carroll with 44 team points over the five tournaments. Senior Jack Baker won the individual title shooting an even par, 72. Fellow Crusader Matthew Schrock came runner-up with a 1-over, 73.

Nine Kapaun golfers earned All-City League honors. Carroll had seven.

Carroll made up its team points midway through the regular season as Kapaun finished third at the Auburn Hills and Tex Consolver tournaments. The Golden Eagles won both.

But there was no stopping Kapaun Thursday. Kapaun’s lowest score was a 13-over, 85. That was better than four other team’s top player. Five Crusaders finished in the top 12 at McDonald, and Kapaun beat Carroll by nine strokes.

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Kapaun’s Jack Baker Hayden Barber The Wichita Eagle

2019 City League Boys Golf Results

  1. Bishop Carroll - 44
  2. Kapaun Mt. Carmel - 44
  3. Wichita Northwest - 38
  4. Wichita Heights - 29
  5. Wichita Southeast - 24
  6. Wichita East - 19
  7. Wichita West - 11
  8. Wichita North - 7

All-City League Honors

First Team

Aspen Wadlowe - Wichita Northwest

Mark Towey - Bishop Carroll

Carson Towey - Bishop Carroll

Matthew Schrock - Kapaun Mt. Carmel

Jack Baker - Kapaun Mt. Carmel

Grant Gooch - Bishop Carroll

Second Team

Tyler Gatley - Bishop Carroll

Hayden Hohl - Bishop Carroll

Austin Wilbert - Kapaun Mt. Carmel

Sam Mueller - Wichita Northwest

Cooper Steiner - Kapaun Mt. Carmel

Brent Reintjes - Kapaun Mt. Carmel

Honorable Mention

Zachary Butler - Wichita Southeast

Carson Hager - Wichita Heights

Travis Channell - Kapaun Mt. Carmel

Austin Emond - Wichita West

Connor Hickock - Bishop Carroll

Kaden Claassen - Wichita Heights

Matt Rudy - Kapaun Mt. Carmel

Jack Stuckey - Bishop Carroll

Braydon Verbeck - Wichita Northwest

CHris Fielding - Wichita Southeast

Zane Visger - Wichita Northwest

Brennan Peshek - Wichita Heights

Dayton Sanstra - Kapaun Mt. Carmel

Alex Perez - Kapaun Mt. Carmel

Luis Hernandez - Wichita East

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