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.
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.”
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.’ “
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.
2019 City League Boys Golf Results
- Bishop Carroll - 44
- Kapaun Mt. Carmel - 44
- Wichita Northwest - 38
- Wichita Heights - 29
- Wichita Southeast - 24
- Wichita East - 19
- Wichita West - 11
- Wichita North - 7
All-City League Honors
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
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
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