www.catchitkansas.com2013 State Golf Results2013 State Golf Resultshttp://www.catchitkansas.com/sports/cik-kansas-high-school-boys-state-golf-results-20130520,0,5058954.storyBy CatchItKansas StaffCatchItKansas.com2013-05-20http://www.trbimg.com/img-519a6485/turbine/cik-kansas-high-school-boys-state-golf-results-20130520/187/16x9http://www.trbimg.com/img-519a6485/turbine/cik-kansas-high-school-boys-state-golf-results-20130520/400/16x9
The 2013 boy's golf season is wrapping up today with state tournaments held across the state. Check back as champions are crowned, and as we update the complete results from each site below:<br /><br /><strong>6A - <span class="style39">Meadowbrook Country Club, Prairie Villiage</span> - <a href="http://stats.catchitkansas.com/report_golf-game_results.php?game_id=115389" target="_blank">Complete Results</a></strong> <a href="http://www.catchitkansas.com/schools/cik-kansas-state-boys-high-school-golf-6a-2013-20130520,0,6800508.story" target="_blank">Story/Photo/video</a><br /><br /><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Team</span><br />1. Blue Valley West - 300<br />2. Shawnee Mission East - 306<br />3. Topeka Washburn Rural - 307<br /><br /><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Individual</span><br />1. Andrew Beckler, Topeka Washburn Rural - 71 (won in playoff)<br />2. John Wright, Topeka Washburn Rural - 71 <br />3. Josh Barker, Blue Valley West - 72<br /><br /><strong>5A - <span class="style39">Brookridge Golf & Fitness</span>, <span class="style39">Overland Park</span> - <a href="http://stats.catchitkansas.com/report_golf-game_results.php?game_id=115390" target="_blank">Complete Results</a></strong> <a href="http://www.catchitkansas.com/schools/cik-kapaun-mount-carmel-goes-back-to-back-at-the-5a-state-golf-championship-20130520,0,2067165.story" target="_blank">Story/video</a><br /><br /><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Team</span><br />1. Kapaun Mt. Carmel - 303<br />2. St. James Academy - 309<br />3. Maize South - 315<br /><br /><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Individual</span><br />1. Sam Stevens, Kapaun Mt. Carmel - 67<br />2. Jeff Sherman, Andover Central - 69<br />T-3. Jared Burns, Kapaun Mt. Carmel - 74<br />T-3. Alex Schremmer, Maize South - 74<br />T-3. Jack Reilly, St. James Academy - 74<br /><br /><strong>4A - <span class="style39">Cherry Oaks Golf Course</span>, Cheney - <a href="http://stats.catchitkansas.com/user/file/game_results-115391.pdf" target="_blank">Complete Results</a></strong> <a href="http://www.catchitkansas.com/sports/cik-collegiate-spartans-capture-17th-golf-title-jm-20130520,0,5694621.story" target="_blank">Story/Video</a><br /><br /><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Team</span><br />1. Wichita Collegiate - 299<br />2. KC Piper - 305<br />3. Topeka Hayden - 316<br /><br /><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Individual</span><br />1. Kaden Macha, Iola - 72 (won in playoff)<br />2. Camron Chugg, Collegiate - 72<br />3. Montan Fasching, KC Piper - 72<br /><br /><br /><strong>3A - <span class="style39">Spring Creek Golf Course</span>, Seneca - <a href="http://stats.catchitkansas.com/user/file/game_results-115392.pdf" target="_blank">Complete Results</a></strong> <a href="http://www.catchitkansas.com/schools/kwch-news-sba-phillipsburgs-hoover-takes-first-at-state-20130520,0,196388.story" target="_blank">Story/Video</a><br /><br /><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Team</span><br />1. Sabetha - 336<br />2. Thomas More Prep - 339<br />3. Halstead - 343<br /><br /><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Individual</span><br />1. Ryan Hoover, Phillipsburg - 74<br />2. David Misasi, Pitt Colgan - 76<br />3. Troy Watson, Caney Valley - 76<br /><br /><strong>2A - <span class="style39">Mariah Hills Golf Course, Dodge City</span></strong> - <strong><a href="http://stats.catchitkansas.com/user/file/game_results-115393.pdf" target="_blank">Complete Results</a></strong> <a href="http://www.catchitkansas.com/schools/elkhart/cik-dw-decatur-community-earns-first-2a-team-title-and-elkhart-earns-first-individual-crown-20130520,0,524446.story" target="_blank">Story/Video</a><br /><br /><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Team</span><br />1. Decatur Community - 339<br />2. Sterling - 342<br />3. Ellis - 343<br /><br /><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Individual</span><br />1. Hunter Burnett, Elkhart - 75<br />2. Kade Brown, Decatur Community - 76<br />3. Jared Olehe, Ellinwood - 76<br /><br /><strong>1A - <span class="style39">Municipal Golf Course, Emporia</span> - <a href="http://stats.catchitkansas.com/user/file/game_results-115394.pdf" target="_blank">Complete Results</a></strong> <a href="http://www.catchitkansas.com/sports/cik-trego-takes-1a-golf-title-stocktons-beougher-wins-in-playoff-20130520,0,6562252.story" target="_blank">Story/Photo/Video</a><br /><br /><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Team</span><br />1. Trego Community - 330 <br />2. Olpe - 353<br />3. Ashland - 366<br /><br /><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Individual</span><br />1. Koby Beougher, Stockton - 75 (won on playoff)<br />2. AJ Govert, Greeley County - 75<br />3. Chase Coble, Olpe - 76<br /><br /><strong>Sand Greens - <span class="style39">Oaks Golf Course, Tipton</span> - <a href="http://stats.catchitkansas.com/user/file/game_results-115395.pdf" target="_blank">Complete Results</a></strong><br /><br /><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Team</span><br />1. Rock Hills - 293<br />2. Tipton - 324<br />3. Riley County - 331<br /><br /><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Individual</span><br />1. Freeman, Rock Hills - 66<br />2. Flinn, Rock Hills - 74<br />3. Horn, Rock Hills - 75<br />
/schoolsWashburn Rural takes top two spots at 6AWashburn Rural takes top two spots at 6Ahttp://www.catchitkansas.com/schools/cik-kansas-state-boys-high-school-golf-6a-2013-20130520,0,6800508.storyBy MARC BOWMANFor CatchItKansas.com2013-05-20http://www.trbimg.com/img-519ae97a/turbine/cik-kansas-state-boys-high-school-golf-6a-2013-20130520/187/16x9http://www.trbimg.com/img-519ae97a/turbine/cik-kansas-state-boys-high-school-golf-6a-2013-20130520/400/16x9
<p>After 18 holes and two rain delays, the only thing certain was that a Washburn Rural golfer would take home first place.<br /><br /><a href="http://stats.catchitkansas.com/report_golf-game_results.php?game_id=115389" target="_blank">Click here</a> to see complete results.<br /><br />Junior Blue sophomore Andrew Beckler and junior John Wright finished their round at Middlebrook Country Club in Prairie Village in a tie, each shooting a four-under 71, forcing a playoff hole.<br /><br />On the first playoff hole, Beckler dropped in a ten-footer for a birdie to capture the championship.<br /><br />"I knew I liked the look of it, a nice right to left break," Beckler said. "I knew I had it."<br /><br />The pair enjoyed competing with one another despite having the state title on the line.<br /><br />"It wasn't nerve-wracking," Wright said. "Playing against Andrew is always fun. I popped up my tee shot. Maybe I had a little more adrenalin. Andrew told me to drill it."<br /><br />"It was fun," Beckler said. "It took the pressure off, but it was still tough because we were playing for the state championship."<br /><br />Early on, Wright led the field, only to be caught on the final hole as Beckler made a difficult shot from the bunker and then nailed a long putt to pick up a birdie and catch Wright.<br /><br />"There wasn't a doubt about Andrew making the putt on 18," Wright said of the tying shot. "I was really confident in Andrew."<br /><br />"The wheels were about to come off," Beckler said. "I knew I had to tie John. I had to slap it out of the bunker and get close, and make the putt. I knew it had to be close."<br /><br />Beckler started his round slow, but put together consecutive birdies which gave him the confidence to play more assertively.<br /><br />"After I bogeyed three and then birdied four and five, I thought, 'I can hang with these guys'," he said. "It's nice to step on the gas pedal a little."<br /><br />Despite taking home the gold and silver for individual play, Washburn Rural managed only third place in the team standings, scoring a combined 307, one stroke behind second-place Shawnee Mission East, while Blue Valley West took first place with an even 300.<br /><br />"It was a great year," Beckler said. "I'm happy with the way we played and the way we worked hard as a team."<br /><br />"Yesterday we focused on hitting fairways and hitting greens," Wright said. "Our goal was to win the state championship as a team, but we came up short. It's fun playing for the individual (title), but I'd rather have the team championship."<br /><br />Senior Josh Barker led Blue Valley West with a 72, good enough to take home third place in individual competition, and was joined by sophomore James Henderson, who shot a 73, senior Kyle Fecteau with a 77, and 78s each from seniors Gabe Milliken and Chad Carlson.<br /><br />SM East was led by senior Connor Knabe's 73, while senior Chase Hanna added a 76, junior John Sallaz shot a 78 and freshman Andrew Spencer rounded out their scoring with a 79.<br /><br />Henderson and Knabe were joined by Blue Valley North senior Alex Higgs in a playoff for fourth, fifth and sixth place.<br /><br />Dodge City senior Zach Kirby captured seventh place with a 74, while Hanna went to a playoff round with Dillon Funk of Olathe Northwest and Alex Spring of Olathe East.<br /><br />Fecteau's 77 was good enough for a five-way 11th-place tie with Gardner-Edgerton junior Jon Hughes, Hutchinson senior Sam Galliart, Shawnee Mission Northwest sophomore Mitchell Bolton, and Wichita Heights junior Caleb Haight.<br /><br />Milliken and Carlson also medaled, tying for 16th with Sallaz and Manhattan junior Scott Woods. Spencer was among seven who tied for 20th.<br /><br />Haight had high hopes to make the top ranks.<br /><br />"I started out hot," he said. "I drained a 50-footer on the first hole and through eight I was one under. I just couldn't make any putts on the back nine. The back nine was definitely tough. You really had to shape your shots."<br /><br />Haight and other golfers had trouble maintaining a rhythm after the tournament was delayed during the second half by the presence of lightning. The start of play was also delayed by an hour due to rain.<br /><br />"It's always tough to play after a rain delay," he said. "After the second rain delay I had to make a ten footer and I was a little stiff."<br /><br />"I don't want to say it's the weather, but the weather delay didn't help," said Heights coach Austin Sander.<br /><br />Haight stumbled at the end.<br /><br />"I wouldn't say I was happy with my round," he said. "I was pleased, but I finished with three bogeys. In my better rounds I had a lot more consistent iron play and off the tee. I just couldn't get them when they counted."<br /><br />"Caleb has been our leader all year," Sander said. "He shot a one over on the front nine today. We've had a pretty solid team with four scorers all season."<br /><br />Despite Haight's 77, Heights finished 12th in team competition with a combined 348. Sophomore Luke Gannon shot an 86 with sophomore Zach Pitcher adding a 92 and senior Sage Elassais posting a 93.<br /><br />"We didn't do very good," Sander said. "It's a struggle out there today. The course appears to be short and easy and you think you can handle it. The layout and the yardage look easy, but the tight fairways catch up with you."<br /><br />"My ball striking was really bad but my short game was pretty good, mostly," Gannon said. "I made a few errors with my ball striking but saved my game with my chipping and putting."<br /><br />Gannon and Sanders credited seniors Elassais, Evan Hutfles and Brandon Johnson with the team's success.<br /><br />"The seniors provided the leadership for us," Sander said. "They're good kids who love to play the game of golf and they've taught the younger kids a good work ethic This is our third time in a row for most of them; for the seniors, it's three years in a row (at state). The seniors provide us with our four, five, six scorers."<br /><br />"The seniors and juniors have helped me a lot," Gannon said.<br /><br />Gannon was also helped by a player on the PGA mini-tour - Wichita native Adam Tannehill.<br /><br />"I was inspired by a friend of mine on the mini-tour," he said of Tannehill. "He has helped me a lot with my game. He started working with me in eighth grade. He's helped me a lot with my overall course management."<br /><br />Gannon is a relative newcomer to golf, having primarily played baseball as a kid.<br /><br />"This is my third or fourth year of competition," he said. "I mostly played baseball and I had to change my swing; I changed it a lot. I got tired and burnt out of baseball. My brother and I started playing a lot (of golf) and loving it. I really started playing in my eighth grade year at tournaments."<br /><br />Gannon has made a lot of progress recently.<br /><br />"This year I probably learned the most," he said. "I struggled with my irons but my short game improved a lot. I'm always playing golf. But sometimes I play X-box or watch hockey. I'm a Blackhawks fan."<br /><br />In team competition, Blue Valley North captured fourth at 315 with Dodge City one stroke behind, Olathe East sixth at 322 and Manhattan one stroke further back for seventh.<br /><br />Lawrence Free State took eighth with 328; Lawrence was ninth at 340, Hutchinson one stroke back for tenth and Maize was 11th at 347.<br /><br />In addition to Kirby's seventh-place 74, Dodge City got a 79 each from senior Brad Hutton and junior Levi Bone while junior Jace Larson added an 84.<br /><br />"I had kind of a bad start and then settled down," Hutton said. "But I couldn't make my shots coming home. I had a bad start and turned it around, but I couldn't make my putts."<br /><br />Hutton liked the quick greens, but felt the pin placement was deceptive.<br /><br />"The pin placement was the hardest part of the course," he said. "There were some tough sucker pins. They kind of suckered you into making bad placements. I liked the fast greens. They were really nice. They were flat, smooth and fast. Unfortunately, I couldn't make my putts."<br /><br />Hutton, in his fourth trip to state, viewed the tournament at Meadowbrook Country Club as "just another state tournament" but was proud of his teammates for the strong season.<br /><br />"We had a really solid team, like in the past," he said. "Everybody competed, one through six. It seemed like any one of us could have been the number one. We all played really well. Today it seems like it has been an off day for us all."<br /><br />Hutton will play golf under scholarship at Washburn, where he plans to study accounting.<br /><br />"I'll keep going with the competitive golf," he said. Hutton has played competitively since age 11. "I started playing with my dad. He would play with his friends and he'd leave me behind, so I had to keep up. I'm proud to say I can beat him now."<br /><br />In addition to six golfers from each of the 12 qualifying teams, the tournament included 20 individual golfers who qualified for state competition, among them Junction City sophomore Shane Lee and Wichita Northwest sophomore Malcom Graham.<br /><br />"It's very fun," Graham said of the tourney. "I got out of school and got to play golf, so that's good. I didn't do too well on the back nine. I couldn't make contact with the ball but I figured out my problems on the front nine."<br /><br />Graham shot a 47 on the back nine, then a 43 on the front side for a 90.<br /><br />"The first hole is always the toughest," he said. "You don't know how you're going to do. It's always there that it gets decided. I started on 10; it was the worst hole of the round."<br /><br />Graham started playing golf at an early age when he got a set of clubs his grandfather, Jack Harris, sawed down to his size.<br /><br />"He got me started when I was three or four," he said. "He's 90. He got into golf after World War II."<br /><br />Lee enjoyed his first trip to state after he missed qualifying by one stroke as a freshman.<br /><br />"This was kind of an average round for me," he said. "I was hitting it good but not putting well. It was difficult up and down, in the rough and on the greens. I was trying to hack it out of the rough and lost distance. Then you try to go for birdies on the green and three putt. The greens started out slow, then got faster."<br /><br />Lee put together a 42 on the back nine, and followed it with a 40 on the front nine for an 82.<br /><br />"I started out and bogeyed 10, 11, and 12, then birdied 17," he said. "I was four over on the back nine, so that was OK. I struggled on the front nine, but came back to have seven over."<br /><br />Lee has been playing since age five, but didn't take it seriously until he started playing in tournaments in middle school.<br /><br />"I never took it seriously," he said. "I just hit it and had fun. I got serious in middle school when I started playing in tournaments. The competition got me serious."<br /><br /></p>
/schoolsKapaun Mt. Carmel goes back to back at the 5A State Golf ChampionshipKapaun Mt. Carmel goes back to back at the 5A State Golf Championshiphttp://www.catchitkansas.com/schools/cik-kapaun-mount-carmel-goes-back-to-back-at-the-5a-state-golf-championship-20130520,0,2067165.storyBy HEATHER WILLIAMSEyewitness Sports2013-05-20http://www.trbimg.com/img-519aedd8/turbine/cik-kapaun-mount-carmel-goes-back-to-back-at-the-5a-state-golf-championship-20130520/187/16x9http://www.trbimg.com/img-519aedd8/turbine/cik-kapaun-mount-carmel-goes-back-to-back-at-the-5a-state-golf-championship-20130520/400/16x9
OVERLAND PARK, Kansas--
<p>Without a single senior, Kapaun Mount Carmel won it's second straight 5A state golf title, beating second place St. James Academy by six strokes. <br /><br /><a href="http://stats.catchitkansas.com/report_golf-game_results.php?game_id=115390" target="_blank">Click here</a> to see complete results</p>
<p>"Proud of the kids, we had a couple young kids that stepped up and played well," said Crusaders head coach <span style="font-weight: normal;">Daniel Phillips. "It's a good overall team victory."</span></p>
<p>Kapaun didn't have any seniors when they won the title a year ago, either. Which means there is no reason to think they won't be the favorites next season.</p>
<p>"To do it last year with four sophomores and two freshman and then with the same six kids to do it all again it's a good sign of constancy of play that well this many tournaments," said Phillips. "And then to get them all coming back next year makes it even better."</p>
<p>The Crusaders are lead by junior Sam Stevens, who won the individual title, but not as easily as you might think. A surprise challenger put some pressure on Oklahoma State commit. Jeff Sherman of Andover Central went out on the first group and put up the score to beat a two under 69. It stuck, until Stevens came in with the final group with a four under 67. The two were the only golfers under par.</p>
<p>"My coach informed me on number 14 tee box that (Sherman) had shot two under. I was two under at the time so I knew I had to make a birdie coming in," said Stevens, who actually hit two birdieson the final four holes. "Obviously I'm really happy with the way I played. I hit the ball really well."</p>
<p>Coach <span style="font-weight: normal;">Phillips said Stevens means so much more to his team then just the numbers he puts up on the leader board.</span></p>
<p><span style="font-weight: normal;">"He's made big strides in terms of leadership and in terms of his mentality," said Phillips. "He carried all year, he kind of put everyone else on his shoulders especially today."<br /></span></p>
<p>But he did get some help on Monday. Jared Burns of Kapaun finished third in the individual standings.</p>
<p>Actually, it was an overall good day for teams from the Wichita area west. Maize South finished third in the team standings. The Mavericks' Alex Schremmer was fifth, Ark City's Dax Shaw was sixth and Hays's Kaden Beilman tenth.</p>
/schools4A: Collegiate Spartans capture 17th golf title4A: Collegiate Spartans capture 17th golf titlehttp://www.catchitkansas.com/sports/cik-collegiate-spartans-capture-17th-golf-title-jm-20130520,0,5694621.storyBy JIM MISUNASFor CatchItKansas.com2013-05-20http://www.trbimg.com/img-519aecc3/turbine/cik-collegiate-spartans-capture-17th-golf-title-jm-20130520/187/16x9http://www.trbimg.com/img-519aecc3/turbine/cik-collegiate-spartans-capture-17th-golf-title-jm-20130520/400/16x9
CHENEY, Kan. --
<p>Wichita Collegiate’s Riley Kemmer missed his senior class trip for a lifetime memory.</p>
<p>Kemmer helped the Spartans capture the school’s 17th state golf championship with a 4-over-par 76 at Cheney’s Cherry Oaks Golf Course. The Spartans posted a score of 299, six strokes ahead of Kansas City Piper.<br /><br /><a href="http://stats.catchitkansas.com/user/file/game_results-115391.pdf" target="_blank">Click here</a> to see complete results.</p>
<p>Kemmer played on Collegiate’s state golf champions as a freshman and sophomore, but bypassed golf last year to focus on securing a basketball scholarship to the University of Tulsa.</p>
<p>“To pull this off made it worth missing my senior class trip to Chicago,” Kemmer said. “I’ve been in this situation facing state tournament pressure, but we were not sure how our younger guys would handle it. Obviously, they handled it really well.”</p>
<p>Kemmer said the Spartans’ strong golf tradition provides good motivation.</p>
<p>“We have high expectations and there is some pressure involved in that, but it’s a very satisfying situation, especially for my senior year,” Kemmer said.</p>
<p>State runner-up Camron Chugg of Collegiate shot even-par 72 and lost a three-way playoff to Iola’s Kaden Macha for medalist honors. Collegiate freshmen Ian Trebilcock (75) placed 11th and 13th-place finisher Jack Larson (76) rounded out the Spartans’ top four scores. Collegiate’s other players were Matt Sorlie (85) and Kendall Reed (100).</p>
<p>Collegiate coach Kevin Reed said Collegiate’s first state championship in Class 4A was rewarding. The Spartans took advantage of perfect weather conditions with 80-degree temperatures and light winds.</p>
<p>"It's tough to win Class 4A and this was the first time we've done that,” he said. “Our top three players have played really solid all year. But we needed one of our other three players to have a good round and it was Jack (Larson's) day.”</p>
<p>The Spartans were locked in a tight battle with Piper through nine holes, with a one-stroke advantage. But the Spartans played even-par on their second nine to secure the six-stroke victory.</p>
<p>"Our guys who played the back nine played it 1-under-par,” Reed said. “That made the difference. We knew that Kansas City Piper and Hayden were good teams. Hesston and Buhler have beaten us during the year."</p>
<p>Iola's Kaden Macha captured the first state championship in school history with a par on the first playoff hole in a three-way playoff. Macha tied after 18 holes at even-par 72 with Collegiate’s Chugg and Montana Fasching of Kansas City Piper.</p>
<p>Macha struck a perfect 4-iron onto the first playoff hole for a par 4. Chugg and Fasching bogeyed the hole. Chugg parred the second playoff hole to finish as runner-up.</p>
<p>“That was the best shot I hit all day,” Macha said. “"It feels great to make school history. "It was a huge relief when my coach dumped a water bottle on my head. I kept the ball in play, made pars and made an occasional birdie. I didn't take myself out of it with any big mistakes.”</p>
<p>Topeka Hayden (316) captured the third-place trophy on a fifth-man tiebreaker with Buhler (316).</p>
<p>Hesston (325) finished seventh and Andale placed eighth (331). Quentin Henricks paced Buhler (76) by tying for 13th. Andale’s Jordan Anderson (77) tied for 17th.</p>
<p>Buhler also counted scores by Travis Bunting (80), Tyler Heimerman (80) and Dylan Schmitt (80).</p>
<p>Hesston counted scores from Matt Thayne (80), Matt Steele (80), Titus Ewert (81) and Jack Burnhart (84).</p>
<p>Andale also counted scores from Daniel Carney (80), Adam Shackelford (85) and Joseph Neville (89).</p>
/schoolsPhillipsburg's Hoover takes first at 3A state Phillipsburg's Hoover takes first at 3A statehttp://www.catchitkansas.com/schools/kwch-news-sba-phillipsburgs-hoover-takes-first-at-state-20130520,0,196388.storyBy Samantha Anderson2013-05-20http://www.trbimg.com/img-519af9f4/turbine/kwch-news-sba-phillipsburgs-hoover-takes-first-at-state-20130520/187/16x9http://www.trbimg.com/img-519af9f4/turbine/kwch-news-sba-phillipsburgs-hoover-takes-first-at-state-20130520/400/16x9
<p>¿Before Monday, Phillipsburg's Ryan Hoover hadn't one a golf tournament his senior year, but he made his last one count.<br /><br />"It feels really good to know that I, actually, did really good at the end," Hoover said.</p>
<p>Hoover took first at 3A State in Seneca with a score of 74. Just two stokes above the second place finisher.<br /><br /><a href="http://stats.catchitkansas.com/user/file/game_results-115392.pdf" target="_blank">Click here</a> to see complete results.</p>
<p>Hoover double bogeyed the 17th hole, but he was able to rebound and had par on the 18th and take the top spot.</p>
<p>"I just took a deep breath, calmed down, and said 'last hole, lets get it done right,'" Hoover said.</p>
<p>Hoover has golf in his blood. He comes from a long line of golfers on his father side. He revealed that his grandmother could still almost beat him.</p>
<p>"They encourage me a lot," Hoover said."It's a lot of help for them to come help me out at the golf course."</p>
<p>Sabetha took the top spot overall, with a score of 336, but Thomas Moore Prep was close behind them at 339 for second. Kade Megaffin, Max Megaffin, Hayden Rohr, Lane Fisher, Garret Stoecklein and Kade Schmidt finally got the school a trophy.</p>
<p>"We've made it to state the last three years and failed to bring home some hardware, so it's nice to atleast be bringing back something to Hays this year," head coach Bryan VonFeldt said.</p>
<p>Five years ago, Halstead won third place in 3A State, now, in 2013 they repeated that victory with a whole new team.</p>
<p>"This has been a fantastic voyage for us," head coach TJ Warsnak said. "The guys did really well out there, handled a course that they didn't know very well."</p>
<p>Nathan Gamache, Taylor Nemeth, Cory Armendariz, Blake Bohling, Alex Thibault and Brendan Gundy golfed together for the third place spot.</p>
/schoolsDecatur Community earns first 2A team title and Elkhart earns first individual crownDecatur Community earns first 2A team title and Elkhart earns first individual crownhttp://www.catchitkansas.com/schools/elkhart/cik-dw-decatur-community-earns-first-2a-team-title-and-elkhart-earns-first-individual-crown-20130520,0,524446.storyBy DANILYNN WELNIAKEyewitness Sports2013-05-20http://www.trbimg.com/img-519af3f4/turbine/cik-dw-decatur-community-earns-first-2a-team-title-and-elkhart-earns-first-individual-crown-20130520/187/16x9http://www.trbimg.com/img-519af3f4/turbine/cik-dw-decatur-community-earns-first-2a-team-title-and-elkhart-earns-first-individual-crown-20130520/400/16x9
Dodge City, Kan.--
<p>History was made at the 2A boys state golf tournament in Dodge City. Oberlin-Decatur Community High School won their first team state title with a team score of 339. Elkhart senior Hunter Burnett gave the Wildcats their first state golf champion shooting a 75. Burnett has not shot less than an 80 all season and said he surprised himself.<br /><br /><a href="http://stats.catchitkansas.com/user/file/game_results-115393.pdf" target="_blank">Click here</a> to see complete results.</p>
<p>“It’s really exciting I never dreamed it would have happened… Ever,” Burnett said. “The only thing I really had trouble with were the par threes. Everything else just came together…flat out.”</p>
<p>In the next chapter of his life Burnett plans on making golf a leisure activity. He will attend Seward County College to major in respiratory therapy. The second place finisher from Decatur Community, Kade Brown, has different college plans and he will play golf at Creighton University. Brown finished with a 76 and fell short of defending his state title.</p>
<p>“The day started off to a rough start but we hung in there and I know everybody had spots along the way where we were struggling,” Brown said. “But it’s nice to be able to pull out a team state championship even if we didn’t play our best games.”</p>
<p>Decatur earned the state crown with a 339 followed by Sterling with a 342. Ellis took third place as a team with a 343. Brown said the biggest reason he is so good is because of his freshman brother, Kelly, who also placed in the 2A state tournament.</p>
<p>“We’re very competitive with each other but we’re also very supportive of one another if we have good days or bad days,” Brown said. “I mean we both want each other to play our best but we both know at the end of the day we’re still going to be happy with whoever ended up on top.”</p>
<p>The Red Devils head coach Carol Brown is also happy with whoever wins. Not only is she their head coach but she is also their mom. She said it has taken a lot of work to make her boys successful but she enjoys every second she gets to spend with them. She is ecstatic about making history and said there was no pressure coming into her first year as head coach.</p>
<p>“It hasn’t been hard being a first year head coach because I have been playing with Kelly and Kade their whole lives,” she said. “Actually some of these boys that I am coaching, I was their Kindergarten teacher at one time. They are a really good group of kids. They work hard and they would do anything you ask them to do. They are driven and they want to succeed.”</p>
They wanted to succeed and they did. The Red Devils won their first 2A team state championship. Decatur Community only has two other memorable team moments in high school golf history. In 1983 the Red Devils earned second place and 1998 was the last time the whole team qualified for state.
/schoolsTrego takes 1A golf title; Stockton's Beougher wins in playoffTrego takes 1A golf title; Stockton's Beougher wins in playoffhttp://www.catchitkansas.com/sports/cik-trego-takes-1a-golf-title-stocktons-beougher-wins-in-playoff-20130520,0,6562252.storyBy CLINT HARDENCatchItKansas.com2013-05-20http://www.trbimg.com/img-519ade91/turbine/cik-trego-takes-1a-golf-title-stocktons-beougher-wins-in-playoff-20130520/187/16x9http://www.trbimg.com/img-519ade91/turbine/cik-trego-takes-1a-golf-title-stocktons-beougher-wins-in-playoff-20130520/400/16x9
<p>Stockton’s Koby Beougher had some fun at the state golf tournament Monday. Even when he and Greeley County’s A.J. Govert were tied for first at 75 after 18 holes.<br /><br /><a href="http://stats.catchitkansas.com/user/file/game_results-115394.pdf" target="_blank">Click here</a> to see complete results.<br /><br />Govert and Beougher were tied after the first hole of the playoff, and Beougher stuck with his plan.<br /><br />“I just wanted to hit one down the middle,” he said. “Then I hooked it left. I just wanted to get it close to the green, chip it up and have a chance at par.”<br /><br />He said he wasn’t nervous at all after the first playoff hole, until his hooked tee shot on the second. Govert missed the fairway as well so the two potential state champions were in essentially the same position.<br /><br />Both players made the green and Govert putted first. He had it right on line, angled it correctly with the slope and as the ball hit the hole, it rolled a quarter of the way around the rim and popped out.<br /><br />Both players reacted negatively. Govert was clearly upset and Beougher hung his head.<br /><br />“I just wanted him to make it,” Beougher said. “I felt bad for him.”<br /><br />Beougher had a foot and a half for par, just as he wanted from the start.<br /><br />“I felt pretty confident I could make it,” he said. “But it would have been nice for him to make that one.”<br /><br />Beougher sank the putt with ease and started the celebration with his coaches and teammates. Govert walked off the course without saying a word and his hat pulled down over his face.</p>
<p><a href="http://stats.catchitkansas.com/user/file/game_results-115394.pdf" target="_blank">CLICK HERE FOR COMPLETE RESULTS</a><br /><br />“(Winning state) hasn’t sunk in yet. I had fun,” Beougher said. <br /><br /><strong>Trego takes team title</strong><br /><br />Trego head coach Mark Pfannenstiel thought he had lost his team a shot at the state championship Friday.<br /><br />To say the weather in the spring of 2013 was uncooperative would be an understatement and the consequential inconsistency of practice and competition for every team affected performance greatly.<br /><br />Trego had played just four meets before the state championship, two of which were in postseason play, because of inclement weather.<br /><br />It struck again Friday when Trego took the course of practice.<br /><br />“I made a bad mistake yesterday,” Pfannenstiel said. “We came up around four o’clock to play our practice round. We played three holes and the weather forced us off the course. I was so worried that would come back to haunt us. I was afraid it was going to be my fault.”<br /><br />No need to worry. Trego took home the state championship trophy, 23 strokes ahead of second-place Olpe. Ashland finished third as a team with a score of 366.<br /><br />Pfannenstiel said the speed with which the grass plays at Emporia Municipal course fell to the Golden Eagles’ advantage.<br /><br />“From western Kansas we tend to play on a certain type of course,” he said. “We play a lot of buffalo-grass fairways. We were actually pleased these greens played slow, it’s what we’re used to.”<br /><br />Trego had depth and talent, which Pfannenstiel said was huge for the championship, especially after a drop in classification from 2A to 1A.<br /><br />“We’ve got talent and we’ve got depth,” he said. “And at 1A, that makes a huge difference.”<br /><br />Trego finished last season’s 2A state tournament as the runner-up, but now the Golden Eagles can add to the trophy case.</p>
/schools2013 State Track Qualifiers2013 State Track Qualifiershttp://www.catchitkansas.com/schools/cik-kansas-high-school-state-track-qualifiers-list-2013,0,7938104.story2013-05-17http://www.trbimg.com/img-51968f73/turbine/cik-kansas-high-school-state-track-qualifiers-list-2013/187/16x9http://www.trbimg.com/img-51968f73/turbine/cik-kansas-high-school-state-track-qualifiers-list-2013/400/16x9
<p>3,456 places are avalable for the State Track meet, and 3,456 qualifiers are listed on the links below.</p>
<p>State Track will be held at Cessna Stadium on the campus of Wichita State on May 24 & 25.</p>
<p>Congratulations to all who competed this year in Track & Field.</p>
<p><span style="text-decoration: underline; font-size: small;"><strong>Boys</strong></span></p>
<p><span style="font-size: small;"><a href="http://www.catchitkansas.com/cik-6a-boys-state-track-qualifiers-20130518,0,2347836.acrobat" target="_blank">6A</a></span></p>
<p><span style="font-size: small;"><a href="http://www.catchitkansas.com/cik-5a-boys-state-track-qualifiers-20130518,0,7791924.acrobat" target="_blank">5A</a></span></p>
<p><span style="font-size: small;"><a href="http://www.catchitkansas.com/cik-4a-boys-state-track-qualifiers-20130518,0,5236019.acrobat" target="_blank">4A</a></span></p>
<p><span style="font-size: small;"><a href="http://www.catchitkansas.com/cik-3a-boys-state-track-qualifiers-20130518,0,2680114.acrobat" target="_blank">3A</a></span></p>
<p><span style="font-size: small;"><a href="http://www.catchitkansas.com/cik-2a-boys-state-track-qualifiers-20130518,0,124209.acrobat" target="_blank">2A</a></span></p>
<p><span style="font-size: small;"><a href="http://www.catchitkansas.com/cik-1a-boys-state-track-qualifiers-20130518,0,5568297.acrobat" target="_blank">1A</a></span></p>
<p><br /><span style="text-decoration: underline; font-size: small;"><strong>Girls</strong> </span></p>
<p><span style="font-size: small;"><a href="http://www.catchitkansas.com/cik-6a-girls-state-track-qualifiers-20130518,0,5384362.acrobat" target="_blank">6A</a></span></p>
<p><span style="font-size: small;"><a href="http://www.catchitkansas.com/cik-5a-girls-state-track-qualifiers-20130518,0,2762921.acrobat" target="_blank">5A</a></span></p>
<p><span style="font-size: small;"><a href="http://www.catchitkansas.com/cik-4a-girls-state-track-qualifiers-20130518,0,141480.acrobat" target="_blank">4A</a></span></p>
<p><a href="http://www.catchitkansas.com/cik-3a-girls-state-track-qualifiers-20130518,0,5520032.acrobat" target="_blank"><span style="font-size: small;">3A</span></a></p>
<p><a href="http://www.catchitkansas.com/cik-2a-girls-state-track-qualifiers-20130518,0,2898591.acrobat" target="_blank"><span style="font-size: small;">2A</span></a></p>
<p><span style="font-size: small;"><a href="http://www.catchitkansas.com/cik-1a-girls-state-track-qualifiers-20130518,0,277150.acrobat" target="_blank">1A</a></span></p>
<p><br /><a href="http://stats.catchitkansas.com/report_trackfield-schedule_results.php?view_all=1&game_date=5-17-2013+" target="_blank">Click here</a> for regional track results and <a href="http://www.kshsaa.org/Public/Track/PDF/TimeSchedule.pdf" target="_blank">here</a> to see the timing schedule for the State Track Meet.</p>
/schoolsState Baseball & Softball brackets releasedState Baseball & Softball brackets releasedhttp://www.catchitkansas.com/sports/cik-kansas-state-high-school-baseball-softball-brackets-released-2013,0,1714126.storyBy JEFFREY GRABERCatchItKansas.com2013-05-17http://www.trbimg.com/img-51965776/turbine/cik-kansas-state-high-school-baseball-softball-brackets-released-2013/187/16x9http://www.trbimg.com/img-51965776/turbine/cik-kansas-state-high-school-baseball-softball-brackets-released-2013/400/16x9
<p>The KSHSAA has released State Brackets for Baseball and Softball for the 2013 postseason.</p>
<p>You can click on each link below to see brackets from the individual classifications.</p>
<p>State tournaments are scheduled to begin with quarterfinal play on Thursday, May 23, with semifinals and championships on Friday, May 24.</p>
<p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Baseball</strong></span></p>
<p><a href="http://stats.catchitkansas.com/sunflower/cik/docs/State_Brackets/Baseball/6A_Bracket.pdf" target="_blank">6A</a><br /><a href="http://stats.catchitkansas.com/sunflower/cik/docs/State_Brackets/Baseball/5A_Bracket.pdf" target="_blank">5A</a><br /><a href="http://stats.catchitkansas.com/sunflower/cik/docs/State_Brackets/Baseball/4A_Bracket.pdf" target="_blank">4A</a><br /><a href="http://stats.catchitkansas.com/sunflower/cik/docs/State_Brackets/Baseball/3A_Bracket.pdf" target="_blank">3A</a><br /><a href="http://stats.catchitkansas.com/sunflower/cik/docs/State_Brackets/Baseball/2-1A_Bracket.pdf" target="_blank">2-1A</a></p>
<p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Softball</strong></span></p>
<p><a href="http://stats.catchitkansas.com/sunflower/cik/docs/State_Brackets/Softball/6A_Bracket.pdf" target="_blank">6A</a><br /><a href="http://stats.catchitkansas.com/sunflower/cik/docs/State_Brackets/Softball/5A_Bracket.pdf" target="_blank">5A</a><br /><a href="http://stats.catchitkansas.com/sunflower/cik/docs/State_Brackets/Softball/4A_Bracket.pdf" target="_blank">4A</a><br /><a href="http://stats.catchitkansas.com/sunflower/cik/docs/State_Brackets/Softball/3A_Bracket.pdf" target="_blank">3A</a><br /><a href="http://stats.catchitkansas.com/sunflower/cik/docs/State_Brackets/Softball/2-1A_Bracket.pdf" target="_blank">2-1A</a></p>
/schoolsSwenson's Blog: Additions to the All-Time Top 10 & State Meet ScheduleSwenson's Blog: Additions to the All-Time Top 10 & State Meet Schedulehttp://www.catchitkansas.com/rankings/cik-swensons-blog-additions-to-the-alltime-top-10-state-meet-schedule-20130520,0,2247893.storyBy CAROL SWENSONTrack & Field Historian, Kansas Sports Hall of Fame2013-05-20http://www.trbimg.com/img-519a9fae/turbine/cik-swensons-blog-additions-to-the-alltime-top-10-state-meet-schedule-20130520/187/16x9http://www.trbimg.com/img-519a9fae/turbine/cik-swensons-blog-additions-to-the-alltime-top-10-state-meet-schedule-20130520/400/16x9
<strong>Seeking performers for the State Meet national anthems</strong><br /><br />Fellow state meet announcer Don Steffens is again coordinating the performers for the national anthem on both Friday and Saturday of the State Meet. If you have state qualifiers from your school that would make your school and community proud with their performance of the anthem, have your school administrator contact Steffens to see if he still has any openings. His phone number is 316-992-5081.<br /><br /><strong>New additions to the All-Time Top 10</strong><br /><br />Last Friday’s regional meets across the state saw three new additions to the All-Time Kansas Top 10 lists and a couple of near misses.<br /><br />Making the biggest jump was <strong>Nicolle Murphy</strong> (Arkansas City) who threw the javelin 168’5” at the Bishop Carroll Regional in Wichita. That toss moved Murphy up into the #3 spot on the All-Time Kansas list and she now trails only the 170-foot plus throws of Kendra Wecker (Marysville-2000, 174’6”) and Roxi Grizzle (Tonganoxie-2008, 170’3”). She had entered the Regional meet ranked 8th on the All-Time list. <strong>Kord Ferguson</strong> (Ottawa) now claims a spot on the All-Time Top 10 in two events after flinging the platter 199’1” at the Baldwin Regional. That throw makes him the #8 all-time best performer on both the shot put and discus lists heading into the state meet. Matching Ferguson was <strong>John Warren</strong> (Leavenworth) who took over the #8 spot on the triple jump list with his 49’10¼” three-bounce performance at the Topeka West Regional held at Hummer Park.<br /><br />Narrowly missing a spot on the top 10 was <strong>Raianna Maples</strong> (Topeka) whose 19’5” long jump at the Wichita Heights Regionals ranks #11 all-time. <strong>Jonathan DuVall </strong>(Garden City) continues to close in on a sub-14 time in the 110-meter high hurdles after running a fully automatic 14.07 at Friday’s regional at Dodge City. If the weather cooperates on Friday and Saturday, both Maples and DuVall could end their high school careers as members of the state’s All-Time Top 10.<br /><br /><strong>State Meet Schedule</strong><br /><br />It’s time to lay out your plan of action for where you’ll want to focus your attention within the Wichita State Cessna Stadium complex this coming Friday and Saturday.<br /><br />Classes 1A, 2A and 3A will open the competition, beginning at 7:45 a.m. Friday with the 3200-meter run finals. Field event finals for Classes 1A, 2A, and 3A will begin at 8:00 a.m. Preliminaries on the track in the high hurdles, 4x100, 400, 300 hurdles, 200 and 4x400 for the three smaller classes will run from 9:00 a.m. until approximately 1:45 p.m.<br /><br />Classes 4A, 5A and 6A then will take over following the same order for their track preliminaries (HH, 4x100, 400, 300H, 200, 4x400) beginning at 2:10 p.m., and concluding at approximately 6:50 p.m. The finals for the three larger classes’ in the 3200-meter run will begin around 7:00 p.m. Friday’s field event finals for the larger classes will run from approximately 3:00 p.m. until around 8:00 p.m.<br /><br />Saturday morning field event finals for all classes will begin at 8:00 a.m. Preliminaries in the 100-meter dashes for all classes, beginning with 1A and running through 6A, will go off beginning at 8:30 a.m. Finals on the track for all classes, again following the order of 1A through 6A, girls then boys, will begin at 9:30 a.m. and run straight through the meet schedule except for a break at around 2:30 p.m. for the annual Hall of Fame Induction ceremony. The meet should wrap up around 7:30 p.m., if the weather cooperates!<br /><br />The complete state meet schedule can be found at <a href="http://www.kshsaa.org/Public/Track/PDF/TimeSchedule.pdf" target="_blank">http://www.kshsaa.org/Public/Track/PDF/TimeSchedule.pdf</a><br /><br />One change in the meet format this year is having eight places scored and receiving medals rather than the seven places of the past several years. Also, the top nine performers in the preliminaries of the horizontal jumps (LJ, TJ) and the throws (SP, DT, JT) will be qualifying for the finals in those events.<br /><br /><strong>Hall of Fame Induction</strong><br /><br />Scheduled for induction into the KSHSAA Hall of Fame at the state meet on Saturday will be Lindsay Eck (Gray), 12-time individual state champion for St. Johns HS of Beloit between 1997 and 2000. Eck won four straight titles in two events, the 100-meter hurdles and long jump, plus three titles in the 300m hurdles and one in the triple jump. She swept all four events at the state meet her senior season and at the time of her graduation was one of only two girls in state meet history to win four straight state titles in both the long jump and the 100-meter hurdles.<br /><br /><strong>Preparing for the State Meet</strong><br /><br />One suggestion I would give the casual observer of the state meet would be to find a seat high enough in the stadium that you can watch the your favorite jump (pole vault on the east side, long/triple jump on the west side, high jump on the south apron) and still see the event(s) being contested on the other side of the field. Second, don’t forget about the discus and javelin which are being contested outside the stadium on the throwing fields southwest of Cessna Stadium, directly south of Koch Arena.<br /><br />With the unseasonably cool weather we’ve experienced up until the past two weeks this spring, be sure to stay hydrated and protected from the sun! We’ve seen some unbelievable sunburns in the two days of the state meet over the years!<br /><br /><strong>Events to watch</strong><br /><br />As I look over the annual performance list and try to pick events to highlight at the State Meet, I always think it is like trying to select inductees for a hall of fame. There are so many great candidates to choose from that you invariably leave out other equally significant candidates. I apologize to those that you feel you should be included, but weren’t. I’d ask them to just use this as motivation to throw down their performance of the season and/or career in addition to making me look bad! But, here goes anyway, our “Events to Watch” for the 2013 KSHSAA State Track & Field Championships.<br /><br />It is amazing when an athlete ranks among the top 15 performers in the USA in an event, but still can rank only fourth and fifth in Kansas. But, that is the case in the Class 3A girls’ javelin throw. The State Meet’s opening javelin competition, scheduled to begin at 8:00 a.m. Friday, includes <strong>Ally Zerbe</strong> (3A-Mission Valley) and <strong>Heidi Heiniger </strong>(3A-Sabetha). They enter this weekend ranked 14th and 15th among all US preps with their season best throws of 146’0” and 144’3”, respectively, but only fourth and fifth in Kansas for 2013. What a way to start off a state meet!<br /><br />If you only have a limited time to spend at the State Meet this weekend, make sure you are at Cessna Stadium between 3:00 and 8:00 p.m. on Friday. Events and leading competitors scheduled to be in action beginning at 3:00 Friday will include: <strong>Kord Ferguson</strong> (4A-Ottawa) leads the state and ranks #8 All-Time KS in both the shot and discus (199’1”). Ferguson currently ranks among the top five nationally in the shot with his throw of 63’6”. <strong>Nick Meyer </strong>(5A-Bishop Carroll) tops Kansas, ranking #5 All-Time KS, and ranks #9 among US preps in the pole vault with his 16’8” clearance. Meyer would like to cap his prep career with another state title and a 17-foot clearance, but he’ll get a challenge from <strong>Chris Burley</strong> (5A-Great Bend) who cleared 16’0” at the Salina Central Regional. <strong>Cassie Wait </strong>(6A-Gardner Edgerton) became the second girl in state track & field history to clear a height of 13’0” or better in the pole vault this spring. Wait’s 13’0” season best ranks among the nation’s top 15 prep vaulters for 2013 and will <br />be competing for a final time in her prep career against her Trailblazer teammate <strong>Natalie Mitchell</strong> (6A-Gardner Edgerton) who is tied for 13th on the All-Time state list at 12’0”. Outside the stadium on the throwing field <strong>Nicolle Murphy</strong> (5A-Arkansas City) will be in action. Murphy moved into the #3 spot on<br /><br />the All-Time Kansas list and currently ranks #2 among US preps in the girls’ javelin for 2013 after her Regional performance of last Friday. Remember, all javelin and discus throws evetns will be contested on the throwing fields, outside the stadium south of Koch Arena.<br /><br />At 4:45, the long jump and triple events will feature <strong>Alexa Thomas-Harmon</strong> (6A-Free State) in the long jump where she ranks #10 All-Time in the state with her season best 19’6” competing on the parallel runways along the west straightaway as state leader <strong>Oasis Hernandez </strong>(5A-Emporia) who should be the one to beat in the 5A triple jump since she ranks #15 on the All-Time Kansas list with her career best 39’3¼” from last season and lead Kansas this spring at 38’4”. Thomas-Harmon should get a challenge from <strong>Raianna Maples </strong>(6A-Topeka) who trails her by just one-inch on the 2013 state list and ranks #11 All-Time in Kansas.<br /><br />If you can, extend your Friday stay for the final group of field events beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Friday and you can see the among others: <strong>Jerel Morrow</strong> (5A-Emporia) the state’s All-Time leader (25’8½”) in the long jump who again leads the state and ranks #5 nationally for 2013 with his season best jump of 24’6¾”. <strong>Braden Smith </strong>(6A-Olathe South) will be attempting to improve on his season best throw of 59’7” in the shot and attempt to break the 60-foot barrier at 6:30 p.m. the same time that two great high jump events will begin. The girls’ high jump will feature two of the state’s All-Time top five in the high jump: <strong>Alexa Thomas-Harmon</strong> (6A-Free State) and<strong> Grace Pickell </strong>(6A-SM East). Thomas-Harmon cleared 5’10½” indoors this winter while Pickell jumped that height in winning the 6A state title last season. The girls won’t be the only show on Cessna Stadium’s south high jump apron at 6:30 though. State co-leader <strong>Kai (Shean) Rowden </strong>(6A-Olathe North) will be trying to improve on his 6’11” season best while going a<br />fter the state’s first seven-foot clearance of the season in the boys’ high jump. Rowden will likely have company as the bar is raised toward the state leading height as <strong>Cameron Spencer </strong>(6A-Blue Valley North) has season best of 6’10”. Competing at the same time on the east pole vault runway will be <strong>Emily Brigham </strong>(5A-Mill Valley), the state’s All-Time leader in the girls’ pole vault with her 2012 best of 13’7”. Brigham cleared 13’1” last Friday at the Bishop Miege Regional to take the state lead for 2013 and she currently ranks #5 nationally with her indoor best of 13’6¼”.<br /><br />You’ll want to be in your seat bright and early, hopefully ready for a long day on Saturday, as a couple of highlight events kick off the day at 8:00 a.m. <strong>Jaylyn Agnew</strong> (5A-Andover) leads the 5A girls’ high jump field with a clearance of 5’10”, tied for #4 on the All-Time Kansas list. She cleared that height in winning the state 5A title last year and was over the bar at that height again earlier this spring. Agnew ranks among the top 10 US preps this spring. Like Friday final field event session, a person can watch both the girls’ and boys’ state leaders in action at the same time. <strong>Garrison LaRock </strong>(4A-Andale) will be attempting to raise his season best from a pre-state meet state co-leading 6’11” to over the elusive seven-foot barrier. Simultaneously on the east pole vault runway, <strong>Emily Rowland </strong>(4A-Andale), who recently moved into the #9 spot on the All-Time Kansas list with her clearance of 12’5”, leads the 4A pole vault field.<br /><br />At 9:30 a.m., the finals will begin on the track. Among the leading competitors in the girls’ 100-meter barrier event should be a familiar figure by now, <strong>Alexa Thomas-Harmon</strong> (6A-Free State). Her 2013 best of 14.30 is just 0.02 second off of her personal best of 14.28 which ranks #10 All-Time in Kansas girls’ track & field history. The boys’ 110-meter high hurdles will follow and topping the list of boy hurdle performers this spring is <strong>Jonathan DuVall</strong> (Garden City) who ran 14.07 to move into the state’s all-time top 20 last week and narrowed the gap in his race to become the state’s next sub-14 second hurdler.<br /><br />If you don’t mind missing out on Thomas-Harmon or DuVall in the hurdles, you may want to venture out to the throwing fields south of Koch Arena at 9:45 a.m. for an event which will have two of the nation’s top 10 girl javelin throwers going head-to-head. <strong>Danie Plank </strong>(6A-Gardner Edgerton) will be attempting to become just the second girl to win four straight state javelin titles. Plank won Class 5A in 2010 and 2011 before winning Class 6A in 2012. Her season and personal best throw of 161’ 1” ranks #5<br /><br />All-Time in Kansas and is currently #4 among US preps for 2013. But, that fourth title won’t come without a challenge though as <strong>Keiryn Swenson</strong> (6A-Maize) has thrown 152’1” to rank #8 in the US this spring and #10 All-Time in Kansas. If you prefer, you can stay inside the stadium, you can watch <strong>John Warren</strong> (5A-Leavenworth) in the triple jump, the event in which he moved into the #8 spot on the All-Time list at last week’s Topeka West regional with a three-bounce performance of 49’10¼”. Simultaneously in the shot put, <strong>Katie Kehl</strong> (4A-Baldwin) will be attempting to better her state leading 45’3¾” and move up the All-Time charts from her current #16 spot. Also the defending 4A champion in the discus, which is being held at 4:45 p.m. on Friday, Kehl may be going for her second weight throw title of the meet.<br /><br />At 11:30 a.m. Saturday, <strong>Emily Brigham</strong> (5A-Mill Valley), #2 on the All-Time state list with her 2012 long jump best of 20’4¼”, will be defending her 5A state title from last year. Brigham ranks #2 on the state list this spring at 19’4”, right behind Class 6A’s Thomas-Harmon and Maples. We haven’t seen a 200-foot throw in the javelin yet this season and Class 3A may our best bet. <strong>Seth Derr</strong> (3A-Phillipsburg) and <strong>Cadyn Carter </strong>(3A-Beloit) lead the state with their throws of 193’11” and 192’11”, respectively.<br /><br />With three of the state’s top five best times at 100-meters this season, the Class 4A girls’ 100, scheduled for around 12:45 p.m., may be the most competitive of the girls’ sprints along with Class 6A which has six of the state’s top 11. After looking at the girls’ fields it hard to believe, but the Class 5A boys’ 100 meters may be the premiere sprint event of the weekend. Both <strong>DeAnte Ambler</strong> (5A-KC Schlage) and <strong>Joe Reagan</strong> (5A-Seaman), the defending 5A 100 and 200-meter champion, are within 0.12 second of the state’s All-Time top 10 with their season bests, 10.51 and 10.56, respectively, but don’t be surprised to see <strong>Marcus Cutler </strong>(5A-Salina South) first across the line. Please, Mother Nature! Warm temperatures, light or no wind, and please, please, please, no rain!<br /><br /><strong>Heather Ruder </strong>(3A-Thomas More Prep-Marian) will going for her fourth straight state 1600-meter title around 1:30 p.m. Ruder enters the 2013 State Meet with eight individual state titles and could have nine by the start of the 1600. She has won three state championships at 1600 meters, three more at 800 meters (5:05 p.m.) and two at 3200 (Friday morning at 8:25 a.m.). <strong>Katherine Dillard </strong>(5A-Bishop Carroll) leads the state in both the 1600 and 800 meters. <strong>Morgan Wedekind</strong> (5A-Valley Center) should challenge in the 1600 along with the <strong>Baker sisters</strong>, <strong>Nashia</strong> and <strong>Milika</strong> (5A-Lansing) in both events. 3:45 p.m. Saturday is the start time for the girls’ 400 meters and <strong>Ashaunti Hutton</strong> (5A-Bishop Miege) appears ready to throw down a good one. Her season best and state leading 55.72 is within shot of her career best of 55.34 which she ran in winning the Class 5A state title last year as a freshman and which ranks #7 All-Time in Kansas girls’ track & field history.<br /><br />The 300-meter hurdles, scheduled for 4:25 p.m., should be a great event for both the girls’ and boys’. <strong>Mackenzie Klaver </strong>(1A-Norwich) leads the state’s 300-meter hurdlers with her career best 44.84, and she also leads 1A and ranks among the state’s best in the 100-meter hurdles in addition to the 100 and 200-meter dashes. <strong>Alexa Thomas-Harmon</strong> (6A-Free State) hasn’t matched her career best of 44.01 in the 300-meter hurdles, #15 All-Time in Kansas, run during her freshman season, but she is performing consistently across the board in all her events and appears ready to make a significant drop in her best time. The boys’ long hurdlers will take the track at 4:45 p.m. and all eyes will be focused on <strong>Trenton Hammond</strong> (5A-Liberal) who ranks among the top 15 nationally with his #6 All-Time Kansas best mark of 37.22.<br /><br />A couple of others not to be overlook are <strong>Taylor Kisner</strong> (4A-Hugoton) and <strong>Adam Deterding </strong>(5A-Hays).<strong> Kisner</strong> won state titles in the 100, 200, and 400 meters for Class 1A Victoria in 2011, and is currently ranked among 4A’s best in both the long and triple jumps. <strong>Deterding</strong> is back to defend his state titles in the 110m hurdles, where he is the two-time defending champion and enters with the state’s #2 time, as well as the high jump where he has cleared 6’10” this season.<br /><br /><strong>Webstream and Cox 22</strong><br /><br />Competition from the State Track & Field Meet will be streamed live via the internet throughout the meet on the KSHSAA Network. It is exciting to note though that Cox Kansas 22 on your local cable, will partner with the KSHSAA Network on Saturday to produce live television coverage of Saturday’s finals from 3:00 p.m. to the conclusion of the meet on its statewide network. It will be great to have Mark Ewing, veteran broadcaster and programming manager for Cox 22, back again calling the events live for the final four-plus hours of the meet on Cox 22.<br />
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