This Week in Sports: Postseason Updates and more


Your 2018 5A-1A State Champs!

Dillon Malone, Sports Editor

Welcome to another edition of this week in sports. This week, I would like to congratulate all of the winter sports athletes for their hard work and dedication that has led to yet another successful season. Starting with boys swimming which competed at state in Topeka about a week ago: Logan Carter placed second out of 14 divers in the one meter diving finals and Kyle Eck placed fourteenth; Matthew Harding, Wade Hoffman, Ethan Khoury, and Rory Smith placed sixth in the 200 yard freestyle relay out of 30 teams; Smith also placed fifth in the 100 yard breaststroke; Carroll also had finalists in the 200 yard freestyle Harding (13th); the 200 yard individual medley Smith (9th);  the 500 yard freestyle Harding (14th); and the 400 yard freestyle relay Harding, Hoffman, Khoury, and Smith (12th). Great job to all the swimmers!

The next sport is bowling. Both teams have been having great seasons and bowl Friday at Northrock for the 5A-1A state championships. So far this postseason the boys junior varsity team won the JV GWAL tournament, the individual placers were: Jorey Faber (1st), Ben Gregg (3rd), Braden Masterson (4th), Seth Lyle (5th), Blake Albers (14th), and Calvin Morgan (15th). The girls junior varsity team also won the JV GWAL tournament, individual placers: Ainsley Stump (1st), Brianna Ast (2nd), and Jade Pham (3rd). For the varsity GWAL tournament the boys finished tied for second with Heights and individual placers were your writer (4th), Dalton Fox (5th), Blake Yarberry (9th), and Parker Tippin (10th). The girls varsity took third and individual placers were Cassie Honas (7th), Alex Carter (9th), Laura Seiler (12th), Alli Maddox (14th). At the Mulvane regional last Friday the boys won and Tippin was the top individual with a 715 series. The girls team won its regional as well, with Ryleigh Chaffin (1st) and Seiler (2nd). Then today at state the boys placed third on an extremely challenge lane condition your writer won the 5A-1A state individual title and Tippin took third. The girls added to an impressive history today by winning its third state title in the 13-plus year history of the KSHSAA state tournament. Individual medalists were Seiler (3rd), Carter (5th), and Chaffin (7th). What a great season we had Eagles, it was truly an honor to bowl with every single one of you this season.

From the lanes to the basketball courts, the boys team started of the playoffs with a blowout win against Valley Center 37-58 and then won a close game versus Topeka West 46-49. Tonights win clinched Carroll’s ticket to Topeka where it will look to take home a state title. The girls defeated Topeka West last Wednesday by a score of 31-61, tomorrow it takes on in city rival Heights for a chance to play in Topeka this coming week. Good luck to both our basketball teams!