A quick rant through the week in sports:
• Area high school athletes and teams have put the finishing touches on another great springs sports season.
• Joplin’s Jeremy Lynn fought off cramps and Rockwood Summit’s Dylan Steffens to win the Class 2 tennis singles championship on Saturday.
• The state title was a nice parting gift as the senior prepares to compete at the University of Minnesota next season.
• St. Mary’s-Colgan’s baseball team run-ruled Silver Lake 10-0 on Friday, lifting the Panthers to the Kansas Class 3A state championship.
• It certainly has been a nice stretch for coach Mike Watt and the Panthers. Watt led Colgan to his first state championship in 1993. Twenty years later, Watt directed Colgan to his 13th state title as coach. Colgan has a state-record 17 titles in school history.
• The CNC as a whole also has had a nice stretch in baseball. Colgan’s championship gave the league its seventh state title in 3A and 14th state title overall since 2002.
• Baxter Springs, the winner of four those titles in that time frame, recently hired longtime Miami baseball coach Chris Mercer. In 13 seasons for the Wardogs, Mercer totaled 297 wins and three state tournament appearances.
• Lamar captured its first track and field championship last week after missing by a point a year earlier.
• It’s almost difficult to believe that two years ago, the Tigers had never won a team state championship in any sport. Two years later, Lamar has won four with two in football, one in cross country and one in track.
• And don’t forget, Lamar also has tallied two runner-up finishes during that time (track and golf).
• Lamar’s Sam Bailey, Ben Bailey and Austin Boice finished 1-2-3 in the discus to give the Tigers a nice head start at the Class 2 state meet. Boice also won the shot put, and Lamar’s 4x800 relay team of Josh Garfield, Zachary Ray, Landon Compton and Drew Buckner also earned first-place medals.
• McAuley Catholic’s Victoria Foley not only repeated as state champion in the discus, she set a Class 1 state record with a throw of 128 feet, 9 inches.
• The old record of 128-2 had stood for 31 years.
• College Heights Christian’s Ryan Beaver won the Class 2 1,600 meters, finishing about 13 seconds shy of the state record set by College Heights’ Caleb Hoover in 2009.
• The state titles don’t end there. Jasper’s Jed Kaderly won the Class 1 shot put, while Mount Vernon’s Shane Williams won the Class 3 long jump and Girard’s Drew Davied won the Kansas Class 4A high jump.
• There also are other team accomplishments worth noting. The Carl Junction girls soccer won its first district and sectional titles in the young program’s history. McAuley baseball won its first district championship since 1982.
• Yes, I know there are accolades I’ve failed to mention. But that may be the best compliment that can be given to this area. If I included all of them, this column might never end.
• So congratulations to all on a great season. I’m already anxious for the fall.
A quick rant through the week in sports:
- High School Sports
District titles on the line today at Carl Junction
The Class 4 District 12 boys and girls basketball championship games will be today at Carl Junction High School.
Columbus, Frontenac girls to play with state berth on line
After splitting their first two meetings, the Columbus Titans and Frontenac Raiders girls basketball teams are set to play the one that really matters.
Seneca basketball sets several school records
The Seneca boys basketball team set several school records from beyond the arc this season.
Nelson provides punch for Bulldogs
Aaron Nelson scored 26 points as Carl Junction defeated Webb City 71-46 and advanced to the championship game of the Class 4, District 12 tournament.
Webb City makes 18 treys in semifinal win against Carl Junction
Favored Webb City rained 18 treys on Carl Junction.
Pressure defense carries Crane girls by Pierce City
The Crane Pirates set the tone from the opening minutes.
Crane jumped out to a 10-0 lead, forcing the Pierce City Eagles to commit turnovers on their first five possessions.
Crane starts fast, sinks Greenfield in sectional
Crane’s size advantage over the Greenfield Wildcats was evident.
The Pirates boast 6-foot-6 senior center Justin Washington, while Greenfield’s tallest player on the roster was 6-3.
Carl Junction, Nevada win openers in girls division of Class 4 tourney
Fourth-seeded Carl Junction held off a Carthage comeback in the third quarter and defeated the Tigers 50-38 Tuesday in the opening girls game of the weather-delayed Class 4 District 12 basketball tournament in the Bulldogs’ gymnasium.
Parkview eliminates JHS girls
Joplin’s girls started strong before falling 63-43 to Parkview in their Class 5 District 12 semifinal game at Willard High School on Tuesday.
Webb City boys off to 'fresh start' with a victory
As far as Webb City boys basketball coach Landon Cornish is concerned, his team’s record is 1-0.
- More High School Sports Headlines
- District titles on the line today at Carl Junction