2016: A YEAR IN REVIEW

The Pratt Greenbacks hold the State Championship Trophy aloft. The Pratt Greenbacks defeated the Hayden Wildcats 48 to 14 to win the KSHSAA Class 4A Division II State Championship Game at Salina Stadium in Salina, Kansas on November 26, 2016. (Photo: Joey Bahr, www.joeybahr.com)

January

The winter 2015-16 edition of CatchitKansas The Magazine continued to be picked up at newsstands with the 2015 Derby Panthers featured on the cover following their state championship.

Wichita South's Erick Mattingly was nominated to play in the McDonald's All-American game.

Former Abilene Cowboy Cody Whitehair played in the Reese's Senior Bowl.

West Elk's Isaiahh Loudermilk committed to play college football for the Wisconsin Badgers in a CatchitKansas exclusive live coverage.

Andale High School honored one of the greatest track coaches in recent history, Paul Schmidt who had been coaching for 60 years. Their home track invitational was named after Schmidt.

Wichita Southeast's Israel Barnes had a towering dunk in a GWAL-AVCTL Challenge game against Maize South.

Gavin Lively and the Norton wrestling team shined on the mat at the Newton Tournament of Champions.

Kapaun Mt. Carmel boys basketball team won the Bluestem Classic in El Dorado.

Maize South's Wells Padgett verbally committed to play golf at Auburn.

Wellington girls basketball won the Haven Invitational tournament.

Hoxie girls basketball has their winning streak stopped at 107 games. The streak dated back to 2011. In the same season, St. John-Hudson boys have their winning streak halted at 63 wins.

February

The 1A Division I state basketball tournament is relocated by KSHSAA from Fort Hays State to the Civic Center in Dodge City.

On National Signing Day, Maize South's Korie Frausto signs with Army and Ulysses' Ian Rudzik signs with K-State among the many signings that day.

Maize boys swimming wins the 5-1A State Championship on the final race of the day.

Wichita Southeast boys basketball stalled for more than four minutes against Wichita Heights, creating conversation for a shot clock in Kansas high school basketball.

Garden City (6A), Goddard (5A), Colby (4A), and Norton (321A) all win state championships in wrestling. Garden City's Michael Prieto wins his fourth state individual championship after battling an injury.

March

Wichita Heights graduate Perry Ellis plays his final game inside Allen Fieldhouse.

A video of Wichita Southeast's band director Kristal Cutler goes viral displaying her passion in the position.

Girls State Basketball Champions: Wichita South, St. Thomas Aquinas, Bishop Miege, Clay Center, Silver Lake, Central Plains, Centralia, and Dighton

Boys State Basketball Champions: Shawnee Mission North, Mill Valley, Bishop Miege, Wichita Collegiate, Osage City, Jackson Heights, Centralia, Attica

Garden City and Emporia boys win state bowling titles. Campus and Eisenhower girls take home bowling state championships from Northrock Lanes.

High School baseball and softball returns to the diamond. Girls soccer begins.

Hutchinson track and field is featured on the cover of CatchitKansas The Magazine.

April

High school track, boys tennis, boys golf, and girls swimming season gets underway.

Citizens of north central Kansas celebrate the life of Noah Smith, who was a standout athlete at Beloit Junior-Senior High School. "Noah's impact ran deep in our school, our community, and people in church youth group…" - Beloit Head Football Coach Greg Koenig

The CatchitKansas Track Tracker fires up for another season of weekly track rankings for each boys and girls track event. Carol Swenson fires up his track blog for the 2016 season.

Garden City's Michael Prieto signs to wrestling in college at South Dakota State.

May

Perry Ellis and Wayne Selden play in the annual barnstorming game at Wichita East against a team of high school seniors from the area.

Wichita East girls swimming celebrates their 8th straight GWAL swim championship.

Blue Valley Northwest, Eisenhower, Wichita Collegiate, and Central Plains celebrate state tennis championships.

SM East, Aquinas, Hays, Fredonia, Sacred Heart, Immaculata, and Tipton Catholic School all win state golf titles.

Wichita East's Katerina Savvides makes her mark on the 6A state swim meet winning the 200 yard individual medley. Wichita Heights' Katelyn Blattner wins the 5A 200 yard freestyle race and 500 yard freestyle race, while Trinity's Taylor Kostboth wins the 50 yard freestyle race. Kendall Kilgore wins the 100 yard freestyle for Trinity.

Andover softball ends the Bishop Carroll 77-game winning streak and controversy surrounds the team's State tournament game against Shawnee Heights after the weather and state of the field cancels out their go ahead runs due to KSHSAA rules.

Wichita West's coach Jeff Hoover and pitcher Colby Pechin face a one game suspension at the 6A state baseball tournament due a KSHSAA violation regarding pitch limitation.

2016 State baseball champions: Shawnee Mission East, St. Thomas Aquinas, Buhler, Baxter Springs, Nemaha Central, and Pittsburg Colgan.

2016 State softball champions: Olathe South, Topeka Seaman, Spring Hill, Frontenac, Riverton, Valley Falls

2016 Girls soccer champions: SM West, St. Thomas Aquinas, Bishop Miege

2016 Girls Track team champions: Olathe East, Newton, Baldwin, Beloit, Valley Heights, Centralia

2016 Boys Track team champions: SM North, Aquinas, Bishop Miege, Norton and Scott City tie for 3A title, Olpe, Ashland

Maize South junior Kassidy Johnson puts on a dominating performance at state track on her way to winning three events.

June

2016 Catchys voting launches.

The first ever CatchitKansas Great Footballl Uniform Challenge kicks off with a field of 64 schools from the coverage area.

The summer issue of CatchitKansas the magazine hits shelves with Abilene track on the cover.

2015 Kapaun Mt. Carmel graduate Joe Lienhard is a part of the Oklahoma State College World Series team.

The second year of the CatchitKansas 11 in 11 position rankings gets underway with the release of the top quarterbacks heading into the 2016 season.

July

The Great American Shootout Midwest tournament kicks off in Wichita.

Ark City Post 18 wins the Legion Baseball Class A State championship.

Kansas Shrine Bowl kicks of from Emporia. Topeka's Mike McCoy leads to the East team to a 48-27 win.

2016 Catchy award winners included the likes of Ulysses' Ian Rudzik, Garden Plain's Daylynn Doyle, and Wichita North's Gabby Reyna.

Fans of Clearwater High School flock to social media to vote for their team having the best football uniforms in Kansas. Great Bend finishes second in the voting.

August

Wichita North graduate Nico Hernandez wins the bronze medal at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

Cheney and Garden Plain football teams hold midnight football practice on the first day of practice in Kansas.

2016 fall sports get officially underway at the Hesston Swathers tennis Invitational.

The second year of the CatchitKansas student section rankings gets underway with defending champ Garden City on top.

September

High School football arrives! Wichita Northwest defeats Bishop Carroll 61-49 to start the season.

Weather postpones many week 2 football games from Friday to Saturday and some even played on the following Monday.

Dodge City soccer begins their year of dominance in Class 6A.

Rose Hill football pulls off a stunning comeback to win on a late field goal over Clearwater.

KSHSAA unveils its newest classification changes for sports other than football.

Derby and Bishop Carroll play football for the first time ever. The stadium was packed as the Panthers went on to to win.

Marion football makes a solid run and eventually wins the Heart of America league championship.

October

Southeast of Saline football wins the North Central Activities Association championship in a win over Beloit.

Blue Valley North, Ark City, Wichita Collegiate, and Wichita Independent take home girls state tennis championships.

Washburn Rural, Kapaun Mt. Carmel, Wichita Trinity, and Caney Valley all win girls state golf titles.

Now Rutgers offensive coordinator Jerry Kill attends Cheney football game.

5A and 6A begin new football playoff system without district play.

Rose Hill takes home a big state volleyball championship from the Bicentennial Center in Salina.

At State Cross Country, Maize South, Hugoton, and St. Thomas Aquinas all swept their classifications for boys and girls state championships.

Goddard's student section wins the Fall Student Section Championship!

November

Postseason soccer and football continue play.

Dodge City Red Demon boys soccer wins the 6A State championship, Bishop Carroll defeats Kapaun to finish third in 5A, and Andover Central finishes third in 4-1A.

Derby, Goddard, Valley Center, Great Bend, Buhler, Maize South, Pratt, Holcomb, Hoisington, Hesston, Plainville, and Osborne all have remarkable playoff runs.

2016 State Football Champions: Derby (back-to-back), Mill Valley (back-to-back), Bishop Miege (back-to-back), Pratt, Rossville (third straight), Troy, Osborne, and Hanover

Eisenhower football coach Marc Marinelli named the West Squad coach for the 2017 Shrine Bowl in El Dorado.

December

Winter sports season gets underway and so does the Winter Student Section Rankings.

Kapaun Mt. Carmel boys start 5-0 and are at the top of the GWAL to end the calendar year. Wichita South girls continue to win, having not lost a game since February 24, 2015.

Eisenhower boys basketball continues to impress and sits at #1 in Class 5A.

Wichita Heights and Wichita East boys swimming open up their seasons at home.

Wichita South wins the Douglass Wrestling Invitational. Ark City and Goddard wrestling continue to fight for the top spot in 5A. Norton sits on top of 321A to end 2016.


The Pratt Greenbacks hold the State Championship Trophy aloft. The Pratt Greenbacks defeated the Hayden Wildcats 48 to 14 to win the KSHSAA Class 4A Division II State Championship Game at Salina Stadium in Salina, Kansas on November 26, 2016. (Photo: Joey Bahr, www.joeybahr.com)