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Local Athletes win events, move onto finals

University of Kansas’ Rock Chalk Park hosted its first event this week with the KU Relays.

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Kansas Relays wrap up for the year

The Kansas Relays wrapped up on Saturday and a number of local athletes ended their weekend in the top three.

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Dodge City shuts door on Great Bend for 8-0 win

It’s never a good thing when your keeper is your busiest player on the pitch. Great Bend sophomore Emily Ibarra came up with 13 saves against Dodge City but that was not nearly enough as the Red Demons blasted the Panthers 8-0. The win was…

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Great Bend twins look to qualify to state in four sports this season

To excel at one sport is tough, but Great Bend standouts Kaylie and Kelsie Doll excel in four. State qualifiers with their Panther teammates in both volleyball and basketball, the duo look to add softball and track this spring.

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Great Bend allows just one hit in sweep of Hoisington

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The no-hitter in softball is not as distinguished as its counterpart in baseball. But a no-hitter through two games comes a few steps closer. Great Bend junior Braylin Bretz threw five innings of no-hit ball in a 15-0 win against…

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Pitchers shine in split between Great Bend and Liberal

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Collin Ware did not need to overpower anyone. The Liberal senior struck out just one Great Bend batter, but that proved to be enough as the Redskins took game one of Tuesday's doubleheader in Great Bend 7-4. The Panthers rebounded to take…

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Great Bend sweeps Nickerson baseball

Great Bend sweeps Nickerson baseball ROT

Tristan Hall and his brother Anson Hall made it a family affair for the Great Bend Panthers.

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Great Bend qualifies for state in seven events in home meet

Great Bend and Hays have healthy numbers and athletes out for this year’s swim season. For the host Panthers on Thursday, that translated into a 133-point win against the Indians (257-124). Campus was second heading into the final event…

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Great Bend hires Tony Crough to coach its football team

Great Bend High School has hired its next head football coach. Tony Crough has been promoted from defensive coordinator, a position he has held just one season.

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Tennis Rankings: March 24

March 24 rankings ROT

The second round of boy's tennis rankings was released today. Andover Central finds themselves ranked fifth in Class 4A after not being ranked last week.

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Preseason Boys Tennis Rankings Released

Preseason Rankings ROT

The first set of boy's tennis rankings was released. Wichita Collegiate won the 4A state title last season, and with the success the Spartans find themselves ranked first in 321A.

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All-WAC teams dominated by Hays boys, Great Bend girls

The Hays boys and Great Bend girls dominated Western Athletic Conference play this season. Both teams ran though the conference part of the schedule unbeaten and finished fourth at the state tournament.

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Leavenworth's girls, Lansing's boys win in 5A

5A State Championship story - Fisher ROT

It was a clean sweep for Northeast Kansas in the Class 5A state basketball finals at the Kansas Expocentre.

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State Basketball Brackets

State Basketball began on Wednesday with quarterfinal play, while state champions will be named on Saturday, March 15. Below are the brackets for every State Tournament. (Links available on desktop only. Please check the Catch It Kansas…

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Defending 5A girls champ Aquinas falls, other top seeds advance easily

5A Girls Quarterfinals Wrap - Fisher ROT

This year’s girls Class 5A state field is without an unbeaten. Making up for that is a plethora of once- and twice-beaten teams. The top two seeds, Leavenworth and Salina Central, were both 21-1. Seeds three through five are, in order,…

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Great Bend holds off Maize South for birth in the 5A state tourney

Great Bend was the only team in its sub-state with a winning record and at 19-2 on the season and ranked number 5 in Class 5A, they were the favorites to advance to the state tournament. Which means all the pressure was on the Lady…

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St. James captures first state wrestling title at 5A championship

5a story ROT

Everything seemed to go well the first day of the Class 5A state wrestling tournament at Hartman Arena. That is, until Mother Nature decided to rear her often-ugly head. Saturday’s forecast caused tournament officials to revise the…

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KBCA releases final rankings before the postseason

Sub-state tournaments begin on Monday night and before the do, the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association has released its final rankings of the year.

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Hays boys complete perfect regular-season

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In the mid-2000s, especially when Great Bend won back-to-back Class 5A basketball titles in 2005 and 2006, large “black-out” crowds were not unusual at the GBHS gym, especially when rival Hays came to town. Times have changed. The rivals…

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Sacred Heart boys, McPherson girls win Salina Regional bowling

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The Sacred Heart boys team won regionals for the second year in a row on their home alley.

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5-1A State Swim Finals: Miege takes home the gold; Heights second

It took 19 years, but Bishop Miege head coach Dennis Mueller finally got his. With a score of 261, the Stags ran away with the team title. Wichita Heights was the runner-up with 242 points and Blue Valley Southwest rounded out the top…

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Garden City boys, Great Bend girls win WAC bowling titles

A little bit of snow and a lot of wind pushed back the Western Athletic Conference bowling tournament from last Thursday to Monday afternoon. The extra time did not hurt the favorites. The Great Bend girls entered the meet with a 13-point…

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Trio of unbeatens advance from Heights, Great Bend wins team title

Heights ROT

Three competitors maintained their unblemished records, and Great Bend won the team title at the Class 5A Regional Wrestling Tournament held Feb. 22 at Wichita Heights High School.

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No. 5 Great Bend survives scare from Liberal

GB vs Liberal ROT

The Lady Panthers are used to running the Western Athletic Conference. Great Bend won the conference eight-straight times before Liberal ended that streak in 2008. That same season, the Lady Panthers got revenge by knocking off the…

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Catch-All: Boys Basketball - Feb. 21

Sub-state approaches, ever closer to bringing an end to the basketball season, and the goal, for now, is to find that ever-elusive rhythm to take your team far into the state tournament. Read on to find out who’s finding their rhythm.

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  • Kingman girls take team title on home track

    Powered by a quadruple gold-medal performance from Claire Theis, the Kingman girls track team took home the team title at its home invitational on Tuesday evening. Meanwhile, Rose Hill won the boys’ team title.

  • Wheat State League Catch-All: Spring Week 4

    The Little River baseball team, the lone baseball team in the Wheat State League in 2014, swept a pair of doubleheaders this past week to improve its seasonal record to 7-3 on the season.

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  • Great Bend qualifies for state in seven events in home meet

    Great Bend and Hays have healthy numbers and athletes out for this year’s swim season. For the host Panthers on Thursday, that translated into a 133-point win against the Indians (257-124). Campus was second heading into the final event but finished third with 112 points. More importantly, Great Bend qualified for state in seven more events in just its second meet of the season.

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  • Abilene tennis takes its own tournament

    The Abilene Cowboy tennis team played host to an invitational, 6-team round-robin tournament Tuesday afternoon and the Cowboys did not allow any of the other teams to feel welcome at all until the finals round began.

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