The Celtic tennis team will send both doubles teams and a singles player to the Class 3-2-1A state tournament this weekend. The Sedgwick baseball team used two wins to improve to 17-1.
The Celtic tennis team will make a nice showing at state after qualifying a two doubles teams and a singles player at the Hillsboro regional on Friday. The senior doubles pair of Jason Banning and Michael Lindt fulfilled their duties at the No. 1 seed, winning the doubles title. After a first-round bye, the duo defeated Chaparral 6-0, 6-0. That set up a match against teammates Dustin Ohl and Austin Gion, also seniors. The No. 1 seed eventually won 6-0, 3-6, 10-4. In the finals, Banning and Lindt defeated Wichita Independent 6-4, 6-1. Ohl and Gion bounced back to defeat Conway Springs 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 in the consolation match.
In singles play, sophomore Eric Banning used a first-round bye, then defeated teammate Evan Bentley 6-1, 6-1. Banning beat Conway Springs 6-1, 6-1 to advance to the finals where he fell to Independent 6-2, 6-2. The junior Bentley lost the next elimination match to Hillsboro 6-3, 6-3.
The Cardinal baseball team improved to 17-1 with a sweep over the fellow Cardinals of Hoisington on Friday. The Cards took game one 12-1, then won game two 12-7. Sedgwick dominated from the start in game one, scoring once in the first inning, and plating four more runs in the second inning. The Cardinals took a 12-0 lead before Hoisington scored its lone run in the sixth inning. Trey Tucker pitched the first five innings, allowing no earned runs on four hits and striking out six. Zak Smalling picked up the save. Tucker, Brylie Ware, and Dalyn Anderson each had two hits in the win. Josh Locke homered for his lone hit.
Hoisington led 4-1 after two innings of game two, but Sedgwick bounced back with five runs in the fifth inning and four runs in the seventh inning. Logan Thompson got the win on the mound, allowing four earned runs on four hits and striking out eight in his six innings of work. Smalling again picked up the save. Hunter Davis and Daniel Vogt each had two hits, including a double each. Ware homered, drove in two runs, and scored three times.
The Warrior baseball team moved to 13-5 on the year with a split against Hillsboro on Friday. Marion gave up four runs early in a 6-2 game one loss, but bounced back to shutout the Trojans 6-0 in game two. Hillsboro scored four runs in the first inning of game one, adding insurance runs in the fourth and seventh innings, and holding Marion to just four hits. Austin Pederson got just two outs on the mound before Taylor Heidebrecht came on in relief. Heidebrecht threw 6.1 innings, allowing just one earned run on three hits. Pederson, Caleb Williams, Cole Lewman, and Zach Robson had the four hits, and Williams had the lone double.
The Warriors took control early in game two, scoring in each of the four innings to lead 6-0. Ethan Hett pitched six shutout innings and allowing just five hits. Grif Case pitched an inning, striking out the side and walking two. Hett and David Helmer each had three hits in the game. Dylan Seacat added two hits, and Case doubled, drove in a run, and scored once.
The Bulldog baseball team picked up a sweep against Wilson/Ellsworth on Tuesday. Bennington won game one 8-5, then used six late runs to take game two 14-8. The Bulldogs scored in the first three innings of game one to lead 6-2. They played two more runs in the sixth inning before the Dragons mad things interesting with three runs of in their half of the sixth. Lane Thornhill got the win, throwing 5.1 innings, and allowing just two earned runs on seven hits. Ryan Osternber pitched the final five outs, allowing just one hit. Seven different Bulldogs had hits in the win. Derek Stanley doubled, and Devon Crowder and Nathan Komarek each drove in two runs.
The teams battled back-and-forth in game two. Bennington took a 5-0 lead, but the Dragons cut the gap to 5-4 after three innings. The Bulldogs plated eight runs in the final three innings to pull away for good. Five Bennington players doubled in the game. Cameron Stanley had one of those doubles for his three hits, as did Crowder. Stanley had two RBIs and scored once, and Crowder scored three times. Derek Stanley paced the team with three RBIs. Alex McKenna pitched a complete game, allowing four earned runs on 10 hits. He struck out five.
The Bronco track teams hosted a 12-school meet on Friday. The boys finished fourth with 47 points, just four points behind third-place Burden Central. Berean Academy won with 170 points. The Lady Broncos finished seventh with 29 points.
Caleb Tanner had a nice day, winning the long jump by more than a foot at 20-3.5. He finished second in the triple jump at 41-10, just three inches shy of the gold. Caleb Cherryholmes had the only other gold for the boys, winning the 400m dash by half a second in 54.07. Kale Zonnefeld finished third in the 300m hurdles in 43.46, half a second behind the silver medal. Brad Johnson placed fourth in the 110m hurdles in 17.94.
Kylee Schunn had the high finish for the Lady Broncos, taking the silver in the shot put at 33-0.5, more than five feet from the gold. Quin Tillotson added a bronze medal in the triple jump at 31-4, nine inches short of the silver medal. Tillotson also finished sixth in the 300m hurdles in 57.39.
The Eagle track teams headed to Whitewater on Friday to take on HOA-foe Remington among other teams. The boys finished with 14 points to finish in last place. The Lady Eagles managed just a point for 10th place, beating out Udall and Oxford, who did not score. Austin Bullinger was the lone medalist for Canton-Galva on the day, winning the bronze in the triple jump at 38-4, more than three feet from the silver medal. Bullinger also won a point in the 300m hurdles in 46.07. Trey Moddelmog just missed a medal, clearing 5-2 for a fourth-place tie in the high jump. He missed a bronze medal by four inches. The 4x800m team also just missed a medal in fourth place in 9:25.99, six seconds behind the bronze. Ally Smiley had the best finish for the Lady Eagles in sixth place in the triple jump. Her try of 29-2 missed a bronze medal but just over two feet.