Farewell to Kaw Valley League (KVL) wrestling.

On Saturday, Lansing High hosted the final KVL meet and as the league bids adieu to prep athletics, the Bonner Springs Braves won the last wrestling competition in the league’s history, while the host Lions finished fourth (147 points) and Basehor-Linwood ended up in sixth with 83 in the round-robin tournament.

Lansing’s lone champion was heavyweight Braiden McKee, who went 5-0 with three pins, while the rest of the team produced a number of runners-up, including Camden Maestas (106 pounds), Tucker Bieber (113 pounds), Joseph Irwin (138 pounds) and Tyler Green (182 pounds).

The Basehor-Linwood boys had two individual champions, including Kaden Jacobson (145 pounds) by going 3-1 on the mat with his only loss being an 8-4 decision to Tonganoxie’s Patterson Starcher, and 170-pounder Jon Trowbridge, who wrapped a 5-0 weekend with three pin wins.

Trowbridge won his fourth KVL title.

Dawson Lamberd (106 pounds) was the next highest finisher for Basehor-Linwood, taking a third-place finish.

BLHS wrestled shorthanded, filling only seven of 14 spots.

“Overall, the Bobcat wrestling team did not compete in its best form at league,” BLHS head coach Jason Puderbaugh said. “The team has faced some injury and sickness complications on top of having a couple of other wrestlers out of the lineup yesterday, all adding up to a poor team scoring performance. Jonny is setting the example on a daily basis in practice that he wants to be at the top of the podium and we just need others in the room to take notice that his season’s success as well as his success this weekend at league is a direct reflection of the work he has been putting in in the practice room.”

 

Leavenworth wrestling

It’s all over for Leavenworth High wrestling and its relationship with the Sunflower League.

Saturday, the Pioneers wrapped up their affiliation with the league by taking sixth place at the Sunflower meet.

The Pioneers had a number of top-five finishes with the best being senior Etena Tuivati, who finished third at 220 pounds and sophomore Hartwell Taylor’s fourth-place result at 120 pounds.

Leavenworth High’s Paige Bellar went 4-2 overall to finish in third place at the Kansas Girls’ High School Championships in McPherson.

“This weekend was a bittersweet tournament with it being our last go at the Sunflower League event,” LVHS head coach Jacob Beck said. “We had some success in spots and will be riding that into this week of preparation for the regional tournament (at Turner High School). Hartwell continues to wrestle tough and pull kids into deep water where he is more accustomed to being. Jacob McLain is seeing the fruits of his labors pay off with continued improvement and success (fifth place). It was good to see Carson Lucas back on the mat and healthy. We do have some work to do if we are going to get to where goals have been set.

“Also, we had Paige take third … at the state tournament. Our program is so excited for her. She is such a hard worker and has dedicated herself to the sport since deciding to come out late last school year. We are excited for all of the young women that have this opportunity to compete in their own state tournament. Hopefully, this success will lead to more ladies coming out and trying their hands at the sport.”

 

USM hoops

The University of Saint Mary basketball teams had mixed results over the weekend, with one team moving further up the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC) standings and the other taking a huge hit to its postseason positioning.

The Spire men rolled to a 78-62 win at Bethany College while the women fell 82-80 in overtime to the Swedes.

The USM men (15-11, 13-7) won their fourth straight game and are now in a four-way tie for third place with Oklahoma Wesleyan, Kansas Wesleyan and York, while remaining only a game ahead of York and Tabor who are tied for sixth place.

Brett Marsh led the Spire men with 18 points and six rebounds.

As for the USM women, the Spires (15-11, 12-8) saw their seven-game winning streak come to an end and fall to 0-2 against the Swedes to fall out of a tie for second. They now hold fourth place all by themselves with two games remaining.

The USM women are a game behind Bethany and Oklahoma Wesleyan who are tied for second place and are a combined 1-3 against the two teams, making only a 2-0 performance this week being what’s needed to finish in the top two spots, while a tie with Oklahoma Wesleyan would give the Spires the edge.

Tabor, Sterling and Kansas Wesleyan are all a game behind in fifth place.

Tiani White (17 points), Ashley Hinkle (16 points), Candy De Los Reyes and Kiera Tate (each with 15 points) led USM, who had to rally back from a 38-31 halftime deficit to force the extra session.

 

USM softball

The Saint Mary softball team opened the 2018 season at the Cowtown Classic in Fort Worth this weekend and fell to 0-4 on the first weekend of play.

The Spires dropped decisions to Bellevue (10-0), Baker (13-5), Avila (13-11) and William Woods (12-3).

 

Spires’ baseball

After a 4-1 start, the Spires ran into a buzzsaw at Chickasaw, Oklahoma, against No. 11 Science & Arts over the weekend.

On Saturday, the Spires (4-3) fell 9-4 and 4-3 in two contests while the Sunday contest was canceled due to weather.

 

USM women’s lacrosse

They knew going in that the season opener at NCAA Division II Rockhurst would be a big challenge and it turned out that way Saturday for the USM women’s lacrosse team.

Led by Hannah Byrd’s two goals in the first half, the Spires could do little more as they fell 25-2 at Rockhurst.

On Feb. 23 at 2 p.m., the women come back to Leavenworth to open the home portion of their schedule against Missouri Baptist. The men’s team will then play at 5 p.m. against Central Christian College.