Bishop Ward beats Washington in girls softball match

by Brian Turrel

The Bishop Ward and Washington High School girls softball teams played Friday, April 7, at Ward’s home field at City Park.

Bishop Ward won the game 16 to 1.

Photos copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel

Ward freshman pitcher Mariela Tinoco hit a single to left in the first inning. Tinoco was two for three in the game, with a walk. (Photo copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel)
Ward freshman second baseman Marissa Brennan hit a single to left in the first inning. Brennan had two hits and scored three runs. (Photo copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel)
Washington freshman Alia Green nearly beat out the throw at first base on a fielder’s choice in the third inning. (Photo copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel)
Ward freshman Molly Mahoney came in as a pinch runner in the third inning and scored on Aliana Rodriguez’s single to left. (Photo copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel)
Washington junior center fielder Taylor Gibson fielded a fly ball for the final out of the third inning. (Photo copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel)
Washington senior third baseman Essence Oliver scored Washington’s only run on an inside-the-park home run in the fourth inning. Oliver drove the ball to deep left field and beat the throw to Ward senior catcher Gabriela Tinoco at home plate. (Photo copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel)
Washington sophomore pitcher Chayanne Gomez pitched into the fourth inning before being relieved. (Photo copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel)
Ward junior third baseman Mary Fox launched a triple to deep left field in the fourth inning. Fox was three for three with two singles and a triple. (Photo copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel)

Schlagle loses state championship title game, 66-49

Junior Tyon Grant-Foster (2) went up for a layup in the fourth quarter. Grant-Foster finished with 9 points for the game. (Photo copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel)

Senior Tama Johnson (11) took a jump shot in the closing seconds of the first half. (Photo copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel)

Sophomore D’Monte Gaw (13) drove to the basket through the defense of Shawnee Heights senior Jesse Moss (30). (Photo copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel)

In the fourth quarter, sophomore Ronnell Mitchell (1) took a fast break all the way to the basket. Mitchell finished with 15 points and 3 assists to lead the team. (Photo copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel)

In the first quarter, senior Malik Cushon (12) put back an offensive rebound for a layup. Cushon finished the game with 8 points and 10 rebounds. (Photo copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel)

Schlagle senior Dominique Sanders holds the runner-up trophy for the Class 5A basketball championship, after losing the final 66-49 to Shawnee Heights tonight in Topeka. (Photo copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel

by Brian Turrel

Schlagle High School took the runner-up trophy in the 5A boys basketball state tournament, losing in the final to Tecumseh-Shawnee Heights High School, 66 to 49. The game was played at the Kansas Expocentre in Topeka on March 11.

Shawnee Heights held a 13-point lead at the half, making 5 of 8 three-point attempts. Schlagle’s shooting was cold in the first half, making only 6 of 29 shots from the field. Schlagle got its offense going in the second half, but was not able to make a dent in the lead.

Sophomore Ronnell Mitchell led the way for the Stallions, scoring 15 points on 6 for 17 shooting, including 2 three-point baskets.

Photos and story copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel

Schlagle upsets Salina Central in state boys basketball match

Schlagle senior Malik Cushon (12) went up for a shot in the first quarter. (Photo copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel)

by Brian Turrel

The Schlagle High School boys basketball team upset Salina Central High School 56-53 in the first round of the Class 5A state playoffs March 9 in Topeka.

Schlagle, the seventh seed, made enough free throws to keep its lead over Central, which was the second seed of the tournament.

With 8 seconds remaining, Central had a last-chance shot to tie the game with a long three-pointer, but missed the mark.

Down by 5 with three minutes remaining in the game, Central shifted to a hacking strategy to conserve the clock, fouling the Schlagle ball handler immediately off the inbounds pass. As a result, Schlagle took 34 free throw shots for the game, versus 12 for Central. Schlagle made 20 of 34.

Schlagle moves on to face Wichita Heights in the tournament semi-finals on March 10. The game will be at 4:45 p.m. today at the Kansas Expocentre in Topeka.

Photos copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel

Schlagle junior Tyon Grant-Foster (2) drove to the basket. Grant-Foster led the team with 16 points. (Photo copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel)

Schlagle senior Cordae Bass (3) took a short-range jumper in the first quarter. (Photo copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel)

Malik Cushon knocked away a shot from Central junior Ethan Speer (15). Cushon finished with 6 blocks in the game. (Photo copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel)

Schlagle senior Tama Johnson (11) looked to pass inside. (Photo copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel)

Schlagle sophomore D’Monte Gaw (13) went up for a layup in the second quarter. Gaw had 11 points and 7 rebounds in the game. Central led 31 to 24 at halftime. (Photo copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel)

The Schlagle dance team performed with the band at halftime. (Photo copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel)

Schlagle senior Dominique Sanders (32) challenged Central sophomore Harper Williams (23) at the perimeter. (Photo copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel)

Schlagle sophomore Ronnell Mitchell (1) concentrated on a free throw in the fourth quarter. Gaw made 9 of 12 free throw attempts in the game, many during the critical fourth-quarter stretch. (Photo copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel)

The Schlagle band played during a timeout in the fourth quarter. (Photo copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel)

Tyon Grant-Foster threw down a dunk. (Photo copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel)

With a small lead late in the fourth quarter, the Schlagle bench watched nervously from the sidelines. (Photo copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel)

During a timeout in the fourth quarter, Schlagle head coach Prentes Potts talked with his team about Central’s strategy. (Photo copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel)