Bonner’s Stean, Turner’s Ortiz grab top spots at Ladycat Classic

Olivia Stean wrestled Olathe Northwest’s Val Galligan in a 170-pound match at the Ladycat Classic tournament at Basehor-Linwood High School. Stean won the match by fall in 1 minute, 4 seconds on her way to winning the tournament. (Photo copyright 2021 by Brian Turrel)

by Brian Turrel

Twenty-nine high school girls’ wrestling teams, including Bonner Springs, Turner, and Harmon, competed in the 4th Annual Ladycat Classic tournament, held on Saturday at Basehor-Linwood High School.

Olivia Stean of Bonner Springs won the 170-pound class, going 5-0 including four falls and a forfeit. She defeated Mandy Wilson of Basehor-Linwood in the championship match. Stean is still undefeated this season at 15-0.

Arianna Ortiz of Turner won the 101-pound class, going 4-0. Ortiz won her three preliminary matches by fall. She defeated Washburn Rural’s Kristen Rezac in the final by technical fall, ahead 16-0 when the match was stopped in the third round.

Stean and Ortiz are both ranked number one in Kansas in their weight classes by the Kansas Wrestling Coaches Association. Stean was ranked 8th in the country in the 180-pound class in USA Wrestling’s pre-season rankings.

Jenna Knight of Bonner Springs went 4-1 and took 5th place of 16 wrestlers in the 120-pound class. Knight is now 12-3 for the season.

Freshman Kamahni Jackson of Harmon placed 9th in the 132-pound class. She went 3-2 in the tournament with three wins by fall, and she has compiled a 7-4 record so far this year.

Arianna Ortiz wrestled Fort Scott’s Ryelee Cagle in a 101-pound match. Ortiz won the match by fall in the third round. (Photo copyright 2021 by Brian Turrel)


Kamahni Jackson wrestled Gardner-Edgerton’s Alyssa Rutherford in a 132-pound match. Jackson won the match by fall in the first round. (Photo copyright 2021 by Brian Turrel)


Jenna Knight wrestled Emporia’s Katina Keosybounheuang in a 120-pound match. Knight won the match by fall in the first round. (Photo copyright 2021 by Brian Turrel)


Emmalee Foya wrestled Baldwin’s Rein Goebel in the 132-pound C bracket. Goya won by fall in the second round. (Photo copyright 2021 by Brian Turrel)


Tyler Wild wrestled Basehor-Linwood’s Meriska Henderson in a 235-pound match. Wild won the match by fall in the first round. (Photo copyright 2021 by Brian Turrel)


Kaylee Killion wrestled Dodge City’s Ayden Ruiz in the 120-pound C bracket. Ruiz won the match on a 3-2 decision. (Photo copyright 2021 by Brian Turrel)


Turner’s Daisy Chavez wrestled Spring Hill’s Campbell Mermis in a 155-pound match. Mermis won the match by fall in the second round. (Photo copyright 2021 by Brian Turrel)

Crash reported on Leavenworth Road

A crash was reported at 7:13 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23, on northbound 71st Street and Leavenworth Road in Kansas City, Kansas, according to a Kansas Highway Patrol trooper’s report.

According to the trooper’s report, a 2019 Dodge Charger was pursuing a vehicle for felony charges, while a 2016 Dodge Charger was secondary in pursuit.

A metro city agency deployed stop sticks, and the first Dodge Charger made an evasive maneuver to the left to avoid them, the report stated. Ultimately the vehicle struck the stop sticks, causing it to turn sideways, the report stated.

The second Dodge Charger also made an evasive maneuver to the left to avoid the stop sticks, according to the report.

The second Dodge Charger then struck the first Dodge Charger in the left front and rear doors, the report stated. Both vehicles came to rest in a private lot.

The driver of the first Dodge Charger, a 23-year-old man from Tonganoxie, Kansas, had no apparent injury, the report stated.

The driver of the second Dodge Charger, a 26-year-old man from Leavenworth, Kansas, had a possible minor injury and was taken to the hospital, the report stated.

Medical certifier relied on symptoms in report of early COVID-19 death in Leavenworth County

by Sherman Smith, Kansas Reflector

Topeka — A medical certifier recently concluded COVID-19 contributed to a Jan. 9, 2020, death in Leavenworth County based on the person’s symptoms.

The case would be the first known death from COVID-19 anywhere in the United States, altering the understanding of where and when the virus first spread. Previously, the first known death from COVID-19 in Kansas was two months later, on March 11, 2020.

“The local medical certifier made the decision to amend the death certificate, months after the death, because the individual’s symptoms were similar to other COVID-19 death symptoms,” said Matt Lara, spokesman for the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. “It is unclear — and seems unlikely given the early date of this death — that a COVID-19 test was administered to confirm the virus as the cause of death.”

Lara said KDHE doesn’t have information to evaluate the conclusion that COVID-19 was a factor in this case.

“However,” Lara said, “the determination made in this case isn’t just an outlier — it conflicts with all of the data we have on COVID cases in Kansas and the region at the time of the individual’s death.”

The revelation that deaths from the early days of the pandemic had been added to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention database was first reported by the San Jose, California, Mercury News.

KDHE initially refused to provide basic information about the January 2020 death, then reversed course after Kansas Reflector and other news outlets reported on the situation. Kansas law prohibits the release of personally identifiable medical records, but KDHE has reported the dates and counties of COVID-19 deaths and cases throughout the pandemic.

COVID-19 has now killed 5,535 Kansans, including 37 deaths reported by KDHE between Monday and Wednesday. There were also 3,478 new cases and 101 new hospitalizations since Monday.

Nearly all of the new cases are attributed to the highly contagious delta variant, and nearly all of the new hospitalizations and deaths involve people who are not vaccinated. CDC numbers show 56.3% of eligible Kansans are fully vaccinated, and 67.1% have received at least one dose of the free, safe and effective vaccines.

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