Man killed in collision with dump truck

A motorcyclist who was eastbound on U.S. 24 in Tonganoxie was killed in a collision on Tuesday with a dump truck.

The accident was at 9:36 a.m. Aug. 24 on U.S. 24 at Stone Creek Drive in Leavenworth County, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol report.

The dump truck exited a construction site and made a U-turn in the intersection of Stone Creek Drive against a red light, according to the trooper’s report.

The motorcycle tried to avoid the dump truck, but they collided. The motorcyclist had been wearing a helmet.

The driver of the motorcycle, a 34-year-old man from Tonganoxie, was taken to a hospital and died, according to the report. He was identified as William Guthrie.

Lady Braves earn state tourney berth, fall at Lansing

Sophomore forward Mariyah Noel drove inside for a layup during Bonner Springs’ state tournament quarterfinals match against Lansing. Lansing won the game 64-51 to advance to the semifinals in Emporia. (Photo copyright 2021 by Brian Turrel)

by Brian Turrel

The Bonner Springs girls basketball team lost to Lansing 64-51 in the quarterfinals of the KSHSAA 5A state tournament played Monday evening in Lansing.

The Lady Braves reached the state tournament in the first year under head coach Peyton Leslie. Leslie credited the players being “more disciplined and consistent with our system” for getting this far in the season. Although the team held only a 4-11 record going into the substate tournament, the Braves defeated higher-seeded teams Schlagle and Sumner to win the substate bracket.

Bonner opened the game with a slight advantage, getting a couple turnovers from its defense and an early three-pointer from Corrie Hassett. However, by midway through the first quarter, Lansing started to push ahead, powered by forward Mackenzie Manth’s drives from the right baseline.

Lansing continued to stretch its lead in the second half. Despite being harried by the Lansing defense, Hassett picked up two more baskets from behind the arc, but they were matched at the other end by two three-pointers from Lady Lions sharpshooter Caitlin Bishop. The Lady Braves trailed 36-23 at the break.

In the third quarter, Bonner relied on drives from forward Mariyah Noel to keep the game within sight. Noel earned three baskets and a pair of free throws in the quarter by pushing fearlessly into the Lansing defense.

Bonner Springs surged in the fourth quarter, bringing the margin from 17 down to 9 with Noel continuing her strong inside presence, but Lansing hit 6 of 9 free throws and got a key three-pointer from McKenzie Moburg to put an end to the comeback.

Noel led Bonner Springs in scoring with 24, including 4-of-4 at the free throw line. Hassett scored 12 points, all from behind the arc.

The Lady Braves will lose senior guards Maggie Myers and Jazmin Graham to graduation, but they’ll return a young core of the team with a lot of height and game experience.

Coach Leslie said after the game, “The sky is the limit for our team next year. Although we came up short this evening, our girls gained valuable experience, and they understand a bit more of what it takes to win in March.”

Junior guard Corrie Hassett took a three-point shot from the left corner. (Photo copyright 2021 by Brian Turrel)
Sophomore Wren VanCleave put up a three-point shot. (Photo copyright 2021 by Brian Turrel)
Senior guard Jazmin Graham drove in from the right corner. (Photo copyright 2021 by Brian Turrel)
Freshman Pirsten Leslie put up a shot inside. (Photo copyright 2021 by Brian Turrel)
Senior point guard Maggie Myers pushed the ball up the court in the first quarter. (Photo copyright 2021 by Brian Turrel)
Myers got a hug from teammate Hassett as she left the court for the last time for Bonner Springs. (Photo copyright 2021 by Brian Turrel)
Leslie put up a three-point shot from the right wing. (Photo copyright 2021 by Brian Turrel)
Junior Mercedes Madlock set up the perimeter defense. (Photo copyright 2021 by Brian Turrel)
The Bonner Springs cheerleaders performed some tumbling runs during a break in the action. (Photo copyright 2021 by Brian Turrel)
Head coach Peyton Leslie gave some pointers to his team during a fourth quarter timeout. (Photo copyright 2021 by Brian Turrel)