High school playoff round-up

Bonner Springs defeated Sumner Academy in the 5A baseball regional semi-final, but lost in the final to Shawnee Heights. (Photo copyright 2022 by Brian Turrel)

by Brian Turrel

Late May is a busy season in high school sports, with state playoffs taking place simultaneously in baseball, softball and girls’ soccer. All three sports will finish their season with state championships on May 27 and 28.

Here’s how local teams have fared in the playoffs so far.

Baseball

Bishop Ward defeated Easton-Pleasant Ridge in the 3A regional quarter-final 4-3. The Cyclones will play Perry-Lecompton in the Wellsville regional semi-final. The game has been postponed from Wednesday to Thursday due to expected inclement weather. The game will follow the other semi-final and start at approximately 4 p.m.

Bonner Springs defeated Sumner Academy 6-5 in a regional semi-final played at Legends Field. The Braves lost the final to Shawnee Heights 3-0.

In other regional action:

Mill Valley 3, Piper 1
Olathe West 14, Wyandotte 0
Pittsburg 13, Turner 4
Blue Valley Southwest 15, Washington 0

Softball

Piper defeated Leavenworth 14-9 in the 5A regional semi-final at Basehor, but lost to the Basehor-Linwood Lady Bobcats 7-5 in the final.

Bishop Ward defeated Osage City 1-0 in the 3A regional quarter-final, but lost to Wellsville 10-6.

In other regional action:

Spring Hill 15, Turner 0
Saint Thomas Aquinas 7, Bonner Springs 3

Girls’ soccer

Sumner Academy defeated Bonner Springs 8-2 in the 5A regional semi-final. The Sabres will play Spring Hill in the final on Thursday, starting at 6 p.m. at Schlagle stadium.

In other regional action:

Spring Hill 11, Turner 0
Seaman 6, Piper 2
Bishop Miege 10, Bishop Ward 0
Pittsburg 6, Washington 0 (play-in)
Highland Park 1, Schlagle 0 (play-in)

Bonner Springs defeated Sumner Academy in the 5A baseball regional semi-final, but lost in the final to Shawnee Heights. (Photo copyright 2022 by Brian Turrel)

 

Bonner Springs defeated Sumner Academy in the 5A baseball regional semi-final, but lost in the final to Shawnee Heights. (Photo copyright 2022 by Brian Turrel)

 

Bonner Springs defeated Sumner Academy in the 5A baseball regional semi-final, but lost in the final to Shawnee Heights. (Photo copyright 2022 by Brian Turrel)

 

Piper defeated Leavenworth in the 5A softball regional semi-final, but lost to Basehor-Linwood in the final. (Photo credit Derek Wiley, Leavenworth Times)

 

Piper defeated Leavenworth in the 5A softball regional semi-final, but lost to Basehor-Linwood in the final. (Photo credit Derek Wiley, Leavenworth Times)

 

Piper defeated Leavenworth in the 5A softball regional semi-final, but lost to Basehor-Linwood in the final. (Photo credit Derek Wiley, Leavenworth Times)

 

Piper defeated Leavenworth in the 5A softball regional semi-final, but lost to Basehor-Linwood in the final. (Photo credit Derek Wiley, Leavenworth Times)

Bonner Springs girls wrestling at Leavenworth Inaugural tourney

Bonner Springs sophomore Olivia Stean dragged Leavenworth’s Kennedie Miller to the mat in championship match of the 170-pound class at the Leavenworth Inaugural Girls Challenger tournament. Stean won the match by fall in the first round and went 4-0 in the tournament. (Photo copyright 2021 by Brian Turrel)

by Brian Turrel

The Bonner Springs girls’ wrestling team competed Saturday in the Leavenworth Inaugural Girls Challenger tournament. The team took 3rd place of 17 teams competing in the tournament.

Since KSHSAA voted in 2019 to sanction girls’ wrestling, Bonner Springs has rapidly built up its program.

Longtime youth club coach Dale Taylor is now the head coach of the Lady Braves team and has already recruited a roster with wrestlers in 10 of 12 weight classes. Taylor has a mix of successful club team veterans and rookies getting their first experience with competitive wrestling.

Nationally ranked sophomore Olivia Stean took 1st place in the 170-pound weight class in impressive style, winning all four of her matches by fall (that is, pinning her opponent) and averaging less than 36 seconds to do it.

Multi-sport athlete Jenna Knight placed 2nd in the 120-pound weight class. Kylie Enriquez placed 3rd in the 109-pound class. Sisters Haylie and Chloie Knapp took 3rd place in the 132- and 155-pound classes.

The Bonner Springs girls will face off in a dual meet against Manhattan on Thursday in Bonner Springs.

Turner High School also entered the meet, with a limited roster. Arianna Ortiz took 2nd place in the 101-pound class, and Daisy Chavez placed 7th in the 155-pound class. Turner placed 12th in the team competition.

Turner’s Arianna Ortiz defeated Raymore-Peculiar’s Courtney Stevens by fall in the first round of their 101-pound match. (Photo copyright 2021 by Brian Turrel)

 

The referee signalled Jenna Knight’s win over Olathe South’s Meriel Brady. Knight won by fall in the first round. (Photo copyright 2021 by Brian Turrel)

 

Bonner Springs sophomore Chloie Knapp wrestled St. Joseph Lafayette’s Mati Womeldorff. Knapp won by decision 6-0. (Photo copyright 2021 by Brian Turrel)

 

Olivia Stean posed with her mom Laura after the awards ceremony. (Photo copyright 2021 by Brian Turrel)

 

Turner’s Arianna Ortiz, left, posed with 101-pound class winner Isa-Bella Mendoza of St. Joseph-Lafayette. (Photo copyright 2021 by Brian Turrel)

 

Turner’s Daisy Chavez wrestled against Leavenworth’s Jacqueline Goodman. Goodman won the match by fall in the first round. (Photo copyright 2021 by Brian Turrel)

 

Bonner Springs junior Jaycee Millison tried to pin Kendall Reid of Washburn Rural. Reid won the match by major decision (14-2). (Photo copyright 2021 by Brian Turrel)

 

Jaycee Millison got some encouragement from coach Dale Taylor after a match. (Photo copyright 2021 by Brian Turrel)

 

Bonner Springs senior Haylie Knapp threw Lawrence Free State’s Ryan Turk in their 132-pound match. Knapp won by fall in the first round. (Photo copyright 2021 by Brian Turrel)

 

Bonner Springs junior Gina Acevedo defeated Mission Valley’s Jenna Grame by fall in the third round of their 191-pound match. (Photo copyright 2021 by Brian Turrel)

 

Bonner Springs freshman Kylie Enriquez dropped Raymore-Peculiar’s Ashland Kudron. Kudron won the match on a 9-7 decision. (Photo copyright 2021 by Brian Turrel)

Saint Mary launches scholarship program for future investors

The University of Saint Mary, Leavenworth, is launching a full-ride scholarship program for students interested in learning how to invest and trade financial securities.

The program, known as the Spires Trading Team, will consist of five current USM students who will trade securities on a daily basis during the 2021-2022 academic year under the oversight of Kevin Fox, former managing director at the D.E. Shaw Group, and Harold Bradley, former chief investment officer of the Kauffman Foundation. Any proceeds from the team’s efforts will be used to support Spires Trading Team activities and scholarships.

The new Spires Trading Team program provides USM students with real-world experience while they earn their degrees.

“The University of Saint Mary is excited to offer this hands-on opportunity for our students to learn trading strategies from local experts,” University President Sister Diane Steele said. “The Spires Trading Team is a win-win for our students. Investing real money will give our students a competitive advantage in their careers and will provide additional opportunities to apply the skills they are learning in the classroom. This unique partnership extends USM’s mission of helping students realize their God-given potential.”

The Spires Trading team will focus on investment theory, fund and risk management, and hands-on trading strategies. The program is open to USM seniors, juniors, and qualified second-semester sophomores. The five selected students will receive a scholarship that covers tuition, housing, and meal plans at the university’s main campus in Leavenworth.

Phil Watlington, USM accounting program director and assistant professor, will serve as a coach of the Spires Trading Team. Nicole Hess-Escalante, chair of the USM Division of Business and Information Technologies and associate professor, will provide direction and oversee academic integration of the program.

Students interested in joining the Spires Trading Team for the 2021-2022 academic year can apply at stmary.edu/trading-team. An initial review of applications will begin Aug. 1.