Montez scores five as Lady Pirates blank Bonner Springs

Piper junior Sierra Montez took a shot at the Bonner Springs goal. Montez took 9 shots in the match and scored on 5 of them in the Lady Pirates’ 10-0 win. (Photo copyright 2022 by Brian Turrel)

by Brian Turrel

Piper High School celebrated senior night for girls’ soccer with a 10-0 shutout of Bonner Springs, but it was the junior class that did the damage.

Sierra Montez scored five goals, knifing through Bonner defenders with quick lateral and diagonal moves. Ryann Clark added four more, showing her talent for keeping possession in traffic. Kyndell Letcher, an indispensible part of the Lady Pirates’ high press, scored a goal as well.

In Piper’s offense-heavy performance, three goals stood out. The first happened in the 16th minute when Montez, playing in the defensive line, won the ball in a duel and started an end-to-end run.

She played a smooth give-and-go to Letcher near midfield, got the ball back and broke downfield, flat-footing defenders and finishing with a clean shot on goal.

The next highlight play was Clark’s fourth goal of the match, 10 minutes into the second half. Positioned squarely in front of goal, she timed her jump on a corner kick and headed it into the net.

Also drawing attention was a 57th minute score from Montez. Finding herself unmarked outside the 18-yard box, she unleashed a blast into the upper right of the goal to put her team up by eight.

The win breaks a three-game losing streak for the Lady Pirates. They finish the regular season at 9-5.

The Lady Braves end their regular season with a 4-12 record. Both teams will await the 5A playoff brackets to be announced on May 14, with regional playoffs to start on May 16.

Ryann Clark raced to take a shot before Bonner Springs junior goalkeeper Alyssa King could close the distance. (Photo copyright 2022 by Brian Turrel)

 

Bonner Springs senior Mercedes Madlock pushed ahead of Piper senior Brianna Solis. (Photo copyright 2022 by Brian Turrel)

 

Piper junior Kyndell Letcher finished the game with 1 shot and 2 assists. (Photo copyright 2022 by Brian Turrel)

 

Piper junior Ryann Clark watched her header sail into the Bonner Springs goal. (Photo copyright 2022 by Brian Turrel)

 

Bonner Springs sophomore Chloie Knapp raced back to cut off Piper senior Mackenzie Jones. (Photo copyright 2022 by Brian Turrel)

 

Piper sophomore Ella Buff was defended by Bonner Springs sophomore Luci Smith as they raced toward the goal. Buff finished the game with 3 shots and an assist. (Photo copyright 2022 by Brian Turrel)

 

Piper junior Sierra Montez slid to the left to get past Bonner Springs freshman Laura Fisher. (Photo copyright 2022 by Brian Turrel)

 

Piper freshman Jessica Hale crossed the ball in front of the Bonner Springs goal. (Photo copyright 2022 by Brian Turrel)

 

Piper junior Kyndell Letcher tried to keep Bonner Springs senior Mercedes Madlock from turning the ball up field. (Photo copyright 2022 by Brian Turrel)

 

Bonner Springs freshman Ginaveve Sopher and Piper junior Avary Ward raced after the ball. (Photo copyright 2022 by Brian Turrel)

Top times and broken records at the 70th Shawnee Mission North Relays

Piper senior Kaiti Lindstrom won the girls’ pole vault at the Shawnee Mission North Relays with a height of 11-feet, 6-inches. (Photo copyright 2022 by Brian Turrel)

by Brian Turrel

The 70th Shawnee Mission North Relays were held Friday afternoon, featuring elite high school track competition from the Kansas City area and around northeast Kansas.

Athletes from several Wyandotte County high schools qualified for the competitive meet, including Piper, Harmon, Wyandotte, Washington, Sumner Academy, Bishop Ward and Turner high schools.

The Piper Pirates figured heavily in the competition, winning two events and placing second in two others. The Piper boys placed fourth in the team competition, and the girls placed 12th.

Piper’s Kaiti Lindstrom won the girls’ pole vault with a vault of 11-feet, 6-inches, beating out Reece Baker, her 5A rival from Lansing. Lindstrom narrowly missed a follow-up attempt at 12 feet.

The Piper boys’ 4×100-meter relay team, the fastest in the state this season, also took first place at the meet. The team beat its own school record with a time of 41.87 seconds, less than a tenth off the meet record set by Schlagle in 1993.

Piper softball star Kylie Brockman placed second in the girls’ javelin throw and beat her own school record with a distance of 124-feet, 9-inches.

Grant Lockwood placed second and bettered his previous Piper school record time in the boys’ 800-meter dash at 1-minute, 54.04-seconds.

Wyandotte’s Jaquelyn Perez-Vela brought home some meet points for the Bulldogs by placing seventh in the girls’ 400-meter dash with a time of 59.86 seconds. She also placed 11th overall in the girls’ 100-meter dash.

A’luel Miller of Harmon and Mikayla Henry of Washington tied for ninth in the girls’ long jump with identical marks of 16-feet, 4 1/2-inches.

Seven meet records were broken at this year’s event, and a new Kansas record was set in the boys’ 400-meter run by William Jones of Blue Valley High School. Jones’s time of 46.29 seconds was also the second-best in the country this season.

The North Relays cap the regular season for most teams. League meets start this week, then regionals the following week. The state meet in Wichita will take place May 27 and 28.

Piper’s boys’ 4×100-meter relay team (Dominique Herrig-Brittian, Grant Lockwood, LaMar Lynch, and Divante Herrig-Brittian) won the event and set a school record with a time of 41.87 seconds. (Photo copyright 2022 by Brian Turrel)
Piper sophomore Kylie Brockman placed second in the girls’ javelin throw with a distance of 124-feet, 9-inches. (Photo copyright 2022 by Brian Turrel)
Wyandotte’s Cyan Walker, left, and Jaquelyn Perez-Vela posed together after competing in the girls’ 400-meter dash. (Photo copyright 2022 by Brian Turrel)
Piper sophomore Jayden Henry ran in the boys’ 110-meter hurdles. Henry placed fourth in the 110- and 300-meter hurdles. (Photo copyright 2022 by Brian Turrel)
Divante Herrig-Brittian, left, crossed the finish line narrowly ahead of teammate LaMar Lynch in the preliminary heat of the boys’ 200-meter dash. (Photo copyright 2022 by Brian Turrel)
Bishop Ward senior K.J. Smith ran in the boys’ 100-meter dash. (Photo copyright 2022 by Brian Turrel)
Harmon senior Ndoma Gazadikwe ran in the boys’ 400-meter dash, finishing with a time of 52.49 seconds. (Photo copyright 2022 by Brian Turrel)
Washington senior Mikayla Henry placed ninth in the girls’ long jump with a distance of 16-feet, 4 1/2-inches. (Photo copyright 2022 by Brian Turrel)

 

Piper junior Ryann Clark ran in the girls’ 400-meter dash. Clark finished with the 11th best time, 1:01.12. (Photo copyright 2022 by Brian Turrel)
Turner senior David Taylor accelerated into the first turn of the boys’ 400-meter dash. (Photo copyright 2022 by Brian Turrel)
Piper junior TyJanae Hooks threw in the girls’ shot put. Hooks took eighth place with a distance of 35-feet, 9.75-inches. (Photo copyright 2022 by Brian Turrel)
Harmon junior A’luel Miller ran in the girls’ 400-meter dash. (Photo copyright 2022 by Brian Turrel)
Harmon freshman Kamahni Jackson chatted with Washington’s Tamea Heard and Kyinn Lawrence at the finish line of the girls’ 300-meter hurdles. (Photo copyright 2022 by Brian Turrel)

Sabres take on Pembroke Hill at Legends Field

Senior third baseman Antonio Dunn hit a two-run single in the second inning on the Sumner Academy Sabres game against the Pembroke Hill Raiders at Legends Field. Dunn went 4-of-4 at the plate but the Raiders prevailed 8-3. (Photo copyright 2022 by Brian Turrel)

by Brian Turrel

Sumner Academy’s baseball team had an early lead on Pembroke Hill when the teams met Thursday at Legends Field, but the Raiders’ power in the middle innings caught up with them, sending the visitors home with an 8-3 win.

The Raiders got on the board with one run in the top of the second inning, but third baseman Antonio Dunn led the charge back for the Sabres, driving in Juan Galindo and Raul Martinez with a single to left.

The Raiders recaptured the lead in the top of the fourth on a two-run home run to left field by Reece Nutter. Pembroke Hill extended the lead to 6-2 in the top of the fifth on a string of base hits, and tacked on two more runs in the seventh.

Dunn led off the bottom of the seventh with a double and scored on Marcus Dierks’s single, but the Sabres got no closer in their comeback attempt.

Anthony Mendez pitched four innings for the Sabres, and Dunn and Martinez both took a turn on the mound in relief.

Dunn was the offensive star for Sumner, going 4-for-4 at the plate with two runs batted in. Charlie Meek and Juan Galindo each went 2-for-4 with a pair of singles.

The Sabres’ record is now 11-5 with just four games remaining in the regular season. Regional playoffs start May 16.

Anthony Mendez started for the Sabres and pitched four innings. (Photo copyright 2022 by Brian Turrel)

 

Left fielder Sidney Harris hit in the bottom of the second inning. (Photo copyright 2022 by Brian Turrel)

 

Sophomore Raul Martinez dived back into first base. (Photo copyright 2022 by Brian Turrel)

 

Raul Martinez came on in relief in the top of the seventh inning. (Photo copyright 2022 by Brian Turrel)

 

Shortstop Marcus Dierks tried to get the tag down on a runner at second base. (Photo copyright 2022 by Brian Turrel)

 

Second baseman Raul Martinez applied the tag to catch a runner stealing. (Photo copyright 2022 by Brian Turrel)

 

Right fielder Charlie Meek ran out a ground ball to the third baseman for a single in the fifth inning. (Photo copyright 2022 by Brian Turrel)

 

Left fielder Sidney Harris made a running catch on a long fly ball. (Photo copyright 2022 by Brian Turrel)

 

Sophomore Anthony Mendez hit in the bottom of the first inning. (Photo copyright 2022 by Brian Turrel)