Free State's Gravino
wins Aquinas title
Overland Park -- Free State junior Laura Gravino stopped two previously undefeated players en route to the singles title Thursday at the Aquinas Invitational.
Gravino, who has a 24-0 record, stopped two-time defending Class 6A state champion Cassie Drake of SM South in the finals by a resounding 6-2, 6-2 score. She beat Megan Kowal of Aquinas in the semifinals, 8-2.
Drake entered as the No. 1 seed; Kowal 2 and Gravino three.
"The win over Cassie Drake is the biggest girls tennis win in the state by far this year," FSHS coach Jon Renberger said. "Laura has played Cassie close many times. It's the first time she beat her in competition. She just wore Drake down. She sent a message. It caught a lot of people's attention."
The title will give Gravino the No. 1 seed in the Sunflower League tournament.
Kim Heck and Susie Epp (21-7) won the consolation title in doubles. The Firebirds have a home dual against Olathe East on Monday. Sunflower League is Tuesday at SM East. Results in scoreboard.
set for Oct. 18
Kansas University's men's basketball team will hold tryouts for the team at 8 p.m., Oct. 18 at Allen Fieldhouse. Any KU student interested in participating should stop by the basketball office (250 Wagnon Student Athletics Center) between Oct. 4-8 to fill out preliminary paperwork.
They should also bring to the office proof of health insurance and proof of a physical exam taken in the past year. Students can receive physical exams at Watkins Hospital. Any questions can be directed to Ben Miller, Jerod Haase or C.B. McGrath at 864-3056.
LHS to play host
to volleyball's best
The top two teams in Class 6A and two of the best teams in Class 5A headline the field for Saturday's Wells Invitational volleyball tournament at Lawrence High.
Defending Class 6A state champion Maize, currently ranked No. 1, and No. 2 Blue Valley Northwest are entered in the 10-team field. Maize, Blue Valley Northwest will join Park Hill South, Shawnee Mission Northwest and SM West in the Red Pool.
Wichita Carroll and Shawnee Miege, No. 1 and 3 in 5A, respectively, will join host LHS in the Black Pool. Other teams in the pool are Lee's Summit North and Manhattan.
All 10 teams are guaranteed four matches.
Pool play begins at 10 a.m. The semifinals are 6:30 p.m. with the final at 7:30 p.m.
The tournament is named after former LHS volleyball coach Joan Wells, who started the Lion program in the early 1970s before resigning following the 1997 season.