Preps notebook: FSHS gymnastics nets 3rd at state meet; LHS individual claims 5th in all-around

Lawrence High's Paris Spotted Tail competes in the floor routine Saturday afternoon at LHS on Sept. 14, 2019.

Free State’s gymnastics team came home with some hardware to finish off the 2019 season.

The Firebirds placed third at the state gymnastics meet Saturday afternoon at Olathe South after entering the meet in second place. FSHS finished finished inside the top three in all but one meet this year, which was a fifth-place finish at the Sunflower League Invitational.

Junior Talia Gay, who was limited due to a back injury, performed well in her two events. She won a state title in bars for the second year in a row while also claiming second in vault. Gay was unable to defend her all-around state title, however. Chaney Finkeldei secured sixth place on the beam to earn an individual medal.

Paris Spotted Tail led Lawrence High’s gymnastics team by placing fifth in the all-around rankings. Spotted Tail finished second on the floor and took fourth on bars en route to becoming Lawrence’s lone individual medalist in the final meet of the season.

State gymnastics

Saturday at Olathe South

Team standings: 1. Olathe East 106.075; 2. Olathe NW 103.075; 3. FSHS 100.250; 4. SM South 99.800; 5. SM East 99.425; 6. Olathe North 98.200; 7. Newton 96.375; Lawrence 93.600.

FSHS results

All-around rank: 16. Tori Crockett, 32.650; 17. Chaney Finkeldei, 32.525.

Vault: 2. Talia Gay, 8.925; 4. Ashley Mai, 8.550; 19. Crockett, 8.425; 27. Avery Qualseth, 8.275; 36. Finkeldei, 8.000.

Bar: 1. Gay, 9.025; 15. Crockett, 7.857; 24. Qualseth, 7.250; 31. Finkeldei, 7.025; 40. Audrey Hoey-Kummerow, 5.700.

Beam: 6. Finkeldei, 8.900; 17. Crockett, 8.050; 17. Qualseth, 8.050; 37. Hoey-Kummerow, 7.000.

Floor: 13. Finkeldei, 8.600; 21. Crockett, 8.300; 21. Qualseth, 8.300; 38. Hoey-Kummerow, 7.750.

LHS results

All-around: 5. Paris Spotted Tail, 34.525; 27. Beth Brandt, 29.900; 29. Reece Wohlford, 29.050; 30. Caroline Dunlap, 26.400; 31. Sophia Zogry, 26.125.

Vault: 9. Spotted Tail, 8.600; 32. Brandt, 8.150; 41. Zogry, 7.850; 43. Dunlap, 7.750; 44. Wohlford, 7.725.

Bar: 4. Spotted Tail, 8.575; 36. Brandt, 6.300; 37. Wohlford, 6.275; 39. Zogry, 5.975; 41. Dunlap, 5.050.

Beam: 17. Spotted Tail, 8.050; 33. Brandt, 7.500; 34. Wohlford, 7.250; 40. Dunlap, 6.450; 42. Zogry, 6.000.

Floor: 2. Spotted Tail, 9.300; 32. Brandt, 7.950; 35.Wohlford, 7.800; 40. Dunlap, 7.150; 43. Zogry, 6.400.

Firebirds advance to state, city volleyball teams eliminated in sub-state

Free State’s volleyball team is headed to the Class 6A state tournament.

The Firebirds earned a trip to the final tournament with a pair of sweeps in sub-state action at Wichita East on Saturday. FSHS took down Wichita North (25-8, 25-6) and Wichita East (25-15, 29-27) en route to a state berth.

Free State (24-11) will compete in the Class 6A state tournament in Salina next weekend.

Lawrence High, which won the Class 6A state title last year, fell to Wichita East (25-15, 25-23) in straight sets in the opening round. The Lions end their season with a 9-26 record.

Bishop Seabury, meanwhile, won the first set before ultimately falling in three sets (27-25, 25-19, 25-20) to Lyndon in Class 2A sub-state play.

Area cross-country runners shine at regionals

Three team titles and one individual crown were ultimately captured by area cross-country squads during regionals on Saturday.

Free State’s boys cross-country team took home a regional title at its regional meet in Junction City with a score of 50 points. It was 7 points better than Manhattan, as the Firebirds claimed a regional crown after winning the Sunflower League title last weekend. Free State senior Charlie Johnson finished as a runner-up with a time of 16:26.9.

The Firebirds will also be sending their entire girls team to the state meet following a third-place finish at Milford State Park. FSHS scored 83 points as a team, which trailed both Manhattan (37) and Washburn Rural (45) in the varsity girls team standings.

Eudora girls and Tonganoxie boys earned team titles at the Class 4A regional meet at the Baldwin Golf Course. The Cardinals were led by Riley Hiebert, who ran a time of 19:24.61 in her runner-up finish. Eli Gilmore paced the Chieftains with a time of 17:05.13, which was good enough for second place in the varsity boys race.

Bishop Seabury senior Henry Nelson secured a regional title during the varsity boys race at the Class 2A regional meet at Central Heights. On the girls side, Oona Nelson finished second and Sabrina Eicher placed 10th to qualify for the state cross-country meet.

Lawrence High, meanwhile, will be sending four athletes to the state meet. For the LHS girls, Diana Messick and Lucy Hardy earned a trip to state for their strong showing at regionals in Junction City. Ruben Little Head and Jack Ryan qualified for the state meet on the boys side for the Lions.

In Class 4A, Baldwin girls and Eudora boys qualified for the state meet as a team with a runner-up and third-place finish, respectively. Kristi Chambers qualified as an individual for the Tonganoxie girls cross-country team. Hudson Allen and Caleb Carr qualified as individuals for BHS boys.

The Class 3A, 5A and 6A state meets will be held at Rim Rock Farm in Lawrence next weekend. Class 1A, 2A and 4A will take place at the Wamego Country Club on Saturday.

6A regional

Saturday at Junction City

Boys team standings: 1. FSHS 50; 2. Manhattan 57; 3. Washburn Rural 58; 4. Lawrence 120; 5. Wichita North 134; 6. Hutchinson 150; 7. Junction City 201; 8. Topeka 212; 9. Wichita Heights 236.

FSHS results: 2. Charlie Johnson, 16:26.9; 4. Ben Shryock, 16:43.1; 8. Ethan Sharp, 16:55.6; 16. Brock Cordova, 17:14.3; 20. Jack Keathley-Helms, 17:48; 23. John Loos, 18:08.3; 31. Carson Marsh, 18:54.8.

LHS results: 7. Ruben Little Head, 16:53.9; 10. Jack Ryan, 17:04.9; 33. Reese White Lightning, 19:01.1; 34. Lucas Holmberg, 19:01.2; 36. Eli Marburger, 19:07.4; 39. Daylon Heck, 19:23.2; 43. Connor Bewley, 19:41.4.

Girls team standings: 1. Manhattan 37; 2. Washburn Rural 45; 3. Free State 83; 4. Lawrence 98; 5. Hutchinson 108; 6. Wichita North 161; 7. Junction City 206.

FSHS results: 5. Erin Fagan, 20:15.5; 18. Janice Werth, 21:12.7; 19. Allison Babbit, 21:31.8; 20. Morgan Goeser, 21:38.4; 21. Olivia Goeser, 21:42.8; 22. Emily Stone, 21:45.6; 25. Madeline Day, 21:49.5.

LHS results: 8. Diana Messick, 20:19.3; 15. Lucy Hardy, 20:51.3; 16. Sophie DeWitt, 21:01.9; 29. Maddie DeWitt, 22:12.9; 30. Eva Ackley, 22:50.7; 31. Grace Harader-Ellett, 22:52.40; 39. Maiki Martinez, 23:42.80.

Class 4A regional

Saturday at Baldwin

Girls team standings: 1. Eudora 47; 2. Baldwin 55; 3. Louisburg 96; 4. Miege 102; 5. KC Piper 104; 6. Tonganoxie 113; 7. Holton 183.

Area results: 2. Riley Hiebert, EHS, 19:24.61; 4. Riley Smith, BHS, 19:46.96; 5. Reagan Hiebert, EHS, 19:53.59; 8. Jana Landreth, BHS, 20:36.72; 9. Kristi Chambers, THS, 20:42.62; 10. Phoebe Fletcher, EHS, 20:46.99; 14. Ambrynn Stewart, BHS, 21:01.89; 15. Maya Patterson, EHS, 21:04.86; 16. Abigail Patterson, BHS, 21:12.82; 17. Josephine Boyle, BHS, 21:14.61; 19. Kate Erpelding, EHS, 21:21.22; 20. Melia Martin, EHS, 21:36.93; 22. Katherine Wombwell, THS, 21:42.18; 27. Lauren Russell, BHS, 22:16.92; 28. Kyleigh Thomas, THS, 22:23.94; 30. Mayden Geiger, THS, 22:30.55.

Boys team standings: 1. Tonganoxie 44; 2. Miege 73; 3. Eudora 81; 4. KC Piper 81; 5. Louisburg 118; 6. Baldwin 128; 7. Holton 142.

Area results: 2. Eli Gilmore, THS, 17:05.13; 3. Dylan Graham, THS, 17:18.69; 4. Cody Loganbill, EHS, 17:30.80; 6. Jakob Edholm, THS, 17:47.47; 8. Hudson Allen, BHS, 17:52.11; 10. Caleb Carr, BHS, 17:55.44; 13. Jerratt Bradley, EHS, 18:00.40; 15. Jonah Stephen, THS, 18:07.77; 16. Traeger Rader, EHS, 18:08.55; 18. Ben Farrar, THS, 18:22.00; 21. Jonas Staples, EHS, 18:30.68; 24. Charles Gilmore, THS, 18:38.83; 27. Conor Dunback, EHS, 18:49.70; 29. Brandon Wilson, THS, 18:57.00.

Regional soccer assignments released

All the area boys soccer teams now know their postseason fate, with regional brackets being posted by KSHSAA on Saturday.

Both Lawrence High and Free State will be in the same regional bracket in Class 6A. Lawrence (5-8-3) will actually compete in the play-in game as the No. 15 seed, hosting No. 18 Junction City (2-11-3) at 6 p.m. Monday. With a win, the Lions would travel to No. 2 Washburn Rural (13-3) at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

The other regional pairing will feature No. 7 Liberal (11-4-1) and No. 10 Free State (8-6-2), which is slated to take place at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Liberal. The regional championship game is slated for 6 p.m. Thursday at Washburn Rural.

Bishop Seabury, meanwhile, earned the No. 2 overall seed in the Class 4A-1A East regional. BSA (10-5-0) will host the winner of No. 15 Ottawa and No. 18 Riverton at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. Tonganoxie, the No. 7 seed in that regional bracket, will host Bishop Miege at 7 p.m. Monday. The regional championship will take place on Thursday.

Baldwin (10-5-1) is the No. 3 seed and will host No. 14 Maranatha Christian Academy at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday. The regional championship will also be on Thursday. Eudora, the No. 5 seed with a 10-5-1 record, will take on No. 12 Columbus at 6 p.m. Tuesday at EHS in the first round.

Playoff brackets set

The postseason is here for all area football teams, as brackets were officially released Saturday morning.

In Class 6A, Free State (7-1) earned the fifth seed in a loaded west region. The Firebirds host No. 12 Wichita South (3-5) in the opening round next week and could end up facing the winner of Manhattan (7-1) and Hutchinson (2-6) in the second round.

Lawrence fell all the way down to the No. 6 seed following the 31-30 loss in the City Showdown. LHS (7-1) will host No. 11 Washburn Rural (3-5) in the first round. Topeka High, the No. 3 seed with a 7-1 record, could be the potential second-round matchup for the Lions. A total of six teams in the 6A West finished with a 7-1 or 8-0 record.

Tonganoxie (8-0) ended up with the No. 1 overall seed in Class 4A East, which sets up a first-round matchup with No. 16 Baldwin (0-8) next week. Eudora, the No. 12 seed with a 3-5 record, will travel to No. 5 Bonner Springs (6-2) in the first round.

Perry-Lecompton (5-3), meanwhile, will face Wamego (6-2) in the first round of the Class 3A playoffs. The two teams faced off in the opening round last year, in which PLHS came away with a 34-20 victory.


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