Preps notebook: Baldwin boys soccer falls in quarterfinals with 3-0 loss to Louisburg

The Baldwin’s boys soccer team finished just one game shy of reaching the Class 4A-1A state tournament.

The Bulldogs were on the wrong end of a physical match that ended in a 3-0 road loss to Louisburg on Tuesday during the quarterfinals. The Wildcats, who were the top seed in the East Region, scored all three goals in the second half.

Baldwin ended the year 11-6-1 overall record, while Louisburg improved to 15-1 on the season.

“I can’t help but feel this year was an amazing success for our boys,” Baldwin coach Matt McCune said. “After losing seven starters from last year, and beginning this season 1-3 with a completely revamped defense, we ended up winning 11 games for the third consecutive year.”

“That’s a testament to how hard the players, managers and coaches worked and bought into our system here at Baldwin,” McCune added.

Despite what the final score might indicate, Baldwin had its chances to knock off Louisburg.

The Wildcats scored their first goal 15 minutes into the second half off a rebound in the box on a free kick. The Bulldogs then changed their formation up to score, and ended up surrendering a goal on the counter attack.

Baldwin had three near misses in the loss, with senior Grady McCune leading the attack on four shots on goal. Caleb Carr also had three shots on goal. Devin Prather had several good plays in the attack from the wing position, while Andrew Washee won 12 headers for BHS.

The match featured eight yellow cards on the day.

THS soccer surrenders 3-1 defeat

Tonganoxie’s boys soccer team also fell in the quarterfinals on the other side of the Class 4A-1A East region.

THS dropped a 3-1 decision to defending state champion Bishop Miege at home on Tuesday. The performance came a few days after Tonganoxie earned a 6-0 win over Bishop Ward in the regional championship.

The Chieftains ended the year with a 11-5 record on the year. Bishop Miege improved to 8-5-3 on its way to advancing to the semifinals of the state bracket. Bishop Miege will actually face Louisburg on Friday, with Rose Hill (16-1-1) slated to square off with Trinity Academy (12-6-1) in the other semifinal matchup.

Veritas volleyball claims third at state meet

The Veritas volleyball team ended the 2020 campaign with a third-place finish at the KCAA state tournament this past weekend.

It marks the second year in a row that the Eagles have come away with the third-place plaque. VHS defeated Flint Hills in the third-place match to secure the much-deserved hardware. Megan Malm was the lone senior on that team.


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