Preps notebook: Baldwin boys soccer wins another regional crown

photo by: Photo courtesy of Mike Zimmerman

Baldwin's boys soccer team poses with the regional plaque following its 3-0 win over Eudora in the regional championship on Friday at BHS on Oct. 30, 2020. The Bulldogs have now won back-to-back regional titles in Class 4A-1A boys soccer. (Photo courtesy of Mike Zimmerman)

For the second year in a row, Baldwin’s boys soccer team has won a regional title. The Bulldogs had to beat a familiar foe to do so in 2020, earning a 3-0 win over Eudora at BHS on Friday in the regional championship.

“It’s always an intense game when Baldwin and Eudora play,” Baldwin coach Matt McCune said. “We knew going in this would be a difficult match even though it was a home game for us, because it’s a rivalry game and for the regional championship nonetheless.”

As a result, Baldwin responded with a total-team effort to take home some much-deserved hardware.

Caleb Carr, who was slated to run in the state cross-country meet the following day, scored two goals for Baldwin on Friday. Collin Ediger added one score as well. Michael Garber, Grady McCune and Andrew Washee were all credited with an assist in the win.

“I’m really proud of the team,” Grady McCune said. “We’ve been playing so well these last few weeks and it really paid off for us. Every single player played their heart out during the game against Eudora.”

BHS goalkeeper Drake Martin came through with the shutout in the net. Eudora, which defeated Bishop Seabury in the regional semifinal, ended its season with a 7-8-1 overall record.

Baldwin (11-5-1) will now travel to Louisburg (14-1) for the state quarterfinals on Tuesday. The match is slated to begin at 5 p.m. at Broadmoore Elementary.

“We have a lot of guys that work hard and share and move the ball well,” Matt McCune said. “We defended as a unit and I believe we deserved the win. I am proud of our boys. They earned it.”

Lawrence High, meanwhile, fell in its regional championship match in Class 6A. LHS dropped a 4-1 decision to Olathe West on the road on Thursday.

The Owls, who won a state title a year ago, are now 15-2 and are headed back to the Class 6A quarterfinals.

The Lions end their season with a 9-9 overall record, which was highlighted by a 2-1 win over their crosstown rival in the regional semifinal.

Four area football teams advance in postseason

Four area football teams earned a win in their respective opening-round matchups to begin the postseason.

Perry-Lecompton, last year’s Class 3A runner-up, took care of business with a 35-22 victory over Rock Creek on Friday. The Kaws (8-1, No. 3 in Class 3A) scored 22 points in the second quarter to pull away on the road.

Quarterback Thad Metcalfe went 9-for-13 through the air for 124 passing yards and one touchdown. He also added two scores and 97 rushing yards on 17 carries. Running back Reichen Rush led PLHS with 20 rushing attempts for 193 yards and two touchdowns.

Dawson Williams also caught three balls for 56 yards and one touchdown in the win.

Perry-Lecompton will now travel to Topeka Hayden (8-1, No. 2 in Class 3A) for its regional matchup. Hayden handed PLHS its only loss of the year back on Oct. 16 in what was a 10-0 decision.

In Class 4A, Tonganoxie’s football team avoided any upset with 35 points in the first quarter of the team’s eventual 48-26 victory over Labette County on Friday. The Chieftains, who were the No. 3 seed in Class 4A East, improved to 8-1.

No. 14 Labette County ended its season with a 2-7 overall record.

Senior running back Tyler Bowden needed only eight carries to turn in 202 rushing yards and three touchdowns in the win for THS. Senior quarterback Blake Poje was 8-of-11 for 121 passing yards and three touchdowns.

Senior Dallas Bond scored on two of those touchdowns through the air, adding 72 receiving yards on four catches. Senior Branden Martin, who is the leader of the Tonganoxie defense, also snagged a touchdown reception in the win.

Tonganoxie, which is ranked No. 2 in Class 4A, will play host to sixth-seeded Lansing (5-3) next week.

Eudora, meanwhile, was able to pull off the upset in its opening-round matchup. The Cardinals scored twice in the fourth quarter to erase an early deficit in their 16-15 win over Piper on Friday.

Piper (5-4), the No. 5 seed in Class 4A East, scored in each of the first two quarters to jump out to a 15-0 lead by halftime. But No. 12 Eudora (3-6) swung the momentum in its favor with a key interception in the second half by Kale Hammerschmidt.

With about 10 minutes to go in the game, Zeke Reazin scored on a 3-yard rushing touchdown to put EHS on the board.

The Cardinals elected to go for two, and converted on a short run by Brayden Beerbower. After a turnover on downs by Piper, EHS responded with a 2-yard touchdown run by Beerbower in the final minute. Beerbower then delivered the 2-point try to finish off the comeback win.

It marks Eudora’s first playoff win in five years. The Cardinals finished with 274 rushing yards as a team, led by a 169-yard performance from Beerbower to give him over 1,000 rushing yards for the year.

Eudora will now travel to No. 4 Basehor-Linwood (6-3) next week for its regional matchup.

Baldwin had to wait an extra day, but it became the fourth area football team to earn a postseason victory in the opening round.

The Bulldogs earned a 40-12 win over Jefferson West Saturday afternoon in a Class 3A postseason matchup. It marks the third win in a row for Baldwin, and the second straight game that the team has put up 40 points.

BHS (3-4) already has its most wins in a season since 2017. The Bulldogs went winless a season ago after going 2-7 in 2018.

Baldwin will travel to Holton (7-1) for its regional matchup next week.

Perry-Lecompton 35, Rock Creek 22

Perry-Lecompton: 7 22 6 0 — 35

Rock Creek: 7 7 0 8 — 22

Perry-Lecompton: Reichen Rush (2): 33 yd run; 78 yd run; Thad Metcalfe: 1 yd run, 51 yd run, Dawson Williams 14 yd pass from Metcalfe. PAT: Easton Elliott 1; Folks pass from Metcalfe; Metcalfe, run.

Rock Creek: Whaley 58 yd pass from Killingsworth; Zenger 75 yd pass from Whaley. Killingsworth 1 yd run. PAT: Adams 2 kicks, Zenger pass from Killingsworth.

Perry-Lecompton: Thad Metcalfe: 9/13, 124 yds, 17 carries 97 yds., 1 TD. Reichen Rush, 20 carries, 193 yds.

Rock Creek: Charlie Killingsworth: 16/36, 369 yds., 2 TD’s, 2 ints . Brooks Whaley, 7 recs, 177 yds, Dawson Zenger, 4 recs 102 yds.

Tonganoxie 48, Labette County 26

Labette County 0 6 6 14 — 26

Tonganoxie 35 7 0 6 — 48

Eudora 16, Piper 15

Eudora 0 0 0 16 — 16

Piper 7 8 0 0 — 15

LHS gymnast finishes as runner-up at all-around meet

Only six local gymnasts competed in Thursday’s all-around meet at Shawnee Mission South.

Lawrence High’s Paris Spotted Tail led the way for the city gymnasts with a runner-up finish in the event. Spotted Tail finished first in floor, third in beam, seventh in bar and eighth in vault. She scored a total of 35.350 points, while Makenzie Juneau of Olathe West won the event with a mark of 35.600 points.

Beth Brandt and Caroline Dunlap also competed in the event for Lawrence. Brandt finished 21st in all-around, which was highlighted by a ninth-place finish in floor. Dunlap took 27th in all-around, with her best mark being a 23rd-place finish in beam.

Free State was led by Avery Qualseth and Tori Crockett. Qualseth came in 14th in all-around, netting 10th in floor to lead her showing. Crockett notched 15th in the all-around rankings, posting her best performance in floor by taking 12th in the event.

Elsa Gay also tallied 28th in all-around for FSHS.

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