Preps notebook: Eudora boys track makes history by capturing Frontier League title
Eudora’s boys track and field team made history on Thursday by taking home its first Frontier League title since 1973.
At the eight-team Frontier League meet at Tonganoxie High, the Eudora boys won two individual events. Freshman Zachary Arnold took first in the 3,200-meter run with a time of 10:11.49, and senior Matthew Karten won discus with a throw of 140-07.
The Cardinals also set a program record in the 4×100-meter relay. Junior Silas Etter, freshman Adrion Seals, sophomore Jaiden Bender and senior Devon White posted a time of 44.07 and finished as runners-up.
There were plenty of other high finishers for the Cardinals in their historic team victory.
Etter took third in the 100-meter run and Bender placed third in the 200-meter run. Seniors Daniel Grosdider and Colby Lawhorn finished second and third, respectively, in the 400-meter run.
Arnold was runner-up in the 1,600-meter run, finishing behind Tonganoxie sophomore Eli Gilmore. And while Tonganoxie senior Blake Poje won the high jump event, Eudora senior Kale Breedlove and Bender were in the two spots right behind him. Poje also won the long jump.
Eudora sophomore Logan Schmidt claimed third in the boys pole vault competition. Two throwers for the Cardinals had third-place finishes — senior Darrell Higgins in shot put and sophomore Conor Dunback in javelin.
Eudora finished with a total score of 129 as a team, which was more than 10 points higher than the second-place finisher, Louisburg’s mark of 117.50 points.
The Cardinals’ first-place finish was even more impressive when you consider that in 2018, when this year’s seniors were freshmen, the team finished in last place at the league meet.
On the girls side, Eudora finished as runner-up with a total score of 126. Spring Hill won the Frontier League title with a mark of 154.
Freshman Sydney Owens won the girls 3,200-meter run with a time of 11:50.10, and senior Chloe Thakker won the high jump and set a program record by clearing 5-04.50. Eudora sophomore Josie Pickett also set a school record in the triple jump, placing second with a leap of 34-06.75.
In addition, Baldwin senior Jewel Marsh won the girls shot put competition with a throw of 36-00.00. Baldwin also won the girls 4×800-meter relay with a time of 10:09.57.
Full results of the 2021 Frontier League meet can be found online at Kansas Milesplit.
PLHS boys track wins league crown
Perry-Lecompton’s boys track team won the Big Seven League title at Thursday’s league meet, which was held at their home field. The Kaws scored 181 points as a team, winning nine events and defeating runner-up Nehama Central by a wide margin.
Hunter Hess won the 200-meter run (22.89) and 400-meter run (52.44), and Caidon Quinlan won the 100-meter run (11.16). James Bartlett took first in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:07.60.
The Kaws also won all three relay races on the boys side. Perry-Lecompton’s 4×100-meter relay squad of Quinlan, Hess, Kaden Doleman and Caden Dean took first with a 44.25. Boyd Sollars, Thad Metcalfe, Dean and Hess won the 4×400-meter relay with a 3:34.34, and Sollars, Bartlett, Michael LeClair and Metcalfe won the 4×800-meter relay with an 8:36.23.
Perry-Lecompton won two field events as well. Doleman won high jump by clearing 6-02.00, and Parker Stone won long jump with a leap of 21-05.00.
In the girls contest, the Kaws took sixth and Nemaha Central won the league title.
Fulls results of the 2021 Big Seven League Championships can be found online at Kansas Milesplit.
Seabury soccer gets another win; LHS, FSHS lose
Bishop Seabury’s girls soccer team has now won multiple matches in a row for the first time since starting the year on a two-game win streak.
The Seahawks (5-7) defeated Atchison 4-2 at home on Thursday for their second win in a row. Junior Summer Hartzler scored two goals, and sophomores Sofia Gonzales and Oona Nelson each had one goal.
In other local soccer news, both Free State and Lawrence High lost their final matches of the regular season on Thursday. FSHS (3-11-1) fell 2-1 at home to Shawnee Mission West, and LHS (4-11-1) was routed 11-1 at Shawnee Mission South.
Regional brackets will be released Saturday.
LHS baseball suffers double-digit loss
Lawrence High’s baseball team lost to Blue Valley Southwest, 15-3, at home on Thursday in its regular-season finale.
The Timberwolves only needed six innings to run away with the win, scoring eight runs in the second and four in the sixth. The Lions (11-9) scored all three of their runs within the first two innings but were not able to get anything going after that.
Cole Mondi came through with a double, Lawrence’s lone extra-base hit of the game. Jack Stoll, Karson Green, Braden Hoffman and Blake Schimmel each recorded one single. LHS finished with five hits as a team.
Lawrence will now turn its attention to the postseason. Regional assignments will be released Saturday.
BVSW 0 8 2 0 1 4 X — 15 13 0
LHS 1 2 0 0 0 0 X — 3 5 3
LHS senior signs to play college volleyball
Lawrence High senior Ozi Ajekwu will continue playing volleyball in college.
On Friday, Ajekwu signed her national letter of intent to play volleyball for Highland Community College next year. In her senior season, Ajekwu led Class 6A with 103 total blocks from her middle blocker position. She also delivered 107 kills on a .200 hitting percentage.