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2-1A State Baseball Bluestem vs Spearville 5-24-18

The nightcap of the 2018 KSHSAA Class 2-1A State Baseball Tournament quarterfinals pitted the Spearville Royal Lancers against the defending the champions, the Bluestem Lions.

Spearville took the lead with one run in the second inning. They added two more runs in the fourth and two more for insurance in the sixth inning. Bluestem got one back in the top of the seventh inning, but they grounded into a double play to end the game.

Spearville will move on to the semi-finals to be played on Friday.

Bluestem ends the year with a record of 14 and 9.

Below are some of the pictures I took at the game:

2-1A Baseball Chase County vs West Elk 5-24-18

The Chase County Bulldogs faced the West Elk Patriots in the quarterfinals of the Class 2-1A State Baseball Tournament.

West Elk jumped out to a 5 to 0 lead by the end of the second inning. Over the next three innings, Chase County would add 16 unanswered runs to seal the victory 16 to 5 in a run rule shortened five inning game.

Chase County moves on to face Spearville in the semi-finals on Friday. West Elk ends the season with a 19 and 4 record.

Below are some of the pictures I took at the game:

2-1A State Baseball Championship Bluestem vs Ellis 5-26-17

A beautiful evening made a great setting for the final game in the 2017 Class 2-1A Baseball season as the Bluestem Lions and Ellis Railroaders faced off in the State Championship game.

This year’s game came with an added twist as a pitcher could not throw more than 105 pitches in a game. Along with the pitch count limit came a required rest period. With the State Tournament only lasting a total of two days, once a player hit the max limit, they were no longer available in that position. Both teams hoped their pitchers would go as long as possible.

Bluestem opened the scoring in the first frame with one run in the top of the first. Ellis came right back in the bottom half of the inning and plated two runs. The Railroaders added one more in the second inning and two more in the third.

Then in the fourth inning, the Bluestem bats woke back up as they manufactured two runs. The next winning they tacked three more runs and chased away the Ellis starting pitcher Brevin LaBarge.

Adding two more runs in the top of the sixth inning sealed the Lions’ victory. Their starting pitcher, Blake Bevan, went all the way to the final inning and faced all but the final four batters.

Bluestem finishes the year with the State Championship and a 17 and 4 record. Ellis finished the runner-up with the State Championship game serving as their only loss after 19 victories.

Below are some of the pictures I took at the game:

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2017 321A State Wrestling Tournament 2-25-17

The culmination of the season brings hundreds of wrestlers to Hays, Kansas and Gross Memorial Coliseum for the KSHSAA Class 321A State Wrestling Tournament.

This year the Hoisington Cardinals brought eight wrestlers and hopes of finally winning the State Title. By the end of the first day, seven wrestlers remained in the competition and two advanced to the championship finals.

The second day saw six wrestlers medal. Tanner Cassity at 132 pounds got sixth place. Sean Urban at 160 pounds and Justin Bradley at 220 pounds took fifth. Landen Urban took third in 285 pounds.

Jonathan Ball won his first State Title at 145 pounds and his brother Christopher took his second Title in 152 pounds.

As a team, Hoisington finished with 113 points. They came in second to Norton who scored 126 points and won their fifth straight team title.

Below are some of the pictures I took at the tournament:

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5A Sub-State Goddard Football versus Great Bend 11-18-16

Tonight, only four teams in the State of Kansas in Class 5A stepped out onto a field of play. The Goddard Lions traveled to face the Great Bend Panthers for a chance to play for the State Championship.

The Lions struck quickly scoring on their first possession. They dominated the game from there on. When Great Bend managed to put points on the board, Goddard punched right back. By the end of the night, the scoreboard read 50 to 21 and the Lions gathered to celebrate their win and the opportunity to play for the State title.

Goddard faces off against Mill Valley next Saturday. Great Bend ends their season with a 10 and 2 record.

Below are some of the pictures I took at the game:

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5A Sectional Valley Center Football vs Great Bend 11-11-16

With temperatures finally starting to feel like football weather, two teams squared off for a chance to play for a birth in the State Championship.

The Valley Center Hornets came into Great Bend looking to clinch their most successful season in school history. The Great Bend Panthers wanted to keep the winning and playing at home.

The Panthers put the first points on the board. Valley Center answered back with a touchdown and then a field goal. Another Hornet touchdown early in the second half put Great Bend down by ten points and their largest deficit of the year. A pair of touchdowns later and an interception sealed the 28 to 24 victory for the Panthers.

Great Bend will host Goddard in their first Sub-State game since 2006.

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