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Spring sports state and regional schedules

POSTED: May 10, 2012 1:00 a.m.

Ellsworth’s Josh Bahr returns a volley as Taylor Bahan gets set at the net in the April 23 Ellsworth Invitational at Ellsworth. I/R photo by Mark McCoy.

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Finally, the brackets are out as the ultra-busy spring sports season winds down to an end.

TENNIS — The Bearcats placed third as a team at the Russell regional tournament with the doubles teams of Taylor Bahan and Josh Bahr placing fifth and the doubles team of Tyler Lamb and Angus Dufon placing sixth. Isaac Herzog placed fourth at the meet, earning a slot in the brackets at the state tournament.  

The Central Plains team of Benn Kirmer and Layne Bieberle won the regional meet and should be seeded well in the tournament. Brackets were not available at post time.

The 3A-2A-1A State tennis tournament begins at 10 a.m. Friday (tomorrow) at the Wichita-Riverside Tennis Complex, 551 Nims in Wichita.

GOLF — Ellsworth’s Mark Cunningham II and Garrett Bland lead the Bearcat golf team today (Thursday) at 8:30 a.m. in the 2A regional golf tournament in Belleville.

The Oilers are led by Konnor Hickel and are playing in the 2A regional tournament at 9 a.m. in today (Thursday)  Ellinwood.

The 2A State Golf Tournament will be at 9 a.m. Monday, May 21 at the Spring Creek Golf Course in Seneca. Seneca is located about 12 miles south of the Kansas-Nebraska border north of Topeka.

SOFTBALL — The Lady ‘Cats — who have had their best season in the six years as a softball team — own a 14-6 record going into the 2A regional softball tournament at Ell-Saline. Led by pitcher Brenn Cravens, slugger Lainey Dunn, shortstop Randi Panzer and centerfielder Amie Maze the team has jelled into an efficient softball machine that has annihilated lesser opponents and battled within two or three runs of 3A powerhouses and NCAA rivals Southeast of Saline and Sacred Heart.

Ellsworth will meet Canton-Galva, who also has a 14-6 record at 4:45 p.m. Tuesday, May 15 at Ell-Saline. Ell-Saline has the top seed in the tournament with a 19-1 record, with its only loss handed to them by mighty Sacred Heart.

BASEBALL — Ellsworth County Baseball, the combined team of Wilson and Ellsworth High Schools has struggled at times to put its game together this season, coming into the 3A regional baseball tournament with a 7-9 record. Pitchers Jake Stoppel and Jacob Froese have had great success over the season and heavy hitter Clint Glaser has stolen a ton of bases. The boys will play in the 3A tournament since they are a team comprised from two districts.

E-Dub will meet 10-10 Moundridge at 2 p.m. Monday, May 14 at Dean Evans Field in Salina in the first round of the tournament. Mighty Marion is the top seed with a 15-5 record and play the winner of the contest.

TRACK — Both Ellsworth County’s 2A schools, Ellsworth and Central Plains, will compete at the 2A regional meet Friday, May 18 in Smith Center.

The Lady Oilers have had a great season as track star Lindsay Woodmansee has anchored most of the girls’ relay teams and has garnered first place finishes in other event. Julie McAtee, Miranda Burton, Julie Demel, Maddy Demel, Alicia Grover and Tarilyn Hickel have also done well this season and continue to improve with each outing.

Ellsworth’s throwers Benn Murrell and Trevor Miley have pretty much dominated the throwing events in each meet this year and Jack Nuss has expanded his athletic horizons winning in the high jump and dashes. On the girls’ side, Connor Davis has placed well in several meets in both the javelin and running events.

The Wilson Dragons have dual athlete Jake Stoppel who was made for the 200 meter dash and also has been good in the long jump when he hasn’t been hurling the horsehide. Cole Zelenka — also a dual athlete has placed in a few meets and Evan Just’s discus distances continue to climb. On the girls’ side, Antjelica Pfannenstiel has owned the hurdle events in every meet she has raced and her form continues to improve with each outing. The Dragons will compete at the 1A regional meet at 3 p.m. Friday, May 18 at Fort Hays State University in Hays.

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