Spring Sports Roundup: Baseball, Golf, Soccer, Tennis and Track & Field

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Bulldogs battle in district, sectional and state events

Kearney, Mo., May 24, 2021: Kearney High School student-athletes performed well in several end-of-season matchups last week and over the weekend. This year’s Senior Athletics Awards were also announced recently. Congratulations to all of these Bulldogs!

Baseball

The KHS baseball squad defeated both Lincoln College Preparatory Academy and Platte County R-3 in district playoff games last week at the Kansas City Urban Youth Academy. Their season ended after a hard-fought, rain-soaked game Saturday morning against top-ranked Smithville High School. They earned second place in the district and have a bright future with a young squad.

Golf

Jaron McClaran took 62nd and Brayden Schweizer earned 69th place in the state golf tournament last week.

Soccer

The KHS girls soccer squad lost a tough game last week to Platte County in the district final.  We came out with a 1-0 lead with a goal from Caysi Brown. In the second half, Platte County tied up the game.  We went into overtime, where Platte County scored the game-winning goal, ending the game 2-1.  We are so proud of this squad for earning second in the district this season!

Tennis

Last Thursday and Friday, Kolby Smothers and Grant Woltkamp competed in the Class 2 State Tennis Tournament in Springfield. Smothers and Woltkamp played some of the greatest matches of their season, and placed fourth in the tournament!

Boys Track & Field

On Saturday, the Bulldog boys track & field team traveled to Odessa to compete in the Class 4 Sectionals and it was a very successful day for KHS. We placed first overall, and we have qualified 11 events for the state meet on Friday, May 28, in Jefferson City. This is the largest contingent ever to qualify for state under Coach Scott Crall.

State Qualifiers:

  • 110M Hurdles – Luke Noland (2nd)
  • 200M – Will Dolinar (3rd)
  • 400M – Logan Arellano (2nd) and Kyle Hofer (3rd)
  • 800M – Kyler Chappell (Sectional Champ) and Carter Woods (2nd)
  • 4x200M – Wil Dolinar, Brock Colhour, Joe Marshall, and Luke Noland (Sectional Champs)
  • 4x400M – Joe Marshall, Logan Arellano, Kyler Chappell, and Kyle Hofer (Sectional Champs)
  • 4x800M – Kyle Hofer, Kyler Chappell, Reed Beyeler, and Carter Woods (Sectional Champs)
  • Pole Vault – John Timchak (Sectional Champ)
  • Long Jump – Luke Noland (Sectional Champ)
  • Javelin – Adam Hoffman (4th)
  • Discus – K.J. Smith (Sectional Champ) and Zack Grace (3rd)

Girls Track & Field

The KHS girls track & field team had a very successful day in Odessa competing for state qualifications at the sectional track meet. The team finished runner-up to St. Theresa’s Academy but did beat Platte County for the first time this season.

State Qualifiers:

  • Triple Jump: Ava Lawless (Sectional Champ)
  • 200: Jadyn Barnes
  • 100 HH: Lawless
  • 300H: Morgan Wood
  • Shot Put: Braelyn Rivera
  • Discus: Rivera
  • 4×800 Relay: Jadyn Barnes, Jillian Vaughn, Abby Smith and Morgan Wood
  • 4×200 Relay: Abby Stamper, Ava Lawless, Barnes and Wood (Sectional Champ)
  • 4×400 Relay: Shelby Singleton, Liela Murphy, Barnes and Wood

This group will compete Friday in Jefferson City at the Class 4 State Track Meet.

Senior Athletics Awards

  • 3 Sport Varsity Letters – Tyler Car, Aggie Edwards, and Mackenzie Hoffman
  • Kansas City Scholar Athlete Nominee – Makenzie Hoffman and Carter Woods
  • MSHSAA Sportsmanship Award – Lexie Cole and Lance Bolles
  • Scholar-Athlete of the Year – Faith Mick and Carter Woods
  • KHS Alumni Sportsmanship Award – Lille Filger and Maddyx Kirkland
  • Charles W Smith Award – Tyler Carr and Vaughn Sloan
  • Athlete of The Year – Andi Krieling and Brennan Watkins

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