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Emporia High is searching for a head football coach. Dustin Delaney has accepted the opportunity to be the next head football coach at Shawnee Mission East. Delaney spent 3 seasons at Emporia High and took the Spartans to the play-offs all 3 seasons. The search for a replacement is underway.
Emporia High girls swim team wrapped up their season with a 6th place finish at
State. Individually the 400 free relay team of Shannon Ernst, Meg Detwiler,
Stephanie Slayden and Breanne Cayton finished in 5th place
for the best Lady Spartan finish. Shannon Ernst also finished 10th in the 100
free and 11th in the 50 free. The 200 medley relay began the day by winning the
consolation final. Jordan Metz, Meg Detwiler, Regan Hastert and MacKenzie Payne
finished 9th overall. Jordan Metz won the 200 Individual Medley consolation
final and finished in 9th place.
12 EMPORIA HIGH TRACK
Emporia High will be sending 12 athletes to compete in 16 events to the State Track and Field meet. At Fridays regional meet in Topeka Emporia High picked up 8 regional championships. Oasis Hernandez led the way winning 4 gold medals, the 100 and 200 meter dashes the long jump and triple jump. Keiona Doctor won the 100 hurdles. Bethany Bowman won the High jump. Shelby Jordan won the pole vault.
Kayla Ayer qualified for the 400 meter dash, triple jump and was part of the 4 by 400 relay along with Bethany Bowman, Keiona Doctor and Taylor Burch. Jerel Morrow was the lone champion for the Emporia High boys. He won the long jump and also qualified for the High jump. J.L. Savage qualified for both the long jump and triple jump. Dylan Thomson qualified for the Javelin and Discus, Sean Ford the discus, Dylan Jackson the pole Vault and Malik Livingston the 110 hurdles. As a team the Spartans finished 4th in the boys standings and 5th in the girls standings. The State Track and Field meet will be held next Friday and Saturday in Wichita.
EMPORIA HIGH ASSISTANT BASKETBALL COACHES MOVE ON
State mens basketball Coach Shaun Vandiver is losing two of his assistants. Wes
Book is leaving and will become an assistant at Gardner Edgerton High School.
Shea Scarlett is leaving and will be the head girls basketball Coach at
ROYALS LOSE TO A’s
(AP) James Shields was a tough-luck loser for the Kansas City Royals once again. Shields pitched into the late innings, but he got very little run support. The Oakland A's earned just their third victory in 11 games with a 2-1 win in Oakland. Newly promoted David Lough drove in the lone Royals run. The Royals and A's play again tonight.
KVOE has announced the 2013 Emporia High and Area High School Athletes and Coaches of the Year. The Emporia High Athletes are Jerel Morrow and Bethany Bowman. Jerel Morrow will be attending Oklahoma State on a football scholarship. Bethany Bowman will be attending Barton County Community College on a basketball and track scholarship. Barbara Clark is the Emporia High Coach of the Year. She is the boys and girls diving coach.
Janae Haag of Olpe and Skylar Farwell of Lyndon are the area
Athletes of the Year. Dennis Fort the
The Athletes of the Year receive a $300 scholarship.
(KVOE 2013 Award Winners: Front Row- Jerel Morrow, Bethany
Bowman and Skylar Farwell. Back Row- Dennis Fort, Janae Haag
and Barbara Clark. )
NEW EMPORIA HIGH ATHLETIC
The Emporia Board of Education last week approved the hiring of Curtis Simons as an assistant principal and athletic director at Emporia High School. Mr. Simons has been the Principal at Hartford High school. He has also been the Head Wrestling at Emporia High.
CHASE COUNTY SOFTBALL HEADED BACK TO STATE
The Chase County softball team is headed back to State. The Lady Bulldogs remain undefeated after out scoring Wabaunsee 5-1 in the regional semi-finals. In the regional championship game they defeated Lyndon 10-0. The 2-1A State tournament will be played in Emporia at the Trusler Sports Complex May 23rd and 24th. They are the defending 2-1A State champions.
EMPORIA HIGH GOLFERS
Emporia High golfers are headed to State. Sophomores Zach Burson and Josh
McAnarney qualified individually for the 5A State tournament at Mondays
regional hosted by
The Olpe boys golf team is headed to State. The Eagles won the Pretty Prairie regional with a 359. Olpes Chase Coble took medalist honors with a 71. The 1A State tournament will be played at the Emporia Municipal golf course next Monday.
Lyndons Phillip Wendling qualified for the 2A State Tournament.
Osage City and Burlington qualified as teams for the 3A State tournament.
EMPORIA STATE TO SEND 18 TO NCAA OUTDOOR TRACK
Emporia State will be sending 18 athletes to the NCAA Division II outdoor track and field meet. 4 athletes are automatic qualifiers, high jumper Briar Ploude, Andrew Etheridge and Gannon Mack in the 110 hurdles and Sara Dunkin in the Javelin. Gannon Mack also qualified for the 400 hurdles. Andrew Etheridge will also be running as part of the 4 by 100 relay with Derwin Hall, Vincent Howze and Shjuan Richardson. Richardson will be running in the 100 meter dash. Marcus Calleja joins Briar Ploude in the high jump. Payson Maydew competes in the decathlon. Dwayne Wall qualified for the triple jump and Donald Wilcox the long jump. Marqueita Marisette will run in the 400 and will be part of the 4 by 100 and 4 by 400 relay. Peyton Weiss, Lindsay Kunkel and Jackie Jones make up the rest of the 4 by 400 relay. Carmen King, Weiss and Jacobs make up the rest of the 4 by 100 relay. Carmen King will also be competing in the long jump. Nikki Wetstein runs in the 100 hurdles and Misty Lowe competes in the Shot put.
TWO EMPORIA STATE STUDENT ATHLETES KEN B. JONES AWARD FINALIST
Emporia States Ben Carlson and Karly Schmelzer are among the 19 finalist for the MIAAs Ken B Jones Award. The award goes to the top Male and Female student athlete in the MIAA based on Academic and Athletic achievement and Campus and Community involvement. The Award winners will be announced June 6th.
TOP PROSPECT SIGNS WITH KU
(AP) Top basketball prospect Andrew Wiggins is headed to Kansas. Wiggins signed a letter-of-intent with the Jayhawks at a private ceremony Tuesday afternoon in Huntington. He previously narrowed his choices to Kentucky, North Carolina and Florida State. The Canadian star averaged 23.4 points and 11.2 rebounds per game this season for West Virginia's Huntington Prep. Initially rated as a 2014 prospect, Wiggins shot to the top of recruiting charts when he decided last October to reclassify into his original high school class of 2013. The four major recruiting services have rated Wiggins as the No. 1 overall prospect. Although his parents both attended Florida State, the Toronto-born Wiggins had kept quiet about his intentions. He had until Wednesday to sign with a Division I school.
ROYALS ANNOUNCE PASSING
(AP) The Kansas City Royals Wednesday announced the death of former broadcaster Fred White. White spent 25 years, 1973 till 1998, as the Radio broadcast partner of Denny Mathews. Over those 25 years White helped call six division championships, an American League pennant in 1980 and the Royals' only World Series championship in 1985. Since being replaced in the broadcast booth White had been the director of Royals broadcast services and alumni. White was the sports anchor for Topeka's WIBW-TV and broadcast Kansas State athletics before joining the Royals in 1973. Tuesday the Royals announced that Fred White had retired after spending 40 years with the team. He past away due to complications from melanoma. He was 76.
JESSE NELSON RECEIVES HONOR
FROM KANSAS SPORTS HALL OF
The Kansas Sports Hall of Fame recognized Olpe girls basketball Coach Jesse Nelson with the Pride of Kansas Award. Coach Nelson holds the State record for most wins by a High School basketball Coach with 767 wins and counting. In 35 years at Olpe Nelson has a record of 767-96 at the high school level. He is 317-47 at the junior high level. He has won 3 State Championships, finished 2nd 3 times, 3rd 7 times and 4th once. He has taken Olpe to the State tournament 23 times and 11 in a row. The Olpe girls currently have a 115 game home court winning streak.
(Ted Hayes- Kansas Sports Hall of Fame, Jesse Nelson, Ron Slaymaker)
(Photo by Scott Hayes)
Long time Emporia State Athletic Trainer John Baxter has received a much deserved honor. He joins 12 other former Emporia State Professors and Coaches with a plaque on the Wall of Tribute on the HPER building on the Emporia State campus. Doc Baxter began his career at Emporia State in 1966 and retired in 2012.
8:10A SATURDAY MORNING SPORTS
ATHLETES OF THE WEEK
EMPORIA HIGH – Gabi McNeilly – DIVING STATE CHAMPION
AREA- Cassidy Barnard – Madison Track and Field