◼ Canton-Galva: The Eagles completed their season with a 17-7 loss to Inman May 14 in the Class 2-1A regional first round played at Inman.
Having loss a doubleheader to the Teutons only four days earlier, the Eagles never led in the contest. Inman scored the only run in the first inning, but broke loose in the second inning with a six-run rally.
Canton-Galva got on the scoreboard with a run in the top of the third, then added three more run in the top of the fourth to cut the deficit to 8-4. But once again, Inman took charge in the home half with a five-run burst for 13-4 lead. The Eagles scored three runs in the top of fifth, but the home team scored four more runs for the 17-7 final score and the run-rule win.
The Eagles actually out-hit Inman, 7-6. Freshman Chase French went 2-for-3 at the plate with one RBI. Jonah Sargent went 2-for-4 with two RBIs to lead the team. Eagle batters drew six walks in the game.
Freshman Keaton Littrell absorbed the pitching loss for a very young Canton-Galva squad, who ends the season with a 2-19 record.
TRACK & FIELD
◼ Canton-Galva: The competed in the Class 2A regional track meet at Valley Heights High School in Blue Rapids, May 18, and came out of the meet with four state qualifiers.
For the boys, Kinser Colgin qualified in triple jump with a third-place distance of 39 feet, 8.5 inches.
Three girls qualified for state: Katie Fiedler placed second in the 100 meters (12.99 seconds) and third in the 200 (26.97). Tia Moddelmog placed third in high jump by clearing 5-2, and tied for third in triple jump (34-10.75). Maddie Snow placed third in the 400 (1:02.47).
Canton-Galva had other athletes who placed fifth or sixth, but did not qualify for state by finishing in the top four.
◼ Centre: The Cougars qualified athletes for four state events by placing among the top four finishers at the Class 1A regional meet Friday at Burlington.
For the girls, Kate Basore took first in javelin with a throw of 122 feet, 5 inches
“Kate led the competition from the opening round and had her best throw in the third round of the prelims,” coach Alan Stahlecker said. “This is her third consecutive year of qualifying for state in javelin and is her second straight regional championship.
Basore’s 2018 seasonal best mark of 128-9 at the Marion Relays was the 19th best mark in the state (all classes) entering regional competition.
Basore just missed qualifying in discus, finishing fifth at 96-10.
“Kate had her best throw in the first round of the competition,” Stahlecker said. “She entered the finals in fifth place but was unable to move up into a state qualifying position.”
Another near-miss was the girls’ 4×100-meter relay team of Cailey Barney, Alyssa Espinoza, Emma David and Samantha Espinoza, which placed fifth in 54.86 seconds.
“This young relay team ran just off their season-best mark and were about three quarters of a second off of qualifying for state,” Stahlecker said.
As a team, Centre girls tied for 11th among 24 teams with 14 points.
For the Cougar boys, Xavier Espinoza qualified for state by winning the 100 meters with a time of 11.71 seconds. He also won long jump with a distance of 19-4.75.
“(Espinoza) had the fastest time in the prelims and, despite a poor start in the final, pulled away to a convincing victory in the final,” Stahlecker said. “In the long jump, Xavier qualified for the final in second place and then moved into the lead in the first round of the finals to win the event by a little over an inch.”
Aidan Svoboda qualified in the 1600 meters by placing third with a time of 4:58.90.
“After a quick first lap, Aidan stayed in contact with the leaders and a group of three battling for the final qualifying spots,” Stahlecker said. “He was in sixth at the start of the final lap, just a few yards behind the fourth place runner.
“With a final lap of 1:09, Aidan passed three runners, including one who had a 15-yard advantage and moved up into the third spot and set a personal record.”
In other events, Braxton Smith placed sixth in shot put (41-4).
As a team, the Centre boys placed eighth among 24 teams with 27 points.
The schedule for Centre athletes at the state meet is as follows.
Friday (May 25): 3 p.m, Xavier Espinoza in long jump; 3 p.m., Kate Basore in the javelin.
Saturday (May 26): 9 a.m., Xavier Espinoza in preliminaries of the 100 meters (finals on Saturday at 1:05 p.m.); 2:05 p.m., Aidan Svoboda in the 1600.
◼ Goessel: The Bluebird competed in a tough Class 2A regional Friday at Leon-Bluestem, with only one Bluebird qualifying for state competition this weekend in Wichita.
Stephany Meyer will represent Goessel in long jump following a second-place leap of 16-1.50. Meyer just missed qualifying in the 200-meter dash, placing fifth in 27.98, just 0.03 seconds behind fourth place.
Others who just missed qualifying included Brittney Hiebert, fifth in the 800 meters (2:33.98); Julia Nightengale, fifth in the 3200 meters (3:55.43) and Kara Burkholder, fifth in javelin (102-3).