Pratt High sports review: spring 2013

TRACK AND FIELD: The Greenback boys and girls thinclads had a bit of an off-year, by their standards. No boys qualified for State, and none of the girls who qualified were able to mount the medal stand this year for the first time in recent memory. The girls did run away with the CKL title, with Connor Reh pacing the Lady Frogs— winning one gold and three silver medals. The boys were third at CKL. Senior Weston Riner won CKL golds in 110m HH and 4x100 relay. Robby Eggleston, Skylar Dean and Devon Koehler also took 4x100 carries. Senior Eggleston also added a pair of bronzes in the sprints. Girls who qualified for State were Jenson Maydew, Kayla Baer and Samaria Kohman in the throws; Paige Bailey in LJ; Connor Reh in 100m; Kayla Romine in 3200m. The 4x100 and 4x800 relays also qualified but failed to score. BOYS TENNIS put together their best season in a decade. After winning numerous medals and championships throughout the season, the Frog netters took 2nd in the tough CKL, which was the team’s best finish since joining the league. Three Greenbacks advanced out of regional to State. Thomas Mayberry (10th at State in singles) and the doubles team of Liam Kahmeyer and Christian Kurz (12th at state) all pocketed medals at state, and the team nailed down a 9th place finish. Other varsity team members included Trae Foreman, Shivam Bhakta and Jonathan Schotte. 2013 saw a return to competitiveness for PRATT HIGH BOYS GOLF. Although not claiming any team championships, the Frog linksters could boast several 2nd place team finishes. Improved team scores put Pratt in the mix at most of their tournaments during the season. Sophomore Tyler Skaggs was the lone PHS representative at State, where he finished out of the medals but posted a promising score. Seniors Navarre Strapp, Alec Hampton, Ethan Gillig and Skylar Stalcup graduated, but Skaggs, Hunter Walker and Spencer Sullivan provide a good returning nucleus. PRATT HIGH BASEBALL got off to a slow start in 2013, but came on like gangbusters down the stretch and earned another trip to the State Tournament for their efforts. After a 3-5 opening, the Frogs went on a 13-game winning streak to propel themselves to Salina. Falling in the first round of state to DeSoto, the Greenbacks ended their season at 16-6. During the season, they went 11-1 in the CKL to tie Lyons for the best record in the league. Pratt had 9 of their players named to the all-CKL team, including first-teamers Brett Forshee, Shane McEachern, Garret Smith, Easton Herring and Jarod Gilmore. Also named were Drake Evert, Chase Hageman, Mitchell Baird and Skylar Dean. PHS SOFTBALL It was another outstanding season for Lady Green softball as they went 19-5 and took 3rd place at the State Tournament. The girls went 12-4 and took 3rd in the brutal CKL. At the State Tournament, Pratt defeated Frontenac 10-4 in the opening round, but then suffered a heartbreaking 4-3 setback to Augusta in the semis. Undeterred by the disappointing loss, the girls came back to best Paola 5-3 in the 3rd place game to earn a trophy. Nine Lady Greenbacks were tabbed for CKL honors on the year including first-teamers Brittnee Hill, Savanah Buntemeyer, Bailey Gillig, Taylar Fuhr and Lauren Rambat. Kinzie Spurgin, Hayden Pixler, Dakota Jones and Breann Becker also received league recognition.