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Emporia State's Alexis Dial, Washburn's Sadie Walker earn MIAA softball honors
By RICK PETERSON
Former Shawnee Heights state champion Alexis Dial, now a senior at Emporia State, has been named the MIAA Hitter of the Week for the second consecutive week while Washburn University sophomore pitcher Sadie Walker has been selected as the conference pitcher of the week.
Dial, the Hornets' center fielder, hit .500 with nine total runs batted in, seven runs scored and four stolen bases as Emporia State ran its winning streak to 14 games and was the only undefeated team in the Washburn Invitational.
Dial started the week going 2 for 2 with a double, two RBI, and two runs in ESU’s 9-1 run-rule win over UMary. She then went 1 for 3 with a double in the Hornets' 3-2 win over Sioux Falls in the ESU Classic last Monday.
Dial was 2 for 4 with a run scored and two stolen bases in a 12-7 win over Minot State to start the WU Invitational. She also went 2 for 3 in a 3-2 win over Minnesota State that same day. Dial was 2 for 4 with a home run in ESU’s 3-2 win in eight innings over Augustana and 1 for 3 with an RBI in the Hornets' 9-1 win over Minn.-Crookston.
On the final day of the WU Invitational, Dial was 1 for 3 with a triple, two RBI and a run scored in a 15-0 win over Maryville before ending the tournament going 2 for 4 with a home run, three RBI and two runs scored in the Hornets' 9-6 win over Sioux Falls.
Dial is on an 11-game hitting streak and the Hornets have won 14 straight games.
Walker, a former Holton star, was 3-0 in four appearances with an 0.00 ERA last week.
Two-time state champ Broxterman leads three-title day for Junior Blues in Class 6A state meet
By RICK PETERSON
PARK CITY -- Washburn Rural junior wrestling star Easton Broxterman admits that he used to be a bundle of nerves before he took the mat for a big match.
These days it's Broxterman's opponents that should be nervous.
"This year's been different,'' Broxterman said. "I've been pretty confident and I've been wanting to wrestle, but before that I think if you ask any of my coaches, I was always the most nervous.
"I always felt like throwing up. I threw up a lot before all my matches, but this year I've just been anxious, not even been nervous anymore, just ready to go out there.''
On Saturday night at Hartman Arena Broxterman appeared to be as cool as a cucumber as he methodically posted a 15-0 second-period technical fall over Maize freshman Vincent Rosas to earn his second straight Class 6A state championship in his third straight final-round appearance.
From un-ranked to un-equaled: Washburn Rural girls wrestling rolls to repeat Class 6A-5A state crown
By RICK PETERSON
PARK CITY -- Washburn Rural's Damon Parker loves every team he's coached, but the 2023-2024 Junior Blues girls wrestling team will always hold a special place in his heart.
The Junior Blues spent much of the season-unranked in Class 6A-5A and entered the state meet ranked sixth, but Saturday night Washburn Rural was back on the Hartman Arena floor celebrating their second straight state team championship and an amazing fourth title in five years.
Parker looked at the championship as icing on the cake to what he said has been the most fun he's ever had as a coach.
"Ever,'' Parker said. "It's not like one of the most, it is the most. When you've really got to earn it, it is so much more rewarding, it's so much more valuable and we had to earn everything this year. We have four kids this year that we anticipated having on the roster that weren't able to compete with us this year, and those four kids were state medalists.
"That's worth about 60 team points and you don't take 60 points off the board and then repeat as state champs. It doesn't happen. That's taking Jordan and Scottie Pippen off the Bulls and then expecting them to repeat. It doesn't work that way and (the Junior Blues) somehow found a way. They got it done.''
Junior 105-pound runnerup Molly Spader, who earned her first state medal with a 35-3 record on the year, was one of six Junior Blues to earn state medals as Rural posted a 118-96 win over Garden City, with Dodge City third with 87 points.