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Blazers’ Williams stays perfect, wins title in Newton

The Kansas City Star

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Led by a trio of medalists, Gardner Edgerton wound up 11th among 27 teams Saturday at the 50th Annual Newton Tournament of Champions.

Junior Dustin Williams won the title at 160 pounds with five straight victories.

Williams, whose four wins came by fall, improved to 24-0 on the season. He polished off the championship with a 12-5 decision against Emporia senior Noel Torres.

Two other Trailblazers finished third.

At 182, sophomore Emilio Fowler, 20-3, started with two wins before dropping the consolation bracket, where he ripped off four straight wins capped by a 3-2 decision versus Grand Island (Neb.) junior Haris Talundzic.

Finally, fellow sophomore Seth Pesek, who received a first-round bye at 195, battled his way into the semifinals.

Once there, Pesek, 14-3, lost to eventual champion Dillon Archer of host Newton, but he rebounded with a win against BV Southwest junior T.J. Martin en route to third place.

Stovall leads North contingent at Bobcat Classic

Olathe North had four medalists and Olathe South’s wrestling team produced one Saturday at Basehor-Linwood’s Bobcat Classic, a 27-team meet that annually rates among the season’s toughest regular season tourneys.

Eagles freshman Blake Stovall led the way with a fourth-place finish at 126 pounds.

North sophomore Nick Haug was sixth at 132, while senior Dakota Cohu finished seventh at 285 and sophomore Jadon McGaha wound up eighth at 195.

Olathe South junior Benny Deaton (106) also finished eighth. He was the Falcons’ lone medalist.

Hulse earns coaching honor

Olathe East softball coach Jeff Hulse was announced Thursday as the Kansas 6A coach of the year by Kansas Softball Coaches Association.

Hulse piloted the Hawks to the 6A title with a 24-1 record.

Led by The Star’s All-Metro player of the year, Allison Stewart, East won its first state championship since 2007.

It was the program’s seventh state crown overall, including titles in 1998, 2001 and from 2004-07.

Along the way, the Hawks, who have reached state in 15 of the last 17 seasons, also claimed yet another Sunflower League championship, the 13th since 1998.

MLK Day basketball camp announced

The Fieldhouse of Kansas City will conduct the inaugural MLK Day Skills Camp, a youth basketball clinic in conjunction with the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Kansas City and Sam’s Club, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday.

The camp, which will emphasize basketball fundamentals and drills, is open to girls and boys from fourth through 12th grade.

The camp costs $5, which includes a hot lunch courtesy of Sam’s Club. Boys and Girls Club members receive free admission to the camp, which is designed to give kids a safe, fun and healthy place to go with school out on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

The deadline to register is 10 p.m. today and can be completed online at 222.fieldhouseofkc.com or by calling 913-897-4667 (HOOP).

The Fieldhouse of Kansas City is located at 12140 W. 135th St. in Overland Park.

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