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Gardner Edgerton wrestler Williams stays perfect

The Kansas City Star

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Gardner Edgerton junior Dustin Williams stayed perfect on the season en route to the 160-pound title Saturday at Junction City Invitational.

After a first-round bye, Williams, 33-0, spent only 5 minutes, 57 seconds on the mat in picking up three victories.

He pinned Olathe Northwest senior Gideon Butler-Smith and Kapaun-Mt. Carmel senior Sam Wescott in the second period on the way to the final, where he stopped Southeast of Salina junior Keith Short in 44 seconds.

Butler-Smith rallied back to finish third, matching the Ravens’ top finish at the 16-team meet.

Two other Trailblazers finished as runners-up.

Sophomore Emilio Fowler reached the final at 182, but he lost 14-8 against Shawnee Heights senior Nick Meck.

Fellow sophomore Seth Pesek lost in the 195 championship bout 5-2 against Shawnee Heights senior Ben Taliaferro.

Olathe Northwest sophomore Doug Newcomb (106) matched Butler-Smith’s third-place finish, while Gardner Edgerton sophomore T.J. Burger (113) finished fourth.

Meanwhile, several other Gardner Edgerton wrestlers took part Saturday in the Shawnee Mission North Wrestling Invitational, where Anthony Cisneros led three medalists with a runner-up finish at 152 pounds.

Two fellow Blazers, Cody Rader (138) and Joel Sterling (182), finished fourth.

Hampton claims title in Baldwin

Spring Hill junior Blake Hampton walked away from the Baldwin Invitational Tournament as a champion Saturday at 170 pounds.

Hampton pinned his way through two of three matches en route to the final, where he topped Ds Soto sophomore Josh Miller 6-3 for the title.

Senior Corey Spader (138) reached the final, but lost a major decision to Baldwin senior Bryce Shoemaker 15-4 in the championship bout.

Two other Broncos, juniors Blake Lewis (145) and Skyler Crookston (160), finished third, while a trio — freshman Michael Werlein (106), junior Dylan Thompson (220) and senior Austin Pittman (285) — each claimed fourth.

Finally, senior Tyler Crabtree (132) was fifth and sophomore Caleb Volkman (152) snagged sixth.

Other wrestling results

Two Olathe East wrestlers finished fifth Saturday at the Southeast Kansas Invitational in Chanute.

Hawks junior Husayn Sultani, 26-14, claimed fifth at 126, beating Andover Central’s Cameron Niemtschk 10-7 in the placing bout, while senior Grant Sparks, 28-12, topped Coffeyville’s Cory Turner 4-0 in the fifth-place bout at 182.

Meanwhile, senior Dakota Reynolds (138, 13-14), junior Connor Leach (160, 20-18) and freshman Kevin Easterwood (220, 11-9) each placed sixth.

At the Osawatomie Invitational, Olathe South freshman Ben Smith (113) finished fifth as the Falcons’ top performer.

Sophomore Yetbarek Abera (126), junior Matthew Massey (132), sophomore Tylor Crumrine (145) and sophomore Patrick Haase (152) all finished sixth.

Alberts earns preseason acclaim

Washburn senior first baseman Brad Alberts was named Wednesday to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association preseason All-Central Region second team.

Alberts, an Olathe Northwest graduate, was a second-team All-MIAA performer last season when he batted .377 with eight home runs and 41 RBIs. He also cracked 16 doubles for the Ichabods, who went 27-24 overall.

Bransford claims another MIAA honor

Northeastern (Okla.) State senior forward Jermaine Bransford is basically a double-double machine.

Using those skills, Bransford, an Olathe North graduate, was again selected as the MIAA men’s basketball player of the week.

Bransford, who is the MIAA’s leading rebounder, scored 19 points with 11 rebounds for the RiverHawks in a win against Pittsburg State then added 20 points and 17 rebounds in a road win at Missouri Southern.

Hulse wins statewide award

Olathe East softball coach Jeff Hulse not only was chosen as the Kansas 6A coach of the year, but Hulse was the top vote-getter statewide.

As a result, he was named the Kansas Softball Coaches Association all-class coach of the year for the third time in his career.

Hulse, who guided the Hawks to their seventh state title last spring, also was the association’s all-class coach of the year in 2004 and 2009.

Eaglettes win dance awards

Olathe North’s Eaglette dance team were chosen as the Most Admired Team for the third straight season Jan. 12 at the 5-Star Productions Dance Team Competition and also were selected as Best in Class after finishing as the event’s highest-scoring team.

The Eaglettes won the sweepstakes trophy for both varsity and junior varsity as well as judges awards for technique (hip hop), choreography (lyrical) and showmanship (pompon).

Haley Beadle and Lorin Prather were solo winners, while Prather partnered with Aleia Neal for a duet award. Allie Helt and Abby Krieg also combined for a duet award.

At the American Dance/Drill Team Kansas Spectacular at Olathe East the next weekend, the Eaglettes won the Outstanding Team award and again were the highest-scoring team.

Beadle, Prather and Emily McDonald won solo awards, while Neal/Prather claimed another duet award.

As a team, the Eaglettes received a superior rating for the officer’s routine and judge’s awards for team jazz, lyrical, hip hop, pompon and officer jazz. They also won awards for best overall technique, precision, choreography and presentation.

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