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Schlagle loses state championship title game, 66-49

Junior Tyon Grant-Foster (2) went up for a layup in the fourth quarter. Grant-Foster finished with 9 points for the game. (Photo copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel)


Senior Tama Johnson (11) took a jump shot in the closing seconds of the first half. (Photo copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel)


Sophomore D’Monte Gaw (13) drove to the basket through the defense of Shawnee Heights senior Jesse Moss (30). (Photo copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel)


In the fourth quarter, sophomore Ronnell Mitchell (1) took a fast break all the way to the basket. Mitchell finished with 15 points and 3 assists to lead the team. (Photo copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel)


In the first quarter, senior Malik Cushon (12) put back an offensive rebound for a layup. Cushon finished the game with 8 points and 10 rebounds. (Photo copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel)


Schlagle senior Dominique Sanders holds the runner-up trophy for the Class 5A basketball championship, after losing the final 66-49 to Shawnee Heights tonight in Topeka. (Photo copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel

by Brian Turrel

Schlagle High School took the runner-up trophy in the 5A boys basketball state tournament, losing in the final to Tecumseh-Shawnee Heights High School, 66 to 49. The game was played at the Kansas Expocentre in Topeka on March 11.

Shawnee Heights held a 13-point lead at the half, making 5 of 8 three-point attempts. Schlagle’s shooting was cold in the first half, making only 6 of 29 shots from the field. Schlagle got its offense going in the second half, but was not able to make a dent in the lead.

Sophomore Ronnell Mitchell led the way for the Stallions, scoring 15 points on 6 for 17 shooting, including 2 three-point baskets.

Photos and story copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel

Schlagle upsets Salina Central in state boys basketball match

Schlagle senior Malik Cushon (12) went up for a shot in the first quarter. (Photo copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel)

by Brian Turrel

The Schlagle High School boys basketball team upset Salina Central High School 56-53 in the first round of the Class 5A state playoffs March 9 in Topeka.

Schlagle, the seventh seed, made enough free throws to keep its lead over Central, which was the second seed of the tournament.

With 8 seconds remaining, Central had a last-chance shot to tie the game with a long three-pointer, but missed the mark.

Down by 5 with three minutes remaining in the game, Central shifted to a hacking strategy to conserve the clock, fouling the Schlagle ball handler immediately off the inbounds pass. As a result, Schlagle took 34 free throw shots for the game, versus 12 for Central. Schlagle made 20 of 34.

Schlagle moves on to face Wichita Heights in the tournament semi-finals on March 10. The game will be at 4:45 p.m. today at the Kansas Expocentre in Topeka.

Photos copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel

Schlagle junior Tyon Grant-Foster (2) drove to the basket. Grant-Foster led the team with 16 points. (Photo copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel)


Schlagle senior Cordae Bass (3) took a short-range jumper in the first quarter. (Photo copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel)


Malik Cushon knocked away a shot from Central junior Ethan Speer (15). Cushon finished with 6 blocks in the game. (Photo copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel)


Schlagle senior Tama Johnson (11) looked to pass inside. (Photo copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel)


Schlagle sophomore D’Monte Gaw (13) went up for a layup in the second quarter. Gaw had 11 points and 7 rebounds in the game. Central led 31 to 24 at halftime. (Photo copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel)


The Schlagle dance team performed with the band at halftime. (Photo copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel)


Schlagle senior Dominique Sanders (32) challenged Central sophomore Harper Williams (23) at the perimeter. (Photo copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel)


Schlagle sophomore Ronnell Mitchell (1) concentrated on a free throw in the fourth quarter. Gaw made 9 of 12 free throw attempts in the game, many during the critical fourth-quarter stretch. (Photo copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel)


The Schlagle band played during a timeout in the fourth quarter. (Photo copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel)


Tyon Grant-Foster threw down a dunk. (Photo copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel)


With a small lead late in the fourth quarter, the Schlagle bench watched nervously from the sidelines. (Photo copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel)


During a timeout in the fourth quarter, Schlagle head coach Prentes Potts talked with his team about Central’s strategy. (Photo copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel)

Construction continues on U.S. soccer training center

The 80,000-square-foot training facility will contain coaching offices, classrooms, fitness and rehabilitation labs, and a great hall with a viewing area overlooking the training fields. A 12,000-square-foot gymnasium will sit next to the facility. (Photo copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel)


by Brian Turrel

Construction continues on the National Training and Coaching Development Center near 94th and Parallel Parkway in Kansas City, Kansas.

The center, scheduled to be completed Dec. 15, is a partnership among Sporting KC, U.S. Soccer, and Children’s Mercy.

The center will include adjoining training facilities for Sporting KC and U.S. Soccer. Children’s Mercy plans to build a youth sports medicine facility nearby.

Sporting KC vice president of development David Ficklin pointed out the classroom areas of the new training facility to Sporting assistant coach Zoran Savic. (Photo copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel)


Tuesday’s high winds prevented new beams from being raised, but workers kept busy with other work on the structure. (Photo copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel)


Sporting KC manager and technical director Peter Vermes talked about the important role that the facility will play in improving the United States’ ability to compete for a World Cup by developing coaches and players. (Photo copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel)


Story and photos copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel