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Whetstone takes three events at Bonner Springs Invitational

Kim Whetstone won three events at the Bonner Springs Invitational track meet. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

by Brian Turrel

Bonner Springs High School was the host of the Bonner Springs Track and Field Invitational on Thursday evening. Students from Harmon, Turner, Washington, and Bishop Ward high schools participated in the meet along with other area schools.

Bonner sophomore Kim Whetstone was the big winner for the host team, winning three events. She posted a time of 13.23 seconds in the girls 100-meter dash, beating Harmon’s Nancy Landford for the win. Whetstone also took first in both the long jump (16 feet, 7 inches) and triple jump (34 feet, 2 1/2 inches).

Ottawa High School was the boys team winner. The girls team winner was Lincoln College Preparatory Academy of Kansas City, Mo. Bonner Springs placed third in the girls team standings.

Other event winners from Wyandotte County schools included:
Shelby Cox, Bonner Springs, girls 100-meter hurdles
Nancy Landford, Harmon, girls 200-meter dash
Jorden Clark, Washington, boys 100-meter dash

Harmon’s Sabrena Hayles ran in the girls 400-meter race. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

Turner’s Ryan Johnson placed third in the shot put with a throw of 43 feet, 8 inches. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

Cole Oakes and mom Kelly received flowers from Bonner Springs principal Rick Moulin as part of the Senior Night ceremony. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

Harmon’s Nancy Landford cruised down the final straightaway of the girls 200-meter dash. Landford won the event with a time of 28.77 seconds. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

Turner’s Hunter Wilson crossed the finish line of the girls 200-meter dash. Wilson finished second with a time of 29.23 seconds. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

Turner’s Jessica Aguilar ran in the girls 400-meter race. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

Bishop Ward’s David Rosas ran in the boys 800-meter race. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

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Zusi saves 2 – 2 draw with late goal against Seattle

Sporting midfielder Ilie Sanchez (6) scored on a penalty kick in the first half. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

by Brian Turrel

Snow filtered down into Children’s Mercy Park, pushed about by sub-freezing breezes under gray skies. The outcome of the match was slightly more positive — a 2 – 2 Sporting Kansas City draw against the previously winless and goalless Seattle Sounders.

Veteran defender Graham Zusi scored the equalizer in the 78th minute. After serving up crosses to his teammates earlier in the game, this time Zusi instead dribbled in from the right side to about four yards before chipping the ball past Sounders goalkeeper Stefan Frei.

Seattle had taken a 2 – 1 lead five minutes earlier on Cristian Roldan’s shot from just outside the penalty area, set up by well-executed passes from Alex Roldan and Will Bruin. The buildup beat the Sporting defense, which was caught off guard by the challenge.

Seattle scored its first goal of the season in the final seconds of first half stoppage time, tying the score at 1 – 1. Midfielder Will Bruin received a long throw-in from Nicolas Lodeiro just in front of the goal and slipped it under Kansas City goalkeeper Tim Melia.

Sporting KC opened the scoring in the 34th minute when Ilie Sanchez scored on a penalty kick. The penalty was awarded when forward Johnny Russell was brought down in the penalty area by Seattle’s Nouhou Tolo.

Sporting kept Frei busy all night, placing eight shots on goal, including a header by Ilie Sanchez in the 83rd minute that would have put Kansas City on top.

About 200 fans stayed after the game for a Faith and Family event moved indoors because of the frigid temperatures outside. Former KU and NBA star Wayne Simien led Sporting Kansas City’s Seth Sinovic, Ike Opara and Matt Besler in a discussion of how their Christian faith affects their lives on and off the field.

Sporting KC remains on top of the MLS Western Conference, four points ahead of the Los Angeles Galaxy. The draw extends their unbeaten streak to six games. Sporting will play at home this Friday evening against the Vancouver Whitecaps, kicking off at 8 p.m.

Sporting forward Johnny Russell (7) struck a header wide of the goal. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

Seattle defender Roman Torres (29) cleared the ball away from the Seattle goal. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

Sporting forward Daniel Salloi (20) raced for the ball against Roman Torres. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

Sporting midfielder Roger Espinoza (17) defended the ball from Seattle midfielder Cristian Roldan (7). (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

Kansas City singer Crystal Rose sang the national anthem before the game. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

Zusi found space along the right side for a run to the goal. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

Sporting defender Graham Zusi beat Seattle goalkeeper Stefan Frei (24) to tie the score at 2 – 2. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

Frei stopped a header on goal by Ike Opara (3) in the 69th minute. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

Sporting KC captain Matt Besler talked about how having a child changed his view of selflessness. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

Former KU and NBA star Wayne Simien talked about how mastering the basics of Christian faith is similar to mastering basketball fundamentals, requiring daily practice. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

Christian band 7eventh Time Down performed after the game in a concert moved indoors because of the weather. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

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Gutierrez streak continues in 1-0 Sporting KC win

Forward Khiry Shelton, left, attempted a header on goal. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

by Brian Turrel

Felipe Gutierrez wasted no time extending his scoring streak, knocking in the game-winning goal just three minutes into Sporting Kansas City’s 1-0 victory over D.C. United on Saturday evening at Children’s Mercy Park.

Gutierrez intercepted a clearance by United along the left sideline and dribbled straight toward the goal, shooting the ball between the legs of United defender Frederic Brillant, and getting a fortunate bounce off Brillant’s boot.

The midfielder has scored in each of Sporting’s first five games and leads the league, but he left the game in the 53rd minute with a possible injury.

Sporting’s defense made the early goal hold up, eliminating the mistakes that made them porous in the first four games. Goalkeeper Tim Melia posted a shutout for the first time this season, stopping three shots on target from United.

Manager Peter Vermes complimented the defense’s decision-making after the game, noting that the unit cleared the ball from the goal area much more effectively.

The high press style of both teams created plenty of counter-attack opportunities. Defender Matt Besler commented that the movement of KC’s offensive players let him serve the ball forward to create offensive chances.

Sporting almost added on late in the game, with a near miss on a header from Ike Opara, and a shot just wide from Gerso Fernandes, who came on as a substitute in the 78th minute.

The victory allowed Sporting KC to keep pace with the Vancouver Whitecaps in a tie for first place in the MLS Western Conference. Sporting will head to Los Angeles to play the LA Galaxy on April 8. Their next home match is against the Seattle Sounders on April 15.

Felipe Gutierrez dribbled past one defender and through the legs of another to score a goal in the 3rd minute. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

Felipe Gutierrez, left, got a hug from teammate Jimmy Medranda after scoring his goal. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

D.C. United goalkeeper David Ousted made a diving stop on a shot by Ike Opara. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

Fans bundled up against the rapidly dropping temperature. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

United goalkeeper David Ousted dove in front of Gerso Fernandes’ run to the goal. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

Johnny Russell, left, contended for the ball with United defender Steve Birnbaum near the D.C. goal. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

Project Victory participant Matthew Harreld admired the gloves that goalkeeper Tim Melia gave him after the game. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

Defender Graham Zusi took a shot on goal in the first half. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

Forward Gerso Fernandes took a moment after missing a close range shot in the closing minutes of the game. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

Forward Johnny Russell looked for an opening on the right side. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

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