Several students from Wyandotte County are on the fall semester dean’s list at Rockhurst University, Kansas City, Missouri.
This honor recognizes students who have achieved a grade-point average of 3.5 or above.
Students on the dean’s list from Wyandotte County:
From Bonner Springs, Kansas:
• Isabella Bourman
From Kansas City, Kansas:
• Joseph Alvey
• Matthew Appl
• Andrew Burnside
• Caleb Burnside
• Ricee Cade
• Brayan Costilla-Salazar
• Andres Garcia
• Ann Ho
• Alejandra Jimenez Manez
• Maud Joannet
• Alexandria Medina
• Salvador Mendez
• Andrew Mikesic
• David Watson
The Bonner Springs Braves fell to Wichita’s Bishop Carroll Eagles on Thursday evening in the opening round of the 5A KSHSAA state tournament in Emporia.
The Braves were overwhelmed by the Eagles from the opening tip. The Eagles looked like they couldn’t miss, and the Braves shooting went cold as Bishop Carroll raced out to a 28-7 first-quarter lead.
Bonner came back with determination in the second quarter, outscoring the Eagles to get to a manageable 49-37 halftime margin.
Bishop Carroll held the Braves at arm’s length in the second half, keeping them at a 15-to-20 point distance through the fourth quarter and not allowing a comeback.
Keyon Thomas led the Braves in scoring with 18 points, including 13 of 13 at the free throw line. A.J. Watson scored 16 and earned 6 assists. Richaud Docker scored 14 with 6 rebounds.
Bonner Springs finishes the season with a 20-3 record, earning the Frontier League and sub-state championships.
In other tournament action, the Piper Lady Pirates defeated Eudora 52-37 at the 4A KSHSAA state tournament to move on to the semi-finals on Friday in Salina.
Piper led from the start, opening up a 16-to-6 first-quarter lead.
The Pirates spread the scoring around, and no player scored in double digits. Grace Banes and Riley Porter each scored 9, and Riley Cobbins added 8. Banes got her points with 3-of-3 perfect 3-point shooting. Ali Vigil cleaned the boards with 10 rebounds.
The Lady Pirates will face off against the Nickerson High School Panthers at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Tony’s Pizza Event Center in Salina, Kansas.
Conference opponents Spring Hill and Bonner Springs met again in the substate tournament final on Saturday evening in Bonner Springs. The Braves held off a late rally from the Broncos to win 72-56 and earn a trip to the 5A state tournament in Emporia.
Bonner Springs surged out to an early lead, getting good results from drives by senior guards A.J. Watson and Keyon Thomas.
The Braves’ defense also limited the inside opportunities for Spring Hill’s 6-foot-8 center John Frakes, who lit up the Braves for over 30 points when the teams met in February.
The Braves held a 17-5 advantage at the end of the first quarter, and 35-19 at the end of the half.
Bonner forward Ethan Byers got the crowd chanting his name in the third quarter with a gutsy run of play. Byers took a charge on a Spring Hill drive (his second of the game), then earned a free throw at the other end on a drive of his own. He followed that up with a sliding dive cross-court after a loose ball, a 3-point basket, and an assist.
When the fourth quarter began, Bonner Springs looked like they might pull out to a 30-point lead, which would require that the game clock run without stopping. However, Spring Hill took advantage of some questionable ball-handling by the Braves to narrow the margin.
The Broncos scored 25 points in the quarter, including two 3-pointers by Ryan Weber and 11 points from Brennen Feeback. The deficit was too large and the time too short to stage a bigger comeback.
Thomas led the Braves with 28 points, and Watson knocked in 14, including 4-of-4 at the free throw line. Nasjon Porter scored 10.
The Braves will face off with Wichita’s Bishop Carroll High School in the first round of the 5A state tournament. The game will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday.