Over two hundred wrestlers from Kansas and Iowa competed in the Bobcat Classic Wrestling Tournament on Friday and Saturday, including teams from Bonner Springs, Piper and Turner.
Piper’s Branden Martin won the championship in the 182-pound weight class, while classmates La’James White and Anthony Ferguson won second in the 160- and 170-pound classes. Martin remains undefeated this season with 17 wins and is the top-ranked wrestler in his class in the 4A division.
Cassius Vanderpool of Bonner Springs took third in the 126-pound class, and Trevor Andrew took fourth in the 106-pound class.
Bonner Springs took sixth in the team competition. Piper placed eighth and Turner 15th out of 23 teams.
A Turner Middle School student was taken to a hospital by ambulance after being hit by a vehicle at 2:35 p.m. Monday, Jan. 13, in the 800 block of South 55th Street, according to a social media post by the Turner School District.
The accident was described in a Turner district social media post. The 13-year-0ld was on foot when the accident occurred at a distance from the school.
Kansas City, Kansas, police stated the accident occurred in the south 5500 block of Osage Avenue. An initial investigation showed the driver of a dark-colored vehicle, traveling on South 55th Street, struck a 13-year-old who was attempting to cross the street, police stated.
The 13-year-old had non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to a hospital. The driver of the vehicle fled but was later taken into custody, police stated.
Anyone with information may call the Kansas City, Kansas, Police Department at 913-596-3000 or call the TIPS hotline at 816-474-TIPS.
The Harmon Hawks boys’ basketball team continued their early-season unbeaten run, picking up their fifth victory of the year at Turner, 79-32 over the Golden Bears.
Harmon’s above-the-rim offense has overpowered most of their opponents this season. Turner hung tough through the opening period, with opportunistic defense and timely three-pointers from Arnaldo Silvestre and Cedric Bates to keep the margin close at 16-10.
In the second period, Hawks star Lonell Lane came off the bench and brought a lot of defensive intensity with him. The pace of play picked up, and the speed of the Hawks gave them a clear advantage. Lane was able to get inside the Bears’ defense, and scored 14 of the Hawks’ 22 points in the second quarter.
The Hawks continued their dominant run in the third quarter, holding the Bears to just 4 points. Mike Carson was a strong presence in the paint and able to challenge most of Turner’s inside moves.
The fourth quarter was an up-and-down race. Despite the margin, both teams kept up their intensity through the final buzzer.
Lane led the Hawks with 27 points in the game. Terrence Johnson and Mike Carson both added 13. Jadin Kimbrel was the high scorer for the Golden Bears with 8 points, and Cedric Bates dropped in 7.
Harmon heads to the holiday break with a 5-0 record. They’ll play a KCAL league game against Atchison on Jan. 10. Turner is still looking for its first win of the young season. The Bears will open 2020 with a United Kansas Conference home game against Louisburg on Jan. 7.