WyCo wrestlers compete at Basehor tourney

Piper junior Branden Martin threw Frontenac’s Dylan Ensch in the championship match of the 182-pound class at the Bobcat Class tournament in Basehor, Kansas. Martin won the match with a 5-2 decision. (Photo copyright 2020 by Brian Turrel)
 

by Brian Turrel

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.

Piper junior Anthony Ferguson was inches from pinning Bonner Springs senior Jackson McArthur in their 160-pound match. Ferguson won the match by fall in the first round and took second in the class. (Photo copyright 2020 by Brian Turrel)

 

Piper junior La’James White got leverage on Gardner-Edgerton’s Caden Rodriguez in their 170-pound match. White won the match on a 9-4 decision and took second in the class. (Photo copyright 2020 by Brian Turrel)

 

Bonner Springs senior Peyton Richardson wrestled Eudora’s Dayton Fraser. Richardson won a 12-2 major decision and took ninth in the class. (Photo copyright 2020 by Brian Turrel)

 

Bonner Springs sophomore Shane Daniels threw St. Thomas Aquinas senior Corbin Haskett in their 152-pound match. Daniels won the match by a 14-3 major decision and took ninth place in the class. (Photo copyright 2020 by Brian Turrel)

 

Bonner Springs senior Bryce Krone had the advantage over Turner freshman Gabe Cornett in their 220-pound match, but Cornett turned the tables and won by fall in the second round, taking sixth place in the class. (Photo copyright 2020 by Brian Turrel)

 

Bonner Springs senior Bryce Krone upended Fort Scott’s Isaac Hurst in their 220-pound match. Krone won by fall in the first round and took eighth place in the class. (Photo copyright 2020 by Brian Turrel)

 

Turner junior Cameron Robinson wrestled against St. James Academy senior Aidan Quinn in their 160-pound match. Robinson won by fall in the third round and took seventh in the class. (Photo copyright 2020 by Brian Turrel)

 

Anthony Ferguson wrestled against St. Thomas Aquinas junior Jared Simma in the championship match of the 160-pound class. Simma won the match by fall in the first round. (Photo copyright 2020 by Brian Turrel)

 

The referee raised Martin’s hand in victory after his championship win. (Photo copyright 2020 by Brian Turrel)

Turner Middle School student taken to hospital after accident

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.

High-flying Harmon Hawks defeat Turner

Harmon junior Lonell Lane threw down a dunk in the first half of Harmon’s win over Turner. (Photo copyright 2019 by Brian Turrel)
 

by Brian Turrel

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.

Harmon senior Terrence Johnson tried to score over the defense of Turner sophomore Cedric Bates. (Photo copyright 2019 by Brian Turrel)

 

Harmon senior Walzel Evans made a layup. (Photo copyright 2019 by Brian Turrel)

 

Turner senior Isaiah Belcher drove in for a floater. (Photo copyright 2019 by Brian Turrel)

 

Walzel Evans took a fast break for a dunk. (Photo copyright 2019 by Brian Turrel)

 

The Turner cheerleaders practiced their stunts before the game. (Photo copyright 2019 by Brian Turrel)

 

Turner senior Nick Gordon saved the ball and bounced it off a Harmon player to keep possession. (Photo copyright 2019 by Brian Turrel)

 

Isaiah Belcher dived to save a ball from going out of bounds. (Photo copyright 2019 by Brian Turrel)

 

The Turner Goldenettes dance team performed a Christmas-themed routine at halftime. (Photo copyright 2019 by Brian Turrel)

 

Turner senior Jalen Nelson tried to drive the ball around Harmon junior Lonell Lane. (Photo copyright 2019 by Brian Turrel)

 

Harmon junior Mike Carson tipped in a ball at the rim. (Photo copyright 2019 by Brian Turrel)

 

Cedric Bates pulled down a defensive rebound. (Photo copyright 2019 by Brian Turrel)

 

Harmon freshman Jason Rodriguez looked to drive along the baseline. (Photo copyright 2019 by Brian Turrel)

 

The Turner pep band entertained the crowd before the game. (Photo copyright 2019 by Brian Turrel)

 

Cedric Bates took a short jump shot in the lane. (Photo copyright 2019 by Brian Turrel)