Five Lady Blue Devils earn all-Jayhawk recognition

Five KCKCC players earned All-Jayhawk softball honors this spring, from left, shortstop Hanna Barnhart and outfielder Mierra Morrisette, first team; third baseman Lacey Santiago, second team; and pitcher Leslie Ford and outfielder Justice Scales, honorable mention. (KCKCC photo by Alan Hoskins)

by Alan Hoskins

Five Kansas City Kansas Community College players have been named to the All-Jayhawk Conference softball team for 2014.

Sophomores Hanna Barnhart of Bishop Ward and Mierra Morrisette of Olathe were selected to the first team and Lacey Santiago to the second team while freshmen Leslie Ford of Garden City and Justice Scales of Shawnee Mission South earned honorable mention.

“I’m really proud of our Kansas kids, four of the five all-conference picks are from Kansas,” said KCKCC coach Kacy Tillery. “In fact, Lacey Santiago, our Flyin’ Hawaiian, is the only player on the squad not from Kansas and she’s been a great representative of our team in her two years.”

An outfielder who played at Notre Dame de Sion, Morrisette hit a torrid .500, led the Lady Blue Devils in runs batted in (49) and doubles (19) and for the second straight year, played the entire season without an error.

“She has incredible hand-eye coordination and hit better than .450 for the second straight year,” Tillery said.

A shortstop who anchored the infield, Barnhart batted .421 with 17 doubles and 25 RBI.

“I think it’s great to see a local athlete from Bishop Ward get recognized when so many all-conference players are from out of state,” Tillery said.

Santiago, a third baseman from Molokai, Hawaii, repeated as a second team selection after hitting .494 and stealing 14 bases from the leadoff spot. Batting second, Scales was second in hitting (.497), RBI (41) and doubles (18).

“I don’t think there’s a better one-two leadoff combination anywhere,” Tillery said. “Lacey is an incredible leadoff hitter with great game knowledge and no better third baseman anywhere; Justice Scales is perfect for the No. 2 spot because she can bunt, slap hit and hit for power along with being a flawless centerfielder.”

A righthander, Ford was the workhorse of the Blue Devil pitching staff with 172 innings, third most in the nation. Completing all of her 27 starts, she finished with a 21-6 record and 1.76 earned run average. Her seven shutouts included three no-hitters.

“I’m not sure any other pitcher in the conference had three no-hitters and statistically she was ranked nationally all season,” Tillery said. “It’s exciting that we’ll have Leslie and Justice back next season.”

Seventh in the Jayhawk this season with a 17-13 record, the Lady Blue Devils were 14-0 against non-conference opposition in taking a 31-13 record into the Region VI semifinals.

Emma Hill of No. 8 ranked Highland was selected as Most Valuable Player and Independence’s Tori Hawk Freshman of the Year.

Piper results

Piper High School  – golf at Atchison
– 1st place as a team
– 1st Eric Pahls 74
– 2nd Alec Wueller 76

Piper High School – swimming at Turner
Girls 200 Yard Medley Relay
3rd Rachael Morris
Hope Grable
Carly Johnson
Megan Dailey
Girls 200 Yard Freestyle
4th Patricia Telthorst
Girls 200 Yard IM
1st Megan Dailey
Girls 50 Yard Freestyle
5th Rachael Morris
Girls 100 Yard Butterfly
1st Carly Johnson
Girls 100 Yard Freestyle
4th Megan Dailey State Consideration time
Girls 500 Yard Freestyle
3rd Carly Johnson
Girls 200 Free Relay
1st  Rachael Morris State Qualifying time
Megan Dailey
Taylor DeWitt
Carly  Johnson
Girls 100 Yard Breaststroke
3rd Hope Grable

–    from Doug Key, Piper activities director

First night races set for May 9-10 at Kansas Speedway

As race fans prepare to attend the first NASCAR night races at Kansas Speedway, they can expect the same great experiences they have had in the past while also being part of another first in Kansas Speedway history.

For the latest updates, visit www.facebook.com/kansasspeedway and www.kansasspeedway.com. For updated ticket information, visit www.kansasspeedway.com or call 866-460-RACE (7223).

Schedule and Highlights:
May 9 – NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race (SFP 250) – 7:30 PM (FOX Sports 1 and MRN)

•         Parking lots open – 9 a.m.
•         Grandstand gates open – 10 a.m.
o   NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice – 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
o   NASCAR Sprint Cup Series final practice – 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
o   NASCAR Camping World Truck Series qualifying – 3:35 p.m.
o   NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying – 5:30 p.m.
o   NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver introductions – 7 p.m.
  Invocation by Chaplain Jenkins, State Chaplain of the Kansas Army National Guard
  National Anthem by Kansas Music Hall of Fame inductee Betti O.
  Presentation of Colors: Kansas Army National Guard

•         In Sprint FanWalk, Ron White, a veteran of the war in Afghanistan, will be writing out the names and rank from memory of the more than 2,200 fallen heroes from the war in Afghanistan. It takes him 10 hours to write the names on a 52 foot long wall.

May 10 – NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (5-hour ENERGY 400® Benefiting Special Operations Warrior Foundation) – 6:30 p.m. (FOX and MRN)

•         Richard Petty Driving Experience Race Rides – 9 a.m. – noon
Rides must be pre-purchased; please visit www.drivepetty.com for information.
•         Parking lots open – noon
•         Gates open – 3 p.m.
o   Crossover gates for TrackPass open – 3 p.m.
•         NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver introductions – 6 p.m.
o   Invocation by Chaplain Jenkins, State Chaplain of the Kansas Army National Guard
o   National Anthem by Father Meinrad Miller, Benedictine Monk and Priest; Theology Professor at Benedictine College (Atchison, Kan.)
o   Presentation of Colors: Kansas Army National Guard

•         Kansas Army National Guard Pre-Race concert by ACM New Artist of the Year finalist Brett Eldredge at approx. 4:40 p.m.

•         In Sprint FanWalk, Ron White, a veteran of the war in Afghanistan, will be writing out the names and rank from memory of the more than 2,200 fallen heroes from the war in Afghanistan. It takes him 10 hours to write the names on a 52-foot long wall.

•         KCSP 610 AM (Kansas City) will be broadcasting live from 4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. in Sprint FanWalk.

All times Central, and times and events subject to change without notice.

VIPS
•         Major General Lee Tafanelli, the Adjutant General of Kansas.
•         2013 Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award Winner Don Post.
•         Green Bay Packers WR and former K-State WR Jordy Nelson is the honorary pace car driver for the Kansas 400.
•         K-State Men’s Basketball Coach Bruce Weber.

– Information from Kansas Speedway. For more information, visit www.kansasspeedway.com