Ward Cyclones score 14 in homecoming loss

Sophomore receiver Christopher Galloway (2) stretched out for a touchdown reception. (Photo copyright 2019 by Brian Turrel)

by Brian Turrel

Bishop Ward High School lost 44-14 to the visiting Pembroke Hill Raiders on Friday evening at the Cyclones’ homecoming football game.

Ward scored on its opening drive, stringing together productive plays from senior running back Jared Templin to advance down the field, and then capping off the drive with a 23-yard touchdown pass from Christian Stein to Christopher Galloway.

Pembroke Hill struck back quickly and then kept up the pressure through the second and third quarters, owning a 20-6 halftime lead and moving ahead 30-6 in the third quarter. Ward continued to move the ball on runs by Templin, but couldn’t keep drives going due to penalties and blocking miscues.

Ward’s defense made an admirable stand in the third quarter. After the Cyclones surrendered a fumble on their own 6-yard line, the defense held the Raiders to a field goal after only 1 yard of progress on three plays.

Ward capped off the scoring in the fourth quarter on a 7-yard run by Templin, and a 2-point point conversion pass from Stein to Sam Alexander. The Cyclones’ two touchdowns were the most since a September 2017 game against Turner.

The loss drops Bishop Ward to 0-3 for the season. The Cyclones will play host to the Jefferson West Tigers of Meriden, Kansas, at 7 p.m. next Friday.

Senior running back Jared Templin (8) cut back against the Pembroke Hill defense. (Photo copyright 2019 by Brian Turrel)


Homecoming queen Estefania Tapia (third from left) posed with the homecoming court. (Photo copyright 2019 by Brian Turrel)


Freshman defensive back Corey Stewart (1) nearly intercepted a Pembroke Hill pass. (Photo copyright 2019 by Brian Turrel)


At halftime, the class floats, including an undersea theme, paraded through Dorney Field. (Photo copyright 2019 by Brian Turrel)


Senior defensive lineman Edgar Palos (62) grabbed hold of the Pembroke Hill runner. (Photo copyright 2019 by Brian Turrel)


Jared Templin lowered his head and charged through a group of defenders for his fourth quarter touchdown. (Photo copyright 2019 by Brian Turrel)


Pembroke Hill defensive back Quinton Conley (1) snatched an interception. (Photo copyright 2019 by Brian Turrel)


Senior running back Sam Alexander tried to fight through a Pembroke Hill tackler. (Photo copyright 2019 by Brian Turrel)


Offensive lineman Edgar Palos, left, and Jeremy Meza blocked to open a hole for a run. (Photo copyright 2019 by Brian Turrel)

Bishop Ward free community event Saturday to promote health and fitness

Bishop Ward High School is holding a community day focused on health and fitness. Located in a county with many documented health challenges, Bishop Ward invites the entire community to come out for the free “Be Active!” event on Saturday, April 23.

Bishop Ward’s Be Active Day will feature fun and fitness events such as a bike ride and a KCKPD vs. KCKFD flag football game. A baseball game will cap-off the day as guests watch the varsity Cyclones swing it out against Catholic rival St. Mary’s Colgan High School of Pittsburg, Kan. All events will take place at Bishop Ward’s outdoor athletic complex located on the corner of 16th and Barnett, in Kansas City, Kan.

Registration for the 6th annual Tour de Cyclone Country begins at 8 a.m. with riders leaving at 9 a.m. Open to the entire family as a free event, this is a fun ride for bikers of all ages and abilities. Roll through the historic neighborhoods of Wyandotte County on a 22-mile or 40-mile route.

If you don’t ride, there will still be plenty to do early morning with the family. There will be active games for the kids including jump roping, hopscotch, volleyball and soccer. The track will be open for walkers and mini-tricycles. There will also be face painting, water balloons and a salsa contest! All attendees will have an opportunity to meet Bishop Ward coaches and a chance to win free Bishop Ward summer camp registrations.

Beginning at 10:30 a.m., Bishop Ward and the KC United Sports Initiative invite you to cheer on local heroes in the Battle of the Badges, where the Kansas City, Kan., Police Department will face off against the KCK Fire Department in flag football. Admission is free and concessions will be available for purchase.

The Cyclone Baseball teams will face off against rival St. Mary’s Colgan – two of the best baseball programs in the state. Varsity plays at noon and JV will play at 2 p.m. Tickets are $5 for adults, $4 for students, kids under kindergarten and seniors over 55 enter free. There will be special fan giveaways while supplies last.

– Story from Joshua Sukraw, marketing and social media manager, Bishop Ward High School

New talent added to Bishop Ward coaching staff

by Kristin Blacksher

Bishop Ward baseball has seen much success in the last 10 years under the leadership of Head Coach Dennis Hurla: the team has won seven regional championship titles, six state championship titles and smashed four state records since 2004.

Last Thursday, the preseason baseball poll conducted by the coaches in Kansas Class 4A DII had the Bishop Ward Cyclones ranked No. 1 in the state.

With the start of the season quickly approaching, coach Hurla and Bishop Ward have announced new talent to the 2014 baseball team: coaches Chance Brull, Bill Grosdidier, class of ’77, Ralph Anthony Sanchez, class of ’01, and Michael Golubski, class of ’12.

Coach Chance Brull attended St. Thomas Aquinas High School and then successfully became a four-year Doane College letter winner and NAIA All-American pitcher. He represented the United States of America in the Goodwill Series played in Australia, where the USA team competed against the Chinese national team and the Australian semi-professional team. Chance will assist in pitching and coaching JV games.

Coach Bill Grosdidier attended Bishop Ward High School and graduated in 1977. He played on the 1977 5A-6A Bishop Ward team and pitched a shutout state tournament game against the No. 1 ranked Wichita Southeast team. He earned a baseball scholarship to Benedictine College where he played for four years as a pitcher. Then in 1983, he signed a contract to play baseball for the Atlanta Braves organization from 1983-1986, reaching AA level. Grosdidier will assist in pitching and coaching varsity games.

Coach Ralph Anthony Sanchez is a 2001 Bishop Ward High School graduate and lifelong resident of Kansas City, Kan. He was the starting second baseman of the 2001 Bishop Ward baseball team that placed third at state. Sanchez will coach infielders and JV games.

Coach Michael Golubski graduated from Bishop Ward High School in 2012. He was the starting third baseman of the 2010 Bishop Ward state championship team. Golubski will coach outfielders and JV games.

 Kristin Blacksher is the marketing and alumni manager for Bishop Ward High School.