Lady Cyclones clinch conference, beat Barstow

Junior Jimena Lopez De La Cruz made a layup in the first half of Bishop Ward’s game against Barstow. De La Cruz finished with 15 points. (Photo copyright 2020 by Brian Turrel)

by Brian Turrel

The Bishop Ward Lady Cyclones won the Crossroads Conference title outright Friday evening, with a 76-17 drubbing of the Barstow Lady Knights. It was Ward’s ninth consecutive win.

Ward had control of the game all night, starting with defense. Applying heavy pressure on the ball, the Cyclones also had a knack for picking off Barstow passes for turnovers that turned into fast breaks.

Guards Jimena Lopez De La Cruz and Vanesa Otero forced the tempo on offense, and drove to the basket or found forwards Perla Frayre-Delgado and Tina Rosales for scoring opportunities.

De La Cruz led the scoring with 15 points. Delgado dropped in 14, and Rosales 10. In all, 10 players scored for the Lady Cyclones.

Head coach Dominique Washington, in his first year at Ward, has the team playing at a high tempo and encouraged the team’s intensity and effort. Ward administrator Kam Ridley also credited the team’s success this year to the teamwork of a group of players with years of experience together.

Ward’s prospects next year look bright, losing only one starter to graduation. Key players like Delgado and Otero are still juniors. Freshman Mercedez Dominguez lit up the offense when she came on late, hitting 3 of 4 three-point shots.

The Lady Cyclones hold a 14-4 record going into the last two games of the season. Ward will play host to Atchison on Monday at KCKCC, tipping off at 6 p.m. The Cyclones will finish the regular season on the road at Pembroke Hill on Feb. 25, and are projected to be the host of a KSHSAA 3A playoff game on March 3.

Junior Perla Frayre-Delgado drove in from the left baseline. (Photo copyright 2020 by Brian Turrel)


Sophomore Tina Rosales put up a short range jumper. (Photo copyright 2020 by Brian Turrel)


Sophomore Sofia Cook took a contested shot inside. (Photo copyright 2020 by Brian Turrel)


The Bishop Ward cheerleaders performed stunts before the game. (Photo copyright 2020 by Brian Turrel)


Freshman Mercedez Dominguez got some kind words and a three-point sign from coach Dominique Washington. (Photo copyright 2020 by Brian Turrel)


Junior guard Vanesa Otero took a three-point shot. (Photo copyright 2020 by Brian Turrel)


Senior Anna Jones drove for a layup. (Photo copyright 2020 by Brian Turrel)


Sofia Cook tried to put back an offensive rebound. (Photo copyright 2020 by Brian Turrel)


Cut off inside by Barstow’s Jaelyn Glenn, Delgado looked for an outlet. (Photo copyright 2020 by Brian Turrel)


De La Cruz sped around Barstow’s Nikky Lu. (Photo copyright 2020 by Brian Turrel)


Senior Anna Jones dribbled in for a layup. (Photo copyright 2020 by Brian Turrel)

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