Best photos of 2022

Photos copyright 2022 by Brian Turrel

Brian Turrel shares his favorite photos of 2022.

Bonner Springs senior Noah Doss won the boys’ 100-meter dash with a time of 11.22 seconds at the Bonner Springs Invitational track meet on April 21. (Photo copyright 2022 by Brian Turrel) https://wyandottedaily.com/braves-cyclones-set-high-marks-at-bonner-springs-invitational-meet/

The Bishop Ward Cyclones celebrated on the field after a walk-off single by Damon Esparza completed a come-from-behind win in the 3A playoff game against Pleasant Ridge on May 16. (Photo copyright 2022 by Brian Turrel) https://g3f1db.p3cdn1.secureserver.net/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/Ward-Easton-BB-11-20220516.jpg
Washington junior receiver Amarion Womack hauled in a pass, as Bonner Springs senior defensive back Mason Freese closed in. (Photo copyright 2022 by Brian Turrel) https://wyandottedaily.com/braves-get-first-season-win-against-wildcats-31-12/
Sumner senior B.J. Keith reacted joyfully after his last-second win over Pittsburg’s Cruz Lopez on Feb. 19 earned him a trip to the state tournament. (Photo copyright 2022 by Brian Turrel) https://wyandottedaily.com/bonners-tapia-and-caballero-lead-16-state-tourney-qualifiers/
First-year Turner Elementary kindergarten teacher Maddy Shackelford got a big surprise when she was named the Blue KC Sporting Samaritan for May. (Photo copyright 2022 by Brian Turrel) https://wyandottedaily.com/turner-elementary-teacher-honored-as-sporting-samaritan-for-may/
Bonner Springs sophomore Olivia Stean pointed skyward after her win at the state wrestling tournament in Park City on Feb. 24. (Photo copyright 2022 by Brian Turrel) https://wyandottedaily.com/bonners-olivia-stean-wins-second-consecutive-state-wrestling-title/
Dancers from Ministerio de Danza Folklorica Sublime participated in the Silver City Day parade on Oct. 1. (Photo copyright 2022 by Brian Turrel) https://wyandottedaily.com/a-beautiful-silver-city-day-in-argentine/
Senior K.J. Smith jumped in the finals of the 3A boys’ long jump at the Kansas state track meet in Wichita on May 28. (Photo copyright 2022 by Brian Turrel) https://wyandottedaily.com/bishop-ward-cyclones-win-medals-at-state-meet/

The Harmon fieldhouse went wild with senior Lynell Lane’s dunk in the fourth quarter of Harmon’s 71-66 win over Sumner Academy on Jan. 7. (Photo copyright 2022 by Brian Turrel) https://wyandottedaily.com/hawks-earn-hard-fought-71-66-win-over-sumner/

Wyandotte sophomore Ricardo Mascorro Flores slid into third base in the third inning of Wyandotte’s 16-1 win over Washington at Legends Field on April 13. (Photo copyright 2022 by Brian Turrel) https://wyandottedaily.com/bulldogs-roll-to-16-1-win-over-washington-on-legends-field/

Piper senior offensive lineman Camden Beebe led the team in thanking the crowd after a win against Seaman on Oct. 22. (Photo copyright 2022 by Brian Turrel) https://wyandottedaily.com/pirates-sink-vikings-31-13-head-to-post-season/


Senior lineman Nathan Rios blocked and recovered a punt in the third quarter of Sumner Academy’s 28-0 loss to Pittsburg in the 5A KSHSAA playoffs on Nov. 4. (Photo copyright 2022 by Brian Turrel) https://wyandottedaily.com/sabres-fail-to-slay-dragons-finish-season-7-3/
Turner’s Oct. 7 homecoming loss to Topeka West on a last-minute touchdown was a tough one for the team. (Photo copyright 2022 by Brian Turrel) https://wyandottedaily.com/homecoming-heartbreak-at-turner/

Lady Pirates win hoops match with Sumner

Piper junior Sage Grann went up for a layup. Grann scored 17 points in the Lady Pirates 57-27 win over Sumner Academy. (Photo copyright 2022 by Brian Turrel)

by Brian Turrel

The Piper Lady Pirates won a cross-town match against the Sumner Academy Lady Sabres 57-27 Friday evening at Sumner.

Piper’s active defense made it difficult for the Lady Sabres to get the ball inside and helped the visitors take an early 6-0 lead, but Sumner took advantage of free throws and a timely three-point shot from Ariana Rivera to pull ahead 10-9 by the end of the first quarter.

Sumner kept the game knotted midway through the second quarter, using full court pressure to slow the Piper offense. As Piper broke the press, a burst of fast-break scoring wore down the home team as halftime approached.

Rivera hit two three-pointers in the second quarter to keep things close, but the Lady Pirates went to the break with a 25-18 advantage.

The third quarter showed much more of the same as Piper controlled the tempo and extended the lead. The Lady Pirates distributed the scoring, racking up 19 points in the quarter with no player scoring more than four.

Sage Grann led Piper with 17 points, and Lauren Marron and Anneliese Lockwood added nine points each. Grann was especially effective on the offensive glass, getting several points on putbacks.

Rivera ended the game with 18 of Sumner’s 27 points, along with five steals. Kylie McCleary pulled down 11 rebounds in the contest.

The win gives Piper a 2-1 record heading into United Kansas Conference play next week. The Lady Pirates will take on Topeka’s Seaman Lady Vikings at home on Tuesday starting at 5:45 p.m.

The Lady Sabres, just off a 59-9 drubbing of Kansas City’s Northeast High School, dropped to 2-1. The team will open Meadowlark Conference play against Washington at home on Tuesday. The game will tip off at 5:30 p.m.

Sumner junior Ariana Rivera drove around a Piper defender. (Photo copyright 2022 by Brian Turrel)

 

Sumner senior Kylie McCleary put back an offensive rebound. (Photo copyright 2022 by Brian Turrel)

 

The Piper cheerleaders practiced a stunt during halftime. (Photo copyright 2022 by Brian Turrel)

 

Piper freshman Anneliese Lockwood put up a shot from the block. (Photo copyright 2022 by Brian Turrel)

 

Sumner junior Ariana Rivera took a short jumper from the baseline. (Photo copyright 2022 by Brian Turrel)

 

Piper junior Lauren Marron launched a three-point shot. (Photo copyright 2022 by Brian Turrel)

 

In between quarters, the Sumner cheerleaders showed off a stunt called “The Bird.” (Photo copyright 2022 by Brian Turrel)

 

Piper sophomore Abbie Roth flipped up a shot as she sailed out of bounds. (Photo copyright 2022 by Brian Turrel)

 

Piper sophomore Avary Vallejo took a three-point shot. (Photo copyright 2022 by Brian Turrel)

Piper cheerleaders place third in state competition

The Piper cheerleaders reacted with joy as they heard their third place award announced in the 5A KSHSAA GameDay event. (Photo copyright 2022 by Brian Turrel)

by Brian Turrel

The Piper and Bonner Springs cheerleading squads participated in KSHSAA GameDay, the state championship for competitive cheerleading, which was held in the Stormont-Vail Event Center in Topeka on Saturday evening. The Pirates’ cheerleaders brought home the third place trophy in Class 5A.

Teams competed in three preliminary rounds — a band chant, a crowd-leading cheer, and their school’s fight song. The top six teams after the preliminaries then performed a long-form final routine that also included a cheer for a specific football scenario assigned by the judges.

Piper qualified for the finals, but Bonner Springs was eliminated after the preliminaries.

In the final round, Piper narrowly edged out St. James Academy by less than half a point for third place. The squad from St. Thomas Aquinas High School won the 5A competition, followed by Blue Valley Southwest.

After the awards ceremony, Piper head coach Morgan Kolenda praised the skill and effort of her team.

“They’ve put in a lot of hard work this entire season,” said the coach.

“We’ve got a long way to go. We’ve got a lot of basketball left. They’re an amazing group of girls — talented beyond measure — and I’m just excited to see where we can go next.”

The Piper Pearls, Piper’s dance team, performed in the dance competition held Friday, winning fifth place in Class 5A.

Piper cheerleaders performed in the KSHSAA GameDay competition. (Photo copyright 2022 by Brian Turrel)
Bonner Springs cheerleaders performed in the KSHSAA GameDay competition. (Photo copyright 2022 by Brian Turrel)
Piper cheerleaders performed in the KSHSAA GameDay competition. (Photo copyright 2022 by Brian Turrel)
Bonner Springs cheerleaders performed in the KSHSAA GameDay competition. (Photo copyright 2022 by Brian Turrel)
The Piper cheerleaders had their own cheering section for a change. (Photo copyright 2022 by Brian Turrel)
Bonner Springs cheerleaders performed in the KSHSAA GameDay competition. (Photo copyright 2022 by Brian Turrel)
Piper cheerleaders performed in the KSHSAA GameDay competition. (Photo copyright 2022 by Brian Turrel)
Bonner Springs cheerleaders performed in the KSHSAA GameDay competition. (Photo copyright 2022 by Brian Turrel)
Piper cheerleaders performed in the KSHSAA GameDay competition. (Photo copyright 2022 by Brian Turrel)
Bonner Springs cheerleaders performed in the KSHSAA GameDay competition. (Photo copyright 2022 by Brian Turrel)
Piper cheerleaders performed in the KSHSAA GameDay competition. (Photo copyright 2022 by Brian Turrel)