Washington defeats Stallions, 57-49

Washington junior Damon Alexander attacked the basket. (Photo copyright 2023 by Brian Turrel)

by Brian Turrel

The Washington Wildcats defeated the Schlagle Stallions 57-40 Friday evening at the Washington field house.

The Wildcats used quick side-to-side reverses and skip passes to open their path to the basket, and ran out to a 20-7 lead. The distributed attack saw 7 scorers in the first quarter, none with more than 4 points.

The Wildcats were less choosy with shot selection in the second quarter, and strong rebounding by the Stallions, led by lanky senior Merle-Makel Peterson, limited the home team to one-and-done possessions.

Peterson got opportunities at the offensive end as well, fouled multiple times by the Stallions on drives to the basket. Washington held a 28-17 halftime advantage.

The Stallions closed within 6 points midway through the third quarter but Washington ran back out to a double-digit lead and didn’t look back, closing the game with several trips to the free throw line.

Calil White led the Wildcats in scoring with 14 points. Freshman Elliott Berry Jr. ran the point for much of the game and hit 3 three-point shots on his way to 13.

Jamell Wilson paced the Stallions with 12 points. Peterson hit 9 of 14 free throw chances in the game to total 11 points with only one score from the field.

The Wildcats improve their season record to 3-3 and are undefeated against Meadowlark Conference opponents, with successive wins over Sumner, Harmon, and now Schlagle. Washington will play Wyandotte on the road on Tuesday.

Schlagle drops to 0-7 for the season and will look to pick up its first win of the season when the Harmon Hawks come to visit on Tuesday. Both games will start at 7 p.m.

Washington freshman Elliott Berry Jr. looked for a lane to drive to the basket. (Photo copyright 2023 by Brian Turrel)
The Washington cheerleaders performed stunts during a break in the game. (Photo copyright 2023 by Brian Turrel)
The Washington Air Force Junior ROTC color guard presented the colors before the game. (Photo copyright 2023 by Brian Turrel)
Schlagle senior Jamell Wilson tried to get past Washington junior Damon Alexander. (Photo copyright 2023 by Brian Turrel)

Washington freshman Jamari Williams took a shot in the paint. (Photo copyright 2023 by Brian Turrel)
Washington senior Calil White scored on a layup. (Photo copyright 2023 by Brian Turrel)
Schlagle senior Dominion Moore took an outside jump shot. (Photo copyright 2023 by Brian Turrel)
Washington junior Damon Alexander took control of a rebound under the basket. (Photo copyright 2023 by Brian Turrel)
Schlagle senior Jamell Wilson took a contested jump shot. (Photo copyright 2023 by Brian Turrel)
Schlagle senior Merle-Makel Peterson put back an offensive rebound. (Photo copyright 2023 by Brian Turrel)

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/

Sporting regular season to start Feb. 25

Sporting Kansas City will play a full 34-match schedule for the 2023 MLS regular season.

The season will kick off in Portland with the earliest regular season match in club history on Saturday, Feb. 25, during opening weekend and will end 34 weeks later at home on Saturday, Oct. 21, at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kansas.

Sporting Kansas City’s regular season home schedule in 2023 begins with the club’s home opener at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 11, against five-time MLS Cup champions LA Galaxy and features a total of 17 matches, highlighted by 13 Saturday dates – including visits from reigning MLS Cup champions Los Angeles FC on June 17 and MLS newcomers St. Louis City SC on Sept. 2.

The league’s 29th club, St. Louis joins the Western Conference and will twice welcome Sporting KC for matches at City Park: first on Saturday, May 20, in the inaugural meeting between the regional rivals with a national television audience on FS1 and again on Saturday, Sept. 30, in a late-season showdown. Sporting’s 2023 road schedule also includes a first-ever match against Inter Miami CF on Saturday, Sept. 9.

Season tickets are available by calling 888-4KC-GOAL or visiting SportingKC.com. Sporting also offers a variety of ticket packages and promotions including the Home Opener Pack and Captain’s Flex Pack, as well as the My Five ticket contest .

In addition, single-match tickets for Sporting Kansas City’s first eight regular season home matches at Children’s Mercy Park in 2023 are now on sale via SeatGeek. Single-match tickets for the remaining regular season home matches will be released at a later date.

The season will see the debut of MLS Season Pass, the new subscription service from Apple and Major League Soccer that will have every match of the MLS regular season, Audi 2023 MLS Cup Playoffs and Leagues Cup with no blackouts. With MLS Season Pass, fans can enjoy every MLS match – as well as a weekly five-hour live whip-around show from 6:30-11:30 p.m. – through the Apple TV app on Apple devices, smart TVs, streaming devices, set-top boxes, game consoles and the web at tv.apple.com. The launch of MLS Season Pass on Feb. 1, 2023, marks the official kickoff of the 10-year partnership and all matches during the MLS is Back opening weekend will be available to watch for free on the Apple TV app.

Led by Manager Peter Vermes and captain Johnny Russell, Sporting will face 11 clubs in the Western Conference twice – once home and once away – while having the opportunity to play the team’s two closest geographic rivals, Minnesota United FC and St. Louis City SC, three times each in 2023. The remaining fixtures come against six of the Eastern Conference’s 15 teams with match-ups against Philadelphia, New England, Montreal, Chicago, Miami and Nashville – who re-join the East after a year in the West.

Beyond the MLS regular season, MLS will be host to the 2023 MLS All-Star Game presented by Target on July 19 at Audi Field in Washington, D.C., and Sporting KC will compete for trophies – as well as a berth in the Concacaf Champions League – during the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup and the reimagined Leagues Cup. Sporting’s participation in the U.S. Open Cup will begin in the Third Round (April 18-19) with the single-elimination competition to continue with the Round of 32 (May 9-10), Round of 16 (May 23-24), Quarterfinals (June 6), Semifinals (Aug. 23) and Final (Sept. 27) as the winner secures entry into the Concacaf Champions League.

In a new chapter for North American soccer, all 47 MLS and LIGA MX clubs will compete in Leagues Cup 2023 and the MLS regular season will pause following matches on July 15 for the annual World Cup-style tournament from July 21 to Aug. 19. The Leagues Cup champion, as well as the second and third place finishers, will qualify for the Concacaf Champions League.

In preparation for the upcoming campaign, Sporting will begin the club’s 2023 preseason presented by Children’s Mercy on Jan. 6 when players report to Kansas City for entrance physicals, testing and meetings. The team will travel to Arizona from Jan. 9 to Feb. 8 and from Feb. 15 to Feb. 24 with Sporting’s schedule of preseason matches set to be announced in early January.

The schedule:

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