State champions from the Kansas City metro gleefully accepted trophies on Friday after prevailing in semifinals and finals at the Kansas high school state tournaments for spring sports.
Missouri-side teams, meanwhile, continued inching closer to championship games in baseball, softball and soccre. And athletes on both sides of the state line competed in Missouri and Kansas’ respective track and field championships Friday; those meets continue on Saturday.
It’s already been a busy weekend in high school sports, and lots more action awaits. Here’s a recap of Friday’s developments.
Baseball: Triumphant Timberwolves
Blue Valley Southwest rules the Sunflower State in Class 5A for 2022.
The Timberwolves claimed the championship with two big victories Friday. First, they routed St. Thomas Aquinas 12-2 in the semifinals, and then they took care of Bishop Carroll 5-2 in the title game.
Blue Valley Southwest, which shut out De Soto 10-0 in the state quarterfinals on Thursday, was the fourth seed in the 5A tourney and finishes its championship season 19-6.
Aquinas was the 8-seed and knocked off top-seeded Topeka Seaman 10-9 in Thursday’s quarterfinals. After losing to BV Southwest in the semis, the Saints bounced back to beat Valley Center 13-3 in the game for third place.
2022 5A STATE CHAMPIONS!!!!!! pic.twitter.com/KWikoRrbP6
— Blue Valley Southwest Baseball (@BVSW_BSB) May 28, 2022
In Class 4A, Tonganoxie made it all the way to the title game at Dean Evans Stadium in Salina but lost there on Friday, 5-2, to McPherson. The Chieftains had beaten Abilene 10-5 in Thursday’s quarterfinals and Paola 7-5 in Friday’s semis.
Paola beat Ottawa 6-0 in Friday afternoon’s game for third place.
All Class 6A quarterfinals are scheduled for Saturday at the LaRoche Baseball Complex in Fort Scott. Here’s the lineup:
Manhattan (19-3) vs. BV Northwest (14-8), 11 a.m.
Olathe West (18-4) vs. Free State (15-7), 1:15 p.m.
Blue Valley West (20-2) vs. SM East (10-12), 3:30 p.m.
Washburn Rural (17-5) vs. Derby (16-6), 5:45 p.m.
The 6A semifinals, championship game and consolation final are all set for Sunday.
In the 3A finale, Wichita Collegiate beat Columbus 10-3. And Mission Valley edged Little River 5-4 for the 2-1A title at Great Bend.
Softball: Ecstatic Eudora
The Cardinals of Eudora knocked off Bishop Miege 4-2 in the state-title game at Salina South High. Eudora finishes the season a stellar 23-2.
The Cardinals’ run to the championship included a 9-2 victory over Ottawa in the quarterfinals on Thursday and 6-0 shutout of Clearwater in Friday’s semifinal round.
Against Miege, Eudora shortstop Emma Durr’s two-run homer broke a 2-2 tie in the fifth and accounted for the final score. Baker University-bound Cardinals pitcher Kira Baker worked all 14 innings Friday, striking out a combined 23.
Eudora! 4A State Softball Champs. Defeat Bishop Miege 4-2 pic.twitter.com/yM3fYbcDGY
— KSHSAA (@KSHSAA) May 27, 2022
In the 6A championship game at the Shawnee Mission District Softball Complex, all four KC-area teams — Shawnee Mission North, Blue Valley, Olathe North and Gardner Edgerton — bowed out in Friday’s quarterfinals.
Two Topeka schools clashed for the title, with Topeka beating Washburn Rural 2-1 to repeat as state champ.
On Saturday, unbeaten Basehor-Linwood (23-0) draws 21-2 Newton in a 5A semifinal at 1 p.m. The other semifinal features Eisenhower vs. Valley Center. The winners meet for the title at 5 p.m. Saturday.
Frontenac beat Prairie View of LaCygne 7-1 in Friday’s 3A championship game at the Twin Oaks Complex in Manhattan, and Mission Valley beat Troy 6-4 in Pratt to join the school’s baseball team in hoisting a 2-1A trophy.
At the College Boulevard Activity Center in Olathe, Blue Valley West advanced to Saturday’s championship game for Class 6A schools with a 5-1 swamping of Manhattan in the state semifinals.
Blue Valley West (15-3-1) will meet Washburn Rural (17-2-1), a 3-2 winner over Olathe Northwest on Friday, for the championship at 2 p.m. Saturday.
At the Stryker Sports Complex in Wichita, Saturday’s 2 p.m. championship game will feature two KC schools: Mill Valley (18-2-0) vs. St. Thomas Aquinas (16-0-2). The Jaguars shut out Eisenhower 4-0 in Friday’s semis, while the Saints blanked Maize South by the same score.
And in the 4-3-2-1A semis at Hummer Park in Topeka, Bishop Miege (14-5-1) beat McPherson 4-2 on penalty kicks to reach the title game. The Stags will meet Buhler (12-7-1) in a 2 p.m. contest on Saturday.