Editor's note: This is the final of a two-part series commemorating the 1955 GBHS state championship baseball team. Terry Knowles, a member of the 1955 Panthers, wrote the feature and, with teammates, recalls, 60 years later, that glorious season in the history of the GBHS baseball program.
May 08, 2015|
TERRY KNOWLES, Special to the Tribune
HAYS- Due to inclement weather, Thursday's GBHS baseball game against Hays at the Diamond Classic has been cancelled. Plans to reschedule the game are pending. The Panthers are scheduled to face Goddard and Word of Life at 1 and 3 p.m. on Friday, May 8 at Larks Park in Hays.
WICHITA- Facing sudden death in a second overtime slot, Jessica Loera made the most of the opportunity and nailed the game winning goal in a 1-0 victory over Wichita Southeast Tuesday evening. Tuesday's win marked the second of a back-to-back for the Panthers following home competition on Monday against Thomas More Prep.
Following a 40-minute lightning delay in the second half, TMP's Kayla Vitztum connected with Bailey Hageman in the 42nd minute and propelled the Monarchs to a 3-0 victory over the Panthers Monday at Cavanaugh Fields.
WICHITA -- Great Bend's softball team (20-2) will play Blue Valley West (17-5) at 7 p.m. May 28 at Two Rivers Complex in Wichita in the Class 5A state softball tournament. The Panthers would play the winner of Topeka Seaman or Valley Center in the semifinals.
Webster defines drama as a state, situation, or series of events involving interesting or intense conflict of forces. And that is precisely how Great Bend defined their Region 1 championship game against Maize South Thursday night.
Unbeaten Troy (19-0) is top seeded in the Class 2-1A state baseball tournament scheduled May 28-29 at the Great Bend Sports Complex. Troy will play Salina Sacred Heart (8-13) in its opener at 11 a.m. May 28.
Layne Bieberle (Sr) and Michael Ryan (Jr) finished as 2015 state tennis doubles runners-up in the 3A-1A Division (season record of 32-1) at Emporia May 15-16. Central Plains finished 6th as a team. (Layne Bieberle, Michael Ryan, Michael Lamatsch, Matt Demel, Carson Kirmer and Brady Rugan).
Marc Waite, a recent graduate from Ellinwood High School, has signed a letter of intent to play tennis at Barton Community College this fall. Pictured front row, left to right are EHS coach Lesli Taylor, Waite and, back row, parents Mel and Mary Waite.
MAIZE- Wet field conditions, stranded runners and six errors proved costly for Great Bend as the Panthers fell in a 9-3 regional decision Tuesday to Salina-South in Maize. Tuesday's regional was called in the fifth inning due to an increasingly wet playing surface as rain showers continued to cause havoc for grounds crews.
Due to inclement weather forecasted for the area, today's 5A Region 1 softball tournament at the Great Bend Sports Complex has been postponed and moved to Thursday, May 21. Starting times for the tournament remain as originally scheduled.