Notebook: Area graduates Mays, Kruse notch impressive golf feats

04/25/2014 12:00 AM

04/24/2014 6:02 PM

Although he only tied for second overall at the MIAA Championships, Central Missouri’s Travis Mays was selected MIAA Golfer of the Year for the points he has compiled through four designated events this season.

Mays, a Blue Valley Southwest High School graduate, shot a 217 at the MIAA Championships to lead Central Missouri to the team title.

He has a 73.79 average through 33 rounds this season.

Kruse helps team to Big East title

Ali Kruse, a St. Thomas Aquinas High School graduate, finished ninth overall and helped the Seton Hall women’s golf team capture the Big East title last week at the LPGA International Golf Course in Daytona Beach, Fla.

Kruse, who is leading Seton Hall with a scoring average of 76.72 this season, finished with a 16-over-par score of 232. The team will start regionals on May 8.

Tigers rely on experience

Coach Dean Snell said the experience and mental toughness that his Blue Valley High School girls soccer team gained from its 15-3 record last year has been vital to the Tigers’ success this season.

Entering a Friday night matchup with Lansing, Blue Valley was 6-1-1, with a loss to Blue Valley West and a tie with Blue Valley Southwest.

“It was a real test for us early to put a good gauge on where we were at that point and it showed us some things that we needed to work on,” Snell said. “It took a little pressure off and let the kids relax a little bit more.”

Prior to Friday’s match, the Tigers were led by Nicole Hagel’s 10 goals and Kat Retz’s nine goals through eight matches.

Falcons get a spark

The Olathe South High School baseball team, which won seven of its first eight games this season, is looking for a spark after dropping three of its four games in the last two weeks.

The Falcons took the first step on Monday with a victory against Olathe North.

Coach Josh Perkins said one major factor to his team’s skid was a back injury that forced catcher and No. 3 hitter Noah Croft, who is committed to Wichita State University, to miss five games. Croft returned to practice on Tuesday.

“Instead of doing the things we’ve done in the first half of the season — when we were 7-1 and 8-2, playing real well and hitting well — when you lose one of your best hitters, all of a sudden everyone tries to press and do too many things to make up for the hole in the lineup,” Perkins said.

In Croft’s absence, the Falcons turned to the veteran pitching trio of Blaine Fisher, Isaiah Campbell and Austyn Gooch.

Entering this weekend’s River City Baseball Tournament in Lawrence, Fisher was 2-1 with a 1.47 ERA through 19 innings. Campbell was 4-1 with a 3.14 ERA in 29 innings. Gooch, meanwhile, was 1-0 with a 0.93 ERA in 15 innings.

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