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Lady Place Rockets 4th at State
by Braden Geer
The Lady Rockets traveled to Salina on Thursday for the beginning of the 4A State Tournament despite a forecast calling for heavy rain in the area. The tournament was moved to an earlier start time due to the forecast with the Lady Rockets set to take on Eudora in a late afternoon game. The Lady Rockets finally got on the board with two runs in the 4th inning and Eudora answered with one of their own in the next half inning. However, lightning then started causing the game to go into a delay followed shortly thereafter by heaving rain suspending the game until Saturday with the Rockets holding a 2-1 lead. The Rockets resumed play against Eudora on Saturday in the bottom of the 5th inning and gave up a run allowing Eudora to tie the game 2-2. However, the Lady Rockets proceeded to score a single run in the 6th inning and then five more runs in the 7th inning to put the game of reach. The 8-2 victory would move the Rockets into the State semifinal game against top-ranked Andale. The Lady Rockets performed well against the Indians and even scored first to take a 1-0 lead over the Indians in the 4th inning. However, a crucial error occurred in the bottom of the 5th inning leading to Andale taking a 3-1 lead. The Lady Rockets were not able to recover and lost the game to Andale by the 3-1 score moving them into the 3rd place game against Clay Center. When the game began against Clay Center the two teams looked evenly matched and hinted at a good game.  The Rockets battled but were never able to get more than one run on Clay Center. The score would remain 1-0 until the bottom of the 7th inning when Clay Center would reach base on a two out error and eventually score to tie the game 1-1 sending the game into extra innings. Neither team could score until Clay Center scored in the bottom of the 10th inning to walk off with the 2-1 victory over the Lady Rockets. The Lady Rockets finished a very successful season by placing 4th in the 4A State Tournament.
Track Deals with Storms
The State Track Meet at Wichita State University was stretched out to three days for the first time ever as the area continued a very stormy pattern. The track meet started on Friday but was quickly delayed and suspended as the rain came early and often during the day. Saturday allowed KSHSAA to complete most of the meet but another round of storms rolled in Saturday evening causing the completion of the meet to be pushed to Sunday. On the boys’ side, the Rockets were not able to score any team points against very tough competition. Senior Lathe Cobb led the Rockets by placing 11th in the 110-meter hurdles and 13th in the 300-meter hurdles. Sophomore Colton McGrew had a 12th place finish in discus. Sophomore Drew Leck competed in the 1600-meter run and placed 13th while Freshman Chance Hanning also had a 13th place finish in the shot put. Colby Heinz rounded out the Rocket boys participating at the State Meet with a 16th place finish in the javelin. On the girls side, the Rockets were led by sophomore Haley Thrush who scored the only team point for Rose Hill by placing 8th in the triple jump with a season best jump of 33 feet. The 4x800 meter relay team consisting of Jenna McCulloch, Alexia Struble, Mia Kuehn, and Maddie Bryant placed 12th with a time of 10:58.50. Faith Exley placed 13th in the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.86. Aubrie Thomison placed 14th in the 100-meter hurdles and the 4x100 meter relay team of April Carney, Faith Exley, Jenna McCulloch, and Haley Thrush also had a 14th place finish. Though neither the boys or girls made much noise in the team standings, it should be pointed out that 12 of the 14 state qualifiers will return next season so the future of Rocket track looks bright.