2004 Spring Sports Wrapup
Fighting its way through the loser’s bracket, the Tiger baseball team won four games in a row, including two wins in its last at-bat, before having its season come to an end with an 8-5 loss to Seward County in the championship round of the Region VI Tournament played at Wichita’s Lawrence-Dumont Stadium May 20-23.
Despite falling short of their goal to qualify for the NJCAA World Series, the Tigers put together another stellar season under head coach Dave Burroughs.
Cowley finished the season with a record of 43-19, and continued its dominance in the Jayhawk Conference Eastern Division as it captured the conference title for the ninth time in the last 10 years.
Led by its six sophomores, the team finished sixth at the NJCAA Division II National Tournament May 10-15 in Plano, Texas.
The sixth-place finish at nationals marked the 15th time the Tigers have placed in the top 10 at the national tournament in coach Larry Grose’s 17 years.
At the Region VI Tournament in Wichita April 16-17, Cowley’s Jeff Stone (No. 3 singles), Darren Cobble (No. 5 singles), and Collin Torrence (No. 6 singles) each won Region VI titles, while the doubles team of Cobble and Tin Hinst captured the Region VI title at No. 2 doubles.
With only one sophomore and just six on the roster, the team surpassed expectations in Rebecca Meyer’s first season as coach as the Lady Tigers placed sixth at the NJCAA Division II National Tournament held in College Station, Texas, May 2-7.
Cowley advanced to the national tournament by winning the Region VI title. The Lady Tigers recorded four first-place finishes, two seconds, two thirds, and one fourth as they finished four points better than second-place Johnson County in winning the regional.
Cowley’s Jill Hocker received second-team All-American honors by placing runner-up in No. 2 singles at the national tournament.
Despite losing three players to season-ending knee injuries throughout the 2003-2004 season, the team won the Jayhawk Conference Eastern Division title with a record of 16-2, and finished with an overall record of 44-16.
The Lady Tigers advanced to the championship round of the Region VI Tournament before having their season come to an end with a 2-0 loss to Neosho County. Still, Cowley managed to win 40 or more games for the seventh straight season under the guidance of head coach Ed Hargrove.
Sophomore pitcher Linzee Roby set the school record for wins (34) and innings pitched (243 1/3) during the season, while freshman catcher Ashley Dunkelberger blasted a school-record three home runs in a 16-6 win over Highland Community College on April 6.
Men’s Track & Field
Completing one of its most successful seasons in school history, the men’s outdoor team placed 10th at the NJCAA National Outdoor Championships held in Levelland, Texas.
Cowley sophomores Kyle Ellis and Josephat Boit were named NJCAA All-Americans in two events. Ellis placed third in the pole vault and javelin, and Boit finished third in the 1,500- and 5,000-meter runs. Brandon Banda was named a Coaches Association All-American in both the decathlon and pole vault.
The Tigers also won the Jayhawk East title for the second straight year, and had seven individual champions at the conference meet.
Women’s Track & Field
Shorthanded in numbers, the team still managed to put together a solid season as it finished second in the Jayhawk Conference Eastern Division and 17th at the NJCAA National Outdoor Championships.
The Lady Tigers had four individual champions at the conference meet, and had six athletes qualify for the national meet. Cowley freshman Shonda Kelley and sophomore Jennifer Goldsmith nearly earned NJCAA All-American honors in the javelin as they placed fourth and fifth, respectively. Both Kelley and Goldsmith earned Coaches Association All-American honors for their performances.
The young team gained a wealth of experience during the 2003-2004 season.
The team, which featured just one sophomore in Jimmy Ginal, finished eighth in the Jayhawk Conference. The Tigers had their season come to an end at the District III Championships held at Cedar Brook Golf Course in Iola May 2-4.
Cowley freshman Trent Macy (82-84-77 — 243) missed qualifying for nationals by just three strokes as he finished with a three-round score of 243. Macy finished seventh at the tournament.