Spring Sports Wrapups
Baseball captures another conference title
The Tiger baseball team continued its dominance in the Jayhawk Conference Eastern Division by capturing its second straight Jayhawk East title and 10th title in the last 11 years. The Tigers finished with a record of 29-7 in the Jayhawk East, and 47-14 overall. However, Cowley’s season ended at the Region VI Tournament played at Wichita’s Lawrence-Dumont Stadium. Cowley lost its first game at the tournament 13-10 to Garden City. The Tigers then rattled off wins of 6-5 over Johnson County, 11-2 over Butler, and 4-3 over Seward County before being eliminated with a 7-6 loss to Hutchinson. Sophomore right fielder Deik Scram was named the Jayhawk East Player of the Year, and shortstop/pitcher Brad Miller was named the Jayhawk East Freshman of the Year.
Track teams end seasons at national meet
After winning its third straight Jayhawk Conference Eastern Division outdoor title, the men’s track and field team placed 14th at the NJCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Levelland, Texas. The men were led by sophomore Brian Baker’s third-place finish in the shot put. Baker earned All-American and Coaches Association All-American honors for his performance. Sophomores Dan Stiers (hammer), and Corey McCoy (triple jump) earned Coaches Association All-American honors by placing in the top eight in their events, while freshman Cameron Traxson also was named a Coaches Association All-American as he placed ninth in the javelin. The Lady Tigers’ track and field team finished third in the conference and 17th at the national meet. The women were led by freshman Veronica Anderson’s fifth-place finish in the hammer throw. Anderson earned Coaches Association All-American honors in the event. Sophomore Shonda Kelley also performed well, placing seventh in the javelin, earning Coaches Association All-American honors.
Tennis teams earn top-10 national finishes
Qualifying for the NJCAA National Tennis Tournament with a pair of second-place finishes at the Region VI Tournament in Wichita, the men’s and women’s tennis teams capped their seasons with top-10 finishes at the national tournament. The Lady Tigers finished in a tie for eighth at nationals, played in Tucson, Ariz. This marks the sixth straight year the Lady Tigers have placed in the top 10 at the national tournament. The Tiger men placed 10th at the national tournament played in Plano, Texas. That finish keeps Cowley coach Larry Grose’s streak in tact as each of the 16 Tiger tennis teams he has taken to the national tournament has placed in the top 10. Grose capped the season by being named the Wilson Coach of the Year for the third time in his 18 years as coach of the Tiger tennis team.
Young Tiger golfers gain experience
With three of its top five golfers freshmen, the Tiger golf team gained a wealth of experience during the 2004-2005 season. Despite the Tigers’ seventh-place finish in the Jayhawk Conference and third-place finish in the region, returns Cody Nelson, Brett Stone and Daniel Valderrama to next year’s team. Nelson and Stone posted the Tigers’ lowest scores at the Region VI Tournament, and Stone shot a school-record 66 during a round played earlier in the season.