BSHS weekly sports roundup: Boys soccer on upswing
Austin Schuler is keeping busy this fall. The Bonner Springs High senior is both playing soccer and running cross-country again, and is off to a strong start.
Schuler placed first in a varsity dual against Ottawa at Wyandotte County Park, which is the site of the Braves' annual invitational later this month. Schuler finished with a time of 11:05.33, two seconds ahead of second, but Ottawa went on to take spots 2-9 on the boys side and win, 20-43.
BSHS junior Joe Casteel rounded out the top 10 with a time of 11:54.
Ottawa also got the better of the BSHS girls, 19-36, but first-year runner Bailey Hightower kicked off her senior year with a third-place finish and a time of 14:39. Freshman Aubrie Fredrickson placed sixth with a time of 15:02 and sophomore Gwen Barrett (15:44, eighth) and senior Citlally Alvarado (15:59, ninth) rounded out the top 10.
The Braves will next compete at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Bishop Miege Invitational.
BSHS (3-1) continues to progress at a rapidly improved rate from just one season ago.
Two nights after the Braves' Sept. 3 overtime heroics against Tonganoxie, BSHS shut out Class 5A Leavenworth of the Sunflower League on Thursday, winning 3-0. The Braves weren't as fortunate against Shawnee Mission North on Monday, losing 5-2. BSHS bounced back the next night with a 7-0 victory against Kansas City East Christian on Tuesday.
The Braves will next host a Kaw Valley League game against Mill Valley, BSHS' fourth straight home game before a three-game road trip, at 6 p.m. Monday.
The Braves opened their season on Sept. 3 with a 6-3 loss to Bishop Miege. The varsity hosted Olathe North in a dual meet on Wednesday, but results were not available at press time.
The junior varsity is meanwhile breaking in a young crop of student-athletes. The Braves traveled to Mill Valley for a JV invitational on Sept. 4, taking Lilly Lackner and Kaitlyn Rose as singles players and a pair of doubles teams in Zoe Lofton and Kynnedy Shepherd and Lexy Burnett and Heidi Rodgers. Loften and Shepherd logged the Braves' lone win of the tournament, defeating Baldwin, 6-4.
"We are a very young and inexperienced team right now and are looking for girls who want to continue to work hard and improve their game," BSHS assistant coach B.J. Congleton said.
The Braves will next play at 3:15 p.m. Monday in a dual meet against Sumner.
The Braves (3-5) dropped a road league match in four sets on Tuesday at Basehor-Linwood. After winning the opening frame, 25-22, BSHS lost three straight: 14-25, 10-25, 15-25.
Julianne Jackson led the way with 10 kills and three blocks and Mikayla Bennett added five kills and two blocks.
Previously, BSHS had won two of three on Sept. 5 in a home triangular meet. After losing to Lousiburg (13-25, 8-25), the Braves rebounded to defeat Kansas City Christian (25-12, 25-8) and Bishop Ward (25-15, 25-22).
Next up is a home quadrangular meet against Turner, Immaculata and Washington at 5 p.m. Thursday.