Spring Sports to Crown Champions

May is jam packed with events for sports fans. Tucked in along with graduations and family events is a busy spring sports schedule. Before school lets out at the end of the month area high school athletes have some business to attend to. Capping off the school year will be championships for the spring sports played in Kansas – baseball, softball, track, girls soccer, boys golf and tennis. After a winter that seemed like it would never end the outdoor sports season is ramping up.

All of our local city high schools will participate in regional competition May 14 and 15 with the winners qualifying for various state competitions. There will some amazing performances and games, and the competition will be fierce. I hope people will stop by and watch the athletes strive for glory. All the Topeka high schools play in a full slate of spring sports. Below are the dates of both regional and state tournaments, with links to KSHSAA web page for complete information. Check the site frequently as the information gets updated.

thumbRegional play begins May 14-17.  State competition is May 24 and 25. The University of Kansas Hoaglund Stadium hosts the 6-A tournament. Seaman High School seeks to return to the 5-A tournament to better their 2nd place finish of a year ago.

Image result for softball imagesRegional play begins May 14-17.  State competition is May 24 and 25. The 5-A Shawnee Heights team seeks to repeat as champions.


Image result for images for girl soccerGirls soccer hits the scene the same week as baseball and softball. State competition is May 25 and 26. The 6-A Washburn Rural team seeks to better it 3rd place finish of last year. Notably the 5-A championships will be held locally at Hummer Sports Park.


Boys Tennis regional play begins on Friday, May 4. You can drop by the 6-A State tournament as you drive down Gage Blvd at the Kossover Tennis Center the weekend of May 11-12.

Image result for track meetsState Track and Field May 25 and 26 in Wichita is truly a unique experience. All classes from 1-A to 6-A compete at Wichita Cessna Stadium. Topeka has too many quality athletes to mention who will be part of the event. This event is a track and field fan’s dream.

This season has been marked with harsh weather and there have many cancellations and postponements. All of the spring athletes deserve a chance to shine as the weather gets warmer. Let’s celebrate the commitment these young people make. The best of luck to all – coaches, athletes, managers and all involved.  Parents and family members cheer hard.  Show your support as your kids have worked hard. Athletes give your best.

Dave Coleman works in the library's Red Carpet Services helping seniors get the materials they want at the library and at senior living complexes. Dave is also an avid sports fan.