Bonner Springs’s top sports stories of 2014
It was a year of a few state champions and some who were champions of a different kind, reaching lifelong goals or finding their niche in a unique sport.
The Chieftain compiled the top five stories of 2014 in the world of Bonner Springs sports.
Johnathan Carter reaches wrestling goals
One of our most-read stories this year was a two-part series that featured Johnathan Carter, a Bonner Springs wrestler who only began in the sport his freshman year and soon adopted the goal to make it to the state championships by his senior year.
With a lot of hard work, Carter went from winning just one of 50 varsity matches in his first two years wrestling to winning half of his matches his junior year and qualifying for state his senior year, as well as a starting offensive lineman on the football team. The article also detailed how Carter cared for his mother, who has an autoimmune disease and uses a wheelchair, and overcame many obstacles to succeed.
McClain claims state golf title
Senior Marc McClain put in a seven-hour round to win the 4A state golf meet in Mayetta in May. McClain shot a 69, three under par, though he got only about four hours of sleep and had to play without his glove. He chipped in twice for birdie and didn’t make any mistakes on the back nine until the final hole.
“He had the best week of practice he’s ever had in the two year’s I’ve coached him,” Coach Steve Miller said. “He was loose mentally, he was striking the ball perfect, his putter was on fire all week. It really all came together.”
The Braves finished seventh as a team with a combined score of 348. Jake Lain shot an 84, Caleb Malone shot a 93. Stevie Greer, Kyle Dumler and Nathan Hinton all shot in the triple digits with a 102, 108 and 127, respectively.
The world-class wrestler
Josiah Seaton capped off a 39-0 season in March with a 113-pound state title at the Class 4A state meet in Salina.
Seaton controlled each match, outscoring his opponents by a combined score of 46-2 before pinning them. It was his fourth time wrestling in a state meet and his third time winning a medal.
Seaton was one of five Braves state qualifiers and became the third Brave to post a perfect record in the last two years. He was one of four 4A wrestlers to go undefeated in 2014.
A couple of months later, Seaton won the FILA Junior National Championships, an event for wrestlers aged 17-20. He went to Croatia for the World Championships in August, where he unfortunately lost his first matches.
Bonner native to swim at Naval Academy
After dedicating much of her life to swimming, Augusta Garies, a Bonner resident and 2014 St. James Academy graduate, fulfilled a dream to attend the United States Naval Academy in July when she was sworn in and began her plebe summer — a six-week, boot-camp style orientation.
Garies had scholarship offers to swim at Kansas University, University of Minnesota and George Mason University, but her biggest wish was fulfilled when she got a full-ride scholarship to the Naval Academy, where she planned to swim for the Midshipmen and prepare for a career in the Navy.
Teen derby queen
Braves volleyball player Lauren Murphy had an interesting hobby outside of BSHS. Following in the footsteps of her mother, Jennifer Murphy, Lauren got involved in flat track roller derby.
Jennifer Murphy skated with the Knockouts of the Kansas City Roller Warriors from 2008-2012. Lauren began skating in the junior league for ages 10-17, and despite some shin splints seemingly caused by the sport, it became her favorite. Lauren skated in her final junior bout in August and wanted to take a year to focus on college before following her mother’s footsteps by trying out to compete with the Kansas City Roller Warriors.