Butler County Times Gazette
  • Butler women win, men fall to Pratt, Indoor track and field open season

  • Butler women knock off Pratt for second straight win The Butler women held on for a 62-56 win over Pratt on Saturday at the Power Plant, giving the Grizzlies their second straight win in Jayhawk Conference play. Butler jumped ahead 4-0 and quickly built a double-digit lead at 14-4. The lead grew to...
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  • Butler women knock off Pratt for second straight win
    The Butler women held on for a 62-56 win over Pratt on Saturday at the Power Plant, giving the Grizzlies their second straight win in Jayhawk Conference play.
    Butler jumped ahead 4-0 and quickly built a double-digit lead at 14-4. The lead grew to 12 points at 22-10 when Jamillah Bonner came up with a steal and fed Imari Lyons for a layup with 6:20 left in the first half. The Grizzlies still led by double digits at the half, 30-20.
    Pratt began the second half on an 8-0 run, as it took Butler more than five minutes to score coming out of halftime. The Beavers got as close as two points before Kiara O’Neal got a steal and drove the length of the floor for a layup.
    Pratt took its first lead with six minutes to go on a long 3-pointer by Ann Pauly. Tysia Maunel would put Butler back in front with a jumper from the baseline. That, followed by a Jamillah Bonner layup a minute later, put Butler back in front, 49-46, with 4:47 to go and the Grizzlies would not trail again.
    Bonner had another big night for Butler with a game-high 24 points and seven rebounds, while Mia Wesley had nine points and six rebounds for the Grizzlies. Tysia Maunuel and Samantha Satterlee also had six points apiece. Ann Pauly led Pratt with 16 points.
    Butler is now 13-6 on the season, 2-3 in the Jayhawk West Conference while Pratt falls to 11-8 overall and 1-4 in the conference standings.
    Butler will take the road on Wednesday to face Cloud County with a 6 p.m. tip from Concordia. The game can be heard on student station 88.1 KBTL or online at http://butler.listen2myradio.com
    Butler men can’t hold double digit lead in home loss to Pratt
    The Butler men suffered a third straight conference loss as Pratt overcame a double-digit deficit at the Power Plant on Saturday to beat the Grizzlies 58-53.
    Butler trailed 12-8 in the early going but stormed back to take a 25-19 lead with 6:30 left in the first half. The Grizzlies had a 31-26 advantage at the half and then controlled the first 10 minutes of the second half, building a 44-33 lead with 11 minutes to play following an Eric Clark rebound and putback.
    Pratt, however, answered with a 6-0 run over the next two minutes to get within five points and eventually continued to pull closer and closer until taking a 52-51 lead with two minutes left in the game.
    Butler could only score two points after that and Pratt cashed in on its free throws to pull away for its first conference win. The Beavers outscored Butler 26-9 over the final 11:49 of the game.
    Page 2 of 2 - Justin Simmons scored 16 points to lead the Grizzlies. Andrew Victoria just missed a double-double with 10 points and nine rebounds.  Bryton Hobbs scored 21 points to lead Pratt in scoring.
    Butler falls to 7-12 on the season, 1-4 in Jayhawk West play. Pratt improves to 10-9 overall and 1-4 in the conference. Butler takes to the road for its next action, travelling to Concordia on Wednesday for a game at Cloud County scheduled for an 8 p.m. tipoff. The game can be heard on KFH 98.7 FM and 1240 AM or online at www.kfhradio.com
    Bales qualifies for nationals as Butler opens season at WSU
    The Butler Community College Track and Field Team opened the 2012 season at the Herm Wilson Invitational on the campus of Wichita State University.
    Only a partial team competed as classes have not started yet for the spring semester.
    Leading the way at the meet was freshman pole vaulter AJ Bales.  Bales qualified for nationals in the pole vault by clearing a height of 14’7 ½”. Bales becomes the first Grizzly pole vaulter since 1991 to qualify for the indoor championships.
    Women- 400M -  Paige Slayton - 1:07.68
    1000M - Juliette Gourdet - 3:25.56
    60MH - Paige Slayton - 10.47
    Long Jump - Paige Slayton - 14’ ¼”
    Men
    60M - Shauron Jennings - 7.11P/ 7.04F
    200M - Emanuel Thornton - 23.43 - Shauron Jennings - 23.75
    3000M - Cesar Sanabria  - 9:02.13 - Joseph Metcalf - 9:02.64 - Kelvin Busienei - 9:10.03 - Kevin White - 9:18.06 - Jameson Fay - 9:32.69 -  Mathew Komen - 9:36.95
    60MH - Emanuel Thornton - 8.88
    Pole Vault - AJ Bales  - 14’ 7 ½”  - National Qualifier/2nd All Time
    AJ Bales has been named the Butler Grizzlies Athlete of the Week after his performance at the Herm Wilson Invitational at Wichita State on Thursday.
    In the season-opening meet, Bales cleared a height of 14’7 ½”.That effort qualified him for the season-ending national indoor meet, making Bales becomes the first Grizzly pole vaulter since 1991 to qualify for the indoor championships.
    Bales is a freshman from New Port Richey, Fla.

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