After looking through the past year’s worth of sports pages in the Gazette, it was obvious that there were far more top performances than even I remembered. Though there were more endings to games and seasons that ended badly than well, that doesn’t negate the hard work and effort that athletes put in all season long.
This is a look back at the top performances. They’re not really ranked this year, but the No. 1 performance of the year will be revealed Saturday.

Taylor Williams, basketball v. El Dorado Feb. 21
Williams had a hot shooting night, making 6 of 6 3-pointers in the first half and finishing with 27 points in a 69-39 win at home against the Wildcats. Williams also had a pair of assists and five steals in the game.

Sean Brandenburg, basketball @?Mulvane Feb. 17
Brandenburg seemed like he couldn’t miss. He made a whopping eight 3-pointers, including three in a row, and finished with 35 points, the highest total for an Oriole all season. The only bad thing??It was in a 76-70 loss.

Sidney Dey, softball @ Winfield May 3
Dey had several brilliant performances on the mound for the Orioles, but perhaps none was as complete as her win against the Vikings. She threw a one-hit shutout through seven innings as the Vikings couldn’t come close to her stuff. Dey had five strikeouts.

Phillip Traylor, powerlifting @ Abilene March 3
Traylor capped a decorated tenure with the powerlifting team by winning two event titles (best squat, best bench) on way to claiming the Class 4A 181-pound state championship.

Logan Hiser, baseball v. Mulvane April 26
Hiser went toe-to-toe with Mulvane’s First Team All-Leaguer Conner Dempsey in a classic pitcher’s duel. Hiser allowed just two hits and one walk through six innings against a potent Mulvane lineup. But Mulvane went on to win 3-2 in extra innings. Hiser pitched the whole game and had five strikeouts.

Shawnee Wallace, volleyball @?Mulvane Sept. 17
Wallace had double-digit kills in four of five matches at the Mulvane tournament to lead the Orioles to a 4-1 day. Wallace, probably the best hitter of any team that day, earned All-Tournament Team honors.

Watson, Hallmark, Bowling @ Wichita (State) March 2
Bethany Watson earned a 10th-place medal and Brandon Hallmark earned a 14th-place medal at the state bowling championship.

Jake Goldenstein, wrestling @ Salina (State) Feb. 25
Though it ended in heartbreak, Goldenstein’s run at the state tournament was nothing short of dominant, as was his 35-2 season.

Honorable mentions:

Colton Robinson, track
Robinson was always near the top, including a handful of second-place finishes throughout the season in discus. He came up just shy of qualifying for State at the regional meet. Robinson also was a standout football player and solid basketball player this year, as well.

Trebbe, Spyres, golf (Regionals)
Kesten Trebbe had a breakout season that ended with a trip to State his junior year. He should be able to build on that success next season. Heather Spyres qualified for State during the girls season and was consistent throughout the season, including at Regionals.

Childers, girls soccer
Taylor Childers was under fire all season, but she gained respect from a lot of opposing coaches after what she was able to do in goal this season. Childers' best performance may have been at Trinity, where she unofficially made 33 saves (it was probably more shots than that). Childers was named to the All-Southwest Region First Team after the Orioles were bounced out of the state tournament.