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Buhler Sports Roundup: Soccer Wins 2-OT Thriller, Tennis Nets League Title


BUHLER, Kan. – Simply put. It was Natalya Krafels doing Natalya Krafels things. Late in double-overtime, the Buhler forward floated a shot over McPherson’s Keeper from twenty yards out. The go-ahead score followed a perfectly placed pass from Madi McCool and helped the Crusaders to secure a 2-1 win.

“Great pass and tremendous finish,” said Head Coach Randall Rank.

McPherson led 1-0 with just over 30 minutes remaining in regulation when Teigan Nielsen found Alyssa Berner for Buhler’s first score. It remained 1-1 until Krafels broke the silence with two minutes remaining in the second overtime.

What a match.


Buhler tennis put an exclamation mark on the regular season by winning the AVCTL Division III & IV Tournament on Monday at Vaughan Tennis Center in Winfield. The Crusaders swept three of the top four spots at the meet.

Davian Spies and Amos Harder captured the no. 1 and no. 2 singles titles respectively. The duo of Von Woleslagel and Reuben Harder also placed first in no. 1 doubles. Merick Manns and Eli Biggs were 4th in no. 2 doubles.

Up next, Buhler will host a 4A Regional on Thursday at the Buck Balzer Tennis Complex. Augusta, Pratt, Scott City, Circle, and Ulysses are the other participants. The top six singles and top six doubles finishers will qualify for the State competition, held May 10-11 in Topeka.


Buhler golf finished 9th at the weather shortened I-135 Shootout on Tuesday, with teams competing at Hesston Golf Course and at Newton’s Sand Creek Station.


Isaiah Heredia: 83

Jace Heimerman: 86

Trevor Tustian: 91

Brayden Adams: 91

Landon Hallier: 95

Jalen Crable: 100

Drew DeMeyer: 105

Buhler has just two tournaments remaining before 4A Regional play on May 13th at Hugoton.


Buhler swimming turned in a 4th place finish at Tuesday’s Invitational in Derby.

“The meet at Derby was a nice surprise due to the fact that many of the girls swam new events or events that were not their normal strokes,” said Head Coach Shane DeWeese.


200 Medley Relay: 5th

200 Freestyle: Shaylin Petz (4th), Madison Staib (6th)

200 Individual Medley: Avery Schrader (8th)

50 Freestyle: Jordan Spencer (28th)

100 Butterfly: Aivlynn Ehmke (8th)

100 Freestyle: Shaylin Petz (7th)

500 Freestyle: McKenna Nuttmann (10th)

200 Free Relay: 5th

100 Backstroke: Aivlynn Ehmke (3rd)

100 Breaststroke: Cassidy Banning (21st)

400 Free Relay: 8th

Buhler is right back in the pool on Wednesday at Hutchinson.

Track & Field

Buhler track and field competed last Friday at the El Dorado Invitational. The girls won the event with a score of 140. The boys finished 3rd, just seven points back of 2nd place Valley Center.

Alycea McCoy and Brynlee Frank placed 1-2 in Girls Triple Jump. Lillie Ledford captured the Girls 400 Meter Dash, and Sophia Rose swept both the Girls Discus Throw and Girls Javelin Throw.

Complete results can be found here.

Buhler heads to Salina on Friday to compete in the 11-team Salina Invitational.