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This Week in Crusader Sports: Buhler Baseball Sweeps Clearwater, Neill Grabs 200th Career Win


CLEARWATER, Kan. – Buhler baseball swept a pair at Clearwater Monday, 11-2 and 14-4. The game two victory was number 200 in the career of head coach John Neill, who has been at the helm for the Crusaders since 2012.

Matthew Eddy set the tone for the series in game one’s first inning, blasting an opposite-field triple. Eddy would then score on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Cash Carson. He finished the series 4-8 at the plate, with five runs scored and four stolen bases.

Up 2-0 after four innings, the Buhler bats broke out, putting up four runs in the fifth, two in the sixth, and three in the seventh.

Eddy was solid on the mound as well, allowing just one earned run on six hits over five innings of work.

Game two was never in question as Buhler batted around in each of the first two innings, scoring seven runs. Nine of the 10 Crusaders to the plate scored at least one run.

Jace Henderson rocketed a pair of doubles to left field and drove in a pair of runs. Owen Schmit also doubled and knocked in a pair. He went 4-5 for the series in the number nine hole and scored four runs.

On the mound, the game two start belonged to Mitchel McDaniel, who gave up just one earned run on four hits, while striking out seven Indians over four innings.

Buhler, now 6-2 on the season, finishes up a seven-game road stretch with a double-header at Circle on Thursday.


Buhler softball is still searching for that elusive first win after dropping a pair at Clearwater Monday, 19-9 and 17-2.

Game one’s nine runs scored are the most by Buhler this season. Faith Miller and Emma Hayes each had a pair of hits for the Crusaders. Addy Matthews also had a hit and drove in three runs.

Buhler managed just two runs on four hits in game two. Taylor Kesinger collected a double and scored a run in the second inning.


Short a couple of scores, Buhler golf battled a deep field Monday at the Andover Central Invitational at Terradyne Country Club. The Crusaders, 18-hole 360, earned them a 12th-place finish.

Drew DeMeyer’s round of 79 earned him a 17th-place finish individually.

Drew DeMeyer – 79 (17)

Ethan Schwartzkopf – 89 (46)

Trever Tustian – 95 (59)

Calvin Shank – 97 (63)

JV golf, meanwhile, captured second place at the El Dorado Invitational. Brayden Adams was the top-finishing Crusader in sixth place.


Buhler tennis will be back at the nets on Thursday at the Hutch High Invitational. The Crusaders are part of a stacked field that features six Class 5A and 6A teams.

So far this season, Buhler has a first and a fourth-place finish in two varsity meets. The Crusaders were fourth last Friday at the Maize South Invitational. Individually, Amos Harder placed second in number one singles.

Amos Harder – 2nd (1 Singles)

Carter Darrah – 4th (2 Singles)

Brock Hilger & Von Woleslagel – 4th (1 Doubles)

Eli Biggs & Merick Manns – 4th (2 Doubles)


With 13 days in between meets, Buhler girls swimming finally returns to the pool Tuesday at Newton. The Lady Crusaders have captured a second and a fifth-place finish in two meets this season.


With five of its first six games away from home this season, Buhler girls soccer will play a pair of much-needed home games later this week.

Buhler will host Campus on Thursday. Winfield will be Friday’s opponent at Crusader Stadium. Both games should provide an opportunity for the Crusaders (1-5) to jump-start their season.

Track & Field

Buhler track and field will be one of 13 teams competing at Friday’s Smoky Valley Invitational.

Last Thursday at Concordia, the Buhler Boys placed eighth and the girls fifth. Freshman Jenna Lackey finished first in the girls 200 meters and third in the 400. Complete results can be found online at