LOCAL AND STATE
West, Highland Park football teams ousted
The Class 5A football playoff stays for Topeka West and Highland Park proved short ones. No. 1 east seed Aquinas whipped Highland Park 69-14 Friday night, and Mill Valley topped West 49-10.
West concluded its season with a 1-8 record. Hi Park saw its losing streak grow to 43 straight games.
Aquinas (8-0) will be host to Seaman (5-4) next week while Mill Valley (6-3) will welcome St. James (2-7)
Wabaunsee advances in 2A state VB
A strong start and even better finish propelled Wabaunsee into the Class 2A state volleyball semifinals.
Wabaunsee opened pool play on Friday at Gross Memorial Coliseum with a 30-28, 25-21 win over Meade before falling 25-17, 25-21 to Smith Center. The Chargers (31-11) then put themselves into position to advance out of pool play by dispatching of Ellinwood, 25-18, 25-14.
Smith Center’s win over Meade in the final match of the day officially put Wabaunsee into the semis, where the Chargers will meet 43-0 Colgan at 10 a.m. Saturday.
Smith Center (38-5) will take on Garden Plain in the other semifinal.
Valley Heights was unable to take a set in Pool 1, falling 25-12, 25-2 to Pittsburg-Colgan, 25-23, 25-7 to Maranatha Academy and 25-19, 25-23 to Garden Plain (33-10). The Mustangs finished the season 24-18.
WU soccer falls 2-0 to ESU
The Washburn women's soccer team (7-8-2, 3-5-2 MIAA) fell 2-0 to rival Emporia State (12-4-1, 7-3-0) in their final home game of the season Friday.
Kennedy Hoffman scored the Hornets' first goal in the 34th minute from 5 yards out with an assist from Sydney Martens and Makayla Brady.
Rachel Marshall scored the second goal on a penalty kick in the 66th minute on her second attempt after the referees ruled the Ichabods encroached on the box on the first attempt.
The Bods will face Fort Hays State in their regular-season finale at 1 p.m. Sunday in Hays.
Finau overcomes wild break to lead HSBC
Tony Finau has enjoyed such a good year that he wasn't about to let one bad break get him down Friday in the HSBC Champions.
Finau had just built a three-shot lead as Patrick Reed began to stumble when Finau hit an approach from the rough on the 11th hole toward the green at Sheshan International. The ball landed on a sprinkler , shot high in the air and rolled over the back and into the hazard. It led to a double bogey and cut his lead to one shot.
Finau didn't flinch, however.
He had a pair of birdies on the par 5s, laid up on the reachable par-4 16th and made birdie, and wound up with a 5-under 67. That put him at 11-under 133, three shots clear of Reed (72), Tommy Fleetwood (68) and defending champion Justin Rose (67).
Injured Cousins ejected from bench
DeMarcus Cousins isn't even playing for Golden State yet and he's been ejected from a game.
Cousins was thrown out in the first quarter of the Warriors' game against the New York Knicks on Friday night.
It was unclear what happened with the volatile center, who was sitting in street clothes on the Golden State bench not far from where Stephen Curry had made a 3-pointer on a shot where it appeared he may have also drawn contact.
As play resumed following a timeout with 2:28 remaining in the period, it was announced that Cousins had been assessed a technical foul during the break, and then subsequently ejected.
Cousins is still recovering from a ruptured Achilles tendon. He took part in his first practice with the Warriors on Thursday, but there is still no timetable for his return to action.
IndyCar driver Wickens reveals crash left him a paraplegic
IndyCar driver Robert Wickens is paralyzed from the chest down from injuries suffered in an August crash at Pocono Raceway.
The 29-year-old Wickens has been updating his rehabilitation progress on social media and posted a video Thursday of his "first slide transfer as a paraplegic" that showed him moving from a table to his wheelchair. His videos had shown for the past month that he is working daily to move his legs again, but Thursday's post was the first time he publicly confirmed his paralysis.
"I've only been posting videos of the small movement in my legs, but the reality is I am far away from walking on my own," Wickens wrote. "Some people are a bit confused with the severity of my injury, so I wanted let you know the reality of it. I've never worked harder for anything in my life, and I am giving it all I've got to spark those nerves in my legs."