Dear Cyclone Fans,
Our teams have been hard at work this spring preparing for games and meets. Mother Nature has presented some challenges starting the season by postponing games due to wet field conditions. Once the ball got rolling, our teams hit the ground running with early-season success. Our teams are just over halfway through their seasons and they have given us a lot of excitement along the way.
Girls’ Soccer started the season off with two wins but has hit the tough part of their schedules in combination with several key injuries. Head Coach Tyler Heying mentioned to me that the team's spirits remain high and they continue to improve as the season progresses. Halfway through the season, the girls hold a 3-7 record heading into their second half of the season. Senior Night for Girls’ Soccer will be Monday, May 2nd when they host conference opponent host Maranatha Christian Academy.
The Track and Field team has started back up strong for Bishop Ward after the Covid year with many of our players returning to improve upon last year's work and many new players joining the team! Their season has experienced highlights for both individual accomplishments and team accomplishments. Assistant Coach Tony Subasic shared some outstanding highlights with me so far. We took a close 2nd place overall as a team at our first track meet at the Wyandotte Relays. Our 4x100m relay team is ranked 3rd overall in 3A in the state and our 4x400m is 11th! The athletes have also braved through tough weather and injuries to bring home medals in various individual events. We have some top-ranked individual showings in the state in 3A for the 100m dash, 200m, and Long Jump. Our own KJ Smith is ranked 6th in the 100m, 7th in 200m, and 1st in Long Jump! Javon Roach is also ranked 16th in the 100m dash! The track team is at the halfway point of the season and has its sights set on qualifying for the state track meet.
Baseball season struggled to get started with Mother Nature having other plans forcing games to be rescheduled for later in the season. The team opened up with a couple of strong wins but struggled at the plate. Head Coach Zach Harris ensured the team the bat will come around with time behind the team's strong defensive and deep pitching staff. Baseball is currently at 8-1 as they start the second part of the season. The Cyclones have been placed in a very competitive regional but are confident they will make a run to get back to state this season.
Softball has had one of its best starts to a season in school history. The Cyclones are currently 9-1, holding the top seed in their region. The team is led by two seniors Tina Rosales and Zoey Grayson. The team has had great success at the plate with Grayson leading the team with 4 home runs. Pitching has been strong, led by Sophomore Connie Vasquez, juniors Carol Baca and Jaden Oropeza, and Freshman Aliana Mendez. The team continues to work hard but knows that it is not how you start but how you finish the season.
Our teams will compete in regionals at several different locations the week of May 15th. A list of regional dates and locations is listed below. Date, time, and location may vary depending on how teams will be seeded based on their end-of-season records.
Track Regionals: May 20 @ Hoyt-Royal Valley
Baseball Regionals: May 16-19th hosted by Wellsville High School
Softball Regionals: May 16-19th hosted by Pomona-West Franklin High School
Girl Soccer: May 16-21st: games will be hosted by the higher-seeded team
Good luck to our teams these final weeks of the season! Don’t miss any action this spring as our teams make a run to get to state. You can find our athletic schedule at www.kawvalleyconference.org. Please follow us on social media, Twitter@WARD_Athletic, https://www.facebook.com/BWCyclonesAthletics, or wardhigh.org for game updates and results.
Athletic Director/Assistant Principal