Caleb Regan

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Cats claw out victory in opener
For the first time in four years, De Soto soccer team opens with win
September 4, 2008
The 800-pound gorilla is gone. The De Soto High soccer squad removed the gorilla from coach Darren Erpelding’s back last Thursday by securing a 1-0 victory over Basehor-Linwood.
Old cars build new friendships
August 25, 2008
It didn’t take much convincing for Jim Cannon to get involved in car shows. At the urging of a friend in Eudora, Cannon bought his first classic car about 12 years ago.
Out of the shadows
Museum destination for sports history lessons
August 7, 2008

Perhaps one of the most bizarre, and even culturally significant baseball games ever played in the history of the game occurred in late June 1925.

The eephus pitch
August 7, 2008

Sitting in any sports bar on a Sunday afternoon in mid-November will point out one thing in particular.

The eephus pitch
July 31, 2008

I’ll be honest, until Monday I’d never heard of Valdosta, Ga., a town of more than 48,000 in the southern part of the state which ESPN deemed, “TitleTown, USA.” Just as surprisingly to me, Parkersburg, W.Va. came in second.

Focus is on unselfishness and chemistry for Wildcats
July 31, 2008

From time to time in summer league prep basketball, especially throughout the AAU circuit, coaches battle selfishness. The reality is, selfish basketball allows kids to score more points and - perhaps in their mind - stick out in front of college coaches.

Ahead of the curve
Boys soccer experience and club participation excite coach
July 31, 2008

Thirty days seems like ample time for a person to plan a vacation or save up for that new set of golf clubs they’ve been wanting. But to build a team from scratch, and be ready for the first game of the year? That may seem like a daunting task on the surface.

All the nation is a stage
Stanley hits penalty shot in semis, helps Kansas advance to national tourney
July 17, 2008

What may be De Soto’s best will go on to face the nation’s best.

The eephus pitch
June 12, 2008

The first sporting event I covered in De Soto was the final football game of the year, a win over a young Spring Hill team.

Cats win big to close out regular season
May 5, 2008

Led by four goals in the first half by senior Nicole Radcliffe, the De Soto Wildcats wasted little time jumping out to an early lead and cruised the rest of the way, defeating Bonner Springs, 10-1, on senior night.

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Carlie Burnett works on digging a spike out Monday at practice. Burnett is one of three seniors on the 2008 Wildcat volleyball team, and figures to see significant time at outside hitter.

Mark England, left, carries the ball while backfield mate Dylan Burford provides a block during practice Tuesday. The backs played significant minutes at running back on last year's 5-4 team, and figure to be a key part of a young, experienced team in 2008.

Jordan Riffel, right, tries to get around two teammates during practice Tuesday. Riffel will most likely man the point at the attack position along with Paul Oswald this fall. The Wildcats open their season Aug. 29 at home against Basehor-Linwood.

The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum's Field of Legends features a ballfield with several prominent Negro Leagues players at the tour's ending point. Pictured above are catcher Josh Gibson, batter Martin Dihigo and manager John "Buck" O'Neil on a makeshift dugout perch. The museum attracts anywhere from 50,000 to 60,000 visitors a year.

Tommy Elmer connects on a pitch Tuesday night against Olathe South. De Soto lost their second game of the season, 9-1, but still sit atop the 3and2 American League standings with a record of 11-2.

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