Craw-Kan Team of the Week: Girard Trojans

Girard has captured two state team titles this school year. (photo: Joyce Kovacic)
By: Sports in Kansas - Chet Kuplen
May 31, 2017

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The Craw-Kan "Your Community Technology Partner" Team of the Week from the Southeast Kansas area is the Girard Lady Trojans softball team.

Girard, led by head coach Jim Vinze, captured their first ever state softball title on Friday in Emporia. Prior to March, Girard had never had a state team title in the history of its school, boys or girls, now the Trojans have two, one in 4A-II basketball in March and one softball captured last week. GHS won the state title by going 3-0 at the state tournament by outscoring opponents 34-to-11  with victories over Clay Center (15-to-8) in the quarterfinals, Pratt (13-to-2) in the semifinals and Haven (6-to-1) in the finals. The Trojans have been led by their outstanding pitching of Shaylun Grosstephan and Shelby Smith all season long. In the title game, junior Sydnee Crain went 2-for-4 with two RBI, while junior Jacey Murphy picked up two hits, an RBI, and scored a run. The Trojans only lose one senior, Calea Augustin, which was a huge part of their lineup this season, including hitting a grand slam in the semis against Pratt. Augustin was also an all-state selection in basketball this past March. 

Girard finished the year 19-4. The CNC league also added a 3A state title from Riverton this week. 

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Craw-Kan “Your Technology Partner" and Sports in Kansas will once again be in partnership over the 2016-2017 school year to release a "Craw-Kan Team of the Week". 

"I am again excited for this partnership with Craw-Kan and highlighting teams from the SEK area to not only a local platform but also giving them statewide reach on our network," said Sports in Kansas Managing Partner, Chet Kuplen. "Not only does this help athletes and teams to be promoted for their achievements, it also lets the area know what all the new products that Craw-Kan has to offer, including new gigabit fiber now in the the area. Also that Craw-Kan is now in Frontenac and Pittsburg” 

"Craw-Kan offers all your technology needs in the area from internet to web design and cell phones to security systems." said Craw-Kan Marketing Manager, Zach Adams. "We have a lot of new products including the fastest internet in the area in the new gigabit fiber, we are also in Frontenac and Pittsburg with our service. We are very excited with all the new products we have to offer to the area."

Nominations will be accepted from every Friday-Sunday, with the "Craw-Kan Team of the Week" being released every Monday on Sports in Kansas (Kansas-Sports.com). Teams must be nominated via email or twitter. 

Teams must be from the following leagues in the Southeast Kansas area to be eligible: SEK, CNC, TRL

Craw-Kan and Sports in Kansas will also partner in releasing a "All Craw-Kan Team" for the Southeast Kansas area after postseason play has wrapped up. 

How to nominate?

email: chetkuplen@kansas-sports.com