Poll shatters record again
McLouth's Lena Poll will have a final shot at etching her name in the McLouth High track record books.
Make that four shots.
Poll will compete in four events at the state meet Friday and Saturday at Cessna Stadium on the Wichita State campus. That's the maximum events in which an athlete may compete.
The MHS athlete will participate in the 100, 200, long jump and shot put.
At Friday's Class 3A regional at Rock Creek High School, Poll finished first in the 200 with a time of 26.57 seconds. That broke her own school record of 26.6, which she set a week In a superstitious line of thought, if Himpel would have found the coin before the May 15 game against Bishop Ward, she might have avoided some bad luck herself. A line-drive foul ball plunked Himpel in the thigh while she was standing in the coach's box -- the same area where she discovered the penny.
Although Himpel suffered a little bad luck during that game, she came back the next night to coach the semifinals and championship games, albeit with a hefty bruise.
But with the bad luck comes the good luck.
With a 1-0 lead in the top of the seventh against Piper, Tonganoxie gave up a hit deep in the outfield. The Piper runner headed to second, but the throw from center beat her to the bag.
The player argued that first baseman Jamie Hicks got in her way and should have been called for interference. The play, though, stood, and THS claimed the regional crown.
When Tonganoxie opens the state tournament Friday in Salina against Augusta, the Chieftains will take the field in hopes of winning a state title.
Himpel said Abe would making the trip as well.
"It will travel with us to Salina," Himpel said.
Riddle said she'll make sure her coach brings that lucky penny.
"She better bring it to state, that's all I can say," Riddle said.
Luckily for Himpel, she'll be bringing a young and talented squad as well.