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While it has become almost commonplace in the past 20 years for the Seward County Saints to be on top of the Jayhawk West standings at years end, when the 2013 version of the Saints found out that they had brought home the title once again this season, the celebration was no less intense. After splitting 5-4 and 6-0 games on day one of the series, the Saints actually went into the final day of the regular season one game behind rival Garden City. After taking care of their part and blanking Cloud County in 7-0 and 10-0 wins, Seward had their eyes glued on the action in Dodge City where they needed help from their friends on Boot Hill against the Busters. About an hour into their trip back from Concordia there were a few claps and cheers as Seward found out that Dodge won game three against Garden City to give the Saints at least a share of the conference title, but after the Conqs came back from down 5-0 in the bottom of the 9th inning to win game four of the series to give the Saints the outright title, the bus erupted in celebration. The Jayhawk West title is Sewardís 10th in the past 13 years and their 14th in the past 19 years.

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As a junior in 2010 at Ogden, Utahís Bonneville High School, Stephanie Mark was the states home run queen with 14 long balls. Wednesday, in Colby, Kansas, the now Seward County CC sophomore became the Lady Saints RBI queen, driving in five runs in Sewardís 11-1 and 14-10 sweep of the Colby Trojans to run her career total to 118 to set the schoolís all-time record. In game one of the twinbill it was the top of the Seward order that did the damage against the Trojans. Marissa Chavez was a perfect 4 for 4 with 3 RBIís and 3 runs scored, accounting for 6 of the 11 Lady Saint runs in the 11-1 run rule victory. In the second game it was the Mark show, as the Lady Saints first baseman set a career high with 5 hits, including a pair of doubles and a home run, while driving in 4 runs to lead Seward to a 14-10 win.

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On opening day of the 2013 Spring signing period, four Seward County Saints put the eyes of anxious coaches and fans on Liberal, Kansas as Edson Avila, Leslee Smith, Jabari Peters, and Kaheem Ransom signed their National Letters of Intent to attend Division I Universities. Avila makes many Southwest Kansas folks happy as he has decided to attend the University of Oklahoma next season. Another heavily followed school in the Sunflower State was the choice for Smith as he will take his talents to the University of Nebraska next season. Peters and Ransom will team up for the next two years after the two signed to play in the Southland Conference at Sam Houston State next season.

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With a 6-3 win Friday over Hesston, the Seward County Saints Menís Tennis team has made history, tying the schoolís all-time team wins mark at 6, a record that was set during the 2006 Spring season. Things started well for the #16 Seward County Saints this weekend in their final road trip of the 2013 regular season as they began things with a 6-3 win over region opponent Hesston, but things didnít finish so peachy for the guys in green as they were knocked off 9-0 by #10 Johnson County in a match that was much closer than the final count would indicate.

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Early April is about the time of year where the Seward County Saints baseball team starts to turn the corner and this weekend in Pratt they werenít going to let an extremely thin pitching staff change that this year. The Saints went into their four game series with the Beavers without the services of two of their normal weekend starters and began the weekend with a nearly bare bullpen that had just two members in it to go along with a pair of two way position players who could meet the challenge if called upon. The Saints certainly didnít need their bullpen in game one as Tyler Wiedenfeld tossed a 53 pitch complete game in a 12-1 win and in game two it didnít look like they would either as they carried a 13-5 lead into the 7th inning before crumbling and eventually falling 18-15 on a walkoff grand slam by the Beavers. Sunday Seward got another stellar outing from freshman lefty Hayden Howard to win game three 5-2 and in game four, three Saints pitchers including their game one starter Wiedenfeld, got the job done in a 6-5 win to take the series 3-1 and take over 1st place in the Jayhawk West.

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Seward County sophomore Stephanie Mark added to her impressive list of career accomplishments this weekend as the Lady Saints took on the Lamar Runniní Lopes on the road in Lamar. After a two hit game in game one of the double header to help lead the Lady Saints from behind in a 7-6 win, Mark was a perfect 4 for 4 in game two of the twinbill, cracking her 39th career double to break the schoolís all-time record and collecting her 98th, 99th, and 100th career RBIís to make her one of just five players to accomplish that feat.

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