Rock Talk for May 12, 2023

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Tsup, boys. I’m James Porter, and this is ‘Rock Talk’ – a look at recent happenings here at Rockhurst.

The Rockhurst lacrosse team started the postseason just like they played the entire season: in dominant fashion. They beat Lee’s Summit West 28 to 3 in the quarterfinals of the L-A-K-C Playoffs Wednesday night to advance to next week’s semis. The win moves their record to 16 and 0 on the season. The team is looking to win its third straight league championship.

The Rockhurst tennis team — one match away from heading to state. They won their district 5-2 over Lee’s Summit West this week to advance to a sectional matchup against Pembroke Hill. Previously, the Hawklets advanced a pair of doubles teams advance to the state individual tournament. The pairings of Caleb Bridges and Henry Stevens and Luke Johnson and Nate Dierks both qualified by finishing first and second, respectively, at individual districts last weekend.

Rockhurst baseball will look to close out the regular season on a strong note — and finish it with a winning record. They travel to Lawrence Friday. It ends a busy period that will see them play six games in nine days. They’ve won 3 of the previous 5 games — including a big win last Saturday over one of the top teams in the state–Blue Springs South.

The track and field team will compete in districts this weekend. They’ll run, throw and jump at Blue Springs South High School Saturday with an eye on top four finishes, which will advance the respective competitors to sectionals next weekend. The team enters the postseason with top-five times in the state in three running events and a top-five distance jumped in one field event.

The Rockhurst volleyball season isn’t over yet. After winning their league championship last weekend for the second straight year, the Hawklets received an invitation to play in the Missouri State Tournament.

Hawklet golfers will look to make it two state team championships in a row when they compete Monday and Tuesday in Bolivar, Missouri. They won the district championship on Monday–breaking a state record in the process for lowest team score. Luke Walsh, Alex Hogan and Kyle Stanley all finished in the top five.

Choir and band both finished the school year on strong notes. The spring instrumental concert took place May 3rd in the Rose Theater. Choir performed its grand finale at Helzburg Hall at the Kauffman Center in front of roughly 14-hundred people the night before. On both nights, seniors received some special celebration with it being their last performances at Rockhurst.

Finally, a special shoutout to Rockhurst great Tony Temple. Thursday, the Cotton Bowl Classic inducted the former Hawklet into its Hall of Fame. The honor came as a result of his record-breaking performance in the 2008 game when Temple played for the University of Missouri. In the Tigers’ 38 to 7 win over Arkansas, the running back rushed for 281 yards and 4 touchdowns on 24 carries – all while nursing an injured hamstring. The performance broke the game’s 54-year-old record for rushing yards.

That’s it for this week’s Hawk Talk. I’m James Porter. We’ll see you next time.