Jeff West girls state champs

Jeff West Wins State Tournament

Photos by Ken Locke
It was smiles and joy for coach Chad Jackson and the Jefferson West High School Tigers softball team when it defeated Rock Creek, 2-1, in the eighth inning Monday at Hummer Sports Complex.


by Clarke Davis
The Jefferson West softball team captured the state championship title at Hummer Sports Complex in Topeka Monday morning defeating Rock Creek High School in the eighth inning, 2-1.
The Tiger girls entered 4A Div. II play Sunday after a two-day delay because of rain. Fourth seeded, the team defeated fifth-seeded Goodland in a mere 2 1/2 innings, 15-0.
Later the same day they took on top seeded Girard and beat them, 4-3.
Rock Creek was seeded sixth and worked its way up from the bottom bracket beating Prairie View and Chapman to meet Jefferson West.
“The first game was too easy and the last two were intense,” Tiger Coach Chad Jackson said. “They were rough.”
It’s believed the girls have captured the first state championship trophy won by any team in the history of the high school, although there have been individual state trophies earned in other sports.
“The girls are especially proud to have accomplished that,” Jackson said. “Bringing this one home is like getting a 2,000-pound gorilla off our backs.”
But it took some work.
In the championship game, both teams went scoreless until the bottom of the sixth inning when Tayler Metzger got a hit and was brought home off the bat of Olivia Brees.
Rock Creek answered with a score in the seventh sending the game into extra innings. In the bottom of the eighth Emma Broxterman singled and was advanced to scoring position when Metzger grounded out for the second out. Broxterman crossed home plate after Emily Brown hit a ball down the left field line.
That was the score that claimed ownership in the coveted trophy and brought the crowd to its feet.
Star pitcher Olivia Brees allowed only one run and two hits in eight innings. She struck out 10 and held Rock Creek to no hits until the seventh inning.
“I was amazed in the crowd we had there,” Jackson said. “We’ve had tremendous support.”
This was the second year in a row the girls have made the trip to the state tournament. Last year the team captured third place.
The Tigers end the season with a 20-4 record to Rock Creek’s 17-7.

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