Taylor Rocha, KSN News Wichita

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KSN News Wichita

Wichita, KS, United States

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Past articles by Taylor:

Wichita Wind Surge win, postseason bound

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – In a big game, the Wind Surge earned themselves a trip to the 2021 postseason with a 3-2 comeback win over the Arkansas Travelers. The Wind Surge will wait to find out who exactly they play and who is the one seed, but for now Wichita will host playoff baseball. Game three […] → Read More

Competitive Drive: Wichita Wind Surge top pitching prospect hopes to follow in grandfather’s MLB footsteps

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Growing up in Canada, Jordan Balazovic had a hockey stick in one hand and a baseball glove in the other. “It got to a point where it was too much,” said Balazovic. “My parents said, ‘you have to pick one or the other.’” Ultimately, he chose the sport that runs in his […] → Read More

Competitive Drive: Wind Surge pitcher brings Olympic experience to Wichita

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – At just 20 years old, in southern New Hampshire, Simeon Woods Richardson would have a conversation that most only dream of. “A couple of front office guys came in and sat me down and said, ‘Hey, you have an opportunity to represent the USA. Tryouts are this day and this day and if […] → Read More

Competitive Drive: Former Maize South football star finds home on national champion team in Hutchinson

It wasn't hard for Hutchinson Community College to feel like home for Maize South's three-year starting quarterback, Colin Shields. → Read More

‘From boys into young men’: Garden City football leans on experience in 2021 campaign

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Garden City’s 26 seniors are familiar with the expectations that come with being on varsity football. “A lot of our kids that have played and are seniors this year were forced into action at a really early age due to low numbers that we had at the older grades at that time,” […] → Read More

Salvador Perez homers again as Royals topple Mariners 4-2

SEATTLE (AP) — Salvador Perez homered for the fourth straight game, lining a two-run shot off the top of the fence for his 37th of the season to lead the Kansas City Royals over the Seattle Mariners 4-2. Whit Merrifield also homered for Kansas City, which won its third straight over Seattle to damage the […] → Read More

Competitive Drive: Local powerlifter shines at nationals, draws inspiration from 2-year-old son

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Autumm Greene wanted more for herself when her collegiate softball career at Kansas Wesleyan University in Salina came to an end. “You know you have hours that you don’t know what to do with and I naturally just gravitated to the weight room,” said Greene. Through the sport of powerlifting, Greene would […] → Read More

Surge win fifth in a row

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KSNW) – The Wichita Wind Surge closed out a 12-game road trip with an 11-7 win over Springfield, taking five of six games in the series. With the win, the Surge hold a 5 game lead in first place in the division and now hold the best record in the double-A Central league. The […] → Read More

Hernández strikes out eight; Royals batter Cubs 9-1

CHICAGO (AP) — Andrew Benintendi drove in three runs, and the Kansas City Royals beat the sliding Chicago Cubs 9-1 for a sweep of their weekend series. It was Chicago’s franchise-record 13th consecutive loss at Wrigley Field. Benintendi and Carlos Santana each had three hits in Kansas City’s sixth win in seven games. Hunter Dozier […] → Read More

Report: Former Shocker Jamie Echenique signs exhibit 10 contract with Washington Wizards

WASHINGTON, D.C. (KSNW) – On Sunday, Fred Catz of The Athletic reported that Jaime Echenique signed an exhibit 10 contract with the Washington Wizards. Exhibit 10 deals are one-year, non-guaranteed minimum contracts with built-in clauses allowing teams to convert them to two-way contracts before the start of the regular season. Echenique, who played at Wichita State […] → Read More

McPherson football, volleyball focusing on process in hunt for repeat league titles

MCPHERSON, Kan. (KSNW) – McPherson High School football has gone undefeated in league play over the last three years. Their goal this season is to go somewhere the team has never been before time runs out the Bullpups’ 19 seniors. “It’s hard not to look ahead or just be timid to even think about it, […] → Read More

Competitive Drive: Andale Para-athlete finds confidence, chases Olympic dreams

ANDALE, Kan. (KSNW) – The first time Kasey Nickel saw someone throw a shot put, she wanted to try it for herself. “I was first introduced to shot put by watching an advertisement for the Olympics,” recalled Nickel, an Andale High School graduate. “I was like, wow, they must be really happy. I wonder what that […] → Read More

Competitive Drive: 57-year-old Wichita woman runs 135 miles in ‘World’s Toughest Foot Race’

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – When 57-year-old Peggy Ward ran her first-ever marathon – a traditional 26.2-mile race – she wanted more. “I got second in my age group,” said Ward. “I was just going to be ‘one and done’ after that, but then I decided – let’s try it again.” Her second marathon still left something to be desired. […] → Read More

Yankees beats Royals 5-2 for 12th straight series against KC

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Luke Voit had a two-run single in the first inning and the New York Yankees beat Kansas City 5-2 on Wednesday for their 12th straight series victory over the Royals. Chad Green got the victory in relief as New York took two of three from Kansas City. Zach Britton earned his first save of the season. The game-time temperature was 93 degrees with a heat index of 102, the… → Read More

Wind Surge take five of six from RockHounds

Wichita, Kan. (KSNW) – The Wind Surge capped off a 5-1 homestand with a 5-2 victory over Midland on a Sunday afternoon at Riverfront Stadium before heading on the road. With the win, the Surge are now 10-2 vs the RockHounds this season and still sit three games in first over Tulsa. Midland took just two […] → Read More

Surge walk it off, clinch series against Rockhounds

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – For the second time this homestand, the Wind Surge used their ninth-inning magic to walk off the Midland RockHounds in game five of the series. In an unusual way, the Surge clinched the series tonight and now sit in first place in the division by three games. The Wind Surge picked their […] → Read More

O’Neill and Goldschmidt homer, Cardinals beat Royals 4-2

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Tyler O’Neill had a career-high four hits, including a solo home run, and Adam Wainwright threw seven effective innings and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Kansas City Royals 4-2 on Friday night. Paul Goldschmidt also homered to help St. Louis snap a three-game losing streak. Ryan O’Hearn had a run-scoring […] → Read More

Golden, again: US beats France 87-82 for Tokyo title

SAITAMA, Japan (AP) — Nothing about the summer was easy for the U.S. men’s basketball team, and neither was the gold-medal game. The Americans expected nothing less. And in the end, their Olympic reign continues. Kevin Durant scored 29 points and joined Carmelo Anthony as the only three-time men’s gold medalists in Olympic history and […] → Read More

Cabbage leads Surge to win

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – The Wind Surge answered back from a tough loss last night by routing the Midland RockHounds, 11-4, in game four of the series. Trey Cabbage tallied 5 RBIs on the night to backup Chris Vallimont’s strong outing. Wichita flipped the script from last night as they were the ones to score four […] → Read More

Competitive Drive: Hesston native invited to train for chance to be on Olympic bobsled team

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – The closest that Hesston native Ryan Schadler has ever gotten to bobsledding is pushing a sled on turf in the middle of a Kansas summer. “I don’t know the difference between a driver, a break guy, a guy that just jumps in and hangs on,” admitted Schadler, a former University of […] → Read More