By Pilar Martin
The rivalry between Sedgwick and Halstead goes back a long time, and still exists today. But a group of baseball players and their families have transcended that rivalry and made some lasting friendships, even calling each other family.
Kent Giffin started the Sedgwick Storm about five years ago. “I wanted to have a more competitive team, and had to look around at other towns to fill the roster,” said Giffin.
He said when he started recruiting Halstead players, some of the looks he received were priceless. He signed players from Halstead, Wichita andAndover to play together.
The friendships were evident when Halstead and Sedgwick high school teams met in regional play last spring. Only one of those teams could go on, and Sedgwick prevailed, going on to state. Rivals for a couple of hours, the summertime teammates visited and supported each other after the game.
This year’s roster includes Hunter Giffin and Connor Freund from Sedgwick, as well as Joseph Stovall, Layke Heimerman and Blake Beckett from Halstead. Other team members are from Andover and Wichita. The team plays in the U.S.S.S.A. under 18 league.
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