Erie to host Girard Friday
By Anthony Cook
Regardless of Friday’s outcome, Erie High School will be in a much better situation entering districts this year than last.
But they wouldn’t mind getting back to .500 beforehand.
The Red Devils enter Friday’s Homecoming game against Girard (3-2) at 2-3 overall.
The chance at .500 over halfway through the season is a far cry from where the Devils were at this point last season when they were 0-5 before going into ...
PHS girls golf compete at Pitt
The Parsons High School girls golf team traveled to Pittsburg on Thursday, Sept. 27.
Due to injury, the Vikings were down to just three players and were unable to compete as a team at the varsity event.
Rachel Newland finished the day with a 102, good for fifth overall.
Allison Hudson finished just one stroke outside of the top 10 with her 108, which was good for 11th overall, but just missed the medal range.
Danica Hoose finished with a 114 t...
LCHS looks for first win Friday
By Anthony Cook
One winless team will get its first W Friday. That much is certain.
Labette County High School (0-5) will travel to Iola (0-5) Friday to compete in a Homecoming game with the Mustangs.
The taste of victory will be very sweet for the winner, and after running through the top five teams in the Southeast Kansas League in the first five weeks of the year — the Grizzlies are ready to get on the winning end.
“We need a ...
Parsons goes 4-2 at Chanute tourney
Chanute High School hosted an invitational volleyball tournament Saturday as team’s enter the final three weeks of the season.
The Comets, along with Parsons and Labette County, helped the Southeast Kansas League sweep the top three spots.
Parsons finished the tournament at 4-2, with their only losses coming against the top two teams.
“All in all the team was a little disappointed in the end result. We were anticipating playing for first place...
Hornets go 1-0 in districts
By Anthony Cook
Chetopa High School scored 14 points in the first quarter in Friday’s win. It was the worst offensive output for any quarter the rest of the way.
In short, Crest just couldn’t slow the Hornets.
CHS moved to 4-1 overall this season and more importantly 1-0 in district play with a 78-58 win over Colony-Crest. The Hornets are now 2-0 in Three Rivers League play.
The win also means Crest will have its work cut out if ...
Parsons girls win SEK tennis title
By Anthony Cook
INDEPENDENCE — It’s been six years since Parsons has had its name on the Southeast Kansas League girls tennis championship, but that dry spell is no more.
The Parsons Vikings scored more than all other eight league teams Saturday in Independence to win the SEK title.
“Last year we lost a match in the semis in a tie-breaker and that cost us the league title,” said PHS coach Jane Posch, whose team won its first Sout...
Pittsburg shuts out Grizzlies
ALTAMONT — Pittsburg High School defeated Labette County here 48-0 in a matchup between Southeast Kansas League foes.
“Pittsburg played well tonight and we struggled to get anything going on either side of the ball,” Labette County head coach Shane Holtzman said.
Pittsburg led 41-0 at halftime and scored the final TD in the third quarter.
The loss puts LCHS at 0-5 on the year.
“Hopefully these first five games have prepared us to make a run at...
Parsons MS sweeps Chanute
CHANUTE — The Parsons Middle School Vikings football team traveled to Chanute Thursday and came home with two victories.
The seventh grade won 28-0, and the eighth grade won 40-20.
In the seventh-grade game, the Vikings started slowly after fumbling a punt and a pitch on their first two possessions and the game was scoreless after one quarter. Osric Edwards and Tyler Metcalf got the Vikings on the board in the second with touchdown runs of...
LCHS competes in Pittsburg CC invite
PITSSBURG — Drew Baum and David Geren of Labette County High School swept the Pittsburg Invitational cross country meet Thursday at Four Oaks Golf Course in Pittsburg.
Labette County finished second as a team, seven points behind Paola.
LCHS got a ninth-place finish out of Seth Blackburn, a 13th-place finish out of George Langston and a 28th-place finish out of Daniel Albers.
Paola finished with 46 points overall while Labette County had 53. P...
Lady Vikings now tied for second in SEK
COLUMBUS — The Parsons High School volleyball team moved into a tie for second place in the Southeast Kansas League Thursday by winning two league matches to improve to 14-7 overall and 3-1 in the SEK.
Parsons needed only four sets total in the league triangular, which was hosted by the Columbus Titans.
The Vikings began the day with a 25-13, 25-13 victory over Iola and finished with a 25-18, 25-21 win over Columbus.
“The girls played well. It...
Columbus edges Jr. Grizzlies
14-12 Thursday in Altamont
ALTAMONT — The Labette County seventh-grade football team returned to action Thursday evening in a home game with the Columbus Titans that went in favor of the Titans 14-12.
“It really was a great game to be a part of. There were so many emotional highs and lows throughout the game. Despite coming up a little short on the scoreboard, it was clear that this group of young men never game up, and I was very proud of that,” said LCHS coach Matt Sh...
Labette County volleyball splits home triangular
ALTAMONT — Labette County High School volleyball moved to 9-10 overall and 2-2 within the Southeast Kansas League on Thursday with a split in a home triangular in Altamont.
The Lady Grizzlies defeated Independence 26-28, 27-25, 25-17 in comeback fashion but lost to Fort Scott 28-26, 22-25, 16-25.
Fort Scott is now one of just two teams to be undefeated in the SEK. At 4-0, the Tigers join Pittsburg at the top of the league. Independence is now ...
Lady Saints, Falcons meet for three volleyball matches
St. Patrick Catholic School took on Meadow View Thursday for a round of volleyball games.
The St. Pat’s B team took on the Meadow View C team and fell 13-15, 16-14, 15-10.
Allison McIntosh had four serving points and Sami Spielbush had two.
Next up was the St. Pat’s A team against the Meadow View A team in a match that Meadow View won 25-13, 25-16.
Meagan Hizey had three serving points and Jessica Bradbury and Bridget Dunlay had two each.
Class 2A, 8-man districts beginning
By Anthony Cook
Upon further review, I kind of like six-team districts.
I wasn’t a fan of the new system a few years ago when it was announced, but bigger districts in Class 2A and 8-man football have kind of grown on me.
It gives purpose to the mid-point of the season that it otherwise lacked. After the first few games of the season, teams often sleepwalk until the end of the year when the games mean ultimately more.
Parsons aims to regroup against Lancers
By Anthony Cook
Eventually, the Vikings had to take a defeat.
Less than one week removed from its first loss, Parsons High School is looking to get back on the right track.
The Vikings (3-1 overall, 3-1 SEK) will step outside of the Southeast Kansas League for the first time this evening when they host Southeast (0-4) for Homecoming. The game will complete a stretch of four home games in five weeks before the Vikings hit the road...
NCCC defeats Lady Cards 3-0
The Labette Community College volleyball team fell to 4-12 overall on Wednesday evening with a 3-0 loss to Neosho County Community College.
Neosho won the first set 25-9, the second set 25-16 and the third set 25-16.
The matchup between the two Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference teams was the first of the season.
Next up for Labette volleyball will be a trip to Coffeyville today and Saturday for four matches.
There, the Lady Cardina...
Lady Vikes win Coffeyville invite; team is 24-0 entering SEK Saturday
COFFEYVILLE — The Parsons High School tennis team finished off a perfect regular season Tuesday in Coffeyville by winning the Coffeyville Invitational.
The Vikings finished first in all four events played and moved their match record to 24-0 overall in 2011 as the team prepares for the Southeast Kansas League meet this weekend.
“This has been a great season for our girls winning every dual and tourney except the Wichita TOC. We have unarguably...
St. Paul enters districts with high hopes, new QB
By Anthony Cook
ST. PAUL — The first half of the season went about as well as could be expected for the St. Paul Indians.
The Indians went 3-1 in the weeks leading up to districts and avenged a loss to Burlingame last year. Also, St. Paul showed it’s for real in a closer-than-you’d-think 40-22 loss to Lebo in week two.
But the real test is just now at hand.
“We have played well the last couple of weeks. Hopefully some of the earl...
MS volleyball sweeps Columbus
The Parsons Middle School seventh-grade team won its final matches, and the eighth-grade team made it a sweep in Parsons Middle School’s last home volleyball games of the season Tuesday evening against Columbus.
The seventh-grade B team won its first set 25-23 and second set 25-21. Both sets were very close, but Parsons’ serves helped seal the win.
Brianna Pena had three aces, Amber Jarman, Jamie Bayless and Lexi Duncan had two aces, and Tayl...
U.S. Army, GPDA, KDWPT offer hunting opportunities
The U.S. Army, Great Plains Development Authority and the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism are working together to provide special hunt opportunities on the Kansas Army Ammunition Plant property located two miles southeast of Parsons.
Two groups of up to four quail hunters will be allowed access on the property for quail hunting on Saturday, Dec. 17. KDWPT hopes to provide a good hunting opportunity for several quail hunters. ...