Golden Shoe award
Labette Community College sophomore Lacie Cook was recognized Tuesday by the National Fastpitch Coaches’ Association for her efforts in her freshman campaign at LCC with the 2011 Golden Shoe Award.
The NFCA Golden Shoe Award is presented annually to the top base stealer from an NFCA member institution in all divisions of NCAA, NAIA, NJCAA, Cal JC, NWAACC and high school, according to a press release from the NFCA.
In the 2011 season, Cook hel...
Senior golf tour stops in Parsons
Just under a month removed from its last trip to Parsons, the SEK Senior Tour returned Thursday morning and afternoon with 18 holes of golf at the Parsons Golf Club.
The tour had previously stopped in Parsons on July 21 at the Katy Golf Club.
Forty-five golfers competed in Thursday’s tournament.
The round of 18 holes was split by a lunch in the middle of the day. After beginning around 9:30 a.m., the round was in the books at 3:30 p.m.
PHS tennis prepares for 2011 season
By Anthony Cook
The Vikings will once again look to reclaim the Southeast Kansas League title in 2011, but this season they’ll also be doing some defending while hunting down the crown.
Four Vikings with varsity experience will try to knock off defending champion Independence, who edged out Parsons in last year’s league championships by two points.
The win put Independence’s name on the SEK title for the seventh year in a row. Th...
Youth Classic set for mid-October
ST. PAUL — Osage Hills Country Club will host the third annual Youth Outdoor Classic at the Neosho Wildlife Area on Oct. 15.
The format for this year’s classic will be slightly changed, with this year including other outdoor hunting activities such as turkey hunting, trapping and archery.
The event is free and open to anyone, with ages 8 to 15 preferred. The event will provide expert instruction on several hunting techniques.
The event will be...
Kids fishing derby lures crowd to park
Catch of the Week
By Jim Zaleski
More than 60 local children spent Saturday morning doing something other than watching TV or playing on computers and electronic games. Instead they experienced the great outdoors at the third annual Parsons Kids Fishing Derby.
Labette Creek and the Tolen Creek Walking Trail provided the backdrop and after a short ceremony that renamed the event in honor of longtime volunteer and former Kansas Department of Wi...
LCHS coaches receive honors
Two Labette County High School coaches recently made professional contributions to the KSHSAA.
LCHS volleyball coach Kristi Snider was selected to speak during the volleyball portion of the KSHSAA Coaches’ Clinic on Aug. 3 in Topeka.
Her talk was titled “What I know now, that I wish I knew then.”
Meanwhile, LCHS boys basketball coach Brad Smith was elected as first vice president of the Kansas Coaches’ Association during its meeting on Aug. 4 ...
Local bowling leagues forming
The 2011-12 bowling season is near.
The Senior Citizen League will begin the season at 9:30 a.m. Aug. 23 at Parsons Bowl.
Most of the leagues will likely start the following week. A schedule for what days and times those teams will meet throughout the season is listed below.
All leagues are in need of bowlers and teams. Anyone wanting to join a team or who has a team should call Parsons Bowl at 423-0003.
The Men’s City Association will have it...
Dolphins win division title
Eighty percent of the Parsons Dolphins Swim Team’s races were good for personal bests over the weekend at the Tri-State Conference B Division Championships in Siloam Springs, Ark.
Those low times helped Parsons capture the B Division title in the two-day competition.
The Dolphins also finished with a top individual. That honor went to swimmer Hadleigh Palmer, who won high points in the 13-14-year- old girls division.
Tri-State Conference B Di...
Organizers postpone John Daley Open
The 2011 John Daley Open Tennis Tournament scheduled for Friday and Saturday has been postponed until Aug. 12-13.
The tournament will still take place at the Forest Park tennis courts.
Youth boys will be scheduled to start at 8 a.m. on Aug. 12, while girls will begin at 9 a.m.
Adult men will play at 8 a.m. followed by adult women at 9 a.m. on Aug. 13.
The fee to enter is $8 per event and should be paid by noon Aug. 11.
If you have any questio...
2011 Labette County Fair Rodeo concludes
By Anthony Cook
OSWEGO — Night two of the 2011 Labette County Fair Rodeo is now in the books, and after another round of competitors having their shot, not much changed atop the leaderboard.
Only Marcus Kimberling of Aurora, Mo., was able to unseat a best time or score from Wednesday’s opening night with his 85 points scored in the bull riding event.
Kimberling was the only rider out of seven entrants to complete eight seconds in...
Kansas Ballerz take second at Sunflower games
The Kansas Ballerz, made up of Southeast Kansas eighth-graders, took second place in the 2011 Sunflower State games in Topeka over the weekend after finishing the eighth-grade girls A bracket at 4-1.
The Ballerz defeated Anderson County, the Lady Prospects, the Kansas Elite team out of Salina and the Kansas Hoopsters out of Kansas City.
Against the Hoopsters, the Kansas Ballerz made a last-second shot to advance to the title game to meet up wi...
Labette County Fair Rodeo begins
By Anthony Cook
OSWEGO — American Cowboy Rodeo Association and International Professional Rodeo Association riders and ropers invaded here Wednesday evening for the opening night of the 2011 Labette County Fair Rodeo.
The two-night rodeo is part of the 100th edition of the annual fair.
Cowboys and cowgirls competed in bare broncs and saddle broncs, tie-down roping, team roping, barrel races and steer wrestling before the evening...
By Anthony Cook
That was an anticlimactic end.
I’m speaking about the NFL lockout and referring to the signing of a 10-year CBA on Monday.
A few thoughts have popped into my head following the end of the lockout.
The first is, did anyone ever really worry we’d lose football?
Early on, all the scare tactics were thrown out there, but the further into the summer we found ourselves, the more expected an end to the lockout was.
It eventually got ...
Ball preps for Shrine Bowl game
By Anthony Cook
For nearly 40 years, the top football seniors in Kansas have met on the gridiron to not only test one side of the state against the other, but also to raise money for a very important cause.
This year, Parsons will be involved in that game for the first time since 2004.
Parsons High School graduate and Coffeyville Red Raven-to-be D.J. Ball is currently preparing for the 38th annual Shrine Bowl Game set for 7 p.m. ...
Parsons 14s swept at state
The Parsons Babe Ruth 14-year-old all-stars began play in the state tournament at Garden City on Friday with an 8-7 loss to Cimarron River.
Parsons led 4-0 after two innings and added to the lead with another run in the fourth, but Cimarron began chipping away in the fifth inning with a pair of runs to cut a 7-0 lead to 7-2.
Cimarron scored five runs in the top of the sixth to tie things before getting the go-ahead in the seventh and final inn...
SEK Senior Tour at Katy
The SEK Senior Tour took its annual stop at the Katy Golf Club Thursday afternoon for the 2011 Katy Golf Course Senior Tournament.
Sixty-seven golfers, up from 66 a year ago, competed in this year's tournament. Golfers completed a round of nine holes in the morning before taking lunch and finishing another nine in the afternoon for a total of 18 holes.
Dave Pawlus of Parsons was the top winner in the tourney with his handicap score of 63.
Lengthy ESPN history book worth reading
By Anthony Cook
I have a love/hate relationship with ESPN.
That was going to be the lead to this column when I started reading the book I’ll be reviewing today. It’s still the case after reading it.
Tom Shales and James Andrew Miller are the authors of “Those Guys Have All the Fun: Inside the World of ESPN,” the 700-and-some-page history of America’s, and the world’s, sports giant.
I’d go as far as to say I thoroughly ...
PBR 12s come in 2nd
Just one win separated the Parsons Babe Ruth 12-year-old all-star team from a state championship and regional tournament berth. Still, a runner-up finish isn’t too shabby.
The Parsons 12s once again finished runner-up to the Independence 12s in this year’s state tournament a week after taking second to them in the district tourney. Independence played host in both tournaments.
“I think it says a lot about the talent in the area with two SEK te...
Local man wins gold at annual state games
By Anthony Cook
It’s nice to be the best in Kansas.
A local man found that out this weekend after completing the Sunflower State Games in Topeka.
Andres Chavez-Martinez of Parsons competed in the annual games, which pit athletes of all ages and from all around the state in everything from baseball to dodgeball.
Chavez-Martinez competed in swimming this year in five total events. Of those five he gathered three bronze medals, a si...
Erie 12s take 2nd in Girard tourney
An Erie 12-year-old baseball team finished as the runner-up at this year’s Girard Legion baseball tournament held July 15-17. The tourney was sponsored by Girard Youth Activities.
Erie began pool play on Friday with a 3-2 loss to Pittsburg and a 15-1 loss to Baxter Springs.
On Saturday, Erie, who was the No. 6 seed, went up against No. 4 seed Humboldt and came away with a 10-2 victory to advance to a Sunday game with No. 1 seeded Burlington on...