Chavez recognized by PHS
Parsons High School Athletic Director Trevor Addis presents a plaque to Mike Chavez on Tuesday night before the PHS vs. Pittsburg boys basketball game in recognition of Chavez’s service to PHS as a color man on KLKC radio alongside Steve Lardy. This is the 21st season that Chavez has called Viking sporting events. Lardy was also recognized with a plaque for his 29 years of work on the radio.
Vikes lose to Dragons
By Jason Peake
On an unusual night that featured a little bit of everything, the end result was pretty typical for the Parsons Vikings.
Despite Senior Night festivities, an appearance by an NFL quarterback, a home finale for a local radio personality, Hawaiian shirts during warm-ups, not to mention a brief power outage and even a missing referee, the final outcome seemed pretty normal for the Vikings.
Despite several opp...
Erie girls win
ERIE — The Erie Lady Red Devils had little trouble getting past Southeast in a non-league matchup Tuesday night, winning 66-49.
Bret McGuire led Erie in scoring with 19 points. Kailey Cleaver had 17 points, and Chrisana Maurer added nine.
"I thought we played a great basketball game tonight. We really executed a game plan and made changes when we needed to. Our second half was a great half of basketball," Coach Brianna Volmer said.
Erie will h...
Oswego boys defeat Chetopa
CHETOPA — Oswego defeated Chetopa's boys 52-47 in overtime in a Three Rivers League showdown here Tuesday night.
Chetopa, which was ranked sixth in a recent Class 1A D-II poll, now drops to 5-1 in the league and 11-5 overall. The Green Hornets will host Tyro Christian on Friday.
Oswego dominated the game early. The Indians built a narrow margin, 9-7, after one quarter and built that up to a 22-16 advantage at halftime. But the Green Hornets ba...
PHS girls lose to Pittsburg
By Jason Peake
An explosive third quarter run propelled Pittsburg past the Parsons High School girls basketball team 51-38 on Tuesday night at Harold C. Johnson Gymnasium.
The Purple Dragons led by 12 at halftime, but blew the game open by exploding for 21 points in the key third period.
"That third quarter kind of killed us," Parsons Coach Bridgette Kendricks said after the loss.
The Dragons got hoop after hoop at poi...
Cherryvale boys lose in OT
CHERRYVALE — The Cherryvale Lady Chargers fell to ninth-ranked Caney Valley by 10 points on Tuesday night.
Cherryvale was down by just three after the first quarter, but a poor showing in the second quarter led to a 34-20 Caney haftime lead. The Chargers outscored the Lady Bullpups by four in the second half but still lost 51-41.
Cherryvale Coach David Smedly said the Bullpups made an adjustment in the second half to capture the big lead.
LCHS boys lose to Coffeyville
COFFEYVILLE — The Labette County Grizzlies had a lead late in regulation but lost in overtime to Field Kindley of Coffeyville Tuesday night in a battle of top 10 teams.
Despite losing at Fort Scott on Friday, the Grizzlies moved up to seventh place in Class 4A state rankings while Coffeyville went into the game ranked No. 10 by the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association.
LCHS Coach Brad Smith said the Grizzlies were up by two but threw the ball...
Radio guys recognized
Steve Lardy and Mike Chavez of KLKC radio were recognized before the boys game for their longtime service to PHS.PHS grad Shaun Hill of the NFL's Detroit Lions showed up as part of the surprise ceremony, and PHS AD Trevor Addis also participated in recognizing the radio guys. After Addis presented a plaque to Chavez, Hill walked into the gym to present Lardy with a plaque. The two hugged and shared a laugh.
This is Lardy's 29th season doing P...
Pittsburg sweeps Parsons
Pittsburg swept SEK League games from Parsons on Tuesday night.
In the girls game, Pittsburg won 51-38.
Pittsburg won the boys game 49-37.
Full stories coming soon.
FROM ST. PAUL TO PITT STATE
By Jason Peake
Morgan Westhoff heard the whispers.
“I think some people thought since I was from such a small school I’d probably just sit the bench,” Westhoff said of her college decision.
The doubters have now been silenced.
A graduate of St. Paul High School, Westhoff is making a nice contribution to the Pittsburg State University women’s basketball team.
Of course, the jump from Class 1A basketball to NCAA Division...
Final home game is here for Vikings
By Jason Peake
For the seniors of the Parsons High School basketball teams, the last home game of their careers has arrived.
Parsons hosts Pittsburg tonight at Harold C. Johnson Gymnasium, with the varsity girls playing at 6 p.m. and the boys following.
It will be Senior Night for the Lady Vikings and Vikings. It’s the last home date of the season, as well, as both teams will be on the road in the first round of the pla...
LCC men top Cavs in overtime
OVERLAND PARK— For the fifth time this season, the Labette Community College men’s basketball team won an overtime game.
Labette’s men pulled out a 79-78 win over Johnson County in OT on Saturday night.
With the win, the Cardinals improved to 13-9 overall and 7-3 in the Jayhawk East.
“It was a pretty scrappy effort by the guys to go on the road — once again when not playing our best basketball — and get a win,” LCC Coach Jonathan Raney said.
Grizzlies, Chargers wrestle at Circle
TOWANDA — Labette County and Cherryvale’s high school wrestling teams competed at the Circle Thunderbird Invite on Saturday.
Michael Parker won the fifth place match at 120 pounds by pinning John Brunner of Remington.
Dalton Wiley won the fifth place match at 160 by default over Scott Whitson of Buhler, and Dakota Lewis took fifth at 220, also winning by default.
Skyler Mullies ended up sixth at 113 pounds, dropping the fifth pla...
Fix, Dodd lead PHS wrestling at Thunderbird Invite
TOWANDA — Third place finishes by Andrew Fix and Keenan Dodd were the main highlights for the Parsons High School wrestling team at the 23rd Thunderbird Invitational at Circle High School on Saturday.
“I thought as a team we actually did very well,” Parsons Coach Chris Ball said. “Several of our guys, even though they didn’t gets wins, showed great improvement compared to earlier this season.”
A PHS junior, Fix won the third place match at 126...
Erie drops both games at Burlington
BURLINGTON — The Erie Lady Red Devils struggled on the road against undefeated Burlington on Friday night, losing 70-28 against the top-ranked team in 3A.
Bret McGuire totaled 11 points to lead Erie in scoring. She had two of the team’s three three-pointers and made three of four free throws. McGuire also led the team in rebounds with eight. Chrisana Maurer added nine points.
Erie, 8-6 on the season, will play Southeast at home on Tuesday.
St. Paul, Oswego split
ST. PAUL — The Oswego Indians edged out the St. Paul Indians on Friday night, 53-50.
St. Paul had a three-point advantage at 13-10 after the opening quarter, but Oswego scored 22 points in the second quarter, when the team made three of its four three-pointers. Oswego led 32-29 at halftime. St. Paul didn’t recover from Oswego’s big second quarter. Both teams scored 21 points in the second half.
Tag Oldham and Brant Yeoman both scored 14 points...
Chargers win at home vs. Fredonia
CHERRYVALE — The Cherryvale Chargers battled back in the fourth quarter to force overtime with Fredonia on Friday night and then outscored the Yellowjackets by eight for the win.
The Chargers found themselves in a hole as the first quarter ended with Fredonia up 14-8, but they put together an 18-point second quarter to take a 26-24 lead into halftime. Fredonia then ended the third quarter with a two-point lead, but Cherryvale tied it up before...
Chetopa boys stay perfect in league
COLONY — The Chetopa Green Hornets remained perfect in the Three Rivers League here Friday with a 62-55 road win against Crest.
Chetopa cruised to a 15-7 lead after the first quarter and built a 32-20 lead at halftime.
Chetopa boys Coach Dennis Orns said the team played very good defense and was effective in shutting down Crest’s scoring leader Kyle Hammond. Orns said the Green Hornets kept Hammond to seven points in the first half. Hammond en...
Grizzlies drop 2 at Fort Scott
FORT SCOTT — Labette County struggled on offense here Friday night and lost to Fort Scott 38-34.
The Labette County girls lost to the Lady Tigers 60-48.
The Grizzly boys played better in the first half and carried a 20-18 lead into the locker room at halftime. Fort Scott outscored the visiting Grizzlies 20-14 in the second half to gain the win.
“We got off to a slow start. We had way too many missed opportunities in the first quarter,” LCHS bo...
Shelton leads Lady Vikings vs. Indy
By Jason Peake
A solid effort was not quite enough for the Parsons Lady Vikings.
Independence knocked off the Parsons High School girls basketball team 51-41 on Friday night at Harold C. Johnson Gymnasium, spoiling the team’s Homecoming game.
The Lady Vikings stayed close with the Lady Bulldogs throughout the contest. But while the Vikings were within striking distance throughout the SEK League game, the hosts could neve...