Wrestling teams set for regional
By Jason Peake
The season is on the line this weekend for area high school wrestlers.
The Parsons Vikings and Labette County Grizzlies will be competing at the Pittsburg Class 4A Regional.
The top four in each weight class will advance to state, while the season will end for those who don’t.
The tourney begins on Friday afternoon and wraps up Saturday night at Pittsburg High School.
Teams competing at Pittsburg are the ...
Vikings headed to state swim meet
Five members of the Parsons High School swim team will compete at the 2013 Class 5-4-3-2-1A State Swimming & Diving Championships on Friday in Topeka. Tanner Smith, John Ray, Chris Thompson, Brady DeMerrit and Matthew Mosier will be representing PHS at state. “This is the largest group of qualifiers that Parsons has sent to the boys state championships,” PHS Coach Susan Simmons said. “The boys have worked very hard this season and will do we...
Prep hoops season winding down
By Jason Peake
It may be hard to believe, but the final games of the regular season are quickly approaching for high school basketball teams.
The regular season ends on Friday, Jan. 22.
The sub-state will be seeded on Wednesday, Jan. 20.
Let’s take a quick look at the Independence Class 4A Sub-State, with first round match-ups in mind.
If the sub-state was seeded today, Chanute’s girls would be the top seed and would ...
Grizzlies sign with Fort Scott
Two Labette County High School seniors signed their letters of intent on Wednesday to play football for Fort Scott Community College. Stuart Gatewood, son of Kristy Hamilton, and Cole Reazin, son of Richard and Kim Reazin, both made it official with a signing ceremony at LCHS on Wednesday. Also pictured is LCHS Coach Jesse Ybarra.
Reazin was a two-year starter and two-time all-SEK selection at linebacker.
Gatewood was also a two-year starter...
Pictured is the Altamont Middle School girls basketball team. The Lady Eagles went undefeated on the season at 16-0. In back row, are Riley Bebb, Jessica Brooks, Coach Lori Green, Addie Smith, Maria Payne, Taylor Nelson and Kara Moon. In middle row are Katelyn Helwig, Piper Phillips, Michaiah Reynolds, Sierra Wilson and Reid Hentzen. In front row are Paige March and Tristan Gegg.
LCHS splits with Indy
INDEPENDENCE — The Labette County Grizzlies fought hard for the last three quarters, but they dug a hole in the first that proved to be too deep.
The Independence Bulldogs used a 20-2 run in the opening quarter of the Southeast Kansas League high school basketball game to beat the Grizzlies 46-39 Tuesday night.
The early-game debacle ended with Indy ahead 20-6 at the end of the opener. The Grizzlies battled back, holding the Bulldogs to 26 poi...
Fort Scott blows out Lady Vikes
By Jason Peake
FORT SCOTT — The Fort Scott High School girls basketball team showed why they're in first place in the SEK League.
The host Tigers blew out the visiting Parsons Vikings 52-27 on Tuesday night.
With a tough inside-outside offensive attack, Fort Scott simply had too much firepower for the Vikings.
Parsons Coach Bridgette Kendricks said her team just didn't play well enough to compete with a talented squad.
Parsons boys lose to Fort Scott
By Jason Peake
FORT SCOTT — The Parsons Vikings were likely feeling a sense of deja vu on Tuesday night.
For the second time this season, the Vikings were in a close game with the Fort Scott Tigers.
And for the second time, the Vikings ended up on the losing end.
Fort Scott made all of the plays down the stretch in a 41-34 win over Parsons on Tuesday in SEK League play.
"They did what it took to win," Parsons Coach Mike ...
Labette dominates wrestling regional, Cards advance to nationals
By Jason Peake
The road to a repeat has begun.
The Labette Community College wrestling team dominated the field in taking first place at the 2013 NJCAA West/Central District Regional Tournament at Pratt on Saturday.
The all-day meet is the qualifier for the national tournament. The defending national champs had all 10 of their wrestlers qualify for the national tournament, a good sign that a repeat is possible.
CARDS COME UP SHORT
By Jason Peake
The Labette Cardinals were unable to get it done in crunch time, and the Independence Pirates held on late for an 82-81 win on Saturday in Jayhawk East men’s basketball action.
The back and forth nail-biter went down to the wire, but the host Cardinals were unable to score on their final three chances in the final seconds, and the Pirates escaped with a road victory.
LCC Head Coach Jonathan Raney admitted ...
Altamont Lady Eagles finish perfect season
The Altamont Middle School Lady Eagles completed a perfect 16-0 season by defeating Edna in the title game of the USD 506 Tournament on Saturday.
The Lady Eagles beat Bartlett 61-12 in the first round. Tristan Gegg scored 23 points, and had nine steals and seven assists. Reid Hentzen added 16 points and had four steals, while Maria Payne had eight points.
In the title game, Altamont beat Edna 46-24.
The Eagles led 16-0 at the end of the first...
Chargers, Red Devils fare well at Tri-Valley League tourney
EUREKA — The Cherryvale and Erie High School wrestling teams had several individuals place at the Tri-Valley League Wrestling Championships over the weekend.
Caney Valley was the team champion. Cherryvale was second in the team standings, with Fredonia third. Burlington, Eureka and Erie rounded out the field.
Erie’s Jordan Turner took first place at 285 pounds, and Jared Hartzell was second at 106. Josh Forbes was third at 170,...
Free throws lead Indy women past LCC
By Jason Peake
It’s hard to make a comeback when the opposing team is continually at the foul line.
This was evident on Saturday, as the Labette Community College women’s basketball team battled Independence.
The visiting Lady Pirates made 14 of 25 free throws in the second half to hold off the Lady Cardinals in a 67-52 win over LCC.
The Lady Pirates shot 33 free throws for the game, with 25 coming in the second half whe...
McClenning, Mildfelt earn titles at Men's City bowling tourney
The Men’s City Bowling Tournament finished up this past weekend.
The winning team was Thomas Implement, with a score of 3374 holding up.
Last week’s top score in singles held up, as Mitch McClenning’s 782 was good for first place. Tom Mildfelt won the coveted Scratch All Events with 2013 and Curtis Wolgamott won the Handicap All Events with 2164.
The doubles winners were Curtis Wolgamott and Larry Gatewood, who rolled a 1464.
Men’s City fi...
Ginn signs with LCC
Ginn signs with LCC softball
Morgan Ginn of Arlington, Kentucky has signed to play softball for Labette Community College. A pitcher, Morgan is the daughter of Scott and Kimberly Ginn. Her family has ties to Parsons. Morgan said she’s wanted to be a college softball pitcher since she was eight-years-old.
“The thing we are most proud of is that she has never given up and has continuously worked hard to achieve her goal,” her father Scott sta...
LCC softball goes 1-5 in Texas
FORT WORTH, Tex.— The Labette Community College women’s softball team dropped three games over the weekend at the Cowtown Classic in Fort Worth, Texas.
Odessa College defeated Labette 7-2. Lauren Inman had both RBIs for the Cards. Emilee Vance had three hits and scored a run, while Mattie Kesner had two hits. Sierra Kemp scored a run and had one hit, and Taylor Kemp had one hit. Jessica Vasquez pitched all seven innings, and took the loss. She...
Erie teams earn Homecoming victories
ERIE — The Cherryvale High School girls basketball team couldn’t recover from a sputtering start on Friday night, and the Erie girls took advantage, getting a 55-45 homecoming win.
The Lady Chargers scored just two points in the opening quarter while the Lady Red Devils tallied nine. By halftime, it was 22-11 Erie. Erie maintained a lead for the entire game, going up 19 at the end of the third quarter 42-23. Cherryvale came back within single ...
Oswego teams split with Crest
OSWEGO — The Oswego Indians fell behind early in a Three Rivers League high school basketball game on Friday night and lost to Crest of Colony 57-36.
The Indians found themselves in a 20-6 hole after the opening quarter. They outscored the Lancers 18-13 in the second to close the gap a little, but Crest padded its lead in the third quarter before coasting to the win.
Sophomore Kel Yeoman led the Indians in scoring with 14 points, making all fo...
St. Paul teams cruise to wins over Altoona
BUFFALO — The St. Paul Indians pretty much wrapped up its win against Altoona-Midway with a big second quarter Friday night in a Three-Rivers League high school basketball matchup.
The Indians led the Jets 12-5 after the first quarter, but they outscored Altoona 20-4 in the second. St. Paul cruised to the 58-24 win in the second half.
Senior Jake O’Brien scored a team-high 12 points for St. Paul, all from the field. Paul Schibi and Austin O’Br...