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HUTCHINSON — Parsons graduate Tanner Barcus started at defensive back for the East squad in the 2021 Kansas Shrine Bowl on Saturday at Gowans Stadium in Hutchinson.

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ST. PAUL — Nestled in the corner of a barn that houses a family’s fleet of tractors and a combine is a makeshift weight room. Lacking any bells and whistles, a single weight bench and limited equipment has produced Gennie Vitt, a 16-year-old in rural St. Paul who has become the best youth po…

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WICHITA — Mariah Monroy wrapped up one of the most decorated athletic careers in Cherryvale history on Friday as she took third in the Class 3A triple jump at the KSHSAA State Track and Field Championships.

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TOPEKA — A state debut — a year late thanks to the pandemic — was overdue and well worth the wait for Labette County sophomore Sidni Meister, who captured the KSHSAA 5-1A championship in the 100-yard backstroke on Saturday at Hummer Sports Complex in Topeka.

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Eight Labette Cardinals softball players earned All-KJCCC honors for the 2021 season. Chloee Sams, Winter Snyder, Morgan Schmidt and Labette County High School graduate Jadeyn Wyrick were among those that earned the coveted first team selection.

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For the third straight season dating back to the spring of 2018, the Parsons Vikings softball team suffered a winless campaign in 2021.

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PITTSBURG — The Chanute boys and girls swept the SEK League track and field titles at Thursday’s league meet in Pittsburg, winning the girls team division with 109.5 points and the boys standings with 174.5 points.

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ERIE — The Cherryvale Chargers boys track team won the Tri-Valley League title on Thursday, registering 120 points to squeak by Caney Valley with the meet held at Erie High School.

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PRYOR, Okla. — Murray State, the only unranked team in the field at the NJCAA Region VI District A Tournament this past weekend, stormed through the bracket and denied the No. 10 Labette Cardinals’ bid at a fourth-ever trip to the national tournament.

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FREDONIA — Needing just one win to secure at least a share of the Tri-Valley League title on Thursday, the Cherryvale Chargers ended up dropping both games to Fredonia 5-2, 11-1. That allowed the Yellowjackets to earn their share of the league title and snapped an 11-game winning streak Cher…

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CANEY — The Erie Red Devils boys golf team captured the Tri-Valley League title on Monday. Erie won the Tri-Valley Invitational with a team score of 418 strokes, three ahead of second place finisher Caney Valley. It’s the first-ever Tri-Valley League title for the Erie boys golf team in scho…

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INDEPENDENCE — Zach Spriggs of Parsons continued his climb up the ladder on Friday, following up his SEK League singles title with a KSHSAA 4A Regional singles championship to punch his ticket to the state tournament.

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CHERRYVALE — Athletes from eight schools took part in the Cherryvale Invitational on Thursday, with Cherryvale’s boys and girls both winning first place in the team standings. 

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INDEPENDENCE — Two years removed from a second place finish at the SEK League Tennis Championships, Zach Spriggs of Parsons finally fulfilled a destiny as the senior star won the league’s singles title on Thursday in Independence.

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ALTAMONT — The girls side of the Labette County sports equation has dominated this season. The volleyball and girls basketball teams both earned SEK League titles and berths to the KSHSAA Class 4A State Tournament.

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COLUMBUS — Five different classifications from two different states were present at the Columbus Invitational track and field meet on Monday.

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Two SEK League golf meets took place over the week, with the Fort Scott Invitational on Monday and the Parsons Invitational on Wednesday at the Katy Golf Course.

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COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa — A top 15 finish with two All-Americans is what the Labette Cardinals wrestling program brought back from the NJCAA national tournament, held on Wednesday and Thursday.