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PITTSBURG — As education budgets tighten across the country, there’s an increased scrutiny as to justifying the existence of junior college athletic programs, with an added emphasis on football.

Any fears that the No. 15 Labette Cardinals would overlook Washburn JV, which came into Monday night’s game with two wins over Labette’s KJCCC sister school Fort Scott, were quickly quelled as the Cardinals ran away with an 81-44 victory.

Labette men’s basketball has now iced out a four-game losing streak with a four-game winning streak following Monday’s 110-55 win over Ottawa JV. 

Playing its second JV opponent in as many nights, the Labette Cardinals routed Oklahoma Wesleyan JV 104-65 to wrap up a men’s and women’s basketball doubleheader on Friday night.

In Labette’s first matchup against a JV team this season, the 15th-ranked Cardinals flew past Oklahoma Wesleyan JV 92-49 on Friday night.

Two days after snapping a four-game losing streak with a win over Rhema Bible College, the Labette Cardinals are now on a two-game winning streak and back at .500 following Thursday night’s home-opening 122-70 win over Sterling JV.

GREYSON, Texas — A trip south left the No. 14 Labette Cardinals with two losses on the drive back north as they fell to a pair of Division I foes over the weekend at the Greyson Classic in Texas.

HUTCHINSON — The Labette Cardinals, who won two straight games to start the season, are now riding a two-game losing streak following a pair of losses to Division I opponents Barton and No. 7 Hutchinson over the weekend.

ST. PAUL — The St. Paul Indians, still perfect on the season at 9-0, are seeking a berth into the 8-Man II quarterfinals for the fourth year in a row on Saturday. Standing in their way are the Waverly Bulldogs, who will travel to St. Paul for a Friday night playoff matchup.

Angel Williams needed a resurrection. 

IOLA — Twenty-three points from transfer sophomore guard Tyler Garrett, coupled with the second double-double from Toraze Dobbs in as many games this season, helped Labette elevate past Allen 77-73 in the Red Devil Classic finale on Saturday evening.

DODGE CITY — An injury to star outside hitter Brali Conard left Chetopa shorthanded in the KSHSAA 1A State Tournament as the second-seeded Green Hornets went 0-3 in pool play, ending their season.

IOLA – A double-double from Toraze Dobbs and a stat-filling performance from point guard Makiyah Jones fueled the Labette Cardinal’s season-opening 100-61 blowout of MCC-Penn Valley on Friday at the Red Devil Classic in Iola.

For the first four years of Jerrod Stanford’s tenure as head coach of Labette men’s basketball, the Cardinals were constantly hitting the reset button to start the year. The most returning sophomores Stanford ever had on one team was two.

CHETOPA — Now that history has been made, the Chetopa Green Hornets volleyball team now faces the task of living up to its seeding at the KSHSAA 1A State Volleyball Tournament in Dodge City on Friday.

Below are the projected Week 9 matchups for the Parsons Sun area schools. Labette County, Cherryvale and St. Paul will advance to the postseason while Parsons, Erie, Oswego and Chetopa will play consolation games as they did not qualify for the playoffs.

ALTAMONT — Chanute’s sideline left Altamont as jubilant champions of the SEK League, while the Labette County sideline felt like it let a title slip away on Friday night’s regular season finale.

For three quarters, the Parsons Vikings went toe-to-toe with the Caney Valley Bullpups. Parsons held a lead through most of the game and looked poised to clinch a playoff berth.

ALTAMONT — Coming off an emotional high after beating Fort Scott in overtime, the hangover for the Labette County Grizzlies hit on homecoming Friday night as the Grizzlies fell to previously winless Wellington 21-0 in Week 6.

While the Parsons Vikings’ 2019 campaign hasn’t quite lived up to the turnaround season a year ago, the Vikings oddly enough find themselves in the exact same place they were a year ago — 1-1 in district play with three games left in the regular season and in control of their own destiny.