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Still in search of their first win, the Parsons Vikings came painstakingly close on Friday night as they lost in three overtimes to the Fort Scott Tigers, 63-56.

ALTAMONT — Prolific scoring nights from Javon Grant and Gavyn Elkamill pushed the Pittsburg Purple Dragons past the Labette County Grizzlies on Friday night by a score of 61-29 in SEK League action.

INDEPENDENCE — A defensive slugfest greeted the undefeated Parsons Vikings back from winter break. While the Vikings’ offense was held well under its season average, the final result maintained the status quo as Parsons defeated the Independence Bulldogs 41-32.

ERIE — A free throw with less than a second on the clock from Cherryvale’s Landon Bennett gave the Chargers a thrilling 51-50 win over the Erie Red Devils on Tuesday night.

ST. PAUL — In the first local basketball action of 2020, the second-ranked Olpe Eagles came south and beat the St. Paul Indians 42-29 on Friday night.

ST. PAUL — A stagnant offensive night for the St. Paul Indians led to a blowout loss to the Olpe Eagles on Friday night. St. Paul fell to Olpe 68-42 in both teams’ first game back from winter break.

Anthony Albertini, a graduate of St. Paul High School who was a Shrine Bowl selection after guiding the Indians to a state championship appearance in 2017, has established a firm footing on the Pittsburg State Gorillas’ football roster as a walk on. 

WEBB CITY — At an IHOP in Joplin well into the hours of the night on Saturday, a family celebrating two birthdays found themselves serenaded in song by a celebratory Parsons Vikings squad that had just beat Webb City 71-66 in the 4 States Challenge at Webb City, securing a perfect 7-0 start …

COFFEYVILLE — Playing the role of dragon slayers two nights ago, the Parsons Vikings followed up Wednesday’s win over Pittsburg with a 68-45 drubbing of the Coffeyville Golden Tornado on Friday night.

ERIE — The Erie Red Devils girls overcame a 12-point deficit in the first half on Friday night to defeat the Oswego Indians 37-30 in both teams' final game before winter break.

CHERRYVALE — In a rematch of last year’s sub-state championship that sent a resurgent Cherryvale Chargers team home for the summer, the same heartbreak made its way into Montgomery County on Tuesday as the Columbus Titans beat Cherryvale 41-39 in overtime.

CHERRYVALE — The collective proved stronger than the individual on Tuesday night as the Cherryvale Chargers overcame another prolific scoring night from Patrick Cassidy of the Columbus Titans to win 73-62.

ST. PAUL — Stagnant offense and foul trouble doomed the St. Paul Indians on Friday as they fell to the Columbus Titans 40-28, giving the Indians their first loss on the season and the Titans the championship of the St. Paul Early Season Tournament.

ST. PAUL — Behind a career-high 29 points from Kaleb Lemmons, the St. Paul Indians ran away from the Chetopa Green Hornets in the opening game of the St. Paul Early Season Tournament, 67-35.

TOWANDA — It took her three tries dating back to last season, but Labette County Grizzlies girls head coach Kristi Snider notched her 400th career win on Tuesday as the Grizzlies blew out Mulvane 47-15 in the first game of the T-Bird Classic in Towanda.

YATES CENTER — Despite being on the hook for 21 fouls, the Cherryvale Chargers’ depth overwhelmed the Oswego Indians en route to a 59-30 first round win to open the Wildcat Winter Classic on Monday night.

YATES CENTER — With both the Cherryvale Chargers and Oswego Indians seeking their first win of the year, Cherryvale fended off a feisty Oswego squad to win the first round of the Wildcat Winter Classic in Yates Center on Monday night, 76-51.

TOWANDA — Coming off a win over the defending 3A state champions, the Parsons Vikings followed up with a 79-62 victory over Collegiate, the top-ranked 3A school in the KBCA polls, in the first game of the T-Bird Classic at Towanda on Monday.

ALTAMONT — Kristi Snider will have to wait at least one more game for her 400th career victory as the Labette County Grizzlies lost their season opener to Clearwater on Friday night, 49-37.

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.