Blue Comets gain valuable experience
Tribune staff VALLEY CENTER—The Chanute High School wrestling team took seventh place at the Valley Center Dual Tournament on Saturday. The tournament features some of the top teams in Kansas. Derby won the tourney and Valley Center was second. Emporia was third, with Clay Center fourth. For Chanute, junior Tim Wrestler went undefeated on the day at 119 pounds, going 5-0. Sophomore Sam Son, junior Troy Clark and junior Felix Santillano all...
NCCC women win fourth-straight
Jason Peake Tribune Sports Editor CHANUTE—The Neosho County Community College women’s basketball team overcame a nine-point deficit and raced past Highland 84-80 on Saturday afternoon at the Panthers Gymnasium. With the win, Neosho County improved to 2-0 in the Jayhawk East and 4-6 overall. It was the fourth-straight win for the Panthers, as well. Kristin Aldridge scored 27 points and grabbed nine rebounds for the Panthers. Bjonee Reaves...
Panthers shut down Scotties
Jason Peake Tribune Sports Editor CHANUTE—Defense was once again the difference for the Neosho County Community College men’s basketball team. Neosho County handled Highland 92-75 on Saturday afternoon at the Panthers Gym. With a trapping, full-court press, the Panthers held the Scotties to just 28 points in the first half in building a comfortable lead they would never relinquish. “I think our guys are buying into playing defense,” Neos...
Royster girls second at Burlington tourney
BURLINGTON—The Royster Middle School eighth grade girls basketball team took second place at the Burlington Tournament on Saturday.
In the championship game, Burlington edged Royster 30-29 in double overtime.
Burlington came into the game undefeated and the Rockets gave them a battle.
Royster Coach Steve Slane said the title game was one he’ll always remember.
“The championship game was one of the most enjoyable games I’ve been i...
Area hoops roundup
Tribune staff NEODESHA — A young Humboldt club got its feet wet on the road Friday with a 47-29 victory over Neodesha. Three freshman were in the seven-man rotation and 6-4 frosh Noah Thornbrugh was the top rebounder with 13 and second-leading scorer with 14. Tevin Strack, 6-1 senior, led the Cubs with 19 points. The defense was stingy as Humboldt led 23-10 at the half. Neody outscored the Cubs 12-7 in the third quarter before Humboldt clos...
Blue Comets let one slip away
Jason Peake Tribune Sports Editor INDY—It’s safe to say the Chanute Blue Comets may be shooting a lot of free throws over the next few days. The Blue Comets missed eight free throws late in the game and the Independence Bulldogs took full advantage. With those extra opportunities, Independence pulled off a 58-51 come from behind win over Chanute in overtime on Friday night at Independence Middle School’s Losey Gym in the 2009-10 season ope...
Bulldogs hold off Blue Comets
Jason Peake Tribune Sports Editor INDY—A buzzer-beater at the end of the first quarter gave the Independence Bulldogs all of the momentum—and they never gave it up. Led by Kelby McGrath’s 31 points, Independence defeated Chanute 54-46 on Friday night at Independence Middle School’s Losey Gym in the first game of the 2009-10 season. The game was tied at nine when McGrath hit a 30-footer at the first quarter buzzer. The shot seemed to defla...
Panthers earn 'emotional' win over 'Hounds
Jason Peake Tribune Sports Editor FORT SCOTT—The storylines were numerous. A former coach was taking on the current coach, while a former player was going up against her former team. In the end, the Neosho County Community College women’s basketball team pulled out a 91-84 come-from-behind win over the Fort Scott Greyhounds on Wednesday night at Arnold Arena. The Panthers simply made the plays down the stretch to pull out the win, offensi...
Defense leads Panthers to victory
Jason Peake Tribune Sports Editor FORT SCOTT — Using defense to create offense, the Neosho County Community College men’s basketball team raced past Fort Scott 80-63 on Wednesday night at Arnold Arena. The Panthers forced 22 turnovers, grabbed 12 steals and converted many of those miscues into easy hoops in transition. “For us, it always starts with defense,” Neosho County Coach Jeremy Coombs said. “As the year goes on, I think our press i...
CHS wrestling: tough tourney awaits
Jason Peake Tribune Sports Editor Some of the top wrestling teams in the state will be competing at the Valley Center Dual Tournament this weekend. The Chanute Blue Comets will be among them. The Comets will compete at the always-tough tourney on Saturday. Host Valley Center is currently the top ranked team in Class 4A. Other tops teams competing at the tourney are Emporia, the defending 5A champ; Derby, ranked first in 6A; Clay Center,...
Season begins on Friday for CHS hoops
Tribune Sports Editor
The quest for a league title begins on Friday night for the Chanute High School girls basketball team.
The Blue Comets will hit the road to take on the Independence Bulldogs in the 2009-10 season-opener.
The girls game starts at 6 p.m. at the old Independence Middle School gym.
Chanute Coach Megan Reid feels her team is just about ready to go.
“The attitudes and work ethic have been great in practice,” Reid sa...
Royster girls knock off Pittsburg
Tribune staff The Royster Middle School eighth grade girls A basketball team defeated Pittsburg 33-20 on Tuesday night. “They beat us earlier in the year and we did some good things,” RMS Coach Steve Slane said. “We played more under control and we will have to continue doing that with the opponents we have coming up. As you can see, the scoring was balanced and we did a good job of playing around some people getting in foul trouble. Overall...
Comets too much for Yellowjackets
Jason Peake Tribune Sports Editor CHANUTE—Andy Albright admitted he was extremely nervous as his Chanute High School wrestling team stepped on to the mat for the first time this season. He didn’t need to be. The Blue Comets earned win after win against Fredonia on Tuesday night at the CHS Gymnasium. When the night ended, Chanute had earned a 48-21 win. The Class 3A Yellowjackets were overmatched in a few matches, but for the most part, g...
Erie boys have high expectations
Anthony Cook Parsons Sun Mike Casteel, head coach of the Erie High School basketball team, knows that the high expectations for his team mean nothing at this point. The Red Devils were recently predicted to finish third in the CNC League in its preseason poll. However, the pollsters haven’t done a good job of evaluating the school’s basketball team in the past. “We know it means absolutely nothing right now,” said Casteel. The eighth-year ...
New coach set to lead Erie girls
The hardwood is a familiar place for Erie High School girls basketball first-year head coach Briana Volmer.
Volmer, a graduate and standout center for the Labette County High School Grizzlies, most recently played college basketball at Missouri Southern State University. Her first head coaching experience in basketball will come Friday evening when the Red Devils take on Baxter Springs.
The team is previously coming of...
Chanute will compete at Labette County Sub-State
Tribune staff The Chanute High School basketball teams will compete at the Labette County Class 4A Sub-State this year. Teams competing at LCHS are the host Grizzlies, Chanute, Coffeyville, Columbus, Girard, Independence, Iola and Parsons. Sub-State tournaments begin on March 1, 2010. Area teams Erie is at the Eureka Sub-State in Class 3A, while Humboldt will compete at the Class 2A Sub-State at Oswego. St. Paul and Altoona-Midway are at...
Panthers fall to Cloud County at T-Bird Classic
Tribune staff CONCORDIA—Cloud County defeated the Neosho County Community College men’s basketball team 76-63 on Friday night at the Thunderbird Thanksgiving Classic. The Panthers fell to 5-3 on the season with the loss. Neosho County struggled from the field, making just 30 percent of its field goals (17 of 56). Cloud made 44 percent of its shots from the field, won the turnover battle and also got a bigger contribution from its bench. The...
High school football: State champs crowned
State champs were crowned in football on Saturday across the state. Below is a glance at each game. Class 6A—Olathe North 37, Wichita Heights 3 TOPEKA (AP) — James Franklin ran for three touchdowns as Olathe North beat Wichita Heights 37-3 to win the Kansas Class 6A title. It was Olathe North’s eighth championship and fourth this decade, but its first since 2003. Class 5A—Hutchinson 52, Gardner-Edgerton 14 EMPORIA (AP) — Running back Dev...
CHS GIRLS BASKETBALL: EXPECTATIONS ARE HIGH
Jason Peake Tribune Sports Editor The Chanute Blue Comets hope experience will equal excellence. Nine returning letterwinners and four returning starters will make up the 2009-10 Chanute High School girls basketball team. However, the Blue Comets will start the season with three returning starters, as junior guard Amy Weilert is out of action recovering from a knee injury. Leading the way will be three experienced seniors in Kameron Brama...
Royster girls fall to Indy
Independence defeated Royster Middle School 34-19 in the eighth grade girls A game on Tuesday.
“We knew Independence was good, as they are quick and see the court real well,” Coach Steve Slane said. “We struggled with their pressure early and had to use most of our timeouts in the first half to make adjustments.”
Indy led 12-5 after one period of play. Royster was down 15-11 at the half, but Indy went on a 7-0 run in the third qu...