Royster boys split at Coffeyville
Tribune staff COFFEYVILLE — Coffeyville’s pressure defense gave the Royster Middle School eighth grade boys basketball team problems on Monday night. The result was a 30-23 win for Coffeyville. “They pressured us and were physical and once again, we didn’t handle it well,” Coach Steve Slane said. “I don’t think we ever got into our offense, as we let the pressure get us all out of focus. That disappoints me, but we’ll keep working on it. We...
NCCC beat Fort Scott, women fall short
Jason Peake Tribune Sports Editor CHANUTE — The look on Jeremy Coombs’ face told the story. Coombs’ Neosho County Community College men’s basketball team had just knocked off Fort Scott CC 81-72 on Saturday night. Despite the win, Coombs was not pleased with his team’s performance. “I’m disappointed,” Coombs said. “We came out and played extremely well in the first half. Then we subbed in five and we weren’t attacking and seemed flat. I w...
WEB UPDATE: A STATEMENT WIN FOR COMETS
Jason Peake Tribune Sports Editor PARSONS — Facing an undefeated team in a hostile environment didn't seem to faze the Chanute Blue Comets one bit. In fact, the Comets seemed right at home. The Comets made all the plays down the stretch and earned an exciting 60-54 win over the Parsons Vikings on Friday night in front of a packed Harold C. Johnson Gymnasium. "This is a big win for us," Chanute Coach Max Ruark said. "That's a team that wa...
WEB UPDATE: CHS girls fall to Parsons
Jason Peake Tribune Sports Editor PARSONS — By the time the Chanute High School girls basketball team got going, it was simply too late. Chanute's fourth quarter rally fell short, as an early deficit was too much to overcome in a 47-41 loss to the Parsons Vikings on Friday night. From the start, the Vikings seemed to be the team that wanted it more. Parsons built a 20-point lead by the third quarter. The Blue Comets fought back late and h...
Royster boys earn wins in Iola
Tribune staff IOLA — The Royster Middle School boys basketball teams began the 2011 season on Thursday at Iola. In the eighth grade A game, Royster defeated Iola 33-21. “We did some things better than I thought we would for the first game, but we also saw a lot of things to work on,” Coach Steve Slane said. “Offensively we struggled at times to get in a flow, but that will come. Also at the end of the game, we didn’t handle the pressure as...
Panthers earn key conference win
Tribune Sports Editor
CHANUTE — With his team deadlocked in a tie game, Devon Crabtree came up big.
Crabtree’s back-to-back three-pointers propelled the Neosho County Community College men’s basketball team to a 93-82 win over Highland on Wednesday night.
The game was tied at 76 when Crabtree drilled three-pointers on consecutive possessions. The Panthers would not relinquish the lead from that point on.
“Those were huge,” Neosho C...
Short-handed NCCC women fall to Highland
Jason Peake Tribune Sports Editor CHANUTE — With just six players, the Neosho County Community College women’s basketball team was a disadvantage even before the opening tip. And despite a solid effort, the Panthers simply did not have enough firepower to keep up with visiting Highland. Highland defeated Neosho County 72-59 on Wednesday night. Neosho County Coach Kelley Newton credited Highland after the loss. “Highland did a good job of...
Albright reaches 100 career wins
Jason Peake Tribune Sports Editor Andy Albright has reached a milestone. The Chanute High School wrestling coach passed 100 career dual wins recently. The Blue Comets took first place at the Marion County Winter Duals just before Christmas break. The Comets beat Hillsboro 62-12, topped Rock Creek 51-24, hammered Bennington 71-9, handled Fredonia 47-27 and defeated Minneapolis 45-30 in the title match. With the wins, Albright is now 102-3...
Labette shuts out NCCC in wrestling dual
Tribune staff PARSONS — The Neosho County Community College wrestling team competed against Labette on Tuesday night in Parsons. Labette won the dual 45-0. The dual started at 165 pounds, as Labette’s John Hambleton won by forfeit. At 174, Gage Martin of Labette defeated Neosho’s Edwin Gutierrez 17-0. Labette’s Kyle Buckley won by forfeit at 184. In the 197-pound bout, Walker Clarke of Labette defeated Jon Arnold 14-5. Labette won by f...
Humboldt boys earn first win
Tribune staff HUMBOLDT — Two new additions made big impacts as the Humboldt High School boys basketball team defeated Caney 57-45 on Tuesday night. It was the first win of the season for the Cubs. Tanner McNutt scored 22 points in his first game as a Cub and Noah Thornbrugh added 17 points and 13 rebounds in his first action of the year. The Cubs led 16-2 in the game. “We got off to a real good start,” Coach David Taylor said. “We got ou...
Blue Comet girls fall short vs. Trojans
Jason Peake Tribune Sports Editor CHANUTE — A change in defense allowed the Girard Trojans to hold off the Chanute High School girls basketball team on Tuesday night. Girard defeated Chanute 52-44. With the visitors clinging to a slim lead, Girard then switched from a man-to-man defense to a zone. The Blue Comets struggled offensively against the zone and were unable to rally late. “We weren’t very patient against their zone,” Chanute Coac...
Comets cruise to victory vs. Girard
Jason Peake Tribune Sports Editor CHANUTE — The shots were falling early and often for the Chanute Blue Comets. And before the Girard Trojans knew what hit them, they were down big. Chanute’s boys basketball team cruised to a 55-26 win over Girard on Tuesday night in the first game of 2011. Scoring on nearly every possession, the Blue Comets led 22-7 at the end of the first quarter. The Comets were in control at 37-12 at intermission. B...
St. Paul splits with Southeast
Tribune staff CHEROKEE — St. Paul High School split varsity basketball games with Southeast on Tuesday night. St. Paul won the girls game 48-46, while Southeast won the boys game 37-28. In the girls contest, St. Paul led 11-4 at the end of the first quarter. The Lancers used a big second quarter to take a 24-22 lead into intermission. A back and forth second half ended with St. Paul making the plays down the stretch. Morgan Westhoff scor...
Neosho County women hang tough, fall short
Jason Peake Tribune Sports Editor CHANUTE — A short-handed Neosho County Community College women’s basketball team battled hard, but fell short on Monday night against Moberly Area Community College. Moberly hung on late and defeated the Panthers 67-59 at the Panthers Gymnasium. Neosho County had just six players available for the game. And two of those players were under the weather, Coach Kelley Newton said. Moberly raced out to a 12-0 ...
Dispensa signs with Cowley College
Jason Peake Tribune Sports Editor Kaitlyn Dispensa’s passion for distance running has translated into a college choice. A Chanute High School senior, Dispensa signed a letter of intent on Tuesday with Cowley College. Dispensa will run cross country and track for Cowley, a community college located in Arkansas City. “I wanted to continue running and their program is really strong,” Dispensa said. “They’re the national champs. I think it’s...
Panthers split at Sonic Shoot-Out
Tribune Sports Editor
CHANUTE — The Neosho County Panthers had Seward County on the ropes.
But the Panthers failed to connect on a knockout punch.
Seward County rallied from a 16-point second half deficit and pulled off a 103-91 win over the Neosho County Community College men’s basketball team on Sunday afternoon in the final game of the inaugural Sonic Shoot-Out.
The Panthers defeated Pratt 94-86 on Saturday night and went 1-1 in...
THE BEST OF 2010: TOP LOCAL STORIES
Jason Peake Tribune Sports Editor Before we close the door on 2010, let’s take a look back at the top local sports stories of the past year. There were lots of memorable moments over the course of the year, as local teams and athletes made Chanute and the surrounding area proud. As far as Chanute High School, nearly every sport had a stellar team or an individual standout — there were conference champs, regional champs and state medalists....
Bowman selected to Shrine Bowl
Jason Peake Tribune Sports Editor Eric Bowman was thrilled and humbled at the same time. A Chanute High School senior, Bowman has been selected to the 2011 Kansas Shrine Bowl All-Star Football Game. “I was really excited when I found out,” Bowman said. “It’s very humbling. It’s a huge honor. I’ve heard a lot of good things about the Shrine Bowl and I’m really excited. I just feel honored.” The 38th Annual Kansas Shrine Bowl will be played...