Bollig, Walls named first team all-state
Tribune Sports Editor
Chanute High School seniors Matt Bollig and T.J. Walls have been awarded the highest honor a high school football player can receive.
Both were named First Team All-State by the Kansas Football Coaches Association. Bollig was named first team all-state at quarterback, while Walls was named first team all-state at wide receiver.
“I’m real proud of them both,” Chanute Coach Don Simmons said.
Simmons explained ...
St. Paul splits at Welch tourney
Tribune staff The St. Paul girls defeated Welch 59-30. The Indians led 14-5 after the first quarter and cruised to victory. Morgan Westhoff scored 20 points and Jessica Tuck added 15 for the Indians, now 2-0. St. Paul’s boys fell to Welch 61-35. The hosts led 19-4 after one quarter of play. St. Paul girls 59, Welch 30 SP 14 12 17 16 — 59 WE 5 12 9 4 — 30 St. Paul: Jessica Tuck 2 11-14 15, Bethany Paulie 0 2-4 2, Erin Tuck 2 0-...
Jets drop two, Devils split at Wildcat Winter Classic
Tribune staff YATES CENTER—The Yates Center Wildcat Winter Classic tipped off on Monday. Erie and Altoona-Midway both competed. Girls roundup Erie’s girls dropped a close one to West Elk, falling 39-34. “We played extremely hard,” Erie Coach Briana Volmer said. “Our defense looked much better, we started closing gaps and closing back to our person. We made a run at the end, but just fell short. I’m very proud of our intensity level. We ne...
CCA girls second at Manhattan tourney
Tribune staff MANHATTAN—The Chanute Christian Academy girls basketball team finished in second place in the Shea Tournament over the weekend, in Manhattan. CCA opened up with the Reno Sabres on Thursday and won 35-31. “Going almost two weeks without playing a game really showed,” Coach Mark Childers said. CCA was down by two at the half, 18-16. “We came out after halftime and played better defense and starting making shots,” Childers sa...
Blue Comets host Titans in home-opener
The Chanute High School basketball teams will host Columbus tonight in the home-opener of the 2009-10 season. The girls play at 6 p.m. with the boys to follow.
Chanute’s girls are coming off a 54-46 loss to the Independence Bulldogs.
Columbus lost its season-opener as well, falling to Girard 68-43. Girard led 25-4 in the first quarter.
As far as the boys, Independence defeated Chanute 58-51 in overtime.
The Comets shot just 5-of-...
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...