Chanute wrestling regional begins Friday
Jason Peake Tribune Sports Editor State berths will be on the line at the Chanute Class 4A Wrestling Regional this weekend. The action begins at Chanute High School on Friday at 2 p.m. A trip to the state tournament awaits those who qualify, while the season will be over for those who do not. The top four in each class will advance to the state tourney in Salina. Teams competing will be Chanute, Labette County, Augusta, Coffeyville, Colum...
Panthers hang on late, top Cavaliers
Jason Peake Tribune Sports Editor CHANUTE—The Neosho County Panthers raced out to a big early lead and then held on late for a 73-64 win over Johnson County on Monday night. With crisp ball movement against the Cavaliers’ zone defense, the Panthers were able to get the ball inside again and again early. The Panthers led 22-8. “I thought we played really well in the first half against their zone,” Neosho County Coach Jeremy Coombs said. “A...
Rockets drop three out of four to Iola
Tribune staff CHANUTE—The Royster Middle School basketball teams hosted the Iola Ponies on Monday night. In the eighth grade A game, Iola won 40-22. The visitors went on a 9-0 run in the second quarter and then finished the game on a 17-7 spurt. “The first quarter of the A game was the best we’ve played in some time,” Coach Steve Slane said. “Iola is one of the top two teams we’ve played and we led them after one and played with them unti...
NCCC wrestling qualifies six for national tourney
Tribune staff COLBY—The Neosho County Community College wrestling team competed at the West/Central Region Championships this past weekend in Colby. The Panthers had six wrestlers qualify for the national tournament, as Derek Steeley, Shawn Thomas, Michael Vieira, Aaron Butler, Ralph Manous and Jake Kober all extended their seasons. Neosho County’s Steeley took first place in the 125-pound bracket. Steeley defeated Jesse Hillhouse of Northw...
Neosho County slips at Coffeyville
Jason Peake Tribune Sports Editor COFFEYVILLE—A few key possessions made all the difference as Coffeyville Community College defeated Neosho County’s men 82-77 on Saturday night. The shots didn’t fall for the Panthers on a couple of crucial possessions late in the game. At the same time, the Red Ravens were able to get a couple of easy hoops inside and then the hosts hit enough free throws late to seal the win. The Panthers fell to 17-9 ov...
Hudson Field project nearly complete
Jason Peake Tribune Sports Editor CHANUTE—The renovated baseball field on the campus of Neosho County Community College is nearing completion. And despite some tough winter weather to deal with, the new and improved Hudson Field looks like it will be ready to go when the Panthers open the 2010 baseball season this month. “The turf portion is 100 percent done now,” NCCC Coach Steve Murry said. “The project turned out perfectly and we are ex...
FOUR STRAIGHT LEAGUE TITLES
Jason Peake Tribune Sports Editor CHANUTE—Another year, another league title. The Chanute High School wrestling team clinched a fourth-straight Southeast Kansas League title on Thursday by knocking off Fort Scott and Columbus. The Blue Comets beat the Titans on a tie-breaker after the dual ended with a 33-33 tie. Chanute then beat the Tigers 40-18. “We’re definitely pleased,” Chanute Coach Andy Albright said. “I just can’t say enough ab...
A moral victory for CHS girls
Jason Peake Tribune Sports Editor CHANUTE—If there was ever a moral victory, this was it for the Chanute High School girls basketball team. The Blue Comets looked solid overall and looked nothing like the team that just lost at Iola. Despite a renewed enthusiasm, the Blue Comets fell to the Fort Scott Tigers 53-48 on Friday night. “We had a great effort tonight,” Chanute Coach Megan Reid said. “We really competed tonight and I thought w...
Comets get revenge vs. Tigers
Jason Peake Tribune Sports Editor CHANUTE—For the second-straight game, the Chanute Blue Comets exacted a little revenge. Chanute knocked off Fort Scott 71-64 on Friday night in front of a large Homecoming crowd. With the win, the Comets avenged an earlier loss, as Fort Scott edged Chanute 57-56 on Jan. 5. “We wanted to get some payback,” Chanute senior Cory Henshall said. “I just had a good feeling we were going to play well tonight. An...
Royster slips at home vs. Indy
Tribune staff CHANUTE—The Royster Middle School seventh grade boys basketball team hosted Independence on Thursday. In the seventh grade A game, Independence held off Royster 36-33. When the two teams met earlier this season, Indy beat the Rockets by 17 points. The Rockets gave the Bullpups all they could handle this time, even taking the lead in the fourth quarter. However, Indy made their free throws late to earn the win. Colton Erikson ...
Blue Comets make it four in-a-row
Jason Peake Tribune Sports Editor CHANUTE—For a moment, the Chanute Blue Comets thought they had to share the league title. Then, the tie-breaker policy was explained and the celebration began. The Chanute High School wrestling team won its fourth-straight SEK title on Thursday by defeating Fort Scott and tying Columbus. Yes, when the dual between the Titans and the Comets was over, the score was tied at 33. But after the officials met a...
NCCC hangs tough, but falls to ranked Labette
Jason Peake Tribune Sports Editor CHANUTE—The game was a lot closer this time, but in the end, the overall outcome was the same. Labette Community College defeated Neosho County 72-65 in the women’s game on Wednesday night at the Panthers Gymnasium. When the two teams met in January, the ranked Cardinals hammered the Panthers 111-68. The Panthers hung tough on Wednesday night. In fact, Neosho County actually led 24-20 after hoops by Kri...
Panthers get past Labette
Jason Peake Tribune Sports Editor CHANUTE—The Labette Cardinals hung around, but the Neosho County Panthers did enough to pull out a win. Neosho County knocked off Labette 76-66 on Wednesday night. “A win’s a win,” Neosho County Coach Jeremy Coombs said. “One of the things we talked about is learning from our mistakes. We made some mistakes in our last few games, so I think we’ve learned from them and it was nice to bounce back.” The Pan...
A DRIVE TO SUCCEED
Jason Peake Tribune Sports Editor CHANUTE—Andy Albright sees it everyday in practice. Tim Wrestler and Sam Son simply have a competitive nature and a drive to succeed. Both Wrestler and Son are having stellar seasons on the wrestling mat for the Chanute Blue Comets. “Both are returning state medalists and they’re both having outstanding seasons,” Coach Albright said. “The thing that stands out to me is they both have a great will to win....
Comets host Tigers on Homecoming
Jason Peake Tribune Sports Editor The Chanute High School basketball teams will host Fort Scott on Friday night on Homecoming. The girls game will start at 6 p.m. with the boys game to follow at about 8 p.m. Both squads from Fort Scott will challenge the Blue Comets. “It’s a very good opponent that’s coming in,” Chanute Boys Coach Max Ruark said. “Fort Scott’s a really good opponent. They’re a well-coached team. We’ll have to come out and...
CHS girls fall short against Fillies
Jason Peake Tribune Sports Editor IOLA— For the Chanute High School girls basketball team, Tuesday’s game at Iola was eerily similar to Friday’s contest with Parsons. The result was the same, too. Iola’s Fillies got past the visiting Blue Comets 37-35 in a Southeast Kansas League showdown. Despite a solid effort defensively, the Comets looked out of sync offensively. The game was close throughout, but just like in Friday’s loss, the Come...
COMETS GET PAYBACK AT IOLA
Tribune Sports Editor
IOLA—Riding high after a huge win on Saturday, the Chanute Blue Comets kept the momentum going forward with a 60-55 win over the host Iola Mustangs on Tuesday night at Iola High School.
Chanute built a 16-point advantage by halftime and then held off a late Mustangs run to secure the win.
With the win, the Comets exacted a little revenge on the rival Mustangs. Iola defeated Chanute 66-56 on Dec. 18.
“I think i...
Panthers home tonight vs. rival Labette
Tribune staff CHANUTE—The Neosho County Community College basketball teams will host conference rival Labette tonight at the Panthers Gym. The women’s game will start at 6 p.m. with the men’s game to follow at about 8 p.m. Neosho County’s women are coming off a 79-75 loss to Kansas City. The Panthers are now 9-15 overall and 4-8 in the conference for Coach Tonika Bruce. Labette is ranked nationally and is now 21-3 overall and 11-1 in the ...
Royster falls to Coffeyville, home on Thursday
The Royster Middle School eighth grade boys basketball team competed at Coffeyville on Monday.
Coffeyville defeated Royster 47-16.
The hosts led 19-2.
“Coffeyville was very quick and we didn’t handle it well,” Coach Steve Slane said. “We still have some very tough games coming up, so we have to compete.”
Christian Wiltse scored six for the Rockets, now 3-10.
The team also played at the Parsons Tournament on Saturday.
In the first...
Comets go for league title on Thursday night
Jason Peake Tribune Sports Editor The scenario is a simple one for the Chanute High School wrestling team—win both duals on Thursday and the Southeast Kansas League title is theirs outright. On the other hand, a loss to Columbus means the Blue Comets must share the league title. Chanute hosts Columbus and Fort Scott in the final regular season event of the season for the team. The night begins with Fort Scott vs. Columbus at 5:30 p.m. Chanu...