Giacalone brings success both at the plate and on the mound
Most pitchers can’t hit. This baseball truism exists because, statistically, more people can hit well than pitch well, and because pitchers are such a valuable and integral commodity on a team. So, from a relatively young age, any player that shows genuine pitching ability usually concentrates on mastering that part of the sport, and other areas of the game, like hitting, lag behind as a result.
NCCC sophomore Ada...
NCCC splits Sunday games with KCK
The NCCC Panthers baseball team split the first two games of the series against Kansas City Kansas, losing the first one 2-0, and winning the second 10-2.
The games, originally scheduled to be played on Saturday, were postponed until Sunday because of rain in the area late last week. The contest was well-attended by scouts for several Major League teams.
In the first game, neither team was able to score until KCK hit a home run to start off t...
Chanute native trying to help break basketball world record
A Chanute native is trying to use his basketball skills to help break a world record. Jacob Williams is currently in St. Louis, right across the street from the NCAA regionals that are hosting the Jayhawks this weekend, playing in the World Record Basketball Game. Williams is among the players who are attempting to get into the Guinness Book of World Records for the longest basketball game ever. Williams and the other players plan to play for...
Chanute native Weilert profiled on Kansas golf website
A Chanute native was the subject of an article on a website devoted to Kansas golf. Kansasgolf.org is running a story about Amy Weilert, who attended Chanute High School and currently studies biology at and plays golf for Ottawa University.
She started playing golf as a child at Quarry Stone, and won several SEK youth tournaments. She moved on to other sports in middle school.
While playing basketball for Chanute High School, Weilert fell dur...
Chanute Wrestling Club results
Here are the results from members of the Chanute Wrestling Club who participated in area tournaments last weekend:
2nd place-Logan Axelson- 6 and under 37 lbs, 4th place- Daxson Axelson- 8 and under 52 lbs
1st Place- Dylan Demeritt 8 and under 55 lbs, 2nd Place- Brax Peter 6 and under 64 lbs
NCCC closer Ising earns pitcher-of-the-week honors
A thrilling pitching performance, in which he came into Sunday’s game against Independence with the bases loaded and no outs yet emerged from the situation allowing no runs, won NCCC closer Max Ising pitcher of the week honors from both the KJCCC and the NJCAA.
Ising struck out seven of the nine batters that he faced in Sunday’s second game, and led the Panthers to a 4-3 victory in the extra-innings game. It was the first time that Ising had...
Rodney Sanders rolls to USMTS win in Humboldt
Scott Lee Stewart
Special to the Tribune
HUMBOLDT — Rodney Sanders rolled to his first USMTS Casey’s Cup Series win of the season Saturday night, rising to the top of a 70-car field of the nation’s best open-wheel dirt Modified drivers as they invaded the Humboldt Speedway for the second night of the 7th annual Spring Fling @ The Bullring.
During the event’s first night on Friday, Jason Hughes ran down early leader Terry Phillips, lost the le...
Former NCCC coach returns to Kansas to chase NJCAA title
Special to the Tribune
SALINA — In a 2011-12 season filled with adversity, sidelined stars and miracle finishes, it’s illustrative that former NCCC women’s basketball coach Tonika Bruce is talking about good ol’ fundamentals these days.
“Our execution has been the biggest factor in advancing to the national tournament,” said Bruce, who is now the head coach of the Jefferson College Lady Vikings. “We’re taking care of the ball, pla...
Giacalone sets school RBI record during Panthers’ sweep of Indy
INDEPENDENCE — First baseman and pitcher for the NCCC Panthers Adam Giacalone cemented his place in history on Saturday by setting the school record for career RBIs. He now has 128 RBIs as a Panther. This was among the highlights of the Panthers’ weekend sweep of the Independence Pirates. The wins were capped off with a thrilling, extra-innings 4-3 victory Sunday afternoon that was won by a home run by Kaz Sanders and a lights-out pitching pe...
Brenna Olson and Comets team win post-season honors
The Chanute girls basketball team has added to its tally of post-season honors, as the Comets picked up the Class 4A Sportsmanship certificate for the good behavior showed at the state tournament in Salina.
Also, Comets’ junior guard Brenna Olson, a key player for the team on both offense and defense, was given honorable mention in all-state lists by both the Topeka Capitol-Journal and Wichita Eagle newspapers.
Chanute boys tennis season gets off to frustrating start in Indy
INDEPENDENCE — The spring sports season started in a frustrating way for the Chanute boys tennis team at the Independence tournament on Tuesday afternoon. The Comets placed fourth out of five teams at the event, getting five wins.
The team’s number one singles player, senior Ian Cheshier, won one out of four matches at the season-opening tournament. Cheshier fell against players from Fort Scortt (8-5), Independen...
NCCC softball hopes to regain momentum after scary weekend
The NCCC Panthers softball team was scheduled to play Marshalltown Community College as part of the Broken Arrow softball tournament over the weekend. Thirty minutes before the match-up was due to start, Neosho County coach Kim Alexander received some disturbing news.
Marshalltown’s team van was struck by another vehicle at an intersection, it flipped over, and an equipment trailer the van was hauling flipped on t...
NCCC baseball back on right track after victories in Fort Scott
FORT SCOTT — The NCCC baseball team followed up a week in which they lost four out of five games by winning five of six games this week. Coach Steve Murry said his team was now “out of the doldrums.”
“It seems like we have lacked confidence as of late,” Murry said. “When things got close or bad, we didn’t believe in ourselves enough to get through it.”
This didn’t appear to be the case in the two games that the team played Monday in Fort Scot...
Chanute basketball players named All-SEK
Three Chanute basketball players were honored by inclusion in the all-SEK basketball teams, which were announced on Monday.
Junior Brock Gilmore was named as part of the third team on the boys side. Sisters Brenna and Morgan Olson, who both helped to propel their team to the state tournament, were both named to the third team on the girls side.
Four Erie players honored as All-League
Four members of Erie’s basketball teams have been honored ...
Boys golf team ready to tee-off spring season
Last year, the Chanute High School boys golf team finished 5th in the SEK without one of their best players, Mitch Hale, most of the year. The Comets finished 2nd in the regional that allowed CHS to go to the state tournament edging out Parsons who had finished ahead of Chanute in the SEK. The team finished 12th at The state tournament.
Coach Bill Woodard believes that the young kids on the team, those who will b...
NCCC baseball splits with Fort Scott
The NCCC Panthers baseball team split its Saturday match-ups with Fort Scott, losing the first game 2-1 in extra innings, but winning the second game 3-0.
The first contest had no score until the Panthers’ first baseman Adam Giacalone hit a double and then scored on a ground-out by Robbe Ewing.
The Greyhounds tied the score with a sacrifice fly in the next inning. Fort Scott won the game in the eighth with a RBI single.
Matt Strahm pitched se...
Chanute boys tennis hoping to overcome challenges
Chanute boys tennis coach Wayne Woodyard faces a daunting challenge heading into this season. His team currently has only three players with significant varsity experience; its seniors Ian Cheshier, Jefferson Holmes and Tyler Dillow. Some of the previous JV players on the team got some varsity playing time last year, but none for more than two or three meets.
“We’re hoping to do well,” Woodyard said. “I’m not sure...
Chanute girls’ state bid ends with loss to defending champs
SALINA — The first Chanute girls basketball team to make it to the state tournament since 1991’s season came to an ugly end in Salina, as the eighth-seeded Comets lost their Wednesday evening match-up with the undefeated, number-one seeded, defending state champion Holton Wildcats by a wide margin.
“They’re good,” Chanute Coach Dustin Fox said. “One through ten, they can all play and it’s hard to go against a full ...
SEK Jr. Comets wrestling results
The SEK Jr. Comets had 17 out of their 23 wrestllers place at subdistricts this last weekend in Pittsburg. These kids will advance to districts this coming weekend in Olathe.
8U: 40 lbs Nathan Wilson 4th place
52 lbs Ty Leedy 1st place
55 lbs Trent Clements 1st place
58 lbs Colton Seely 2nd place
61 lbs Trenton Harding 3rd place
10U: 58 lbs Devon Walker 2nd place
64 lbs Gunner Elder 1st place
100 lbs Dagen Goodner 1st place
12U: 64 lbs Hunte...