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  • LOCAL ROUNDUP: Frontenac VB improves to 11-0

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  • Frontenac answered the bell, again, after losing the first set of its non-league match Tuesday against Baxter Springs. The Raiders closed out the Lions 25-11 and 25-14 in the second and third sets for the win. Frontenac cruised 25-11, 25-7 over Riverton. Taylor Smith and Ryleigh McCartney proved strong all-around both matches. Smith had 32 assists, eight digs, seven service points and a bonus four kills against the Lions and 17 assists, five digs, 15 service points and four aces against the Rams. McCartney led with 12 kills, one block, 18 digs and three service points against Baxter and 10 kills, one block, 14 digs, seven service points and two aces against Riverton. Andi Palumbo totaled 33 digs — 24 in the win over Baxter — as well as 10 service points and one ace. Brilee Rhuems had 16 service points and five aces overall, plus six digs against Baxter. Emily Merando 10 digs and nine service points against Baxter. Lauren Hipfl delivered 11 kills against Baxter and Alexis Robinson contributed six kills, five blocks in the same match. Macie Broyles had seven service points against Baxter and five kills against Riverton. Frontenac (11-0) plays in the Pittsburg Tournament on Saturday. The Pittsburg High varsity soccer team improved to 3-0 with a 4-1 win over College Heights (Mo.) on Monday. Danilo Pinheiro scored a pair of first-half goals, first on an assist from Diego Luna and second assisted by centerback Keaton Wilbur. Mayer DeLeon found the back of the net in the second half on a cross from Pinheiro and Ricky Sanchez booted in a goal on a penalty kick. Pittsburg (3-0) hosts Coffeyville on Thursday and Carl Junction Saturday. The JV lost 3-0 to College Heights. The Pittsburg girls split up their JV tennis team into two units Monday — one played in Fort Scott, the other across the border in Nevada. Head coach John Seal brought the top JVs — the Purple unit — to Fort Scott for the Fort Scott JV Tournament, which resulted in three first place finishes, one second and 15 points for the team championship. Abi Felter and Trina Paul, both freshmen, won individual titles in No. 1 singles (Felter) and No. 2 singles (Paul). No. 2 doubles Emily Curlee-Chania Stewart went 4-0 for first and Sam Cicero-Aliza Benedict finished 3-1 and second. Pittsburg went 15-1. Team results: Pittsburg 15, Chanute 11, Fort Scott 6, SEK Combo 4, Iola 3. Over in the Show-Me State, Delaney Burton defeated Maggie Long 7-5 and Stephanie Neveille defeated Sarah Smith 6-4 in singles, which Pittsburg and Nevada played in a series of nine singles duals and exhibitions. Nevada won seven of the nine singles and all five doubles. The St. Mary's Colgan JV defeated Baxter Springs 36-12 Monday night. The Panthers scored on a Joe Battitori 6-yard run, a 18-yard pass from Ryan Cedeno to Garrett Normand, a Normand punt block return for TD, a 19-yard pass from Cedeno to Sawyer Esch and closed out their scoring with a 46-yard run by Josh Hayes and a conversion run by Drew Beck. Colgan improved to 2-0. The Pittsburg Community Middle School football teams recently swept Parsons, 21-0 in the eighth grade contest and 20-0 in the seventh. Eighth-graders James Renfro and Crispin VonWinklepleck performed the scoring damage — Renfro 4-yard TD run, VonWinklepleck 12-yard run and Renfro 20-yard run. The Pittsburg defense scored a safety for the first points of the season and Drew Roelfs added an interception. In the seventh grade shutout win, Zach Sutton proved that he could both catch and throw a touchdown pass — catching a 49-yarder from quarterback Brett Wiemers and throwing a 42-yard score to Joel Kafka on a halfback pass. Dylan White added a 12-yard touchdown run. With one good hand, his other broken and taped up, defensive back Ben Brinegar intercepted a pass in the second half. Pittsburg takes on Independence on Thursday. The Southeast JV volleyball team split with Uniontown and Riverton on Tuesday, beating Uniontown 2-0 (25-16, 25-20) and losing to Riverton 2-1 (16-25, 25-17, 13-25).

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