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  • Girard, McNair win Galena Invitational

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  • What's a little rain to stop the Galena Invitational? After a short rain delay Thursday, the golfers finished their rounds and Girard swept titles, winning both the team and individual sweepstakes. Girard bounced back from a second place at its home invitational tourney last week and won by 41 strokes over runner-up Frontenac and 42 over third-best Fort Scott. Girard senior Timbrelee McNair returned to the winner's circle herself after finishing second last week at her home course tournament. McNair lit up the nine holes Thursday for a score of 37, one stroke off matching her school record 36 set last year at Parsons and matched again earlier this year in Joplin. Girard proved tougher than one golfer and the scores of Carly Heatherly, Paxton Boore and Alex Battitori swung the pendulum in Girard's favor. Heatherly finished third with a 45, Boore came in fifth at 61 and Battitori sixth at 62. All four Girard golfers finished in the top 10. Maggie Moody of Frontenac placed second, eight strokes behind McNair. There was an eight stroke separation between McNair and Moody-Heatherly, eight strokes between Moody-Heatherly and Morgan Robertson of Fort Scott and eight strokes between Robertson and Boore. Marissa Simoncic also cracked the top 10 for Frontenac, finishing ninth place with a score of 62, a score that she shared with three other golfers. Team results: Girard 205, Frontenac 246, Fort Scott 247, Columbus 261. Girard won its JV invitational on Wednesday by six strokes over Frontenac. Hannah Pyle led Girard in third with a 62, Morgan Sevart and Kaitlyn Brodbeck finished in a sixth-place tie at 64 (along with Rachel Stevenson of Labette County), Stefanie Smirl finished 18th at 83 and Shanna Shout finished 20th at 87. Katie Johnson of Frontenac came in fifth at 63, Haley Casey and Hunter Casey shot respective 66 and 69 to finish 9th-10th, Hannah Eagon placed 16th at 80 and Kelcey Lee finished in a tie for 21st at 89. Team results: Girard 272, Frontenac 278, Fort Scott 288. The Southeast Lancers improved to 7-0 on the season with a Thursday night sweep of St. Paul (25-16, 25-20) and Chetopa. In the match against the Indians of St. Paul, Rachel Bole had five kills, three aces and two blocks, one solo and one assist. Kelsie Westervelt served three aces. Olivia Powell distributed 10 assists and dug out six St. Paul shots. Amy Martin finished with five kills, seven digs. The Lancers stung the Hornets at the net — BLOCK! — with four blocks for Martin (three assist, one solo) and three for Bole (three assist). Bole and Westervelt proved to be wild for aces — each with a matching four. Southeast (7-0) plays in the Erie Tournament on Saturday. Southeast JV volleyball won a five-set match over St. Paul (15-25, 25-22, 14-24, 25-15, 15-11), the Lancers glad they discontinued their odd-even pattern in the fifth and final set. Megan Gall led the Lancers with 26 service points and nine kills, Katie Horsman added five kills and served up five aces, Bailee Ulery had seven kills and Erin Horgan matched Ulery in kills. The JV improves to 5-3 and plays at home next week against Frontenac and Erie. St. Mary's Junior High swept a pair of games from Baxter Springs this week, winning the 'A' game 42-0 and the 'B' game 6-0, pitching a pigskin shutout. Jonah Dellasega had a big individual game for the Panthers, scoring on a 20-yard run, a 20-yard run, a 25-yard run and a 50-yard interception return. Of course, those runs would not be possible without a strong offensive line. Bryce Hutchins accounted for a 2-yard TD run, a 25-yard TD strike to Jeremiah Buche and a pair of conversion passes to Bradley Beykirch and Trevor Graham. Max Wilson added another two points on a conversion run. In the seventh grade contest, Matthew Lomshek scored the game's only points on a 8-yard run. Frontenac lost both ends of a road doubleheader to Galena on Tuesday, 16-8 in the eighth grade and 36-0 in the seventh. Frontenac mustered its points on a sensational 62-yard pass-and-catch by Tevaris Young (pass) and Broc Ginavan (catch), then a 2-point conversion pass from Trevor Moore to Peyton Brown. Frontenac plays a twinbill next Tuesday against Girard. Members of White's Kenpo Karate Academy collected 13 medals — split amongst five competitors — at the 18th annual Christian Karate Camp in Alba, Mo. Mitch White completed a trilogy of firsts — 16-17 advanced forms, 16-17 advanced weapons and 16-17 advanced fighting. Jensen Duff collected a pair of firsts — 13-15 advanced forms and 13-15 advanced fighting — and took third in 13-15 advanced weapons. Tristin Perrin matched Duff with two firsts — 9-10 advanced forms and 9-10 advanced fighting — and placed second in 9-10 advanced weapons. Johanna Walker took second in 7-8 intermediate forms and third in 7-8 intermediate fighting. Donney White finished fourth in both 9-10 novice forms and novice fighting.

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