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  • Pittsburg tennis wins Mill Valley Invite

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  • MILL VALLEY — The Pittsburg varsity tennis squad already made a splash by winning all of its matches in the season-opening Independence Invitational, including a sweep of perennial power Independence on its home court.
    On Friday, Pittsburg added one more early season accomplishment by winning the Mill Valley Invitational.
    Pittsburg finished with 23 points, Bishop Miege had 20, St. James Academy and Lansing 14, Bonner Springs 13, Mill Valley and Shawnee Mission North 10, Paola eight, Maranatha Academy five and Spring Hill three.
    No. 2 singles Adrian McAfee and No. 1 doubles Micah Hashman-Nick Powers each took first place, No. 1 singles Logan Benham finished third and No. 2 doubles Hank Cloninger-Josh Dial finished 2-2 and third in their pool.
    McAfee and Hashman-Powers won all five of their matches and Benham went 4-1.
    All in all, Pittsburg finished 16-3.
    Benham defeated Spring Hill 8-2, Paola 8-2, Bishop Miege 8-6 and Lansing 8-1 in the third place match. His only loss was 8-4 to Mill Valley's Eric Howes.
    McAfee defeated Spring Hill 8-2, Paola 8-0, Bishop Miege 8-1, Mill Valley 8-0 and Shawnee Mission North 8-0, losing only three points all evening.
    Hashman-Powers defeated Spring Hill 8-0, Paola 8-1, Bishop Miege 8-7 (7-5), Mill Valley 8-4 and Bonner Springs 8-2.
    Cloninger-Dial defeated Spring Hill 8-4 and Mill Valley 8-2 but lost to Paola 8-5 and Bishop Miege 8-2.
    Pittsburg will host its own invitational tournament next Thursday at the Four Oaks tennis courts in Lincoln Park.
    ALL-STAR GAME ROSTERS ANNOUNCED
    Rosters for the seventh annual high school basketball all-star game now called the Sports Headquarters All-Star Game were formally released Friday.
    The festivities — girls and boys contests, plus 3-point shooting and slam dunk contests — start at 1 p.m. Sunday at the St. Mary's Colgan Fieldhouse.
    "This event features the best in high school basketball players in the area, and we are privileged to help in putting it together," ESPN 100.7 program director Mike Snow said in a media release. "This game gives players a chance to suit up one more time in high school before moving on to the next level, wherever that may be."
    Tickets for the event: $5.
    The girls contest features Frontenac's Bailey Flora, Ryleigh McCartney and Haley Wilson, Southeast's Amy Martin and Rachel Bole, Pittsburg's Bethanne Elliott, Coffeyville's Devin Cosper, Independence's Anna Hignight, Fort Scott's Katren Rienbolt, Caney Valley's Makenzie Vining and Erie's Bret McGuire.
    The boys contest includes Northeast's J.T. Richardson and Noah Popejoy, Pittsburg's Spencer Massoth, Frontenac's Brett Macary, Southeast's Steven Uber, Coffeyville's James Newton and Tucker Thompson, Labette County's Lee Reliford and Independence's Dominique Thornton.
    The 40 selections represent the Crawford-Neosho-Cherokee, the Southeast Kansas, the Three Rivers, the Tri-Valley and the Pioneer leagues.
    Page 2 of 3 - MIAA BASKETBALL ACADEMIC AWARDS
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Eleven Pittsburg State basketball players received academic awards from the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association.
    Jake Bullard (3.53 GPA, manufacturing engineering), Denton Hays (3.05 GPA, exercise science), Sam Pugh (3.57 GPA, management) and Ethan Cordray (3.88 GPA, exercise science) represent the men's team and Alexa Bordewick (3.73 GPA, communication), Cathy Brugman (3.88 GPA, exercise science), Lizzy Jeronimus (3.77 GPA, management), Y'Cedria Devers (3.01 GPA, family & consumer science), Kylie Gafford (4.0 GPA, social work), Hailey Roderique (3.83 GPA, psychology) and Brigit Hesser (3.66 GPA, health, human performance & recreation) the women.
    All told, 109 basketball players made the MIAA Academic Honor Roll.
    STALCUP NOW A SNAPPER
    BELOIT, Wisc. — Former Pittsburg State ace Matt Stalcup made his 2014 debut Thursday night, tossing 2 2/3 scoreless innings of relief for the Beloit Snappers (Class A, Midwest League) against the Burlington Bees.
    Stalcup allowed two hits, walked none and struck out three.
    Last season, Stalcup went 2-4 with a 2.83 ERA for the Vermont Lake Monsters, another club in the Oakland Athletics organization.
    POPPE NOW A MANATEE
    VIERA, Fla. — Girard native Tanner Poppe will be starting his second pro season with the Brevard County Manatees of the Class A Advanced Florida State League.
    Poppe recorded a 2-0 mark with a 2.75 ERA during his first season in the Milwaukee Brewers organization.
    The Manatees opened their season Thursday with a 1-0 win over Daytona at their home field, Space Coast Stadium.
    Poppe's odyssey already includes stops in Arizona, Montana and Florida.
    SOUTHEAST SOFTBALL DOMINATES CHERRYVALE
    CHERRYVALE — Southeast softball improved to 3-0 with a doubleheader sweep of the Cherryvale Chargers on Thursday, 15-1 and 22-3. The Lancers have run-ruled all three opponents, averaging 16.3 runs per game.
    Southeast baseball split with Cherryvale, winning Game 1 7-5 and losing Game 2 11-8.
    Southeast and Cherryvale will be two of the six schools in the Class 3A regional later this spring.
    STU JECK UPDATEKANSAS CITY, Mo. — Former St. Mary's Colgan High, Fort Scott Community College and West Virginia player Stu Jeck owns a .327 average with five doubles and eight RBI in 24 games, all starts, for the 8-16 Rockhurst Hawks. Jeck took a medical redshirt in 2013.
    Rockhurst plays in the Great Lakes Valley Conference and Jeck recorded a season-high three hits against Illinois-Springfield.
    Jeck leads off and plays second base for the Hawks.
    BRIEF ALUM LOWDOWN
    The Southeast Kansas area produced several junior college signees last season and let us now catch up on a few.
    Frontenac alums Lindsey Gorham and Jennifer Long play for No. 7-ranked Johnson County CC.
    Gorham hits .286 with two home runs and 14 RBI, while Long owns a .242 mark and six RBI. Stats through 20 games.
    Page 3 of 3 - Girard alum Hope McLeod owns a .455 average and three RBI in only 11 at-bats with Cowley CC.
    Southeast alum Kalee Ewbank has thrived so far in her first season with Fort Scott CC — a .374 average with six doubles, three triples and 27 RBI.
    Labette CC features multiple area recruits — Frontenac alum Nayna Fields hits .329 with one homer and 12 RBI and another Frontenac alum Sam Bonner already owns five home runs and 16 RBI, stats through 27 games.

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