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  • LOCAL ROUNDUP: Poppe records third save

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  • DUNEDIN, Fla. — Girard native and Brevard County reliever Tanner Poppe earned his third save of the season Friday night, preserving a 5-2 victory over the Dunedin Blue Jays at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium.
    Poppe came on in the eighth and closed the door.
    In the eighth, Poppe struck out Dwight Smith swinging, Dalton Pompey lined out to second base, Matt Newman doubled and Marcus Knecht popped out.
    In the ninth, Kevin Patterson popped out, Derrick Chung went down swinging and Gustavo Pierre grounded out 5-3.
    In his first three appearances, Poppe's earned three saves and given up no runs over his first four innings. No. 25 struck out five, walked none.
    HIGH SCHOOL TENNIS: Pittsburg tennis wrapped up a busy week with a first place at the Topeka Hayden Invitational on Friday, only a day after taking first at its home invitational tournament.
    Pittsburg claimed first with 29 points, Marysville took second with 29, DeSoto third 19, Topeka Hayden fourth 17, Spring Hill fifth 14, Atchison sixth 9 and Hiawatha seventh 6.
    Logan Benham finished third in No. 1 singles, a 8-0 win over Atchison, a 8-5 loss to Marysville and a 8-1 win over DeSoto in the third place match.
    Adrian McAfee took first in No. 2 singles, a 8-0 win over Atchison, a 8-1 win over Spring Hill and a 8-2 win over DeSoto.
    Micah Hashman-Nick Powers took first in No. 1 doubles, a 8-0 win over Hiawatha, a 8-4 win over DeSoto and a 8-2 win over Marysville.
    Hank Cloninger-Josh Dial won No. 2 doubles, 8-0 over Hiawatha, 8-3 over Marysville and 8-3 over Atchison.
    COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Minnesota, coached by former Pittsburg State offensive and defensive coordinator Jerry Kill, held its annual Spring Game on Saturday at TCF Bank Stadium.
    The offense, decked out in gold, scored 19 points against the defense, clad in white, a defensive unit which totaled four sacks, two pass breakups and one pick.
    Redshirt freshman running back Berkley Edwards rumbled for a 33-yard touchdown, the game's only trip to the end zone. Rodrick Williams, meanwhile, rushed for a high of 52 yards on nine carries, his carries highlighted by a 22-yarder. The four quarterbacks, all sporting green non-contact jerseys, combined for 17 for 27 passing and 168 yards.
    The Golden Gophers open their season Aug. 28 with a home game against Eastern Illinois.
    At Texas State's Maroon-Gold Game on Saturday, the Gold prevailed over the Maroon 30-29 at Bobcat Stadium.
    "There were a lot of good things about today," Texas State head coach Dennis Franchione said in a media release. "We got to see some players in situations on game day such as Fred Nixon. That was good."
    Chris Nutall carried the ball 12 times for 115 yards and Bradley Miller caught five passes for 142 yards, including a 78-yard touchdown off a deflection.
    Page 2 of 2 - "Chris is a load to bring down, our guys will tell you that," Franchone said. "He's got strong legs. He's playing the best football he's played since he's been here. We ran the stretch play today and that probably wasn't his strength in the previous year or two and now he's learned patience. A back that matures does that. He understands that play better and he ran it well today.
    "Brad has always been valuable to us because of the flexibility to play him in tight or play him out wide. He's not the bulkiest tight end and he's not the fastest wide out but he is tall and lanky. He understands how to run routes, he showed that today."
    As head coach of the Gorillas from 1985-89, Franchione's teams recorded a mark of 53-6, good for a .898 winning percentage, best in Pitt State history.
    In the Southeast Missouri scrimmage on Saturday, Spencer Davis caught three touchdown passes — strikes of 60, 18 and 10 yards — on a day when the Redhawks offense put up 51 points.
    First year head coach Tom Matukewicz coached offensive tackles and tight ends from 1997-99 at Pitt State and earned his master's degree in administration from the school. Southeast Missouri is his first non-interim head coaching job.
    Pitt State holds its Spring Game on Apr. 26.
    HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL: The St. Mary's Colgan JV baseball team won a pair of games from Baxter Springs on Friday, 3-0 and 11-1, behind the pitching of Tyler Brynds, Zach Hizey and Simon Higginbotham (Game 1) and Higginbotham, Austin Lindsey and Dominic Piccini (Game 2).

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