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  • SPORTS ROUNDUP: Smith wins league title at No. 2 singles

  • The Pittsburg High School tennis squad finished in third place at the Southeast Kansas League Boys Tennis Championships on Thursday and one PHS tennis player won his second SEK League title in as many years.

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  • The Pittsburg High School tennis squad finished in third place at the Southeast Kansas League Boys Tennis Championships on Thursday and one PHS tennis player won his second SEK League title in as many years.
    Head coach John Seal said third place this year was the highest league finish in several years for Pittsburg.
    Pittsburg senior Brandon Smith (26-1 overall this season) won an individual league title at No. 2 singles, whereas last year he and classmate Sean Perkins won in No. 2 doubles. Smith endured an over 4-hour championship match against Ty Schabel of Independence, winning 7-6, 6-7, 6-2. Seal called this match “an unbelievable effort.”
    Hank Cloninger finished sixth in No. 1 singles, losing close matches against Ian Chesier of Chanute 8-7 (7-3) and Austin Sather of Fort Scott 8-6. Seal said that Cloninger led in both matches.
    No. 1 doubles Perkins and Jake Cloninger, both seniors, placed fourth. Seal said that both players were disappointed by a fourth-place finish but played well against Kyle Altic and Bryce Daly of Fort Scott in the first round.
    No. 2 doubles Micah Hashman and Jake Creech finished third and this finish included a 6-3, 6-0 win in the third place match against Davis Drake and Gage Addington of Fort Scott.
    Team results: Parsons 31, Independence 30, Pittsburg 23, Coffeyville 17, Fort Scott 17, Chanute 13, Columbus 9, Labette County 7, Iola 1.
    High school baseball/softball
    The Frontenac softball team improved to 15-0 on the season with 17-0 and 18-0 run-rule wins over Northeast on Thursday.
    In the first game, Ashton Alex went 1-for-2 with a run scored, walk and RBI, Haley Wilson 1-3 with a run scored and two RBI and Nayna Fields had two runs scored, two stolen bases, two walks and one RBI. Lindsey Gorham scored two runs, walked twice and had one RBI, supporting herself in a game where she allowed no runs on one Northeast hit and struck out eight in three innings. Jennifer Long also scored three runs, walked three times and had an RBI.
    The second game was more of the same as Fields and Long proved a dangerous tandem at the plate — Long 4-for-4 with three runs scored, two triples, a home run and three RBI and Fields 3-3 with four runs scored, a double, a triple and a homer. Danielle McBride went 2-2 with two runs scored and two RBI. Macie Broyles went 2-2 with a run scored. On the mound, Gorham struck out five and allowed one hit in three innings.
    Frontenac plays Southeast on Monday in Cherokee. The Frontenac JV won 5-0 and 10-5 against St. Mary’s Colgan on Wednesday; Taylor Smith earned wins in both games.
    On the baseball diamond Thursday, Frontenac swept a pair from Northeast by identical run-rule scores of 11-1.
    Page 2 of 2 - In the first game, Northeast managed only three hits against Frontenac starter Blake Vail over five innings — singles by freshmen Seth Chandler and Dennis Hensley and a double by Noah Popejoy. Meanwhile, Frontenac scored 11 runs on seven hits and six Northeast errors.
    Frontenac catcher Bryan Wade led the run production with three RBI and Bryce Burdette added two; Blake Barto and Avery Coronado scored three runs apiece. The Raiders scored their runs from the bottom of the lineup and drove in their runs at the head of the lineup.
    Drake Courtney drove in Northeast’s lone run of the first game.
    In the second game, Frontenac began with a six-run first inning and held Northeast scoreless after the Vikings pushed across their own run in the first.
    Matt Standlee drove in three runs on a 3-for-4 night and Brett Macary also went 3-4 with two RBI. Gus Brunetti drove in two.
    The Raiders had doubles from Standlee, Vail and Caleb Spanger, as well as stolen bases from Standlee, Vail, Wade, Macary and Burdette.
    On the mound, Macary and Standlee combined to three-hit Northeast over six innings. Three Northeast pitchers allowed 11 runs on 13 hits and six walks.
    Frontenac (14-1) plays Southeast on Monday.
    Pittsburg JV softball
    The Pittsburg JV swept Parsons on Thursday, 3-1 and 14-8. In the first game, Katie Phalen struck out five in five innings pitched and supported herself with a 2-for-3 night at the plate. Katy Short also went 2-3 in Game 1. In the second game, Short went 3-4 with two RBI, Phalen 3-4 with three RBI and Hannah Drenik also went 3-4. Reagan Rink struck out six in the circle. The Purple Dragons are 6-4 and the PHS varsity hosts Parsons tonight.

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