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  • SPORTS ROUNDUP: Wimmer, Striplin earn scholarships

  • Pittsburg High School seniors Joe Wimmer and Marcus Striplin have been awarded scholarships for their accomplishments.

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  • Pittsburg High School seniors Joe Wimmer and Marcus Striplin have been awarded scholarships for their accomplishments.
    Wimmer receives the Scotty Sisk Memorial Scholarship and the ‘Get Busy Livin’ Dylan Meier Scholarship, and Striplin the Adam Newbery Memorial Scholarship.
    Wimmer — a three-sport standout in football, basketball and baseball — led Pittsburg football to a 6-3 overall record and 5-0 mark in the Southeast Kansas League. He passed for 810 yards, eight touchdowns and one interception; he ran for 797 yards and nine TDs.
    He made a memorable 99-yard fumble return for touchdown in the season opener against Coffeyville, a game in which he also ran for 160 yards and two scores on 12 carries. The Purple Dragons also defeated then No. 1-ranked Blue Valley in their second district game.
    Striplin, a standout in football and track, finished with 996 yards and 13 TDs rushing his senior year, as he averaged 7.8 yards per carry. He rushed for over 100 yards in games against Columbus and Chanute, helping Pittsburg hold onto the Coal Bucket and win its Homecoming contest. He’s been a state qualifier in track his first three years of high school.
    Every year, a PHS senior football player receives the Sisk Award or the player who most exemplifies the “Spirit of Dragon Football.” Sisk graduated from PHS in 1994, where he was voted a team captain and the Most Inspirational Player on the 1993 team. He played football three years at Washburn.
    Wimmer becomes the second PHS student-athlete to receive the GBL Dylan Meier Scholarship, following Luke Lee. The scholarship honors somebody who reflects a true passion and zest for life.
    The Newbery Award is given each year to a PHS football or track athlete. Newbery played on the PHS back-to-back state runner-up teams in 2000 and 2001, the Jayhawk Conference runner-up at Coffeyville Community College in 2003 and the Division II national runner-up at Pittsburg State in 2004.
    Wimmer is the son of Brad and Carol Wimmer and he plans to attend Kansas State in the fall.
    Striplin is the son of Gene and Debbie Striplin and the grandson of Sharon Henderson, and he plans to run track at the collegiate level.
    High school golf
    Pittsburg senior Andrew Joy tied for the best overall individual score (78) and St. Mary's Colgan finished third as a team Tuesday evening on the links of the Crestwood Country Club in the Pittsburg Invitational.
    "Very pleased with the scores Andrew Joy and Johnny Randall shot," Pittsburg head coach Merle Clark said. "Andrew shot 41 on the front side and came back strong with a 37 on the back side to tie for the low score of the tournament. Freshman Justin Wuerdeman had another good outing with a 93 but our fourth score is in the 100s and that hurts. We need someone to step up and give us a good number for that fourth team score."
    Page 2 of 2 - Logan Taylor of Independence and Shane Walden of Iola each shot 78. Randall shot 80, tied for the third-best score of the tournament.
    Colgan senior Austin Barone shot 81, tied for 11th. Bailey Beykirch finished 17th (84) and Michael Hudiberg 19th (86).
    Team results: Independence 325, Coffeyville 336, Colgan 338, Iola 340, Columbus 348, Parsons 348, Fort Scott 352, Pittsburg 353, Labette County 353, Chanute 359, Girard 433.
    Pittsburg results: Andrew Joy 78, Johnny Randall 80, Justin Wuerdeman 93, Parker Matthews 102, Dalton Russell 107, Taylor Brinegar 110.
    Colgan results: Austin Barone 81, Bailey Beykirch 84, Michael Hudiberg 86, David Misasi 87, Will Mitchelson 93, Taylor Thomas 100.
    Girard results: Klay O'Brien 104, Aaron Boore 105, Kyle Bauer 109, Garrett Platt 115, Tyler Rusher 115, Jonathan Westoff 122.
    Colgan JV baseball
    The Panthers swept the Bulldogs of Galena on Tuesday, 6-0 and 5-2.
    In the first game, sophomore Drew Dawson hit for two RBI and earned the win on the mound, as he allowed only a single hit in four innings before Nate Brown pitched the fifth. Austin Kratz also drove in two runs; C.J. Russell and Tucker Hoffman added RBI. Colton Gilbert stole two bases.
    In the second game, Kratz, Kaleb Hamilton, Jake VanLeeuwan and Drew Casey each drove in runs. Tully Yoakum, Hamilton and Casey each hit doubles. Hoffman, Casey, Brown and Ryan Kinyon all stole bases. Yoakum earned the win, striking out five and giving up one run on four hits over four innings.
    Youth baseball
    Frontenac Junior Babe Ruth baseball coaches are looking for a few more sign-ups from the 13-15 age bracket who are interested in playing summer ball. Players must live within the Frontenac school district and coach Skip Hale said he would like to finalize rosters by Apr. 23. The season will begin after school's out for the summer and 29 teams playing in the JBR district include Riverton, Galena, Baxter Springs, Parsons, Chanute, Neodesha and Erie. For more information or to sign-up, please contact Skip Hale at 620-249-5450.
    Basketball tournament
    The Altamont Lions Club will hold its 11th annual “3-on-3” Basketball Tournament on Saturday, May 5 at Labette County High School, Harrison Gymnasium, in Altamont. Entry fee equals $20 per player and this entry fee covers a drink and a hot dog. This is an open men’s division tournament. Teams are guaranteed at least three games. Championship T-shirts will be awarded. A concession stand will be available. Entry deadline: May 4. For more information, please contact Brad Smith at 620-717-1561.