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  • NE XC wins three league titles

  • The Northeast boys defended their Three Rivers League title Thursday and the Vikings crowned two individual league champions: sophomore Seth Chandler (boys) and sophomore Kaylee Bogina (girls).

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  • The Northeast boys defended their Three Rivers League title Thursday and the Vikings crowned two individual league champions: sophomore Seth Chandler (boys) and sophomore Kaylee Bogina (girls).
    Chandler won the 5K race with a time of 18 minutes, 34 seconds and sophomore teammate Michael Toms finished second (18:37). Ethan Snider gave Northeast a third All-TRL runner with a fifth-place time of 19:17. Cameron Crigler finished 11th (19:47), Cooper Wade 13th (20:08), Micah Howard 20th (21:29) and Justin Jackson 25th (22:18).
    Bogina won her league title with a time of 15:47 and Hope Cole finished ninth in 19:07. Both runners earned All-TRL honors.
    TRL varsity boys team results: Northeast 19, Pleasanton 44, Crest 48, Marmaton Valley 52, Oswego 67.
    In the JV boys race, Timmy Peternell finished ninth (13:31), Cody Robarts 12th (13:49), Dennis Hensley 18th (14:32) and Chad Brennon 19th (14:39).
    High school volleyball
    RIVERTON — Frontenac reached the 30-win mark Thursday night with a nonleague quadrangular sweep of Baxter Springs 2-0 (25-9, 25-13), Oswego 2-0 (25-18, 25-17) and Riverton 2-0 (25-10, 25-12).
    Lindsey Gorham accomplished a double-double against Baxter Springs with 21 assists and 14 service points (one ace), plus four digs. Ryleigh McCartney added 10 kills, nine digs, six service points and three aces. Nayna Fields and Jennifer Long each had 11 digs and Andi Palumbo had eight digs; Palumbo had five service points, Fields three and Long two. Paige Badart added five kills and two blocks.
    Fields had a double-double of 15 digs and 12 service points (one ace) against Oswego. Gorham had 23 assists, nine digs and five service points and McCartney added nine kills, seven digs and five service points. Palumbo had nine digs and three service points, Badart 10 kills and two blocks, Long seven digs and Lauren Hipfl three kills.
    Fields enjoyed a second double-double on the night with 14 digs and 11 service points against Riverton. Gorham added 21 assists, nine service points and seven digs and McCartney had 10 digs, eight kills, three service points and two blocks. Badart had six kills and one block, Hipfl four kills and two blocks, and Libby Warrick three kills.
    The Raiders (30-4) are on a 17-match winning streak, playing their way into a possible Class 4A substate top seed. Frontenac closes out its regular season Tuesday back in Riverton against the host school and Galena.
    The Frontenac JV and freshmen both enjoyed success Thursday night, JV 2-1 and freshmen 3-0. The JV defeated Southeast 2-0 (25-13, 25-17) and Girard 2-1 (25-17, 22-25, 15-11) but lost 2-0 to St. Mary’s Colgan (21-25, 21-25). The freshmen defeated Southeast 2-0 (25-9, 25-11), Girard 2-0 (25-19, 25-23) and Iola 2-0 (25-22, 25-21).
    The Colgan JV won matches against Girard 2-1 (26-24, 18-25, 15-8), Southeast 2-0 (25-12, 25-16) and Frontenac 2-0 (25-21, 25-21).
    Pittsburg volleyball
    ALTAMONT — Pittsburg closed out Southeast Kansas League play Thursday night with victories over Parsons 2-0 (25-20, 25-19) and Labette County 2-1 (27-25, 23-25, 25-12).
    Page 2 of 3 - “Playing Labette County is always intense,” Pittsburg head coach Mary Packard said. “We knew they had improved since the last time we saw them and they gave us quite a match, just as we expected them. That was our last league match and we met our yearly goal of winning
    20 matches.”
    Pittsburg started out strong against Parsons with multi-point service runs by seniors Alaura Short and Andie Casper, building a 16-5 lead. Short had another crucial service run to help close out Parsons in the final set, taking Pittsburg from points 20-24 with two aces among five straight points.
    Short had 13 service points, eight assists and five aces, Casper three kills and two aces, Lizzy Willis five kills, Bethanne Elliott five kills and three aces, Rheid Tridle four kills, three blocks and three aces, Mercedes Vogel six assists, Brianna Maxwell three blocks and Jordan Dee two blocks against the Vikings.
    Pittsburg won a tight match with perennial rival Labette County on the strength of six kills and three blocks from Willis, five kills and eight blocks from Tridle, four kills and four blocks from Dee, three kills and three blocks from Maxwell, three kills and nine service points from Elliott, three kills and two blocks from Casper, four assists and six service points from Short and eight assists and four service points from Vogel.
    Pittsburg (21-10, 5-1 SEK) finished second place in league play, behind powerhouse league champion Chanute (31-1, 6-0 SEK). The Purple Dragons play in a tough 10-team tournament Saturday in Emporia, with matches against Maize, Washburn Rural, Shawnee Mission Northwest and Topeka Seaman in pool play.
    High school soccer
    OLATHE — Pittsburg lost 2-1 to Heritage Christian on Thursday night, giving up a 1-0 halftime lead. Danilo Pinheiro scored the lone Pittsburg goal with an assist from Emmanuel Gonzales. Heritage Christian won on a penalty kick late in the contest.
    Junior high football
    FRONTENAC — St. Mary’s defeated Frontenac 30-12 in a seventh grade contest Thursday night, led by a Max Wilson 55-yard punt return, a Jacob Dellasega 17-yard run, a Jeremiah Buche 52-yard pass from Bryce Hutchins and a 76-yard interception return by Buche. Dellasega, Buche and Hutchins added conversion runs.
    St. Mary’s defeated Frontenac 39-0 in an earlier meeting this season, highlighted by four Dellasega TD runs.
    College football
    Minnesota head coach Jerry Kill (former Pittsburg State offensive and defensive coordinator), in his second year at the helm of the Golden Gophers, already has the Gophers at four wins, one more than all last season.
    After its first loss of the season (31-13 to Iowa) two weeks ago and its bye last week, Minnesota returns to TCF Bank Stadium on Saturday for a Homecoming showdown with Northwestern (5-1), also fresh off its first loss of the season. Kill addressed fundamentals at his press conference Tuesday.
    Page 3 of 3 - “We know what Northwestern is going to do,” Kill said. “We know what Iowa’s going to do and what Wisconsin’s going to do. Sometimes we forget blocking and tackling and using your hands and playing with good technique and having leverage on the ball and those kind of things. So I think fundamentally, we’re not where we need to be fundamentally as a program, because we’re playing a lot of young players. The only way you can learn to be fundamentally good is to play games and go through practice.”
    Kill touched on the season overall, “We’ve been playing pretty good as a team for four games. For one half we didn’t play real good as a team.”
    The Gophers are 3-0 at TCF Bank Stadium this season — victories over New Hampshire (44-7), Western Michigan (28-23) and Syracuse (17-10).
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