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  • Lancer VB, XC look strong with state up next

  • Southeast volleyball made it back-to-back-to-back Class 3A substate titles with a run Saturday through Riverton, Cherryvale and Erie.

    The Lancers defeated Riverton 2-0 (25-8, 25-17), Cherryvale 2-0 (25-21, 25-16) and Erie 2-0 (25-18, 25-16).

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  • Southeast volleyball made it back-to-back-to-back Class 3A substate titles with a run Saturday through Riverton, Cherryvale and Erie.
    The Lancers defeated Riverton 2-0 (25-8, 25-17), Cherryvale 2-0 (25-21, 25-16) and Erie 2-0 (25-18, 25-16).
    “Erie was a good team,” Southeast head coach Maya White said. “We had been preparing for them. We had a feeling we would see them in the championship match. Our girls were very excited to finally get to this point. We had been talking about it since this summer. And they did a great job. They played very well, making little errors and playing great defense. They had nine total blocks and 34 digs. It was a great match to watch.
    “I am very proud of the way the girls continued to play better each match. We are excited for (Friday). We have some things to work on and we hope to perform well at the state tournament.”
    Maggie Renn, a sophomore who moved up from JV, led Southeast with five kills and three blocks against Riverton; Rachel Bole and Miri Gordon added two blocks apiece for Southeast. Olivia Powell, Amy Martin and Chloe Biancarelli each had three aces.
    Powell led the Lancers with eight kills and seven digs in the semis against Cherryvale. Biancarelli had seven digs and Kalee Ewbank three aces.
    In the championship match against the Red Devils of Erie, Martin had nine kills and 10 digs, Bole five blocks and Marina Stricklin eight digs. Tori Colvin and Kalee Ewbank finished with 23 and 17 assists, respectively, for the night.
    Southeast (34-5) earned a No. 3 seed and plays No. 6 Silver Lake (29-8) at 4:30 p.m., No. 7 Wellsville (25-15) at 6:30 p.m. and No. 2 Hillsboro (37-3) at 8:30 p.m. Both 3A and 4A play in the Salina Bicentennial Center — 4A in the morning and 3A in the late afternoon and evening.
    The Lancers went 0-6 their previous two state appearances.
    Amy Martin, a three-year varsity contributor all three years of the state runs and all three years of her HS career, leads Southeast with 239 kills, 224 digs and 320 serves received. She ranks second on the squad with 56 aces. Over her career, Martin has 577 kills and 617 digs.
    Olivia Powell, a sophomore, leads with 83 aces and ranks second on the Lancers with 214 kills and 176 digs.
    Southeast features seniors Biancarelli, Colvin, Gordon, Ewbank, Stricklin and Tessa Robin.
    Colvin and Robin each have 83 kills, Gordon 47 kills and 16 blocks, Biancarelli 53 aces and 121 digs, Ewbank 193 assists and 45 aces, Robin 30 blocks, Stricklin 136 digs, and Colvin 374 assists and 43 aces.
    The Lancers have won their last 14 matches since a recent home loss to Frontenac and 23 of their last 25.
    Cross country
    Southeast qualified its boys team and Brytany Stewart on the girls side for the 3A race Saturday in Lawrence.
    Page 2 of 2 - The Lancer boys finished third in the Burlington regional with 76 points, behind Burlington (64) and regional champion Wellsville (30). Trevor Johnson (17 minutes, 49 seconds), Steven Porter (17:50) and Tyler Fleck (18:12) finished third, fourth and seventh, respectively.
    Johnson and Porter have been running four years and Fleck three years for Southeast head coach Korey Kimrey.
    “Those three guys (all seniors) have worked so hard and anybody who’s seen them progress over the last four years can see how much work they’ve put in to be successful,” Kimrey said. “We’re real proud of them. They’ve absolutely led our team.”
    Kimrey said the boys have qualified three teams for state — 1980, 2008 and 2012. Kimrey, a coach at his alma mater since 2008, remembers one girl state qualifier during his time coaching at Southeast — Mandy McGuire — and said that Stewart rates among a select few girls state cross country qualifiers from Southeast.
    Stewart took fifth in the girls regional with a personal best time of 16:32.
    “This is her first year as a runner,” Kimrey said. “She was completely untapped as a runner. I saw that she had a great aerobic base and we’ve kind of worked her in. She’s improved a lot in the last 3-4 weeks and she’s impressive since she’s only been running for 2 1/2 months.”
    Stewart progressed from JV races to varsity races and Kimrey talked about his philosophy in handling younger runners.
    “Before I put a runner I into varsity, I’d like them to experience success first at the JV level,” Kimrey said. “I want them to learn how to run with the lead and build their confidence before we throw them out there against the more experienced varsity runners.”
    On the girls side, regional champions from area schools include Paige White of Baxter Springs (4A), Katren Reinbolt of Fort Scott (4A) and Kaylee Bogina of Northeast (2A). In area cross country meets, schools from the Southeast Kansas League, Crawford-Neosho-Cherokee League and the Three Rivers League compete with one another, bigger schools and smaller schools.
    “There’s a lot of great competition,” Kimrey said. “It’s good rivalry. There’s something about cross country. It seems like the athletes and the coaches hang out with each other and talk after every meet. It’s an amazing sport.”
    Lawrence hosts 6A, 5A and 3A on Saturday. Wamego hosts 4A, 2A and 1A.
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