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  • PHS tennis finishes third, Brandon Smith now 20-0

    PARSONS — The Pittsburg High School tennis squad finished third at the Parsons Invitational on Wednesday, two points separated between them and No. 1 Parsons.

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  • PHS tennis finishes third, Brandon Smith now 20-0
    PARSONS — The Pittsburg High School tennis squad finished third at the Parsons Invitational on Wednesday, two points separated between them and No. 1 Parsons.
    “We were very close in this meet,” Pittsburg head coach John Seal said, “and had our chances against Indy. We lost 8-6 at No. 1 singles after getting a lead and lost in a tiebreak at No. 2 doubles.”
    Brandon Smith continued his undefeated run through No. 2 singles this year, improving his overall record to 20-0. He defeated Coffeyville 8-0, Fort Scott 8-0, Parsons 8-5 and Independence 8-3.
    Hank Cloninger finished second in No. 1 singles, winning matches against Fort Scott and Coffeyville but losing matches against Independence and Parsons. Sean Perkins and Jake Cloninger tied for second in No. 1 doubles, losing matches against Parsons and Independence but winning matches against Coffeyville and Fort Scott. Micah Hashman and Nick Powers, freshmen, tied for second in No. 2 doubles with losses to Independence and Parsons and wins over Fort Scott and Coffeyville, as Smith was the only PHS player to win a match against both Independence and Parsons.
    Seal said that Coffeyville went 3-1 against Pittsburg twice before in tournaments but not on Wednesday as Pittsburg won all four matches against Coffeyville, as well as Fort Scott.
    Team results: Parsons 12, Independence 11, Pittsburg 10, Coffeyville 5, Fort Scott 2.
    PHS softball team loses both ends of doubleheader
    BAXTER SPRINGS — The Pittsburg High School softball team lost both ends of a nonleague doubleheader to the Baxter Springs Lions on Tuesday, both one-run games, 3-2 and 6-5.
    “We struggled mentally in most of both games,” Pittsburg head coach Mary Packard said. “We came to life a few times but it wasn’t enough. We have a had a struggling time on the mound, just not consistent enough. This, along with untimely errors in the field, keeps us out of the winners’ column.”
    In the first game, Pittsburg gained a 2-0 lead after its first two frames.
    Andie Casper led off the game with a single, stole second and moved to third when the Baxter Springs right fielder committed an error on a ball hit by Mercedes Vogel. Chelsea Williams drove in Casper.
    Pittsburg scored its final run on the combination of a lead-off single by Melia Cook and the baserunning smarts of freshman courtesy runner Katy Short. Short stole second and not only did she advance 90 feet on a groundball out by Jordan Dee to the Baxter Springs first baseman but Short caught Baxter napping on the play and scored.
    Baxter Springs tied it up in the second on a two-run double by Kelsey Kellum and went ahead in the bottom of the fifth. The Lions did their damage both innings with two outs.
    Page 2 of 2 - Meanwhile, Pittsburg struggled offensively and only threatened once more when Lizzy Willis reached third base in the third.
    In the second game, Baxter Springs jumped out fast and built a 3-0 lead on the strength of hits like a Kellum solo blast in the third.
    Pittsburg broke into the scoring column in the fourth. Vogel reached on an error by the first baseman, stole second and scored on two overthrown balls.
    In the sixth, Pittsburg forced a 5-5 score with four runs. Kylie Wilber reached on an error by the pitcher and with two outs, Wilber scored on a Vogel double. Vogel scored on a single by Williams and Williams scored on a single by Willis. Willis scored on a rundown play forced by Alaura Short between first and second base.
    However, Baxter Springs won the game by scoring a run in the bottom of the sixth and then holding Pittsburg scoreless in the top of the seventh.
    Pittsburg (5-5) faces Columbus (5-3) on Friday.
    Game One
    Baxter Springs 3, Pittsburg 2
    PHS 110 000 0 — 2
    BSHS 020 010 X — 3
    Melia Cook and Bethanne Elliott. Tayler Frazier and Tyler Frazier.
    Game Two
    Baxter Springs 6, Pittsburg 5
    PHS 000 104 0 — 5
    BSHS 201 111 X — 6
    Mercedes Vogel, Melia Cook (5) and Bethanne Elliott, Katy Short. Tayler Frazier and Tyler Frazier.
    KBCA releases All-Academic honors
    Five Pittsburg-area student-athletes made the cut of the 2012 All-Academic All-State team released by the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association.
    Joe Wimmer and Zach Baden represent Pittsburg High School. Garrett Kays, Christian Smith and Zach Smith represent St. Mary’s Colgan.
    Mallory Shelton, Cameron Woodring and Matt Wright of Fort Scott, Christian Kauth of Iola and Allie Maffei of Labette County were selected from schools (currently) in the Southeast Kansas League.
    The KBCA recognizes those who rank in the top one-fourth of their class after seven semesters, who score 25 or higher on the ACT and who have good moral character.
    Berean Academy and Andale led the way with five selections. Atchison County, Conway Springs, Jefferson County North, Moundridge, Olathe Northwest and Rock Creek each have four. For a complete list of the selections, please go to http://www.kansaskbca.com/2011-2012/KBCA%20All-Academic12.pdf.

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