When St. Mary’s Colgan finishes its football season Saturday in the Class 2-1A state football championship game against Meade, the Panthers will put a wrap on the 2010 high school fall sports season. Now, it’s time we look back on some of the best teams and most outstanding individuals from Southeast Kansas schools before we move on to winter sports.

When St. Mary’s Colgan finishes its football season Saturday in the Class 2-1A state football championship game against Meade, the Panthers will put a wrap on the 2010 high school fall sports season. Now, it’s time we look back on some of the best teams and most outstanding individuals from Southeast Kansas schools before we move on to winter sports.

TEAMS
FOOTBALL
Chanute Blue Comets (8-3)
Chanute scored 490 points (44.5 points per game) in a 8-3 season that had the Blue Comets reach the second round of the Class 4A state playoffs before losing to undefeated Louisburg, 56-35. Chanute went on a six-game winning streak before its second-round loss.

Colgan Panthers (12-0)
Colgan is the last area football team standing and has won its 12 games by a combined score of 520-93, scoring 43 points per game and allowing under eight points per game. Third-string quarterback Andy Farmer has led Colgan to three straight playoff victories, including this season’s second comeback victory over the Olpe Eagles last week, 35-24.

Independence Bulldogs (9-2)
Independence finished second in the SEK and its district, advancing to the second round of the Class 4A state playoffs before losing to Paola, 28-0. The Bulldogs relied on a bruising running game, led by record-breaking running back Matt Bromley.

Pittsburg Purple Dragons (5-4)
Pittsburg won the SEK with a perfect 5-0 record before a harsh district schedule with 5A’s No.1-ranked Gardner-Edgerton, Blue Valley-Stilwell (who beat Gardner-Edgerton last week) and St. Thomas Aquinas, losing all three games. Pittsburg defeated four state playoff teams: Coffeyville (33-27), Columbus (30-0), Chanute (36-26) and Fort Scott (26-20). Quarterback Jordan Elliott and running back Marcus Striplin led Pittsburg’s offense; Elliott made first-team All-SEK and Striplin second-team All-SEK.

Southeast Lancers (3-8)
Southeast won three of its last five games, including a first-round playoff victory over Central Heights (37-12), after starting its season 0-6. It may be unfair to include Southeast over Galena (7-2, missed the playoffs) and Riverton (7-3, eliminated after one round), which both finished 5-1 in the CNC. However, only Southeast and Colgan won playoff games among CNC teams.

VOLLEYBALL
Baxter Springs Lions (35-4)
Baxter Springs came within one match of the state volleyball tournament, went undefeated in CNC league matches (7-0) and five Lion players earned All-CNC honors, including unanimous first-team selections Ali Cure and SkyLeigh Bingham, and coach Kelynn Heardt took 2010 CNC Coach of the Year. Baxter’s season ended against Labette County (27-25, 23-25, 12-25).

Labette County Grizzlies (30-10)
Labette County won the Class 4A substate at Chanute by defeating Baxter Springs and faced Louisburg, Topeka Hayden and St. James Academy in Salina, losing all three matches. Sophomore Michaela O’Brien made first-team All-SEK, senior Chelsea Nalley and junior Shelbie Foister second team and junior Tiara Ford honorable mention.

Northeast Vikings (32-6)
Northeast won the Three Rivers League championship in its debut season, with a 8-0 record (including a victory over main TRL nemesis, Uniontown). Seniors Britney Clark, Khristen Dwyer, Katie Amershek and Danielle West and juniors Kenzi Tims and Jessica Choate led a veteran team. Northeast lost to Southeast in the semifinal round of substate.

Pittsburg Purple Dragons (17-17)
Pittsburg completed SEK League play 8-0 and defeated traditional nemesis Labette County in straight sets (25-21, 25-17) and Parsons in three sets (23-25, 25-17, 25-20) Oct. 14 to clinch league. Junior newcomer Skyler Muff and sophomore Andie Casper earned All-SEK first-team honors. Pittsburg’s season ended against Bishop Miege in the Class 5A substate at Overland Park.

Southeast Lancers (29-14)
Southeast made its first state volleyball appearance since 1999, only two years removed from a 3-30 season record. The Lancers defeated No. 1 seed Uniontown in the substate finals. Southeast lost matches to Hillsboro, Atchison County and Osage City in Salina. Bridget McGuire (first team), Christine Bone (second team) and Chaney Fox (honorable mention) received All-CNC recognition.

INDIVIDUALS
Michaela Bauer, Girard cross country
Bauer, a three-time state qualifier and two-time state medalist, took home fifth place in her final cross country race, the 4A girls race at Wamego, with a time of 15:53. She established a course record at Baxter Springs (15:02) and won the league title with her record time. Bauer added winning the Class 4A regional at Burlington to her accomplishments.

Austin Bogina, Northeast cross country
Bogina completed his dream senior season by winning the Class 3A state championship at Wamego, defeating Hillsboro senior Joel Allen by a mere two seconds as Bogina ran a 16:31. The Northeast senior won league, regional and state championships (a perfect senior trifecta) after taking second place at the big race his junior year.

Ashton Born, Colgan tennis
Born qualified for the Class 3-2-1A state tennis tournament by winning two matches at substate. She failed to make it out of the second round at state, but she did win the final match of her high school career by defeating Gentry McLeland of Ellinwood 4-6, 7-5, 10-3.

Eric Bowman and Jared McComb, Chanute football
Bowman and McComb became the first teammates in SEK history to score over 20 touchdowns (Bowman 25, McComb 23), accounting for 292 points.

Matt Bromley, Independence football
Bromley smashed his own SEK League scoring record, with 34 touchdowns and two two-point conversions giving Bromley 208 points. The Independence senior running back scored 29 touchdowns and 180 points his junior season. Bromley ran for over 2,000 yards both seasons (2,150 this season) and he won back-to-back league scoring titles.

Taylor Gard and Amy Weilert, Chanute golf
Chanute had a formidable duo on the football field and another on the links in Gard and Weilert, who both finished top 10 at the Class 4A state golf tournament in Cheney (Gard sixth and Weilert eighth). Gard shot a 84 and Weilert 85; both players consistently finished top 10 all season. Chanute finished third as a team in Class 4A.

Timbrelee McNair, Girard golf
McNair, in her freshman season, established a new season average record with 85.8, breaking Ashley Curran’s 2006 record of 87.3. In addition, McNair’s 85.8 average broke the freshman record by almost eight strokes. She won the 18-hole Girard Tournament with a school-record 76. McNair finished second at Class 4A regionals and 20th at state.

Maggie Sloan, Colgan golf
Sloan won the Class 3-2-1A state golf tournament in Great Bend with a 87, finishing nine strokes ahead of Amy Stegman of Holcomb. Other tournament victories for the Colgan senior include Fredonia, Garnett and Pittsburg.