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  • ROUNDUP: Girard takes second at Garnett Invite; McNair wins

  • Girard finished second Monday in the Garnett Invitational with a team score of 372, led by a tournament-winning score by Timbrelee McNair.

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  • Girard finished second Monday in the Garnett Invitational with a team score of 372, led by a tournament-winning score by Timbrelee McNair.
    McNair shot a 37-39—76, 12 strokes better than Cortney Gardner of Caney Valley. The Girard junior had recently established school records for lowest 9-hole score (36 at Parsons) and lowest 18-hole score (72 at Crestwood), both even-par rounds.
    Carly Heatherly finished eighth (48-48—96) and Ashley Johnson 11th (48-50—98) for Girard.
    Girard hosts a Class 4A regional next Monday at Crawford Hills Golf Course.
    Team results: Caney Valley 372, Girard 373, Chanute 410, Anderson County 427, Labette County 429, Fort Scott 453, Fredonia 457, Uniontown 460, Yates Center 478, Council Grove, Eureka.
    Girard: Timbrelee McNair 76, Carly Heatherly 96, Ashley Johnson 98, Trinadie Puckett 103, Ashley Horton 107, Alex Battitori 108.
    JV football
    Girard defeated St. Mary’s Colgan 20-6 Monday night with a pair of scores from Trey Eaton, including a 56-yard run, and a 12-yard run by Tucker Johnston. Colgan scored its lone TD on a 47-yard pass from Kaleb Hamilton to Grant Cason. Girard scored 20 unanswered points. Colgan drops to 3-2 and plays Columbus next Monday on the road.
    LaRoche, Nats enjoying great season
    With one of the best records in Major League Baseball, talk around the Washington Nationals involves postseason awards.
    The Sporting News referenced Fort Scott native Adam LaRoche for consideration for team MVP, at least, in a recent piece titled “Adam LaRoche’s value to Nationals well-known among teammates.”
    Teammates like veteran utility man Mark DeRosa and shortstop Ian Desmond praised LaRoche in the piece.
    “The one calming influence in our lineup,” DeRosa said. “He’s been healthy the whole year and has gotten big hits for us. He leads the team in homers and ribbies (RBI) and has played a Gold Glove level first base. I’d lean towards him.”
    “We couldn’t have replaced him,” Desmond said. “You could bring (Milwaukee Brewers slugger Ryan) Braun over here, you could bring (Cincinnati Reds slugger) Joey Votto over here and they wouldn’t have been able to do what he’s done.”
    LaRoche paces the Nationals with 32 home runs and 99 RBI through Monday’s games. He’s ahead of Desmond (25 HR, 73 RBI), Ryan Zimmerman (24, 94) and Bryce Harper (22, 59).
    Heavy rain, turnovers impact rivalry game
    DALLAS — The TCU Horned Frogs won its FBS-best 12th straight game and regained possession of the Iron Skillet trophy with a 24-16 win Saturday night over the SMU Mustangs.
    SMU committed six turnovers, five in the air, and this helped a Horned Frogs team outgained by its opponent 220-156.
    “Whoever didn’t screw it up was going to win this game,” TCU head coach and former Pittsburg State linebackers coach Gary Patterson said. “I’m not sure we didn’t screw it up more and just didn’t get lucky.”
    Page 2 of 2 - “I knew the defense was going to have to step up,” TCU safety Elisha Olabode said. “It was a rainy game, a defensive game.” Olabode intercepted a pass in the contest.
    TCU (4-0) hosts Iowa State on Saturday.
    Hawkeyes hand Golden Gophers first loss
    IOWA CITY, Iowa — The Minnesota Golden Gophers lost their first game of the 2012 season, 31-13 to the Iowa Hawkeyes on the road Saturday at Kinnick Stadium.
    This first blemish on the schedule comes after nonconference wins over UNLV (30-27 in three overtimes), New Hampshire (44-7), Western Michigan (28-23) and Syracuse (17-10) under second-year head coach Jerry Kill, former Pittsburg State offensive coordinator (1985-1987) and defensive coordinator (1990-1993).
    Turnovers played a difference (Minnesota committed four and forced none) and Iowa wrestled back possession of the Floyd of Rosedale, a 98-pound bronze pig Iowa and Minnesota play for in football. Iowa led 24-0 in the second half before Minnesota could get its offensive attack jumpstarted.
    “I don’t think there is any question that they got some momentum early in the game and we couldn’t get it switched off,” Kill said. “We had opportunities early in the game too. Offensively, we had some opportunities. We had a ball that was caught and they did a good job of stripping the ball away and that took away a big play. We missed one down the middle on a post route and then they get back on the field and it is a three-and-out, the wheels are spinning and you get a little tired.”
    Minnesota (4-1, 0-1 Big Ten), off to its best start since 2008, enjoys a bye week before its Homecoming contest Oct. 13 against Northwestern.
    Muff continues to help UMKC volleyball
    The UMKC ‘Roos improved to 11-7 overall and 4-2 in the Summit League with five-set victories over Nebraska-Omaha (25-15, 25-17, 22-25, 22-25, 15-10) and South Dakota (25-21, 25-27, 21-25, 25-20, 18-16).
    Muff had eight kills, five blocks and four digs against the Mavericks and nine kills, six blocks and four digs against the Coyotes. She ranks fourth on the ‘Roos with 105 kills and third in blocks with 38 this season.
    Local golf
    Jim Hoskins made a hole-in-one Saturday on Hole No. 11 at the Crestwood Country Club, using a 7-iron on the 145-yard hole. This is Hoskins’ second career hole-in-one and it was witnessed by Richard Oler and Steve Davis.
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