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  • ROUNDUP: Short qualifies for state in No. 1 singles

  • Pittsburg tennis qualified one player for the Class 4A state girls tennis tournament next week.

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  • Pittsburg tennis qualified one player for the Class 4A state girls tennis tournament next week.
    Sophomore Katy Short finished third in No. 1 singles with a 6-7 (8-6), 6-2, 6-3 win in the third-place match. She lost in the semifinals 6-2, 6-0 to regional champion Abbi Groff of Independence.
    “Katy really played well and earned her berth,” Pittsburg head coach John Seal said. “I was real happy with the way that she played.”
    The No. 2 doubles team of Laikyn Long-Emily Baden did not qualify, losing 6-1, 6-2 to Buntain-Harrison of Fort Scott.
    Team results: Independence 20, Parsons 11, Fort Scott 8, Chanute 7, Pittsburg 6, Ottawa 5, Labette County 1, Iola 0, Columbus 0, Coffeyville 0.
    High school volleyball
    UNIONTOWN — The Frontenac Raiders continued their winning ways with a first-place finish in the Uniontown Invitational on Saturday, improving their overall record to 24-4 with five wins.
    “I was extremely proud of the girls’ effort,” Frontenac head coach Cassie Buche said. “Against Uniontown (championship match), we played with the heart that we showed Tuesday (against St. Mary’s Colgan and Girard). We’re getting after it. We’re very scrappy, not letting the ball hit the floor, and we were aggressive at the net.”
    In the championship match against the host, Frontenac benefited from Ryleigh McCartney with 15 digs, nine kills, eight service points and one ace, Lindsey Gorham 15 digs and 30 assists, Jennifer Long eight service points and 12 digs, Nayna Fields 18 digs, Lauren Hipfl eight kills, Libby Warrick six kills and Paige Badart eight kills and three blocks.
    Frontenac started its day with a 2-0 (25-7, 25-5) win over Northeast. McCartney had a double-double of 11 kills and 10 digs, plus five service points and one ace. Badart had six kills and three blocks, Warrick five kills, Bailey Flora two kills, Gorham 21 assists, Long 14 service points (six aces) and five digs, Fields eight service points (one ace) and three digs, and MaKayla Edwards seven service points with three aces.
    Frontenac defeated Yates Center 2-0 (25-11, 25-15), Southern Coffey County 2-0 (25-23, 25-11) and Crest 2-0 (25-11, 25-9).
    Gorham enjoyed a triple-double against Yates Center with 19 assists, 12 digs and 11 service points. Gorham and McCartney had double-doubles against Southern Coffey County — Gorham 21 assists and 12 digs, McCartney 20 digs and 10 kills.
    Against Crest, Fields (11), Long (9), Andi Palumbo (7) and McCartney (5) combined for 32 service points and Gorham had 22 assists.
    Frontenac plays in a nonleague quadrangular at Southeast on Monday with Three Rivers League member St. Paul joining Crawford-Neosho-Cherokee League schools Frontenac, Southeast and Columbus.
    High school soccer
    Pittsburg swept its guest from Miami County (Paola) Saturday, 6-0 scores in both varsity and JV matches.
    Sullivan Lauderdale netted a hat trick in the varsity match (three goals) and Emmanuel Gonzales, Patrick Ryan and Danilo Pinheiro added single goals for the Dragon attack. Moira Myers and Gonzales registered assists.
    Page 2 of 3 - Robert Bustamante scored three goals in the JV match and Kyle Steinmiller added two goals. Paola assisted Pittsburg by scoring one for the home team; Ryan and Diego Luna each had an assist on Pittsburg goals.
    High school volleyball
    FORT SCOTT — Pittsburg split nonleague matches against Fort Scott and Osawatomie, losing to Osawatomie 2-1 (25-23, 14-25, 21-25) and beating Fort Scott 2-0 (25-19, 25-21).
    Pittsburg head coach Mary Packard gave her team a few words before the match against Fort Scott, their main historical rival.
    “Even though Fort Scott is in our regionals, there is no assurance that we will get to play them,” Packard said. “So I told the seniors in the pregame huddle, ‘This is the last time you will play Fort Scott, so make it count, no regrets.’”
    Packard said its passing was spot-on against Fort Scott in the first set and broke free of Fort Scott in the second set after a 20-all score.
    Bethanne Elliott led Pittsburg with seven kills against Fort Scott and senior Andie Casper added six. Rheid Tridle had five kills and four blocks, and Jordan Dee three kills and two blocks. Alaura Short led with 11 assists and Vogel added 10.
    Against the Trojans of Osawatomie, Elliott led with 11 kills and Casper added six, Willis five, Dee five and Tridle five. Dee added three blocks. Vogel led with 13 assists and Short added 12 assists.
    High school cross country
    Pittsburg runners Jonny Adamson (boys) and Sarah Jewett (girls) finished high in the Independence Invitational on Thursday, helping the boys finish second and the girls take No. 1 honors.
    Adamson won the meet with a time of 15 minutes, 57 seconds. Hank Cloninger finished ninth (17:32), Braden Brown 12th (17:59), Noah Myers 14th (18:10), Chandler Bishop 15th (18:19), Jeremiah Jones 18th (18:38) and Garrett Harmon 45th (20:43). Pittsburg finished with 42 points, 15 behind overall winner Labette County and its stable of quality runners.
    Jewett finished third in 16:34, followed by Rachel Farmer in 10th (17:08), Alex Wachter in 12th (17:18), Nichole Kolarik in 17th (18:12), Ashlee Beitzinger in 23rd (18:45), Amanda McBride in 29th (19:18) and Emily Dickey in 33rd (19:32). Pittsburg won the meet with 33 points, 16 ahead of runner-up Frontenac.
    Team results, varsity boys: Labette County 27, Pittsburg 42, Iola 67, Frontenac 127, Independence 132, Caney Valley 143, Neodesha 168.
    Team results, varsity girls: Pittsburg 33, Frontenac 49, Independence 64, Labette County 112.
    Frontenac boys: 23. Trace McKnight 18:51, 28. Louis Brunetti, 34. Tanner Forrest, 35. Trey Tindall, 41. Aaron Troglia, 44. Ty Spurling, 52. Jacob Teats.
    Frontenac girls: 4. Taylor Jameson 16:37, 7. Hana Coleman 17:01, 9. Tabor Spurling 17:07, 26. Abby Welcher 18:54, 28. Nichole Butcher 19:05, 32. Kinsella Brunetti 19:25, 48. Amanda Cicero 22:59.
    The Southeast boys placed three runners in the top six Thursday in the Pleasanton Invitational ran at the Sugar Valley Golf Course.
    Tyler Fleck won the 5K race with a time of 17:14.43, Trevor Johnson finished second in 17:27.37 and Steven Porter sixth in 17:58.60. Tim Clausen finished 15th (18:37.43), Kenny Turner 36th (20:26.93) and Jake Zortz 46th (22:10.80).
    Page 3 of 3 - Girard was led by Drew Zimmerman in third (17:36.70) and then Jon Zimmerman 10th (18:12.20), Austin Lowe 13th (18:31.42), Trace Buckle 14th (18:32.85), Lane O’Toole 21st (19:02.47), Tanim Dillon 22nd (19:03.04) and Austin Parker 27th (19:16.29).
    Seth Chandler paced Northeast with a seventh-place finish (18:00.32), followed by Michael Toms in 11th (18:15.30), Cameron Crigler 25th (19:12.75), Ethan Snider 29th (19:27.32), Cooper Wade 33rd (20:03.57), Justin Jackson 37th (20:33.77), Micah Howard 38th (20:33.77), Cody Robarts 42nd (21:18.39) and Dennis Hensley 43rd (21:28.47).
    On the girls side, Northeast sophomore Kaylee Bogina finished second behind senior Paige White of Baxter Springs, running 4K in 16:22.88. Hope Cole finished 18th in 20:31.82.
    Christian Provence led Girard with a fourth-place finish (17:02.82) and Madison Smith took ninth (18:57.84), Kendra Samuels 10th (19:10.30), Cassidy Thomason 15th (20:07.53), Katie Massa 23rd (21:32.11) and Jayden Rusher 24th (21:44.81).
    Running for Southeast, Brytany Stewart took fifth (18:10.44), Alex Craddock 14th (19:44.20) and Rachel Holden 26th (28:11.02).
    Middle school football
    CHANUTE — Pittsburg Community Middle School won both of its games Thursday night against the Royster Rockets, taking the seventh grade contest 42-18 and the eighth grade contest 48-8.
    Pittsburg started out in style against Royster in the eighth grade contest, scoring on a 50-yard touchdown run by Conner Southard on the first play from scrimmage. This was the third straight game the eighth grade had eight different players score at least a touchdown or a 2-point conversion. Elijah Harris scored on runs of 7 and 19 yards, Dylan Prince and Keyshawn Jones added TD runs, Tanner Hitchcock scored on a 4-yard TD, and Isaiah Harris returned an interception 35 yards for a touchdown.
    In the seventh grade rout, Crispin VonWinklepleck scored on TD runs of 63 and 58 yards, Chase Johnson scored on a 4-yard run, Chase Curtis scored on runs of 17 and 2 yards, and A.J. Lair added a 6-yard TD run.
    Both Pittsburg squads improved to 5-0 and host Joplin on Thursday. The eighth graders put their 12-game winning streak on the line.

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