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  • SISNEY COLUMN: Overheard conversations, random threads

  • I should write more columns. No, I’d rather take a late morning nap or hang out with my girlfriend on her lunch break or look up trivial information. Good choices, I would argue, especially hanging out with my girlfriend since I work nights and she works days.

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  • I should write more columns. No, I’d rather take a late morning nap or hang out with my girlfriend on her lunch break or look up trivial information. Good choices, I would argue, especially hanging out with my girlfriend since I work nights and she works days.
    Write columns randomly, instead of establishing a firm pattern of every Tuesday or every Thursday or every Sunday. I write one every few months it seems like sometimes and I’d rather knock ‘em out once or twice a week. I should find a middle ground somewhere. Anyway, here’s a few random threads stitched together into something resembling a column.
    High school swimming
    Southeast High School sophomore Brytany Stewart took home two fifth-place finishes over the weekend in the Class 5-1A Girls State Swimming & Diving Championships in Topeka. Her time was 2 minutes, 2.36 seconds in the 200-yard freestyle and 55.79 in the 100 freestyle.
    Her mother and coach, Kimberly, sent an e-mail Sunday afternoon which provided information on her daughter’s experience:
    I told her she would need to go all out. The level of competition is intense and you can’t hold back trying to save energy for a final cut. Brytany raced hard in the Finals, going out strong in both events. The 100-yard free is after the 200, so there isn’t much time for resting. Taking time off in that event was going to be tough but she is a very determined athlete and did what she had to do . . . breathing only once on her last lap of the 100.
    Stewart — the only swimmer representing Southeast — earned 28 points and Southeast placed 16th out of 39 teams, behind state champion Blue Valley (303 points), Newton (262), Blue Valley Southwest (202.5), St. Thomas Aquinas (181), Seabury Academy (178), Andover (149), Emporia (137), Wichita Independent (104), St. James Academy (102), Bishop Carroll (92), Trinity Academy (73.5), Salina South (63), Winfield (60), McPherson (56) and Kapaun Mt. Carmel (36).
    In addition, Stewart earned All-State second team.
    High school track
    At the Class 4A regional track meet Friday in Girard, I overheard some interesting conversations on the infield of Frank Jameson Field.
    Coaches and sometimes fans will follow their athletes from sideline-to-sideline of a long-distance race and bark encouraging words, constructive criticism, et cetera, or some coaches merely choose one spot for their barking.
    Anderson County coach: He wants to win this thing bad. Anderson County girl fan: He’s got the eye of the tiger.
    Sure enough, that Anderson County runner Arthur White took first place in the 1600-meter run and won a regional title. He ran a time of 4 minutes, 33.15 seconds, over 2 seconds faster than runner-up Carl Stinson of Independence. That coach, that fan and a cameraman followed White for all four of his laps. He must’ve had the eye of the tiger.
    Page 2 of 2 - Coffeyville sophomore Josh Morgan finished sixth in the 1600, two spots removed from a state berth.
    Coffeyville coach (to Morgan): I’m proud of you, buddy. Call your mom and dad and let them know. You’re going to do good next year.
    Morgan set a new personal best by nearly 10 seconds and his coach was congratulating him for his above-and-beyond effort.
    I wanted to include those stories in the article for Saturday’s paper. Granted, I have no responsibility to include anything on Anderson County and Coffeyville because they’re not “local.” I came back from Girard after 10 and my head felt like it would explode before midnight. Deadline pressure, deadline rush, create a lede, find this result, do not leave anybody out, etc. So, naturally, great stories sometimes get lost in the deadline shuffle and it’s an unfortunate reality of this business.
    However, I did find room for the story of how the Pittsburg girls 4x100 relay team set a new school record and upon finding out from her coaches, Nicole Striplin ran up and hugged teammate Skyler Muff right around midfield at Frank Jameson Field. They were genuinely surprised and genuinely pleased. I witnessed their spontaneous reactions and reported them.
    College baseball
    The University of Kansas baseball team finished its regular season 22-32 (7-16 Big 12) and secured the No. 7 seed in the Big 12 postseason tournament, drawing No. 2 Texas A&M (41-14, 16-8) at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City.
    Girard native and junior pitcher Tanner Poppe owns a 0-4 record and 5.94 ERA, leading the Jayhawks with five saves. Poppe struck out 30 batters in 36.1 innings pitched. St. Mary’s Colgan graduate and freshman catcher Nate Arnold batted four times in the regular season, going 1-for-4.
    The West Virginia Mountaineers, playing their final season in the Big East, ended its season 23-32 overall and 9-18 in conference play, leaving West Virginia on the outside looking in of postseason baseball.
    Colgan graduate Stuart Jeck finished his first season at the Division I level with a .234 batting average (15-64), no extra-base hits, seven RBI, .234 slugging percentage, .342 on-base percentage, 10 walks, 20 strikeouts, two stolen bases and .898 fielding percentage in 28 games and 20 starts.
    West Virginia will play in the Big 12 beginning in the 2012-2013 school year.
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