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  • Tournament week in review

  • Tournament week generally elevates the excitement level during a high school basketball season.

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  • Tournament week generally elevates the excitement level during a high school basketball season.
    This season, with Frederick Douglass at the Kansas National Guard Invitational and Sunrise Christian at the Lancer Classic, excitement reached a fever pitch for local basketball fans during Tournament Week.
    Additionally, Pittsburg State played Missouri Southern on Wednesday and Fort Hays State at home on Saturday — providing fans with four more quality basketball games.
    It was more than enough to make a sports writer’s head spin right round like a record, if not outright hover on the precipice of an explosion.
    • Pitt State forward JaVon McGee became part of history Saturday against Fort Hays State at Whetzel Court/John Lance Arena, by scoring his 1,000th career point. McGee would end the day with 1,016 career points.
    The top 20 all-time Pitt State scorers are Calvin Kinzer (1,833), Eddie Jackson (1,722), Jim Chroust (1,587), Tony Fleming (1,515), Dan Stanley (1,507), Oscar Gonzalez (1,482), Greg Wolf (1,434), Jeff Greene (1,292), Bruce Palmer (1,217), Clinton Brown (1,134), Cedric Brooks (1,120), Carlos Taylor (1,104), Spencer Magana (1,101), Marc Eddington (1,090), Doug Gillispie (1,085), Bob Williams (1,085), Doug Dodge (1,052), Tony McCoy (1,045), Fred Harder (1,044) and Doug Baker (1,014).
    The lone Pitt State basketball player to be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass., Ernest Schmidt scored exactly 1,000 points during his four-year PSU career (1930-1933), hence the nickname “One Grand.”
    The 1930 and 1931 PSU teams, coached by John Lance, were undefeated and the Gorillas won 47 consecutive games, a standard in college basketball winning streaks until the Bill Russell-led San Francisco teams of the mid-1950s won 56 straight.
    McGee also ranks tied for fourth in career rebounding with 669 boards, tied with Bernie Onelio. Chroust (1,036), Kinzer (768) and Don Diggs (680) are 1-2-3 all-time.
    McGee reached 100 career games Saturday and the top 10 in that category are Oscar Gonzalez (119), T.J. Roberts (115), Dan Stanley (115), Doug Gillispie (114), Homer Cole (110), Max Ruark (109), Tommy Vosseler (109), Tony Fleming (108), Spencer Magana (108) and Carlos Taylor (105).
    The Gorillas have 10 regular season games remaining on their schedule.
    • Pitt State sophomore forward Lizzy Jeronimus won MIAA Player of the Week for the first time this season with her eighth 20-point game this season Wednesday against Missouri Southern and her third double-double of the season Saturday against Fort Hays State.
    Her 24-point performance against Missouri Southern will go down in PSU lore as the Jeronimus flu game. She only missed one shot all night and helped Pitt State claim a 66-63 win at the Leggett & Platt Athletic Center.
    Jeronimus had 13 points and 13 rebounds against Fort Hays during a tough 51-48 win at Whetzel Court/John Lance Arena.
    No. 42 leads the MIAA with a 19.1 scoring average, three points higher than No. 2 scorer Taylor Lewis of Northeastern State. Jeronimus ranks 12th in rebounding (6.4), 10th in field goal percentage (108-211, .512), eighth in free throw
    percentage (82-96, .854) and eighth in defensive rebounds (5.0).
    Page 2 of 3 - Through games played last Wednesday, Jeronimus ranked 15th nationally in scoring average and 44th in free throw percentage.
    • The Pitt State women helped Fort Hays sophomore center Kate Lehman into her worst collegiate performance — four points on 2-15 shooting. Lehman, a 6-4 post leading NCAA-II with over four blocks per game, attempted no free throws and finished with 13 rebounds.
    Entering the game Saturday, Lehman was averaging 16.6 points and shooting 86-152 (.566) from the floor. After the game Saturday, Lehman dipped to 15.8 points and 88-167 (.527) this season.
    • Frederick Douglass (Okla.) senior guard and future Oklahoma State player Stevie Clark averaged 41.7 points over three games of the inaugural Kansas National Guard Invitational and made 30 3-point shots, including 10 against Baxter Springs and 11 against Nevada (Mo).
    Clark scored 90 of his 125 points on 3s.
    Clark’s best game was 65 points last season in a 106-92 loss to Airline High (La.) in the Bossier Invitational. He averaged 25 points and 11 assists per game last season in guiding Douglass to its third consecutive state title.
    Douglass won the first boys title Saturday night with a 99-64 win over Winfield and the Trojans were loved in Frontenac during their stay, treated like rock stars or royalty.
    On the girls side of the Kansas National Guard Invitational, Fort Scott won the prize with consecutive wins over Hogan Prep (52-16), Frontenac (56-45) and Baxter Springs (43-37).
    • After the first six games of the season, Girard senior guard and Pitt State signee Hadyn Herlocker was on 944 career points and she scored 34 points her first two games back in January against Chanute and Columbus.
    She needed 22 against Fort Scott to reach the 1,000-point milestone and finished with a game-high 17, including 11 in the fourth quarter, as Girard won a tough contest at Ted R. Taylor Gymnasium, 39-36.
    Herlocker needed five points last Monday against Erie in the opening round of the Wilson County Classic and No. 23 delivered 20 points during a 51-32 win.
    Herlocker became the 14th member of the 1,000-point club, joining boys and girls Brenda Rose, Amanda Davied, Morgan High, Mike Taylor, Jay Leigh, Gabe Evans, Nikki Pierce, Seth Newton, Marissa Poppe, Drew Cook, Tanner Poppe, Darian Kelly and Carly Twarog.
    “This is a great milestone for Hadyn,” Girard head coach Brad Herlocker said. “She has worked very hard to become the player she is. She is also very lucky to be on some great teams with great players. I see this as a team accomplishment, not an individual one.”
    • The St. Mary’s Colgan boys and girls both won Tony Dubray Classic titles.
    The Colgan boys averaged 66.7 points during wins over Bronaugh (87-56), Wheaton (61-38) and Galena (52-47).
    Senior forward Dyson Dechant led Colgan with a 26.0 scoring average, including 35 points against Bronaugh and 28 against Wheaton. Dechant scored 78 points on 37 made field goals and only four free throws.
    Page 3 of 3 - Junior wing Luke Marquardt averaged 13.3 points, including a 21-point night against Bronaugh.
    Sophomore guard Austin Commons averaged 11.3 points, no game higher than 13 and no game lower than nine, and led Colgan with two 3-point goals in the Classic.
    The Colgan girls defeated Bronaugh (66-25), Galena (46-43, OT) and Liberal (56-49).
    Senior guard Taylor Bolinger averaged a team-high 14.3 points, including 17 points against Bronaugh and 18 against Liberal in the championship game.
    Senior forward Mariah Klenke averaged 11.3 points, no game higher than 12 and none lower than 10, and was the lone Colgan player to score in double figures every game of the Dubray Classic.
    Sophomore guard Aliee Story averaged 10.0 points and delivered 15 points against Liberal.
    • Despite playing on a fifth place team in the Dubray Classic, Northeast sophomore point guard Kaylee Bogina won Tournament MVP.
    Her best game in the Classic was the best game of her career, 19 points during a 47-37 consolation bracket win over Bronaugh.
    • Pittsburg landed one selection to the All-Tournament Team of the Burlington Invitational — senior Tanner Ellis — and several players earned All-Academic (3.5-4.0 GPA) and All-Tournament Academic Team (4.0 GPA).
    All-Academic: Spencer Bernhardt, Nick Vacca, Ellis, Micah Hashman, Morgan Plank, Sam Bollinger, Katie Phalen, MaKayla Pichler, Bethanne Elliott, Mercedes Vogel, Brianna Maxwell, Alaura Short, Lizzy Willis. All-Tournament: Bernhardt, Vacca, Bollinger, Plank, Elliott, Phalen, Vogel, Willis.
    • In the latest rankings (Jan. 21) of the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association, the Pittsburg girls dropped out of the Class 4A top 10 with back-to-back losses to Santa Fe Trail and Sabetha in the Burlington Invitational. Pittsburg was ranked No. 5 on Jan. 14.
    Chanute (No. 5), Girard (No. 7) and Prairie View (No. 10) are three area girls teams ranked in 4A.
    The Fort Scott substate features Pittsburg (8-3), Girard (8-3), Frontenac (9-2), Anderson County (4-5), Baxter Springs (6-4), Columbus (6-5), Fort Scott (7-4) and Prairie View (9-2).
    On the boys side, Labette County (No. 7, 4A), Colgan (No. 6, 3A) and Crest (No. 4, 1A-Div. II) are ranked by the KBCA.

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