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Morning Sun
  • SPORTS ROUNDUP: Benefit basketball game to be held in Chanute

  • The Harlem Ambassadors will take on the “GeNeRoUs LoCaLs” in a benefit basketball game scheduled for  7 p.m., Saturday, March 3 at the Chanute Recreation Center.

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  • The Harlem Ambassadors will take on the “GeNeRoUs LoCaLs” in a benefit basketball game scheduled for  7 p.m., Saturday, March 3 at the Chanute Recreation Center.
    Proceeds from the event benefit Gary Cookus, Chanute, a disabled 20-year veteran of the United States Air Force battling non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and Parkinson’s disease.
    Cookus and his family moved to Chanute in 1996, where he ran the Safari Inn until it sold in 2000. While working for a company named Quest in 2007, Cookus was involved with a truck accident and while being treated for his injuries, doctors found Cookus had non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
    Cancer treatments accelerated his progression of Parkinson’s disease. He’s recently been deemed a fall risk and requires a handicap-accessible home. However, his insurance expired and he will not receive Medicare/disability benefits until March 2013.
    His daughter, Andrea Northcutt, started a foundation called Make a Wish Come True for the Red, White and Blue and Northcutt and LeeAnn O’Brien, loan administrator at Community National Bank, helped organize the event.
    GeNeRoUs LoCaLs are local players from the Chanute surrounding area. Current player volunteers are Anthony Stonerock, D.J. Dangerfield, Joey Bonczkowski, Joe Marchant, Jeff Stewart, Dustin Housel, Rick Berntsen, Jeff Splane, Brandon Berntsen, Todd Stevens, Zack Stennett, Tom Stennett, Mike Splechter, Joel Varnell and Lance Burnett.
    Advance tickets can be purchased at Cleaver Farm & Home or Community National Bank in Chanute for $10. Door prices are $12 and children 5 and under admitted free.
    Pittsburg wrestling
    The Kansas State High School Activities Association released its first-round pairings Monday for the Class 4A state tournament in Salina, which involves 10 Pittsburg High School grapplers who qualified for state on Saturday.
    At 106 pounds, Levi Kester (23-12) draws Hunter Miller of Desoto (19-20), Jeremiah Jones (24-13) faces Dalton Tavis of Tonganoxie (31-12) at 113, Parker Fields (23-9) draws Jaysten McClure of Maize South (23-8) at 120, Brett Cobb (26-13) wrestles Jake Wilson of Rose Hill (23-3) at the very top of the 126 bracket, Jacob Wools (18-13) faces Kyle Wilson of Wamego (35-1) at 132, Aaron Seybold (34-2) draws Jason Haydon of Wellington (19-14) at 145, Brendan Maxwell (20-14) wrestles Levi Eck of Andale (36-1) at 171, Brent Koehn (11-3) faces Andy Muehlberger of St. James Academy (34-13) at 182, Gershom Avalos (26-9) wrestles Shane Schramm of Desoto (18-18) at the very top of the 220 bracket and Broc Bennett (30-6) draws Kyle Benz of Andale (13-18).
    Wrestling starts Friday and concludes Saturday in Salina.
    College baseball
    The Mountaineers of West Virginia opened their 2012 baseball season with a 3-1 mark in the Big Ten/Big East Challenge (played in St. Petersburg and Clearwater, Fla.), losing 14-3 to Michigan on Sunday after wins over Northwestern, Penn State and Iowa on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
    St. Mary's Colgan High School graduate and former Fort Scott Community College standout Stuart Jeck went 2-for-9 over four games, three starts. Jeck hit 1-3 against Northwestern in the season opener and 1-3 against Penn State. Jeck drove in his first run of the season against Iowa in a pinch-hitting role, as his sacrifice bunt scored Chris Rasky and gave West Virginia an insurance run during a tight game with the Hawkeyes, 4-3.
    Page 2 of 2 - The Mountaineers play Virginia Tech (Friday), North Carolina State (Saturday) and George Mason (Sunday) in the Caravelle Resort's Baseball at the Beach Tournament in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
    College football signing
    Olathe South High School linebacker Greg Fry recently signed a national letter of intent to play football at Benedictine College (NAIA).
    A team captain, Fry played a key role on the 12-1 Olathe South juggernaut which claimed the Class 6A state football title with a 41-37 win over defending champion Wichita Heights. He recorded 90 tackles (47 solo, 43 assist) for the Falcons, as well as one fumble recovery and two interceptions, and earned All-Sunflower League honorable mention for his play.
    Fry joins a Benedictine football team fresh off a 9-3 overall season and 7-2 mark in the Heart of America Athletic Conference (HAAC). A qualifier for the 2011 NAIA Football Championship Series, the Ravens finished ranked No. 13 in the final NAIA poll.
    Fry is the son of Tammy Estes Fry (formerly Pittsburg) and Bob Fry, Olathe, and the grandson of Bob and Joyce Estes, formerly of Pittsburg and now of Joplin, and Phyllis Fry, Pittsburg.

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