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Morning Sun
  • Substate games, more delayed by weather

  • Because of Winter Storm Rocky (insert bad Sylvester Stallone jokes or bad Rocky Balboa impersonations please), high school substate basketball games originally scheduled for Monday and Tuesday have been postponed, rescheduled and consolidated into a new configuration of games.

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  • Because of Winter Storm Rocky (insert bad Sylvester Stallone jokes or bad Rocky Balboa impersonations please), high school substate basketball games originally scheduled for Monday and Tuesday have been postponed, rescheduled and consolidated into a new configuration of games.
    The Class 4A substate games have been moved to Fort Scott consecutive nights — the boys will play tonight and the girls play Thursday night.
    Originally, quarterfinal games are scheduled as home-site games hosted by the higher-seeded team.
    The quarterfinal quadruple header tonight starts with Anderson County-Baxter Springs (3:15 p.m.), Pittsburg-Columbus (4:45 p.m.), Girard-Prairie View (6:15 p.m.) and Frontenac-Fort Scott (7:45 p.m.).
    The quadruple header Thursday night: Columbus-Prairie View (3:15 p.m.),  Anderson County-Frontenac (4:45 p.m.), Baxter Springs-Girard (6:15 p.m.) and Pittsburg-Fort Scott (7:45 p.m.).
    St. Mary’s Colgan (3A) and Northeast (2A) won the rights to host semifinal and final games Thursday-Saturday but now both schools will additionally host several quarterfinal games. Northeast will use two floors Thursday night.
    The 3A girls games tonight remain host-site games: Cherryvale hosts Riverton at 5 p.m., Southeast hosts Colgan at 6 p.m., and Erie hosts Galena at 6 p.m.
    The 3A boys Thursday night will feature a tripleheader at Colgan — Colgan-Neodesha at 4:30 p.m., Riverton-Erie at 6 p.m. and Galena-Southeast at 7:30 p.m. — and Caney Valley hosts Cherryvale at 6 p.m.
    On the 2A boys side Thursday night, West Elk-Madison play at 3:30 p.m., Sedan-Uniontown at 5 p.m., and Northeast-Pleasanton at 8 p.m.
    On the 2A girls side Thursday night, Sedan-Northeast play at 3:30 p.m., Madison-Yates Center play at 5 p.m., and Oswego-Uniontown and Pleasanton-West Elk play at 6:30 p.m.
    Sedan, approximately 114 miles distance between Sedan and Arma, was originally scheduled to host Northeast on Tuesday but now Sedan will travel to Arma to play Northeast. However, the Blue Devils will officially be the home team because of their higher seed in the substate. Likewise, the Sedan boys were originally scheduled to host Uniontown on Monday.
    Across the state of Kansas on Monday, 26 substate games were played — including Independence-Parsons boys (4A), Caney Valley-Neodesha girls (3A) and Oswego-Yates Center boys (2A).
    The Riley County-Osage City girls contest Monday night was moved to 3 p.m. Riley and Osage City have an approximate 100-mile distance (one-way). Riley County defeated Osage City 60-28.
    Class 2A boys finished 10 games Monday, including a Ness City-Hill City overtime thriller won by Ness City 60-57. (Pittsburg State head football coach Tim Beck graduated from Ness City.)
    The Pittsburg State-Missouri Southern hoops clash at Whetzel Court/John Lance Arena will go on at its regularly-scheduled time tonight (5:30 start).
    However, the outdoor sports of baseball and softball face rescheduling.
    The Pitt State baseball team may finally open Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association play after two canceled doubleheaders (Central Oklahoma, Northeastern State) and one canceled three-game series (Central Missouri). The Central Missouri series was originally set for Warrensburg but an effort was made for it to be played last weekend in Pittsburg.
    Page 2 of 2 - The Northeastern State doubleheader originally scheduled for Tuesday now will be attempted to be played Thursday, starting at high noon. If the Gorillas and the RiverHawks get this doubleheader in down in Tahlequah, the Apr. 3 doubleheader originally scheduled for Tahlequah will be played in Pittsburg.
    The Nebraska-Kearney series originally scheduled to be play this weekend in Nebraska will now be played in Pittsburg on Sunday and Monday, a 1 p.m. doubleheader Sunday and a 12 Noon single game Monday.
    Thursday forecast for Tahlequah, Okla. — 45 degrees, a few clouds. The extended forecast for Sunday and Monday calls for 45 degrees, partly cloudy Sunday and 55 degrees, partly cloudy Monday.
    All other 14 MIAA teams opened conference play. It was nearly two weeks ago when Pitt State opened with a Saturday-Sunday 18-1, 16-5 sweep of Maryville at Al Ortolani Field.
    The Pitt State softball team may have possessed the most sense for scheduling their mid-February season openers for the Saint Leo Tournament in Saint Leo, Fla., where temperatures were in the 70s on Tuesday. (Who plays baseball in February outside Arizona or Florida?)
    Four games in the MSSU Teri Mathis-Zenner Memorial Tournament — against Oklahoma Christian, Tarleton State, Maryville and Missouri S&T — have been pushed to Sunday (Oklahoma Christian, Tarleton State) and Monday (Maryville, Missouri S&T). The Gorillas enter with a 2-2 record.
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