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  • SPORTS ROUNDUP: PHS tennis places fifth in Valley Center

  • The Pittsburg High School tennis squad placed fifth in the Valley Center Invitational on Saturday, a tournament highlighted by elite tennis programs like Newton, Wichita Northwest, Valley Center, McPherson and Maize.

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  • The Pittsburg High School tennis squad placed fifth in the Valley Center Invitational on Saturday, a tournament highlighted by elite tennis programs like Newton, Wichita Northwest, Valley Center, McPherson and Maize.
    “It was a great tournament for us,” Pittsburg head coach John Seal said. “We won 11 matches and lost six. Everybody had a winning record for us. Any time you can beat Newton and McPherson in a tournament, you’ve done something good.”
    Pittsburg and Maize tied with 19 points; however, Pittsburg finished in fifth because of a superior winning percentage of its overall matches.
    Hank Cloninger finished seventh in No. 1 singles and won three of his five matches. He won against Douglass 8-2, Emporia 8-6 and Valley Center ‘Purple’ 8-1 with losses against Valley Center ‘Gold’ 8-4 and Wichita NW 8-0.
    Brandon Smith placed fifth in No. 2 singles, losing his first match of the year against Maize 8-6 but winning matches against Valley Center ‘White’ 8-4 and Emporia 8-3.
    Sean Perkins and Jake Cloninger lost an epic 8-7 (7-5) match to the No. 1 doubles team of Newton, which inspired Seal to say “That was probably the best match of the year.” Perkins and Cloninger finished seventh, winning two matches against Augusta (8-2 and 8-4) and Douglass (8-1); a second loss came against Valley Center ‘Purple’ 8-2 before a win in the seventh-place match versus Augusta.
    Micah Hashman and Jake Creech went 3-1 in No. 2 doubles — beating Augusta 8-5, Newton 8-7 (7-5) and McPherson 8-5 before a 8-5 loss to Valley Center ‘Purple.’ This solid performance came as a surprise to Seal.
    “I was really proud of Hashman and Creech in No. 2 doubles,” Seal said, “especially Hashman. Boy, he’s a freshman and he played great.”
    Team results: Newton 33, Wichita Northwest 30, Valley Center ‘Purple’ 28, McPherson 22, Pittsburg 19, Maize 19, Valley Center ‘Gold’ 17, Emporia 9, Valley Center ‘White’ 4, Augusta 3, Douglass 0.
    Pittsburg softball
    The Purple Dragons and the Titans split a Southeast Kansas League doubleheader Friday night — Columbus won the first game 8-6 and Pittsburg won the second game 11-8 in eight innings.
    “We had some really good defensive plays and throws the second game,” Pittsburg head coach Mary Packard said. “And it was a great offensive effort to tie up the game and then to score three runs in the eighth inning and to hold the Titans scoreless after several threats to score. Great team effort for the Dragons.”
    In the second game, Pittsburg trailed 8-5 before its three-run rally in the sixth, which forced extra innings. Jordan Dee started this rally with a walk, Megan Burdick singled and Mercedes Vogel singled in Dee. Burdick scored on a passed ball and Alaura Short drove home Vogel.
    Pittsburg gained a 11-8 lead in the eighth. Burdick doubled and Vogel singled her in for the first run. Chelsea Williams singled in Vogel and Lizzy Willis singled in Williams, as three singles accounted for all three runs in the eighth.
    Page 2 of 2 - In the bottom half of the eighth, defensive plays by Short and Willis helped Pittsburg earn its split and even its record at 6-6 overall and 4-4 SEK. Short forced out a Columbus runner at home and Willis threw out a runner attempting to score on a Breana Mogel fly ball.
    Columbus blew open the first game with five runs on three hits and five walks in the second inning and held onto its lead.
    Game One
    Columbus 8, Pittsburg 6
    PHS    210 010 2 — 6
    CHS    050 102 X — 8
    Melia Cook and Bethanne Elliott. Breana Mogle and Kylie Jones. WP - Mogle. LP - Cook.
    Game Two
    Pittsburg 11, Columbus 8
    PHS    212 003 03 — 11
    CHS    105 200 00 —  8
    Mercedes Vogel and Bethanne Elliott. Breana Mogle and Kylie Jones, Makenna Billesbach (3). WP - Vogel. LP - Mogel
    Colgan softball
    The Panthers finished their doubleheader sweep of Liberal (Mo.) a week after it started, taking a 5-2 deficit in the second game suspended in the bottom of the third last Friday and turning it around into a 6-5 win on Friday.
    Morgan Gilmore helped do her part with nine of her 10 strikeouts happening in the last four innings and her two-run home run gave Colgan its 11th victory.
    Colgan (11-1) plays a Crawford-Neosho-Cherokee League doubleheader against Southeast on Monday. The Colgan JV won 4-3 against Liberal.

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