The Southeast Lancers are making a second consecutive trip to the Class 3A state volleyball tournament, winning three matches Saturday at the Erie High School substate.

The Southeast Lancers are making a second consecutive trip to the Class 3A state volleyball tournament, winning three matches Saturday at the Erie High School substate.

Southeast (35-5 overall) defeated Galena 2-0 (25-7, 25-19), St. Mary’s Colgan 2-0 (25-18, 25-15) and Erie 2-0 (25-23, 25-13).

Playing on its home court, No. 7 seed Erie — 10-20 entering substate play — pulled off a first-round upset, defeated Frontenac (now 30-6 overall) in straight sets, 25-23, 25-15. The Red Devils then beat No. 3 seed Neodesha 2-0 (25-12, 25-14) to advance to a finals match against top seed Southeast.

For Southeast, Bridget McGuire had 16 assists and four aces against Galena. Olivia Powell had three kills and three blocks, and Christine Bone had six kills. Amy Martin and Kayla Yancey each had two blocks.

Against Colgan, McGuire had 22 assists and four digs. Bone had seven kills and one block. Martin had eight kills and 10 digs.

Against Erie, McGuire had 15 assists, four kills and three aces. Powell had five kills, Bone eight kills and one block, Martin six kills and five digs and Tessa Robin added two blocks.

Colgan (13-20 overall) won its opening match against Riverton 2-1 (24-26, 25-14, 25-10). Abbie O’Brien led Colgan with 12 assists and Katelyn Flood had 11 assists against Riverton. Cori Koehn had 11 kills and two blocks, Mariah Klenke six kills and two blocks and O’Brien added four kills.
Against Southeast, Flood had six assists and Klenke had four kills and Nichole Kolarik and Koehn each had two kills.

State tournament play begins on Friday for the Lancers in Salina. Douglass (26-13), Hillsboro (34-6), Hoisington (37-3),  Phillipsburg (34-6) and Nemaha Valley (23-16) are qualifiers in 3A, with two other qualifiers not available at time of press.

At the Class 4A substate in Garnett on Saturday, Pittsburg’s season ended in the semifinals against Chanute in straight sets, 17-25, 19-25.

“It’s sad,” Pittsburg head coach Mary Packard said. “We had a good season and the girls have been an absolutely wonderful group with a super work ethic. I’m proud to be their coach.

“We didn’t play very well. We weren’t on our A game. We weren’t running our offense the way that we like to run it and Chanute was blocking us better than the last time.”

Pittsburg (23-16 overall) beat Anderson County 2-0 (25-21, 25-17).

Against Anderson County, Alaura Short had a total of 13 service points highlighted by a 10-point run in the second set to close out the host team; she added eight assists. Skyler Muff had nine kills, Rheid Tridle six kills and Lizzy Willis and Erin Duncan each had four kills. Mercedes Vogel tied Short with eight assists.

Against Chanute, Muff had seven kills, Tridle three kills and Ashley Willis two kills. Megan Burdick added six service points.

Cross country
Pittsburg High School qualified its girls team for state at the Class 4A regional in Ottawa on Saturday, with a third-place finish 19 points ahead of fellow Crawford County school Girard.

Pittsburg junior Emilee Beitzinger finished in 23rd (18:15.61), Hannah Carrier 24th (18:16.98), Sarah Jewett 28th (18:21.21), Chelsea Baker 33rd (18:31.56), Lauren Ouderkirk 34th (18:36.68) and McKenzie Spresser 36th (18:48.17), giving Pittsburg 115 points.

Girard had Jenna Schroeder in 22nd (18:13.17), Christian Provence 27th (18:19.96), Madison Smith 32nd (18:30.76), Jordan Lowe 40th (19:02.41), Hope McLeod 41st (19:03.10) and Melanie Frisbee 56th (19:54.91).

On the boys side for Girard, Nathan Hughes finished 29th (19:46.07), Austin Lowe 48th (20:12.85), Trace Buckle 49th (20:15.20), Aaron Pyle 60th (20:37.98), Dillon Walsh 68th (21:11.75) and Drew Zimmerman 78th (21:38.50).

Pittsburg had Jeremiah Jones in 44th (20:06.35), Braden Brown 54th (20:27.66) and Garrett Harmon 80th (21:41.65).

Frontenac cross country qualified its girls team at the Class 3A regional Saturday in Burlington, finishing third overall as a team.

Senior medalist Taylor Seward led the way with her fifth-place finish (16:56), followed by freshman Tabor Spurling in 17th (17:56), junior Amanda Cicero 20th (18:15), freshman Abby Welcher 33rd (19:19), junior Kinsella Brunetti 36th (19:35), sophomore Allie Moody 37th (19:52) and senior Kelci Hunt 46th (20:43).

On the boys side, sophomore Chance Medlin finished 22nd (19:26), freshman Louis Brunetti 45th (20:50), freshman John Barrows 50th (21:00), freshman Dillon Brookshire 55th (21:20), sophomore Trey Tindell 65th (22:35), freshman Drew Martin 66th (22:53) and freshman Tanner Forrest 70th (23:27).

Colgan cross country teams qualified four runners at the Burlington regional — Jonny Adamson and Aaron Gouvion on the boys side and Rachel Farmer and Emily Dickey on the girls side.

On the boys side, Colgan finished in fourth with its 94 points, missing a team berth by one spot in the overall standings. Adamson placed fourth (17:48) and Gouvion came in 12th (18:48). Noah Myers ran 18th (19:08), Ian Duncan 26th (19:35), Chandler Bishop 43rd (20:32) and Josh Adamson 74th (27:38).

On the girls side, Colgan finished in fifth with 118 points, two spots away from state qualification. Farmer came in fourth individually, running 16:54, and Dickey ninth overall, running 17:06. Alex Wachter finished 15th (17:37), Ali Noyes 57th (23:08) and Chelsea McCall 58th (23:08).
At the Class 2A regional hosted by Jayhawk-Linn High School, Northeast qualified two runners — freshman Michael Toms and junior Walter Cunningham — for state and came in fourth overall as a team in the boys race.

Both Toms and Cunningham ran their personal best on Saturday, Toms 18:34 and Cunningham 19:35. Toms finished 13th overall and third among individual state qualifiers (top 5 finishers not on a state-qualifying team) and Cunningham 20th overall and fourth among individual state qualifiers.

Cooper Wade finished 32nd (21:41), Cameron Crigler 37th (23:13), Dennis Hensley 43rd (26:40) and Dakota Robarts 44th (28:48).

On the girls side, Hope Cole finished in 28th (20:25).