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  • ROUNDUP: Finalists named for Kpreps Player of the Year

  • Kpreps.com has announced finalists for the 2012 Get Busy Livin’ — Kpreps Player of the Year Award (an award promoting the Dylan Meier Foundation).

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  • Kpreps.com has announced finalists for the 2012 Get Busy Livin’ — Kpreps Player of the Year Award (an award promoting the Dylan Meier Foundation).
    Bishop Miege quarterback Montel Cozart, Emporia wide receiver-defensive back Jerel Morrow, Bishop Carroll quarterback Zeke Palmer, Blue Valley offensive lineman Clay Rhodes, Lawrence quarterback-defensive back Brad Strauss and Conway Springs quarterback-running back-linebacker Tanner Wood made it through 30 overall candidates.
    Kole Schankie of Madison-Hamilton won the inaugural award last year.
    The other 24 candidates for the 2012 award: Spencer Bernhardt, QB, Pittsburg; Gabe Cleveland, FB/LB, Eudora; Chet Cordell, RB/DB, Little River; Denver Doyle, RB/LB, Garden Plain; Skylar Farwell, RB/LB, Lyndon; Wyatt Flinn, TE/DL, Mankato-Rock Hills; Dalton Gantz, RB/LB, Ness City; Chris Gomez, OL/DL, St. James Academy; Gabe Guild, RB, Shawnee Mission South; Jordan Irsik, DB, Ingalls; Ben Johnson, TE, Basehor-Linwood; Justin Juenemann, K, Phillipsburg; Kip Keeley, FB/LB, La Crosse; Trevor Lowe, RB/LB, Thunder Ridge; Samuel McKinney, QB/DB, Weskan; Matt McClaren, QB/RB, Minneola; Aaron Ramsey, QB, Blue Valley Southwest; Ty Redington, QB, Mulvane; Anthony Scholes, RB, Girard; Kellen Sims, Derby; Bryce Steiner, QB/DB, Central Plains; Kaleb Whitehair, WR, Ell-Saline; Conley Wilkins, RB, Blue Valley West; Skyler Windmiller, QB, Mill Valley.
    High school wrestling
    The Pittsburg wrestling team closes out its regular season slate Thursday night with a Southeast Kansas League double dual against Parsons and Labette County.
    Pittsburg — two-time defending SEK League champions — comes in at 3-1 in SEK duals with victories over Fort Scott, Independence and Coffeyville, and a loss to Chanute, the first loss to a league opponent in three years. Pittsburg owns a 5-1 dual record overall with victories over former SEK League schools Iola and Columbus.
    “The boys wrestled tough and there were several lead changes throughout the competition,” Pittsburg head coach Scott Rieck said. “Both teams created an energy-packed atmosphere. Even though we came out on the short end of things against Chanute, we had several positive aspects that took place.”
    Brett Cobb (132 pounds) beat state-ranked Chase Cole of Chanute by a major decision and Gershom Avalos (220) pinned state-ranked Gage Clark.
    Out of 14 weight classes, eight PHS wrestlers are varsity newcomers and the Dragons are open at 182.
    “I knew we would experience growing pains this season after losing seven varsity seniors and Skyler McGuire being injured for the year making it eight,” Rieck said. “That is in addition to a new coaching staff. The staff has done a nice job with this young group, always staying positive, and the kids have been wrestling hard in the practice room as well as during competition. That is all we ask of them. Junior varsity has been doing a nice job and some have had to step into varsity spots at times. I am proud of our effort to this point. However, there is still much work to do with regionals coming up.”
    Page 2 of 2 - Avalos (No. 2) and Jeremiah Jones (No. 4, 113) are both state-ranked in Class 4A.
    Pittsburg wrestling hosts regionals for the first time in school history — Class 4A on Feb. 15-16. Pittsburg won its first regional title in wrestling last year at Fort Scott.
    Junior high basketball
    The St. Mary’s Junior High boys and girls won five of six games from Riverton on Monday night.
    The boys won all four games — 8A 49-18, 8B 39-21, 7A 33-20 and 7B 25-12. Josh Hayes and Dominic Piccini led St. Mary’s 8A with 10 and nine points, respectively. Isaac Bicknell and Connor Smith each led 8B with nine points. Jake Dellasega led St. Mary’s 7A with 10 and Max Wilson led 7B with 14.
    The girls split with Riverton — St. Mary’s won the eighth grade contest 34-20 and lost the seventh grade contest 29-24. Emily Paterni led the eighth graders with 12 points and Hayden Gardner added nine. Kelsey Curran led the seventh graders with 10 points and Kamree Pace added eight.
    The Frontenac Junior High boys won three of four games at home Monday night against Columbus.
    The seventh grade A team won 46-6 — nine different players reached the scoring column, led by 12 points from A.J. Watts and eight from Ty Knowles. Frontenac improved to 14-1 overall and 12-1 in league play. Columbus won the seventh grade B contest 20-19, despite six points from Jaxon Palmer.
    The eighth grade A team improved to 12-3 overall and 11-2 in league play with a 48-28 win over Columbus. Ryan Long paced Frontenac with 21 points and Evan Powell added seven. Frontenac won the B contest 41-12, led by Luke Loy’s 12.
    Frontenac closes out its season Thursday at home with Baxter.
    Softball tournament
    The annual Snowball Softball Tournament, sponsored by Pittsburg Parks and Recreation, has been scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 16 (men’s division) and Sunday, Feb. 17 (co-ed division).
    Registration deadline: Tuesday, Feb. 12. Tournament format: double-elimination, one-pitch, 30-minute time limit per game, five home run limit per game. Fee: $100 per team. T-shirts and gift cards awarded to first place teams, T-shirts for second place teams in each division. Maximum number of entries: 16 per division.
    For more information, please contact Pittsburg Parks and Recreation at 620-231-8310.
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