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  • ROUNDUP: Colgan to face tough Scott City at state

  • The St. Mary’s Colgan Panthers face a tough opponent today in the Class 3A state basketball tournament.

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  • The St. Mary’s Colgan Panthers face a tough opponent today in the Class 3A state basketball tournament.
    No. 2 seed Scott City (22-1), two-time defending state champions. The Beavers’ only loss came against 6A Wichita North (67-63) and their wins include Denver South (85-74), Dumas, Texas (76-27), Derby (58-45), Dodge City (60-51), Liberal (82-67) and Great Bend (58-27).
    The Panthers, making their second consecutive 3A tournament appearance, have played in 12 consecutive state tournaments and missed only one since 1996 under veteran head coach Wayne Cichon — that’s 17 of the last 18 years state bound for Colgan.
    Colgan and Scott City tip at 3 p.m.
    Top seed Humboldt (23-0) plays Salina Sacred Heart (15-8) at 6:30 p.m.
    On the 3A girls side, top seed Burlington (23-0) and No. 3 Caney Valley (20-1) represent the Tri-Valley League. Burlington defeated Sabetha 48-46 and Caney Valley lost 50-42 against Russell.
    The Southeast Kansas League state qualifiers (all 4A) include the Independence boys (18-5), the Fort Scott girls (17-5) and the Labette County girls (15-7). Independence played Abilene (19-4) in the late game Wednesday night, while Fort Scott and Labette County draw Clearwater (16-6) and McPherson (20-3), respectively.
    Fort Scott boys substate winner Anderson County drew No. 2 seed Ottawa, undefeated and featuring Duke signee Semi Ojeleye. Ottawa won 76-44.
    On the 2A boys side Wednesday, Three Rivers League representative Oswego ended its season 14-9 after a 80-43 loss to top seed Meade in Manhattan.
    PSU baseball splits with Southern
    JOPLIN — The Gorillas salvaged a split with their cross-state rivals Wednesday with a 5-2 win in Game 2, after dropping the first game 4-1 at Joe Becker Stadium. Pitt State moves to 6-3, 4-3 MIAA.
    Junior shortstop Evan Thomas, who started his season with a 5-for-5 game in the opener against Maryville, parlayed a 2-3 second game into four RBI on Wednesday, ringing his seasonal RBI total up to 15.
    Thomas’ big hit Wednesday came in the top of the ninth — a two-run single plating Mitch Streeter and Samuel Falcon. This hit gave Pitt State a 5-2 lead.
    On the hill for the Gorillas, Jake Stevenson and James Fitzgearlds allowed two runs on 10 hits. Stevenson earned the win and Fitzgearlds the three-inning save, helped out by run support and Missouri Southern stranding 11 runners.
    In the opener, Pitt State struck first with a Ryan Bilovesky single plating leadoff man Ryan Ventura.
    However, the Lions scored the last four runs of the game, touching up Pitt State ace Matt Stalcup for all four in the fourth and fifth innings.
    Pitt State could not take full advantage of three Southern errors and left 11 Gorillas on base, giving Stalcup his first loss in three decisions.
    The Gorillas are currently fifth in the MIAA with their 4-3 conference mark, amidst a thicket of teams around the .500 mark in MIAA play.
    Page 2 of 3 - On the season, Thomas and Bilovesky are both hitting over .300 and producing over 10 RBI.
    Thomas leads Pitt State with a .484 mark and ranks second behind Bilovesky with two home runs and 15 RBI. Bilovesky leads the Gorillas with five homers and 16 RBI, hitting at a .333 clip.
    Entering play Wednesday, Thomas was tied with Bo Helsel of Southwest Baptist for leading hitter and Bilovesky ranked fourth in homers and tied for fifth in RBI with two other players.
    The Gorillas were leading the conference in team batting average, slugging percentage and on-base percentage.
    Pitt State will host Washburn on Friday and Saturday at Al Ortolani Field.
    Game One
    Missouri Southern 4, Pittsburg State 1
    PSU    100 000 0 — 1 8 1
    MSSU    000 220 X — 4 7 3
    Matt Stalcup, Ryan McKay (5) and Jacoby Martin. Drew Noble, Bo Bergen (7), Stephen Vaughn (7) and Sam Ryan. WP: Noble. LP: Stalcup. E: Evan Thomas; Thomas Wilson 3. 2B: Nick Doughty. SH: Tory Stoffregen, Martin. SB: Michael McCoy, Wilson. LOB: PSU 11, MSSU 5.
    Game Two
    Pittsburg State 5, Missouri Southern 2
    PSU    002 000 102 — 5  8  2
    MSSU    000 100 010 — 2 10 1
    Jake Stevenson, James Fitzgearlds (7) and Ian Robinson, Jacoby Martin. Payton Walker, Ryan Bates (5), Bo Bergen (9), Stephen Vaughn (9) and Dallas Burke. WP: Stevenson. LP: Walker. SV: Fitzgearlds. E: Tory Stoffregen, Evan Thomas; Sam Ryan. 2B: Robinson; Will Wagner 2. SH: Mitch Streeter, Stoffregen, Thomas; Burke. SB: Stoffregen. LOB: PSU 8, MSSU 11.
    PSU softball sweeps Newman
    WICHITA — The Gorillas achieved their first sweep of the season Wednesday after four previous splits, defeating Newman 7-5, 11-0.
    In the first game, Pitt State jetted out to a 6-0 early lead, thanks largely to a five-run fourth inning. Freshman shortstop Jordan Bradshaw knocked a three-run triple, scoring Brenna George, Devon McCreath and Samantha Grove. Cheslyn Mitchell also drove in two runs for the Gorillas.
    With a 7-2 lead headed into the seventh, Pitt State held on for the win after Newman scored three runs.
    The second game was all Pitt State as the Gorillas brought out their potent broom sticks and freshman pitcher Kyndel Shelburn blanked the Jets, tossing a complete game two-hit shutout.
    Pitt State scored its first two runs on bases loaded walks, plus its third on a RBI groundout by George.
    Mitchell hit a two-run double in the second, catcher Kayla Sears hit a solo homer to left in the third and in the seventh, Katelyn Birchfield put the Gorillas into double figures with a three-run blast to center.
    Shelburn, a Wichita native and graduate of Campus High School, returned home, sweet home and left with the best outing of her young career. Shelburn improved to 2-0 with a 2.95 ERA and 28 strikeouts in 21.1 innings. Over her last two outings, against Arkansas-Monticello and Newman, Shelburn has fanned 20 over 13 innings.
    Page 3 of 3 - Pitt State (6-4) plays Upper Iowa, Missouri Western, Central Missouri and Missouri Southern this weekend in the MSSU Border Battle.
    Game One
    Pittsburg State 7, Newman 5
    PSU    100 501 0 — 7  8  3
    NEW    000 200 3 — 5 11 3
    Samantha Grove, Kylie Harpst (7) and Kayla Sears. Parsons, Hein (7) and Schawe. WP: Grove. LP: Parsons. 2B: Schawe. E: Brenna George, Tiffany Brown, Katelyn Birchfield; Zogelmann, Buck, Flaska. 3B: Jordan Bradshaw. HR: Jones. SF: Cheslyn Mitchell. SH: Cowan, Traffas. SB: Brenna George 2.
    Game Two
    Pittsburg State 11, Newman 0
    PSU    051 000 5 — 11 11 0
    NEW    000 000 0 —  0   2  2
    Kyndel Shelburn and Kayla Sears. Hein and Schawe. WP: Shelburn. LP: Hein. E: Balderas 2. 2B: Cheslyn Mitchell 2, Sears, Devon McCreath; Jones. HR: Katelyn Birchfield, Sears. SH: Zogelmann, Cowan, Hacker, Hallacy. HBP: Monday.
    High school baseball
    Frontenac senior Matt Standlee, St. Mary's Colgan senior Nate Grimaldi and St. Paul senior Riley O'Brien have been chosen to the Dirt Dandies Elite Preseason All-State Team, making them frontrunners to participate in the Dirt Dandies Elite Showcase All-State Game on June 1 at CommunityAmerica Ball Park, home of the Kansas City T-Bones.
    The Dirt Dandies Elite All-State attempts to give college coaches, scouts and Major League officials direct access to the best baseball talent in Kansas.
    Dirt Dandies Elite Preseason All-State Team: Lucas Schauer, Maize; Matthew McHugh, Blue Valley North; Carl Walker, Blue Valley Northwest; James Denton, Junction City; Junior Guerrero, Campus; Shane Willoughby, Lawrence; Michael Baillergeon, Leavenworth; Ryan Colombo, Seaman; Colin Nevil, Goddard; Hayden Hutchison, Hays; Matt Elliott, Olathe South; Eli Keppler, Leavenworth; Joel Baxley, Campus; Colton Flax, Campus; Colin Frederick, Blue Valley Southwest; L.J. Hatch, Mill Valley; John Armstrong, Carroll; Buth Rea, Seaman; Jaren Kutzke, Shawnee Heights; Jacob Richardson, Eisenhower; Tyler Sutherland, Arkansas City; Anthony Miller, Blue Valley Southwest; Zach Girrens, Spring Hill; Wes Phillips, Maize South; Alex Orth, Maize South; Jansen Keyes, St. James Academy; David Maddock, St. James Academy; Nick Becker, Wellington; Macen Shull, Colby; Jon Roblez, Bishop Ward; Andrew Ramirez, Bishop Ward; Cody Easterday, Bluestem; Matt Standlee, Frontenac; Scott Shinn, Rossville; Taylor Hartshorn, Rossville; Cole Brecheisen, Rossville; Blake Jones, Sacred Heart; Gavin Royer, St. Marys; Matt Loveland, Wichita Independent; Kasey Clark, St. Marys; Kyle Hammer, Rossville; Brandon Lutgen, Rock Creek; Shane Adams, Rock Creek; Dalton Dooley, Sacred Heart; Nate Grimaldi, St. Mary's Colgan; Austin Filtingberger, Sedan; Riley O'Brien, St. Paul; Bryant Lawson, Central-Burden; Josh Miller, Inman; Matt McClaren, Minneola; Kasey Biddle, Central-Burden; Lane Miller, Moscow; Zane Mills, Sedan.
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