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  • SPORTS ROUNDUP: Purple Dragons fall to Parsons in doubleheader

  • Pittsburg lost both ends of a Southeast Kansas League varsity doubleheader in Parsons on Tuesday — the girls lost 40-36 and the boys lost 70-54.

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  • Pittsburg lost both ends of a Southeast Kansas League varsity doubleheader in Parsons on Tuesday — the girls lost 40-36 and the boys lost 70-54.
    In the boys contest, the Vikings jumped out to a 27-19 lead after one, highlighted by the hot shooting of senior James Jackson.
    “They did (get off to a good start),” Pittsburg head coach Kiley Roelfs said. “The Jackson kid finished with 30, 15 in the first quarter. He’s a big reason they got it going. We kept up with them for a while, but we never had any defensive answer for them.”
    Joe Wimmer led three Purple Dragon players in double figures with 15 points, followed by FeDor Lomax with 14 and Jalen King with 11. Pittsburg falls to 10-7 overall and 3-2 in the SEK.
    In addition to Jackson’s game-high 30 total, Wes Krull added 14. Parsons (15-2, 4-1 SEK) won again without senior forward Steve Jones, who decided he wanted to focus on football rather than finish out his senior year on the basketball court.
    “We felt like we had a chance to make it a difference in the rebounding department,” Roelfs said about Jones’ absence, “but not when we’re guarding like that.”
    In the girls contest, Pittsburg (13-4, 3-2) found little offensive firepower outside forwards Skyler Muff and Lizzy Willis, who combined for 28 of Pittsburg’s 36 points. Both players scored 14 in a losing cause.
    Kiralyn Mosier led a more evenly balanced Parsons attack with 11 points and Sierra Kemp added 10 for a Parsons team now 5-0 in SEK games.
    Pittsburg won the JV girls game 56-51 behind 13 points from Jordan Dee.
    Pittsburg hosts Iola on Friday.
    Colgan splits with Galena
    The Colgan boys could not make it No. 501 for head coach Wayne Cichon, falling behind the Bulldogs in the second quarter and never quite able to make up a 33-25 halftime disadvantage en route to a 62-57 loss in Galena.
    Tyler Albright and Ray Slimp each scored 14 points for Galena. Levi Sturgis and Ty Albright chipped in nine and eight points, respectively.
    Colgan senior Christian Valdivia led all scorers with 15 points. Zach Smith and Garrett Kays added nine and eight, respectively. Dyson Dechant finished with seven and Christian Smith, Austin Barone and Sam Gilbert each had six.
    Galena (14-4, 6-0 CNC) remains undefeated in CNC League play and Colgan (13-4, 5-1) hosts a tough Riverton squad Friday on Homecoming.
    The Colgan girls defeated Galena 56-38, led by 20 points from junior guard Taylor Bolinger. Bolinger helped her own cause with a 10-for-10 performance at the foul line. Alex Minton, Nichole Kolarik and Brandee Main all scored seven apiece for the Panthers (10-6, 4-2). Colgan grabbed 31 rebounds and committed 10 turnovers.
    Frontenac sweeps Erie
    Page 2 of 2 - The Frontenac girls improved to 17-1 overall and 5-0 in the CNC with a 40-27 win over Erie on Tuesday, helped out by a 13-4 second-quarter advantage.
    Ryleigh McCartney scored 13 points to lead Frontenac and Amanda Cicero added 10. Meghan Winden and Lindsey Gorham each pieced together six.
    The Frontenac boys (10-8, 2-3) defeated Erie 64-30, leading 22-8 after one and 40-16 at halftime.
    Devon Keith shot 8-for-10 from the floor on his way to a game-high 16 points. Avery Coronado made all four of his 3-point attempts en route to 12 points. Keith Lollar added 10 and Blake Barto contributed nine rebounds in addition to his seven points.
    Frontenac plays Girard on Friday.

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