HERLOCKER REACHES 1,000: Girard senior Hadyn Herlocker passed 1,000 career points during a 51-32 win over Erie in the Wilson County Classic. Herlocker joined boys and girls Brenda Rose, Amanda Davied, Morgan High, Mike Taylor, Jay Leigh, Gabe Evans, Nikki Pierce, Seth Newton, Marissa Poppe, Drew Cook, Tanner Poppe, Darian Kelly and Carly Twarog in the 1,000-point club. "This is a great milestone for Hadyn," Girard head coach Brad Herlocker said. "She has worked very hard to become the player she is. She is also very lucky to be on some great teams with great players. I see this as a team accomplishment, not an individual one." Herlocker now plays at Pittsburg State, where she's helped the Gorillas to a 7-3 start with a 2.1 scoring average. THE BEST SHOW IN TOWN: Frederick Douglass (Okla.) and its star point guard Stevie Clark were the stars of the inaugural Kansas National Guard Invitational held by Frontenac High. Clark averaged 41.7 points in three wins over Baxter Springs, Nevada (Mo.) and Winfield and 90 of his 125 points came from 3-point land on 30 trifectas. Clark's range seemingly began from wherever he stepped on the floor. "We came out and played well," Douglass head coach Anthony Andrews said. "It's been a long year as well as a long month. I'm really proud of the guys. In the past, we've always started fast and that's what we did. It was a good tournament. We look forward to coming back next year. "We've been doing this for the past four or five years so the kids look forward to it every year. We try and take the locations where the kids can see different parts of the country and meet with different college recruits in the areas and where they can get exposed to different parts outside of Oklahoma City. Just two weeks ago, we were at the All-State Sugar Bowl tournament down in New Orleans." Clark, a freshman guard for the Oklahoma State Cowboys, averaged 6.8 points and 3.0 assists through his first eight games. WINTER STORM ROCKY: During a high school basketball season when postponements were few and far between, Winter Storm Rocky hit in late February as teams began substate tournament play. Two days of no games (Monday, Tuesday) and a limited number of referees moved games to one site, where the gymnasiums of St. Mary's Colgan, Northeast and Fort Scott became hectic places for 3-4 days. Colgan head coach Wayne Cichon, a veteran of 30 years with over 500 victories, talked about the uniqueness of the format. "In my 30 years here, we've never had to do this," Cichon said. "We've always been able to get first round games in on time. So, it's something unusual for everybody. To play three games in a substate in the first round at one site is unbelievable. I know they did it up at Fort Scott. They played four games at one site. It's unusual but the weather dictated it and with 5A and 6A starting up, the number of officials got less for each classification, so they had to keep us all at one site." PITTSBURG GIRLS WIN SEK TRACK: It had been a long time since Pittsburg High hosted a varsity track meet. Let's put it this way: a few members of the Class of 2013 might have been born during the same year. "It's been since about 1994 or 1995 we've been able to host a varsity track meet," Pittsburg head coach Gary Ausemus said. "It's been at least that many years since we held the league meet. Maybe even a little longer than that, probably. "This is a great atmosphere. We've got a great facility and we're just glad the weather held off. We're excited to be able to host a meet again. We're very thankful for our community to support our track team like this." The Pittsburg girls cruised to a SEK title, besting runner-up Chanute 170-105. "The girls came to perform," Ausemus said. "We had a lot of them step up today. It was a good day. We had a lot of personal bests. Chelsea Baker came to perform, I can go down the list, Chelsea Baker, Andie Casper scored a lot of points, Brianna Maxwell. Sarah Jewett. Lizzy Willis. We just had a great day. "Morgan Plank, freshman, she runs the 4x8 and then goes over and jumps two feet further in the triple jump than she ever had. She stepped up. Another freshman, Violet Biggs, she performed well at the varsity level in sprints, which it's tough in the SEK. It's a sprint-dominated league with Coffeyville and she performed well for a freshman, I thought. "I was real pleased all the way around on the girls side. When you score 170 points, that's a full team effort. Just excited and proud of them." SEAL WINS NO. 500: Pittsburg head tennis coach John Seal collected his career milestone victory during a boys tennis season in which all six varsity players qualified for the Class 4A state tournament: singles players Hank Cloninger and Adrian McAfee and the doubles teams of Logan Benham-Jake Creech and Micah Hashman-Nick Powers. Pittsburg finished 10th at state. "We played some great tennis all day against great teams," Seal said. "All six players contributed something and not everybody can say that. It gives us something to work for. We return five of the six (state qualifiers) and we return a very good JV team. We're real happy." At state, Hashman-Powers finished 11th in doubles, McAfee 13th in singles, Cloninger 15th in singles and Benham-Creech 16th in doubles. COLGAN WINS STATE TITLE NO. 17: Colgan and Silver Lake owned a combined 31 state titles entering their Class 3A title game at Frank Myers Field/Tointon Family Stadium on the campus of Kansas State, Colgan a state-record 16 and Silver Lake 15. Colgan dominated Silver Lake 10-0 in six innings, winning sweet No. 17 behind four runs in the first and four in the third. "It's just a great feeling," Colgan head coach Mike Watt said. "A great sense of accomplishment for the kids. It's so nice to sit back and watch the jubilation and the families celebrate together because we put a lot of time in. I know a lot of teams do but it's so nice for the kids to enjoy this and have this moment." Colgan jumped out on Silver Lake, beginning the game with consecutive singles by Nate Grimaldi, Colton Gilbert, Christian Cedeno and Ryan Cedeno. Christian Cedeno picked up his third and fourth two-run singles of the state tournament and Drew Dawson hit a solo home run in addition to his complete-game shutout. "That was a great moment for him," Watt said. "He came around third base and I don't think he was breathing. He was so excited. He was kind of . . . I don't think he believed it went out. What a great time to have your first home run of the season." Colgan started its season 0-3 but finished it 20-5. "That's what I told them right there," Watt said. "We got together right at the end and I said, 'Guys, you know, we struggled early but we just gradually got better and better and better' and now they're 3A state champs. It's something they'll remember forever." BOGINA WINS STATE TITLE: Northeast sophomore Kaylee Bogina joined her older brother Austin (who won a state cross country title in 2010) as a state champion long-distance runner at 8:36 a.m. that Friday morning in late May on the first day of the state meet in Wichita. Bogina won the 2A 3,200-meter race in 11 minutes, 32.70 seconds, nearly a 10-second cushion over Ell-Saline freshman Katelynn Adam. Bogina accomplished more before some people wake up or at least make it through their second or third cup of coffee. DAVIED WINS STATE TITLE: Girard freshman Drew Davied capped off his sensational debut season with a Class 4A state title, matching his personal best mark of 6 feet, 8 inches to edge out Andale's Garrison LeRock and Lane Macari. Davied was one of three who leaped 6-8, joined by Hays' Adam Deterding and Olathe North's Kai Shean. Davied also won Crawford-Neosho-Cherokee League and regional titles. A BUSY MAN: Northeast head coach Scott Post added to his coaching responsibilities in June, taking on the job of boys basketball to go with girls basketball and softball. Post is the only coach in Crawford County to be the head coach for boys and girls basketball. "I wasn't sure what was going to happen but I made myself available if they chose to go that route," Post said. "They told me they were confident in me as a coach but wanted to make sure I would be OK with the workload. I spent countless hours coaching multiple teams when I was at Maize (High) and have always loved heavy workloads within the sport of basketball. I look at it as a great opportunity and I am excited." Post talked about the climate at Northeast. "I believe the entire mindset here is changing," Post said. "We are no longer accepting losing. On the girls side, we have talked about winning since I got here. I told them we will not back down from anybody. It is difficult sometimes but we have made improvement in so many areas. The work has to be year-round and I see that happening so much more now." Both Northeast teams have started out their 2013-14 seasons 4-2 overall and 1-0 in the Three Rivers League. SHRINE BOWL HEROICS: Seven years is an awful long time. You didn't have to tell that to the East squad during the 40th annual Kansas Shrine Bowl. In a give-and-take football game where both teams punched each other in the mouth several times, the East ended its losing streak with a 22-19 win at Yager Stadium and Pittsburg graduate Spencer Bernhardt made a key end-zone interception. Bernhardt on ending the streak: "It was pretty crazy. The 33 of us (East players) became a family and it was great to break the streak we've all been hearing about so much the past few months as a family. That was one of the best times of my life." Bernhardt's interception came on an attempted pass from Zeke Palmer to big tight end Drew Kite. Bernhardt said the East had switched from zone to man right before the play in the end zone and Bernhardt drew the Scott City star. Bernhardt managed to get one foot down and helped preserve the victory. "This was the best week of my life," Bernhardt said. "Playing on the same team with rivals in high school, guys I thought I hated, and then becoming a family. . . . The hospital visitation alone was a life-changing experience. . . . I'm on cloud nine and I'll be that way for a while." Bernhardt took a redshirt in football at Pittsburg State. The 2014 Shrine Bowl will be held July 26 in Pittsburg. HERLOCKER CO-MVP OF KBCA GAME: Girard alum Hadyn Herlocker scored all 10 of her points in the second half during a 58-55 win for the Blue team in the KBCA All-Star Game in Topeka. Herlocker struggled from the field, shooting 1-for-7, but was strong on the boards with seven and nearly perfect at the free throw line, going 8-9. "We started out and we weren't hitting our shots from the outside," Herlocker told Rick Peterson of the Topeka Capital-Journal. "My dad (Girard head coach Brad Herlocker) is my coach and he's told me if you're not hitting your shots, just go the basket and get to the free throw line because no one's guarding you at the free throw line. I was just trying to get to the free throw line and get us back ahead." Herlocker shared MVP honors with Blue teammate Katelyn Loecker, who signed to play with Oklahoma State. Loecker's averaged 2.3 points and 3.7 rebounds for the 10-0 Cowgirls. STATEWIDE TV SHOWDOWN: The stakes were high when Pittsburg and Coffeyville met in Week 6 of the high school football season. Pittsburg and Coffeyville entered the game the final unbeaten teams in the Southeast Kansas League and the victor would get sole possession of the SEK title, something Coffeyville had not won since 1993, also the last time the Golden Tornado defeated the Purple Dragons in football. With the cameras of Kansas 22 providing a statewide broadcast from Hutchinson Field, Pittsburg completed a perfect 6-0 run through SEK play with a 42-14 win, highlighted by Alex Barnes rushing for 323 yards and five scores and a suffocating defense which limited the big-play capabilities of the explosive Coffeyville offense. "Phenomenal," Pittsburg head coach Tom Nickelson said. "The defense staff had a great gameplan put together and the kids executed it to a T. They played with a lot of heart, a lot of emotion all game long. That was the first four-quarter game we've played all year and I couldn't be more proud of the effort they showed. "It was not pretty but that was the gameplan. We needed long, sustained drives and our offensive line showed up in a big, big way and our running backs showed up in a big, big way, particularly No. 34 (Barnes)." Pittsburg scored 28 unanswered points to build a 35-6 lead with 4 minutes, 51 seconds remaining in the third, all four touchdowns credited to Barnes, his fourth a back-breaking 47-yard run. NORTHEAST WINS LEAGUE TITLE: In their fourth year of Three Rivers League competition, the Northeast Vikings won their first TRL football title, first since 1982 and third in school history after Crawford-Neosho-Cherokee League titles in 1973 and 1982. Northeast claimed the league title at Samuel J. Nicoletti Field with a 48-42 win over the Oswego Indians. The Vikings were propelled by their rushing attack — junior running back Antonio Slingluff rumbled for 277 yards and six touchdowns on 25 carries, highlighted by a 90-yard TD run. "Antonio's one of a kind and I hope people start taking notice of his performance," Northeast head coach Phil Hobbs said. "The kid's unbelievable. He's got one speed, and one mode." "I'm pretty ecstatic about it and I couldn't have done it without my line," Slingluff said. "My line was amazing. They created lanes and I have to thank them before anybody else." SMITH NOMINATED FOR USA TODAY AWARD: Chuck Smith of St. Mary's Colgan. Brooks Barta of Holton. C.J. Hamilton of Silver Lake. Gene Weir of Olathe North. Marvin Diener of Gardner-Edgerton. Randy Dreiling of Hutchinson. Tim Callaghan of Shawnee Mission West. Tom Young of McPherson. Those eight active Kansas head coaches were the candidates for the USA Today Best High School Football Coach, a competition determined by online voting. Over 400 coaches — 408, to be precise — nationwide were nominated, all 50 states plus Washington, D.C. "It's a honor to be with that group of people," Smith said. "I know all of them, I've got a lot of respect for all of them and to be associated with that group means a lot to me. I appreciate the people who put me up for that. "Boy, USA Today being a national newspaper, it makes me proud to be a small part of it. I appreciate the people who vote for me. "This (Colgan) was a great program long before I ever showed up. Coach Crespino (Frank Crespino) did a great job and won a couple state championships (1974-75). Lon Farrell was before him and (Adolph) Spigarelli was before him. This was a great program before I got here and I hope I've done my part to keep it where it was before I showed up." Smith finished third in the Kansas vote, behind Hamilton and Barta. FRONTENAC TAKES 4TH AT STATE: The Frontenac Raider volleyball team punched its way to the Class 4A, Division II state tournament in Salina and won its first three matches before losing its final two to place fourth. Frontenac ended its season 35-10 and went through Crawford-Neosho-Cherokee League play a perfect 6-0. "I couldn't be more proud of the heart my kids showed," Frontenac head coach Cassie Buche said after the Raiders clinched a state berth with a substate final victory over county and league rival Girard. "There were times where I felt like they questioned our ability but in the end, their heart is what got them through. They are great teammates to each other. It's a great accomplishment for these kids and for our program. They have earned every bit of success this season. I'm so excited for these kids and the opportunity that they have, and am so blessed to have such great kids in my program." Key contributors included Ryleigh McCartney (448 kills, 556 digs, 48 aces, 185 blocks), Andi Palumbo (646 digs, 42 aces) and Taylor Smith (882 assists, 261 digs, 44 kills, 26 aces). PITTSBURG SOCCER MAKES REGIONAL FINAL: Pittsburg finished its season 12-5-1 under first-year head coach Sean Lauderdale and the Purple Dragons earned a spot in the regional final, where they lost 10-0 to eventual state runner-up St. James Academy. "When I talked to the players after the match, the things we were emphasizing was look to this loss as a foundation to build toward the upcoming seasons," Lauderdale said. "That's how we need to think about it, it's my first season as head coach, we've got a new assistant, players in a different system, different ideas about how to play and different training emphasis for us. "This was our foundation. We had a great run, we ended 12-5-1 and that's not a bad season whatsoever. We want to use this experience to lay our foundation and build from here." Danilo Pinheiro led Pittsburg with 20 goals, goalkeeper Sullivan Lauderdale averaged 15 saves and opponents averaged 1.2 goals per match, Jose Ayala scored 10 goals and Ricky Sanchez assisted on 11 goals. LOGUE, O'BRYAN WIN STATE TITLES: Girard and St. Paul are separated by nearly 20 miles along Kansas Highway 47. In early November, the small Kansas towns had reason to celebrate two state champions in Girard freshman Cailie Logue (Class 4A) and St. Paul sophomore Jenny O'Bryan (1A). Logue won 4A with a time of 15 minutes, 22.20 seconds, besting Pratt's Hallie Helfrich by over 30 seconds, Helfrich in 15:53.41. O'Bryan won 1A in 16:13.47, beating out Grainfield-Wheat's Taylor Tustin and her 16:26.71. McNAIR SIGNS WITH SOUTH DAKOTA: Girard senior Timbrelee McNair enjoyed an outstanding high school golf career, to a point where head coach Steve Curran joked the record book's been renamed the "Timbrelee book." During her four years, she won one state title (2012), finished state runner-up (2013), qualified for state all four years (2010-13), won three regional titles (2011-13), established school records for lowest 18-hole score (70) and lowest 9-hole score (36) and won 26 career tournaments. McNair signed with Division I South Dakota to continue her career. "I'm excited," McNair said. "A lot of nerves. That's a big portion of it. Nerves. "I'm glad that I had the opportunity that I did (at Girard). I'm also glad to move onto bigger and better things. I'm a senior in high school. I'm getting to the point where I'm ready to go, you know." Curran on McNair: "Totally amazing. By far the best golfer that's ever came through Girard. Best golfer I've had and I've been coaching since 1989. I've had six state champions before her and she's better than all of them."