A quick rant through the week in sports:
A quick rant through the week in sports:
• You can’t help but be impressed with the play of St. Mary’s-Colgan in its first four district football games. The Panthers entered a district that included four of the best teams in Class 2-1A. All the Panthers have done is win their first four games by an average score of 50-7. However, Colgan’s biggest test of the season comes tonight against the 8-0 Olpe Eagles. Expect a good game, but also expect the speedy Panthers to come out on top.
• The scheduling gods sure weren’t kind to the Pittsburg Purple Dragons. After winning the Southeast Kansas League title, Pittsburg entered a district that included some of the best teams in Class 5A with Gardner-Edgerton, Blue Valley and St. Thomas Aquinas. The Dragons are mathematically eliminated from the playoffs, but they have no reason to hang their heads after going 5-0 in the league. No matter the outcome, Pittsburg will play hard tonight against Aquinas.
• Give credit to the Pittsburg State Gorillas for battling back against Fort Hays State last week. Pitt State outscored Fort Hays 24-0 down the stretch to pull out a 38-21 victory on the road. This week, the Gorillas will need to put together four quarters of solid football in order to beat Nebraska-Omaha.
• The good news for the Pittsburg State Gorillas men’s basketball team and first-year head coach Kevin Muff is that there aren’t many places to go other than up. The MIAA coaches and media polls both picked the Gorillas to finish 10th out of 12 teams this season. There’s no doubt the Gorillas will have some struggles this season, but give Coach Muff time to put his stamp on the program.
• Who else is ready to petition the NCAA for the Pitt State women’s basketball team to have all home games? After posting records of 11-1 at home and 3-13 on the road last season, you can see why. In order for Lane Lord’s Gorillas, who were picked fifth in the MIAA coaches poll, to reach the next level, they must do a better job on the road.
• Austin Bogina is poised to bring home a state cross country title to Northeast High School this weekend. The senior won last week’s regional in Burlington with a time of 16 minutes, 57 seconds. At last season’s state meet, Bogina finished in 17:18 for second place behind Collin Trickle, of Minneapolis, who ran the course in 17:02. Bogina will find stiff competition from Trickle again this season.
• After topping the Uniontown Eagles and the Northeast Vikings in last week’s Class 3A sub-state tournament, the Southeast Lancers get to represent southeast Kansas in the state volleyball tournament this weekend. Good luck to the Lancers, who have already accomplished a lot by making state for the first time in more than a decade.
• Brian Moorman, a four-time All-American punter at Pittsburg State University, will be in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday with his Buffalo Bills to battle the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium. A native Kansan, it should be a fun time for Moorman and his family. And for Chiefs fans, I’m sure they’ll want to see Moorman punting a lot on Sunday.
• A message to Kansas City Royals fans: Don’t get too worried about reports the Royals are listening to trade offers for Cy Young pitcher Zack Greinke. This doesn’t mean Kansas City is back to its days of shipping off its best players for little in return (ex. Johnny Damon, Jermaine Dye, Carlos Beltran). In this case, the Royals have Greinke under contract through 2012 and don’t have to trade him. They’ll only do so if they are given an offer they can’t refuse.
• How’s this for irony? The Boston Celtics beat the new-look Miami Heat of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh on Tuesday. Then the Celtics follow it up with a loss to the King Jamesless Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday. Go figure.
Mark Schremmer is a Pittsburg native who has been a journalist in Kansas for more than 10 years. He currently serves as assistant news editor at The Topeka Capital-Journal. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.