GOLF SEASON TEES OFF
Jason Peake Tribune Sports Editor When the Class 4A State Golf Tournament ended last May, Chanute had two top-10 finishers. And neither one was a senior. But as the 2011 high school golf season begins, neither one of those players are on the course. Nevertheless, Chanute Coach Bill Woodard isn’t feeling sorry for himself. “You play the cards you’re dealt,” Woodard said. “And when you have kids that are laid up and can’t play, you have ot...
CHS TRACK: QUICK GLANCE
Breakdown CHS TRACK AND FIELD STATE QUALIFIERS The Blue Comets have seven returning state qualifiers on the team this spring. On the girls side, senior Kaitlyn Dispensa, junior Morgan Olson and sophomores Darian Rubow and Ashlyn Cole competed at the Class 4A State Track Meet last May in Wichita. Senior Jordan Wiltse competed at state two years ago. Dispensa and Rubow qualified individually, with Dispensa competing in the mile and Rubow q...
Youth wrestlers win titles, earn medals at Kids State
Tribune staff Chanute athletes fared very well at the 2011 Kansas Kids State Championships in Topeka this past weekend. The Chanute Wrestling Club had five kids qualify, while the SEK Jr. Comets sent 20 to state. There were four state champs from Chanute this year. High school In the high school division, Sam Son took first place at 160 pounds. Son defeated Sterling Terry of Ark City 7-6 in the title match. Troy Clark won the state title...
CHS SOFTBALL: A dozen starters
Jason Peake Tribune Sports Editor Chanute Coach Don Simmons has a dilemma as the high school softball season arrives, — he has a dozen solid players to choose from. “We’ve actually got 12 starters back,” Simmons said. “We’ve got eight full-time starters back from last year’s team. And we’ve got two other girls who started part-time last year. And we’ve got two more who started when they were sophomores but couldn’t play last year due to inj...
CHS TRACK 2011: STATE QUALIFIERS RETURN
Jason Peake Tribune Sports Editor The goals are set extremely high once again for the Chanute High School track team. It’s not hard to see why. Seven returning state qualifiers will lead the way for the CHS track team in 2011. Five of those seven returning state qualifiers are on the girls side, but the only returning state medalist is on the boys team. Chanute Coach Derek Liggett said the goals are extremely high for both teams. “I thi...
CHS events postponed
The Chanute High School baseball and softball games scheduled for Thursday at Pittsburg were postponed due to the weather. The tennis meet at Coffeyville was postponed and rescheduled for April 19. The golf meet at Independence was not called off.
CHS BASEBALL: A SOLID GROUP RETURNS
Jason Peake Tribune Sports Editor Eight returning starters will lead the way for the Chanute High School baseball team this spring. Seniors Dustin Eccles and Trevor Cole, juniors Anthony Keenan, Brandon Bell, Grant McMillan, Sam Son and Quinton Schooley and sophomore Brock Gilmore all return for the Blue Comets All played key roles on last year’s team. And all are back as more-experienced players this year. “Hopefully, with what we return...
NCCC baseball on a hot streak
Jason Peake Tribune Sports Editor While the weather outside continues to be a bit chilly, the Neosho County Community College baseball team is anything but cold. In fact, the Panthers are currently on a hot streak that few teams in the nation can match. After an 8-7 start to the season, the Panthers have won 12 of 13 games and are now 20-8. Neosho County Coach Steve Murry is definitely pleased with how things are going for his team. Mu...
Panthers sweep Pirates again
CHANUTE — The Neosho County Community College baseball team swept Independence on Tuesday, winning game one 6-1 and game two 11-3. The Panthers are now 20-8 on the season and 12-4 in the conference. Matt Strahm earned the win on the mound in game one. He went all seven innings and allowed just one earned run. Strahm struck out 12 and walked just two. Offensively, Caleb Compton, Adam Giacalone, and Garrett Schaede had two RBIs apiece. Eric Da...
Panthers sweep Indy on Monday
Tribune staff The Neosho County Community College baseball team has won 10 of 11 games after sweeping Independence on Monday afternoon. The Panthers won game one 8-3 and then took game two 14-4 on Military Appreciation Day. The Panthers wore camo tops. With the wins, Steve Murry’s Panthers are now 10-4 in the Jayhawk East, good for third place. In the opener against the Pirates, the Panthers scored three runs in the first inning. Eric Daws...
Havron takes over NCCC track program
Jason Peake Tribune Sports Editor Tom Havron is now in charge of the Neosho County Community College track program. Havron takes over the program after Darin Schmitz accepted the head coaching position at Benedictine College. Havron said he’s always wanted to be in charge of a college track program. “That’s why I’m here,” Havron said. “I knew Coach Schmitz was good enough to move on at some point. And he was. I’m pretty much overseeing ev...
Overcoming obstacles at a young age
Tribune Sports Editor
When Braxton Harding was able to step on the mat at the Kansas Kids Six and Under State Youth Wrestling Championships last weekend in Ottawa, contrasting emotions overtook his mother Cheryl.
For those who know what the Harding family has been through recently, it wasn’t hard to see why Cheryl might be a bit emotional.
A first grader at Chanute Elementary, Braxton Harding has been diagnosed with perthes disease...
Blue Comets selected to U.S. Army all-star game
PITTSBURG — Chanute High School will have four participants in the Fifth Annual U.S. Army KSEK/KLKC All-Star Basketball Game on Sunday, April 3 at St. Mary's Colgan High School in Pittsburg.
On the boys side, Dustin Eccles and Caleb Wood will represent CHS.
Mackenzey Sutcliffe and Jordan Wiltse of Chanute will play in the girls game.
There are 40 athletes involved in the game that showcases the top seniors from the southeast Kan...
Eccles, area players named to all-state teams
Tribune staff Chanute High School senior Dustin Eccles was an honorable mention selection on both the Wichita Eagle and Topeka Capital-Journal’s Class 4A all-state boys basketball team. Other SEK League players on the Eagle’s honorable mention list are Peyton Botts of Indy, Cameron Craig of Coffeyville, James Jackson of Parsons, Tevin Johnson of Parsons, Steve Jones of Parsons, Griffin Knopp of Fort Scott, James Newton of Coffeyville, Mitche...
Panthers split with Greyhounds
Tribune staff CHANUTE — An early lead in game two slipped away and the Neosho County Community College baseball team settled for a split with the Fort Scott Greyhounds on Monday afternoon at Hudson Field. Steve Murry’s Panthers won game one 8-0, but Fort Scott rallied late in game two for a 16-9 win. The Panthers are now 14-8 on the season and 8-4 in the Jayhawk East after the split. In the opener, Matt Strahm went the distance, allowing n...
Giacalone strikes out 17 in NCCC win
Tribune staff CHANUTE — Adam Giacalone struck out a school-record 17 in Neosho County’s 6-2 win over Fort Scott on Sunday. The Panthers won game one 11-5 to earn a sweep. The Panthers and Greyhounds played again on Monday, but those results were not yet available. On Sunday, the Panthers rallied late in game one. Fort Scott led 5-4 when Neosho County put up seven runs in the sixth inning. Dalton Cox got the win on the mound. Garrett Schaed...
Indians, Jets named to All-TRL team
Tribune staff St. Paul High School had four athletes named to the 2010-11 Three Rivers League girls basketball team. Indians senior Morgan Westhoff was a unanimous selection on the first team. St. Paul senior Ashley Stein was also a first team all-league selection. St. Paul’s Kacie Phillips and Erin Tuck were both honorable mention selections. Altoona-Midway’s Nichole LaCrone was a first team pick and Kelsey Spears was listed on the honor...
Blue Comets second at season-opener
Jason Peake Tribune Sports Editor INDEPENDENCE — The Chanute High School boys tennis team began the 2011 season on Tuesday at the Independence Invitational. The Blue Comets took second place at the invite, one spot behind Fort Scott. “Not a bad start to the season,” CHS Assistant Coach Mike De La Torre said. “I saw a lot of things we need to work on, in particular volleys and return of serve.” At number-one singles, Chanute junior Ian Che...
Cheshier will lead CHS boys tennis team
Jason Peake Tribune Sports Editor Ian Cheshier is the lone returning starter for the Chanute High School boys tennis team as the 2011 season begins. A junior, Cheshier is a two-time varsity letterwinner, playing doubles the last two years. This year Cheshier is playing number-one singles. “I expect Ian to have a real good year,” Chanute Coach Wayne Woodyard said. “He has a lot of experience, he’s been on the varsity since he was a freshman...