Twenty-point win over Goddard now pits Comets against Williams’ Eagles
After trailing at the end of the first quarter of its Friday afternoon Ralph Miller Classic match-up against Goddard, the Chanute Blue Comets boys basketball team amped up its defensive intensity and improved its communication on defense.
“Some of the things that gave us trouble in the first quarter, I thought our guys did a little bit better job of shoring up,” Chanute Coach Max Ruark said. “I thought they came o...
Trout three-pointer helps Comet girls topple Tonganoxie
There were 7.5 seconds to go in the Chanute girls basketball team’s Friday night semifinal match-up with the host school of the Tonganoxie Tournament, and the Comets were trailing by two points. This was when senior Shelby Trout launched a game-winning three-pointer that vaulted the Chanute girls basketball team to tonight’s championship game of the tournament.
Trout’s three was half of the Blue Comets’ six points during the final quarter.
Perez and Vandiver drive Emporia over Leavenworth
The second day of the Ralph Miller Classic concluded with a match-up between Emporia and Leavenworth, which was close-knit early on. The contest was tied at halftime. However, the highly-ranked Emporia squad eventually ran away with the game, riding amazing offensive displays by both Jackson Perez and Garin Vandiver, and putting together a resounding 84-68 victory.
With the big victory, Emporia will face Andover Central in tonight’s tournamen...
Joplin picks up win in tourney’s ‘Battle of the Eagles’
Joplin scored a 53-46 victory over Olathe North in the afternoon meeting between two teams named the Eagles that started Friday’s Ralph Miller’s second day tournament action.
Neither Eagles squad was able to score for the game’s first minute and a half, until Olathe North senior Jack Todd scored a lay-up. The first quarter developed into an offensive battle between Todd and Joplin junior Charlie Brown. Todd scored eight points in this quarter...
Lady Panthers outshoot Allen County in heated rivalry game
“When the ball goes through the net, this team looks totally different.”
That was NCCC women’s basketball coach Kelley Newton’s reaction as improved shooting helped his squad score a 67-57 victory over its Allen County rivals, to bring the Lady Panthers’ conference record to 2-2.
The Lady Panthers made 48 percent of their field goals in the match-up, while Allen County only shot 27 percent.
“Now it looks like we...
Emporia wins big over Goddard
The Emporia Spartans flexed their offensive muscle in a 74-43 rout of the Goddard Lions in Thursday evening Ralph Miller Classic action.
Offensively steered by seniors Jurrel Murrow and J.L. Savage, Emporia took control of the match-up early, The Spartans opened with an uninterrupted 11-0 run, and had a 14-point lead at the end of the first quarter.
Emporia continued its attack in the second, going on a 9-0 run. The Spartans went into the l...
Shawnee Heights starts Miller Classic with win over Joplin
Benefitting from dominating performances by brothers Tony and Javon Barksdale, the Shawnee Heights T-Birds opened this year’s Ralph Miller Classic with a 51-39 victory over the Joplin Eagles. Shawnee Heights was the last place team at last year’s tournament, and used this game to show off improvements that the team has made since then.
Joplin, helmed by former Chanute coach Jeff Williams, established a small lead early in the match-up, but S...
Andover Central tops Olathe North
The Andover Central Jaguars won the Ralph Miller Classic last year. With the team’s performance in its first game of the Ralph Miller Classic on Thursday afternoon, the Jaguars proved that they may also be the team to beat at this year’s tournament.
Powered by 30 points from senior Zach Winter in this contest, the Andover squad beat Olathe North 57-39.
The meeting between these teams was close-knit early on. Due largely to eight first quart...
NCCC men beat Allen County for first conference win
The NCCC Panthers men’s basketball team picked up its first conference win of the season on Wednesday night, beating its Allen County rivals 69-64.
The scoring was slow to get started in this contest.
Jamie Batish, the scoring leader for the Panthers (8-8) so far this season, is in Australia dealing with some citizenship issues, so he will be back in Chanute on Sunday.
“That was a little bit of what had to do with...
Missed last minute shots cost Comets in loss to Leavenworth
The Chanute Blue Comets boys basketball team kicked off its annual basketball tournament with a down-to-the-wire Thursday night nail-biter. The first day of the Ralph Miller Classic ended with a confrontation between the fourth-seeded Comets and the fifth-seeded Leavenworth Pioneers, and the evenly matched teams tangled.
The Comets kept pace with Leavenworth throughout the tense match-up. The Pioneers are a current...
Erie boys barely beaten by Neodesha
The Erie Red Devils boys basketball team lost a one-point heartbreaker to Neodesha, on its second game of the Wilson County Tournament on Tuesday night. Erie fell 48-47. The Red Devils saw dominating double digit performances by three players in the down-to-the-wire loss. Kody Tredway had 16 points in the loss, while Garek Peters scored 12 and Christian Murphy ended up with 10.
St. Paul girls fall to Columbus
The St. Paul girls basketball team fell to Columbus 32-26 in the second night of the Southeast Basketball Tourney on Tuesday night. Over half of the Lady Indians’ points in this match-up were scored by Jordyn Tuck, who had 15 points on the night.
Columbus 6 11 9 6 -32
St. Paul 3 7 2 14 -26
Columbus: Froebe 4, 0-0, 8 Murdock 1, 0-0, 2 Spear 0, 2-6, 2 Anderson 7, 0-5, 15 1, 0-1, 3 Robinson 1, 0-0, 2 Three-Pointers: Anderson, Thompson
Ralph Miller storied athlete, coach
Ralph “Cappy” Miller, the namesake of the 41st annual high school basketball tournament this week, had a hugely heralded career as athlete and coach.
Miller, born March 9, 1919 in Chanute, earned four letters each in football and track, three in basketball, and one each in golf and tennis at CHS.¬† While in junior high, Bob Allen (University of Kansas Coach Phog Allen’s son) informed his father that he had just scrimmaged against the finest ...
Erie’s Oliphant signs to play volleyball for Coffeyville
Erie senior Chelsea Oliphant is going from the Red Devils to the Red Ravens. A stand-out player on both the Red Devils volleyball and girls basketball squads, Oliphant signed a letter of intent on Tuesday morning to play volleyball at Coffeyville Community College. Oliphant visited several colleges around southeast Kansas before making the decision to commit to play for Coffeyville.
“I felt more at home there,” Oliphant said, “and the coach...
Chanute girls start Tonganoxie tourney with comeback win
TONGANOXIE — The Chanute Blue Comets girls basketball team trailed by 11 points at the end of the first quarter of its match-up with the Atchison Redmen on Tuesday afternoon.
“That first quarter was tough,” Coach Dustin Fox said. “There was no energy. It was a 3 o’clock game. There was barely anyone there. We didn’t respond well to that.”
However, the team picked its energy up, and started playing harder. This increase in energy and work ethic...
Comets flying high heading into Ralph Miller Classic
The Ralph Miller Classic has been a part of this community for more than 40 years, making it one of the oldest and most respected basketball tournaments in the state. The event, which starts Thursday afternoon at Chanute High School, brings in some of the region’s best basketball teams for action-packed bracketed games.
The tournament is named after a Hall-of-Fame coach and player who hails from Chanute.
Second half costly to Lady Panthers in Coffeyville
COFFEYVILLE — When NCCC freshman Dena English hit a last second three-pointer to tie Saturday night’s basketball game against Coffeyville at 17 at halftime, all momentum seemed to be shifting to the Panthers’ side. However, Coffeyville managed to outscore NCCC (6-9) by 14 points in the second half to come away with a 50-36 will. This loss stalled Neosho County’s conference winning streak.
Coffeyville (5-10) struc...
Panthers topped by Coffeyville with Lesovsky at the helm
COFFEYVILLE — The most difficult foot to move in basketball is the one-foot distance between the assistant coach’s seat and the head coach’s seat. That is a popular clich√© in the sport, and Brandon Lesovsky, the assistant coach of the NCCC men’s basketball squad, found out about its accuracy first-hand on Saturday night.
The Panthers (7-8) traveled to Coffeyville to take on the nationally ranked Red Ravens. The ...
Chanute girls sixth in latest rankings
The Chanute Blue Comets (8-2) are ranked as the sixth best 4A girls basketball team in the state, in the latest rankings released on Monday by the KBCA. The Comets’ SEK rivals from Pittsburg are fifth. Girard, a team which the Comets defeated a couple of weeks ago, was ranked eighth. Wamego was the top ranked team.
None of the boys’ teams in the SEK were included in the KBCA 4A rankings. The Humboldt Cubs were selected as the 7th best team in...