Galena’s McNemar signs to Division I North Texas softball

GALENA, Kan. – Galena High School softball standout Blayze McNemar signed on Thursday afternoon to continue her career at the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas.

McNemar is a multiple time All-CNC selection for the Bulldogs. Last season she was a unanimous 1st team All-CNC selection, as well as being a 1st team All-State pick.

“It means a lot,” McNemar says of the opportunity to play college softball, “My family has gotten me here and they want to see me succeed in the world. This is a good opportunity to do that.”

“I love the coaching staff there,” she adds on why she chose North Texas, “They seemed like they would definitely take good care of me there and we would have a lot of fun. Through all my conversations, they really showed that they care about what they’re building there. They showed that they care about me as both a person and player.”

Columbus knocks off Galena to claim 3A regional championship

GALENA, Kan. – (WATCH) Columbus knocks off Galena 21-4 to claim a 3A regional championship Thursday.

The Titans advance to the 3A state quarterfinals, where they will face the winner of Wellsville/Topeka-Hayden.

PIGSKIN PODCAST: Ep. 10 with Pitt State safety Brandon Mlekus

Check out Episode 10 of the KOAM Presents: Pigskin Podcast (LINKS BELOW). On THIS episode:

  • Girard/Frontenac regional championship (2:09)
  • Undefeated Chanute aims for regional championship (7:24)
  • Galena/Columbus regional championship (9:38)
  • Carthage, Webb City return from byes (11:17)
  • Seneca on playoff opener vs. Hollister (12:59)
  • Interview with Pitt State safety Brandon Mlekus (16:16)





Galena aims for regional championship against CNC rival Columbus

GALENA, Kan. – The Galena Bulldogs have a shot at claiming a 3A regional championship Thursday night against CNC rival Columbus.

“It means a lot. It’s one of our goals every year to win a regional championship and move on to the state playoffs,” says Galena head coach Beau Sarwinski, “It would mean a lot to our seniors and everybody in our program. We just have to take it one play at a time and see what happens for our kids.”

Both teams are on a roll heading into Thursday’s showdown.

Galena is 7-2 overall and has won 6 straight games. Columbus is 4-5 overall, but they’ve won three in a row – including a 46-8 blowout over Burlington in the first round of the playoffs last week.

The Bulldogs beat the Titans 36-22 when they met in the regular season, but Galena knows they’re facing a different Columbus team than the one they saw six weeks ago.

“They’re playing with a lot of confidence. Any time you play a team that’s got confidence, they’re scary,” Sarwinski says, “They’re just going right after people and playing physical. Any time you can do that this time of the year, a lot of good things can happen for you. They can also throw it. They’re running the ball effectively, and I think it’s opening up some play action for them and has kept them to where they’re playing pretty well right now.”

Thursday’s game was previously scheduled for Friday night – but forecasted weather caused the two teams to move the game up to Thursday.

“Thursday is when you usually kind of polish things up,” Sarwinski says, “We’re just going to have to make sure we’re prepared on Wednesday and do the best that we can. It’s the same for both teams, so there’s no advantage either way. You just move forward and get ready to roll.”

Galena advances to regional championship with blowout win over Anderson County

GALENA, Kan. – (WATCH) Galena tops Anderson County 38-13 in the first round of the 3A playoffs Friday night.

Galena moves on to face Columbus for a regional championship next week.

Frontenac aims to earn district championship Friday against Galena

FRONTENAC, Kan. – The Frontenac Raiders have a chance to earn a district championship on Friday night against Galena.

“It would mean the world to us,” says Frontenac senior LB Jack Lusker, “We didn’t do it last year, and we were all upset about that. We really want it this year.”

“It would be big for our kids. We know how hard they’ve worked all season,” says Frontenac head coach Mark Smith, “I’m going to tell them tonight after practice that these are the moments why you work hard. This is why you put all those extra hours in together and these are the games that you want to play in, the battles against great teams like Galena. It’s going to be a fun atmosphere on Friday night.”

Frontenac got off to a bit of a slow start this season.

The Raiders were 2-2 in their first four games, including a 14-12 loss to Colgan and a 35-0 home loss to Girard in week four.

That lopsided week four loss to Girard was the team’s last loss – and was a turning point in the season for Frontenac.

“After that Girard game we all kind of had our heads down and were just kind of disappointed with how we played that night,” Smith says, “We had a great week of practice that next week against Columbus and we tried to start a whole new season at 0-0. Since then, we’ve played with a lot of confidence. We’ve played more physically and we’ve played faster. The kids started to believe and they started playing together.”

“The week after that game, everybody really stepped up on offense, defense and special teams,” Lusker adds, “We just clicked. That’s really what happened.”

Since that Girard loss, Frontenac has won three straight against Columbus, Baxter Springs and Parsons. The Raiders head into Friday night with a 5-2 overall record, including a 3-0 mark against district opponents.

On the other side, Galena is also on a roll.

The Bulldogs have won four in a row to get to 5-2 overall. They’re also 3-0 in district play.

“We have to tackle well and we have to be physical up front,” Smith says on facing a physical Galena team, “It’s going to be very important to win first down and put them in passing situations if we can. They’re a very down-hill and run-oriented team right now. They have a three-headed monster in the backfield and they all run very hard. Coach Sarwinski has done a great job and they’re also playing their best ball right now. It’s really going to come down to the trenches like it always does, but our kids are excited for the challenge.”

Friday night’s game will kick off at 7 PM in Frontenac.

PIGSKIN PODCAST: Ep. 8 with Colgan HC Shawn Seematter

Check out episode 8 of the KOAM Presents: Pigskin Podcast (links below).

On THIS episode:

  • Hudson Moore is a problem (2:05)
  • Chanute aims for undefeated regular season (3:22)
  • Frontenac and Galena district championship (5:45)
  • Why I like Girard (6:43)
  • Seneca looks to go 9-0 (8:36)
  • Quapaw and Miami impressive seasons (10:47)
  • Interview with Colgan HC Shawn Seematter (15:23)
  • Pitt State offensive weapons (29:28)





PIGSKIN PODCAST: Ep. 7 with ESPN 100.7’s Mike Snow

Check out episode 7 of the KOAM Presents: Pigskin Podcast. On THIS episode:

  • Reaction to last week’s Parsons/Galena game (1:35)
  • What’s behind Neosho’s high-powered offense (5:55)
  • Big opportunity this week for Seneca (9:58)
  • Joplin/Carthage matchup this week (12:25)
  • Frontenac aims to stay hot at Parsons (13:17)
  • Interview with ESPN 100.7’s Mike Snow (17:18)
  • Local guys shine for MSSU (33:33)
  • Reaction to Pitt State vs. Northwest (36:08)