Pittsburg looks for first win against former SEK rival Labette County

PITTSBURG, Kan. – The Pittsburg Purple Dragons host the Labette County Grizzlies on Friday night, aiming for their first win under head coach Josh Lattimer.

The Purple Dragons and Grizzlies are both 0-2 heading into Friday’s matchup.

Pittsburg is an independent program, and is no longer part of the SEK league – but these old league rivalry games against teams like Chanute, Fort Scott and Labette County still mean something to the Purple Dragons.

“They always are going to mean something,” says Pittsburg head coach Josh Lattimer, “This is southeast Kansas. You can having bragging rights on who beats who and all that. You have to give everybody your best shot anyway. Paper doesn’t win you games. Going out and actually playing, and executing alignment, assignment and execution wins you games.”

“Those are my favorite games for us. Those games are still important, regardless of our status as an independent team,” says Pittsburg junior RB/LB Wyatt Rink, “Those old SEK rivalries still mean a lot. We just have to show that we’re on top of the SEK as always.”

“Everybody always wants to give the Dragons their best,” Lattimer adds, “They’re going to come out and give us their best shot. We have to be prepared for that and ready to go.”

The Purple Dragons’ two losses have been an overtime loss to Emporia in week one, and a 28-13 loss to another former SEK rival Chanute last week.

While 0-2 isn’t where they wanted to be after two weeks – those first two games have been learning experiences for a younger Pittsburg roster.

“We knew the first two games were going to be a little bit rough and they were going to be tougher games,” Rink says, “We tried to keep our heads on straight. That was our biggest thing in those two games was just keeping our heads on straight, and just worrying about the next game after that first loss.”

“The energy they have…we’re making mistakes, but we’re going 100 miles per hour,” Lattimer says, “You want that. Not that you want mistakes, but at least they’re playing hard. All the mistakes that we’ve made are very, very correctable.”

Friday night’s game begins at 7 PM in Pittsburg. You can check out highlights Friday night on KOAM at 10 PM and FOX 14 at 11 PM.


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For more on Labette County, check out the 2022 Pigskin Preview.

Local standouts return to Parsons for youth basketball camp

PARSONS, Kan. – (WATCH) Former southeast Kansas High School basketball standouts – on break from their college teams – return to Parsons to give back to their hometown community for a youth camp Friday night.

The camp was put on by Future Scholars Club, led by coach Lee Reliford, Sr.

Parsons High School graduates Nena Taylor (Oral Roberts), Dariq Williams (Neosho CC), Davonte Yates (Baptist Bible College) and Miles Hogan (Culver-Stockton) – as well as Labette County High School product Magic Reliford (Pittsburg State) – were among the players helping with camp Friday night.

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Easton Ewing (Independence) – 4A

Brett Sarwinski (Galena) – 3A

Brahm Born (Girard) – 3A


Madison Brannin (Labette County) – 4A

Mia Sarwinski (Galena) – 3A

Heather Arnett (Frontenac) – 3A

Lily Brown (Colgan) – 2A

Danielle Howard (Uniontown) – 2A

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WATCH: Labette County overcomes slow start to beat Fort Scott 49-41 and claim sub state championship. Madison Brannin drops a game-high 18 points. Anna Dean adds 11 and Karsyn Stewart finishes with 10 points. The Grizzlies advance to the 4A state tournament in Salina, Ks.

Labette County earns share of SEK title with win over Independence

ALTAMONT, Kan. – (WATCH) Labette County tops Independence 42-22 Friday night.

With the win and Fort Scott’s loss to Parsons, the Grizzlies earn a share of the SEK league championship – sharing the title with Fort Scott.

It’s Labette County’s 5th straight SEK league title and 22nd in program history.