Pittsburg rallies in second half to get by Carl Junction

CARL JUNCTION, Mo. – (WATCH) Pittsburg erases an 11-point halftime deficit to beat Carl Junction 57-53 Friday night.

Mason English scores a game-high 22 points for Pittsburg, while Jackson Turnbull adds 18.

Ayden Bard leads the way for Carl Junction with 17 points. Cooper Vediz was also in double figures for the Bulldogs with 12 points.

Pittsburg wrestling splits with Tonganoxie

PITTSBURG, Kan. – Pittsburg High School wrestling splits with Tonganoxie Thursday night, with the girls winning 45-30 and the boys falling to the defending 4A state champion Chieftains 47-21. Results are below.


100: Double Forfeit 105: Juliana Tice (Pitt) over   (TONG) (For.)

110: Isys Galindo (Pitt) over Autumn Wilson (TONG) (Dec 6-4)

115: Kya Galindo (Pitt) over Abagail Starcher (TONG) (Fall 1:02)

120: Grae Vanderweide (TONG) over Kyleah  Kimbrough (Pitt) (Fall 2:29)

125: Alyssa  Heydenrych (Pitt) over Stella  Bradley (TONG) (Fall 0:21) 130: Kellissa Wells (Pitt) over Brooklin Rich (TONG) (Fall 2:53)

135: Jessie Lawson (Pitt) over Finley Keller (TONG) (Fall 0:31)

140: Mackenzie Colgrove (TONG) over Hannah Brown (Pitt) (Fall 1:16)

145: Maddie Burdick (Pitt) over Sydney Shephard (TONG) (Fall 1:41)

155: Shelby Payne (Pitt) over Kendall Smart (TONG) (Fall 4:45)

170: Grace Stein (TONG) over Daphine Samayoa (Pitt) (Fall 0:59)

190: Holly Colvert (TONG) over   (Pitt) (For.)

235: Anna  Tochtrop (TONG) over   (Pitt) (For.)


Beau Underwood (Tonganoxie) over Unknown (For.)
Brodie Starcher (Tonganoxie) over Jarius White (Pittsburg) (Fall 2:19)
Caleb Hartman (Pittsburg) over Presley Herrig (Tonganoxie) (Fall 3:24)
Clayton Crookham (Tonganoxie) over Kaleb Cronister (Pittsburg) (Fall 1:39)
Braeden Moore (Tonganoxie) over Eismael Hernandez (Pittsburg) (Fall 0:34)
Cruz Lopez (Pittsburg) over Grant Kelly (Tonganoxie) (Fall 3:49)
Corbin McIntier (Pittsburg) over Brady Martin (Tonganoxie) (Dec 4-3)
Noah Bailey (Tonganoxie) over Tyler Bailey (Pittsburg) (Fall 0:54)
Gannon Sonntag (Tonganoxie) over Jonathon Howard (Pittsburg) (Fall 3:36)
JJ White (Pittsburg) over Jack Messersmith (Tonganoxie) (Fall 3:19)
Wyatt Harris (Tonganoxie) over Demarus Partee (Pittsburg) (Fall 1:36)
Rocco Gehring (Tonganoxie) over Jaquan Augustin (Pittsburg) (Dec 8-6)
Hunter Benedict (Tonganoxie) over Stone Peery (Pittsburg) (Fall 1:53)
Gavin Rhoads (Tonganoxie) over Landon Clarke (Pittsburg) (Fall 0:35)

Nine local football players earn KFBCA All-State honors

Nine local players have earned All-State recognition from the Kansas Football Coaches Association.

The All-State teams consist of senior football players nominated and selected by KFBCA members who watched film of nominees and voted on All-State selections. The KFBCA is composed of only 11-man football coaches. The 8-man coaches operate a seperate Kansas Eight-Man Football Coaches Association.

The nine local athletes earning All-State honors are below.

Class 5A

K/P Jackson McKechnie (Pittsburg)

Class 4A

ATH Ty Leedy (Chanute)

DL Dagen Dean (Chanute)

Class 3A

ATH Mario Menghini (Frontenac)

Class 2A

OL Maddox Johnson (Humboldt)

K/P Trey Sommer (Humboldt)

Class 1A

OL Brody Kannarr (Colgan)

WR Colin Hite (Colgan)

LB Carter Jacquinot (Colgan)




Joplin holds off Pittsburg in early-season border battle

JOPLIN, Mo. – (WATCH) The Joplin Eagles top the Pittsburg Purple Dragons 81-73 Friday night for their first win of the season.

The Eagles are now 1-1 to begin the season.

Gorillas fall to Quincy; English posts double-double for Gorillas

PITTSBURG, Kan. – (WATCH) Pitt State falls to Quincy 82-58 Friday night at the Pitt State Classic.

Marque English posts a double-double for the Gorillas with 19 points and 11 rebounds.

Pitt State will be back in action Saturday night vs. Illinois-Springfield at 7:30 PM.

Pittsburg to face defending champion Mill Valley in state quarterfinals

PITTSBURG, Kan. – The Pittsburg Purple Dragons will in the 5A state quarterfinals this Friday night – after claiming a regional championship last week in a 28-0 victory over KC-Sumner.

The Purple Dragons will have to go through the defending 5A state champion Mill Valley Jaguars Friday to keep their season alive and move on to the final four in the 5A state bracket.

“They’re a good team. Everyone knows that. Everyone in the state of Kansas knows that,” says Pittsburg junior Wyatt Rink, “We’re here to dethrone the kings. That’s how we roll. We’re ready to go.”

“They’re always the top dogs,” says Pittsburg senior JJ White on Mill Valley, “They’ve won state the last couple years, but why not us? Everybody at the start of the season was saying this is the worst team PHS has had in a couple years, and we went out and won a regional title for the first time in five years. Our confidence is up. We have a new head coach and we love him. He brings the energy every day. Everybody is bought in and everybody believes.”

Pittsburg has been on a roll recently.

After an 0-2 start to the season, the Purple Dragons have won 7 of their last 8 games heading into Friday’s game.

“Starting 0-2 isn’t fun. Since that 0-2 start we’ve only lost one game. It feels good to be on a roll,” Rink says, “I’m ready to stay on a roll and keep going.”

“Our confidence is a lot higher. A lot has changed. From week one to now is so much different,” White adds, “There’s so much more energy and everybody is bought in. It’s just a whole new football team.”

“We just want to welcome the challenge,” says head coach Josh Lattimer on Friday’s game, “These kids are answering the call every week when we step on the field. Right now, they’ll play anybody.”