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Williamson drives in 6, Post 64 rolls by Houston in Joplin tournament

JOPLIN, Mo. – (WATCH) The Pittsburg Post #64 Patriots top Houston, Missouri 16-0 in the AABC Connie Mack WS qualifier tournament in Joplin Friday.

Baxter Springs product and Neosho CC signee Kameron Williamson goes 3-3 on the day with two doubles, a triple and 6 RBI.

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Pitt State football names 2022 captains

PITTSBURG, Kan. – Pittsburg State football has named its captains for the 2022 season.

The Gorillas have picked eight players as captains for the fall, including five who played at local high schools.

WR Elijah Harris (Pittsburg HS)

OL Kory Woodruff (Sioux City West HS)

WR Bryce Murphy (Neosho HS)

LB PJ Sarwinski (Galena HS)

LB Morgan Selemaea (Harrisonville HS)

S Brandon Mlekus (Frontenac HS)

DL Zeke Wall (Carl Junction HS)

OL Trase Jeffries (Broken Arrow HS)

The Gorillas are scheduled to open the regular season on September 1st, at home against the University of Central Missouri.

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22 local baseball players named KABC All-State

The Kansas Association of Baseball Coaches has released its All-State teams for the 2022 season. 22 local players have earned All-State honors from the KABC, with two local coaches earning Coach of the Year awards.

5A All-State

3B Tyler Sutton (Pittsburg) – Honorable Mention

4A All-State

3B Jarrett Herrmann (Iola) – 1st team

OF Brandon McKarnin (Iola) – 1st team

DH Ryker Curry (Iola) – 1st team

P Korbin Cloud (Iola) – 2nd team

DH Lars Koester (Chanute) – Honorable Mention

3A All-State

Coach of the Year – Mick Tedlock (Columbus)

INF Kameron Williamson (Baxter Springs) – 1st team

OF Wyatt Foley (Girard) – 1st team

P Seth Stover (Columbus) – 2nd team

1B Mario Menghini (Frontenac) – 2nd team

INF Drake Brooks (Girard) – 2nd team

UT Landin Midgett (Columbus) – 2nd team

P Trevor Amershek (Girard) – Honorable Mention

INF Kyler Harper (Riverton) – Honorable Mention

OF Jeremy Raio (Frontenac) – Honorable Mention

2-1A All-State

Coach of the Year – Roland Weir (Crest)

INF Stetson Setter (Crest) – 1st team

DH Holden Barker (Crest) – 1st team

P Kysen Bennett (Colgan) – 2nd team

P Trevor Church (Crest) – 2nd team

1B Jack White (Crest) – 2nd team

OF Easton Renn (Southeast) – Honorable Mention

OF Trevor Church (Crest) – Honorable Mention

You can check out the complete KABC All-State awards HERE.

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Pittsburg introduces Eric Miller as new head baseball coach

PITTSBURG, Ks. – Pittsburg High School announces their next head baseball coach. Eric Miller is the new leader of the program.

“I’ve been involved in a different career for a lot of my career, but baseball has never been far from my mind, so it’s was an easy decision when this kind of opportunity came up for me,” Miller says.

Miller returns to his alma mater. He went to Pittsburg High School and then played and coached at Pittsburg State.

“It’s a very exciting time for me,” Miller says. “To be able to get back out on the field after having not been on the field for a few years, to put the purple and white back on, to be involved in the team that’s going to play their home games at Jaycee Ballpark where I played my home games…it’s a very exciting time.”

He takes over for Keith Matlock, who stepped down at the conclusion of the season after 10 years coaching the Purple Dragons.

“What coach Matlock has done over the last 10 years has been tremendous,” Miller says. “The program he’s built here has been very successful. I have some big shoes to fill here. I look forward to the challenge and look forward to continuing that success and hopefully building on it a little bit.”

Miller is eager to get started with the team.

“We just finished up a very successful season,” Miller says. “I wish the next season started tomorrow. I know a lot of our kids and I’ve seen a lot of our kids grow up here, play through the JL Hutchinson League and play through their travel teams, so I’m excited to get out there and see what we can be as a team.”

His official duties begin on July 1st, so Miller will be involved with the high school summer league shortly.

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Matlock coaches final game for Pittsburg baseball

PITTSBURG, Kan. – The Pittsburg Purple Dragons saw their baseball season end Tuesday night in Pittsburg.

The Purple Dragons fell to St. Thomas Aquinas 12-5 to finish as 5A regional runner-up, in what was the final game in the dugout for Pittsburg head coach Keith Matlock.

“We started out 2-3 this season, and we were kind of wondering what we were going to be,” Matlock says, reflecting on his final season with the team, “We asked them to make some changes and do some things and grow up a little bit, and they did. Next thing you know, here we are finishing up 16-6, SEK league champions and hosting a regional. I’m proud of them…and I appreciate everyone who has supported us this year.”

Matlock has spent the last 10 season leading the Pittsburg baseball program, winning 129 games along the way.

He made the decision earlier this spring that this season would be his final one with the team, and submitted his resignation as head coach – effective at the end of the season.

“I had already told our guys. I hated doing it that way, but I wanted to help the school out and give them a chance to have more time to fill the job with the best candidate,” Matlock says, “It didn’t really hit home until the game was over.”

“I’ve got a 10 year old son, and he’s kind of getting into baseball right now. It kind of hit me earlier this season that it’s time for me to go do this with him,” Matlock says on what led to his decision to resign, “It’s been a good 10 years, but I just felt like it was the right time. I’m ready to go teach my son how I feel like the game should be played.”

As for his message to his team after last night’s game.

“I just told the seniors that they’ve done an awesome job representing Pittsburg Purple Dragons baseball and showing the younger kids the right way to do things. I couldn’t be more proud of a group of seniors that I’ve had over this time,” Matlock says, “I told the younger guys that I’m not going anywhere. I’m still going to be around and I’m still going to be their biggest fan. Hopefully they learned something and continue to do it the right way. I’m proud of them and I look forward to seeing what they’re able to do next year.”

 

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Smith, Ratzlaff sign at Pittsburg High School

PITTSBURG, Kan. – Pittsburg High School student-athletes Matt Smith and Caleigh Ratzlaff signed on Wednesday afternoon to continue their careers in college.

Ratzlaff signs to play softball at Neosho CC in Chanute, Kansas. Smith signs to wrestle at Labette CC.

“It’s pretty close to home and the coach is pretty chill and seems like he will get me right for what I need to do,” Smith says of choosing Labette, “They seem genuine and they’re good guys. They never lied and they told the truth and they know what they’re doing. My goal for my first year will be to start for sure. Once I do that, I want to place at nationals and then go to a four-year college to wrestle.”

“Neosho County was so much different from the other schools that I visited, just because of how their players and coaches approached me,” Ratzlaff says, “I felt like it was a very open-hearted approach. What I was looking for in coaching is basically what I had in my travel team coaches, which is lovingness and encouragement. I really found that with Neosho. I’ve been playing softball since I was four,” Ratzlaff adds, “I was going to be really sad if it just ended this year. I’m so glad that I got reached out to and I made the connections and I got another chance.”

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Burdick hits grand slam; Pittsburg sweeps Independence for 6th straight win

PITTSBURG, Kan. – (WATCH) Maddie Burdick hits a grand slam Monday night, helping Pittsburg sweep SEK double-header from Independence 17-3 and 5-1.

The Purple Dragons have now win six straight games.

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Four Pittsburg High School seniors sign to college programs

 

PITTSBURG, Ks. – Four Pittsburg High School seniors sign to continue their academic and athletic careers on Wednesday.

GAVEN DEAL – UNIVERSITY OF ST. MARY FOOTBALL

MAKAYLA KELLER – PITTSBURG STATE UNIVERSITY CHEER

MATTSON VACCA – PITTSBURG STATE UNIVERSITY DANCE

HANNAH GRAY – PITTSBURG STATE UNIVERSITY HONORS COLLEGE

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Pittsburg girls soccer picks up first win in program history

PITTSBURG, Kan. – The Pittsburg High School girls soccer team picked up the first win in program history Tuesday night, beating McAuley Catholic 3-0.

“It was awesome. We’ve just been focused on improving every day and taking our training and what we do into the games. Last night everything just kind of came together,” says head coach Kyle Bockover, “It was nice to see a complete game in all phases.”

“It was just a really different experience to be able to say something good about these games that we go to, instead of having to be like yeah we didn’t win today but maybe next time. This was our next time,” says senior Shi Ross, “This is what we’ve been telling everybody to wait for and it was something that felt really good to be able to talk about at school today.”

Alyssa Hotze scored two goals in the win, while Ross added the other goal for Pittsburg.

“It was a feeling that was unexplainable. I can’t really put it in words,” Ross adds, “Working so hard for this program, working so hard for a win and seeing it finally happen was just a surreal moment.”

“I hope what they played like and what they felt like after the win carries over into future games,” Bockover says, “I hope they take that with them and build on it.”

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Pittsburg moves into 1st in SEK with shutout win over Chanute

PITTSBURG, Kan. – (WATCH) Pittsburg tops Chanute 7-0 Monday night to take over 1st place in the SEK.

Jackson Turnbull throws 5 shutout innings for Pittsburg with 10 strikeouts. Turnbull was also 2-3 with 3 RBI at the plate, while Braden Benson adds 2 RBI.