Spring sports are in swing

On a great springlike day, complete with strong winds out of the south, Allen County Community College offered the ultimate sports afternoon. There was a softball doubleheader and a nine-inning baseball game going on at the same time.
And the Red Devil teams were victorious.
Most high school spring sports teams began practices this week. Most will open seasons late this month or early April.
So even though the first day of “spring” is two weeks away, we’ve had a great week of spring weather and spring fever has hit.
Allen County’s basketball teams finished up their season on the road this week in playoff games. The Red Devil squads lost their games, so the basketball season at ACCC is closed for 2008-2009.
There are six area high school basketball teams still in the running for state tournament berths. Yates Center High’s boys and Southern Coffey County High’s girls moved into their respective substate finals with wins Thursday night.
Tonight, the Crest and Southern Coffey County boys’ teams play in 1A substate semifinal action at El Dorado and Emporia, respectively. Humboldt and Uniontown’s girls play in the semifinal games of the Class 2A substate at Arma tonight.
In basketball this season, there were two area players reach the 1,000-point career plateau. And both are still playing in the playoffs.
Yates Center High senior Michael Bettega scored his 1,000th point in a 69-30 win over Flinthills on Jan. 22. Bettega had 21 points that night.
Humboldt High senior Kelci Owens reached 1,000 points with a 22-point effort against Eureka. Humboldt lost that game 50-49 on Feb. 20 but Owens is still playing and not far from tying the HHS girls’ school career-scoring mark.
Also Iola High girls’ head coach Becky Carlson moved closer to reaching her 400th coaching career victory. Following this season, Carlson has 391 wins and 181 losses. So next year, the Fillies should be able to give their coach a benchmark win.