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PHS Wins Martin Rhode SEK League All-Sports Award
PHS Wins Martin Rhode SEK League All-Sports Award
Elishia Seals
Friday, May 17, 2019

In one of the most tightly-contested seasons in the history of the award, Pittsburg is the winner of the 2018-19 Martin Rhode Southeast Kansas League All-Sports Award. The award is named after the long-time Pittsburg educator and coach.

Chanute was the leader by two points over Independence after the winter sports season with Pittsburg in third. At the time, four points separated first from third. 

Chanute continued to hold the lead until Pittsburg claimed it for good after sweeping the team titles of the Southeast Kansas League Relays. The resoultion of the boys' golf championship on Monday, May 13, brought Chanute within a point and a half in the final standings.

Pittsburg finished on top with 67.5 points. The Purple Dragons are the all-sports champion for the fourth year in a row and 15th time overall. The award was first compiled for the 1976-77 school year.

Pittsburg won league titles in girls' golf, soccer, boys' basketball, boys' track and girls' track and tied with Fort Scott for the baseball championship.

Independence was second with 66 points. The Bulldogs won the girls' tennis, volleyball and softball championships. 

Chanute finished third with 63 points. The Blue Comets won boys' cross country and wrestling and tied for the girls' basketball title. 

Fort Scott was fourth with 49.5 points. The Tigers won football and girls' cross country and tied for the baseball championship.

Labette County was fifth with 45.5 points. The Grizzlies won boys' golf and tied for the girls' basketball championship.

Parsons was sixth with 42 points while Coffeyville was last with 23.5. Neither won a league championship. 

Points for the award were compiled by former Fort Scott Tribune sports editor Scott Nuzum.

School Points
Pittsburg 67.5
Independence 66
Chanute 63
Fort Scott 49.5
Labette County 45.5
Parsons 42
Coffeyville 23.5

Fall Sports Champions
Chanute: boys' cross country
Fort Scott: football, girls' cross country
Independence: girls' tennis, volleyball
Pittsburg: girls' golf, soccer

Winter Sports Champions
Chanute: wrestling, girls' basketball (tie)
Labette County: girls' basketball (tie)
Pittsburg: boys' basketball

Spring Sports Champions
Fort Scott: baseball (tie) 
Independence: softball
Labette County: boys' golf
Pittsburg: baseball (tie), boys' track, girls' track

Only Chanute and Independence received points in all seven fall sports.

Parsons and Pittsburg were not scored in football as they chose to play as independents.
Coffeyville was not scored in girls' tennis as it did not participate in the league meet.
Labette County and Parsons were not scored in soccer as they do not have teams.
Coffeyville and Parsons were not scored in girls' golf as they did not participate. Fort Scott and Labette County were not scored as they did not field complete teams for each league tournament, which made them ineligible for the championship.
Coffeyville, Labette County and Pittsburg were not scored for girls' cross country as they did not have enough participants in the league meet.
This left boys' cross country and and volleyball as the only fall sports in which each team was eligible to be scored.

Coffeyville, Fort Scott and Parsons were not scored for boys' golf as they did not have field complete teams for each league tournament, which made them ineligible for the championship.

Because this question was posed earlier in the spring, girls' swimming is not eligible to be scored since it is not a league sport.

Max points possible:
7 - volleyball, boys' cross country, girls' basketball, boys' basketball, wrestling, boys' tennis, baseball, softball, boys' track, girls' track
6 - girls' tennis
5 - soccer, football
4 - girls' cross country, boys' golf
3 - girls' golf

Way to go, Dragons!