Calling for an IHS Blue Tuesday


January 28, 2011 - 12:00 AM

Southeast Kansas League play opens tonight in basketball. Iola High’s Fillies and Mustangs are on the road tonight, where they have been all but once this month.
But Tuesday the Fillies and Mustangs return HOME SWEET HOME! And they play four of seven SEK games in February at home.
And guess what teams are coming to IHS gym Tuesday — archrival Chanute High’s Blue Comets.
This is a call to pack the IHS gym with Iola High Blue and Gold. Come support the Fillies and the Mustangs throughout February wearing the Blue.
It’s been a long month. The last time the Iola teams were at home was Jan. 4 against Anderson County High.
Coming to Iola after Chanute are Fort Scott on Feb. 11, then Pittsburg is here Feb. 18 for the IHS homecoming games. Labette County comes in Feb. 22.
Tonight, the IHS teams take on Coffeyville’s Field Kindley High’s Golden Tornado teams. The Fillies are 6-6 overall and the Mustangs are 1-11 while the ’Nado girls stand at 4-8 and the boys are 8-4.
Both the Fillies and Mustangs turned in respectable showings Tuesday in non-league action at Fort Scott. They came up short but were competitive.
Playing in the SEK is tough but not impossible. For three quarters Tuesday, the Mustangs were right with the FSHS Tigers of the SEK. Every team, except Pittsburg, is a Kansas Class 4A team. To get through a substate tournament in early March, Iola teams have to take on 4A teams, no matter the size of the 4A school.
Here’s the third phase of the Iola High teams’ season — the SEK once around. Nothing is impossible. The IHS head coaches see improvement in the Fillies and Mustangs each game. It is time to put together a full four quarters of play.
Working against tough competition in the SEK will get the Fillies and Mustangs ready for substate action. Iola and Fort Scott are in the same substate at Paola along with Anderson County, Prairie View, Louisburg, Osawatomie, Ottawa and Paola.

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