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City softball teams meet at odd place

May 15, 2006

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That's not a typographical error.

Lawrence High and Free State High will collide in a first-round Class 6A sub-state softball game at, yes, Wichita Heights.

"I don't get it," Lawrence High coach Reenie Stogsdill said.

"I don't, either," echoed Free State High coach Pam Pine.

There is a reason. An imbalance in regional alignments caused by Emporia dropping into Class 5A forced the inclusion of Wichita Heights - the easternmost school in the Air Capital - into the northeast Kansas region.

Thus Free State (15-5), the No. 3 seed in the region, will meet Lawrence High (6-14), the No. 6 seed, at 3 p.m. Tuesday at Wichita's Two Rivers Complex which, incidentally, will be the site of the Class 6A championships in two weeks.

Both teams will leave around 8:30 a.m. that morning for a three-hour bus ride. The winner will play again at 6:30 p.m. in the sub-state championship contest.

"If we're in that game, it means we wouldn't be back until 1 a.m.," Stogsdill said, "and they'll have to get up the next morning and go to class."

Wichita Heights (16-4) earned the highest seed and the host site by winning one more game than the Firebirds.

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