Colgan seniors aim to lead Panthers to 3rd straight state championship

The Panthers will play in the 2A state tournament next week.

PITTSBURG, Kan. – The Colgan Panthers are once again headed to the 2A state softball tournament – and will have a chance to earn their third consecutive state title.

The Panthers claimed a regional championship on Tuesday as the #5 seed in the bracket. Colgan beat #1 Northeast in the regional semifinals, before beating #2 Uniontown in the championship game to earn their spot in the state bracket in Pratt.

This group of Colgan seniors has watched the last few graduating classes finish their careers with a ring, and they’re ready to take their shot at doing the same next week.

“I definitely want to bring home a white banner to end my senior season. It’s motivating me a lot,” says senior infielder Lauren Yaghmour, “As a senior it’s on my shoulders this year, so it means even more.”

“This senior class has participated in all of our past state championships. They have the experience on the field and they’ve been there,” says Colgan head coach Annie Dellasega, “Their leadership for our younger girls has been wonderful this year.”

Colgan heads to state with an 11-12 overall record – but that record is a bit deceiving.

Playing as the smallest school in the CNC, Colgan faced powerhouse teams Girard, Columbus and Frontenac in the regular season.

Their tough regular season schedule, like every year, has prepared this team for their post-season run.

“Our league this year really prepared us for our regional. We knew we would have a couple hard teams we had to get through. We had a job to get done and we did it,” Yaghmour says, “Every team this year in our league was good and was good competition for us. I’d rather get beat a couple times during the regular season and then go compete at state.”

“The post-season is always exciting and it’s always something that we look forward to,” Dellasega finishes, “This week is always so fun, to just hone our skills and work on the little things we know we’re going to need when we get there.”