Labette Bank Athlete of the Month: Alex Barnes

Alex Barnes of Pittsburg was named Labette Bank Athlete of the Month for September (Chet Kuplen)
By: Sports in Kansas - Chet Kuplen
Oct 1, 2014

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The Labette Bank Athlete of the Month chosen by Sports in Kansas for the month of September is Pittsburg High senior football player, Alex Barnes.

Barnes, a 6-foot 220 pound senior running back and defensive back, has had an outstanding September this football season. He has rushed for 860 yards over his first four football games, an average of 215 yards per contest for the Purple Dragons. The most impressive thing: he is averaging 14.6 yards per carry. Barnes had 303 yards on 18 carries and six total touchdowns on Friday, which included a 70-yard punt return in the win over Chanute (66-36). 

"An award like this is only possible with a strong supporting cast, so special thanks to the offensive line and our entire senior class." Barnes said. 

Barnes, who is one of the top overall players in Kansas for the class of 2015, currently holds at least five division one offers from FBS programs. He will take an official visits to Rutgers this Saturday and has visits planned to both Minnesota and Kansas State in the near future. 

The Dragons are off to a 4-0 start in 2014 and are the number three team in the state of Kansas in class 5A. They will face Parsons (0-4) this week. 

"Its been a really great year for the Dragons so far. This is a testament to all the hard work that we have put in this summer." Barnes said. 

Congrats to Barnes and the Pittsburg Purple Dragons on a great 4-0 start to 2014. Make sure to nominate an athlete every month. Details below...

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Sports in Kansas: Kansas-Sports.Com (@sportsinkansas) and Labette Bank are in partnership to release an athlete of the month from the Southeast Kansas area once a month over the 2014-2015 school year. The athlete will be released and selected by @sportsinkansas with a feature on Kansas-Sports.Com. Nominations of athletes will be accepted during the last seven days of each month. 

Labette Bank features 11 branch locations across Southeast Kansas and is a proud supporter of athletics in the state of Kansas. Check them out online here

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Labette Bank Athlete of the Month Nomination Criteria

-Athlete (girl or boy) must play in the CNC, Pioneer, SEK, or TRL Leagues in Kansas.

-Selection will be based on the play of that athlete over the period of that month. All stats and info must be provided. 

-All nominations are accepted with selection process being handled and finalized only by @sportsinkansas. Coaches are encoraged to nominate their own athletes or athletes from opposing schools. 

-Nominations MUST be emailed. Please email chetkuplen@kansas-sports.com during the last seven days of the month to nominate your athlete!

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