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The Tonganoxie High softball team celebrates winning a Class 4A Division I regional title Tuesday in Wamego. The victory marked Tonganoxie's first state berth since 2006 — when THS assistant coach Amanda Albert was a sophomore on that state team.

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Winner in Wamego: Tonganoxie softball wins regional, headed to state for first time in 12 years

If victory truly has a sweet taste, the Tonganoxie High softball team grabbed a spoon, took a big bite and savored the most decadent dessert Tuesday in Wamego. No. 1 THS (18-4) won, 7-4, against Eudora (17-5), marking the first time since 2006 the Chieftains qualified for state. It’s been 12 years, but that sweet state taste coulda, shoulda, woulda emerged in recent years. Tonganoxie reached the regional championship each of the previous three seasons — only to lose each of them by a run. In 2015, THS, the higher seed that had swept Baldwin eight days earlier fell, 5-4, to the Bulldogs on their field under drury, overcast skies.

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