Kansas High School Football season gets closer each day. Sedan High School plays eight man football and Head Coach Mick Holt says it presents some challenges that you might not see in your typical eleven on eleven game.
Holt says the Blue Devil's season gets underway on August 31st against St. Paul. He says they are one of the tougher matchups on the schedule.
A Parsons native and former football player returns to the gridiron to take over the coaching duties for the Vikings. Head Coach Kurt Friess says he's been the principal at the elementary for the last eight years but is excited to take over the football team.
Friess says the Vikings season kicks off August 31st with a game against Iola.
The Cherryvale Chargers made the playoffs last year before being eliminated by rival Caney Valley. Head Coach Harry Hester says if they want to repeat that success they are going to need to find some starters.
Hester says the start of the 2018 season looks similar to the end of last season as the Chargers take on the rival Bullpups on August 31st.
June 26th a EF3 tornado rips through the town of Eureka for almost two miles. In the path of destruction was the Eureka High School football locker room, equipment room, coaches offices, and equipment. With the loss of the football practice field and game day playing field, Eureka will play the entire 2018 season on the road. New Head Coach Jason Nichols brings 17 years of football coaching experience. The team will rely on a group of returning players to lead them including senior QB Cade Burden, senior OL/DL Jonathan Turner, junior WR/LB Zach Hare, junior OL/DL Brandon Darbyshire, and sophomore OL/DL Ben Sunderland.
Despite so many changes and disruptions to the normal start of the football season, Coach Nichols says he's got nothing but positivity so far from not only his players, but fans and the community of Eureka, KS.
Head Coach of the Coffeyville Community College Red Ravens football team spoke last week at the KJCCC media days. Coach Aaron Flores was out most of the off season recovering from a double lung transplant, though Flores states his staff kept him well updated over the off months and is very excited to get back. His staff updating him on the play through the spring and summer months as Flores says the chemistry between players and staff may be their biggest strength. Instead of everyone working against one another to make it to the next level, it’s been a team effort from top to bottom. Flores says he can’t wait to see this team build together with new and a few returners though he does note one area that may need immediate attention. Their special teams unit has had a lucky few years of great returning players, but that will not be the same for 2018 season. Flores says that will be one the major points of emphasis come camp and also wanted to take time for the support he has received from around the league for him and his family during his recovery.
The Kansas Jayhawk Conference held their Media Days at Newman University in Wichita earlier today. All eight coaches answered a set list of questions about the upcoming season speaking in order of projected finish starting with eighth. Projected finish starting with eighth is Fort Scott, Coffeyville, Highland, Dodge City, Hutchinson, Butler, Garden City and Independence. ICC Head Coach Jason Brown says it is an honor to be picked to win the conference. CCC Coach Aaron Flores says the conference is one of the most competitive.
The Red Ravens season gets underway on Thursday, August 23rd in a game at home against Iowa Western. The Pirates games against Dodge City will also be on the 23rd in Dodge City.
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Former Kansas Jayhawks basketball star will be in Southeast Kansas on Friday. Now member of the Charlotte Hornets Devonte Graham will be at Jock's Nitch in Parsons from 6:30-8:30 signing copies of Jason Kings new book “Beyond the Streak”, which takes a look at KU's 13 straight Big 12 titles.
Graham played for Bill Self's Jayhawks for four years. His senior season he averaged 17 points a game was named a 1st Team All-American and won Big 12 Player of the Year. Graham was taken with the fourth pick of the second round of this years NBA draft by the Atlanta Hawks and then traded to the Charlotte Hornets.
With the month of July just about behind us, the cut-off for Fall Sports Sign Ups end this Friday July 27th. Coffeyville Recreation Commission Fall Sports include Cheer, Youth Volleyball, Football, and Soccer and still encourage you to get your kids involved as again late signup ends this Friday. CRC realizes the need for financial assistance for some families around our area who may not be able to afford their programs. For details and more information aplications can be found at the CRC Office at 508 Park St. and a full list of activities offered can be found online on Facebook or at www.coffeyvillerec.com. Other activities coming out of the Rec. Commision includes the 12 and under SEK All Star Tournament at LeClere Park this weekend. This Friday and Saturday, get out and support our area kids.
If you spent any time around Independence Community College Football last season then you saw the cameras and TV crew. The ICC Pirates were selected for Season 3 of Netflix's Last Chance U, which follows a community college's football season from start to finish. Season 3 has been released on Netflix, so you can see a behind the scenes look at last seasons Jayhawk Conference Champion Pirates. This show is intended for mature audiences.
ICC has been chosen to be featured in Season 4.
When the MLB All Star game gets underway tonight in Washington DC, Kansas City Royals Catcher Salavdor Perez will be making his 6th straight All Star game appearance and his 5th straight in the starting lineup. The Royals cleanup hitter who missed the first 20 games of the season has a .221 batting average, 13 homeruns and 41 RBIs. Perez All Star selection is a lone bright spot in what has otherwise been a bad season for the Royals who are 27-68 at the All Star break.
The All Star game first pitch is at 7:00pm on FOX.
Having to replace four starters can be tough for any basketball coach. Coffeyville Community College Assistant Women's Coach Anita Walker says she's confident about the players returning and the new recruits coming in.
Head Coach Stephen Harrell will be in his third year as head coach and this will be Coach Walker's second. They both look to improve upon last year where they lost in the second round of the Region 6 tournament.
Football Camp gets underway today for the Caney Valley Bullpups. CVHS Head Football Coach Criss Davis says the camp is divided into three age groups for the athletes. The Junior High Session runs from 7:30 a.m to 9 a.m. The grade school session is from 8 a.m to 9 a.m. High School Football Camp will be in the evenings from 7-8:30 each day.
The camp includes a fee of $25 to cover the cost of a T-shirt and insurance. The camp is being held at the Caney Valley High School Practice Field.
In Oklahoma, the Friday night lights rarely get a break. Nowata wrapped up its seven-on-seven contests after participating in the Claremore league. The Ironmen also worked in eight extra as a part of a regional tournament in Bixby put on by Skordle. Nowata got a chance to compete against top-tier competition all month long. Ironmen head coach Bob Craig says he learned what the team needs to improve.
Returning starting quarterback Skylar Thornton showed a lot of potential but still made a few mistakes. Nick Steigerwald and Josiah Clark showed impressive versatility at different wide receiver spots as well. Coach Craig thinks that versatility will be essential this fall, but it is still a work in progress.
The Ironmen will take the next week off for the Fourth of July holiday. We’ll have on other area football teams as the season approaches.
The Lady Bulldogs softball team from Independence High School was one win away from being state champs. The Independence Lady Bulldog softball team finished in 2nd place following a 5-4 eighth-inning loss to the Lady Jaguars from Andover Central High School in the championship game of the Class 4A-Division I State Tournament in Emporia. This second place finish is the highest finish at state in program history after previously taking third in both 2016 and 2017 Independence closed out the 2018 campaign with a 24-1 overall record. Great job ladies!
University of Kansas chancellor Douglas Girod confirmed Monday evening that he decided to fire KU athletic director Sheahon Zenger after seven years leading the department.Football and fundraising, were the primary reasons he was let go. In an email sent to KU faculty and staff Monday morning, Girod credited Zenger for his loyalty before saying, "Athletics continues to face a number of challenges, and progress in key areas has been elusive. To achieve the level of success we need and expect, I have determined a change in leadership is necessary." KU assistant athletic director Sean Lester will be interim AD, while Drue Jennings, who was interim AD in 2003 when KU hired basketball coach Bill Self, will lead the search committee. Per a contract extension signed in summer 2017, KU will owe Zenger two years' salary, or $1.4 million, for termination without cause.
The CCC Men’s and Women’s Track team are currently ranked 6th and 10th heading into the national tournament this weekend in El Dorado. To honor their teammate Chase Dennis, the Red Ravens will be dedicating their performances in memory of Chase. Chase passed away unexpectedly on Saturday May 12, 2018, in a swimming incident after the graduation ceremony. At the time of his passing, Chase was an NJCAA All-American and ranked 3rd in Discus and 4th in the Hammer. Both teams are encouraging Red Raven alumni, faculty, staff, fans, and supporters to share in this initiative. Saturday, May 19, will be #RavensRememberChase.
The Independence High School softball team will join the baseball team at state. They won the class 4A regional tournament on Tuesday with a 6-2 victory over Fort Scott. They will head into the class 4A state tournament with an undefeated recorded at 22-0.
Both softball and baseball state tournaments will be next week in Emporia.
The Bulldogs from Independence High School baseball team are on their way to the state playoffs! After they beat the Chanute Blue Comets 5-2 to capture the Class 4A-Division I Altamont Regional championship on Monday. Independence High School has now earned their second straight regional championship and will compete in the state tournament next week at Soden's Grove in Emporia.
Junior Golf is back at the Caney Valley Recreation Commission. This is for kids ages 9-18 as of June 1st. The cost is $35. Forms can be found at USD 436 elementary school, high school or at the recreation center.
Junior Golf will run from May 24th until June 28th. There are six practices and five meets that are subject to change. Ages 9-11 will play six holes and ages 12-18 will play nine. The sign up deadline and first practice is May 24th at the Caney golf course. For more information you can contact the recreation commission at (620)306-6034.
The Red Ravens Baseball season wrapped up this weekend with a first round exit in the opening round of the Region VI tournament. Red Ravens did put up a solid fight, as they traveled to Hutchinson Community College as a 9 seed to play the 8 seeded Blue Dragons. Game one Red Ravens got a stellar performance by starting pitcher Gavin Holmes as he picks up the win. He goes 7 strong innings giving up no runs on 6 hits and an impressive 11 strikeouts. That pitching performance plus a 2 run homer by Jorge Ortiz to spark the offense gets the Red Ravens a win in game one 6 to 1. In game 2 it was Blue Dragon pitching that came out and dominated, as Wyatt Divis of Hutchinson throws a complete game only giving up 4 hits a 2 runs through the afternoon. Hutchinson also had 5 players contribute RBI’s for the team as the Blue Devils take game two by 5 winning 7 to 2. Win or go home scenario arose as game three yesterday took place, again up in Hutchinson. Both of these teams played like it, knowing with a loss their 2018 season would come to an end. A back and forth battle throughout the game but Hutchinson Community College Blue Devils edge out the Red Ravens in game 3 by a score of 4 to 3. Hutchinson travels to the next round in Wichita and plays the number one seeded Cowley Community College. Red Ravens obviously discouraged from the loss but are happy with the 2nd half performance of the 2018 season as they finish 28 and 26.
Beginning today, the Coffeyville Red Ravens and Hutchinson Blue Dragons will open the postseason against each other in the Region VI Tournament Opening-Round best-of-3 series. Game time is at 2 p.m today at Hobart-Detter Field in Hutchinson. Saturday and Sunday's if necessary game will be at 1 p.m. also at Hobart-Detter Field. The Blue Dragons (34-19) tied Colby Community College for third place in the Jayhawk West this season. Coffeyville (27-24) on the other hand finished fifth in the Jayhawk East with an 18-18 record. The Ravens have now lost four in a row and are 4-6 in their last 10 games. Red Ravens lost 2 of 3 against the Blue Dragons this year in the season opener here in Coffeyville at Walter Johnson Park. Since 2004, when the current Region VI Tournament format changed to its current system, Hutch and Coffeyville have met four times The Hutchinson-Coffeyville winner will meet the Cowley-Garden City winner at 4 p.m. on Friday, May 11 at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium in Wichita.
The Red Ravens softball team went up against the Allen Community College Red Devils this past weekend for two games to try and make their way to the NJCAA Division II Region Tournament in Topeka. Early on through the first few innings of this game it was very close, though Red Ravens offense went off in the top of the 4th. Myers kicked off the inning with a 2-run homerun, and the power continued as ater on Rebecca Luper hit a three-run shot over the left field fence to giving the Red Ravens some space which they needed as the Red Devils answered in the bottom of the 6th posting 3 runs to bring the game closer. The offense put up two more runs in the top of the 7th inning. Giving them the gap they would need Ravens win game one 11-8. Dawson threw a complete game for the Red Ravens earning her 12th win on the mound. In game two Allen Community College Red Devils got up quickly scoring five runs on the board in the 2nd inning. Red Ravens offense didn’t miss a step from game one and answered with a big 8 run 6th inning. That would be the inning and runs that they need as the ladies win game two 9-8 and sweep the Red Devils. The Coffeyville Red Ravens will travel to Topeka to face Hutchinson Community College at 12:00 pm on May 5th in the NJCAA Division II Region Tournament.
The Red Ravens baseball team played their final 2 home games last night here in Coffeyville as they matched up with a very tough team out of Fort Scott Community College. Game 1 of the double header C.C.C put #20 Aaron Bechtel on the mound and the offense of the Greyhounds got the best of him. Bechtel lasted just 3 ? inning giving up 6 runs on 7 hits, he did strike out 6 but couldn’t stop the Greyhounds. Red Ravens get beat by a good pitching performance by Wyatt Folsom as he only allows 3 runs through 5 innings and helps Fort Scott win game one 9 to 3. Game 2 Red Ravens had Romero on the mound and again was quickly picked up by the offense of Fort Scott. Romero lasted 3 ? innings giving up 3 runs on 4 hits and the defense behind him gave up 4 errors. Fort Scott puts up double digits and complete the sweep of the Red Ravens winning game 2 by a score of 10 to 5. Ravens baseball wraps up this Saturday in Pittsburg as they travel to play Fort Scott 2 more times first pitch of game one is at 1 pm.
After the two game sweep the Red Ravens completed over the Red Devils of Allen Community College on Monday. The guys get back on the feild tonight for their last home games of the 2018 season. They will go against the 37 and 13 Greyhounds of Fort Scott Community College, coming into this afternoons games the Red Ravens rep a 27 and 20 record but have won 14 of their last 18 games. Coffeyville also much better this season at home with 17 and 9 record playing on their home diamond. Only 4 games left in the 2018 season and all 4 these two teams will battle, 2 games here in Coffeyville tonight, then 2 over in Pittsburg coming up this Saturday. Season coming to an end, makes these games very important and very fun to watch. So get out and support your Red Raven Baseball!
With baseball and softball seasons near an end it makes each game more an more valuable as the weeks pass. Field Kindley High School traveled over to Caney Valley High School to play the Bullpups last night for both softball and baseball. We’ll start with softball as the Lady Nado started their day off with a high scoring back n forth battle for game won but still pushing past CVHS 13-11. Then in game two the bats still were alive but fatigue set in making the score a bit lower but Field Kindley finishes off the 2 game sweep winning 10 -6 in game two. Baseball also was underway between these two schools yesterday. The Golden Tornado the clear underdog having to travel down to Caney, but they sure didn’t play like it. Getting a great defensive performance in game one was the Golden Tornado putting down the Bullpups by a score of 6-1. Game two a similar performance on defense for Field Kindley as they only allow 3 runs but the bats explode for the Golden Tornado scoring 15 runs as they win 15 to 3. Field Kindley softball and baseball travel to Caney and complete the complete sweep of the Bullpups. Both teams will wait till the 27th to play again as Caney battles Sedan at home, and Field Kindley hosts Ft. Scott, first pitch 4:30
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Successful fall and winter sports seasons have turned into successful spring sports at Caney Valley schools. Superintendent Blake Vargas says they are looking at bringing home a couple of titles in boy's and girl's track and field. He says the baseball team has been really competitive and the softball team has exceeded expectations and is riding a hot streak right now. The Bullpups are definitely a team that no one should underestimate no matter what sport they are competing in.
Vargas says they will be adding a junior high cross country component for next year, which will only help the track team come time for that season.
Heading into the final week of the regular season it's been a roller coaster for the Coffeyville Red Raven baseball team. Head Coach Jake Martin says "we've battled a lot of adversity due to weather, but our team has exceeded with each test. We've had great contributions from our sophomores catcher Brett Mitchell, pitcher Gavin Heltemes, and center fielder Antonio Culotta. We've also had some freshmen step up which has helped the progression of our program. Outfielder Blake Carroll, first baseman Jorge Ortiz, pitchers Aaron Bechtel and Quintin Romero. Heading into last week of regular season we are tied for third place in conference and momentum is on our side."
The Ravens are currently on a stretch were they've won 12 of their last 16 games. With six games left on their schedule Assistant Head Coach Stephen McNett says “this year has been an amazing experience for me. Working with these young men on and off the field and seeing their accomplishments has been exciting. Coaching with Jake Martin has been great and working with him on and off the field has been a fun experience. We have a bunch of guys that are hungry to work and to win, which fits into our motto 'Work Wins'. Going into final stretch of season is going to be exciting.”
With a National Title just a few wins away, the Red Ravens continue there quest to the top tonight in Hutchinson. The Ravens waited patiently with a first round bye to face the winner of Connors State and Central Georgia Tech, and after the first round win the Red Ravens will face off against the 12 seeded Connors State College. Having sometime to watch the game between those two teams was Hall of Fame head coach Jay Herkleman. We sat down with coach and spoke about what he saw and what to expect out of the 12 seeded Connors State Cowboys. He say's the cowboys are a very talented 3 point shooting team, even with the high amount of 3 point shots they take on average. Connors State is going to force the Red Ravens to stick mainly with a man to man defense hoping to not leave too many open shots, knowing this Cowboys team can knock them down from anywhere. Coach Herkleman is proud of the ways the guys have been this past month, now winning 17 games in a row, but is concerned that they had to wait a full two weeks between games. It effected them in the first round of the Jayhawk conference tournament and coach expects a little of the same tonight. You can listen to their first game of their quest to the title tonight over on your home for Red Ravens Athletics 98.1 KUSN.
The NJCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament Bracket was released today. Twenty-four spots were up for grabs heading into the regional tournaments. Sixteen spots were claimed by regional winners and eight spots were at large. The Red Ravens after winning the Region Six Tournament guaranteed themselves a spot in the national tournament.
Three teams from the Region Six made the tournament, Barton a Sixteen Seed, Hutchinson an Eleven Seed and Coffeyville a Five Seed. CCC will face the winner of Connors State and Central Georgia Tech on Wednesday at 2:00pm on KUSN 98.1.
A printable version of the tournament bracket can be found here.