A big victory for Field Kindley on Homecoming night. Congratulations to Emmett Starnes and Mercedes Colbert for being crowned the 2018 King and Queen. Coffeyville got out to a fast start scoring 28 points in the first quarter and 50 points in the first half. A great game form QB Jalen Logan who had over 150 yards rushing and 4 touchdowns. The Nado move to 2-2 on the year with the 62-13 win and Independence falls to 0-4.
The Golden Tornado are on the road next Friday for a matchup against Mulvane.
The Red Ravens are on the road for the second straight week as the head to Highland to take on the Scotties. Coming off a 22-0 loss in El Dorado agianst Butler Head Coach Aaron Flores says offensively they really struggled to find consistency. As they head into week five Flores says they have worked on limiting turnovers and mental mistakes that have cost them in previous games. With Carson Proctor battling an injury week one starter Reese Shaw will get the start against the Scotties. QB Coach Evan Lassiter says he has confidence in any of the quarterbacks they have on their roster. Coach Lassiter also says he wants the team to be able to start and finish strong. Coach Flores says even in the loss the players never lose the sense of team pride.
Kick off is at 1:00pm with pregame starting at 12:30 on KUSN 98.1.
The Fredonia Yellow Jackets play host to the Eureka Tornadoes tonight, as Fredonia looks to tack on win number 3. Last week they ushered in a win against Bluestem 28 to 14 though we sat down with coach Marc Svaty, as he says through this point on the year and heading into the weekend they need to keep the turnover numbers down. The offense and defense seem to be heading in the right direction though he notes the turnovers could really hurt them. Eureka comes into this games at 1 and 2 but both losses were to two very good ball clubs. Losing last week against a very good Humboldt team who also got the best of Fredonia in week 2. Coach Svaty says this Eureka team has been faced with tough opponents through the first few weeks and are preparing for a battle. Eureka is a big fast team and are also out to prove their point this year, having to play every game on the road. We will have scores from this game through the weekend available as they finish, as well as a full version of our interview with coach Svaty available on KGGFradio.com under the sports tab. Kickoff tonight from Fredonia at 7 pm.
After two weeks of big wins, including last week against a evenly matched Field Kindley team, the Grizzlies from Labette County return home for their third home game in a row. Labette County welcomes in the Winfield Vikings who picked up their first win last week which moves them to one and two. Regardless of the record on paper, Labette County head coach Sean Price says on the field this team is very strong and physical and his team needs to prepare for a tough battle in the trenches. Price expects the run game to continue its success is he says they will most likely have a run first approach tonight but look to be flexible on plays, both defensively and offensively as last week Price said his he got burned a couple times, and he won't be making those mistakes again. For the full version of our talk with coach Price or any of the area coaches, head to KGGFradio.com under the sports tab. Grizzlies, Vikings tonight in Altamont Kansas kickoff at 7 pm.
The West Elk Patriots have another home tonight, as they host the Raiders from Central. Patriots look to bounce back after winning win in week one, but losing the previous two weeks last week to St. Paul High School 54 to 24. We sat down with head coach Chris Haag as he says regardless of the record he is happy with the progression of the team thus far on the season and knows they have a tough test tonight with a very strong and physical Central team. The Patriots this year have really been able to run the football well with their leading rusher Nic Moreno, though coach Haag says a more balanced attack may be on store for this Raiders team. We’ll have final scores from Friday night lights through the weekend as well as the full version of the Coaches Corner interview with Chris Haag available on KGGFradio.com under the sports tab.
Homecoming Week for the Golden Tornado, and not only is it Homecoming tomorrow but it's also a game against rival Independence. The Bulldogs come to town looking for their first win of the season and Field Kindley looks to get back to .500. Head Coach Darrin Wegner says Homecoming Week can come with its distractions. Coach Wegner says that Coach Boldra and the Bulldogs defense likes to blitz and if Jalen Logan can get away from the pressure he can make somethings happen with his feet. He says he wants to get back to a balanced offense which Labette County forced them to get away from in the loss last week.
Homecoming Coronation is at 6:30 and kickoff will be at 7:00 and you can listen to the game on Star 98.9 KQQF.
After a loss to rival Caney Valley in their first game of the season the Cherryvale Chargers won the next two and are now 2-1 as they head into week four. A lot of changes occurred over the off season for the Chargers as most of their starters graduated. With just two returning starters Head Coach Harry Hester says the team continues to get better.
Cherryvale has a road trip in front of them as they head to Belle Plaine to take on the 1-2 Dragons.
The Neodesha Bluestreaks look for their first win on the season this Friday as they travel to Douglass High School. Bluestreaks still battling with a few injuries including their senior line backing unit, though talking with coach Black he says they’ve worked hard to prepare the younger guys and is happy with the way they have stepped up. The Bluestreaks again 0 and 3 on the season having to take down a 2 and 1 Bulldogs team out of Douglass who are coming off a recent home win against Marion High School. Speaking with coach John Black on his next opponent he says if his offense and defense can work together and keep Douglass off the field they have a pretty good shot of taking their first win . Though he says if they are able to run the edges well like Caney did last week, he says missing their senior linebackers will become very obvious.
Labette County heads in to week 4 of the Kansas High School football season at 2-1. They are coming off a victory at home against Field Kindley 28-14. Head Coach Sean Price says he liked the way his line played on both sides. He says they were able to contain the speedy Jalen Logan and limit the big plays by the Golden Tornado. Coach Price was impressed with the performance of his WR Anthony Lee who had 4 catches for 150 yards and 2 touchdowns.
He says they now prepare for Winfield who has a little history with. Winfield comes into week 4 at 1-2 with losses to Arkansas City(7-3) and McPherson(47-7) and a win last week against Circle Towanda(21-0)
Heading into week four for high school football in the state of Kansas the Parsons Vikings are 3-0. With wins over Iola(49-14), Anderson County(39-14) and Osawatomie(59-20). Head Coach Kurt Friess says he couldn't have asked for a better start to the season. After this Friday, where they travel to Baxter Springs, they will have played three of their first four games on the road. The Vikings are lead by their QB Gage Friess who has 455 yards passing with 10 touchdowns and 0 interceptions.
Coach Friess says this Baxtor Springs is better than their 1-2 record shows and will be one of their harder tests this season.
It’s a battle of the unbeaten this Friday on another edition of our High School Football Game of the week on greatest hits 104.1FM KGGF. The Devils of Sedan travel to Oswego to face off against the Indians. Both Teams come into week 4 on a high note as the host Oswego won big in week three 48 - 16 and Sedan beating Marmaton Valley 66 - 30. We sat down with Sedan Head Coach Mick Holt as he says he has taken a bit of extra time to review film against this tough Oswego team. He says it comes down to his O line and their ability to hold a much bigger team, though he has stated he is very impressed with the freshman presence and their ability on the offensive line so far this year. Holt again spoke upon the comparison between the two teams as he says there truly isn’t many differences though Sedan may have more speed compared to strength from Oswego. It will be a fun 8 man battle to watch this Friday and if you can’t make the action, join Sam Speck on greatest hits 104.1 FM KGGF.
In a game that was closer than the final score indicated the Butler Grizzlies beat the Coffeyville Red Ravens 22-0. The defense continues to be the strongest part of this Red Ravens team as they held Butler to 7 points until about half way through the 4th quarter. The offense outside of a handful of big plays struggled to find any sort of identity only rushing for 56 yards on 34 carries. Questions continue at the QB position as Reece Shaw replaced Carson Proctor midway through the 2nd quarter.
Coffeyville falls to 2-2 and will travel to Highland next Saturday for a 1:00pm kick off against the Scotties.
The Coffeyville Red Ravens have cracked the national rankings for the first time this season. After a strong defensive performance with four defensive touchdowns, four forced fumbles, five interceptions and eight sacks, Coffeyville is #17 in this week's poll. The Red Ravens beat #17 Iowa Central last weekend to move to 2-1 overall on the season. With the loss, Iowa Central fell out of the top-20.
Red Ravens start a long road stretch this weekend as they will travel to El Dorado to play the Grizzlies of Butler Community College. Red Ravens coming off a good win against Iowa Central who has a week one victory over the Grizzlies. Butler though, is also coming off a big week 2 win as they beat the number 18 team in the country Highland C.C 35-27. All bets are off this game as both teams historically have gone back and forth and have several similarities on the field. Coach Aaron Flores says this team is big, and will try to run over them. Using their speed to wear down the defense is what they've seen in film as we also spoke with defensive back Alvinoski Lafleur, who received a national defensive player award last week, as he says they have prepared for a tough run game. Though the defense is coming off a 6 INT game but know they have a tough test. Coach Flores says if his team can get up early and hold the lead all while continuing to improve finishing the football game as he says that's been an area of focus these last few weeks. Game is on tonight on your home for Red Raven Football FM 98.1 KUSN, join Sam Speck and Matt Jordan for the pregame at 6:30 with kickoff at 7.
Five out of eight teams in the KJCCC made the national rankings including CCC's opponent this Saturday Butler coming in at #20. Other teams ranked include Garden City (#7), Hutchinson (#12), and Independence (#13). Highland got votes, but did not make the top-20.
Caney Valley Bullpups traveled to Neodesha last night for a special simulcasted edition of our High School Football Game of The Week. From the beginning the Bullpups continued their success as bring in their third win on the year winning big on the road 42 to 7. Trey Richie and the rest of the Bullpup offense played a tough run offense sticking with the wishbone formation for the majority of the game. Though to our surprise the Bullpups began to air the ball out a little and show off Richie’s arm. We knew from the beginning that Neodesha would have an uphill climb with the amount of injuries to their team but the BlueStreaks still competed. Being shut out until the last few drives of the game but putting up an impressive scoring drive will give them confidence into next week. Caney Valley Bullpups travel to Frontenac next Friday while the Blue Streaks are also on the road at Douglas High School.
Easton Dean and the Labette County Grizzlies come out on top against Field Kindley in the week three matchup in Altamont. Two passing touchdowns and one rushing touchdown by Dean lead the Grizzlies to the 28-14 victory. The Golden Tornado dug themselves into some holes offensively in the first half with false start penalties that put them in multiple third and longs. It was a good night defensively for Senior CJ Kelly and offensively for Senior WR Trey Myrie who had both the Nado touchdowns.
LCHS moves to 2-1 on the season and is set to play Winfield at home for week four, and FKHS falls to 1-2 and will play rival Independence. It is homecoming week for the Golden Tornado.
Area Football Scores
Labette County – 28
Field Kindly – 14
Caney Valley – 42
Neodesha – 7
Chanute – 49
Iola – 14
Fort Scott – 55
Independence – 12
Parsons – 59
Osawatomie – 20
Pittsburg – 34
Blue Valley North – 31
Cherryvale – 32
Erie – 2
Humboldt – 56
Eureka – 6
Fredonia – 28
Leon Bluestem – 14
Sedan – 66
Marmaton Valley – 30
West Elk – 24
St. Paul – 54
The Neodesha Bluestreaks find themselves featured on our High School Football Game of The Week once again as they host the Caney Valley Bullpups tonight simulcasted on 690 AM and 104.1 FM KGGF. We sat down with Neodesha head coach John Black as he spoke upon the difficulties of having a short week as the Bluestreaks fell short in there make up game on Monday against Erie High School. Only having 4 days to turn around and prepare your guys is always difficult, but then having to do it with the injuries that the Blue Streaks were struck with Monday night makes it even harder. John Black says their SR. Quarterback Blaze Grimes will still be out for the game of the week as the team will kind of take it easy and just focus on not making mistakes and getting to next week as they have a very tough test with Caney Valley . The Bullpups come into the game with 2 big wins under their belt and have been a force defensively and coach Black would rather not create further injuries against a very tough team in Caney Valley. Catch Neodesha and Caney Valley tonight on both 104.1 FM KGGF as well as the Mighty 690 AM 690 KGGF.
Week Three for high school football in the SEK. The Field Kindley Gold Tornado get set to travel to Altamont to take on the Labette County Grizzlies. Both teams come into week three at 1-1. Head Coach Darren Wegner says for the defense it's all about containing the Grizzlies QB. Easton Dean is a senior QB committed to Iowa State. Coach Wegner says he can throw he can pass and has great vision when he gets out of the pocket. For the Nado offense it's all about making sure they are able to play their game and use their speed to their advantage.
Tune in Friday night on KQQF Star 98.9 pregame will be at 6:40 with kick off at 7:00.
The Lady Pups of Caney Valley High School take part in a rookie tournament in Pittsburg. Jillian Summers placed 3rd, Maeli Simpson placed 6th and Taylor Browning placed 10th. Taylor also won the long drive contest. Peyton Watts finished 11th and Kimmy Salazar finished 15th. There were 37 golfers participating.
The tournament was the first for the girls.
After a postponed game on Friday the Parsons Vikings traveled up to Garnett, Kansas on Monday to take on Anderson County High School. Lead by their Senior QB Gage Friess, who was 14 of 21 with 180 yards passing and two touchdowns and led the team in rushing, the Vikings get the win 39-14. They now prepare to take on an Osawatomie team still looking for their first win.
Coach Kurt Friess says they were fully focused on Anderson County before looking forward to Osawatomie. He says with the senior leadership on this team he doesn't expect the two games in one week to be an issue.
The Grizzles of Labette County High School to Host Coffeyville this Friday squaring off against the Golden Tornado. Coach Sean Price and his team are coming off a big week 2 win against Independence High School 36 - 0. Now having to shift their focus to another school from Montgomery County with Field Kindley, he says their game plan doesn't change as he his guys playing a balanced offense by, running the football controlling the clock and throwing it down field when passing lanes open. Defensivelly the Grizzles have quite the test against a tough run game with Jaylen Logan on the other side of the line, though Coach Price says if his guys fill the gaps and stay focused on where the ball is, the Grizzles have a good chance of stealing one from F.K.H.S. on the road. We will carry that game for you on Star 98.9 KQQF this Friday with kick off at 7 PM out at Veterans Memorial Stadium.
After a big week 1 victory on the road against Marmaton Valley, West Elk high school continued their 2018 season on the road as they travel to Udall to play the Eagles of Udall High School. Though this time the Patriots fall on the other side of the numbers as they lose big on the road 52 - 6 against the Eagles. Head Coach Chris Haag says the team made subtle mistakes that turned int big plays for Udall as he states they were a big and fast team that just wore the guys down and. Coach Haag said the team took the loss seriosuly, and look to improve into week three as they will finally play on their home field. They take on the 1 and 1 St. Paul High School Indians who come off a week 2 victory against the Life Prep Fire 34 to 22. Chris Haag spoke on the Indians as he says he sees a number of similararites in the two teams and thinks this game will come down to the wire. Stating if the offensive line holds he thinks his the Patriots have a good chance of bringing in their 2nd win on the season, a great way to start a 3 game home stretch. Kick off is this Friday at 7 pm at West Elk High School in Howard Kansas.
A make up game from Friday night was moved to this evening in Neodesha. KGGFs presentation of the High school Game of the week saw the Erie High School Red Devils travel to Neodesha High to battle the Blue Streaks. From the beggining the home crew of Neodesha was struck with injuires as their starting Quarterback Blaze Grimes went down on the first drive of the game. Setting back head coach John Black with their original game plan they put in Randall McKinnis as well as Mayson Ellis in at Quarterback with Ellis seeing most of the touches. With the set back the Blue Streaks still got on the board first with a 25 yard TD pass from Ellis to John Wallace which put the Streaks up by 6, which they could not convert the point after. After a scoreless 1st quarter the Streaks took the lead early 2nd which was quickly flipped by a good drive by the Red Devils who go the length of the feild and finish their drive with a passing TD and the point after to give them a 7 -6 lead. Inching closer to half, the Red Devils took back the possesion, burned 5 minutes off the clock and scored once more going into halftime leading 14 to 6. After halftime both teams struggled to gain traction in the 3rd quarter as both teams go scoreless through the quarter. Both defenses not giving an inch till about 4 minutes remaining when Neodesha took their shot down field, as Erie defensive back Tyler Wimp takes it 50 plus yards to the house with an interception giving the Red Devils a 20 - 6 lead. A missed field goald kept the score as it finished as the Red Devils take home their first win of the season 20 - 6. Neodesha's Blaze Grimes seemingly out for a couple weeks as well as back up quarterback went down with concussion like symptoms after the game was over. Blue Streaks host Caney on Friday on 104.1 KGGF and the Red Devils travel to Cherryvale for week 3.
Red Ravens return home for a week 3 matchup against Iowa Central tonight over on your home for Red Raven Football 98.1 KUSN. During our weekly sit down with coach Flores he says the game plan last week against against Fort Scott exposed some easy run lanes as they get the win, but are looking for a more balanced attack tonight against Iowa Central. He has said that QB Carson Proctor has a bit better pocket presence than Shaw but says they still will look to use both. Red Ravens play at 1 PM this afternoon against what Flores says is a completely different Iowa Central Team then what we are used to seeing. More seasoned and stronger players, as Flores says their a team that likes to take their shot down field. Both Ravens and Central put up a great Fight against the #2 team in the country in Iowa Western and also both have a win behind them. Exciting match up today for the Red Ravens as the take on the Tritons of Iowa Central, pregame at 1230 1pm kick off on your home for Redf Raven Football 981 KUSN.
Several days of rain forced the postponement of several high school football games Firday night. But a number of teams did get their games in, Coffeyville’s Field Kindley picked up their first win of the season improving to 1 – 1 on the season. Coffeyville defeated Columbus by a final of 46 – 27. Caney Valley improved to 2 – 0 on the season with a with a whipping of Eureka 41 – 6. Elsewhere around southeast Kansas Pittsburg blanked Chanute 52 to 0, Paola defeated Ft Scott 42 to 0. It was Labette County over Independence 36 to 0 and Oswego defeated Marmaton Valley 30 – 22.
A number of area games were postponed last night because of rain soaked fields. Erie at Neodesha, Fredonia at Humboldt and Parsons versus Anderson County will all be played at a later date.
The Coffeyville Red Ravens started their 2018 season last night at Veterans Memorial Stadium against the Iowa Western Reivers and lost 19 to 6. The Reivers came into this game as the 2017 Region 6 champs and was given a 2 seed in the NJCAA preseason polls. It was also Donor Awareness Game last night at the field as fans wore green in support of both Pat Strohmeier, the mother of the Iowa Westerns coach Scott Strohmeier, and Head coach Aaron Flores as they share a special bond by both undergoing the same lung transplant procedure. The game started as most other opening week games, a bit slow as the first quarter passed with no scoring plays. Reivers came out early in the second quarter and put their first scoring play of 2018 which was an 8 yard pass from QB Tyriek Starks to Richardson to move up by 7, which certainly could have been turned into a couple more touchdowns but the defensive line really came to play for the Red Ravens. Reivers were able to tack on another field goal with 20 seconds in the first half. Red Ravens started Reese Shaw in the first half at the quarterback position who finished at 3-8 for 34 yards, but brought in Carson Proctor in the second half. Proctor wentz 6-11 for 138 yards and brought the Red Ravens their first TD of the year with a 70 yard pass to Thomas. He did throw an interception but that was not the main concern on the offensive side. Despite the experience the offensive line was not giving much time for either back to operate, as the Ravens fumble the football 6 times last night 2 of which were recovered and only rush for just over a yard per carry. The defense did their job keeping the game within reach but the offense just could not get passed the powerful run defense of the Reivers, though fans leave the stadium optimistic of the 2018 season. There were many times you could see strong parts of the offense but only in bits and pieces as they look to improve for week two. Red Ravens travel to Fort Scott next Saturday.
A lot of question marks as we head into the 2018 Coffeyville Community College Red Raven football season. Coming off a disappointing 2017 season where they finished 4-7 and had to change coaches just two games into the season due to health concerns for Head Coach Aaron Flores. After a long off season and a successful lung transplant Coach Flores is back and more ready than ever.
The Red Ravens are picked to finish 7th out of eight teams in the Kansas Jayhawk Conference and have the preseason number two ranked team in Iowa Western as their first game of the season. Another question mark for CCC is who is going to be under center. Five guys took snaps as the quarterback for the Ravens last year four of them are no on the team and the other one has been moved to WR. Coach Flores says a starter hasn't been named but it has been narrowed down to two guys, Reece Shaw and Carson Proctor.
One of the 10 returning players on CCC is Sophomore WR out of Prattsville, Alabama Josh Moore. He says it was good to see Coach Flores come back and healthy and they assistant coaches really stepped up in his absence. Moore also had some high praise for the defense.
Coach Flores says Moore has really stepped into his role as a leader of the team and he looks forward to seeing what kind of season he is going to have. CCC kicks off at 7:00pm against Iowa Western and it's Donor Appreciation Night. Iowa Western Head Coach Scott Strohmeier's mom is the honorary captain and will be doing the coin toss. She had the same lung procedure that Coach Flores had. Join Sam Speck and me Matt Jordan on 98.1 tonight as we'll start the pregame at 6:30 and kick off at 7:00.
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
**Photo courtesy of Sharp Shots by Sheri
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.