Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Mecole Hardman has received his first award-- AFC Special Teams Player of the Week. The rookie wideout picked up a crucial touchdown off of a 104-yard kickoff return, the longest play in the NFL this season. Furthermore, the play was one of just five plays that went beyond 100 yards this season.
Hardman is having a solid rookie season for the Chiefs, picking up 536 yards on 26 receptions. He'll be heading to the Pro Bowl as well, as a return specialist. He averages 13 yards per punt return and 23 yards per kick return this season.
Kansas State junior guard Cartier Diarra has earned Big 12 Player of the Week honors for the first time in his career. Diarra's big week was punctuated by a career-best 25-point performance against Tulsa, including the game winner with just 22.4 seconds left on the clock.
Diarra's selection marks the first time a Wildcat has been given Big 12 Player of the Week honors since Barry Brown, Jr. and Dean Wade received the award in back-to-back weeks in January 2019. It is the Wildcat's 29th selection overall.
Diarra is averaging 12.8 points per game on 40.6 percent shooting, and is also averaging almost 6 assists per game. Kansas State will return to action this weekend, as the Wildcats travel to Norman to take on Oklahoma. That game, as always, will be broadcast on 690AM KGGF, with tip-off at noon.
The Kansas City Chiefs got some help on Sunday afternoon added with their 31-21 win over the L.A. Chargers to earn a first round bye in the upcoming AFC playoffs.
The Dolphins upset the Patriots in Foxborough as 17.5 point underdogs, winning 27-24 which allowed the Chiefs (12-4) to earn the number two seed in the AFC behind the Baltimore Ravens who will have home field advantage throughout the playoffs.
Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes threw for 174 yards and one touchdown. Mecole Hardman returned a kickoff 104 yards for a touchdown and Damien Williams added an 84 yard touchdown run.
Kansas City will have time to rest up and prepare for the divisional round as they are set to play on January 12th with the opponent to be determined.
A plane carrying the Kansas Jayhawks men's basketball team was forced to make an emergency landing following an engine failure. Following the Jayhawks' 72-56 victory over Stanford, the team was set to leave from San Jose when one of the engines failed roughly 20 minutes into the flight. The pilot of the plane was able to get in contact with the San Jose airport and immediately return to make an emergency landing.
All passengers were confirmed to be safe by the team's social media accounts. The team will return to Lawrence from San Jose once new plans are finalized.
The Fredonia Yellowjackets held off West Elk on Friday night 62-53 in a ballgame that was filled with ups and downs all throughout the night.
In the first half, both teams struggled offensively as the Yellowjackets led 26-18 at the break. West Elk picked up the pace in the second half and erased at 10 point deficit to take the lead on multiple occasions but hit a struggle in the fourth quarter and Fredonia was able to hold on for their second straight win as they head into the holiday break with a 4-2 record.
The Yellowjackets posted three players in double figures led by Senior Connor O'Neal who had a game high 21 points while Senior Cooper O'Dell and Junior Layne Mayeske chipped in with 13 and 12 points respectively.
West Elk heads into the break at 2-2 and were led in scoring by Junior Devin Loudermilk with 18 while Senior Caleb Walker posted a double-double with 16 points and 13 rebounds.
The next game of the week on 690 KGGF will be on January 7th featuring Sedan at Caney Valley.
Field Kindley Lady Golden Tornado pick up their first win of the season and Coach Anita Walker’s first win as the head coach. The Nado beat Parsons 49-40. This is the first league win for Coffeyville in five seasons. Coach Walker made a change to the starting lineup as Amelia Mauslby and Breanna Flanders moved to the bench and Julionna Morgan and Shonase Collins got the start. The starter experience off the bench may have been what was the difference in this. The Nado boys fall to Parsons 68-45.
Both FKHS teams will head into 2020 at 1-4 and will be back in action January 7th against Chanute.
First game of league play tonight for Coffeyville and Independence. The Nado girls fall to 0-4 as they drop this one to Indy 47-36. FKHS kept it close for most of the game before the Lady Bulldogs were able to pull away. The Nado boys had a battle in their rivalry matchup. The game was within a possession or two or tied for most the game before Indy would pull away with free throws for the 47-40 win.
One more matchup before Christmas Break as the Nado take on Parsons with the girls starting at 6:00 on Star 98.9 KQQF.
Coffeyville boys took on the Oologah Mustangs in the third place game of the Ty Hewitt Memorial tournament. A close game at the half with Oologah leading 32-30 would get broken open in the second half with the Mustangs winning 71-47.
The Nado were lead in scoring by Junior Tariq Logan with 12, Sophmore Caden Herring with 10 and being named to the All-Tournament team Brendan Graham had 8. FKHS opens up league play on Tuesday with Independence at home.
Coffeyville will start the season 0-3 as they fall to Chelsea 30-25 in the last place game of the Ty Hewitt Memorial Tournament. It was tough test for the Lady Golden Tornado to start the season as they took on the 1 Seed OKU in their first game the 4 seed Mannford in game number two and finished off with the 2 seed Chelsea.
League play will get under way on Tuesday as they’ll have two league games before Christmas break.
Another strong start for the Field Kindley girls basketball team as they started with a 7-0 lead in the first quarter against Mannford and would allow just 3 points in the first quarter. However Mannford would slowly start to chip away at the lead and over took the Nado for a halftime lead of 18-14 and a final of Mannford 34 FKHS 26.
The Nado girls are back in action tomorrow morning at 10:00am where they'll face the loser of Nowata and Chelsea.
The five seed Field Kindley faced off against the one seed Mannford in the semifinals of the Ty Hewitt Memorial Tournament. A slow start for the Nado put them in a hole quick as there first bucket didn't come until almost halfway through the first quarter. Good defense would keep them in it as the first quarter would end 10-6 with a Pirates lead. Mannford would rack up the second chance points and got hot from beyond the arc in the second to extend their first half lead 28-15 heading into halftime. The Nado never stopped fighting and after a good third quarter they were down 32 - 26. Mannford prove to be just too much for them though and would come away with the victory 47-37.
It's a rematch of last years third place game as Coffeyville takes on Oologah in the third place game on Saturday at 5:30.
A Field Kindley High School baseball player has signed on to further his career into the collegiate level. Kyle Jackson, a standout for the Golden Nado baseball team, will stay in Coffeyville and play for the Red Ravens.
Those in attendance at Jackson's signing were his parents, Chris and Debra Jackson, and his FKHS baseball coaches.
A couple of big nights on the bench helped propel both Coffeyville basketball teams to victory on Wednesday. The women defeated Garden City 83-70 while the men picked up a 62-58 victory of their own.
The women's game was a back and forth affair at first, with the Red Ravens and the Bronc Busters tied at the half. However, the second half would be dominated by Coffeyville, and more specifically by Faith Simpson. Simpson would not start the game, but in 20 minutes of work, she finished with a season-high 28 points on 11-14 shooting. Ania Markowska (14), Julia Calafell (11), and McKenzie Murrel-Patton (10) also finished in double digits for Coffeyville. Kailyn Lay picked up 7 assists and 4 steals for herself as well.
Meanwhile, the men sought to break a two-game losing skid by defeating a Garden City squad coming in at 0-3 in Jayhawk Conference play. Despite a close game, Coffeyville would control both halves, walking out with the 4-point victory. Tony Hutson would be key to the effort, coming off of the bench and picking up 15 points and 4 rebounds. Tylor Perry (11) and Meikkel Murray (10) would also donate their scoring efforts to the cause as well.
The women improve to 13-2 and 3-2 in conference play, while the men improve to 10-5 and 3-2 in the conference this season. The Red Ravens will now both take a long, extended break for the holiday season, returning January 4 for a home matchup with Seward Community College. As always, those games will be broadcast on US 98.1, KUSN.
Field Kindley opened up their basketball season across state lines last night in the Ty Hewitt Memorial Tournament in Nowata. The Nado girls faced the top seed Oklahoma Union and jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the first but the Lady Cougars quickly took the lead to end the first quarter 11-7 and didn't look back as OKU won 57-25. First year head coach Anita Walker and the FKHS girls will take on Mannford in the losers bracket on Friday at 4:00.
The Coffeyville boys came into the tournament as the five seed facing the host team and the four seed Nowata. Lots of question marks for Coffeyville heading into this game after losing four starting seniors and eight seniors in total. Junior Tariq Logan and Senior Brendan Graham were the only returning players who saw starting minutes last season. The newcomers and young guys helped FKHS come away with the close win over the Ironmen 51-49. Sophmores Cadden Herring and Ethan Viets both had big games off the bench with Viets hitting multiple threes and Herring scoring and rebounding inside. The Nado will take on the top seed Mannford on Thursday at 8:30 in the semifinals.
The Neodesha Bluestreaks Varsity Boys Basketball team opened the regular season on Friday night with a 66-58 home loss to Fredonia.
Turnovers and missed free throws were key standouts in the ball game as Neodesha committed 34 turnovers while Fredonia had 21 turnovers. The Bluestreaks hit 17 of 33 free throws while the Yellowjackets connected on just 19 of 32 from the free throw line.
Neodesha got off to a slow start but battled back to give themselves an opportunity late in the game. The Bluestreaks were down by as many as 14 in the first half but started the second half on a 12-0 run to eventually take the lead but Fredonia would come back strong and eventually hold on for the win.
Neodesha posted two in double figures with Toby Curtis scoring 17 points while Maddux Johnson added 15. Fredonia was led by Layne Mayeske who posted a game high 23 points.
Up next, Neodesha will play in the Wildcat Classic in Yates Center while Fredonia will make a road trip to Belle Plain on Monday night.
The Coffeyville women's basketball team walked away with a big victory on Saturday, defeated a talented Pratt Community College squad 75-61. However, the men would fall later in the night, being defeated by the Beavers 59-55.
The women's contest was blow-for-blow the entire first half and the beginning of the second half, with neither team able to get a lead bigger than 5 points. The game was also marked by low scoring, with the Red Ravens heading into the locker room trailing by 2 at 28-26. However, Coffeyville would utilize the skillset of recent addition Faith Simpson, whose post play quickly helped the Lady Ravens build up a much bigger lead than they had been able to gather before. Simpson would finish the game with 19 points and 7 rebounds, leading all scorers in the game. Kailyn Lay would also approach double-double territory, picking up 10 points and 8 assists. Other double-digit scorers included Alana Kramer (16) and Christina Deng (11). The women improve to 12-2 on the season and 2-2 in Jayhawk Conference play.
The men would not be so lucky. Despite the men's contest being very much like the women's game, with frequent lead changes and and overall competitive setting, Coffeyville found themselves unable to pull away. They would lead by as much as 9 at different points of the game, but could not keep the lead for very long as the Beavers would shoot themselves back into the game. Despite the loss, Meikkel Murray looked very good all night, finishing with 24 points and several key 3-pointers that kept the Red Ravens in the game. He would be the only double-digit scorer for Coffeyville. The men fall to 9-5 on the season and 1-3 in the Jayhawk Conference.
Both the men and the women will be in action next Wednesday for one last matchup before the holiday break. The Red Ravens will travel to Garden City to take on the Bronc Busters of Garden City Community College. Those games, as always, will be broadcast on US 98.1, KUSN.
Both the Coffeyville Men's and Women's basketball teams suffered close defeats on Wednesday night, with the men losing to Barton Community College 89-85 and the women losing by a score of 69-66.
Despite winning the second half, the men could not make up for a 41-29 halftime deficit. Kymani Dunham led all Red Ravens scorers with 18 points, with Tylor Perry (16), Meikkel Murray (16), Bostyn Holt (14) and Tony Hutson (14) also adding double-digit totals to the cause as well. Unfortunately for Coffeyville, the scoring was scarce outside of those five, with only 7 points coming from the rest of the starters and bench.
The women's game would be close all the way through, with the Red Ravens only trailing by 2 points at halftime. But after a tied third quarter, Barton would prove themselves able to hold onto their slim lead and came away with the aforementioned 3-point victory. Alana Kramer led all Lady Ravens in scoring with 13, but several players finished with 9 points, including Kailyn Lay, Julia Calafell, and Faith Simpson. The latter made her CCC debut, going 4-6 from the field and adding some height in the post.
Both the CCC men (9-4, 1-2) and women (11-2, 1-2) will be in action this Saturday, as the Red Ravens coming back home for a matchup with Pratt Community College. The women's game will tip off at 2 p.m, with the men's game following. The game can be heard on US 98.1, KUSN.