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Herkelman Named NJCAA DI Coach of the Year

 

Coffeyville men's basketball coach Jay Herkelman has added another honor to his growing list of accomplishments.

 

After leading the Red Ravens to a 27-3 record and their first national championship since 1962, Herkelman has been named the NJCAA DI Coach of the Year. His 2021 squad posted a perfect 14-0 record at home and was ranked in the top-10 for the entirety of the season.

 

Herkelman has already been named the Jayhawk East Coach of the Year, as well as the Coach of the NJCAA Tournament. He's the winningest coach in Region 6 history, having coached at Coffeyville since 1995.

Perry Named to All-American Team

 

Sophomore guard Tylor Perry has been named as an NJCAA All-American.

 

Perry was named to the second-team, joining The North Texas commit was instrumental in Coffeyville's national championship run, averaging 17.6 points per game this season and shooting over 50 percent from beyond the three-point line.

 

Despite several players qualifying for the all-tournament team, Perry was the only selection for Coffeyville. Other Jayhawk Conference selections included Dalen Ridgnal of Cowley, who was selected to the first-team, and Matt Mayers, another first-team selection. Independence's Tim Dalger was selected as an honorable mention.

 

Cowley was defeated in the national championship game by the Ravens, while Hutchinson was defeated in the second round.

Nado Golf Best Finish of Season at Home Tournament

 

The Field Kindley golf team battled the rain and standing water for the first half of their home tournament, but after the sun came out they finished strong taking 2nd place. As a team, the Nado shot a 380 and were just two strokes off Independence for 1st.

 

Daric Voss was the team's top golfer shooting a 90 for 5th place, his lowest score of the year. Zac Becker shot 92 finishing 6th , Jacob Vanderlinden finished 14th, Tyler Zimmerman 16th and Zane Cox finished 25th.

 

Coach Mike Peck said this week the team needs to get ready for the fourth and final leg on Monday. Peck said they need to clean up a few things and get ready for Regional, but the team is looking better every week, now is the time to finish strong.

Coffeyville and Indy Stay Ranked Inside Top 10

 

Week 6 of the NJCAA football poll is out and there are four Kansas Jayhawk Conference teams inside the Top 10. Hutchinson has been ranked number one in the country all season and is the only Jayhawk team with an undefeated record. Garden City stays ranked 6th for back-to-back weeks, with their only loss on the season coming to Hutchinson.

 

Independence coming off a loss to Hutch falling one spot to 8th and is one of two teams inside the Top 10 with two losses. Coffeyville remained at 9th despite their game against Arkansas Baptist being canceled. The Red Ravens will be idle for the second straight week and then have two of their biggest matchups with Garden City on the 15th and Indy on the 23rd.

Nado JV Golf Finishes 3rd in Indy

 

The Field Kindley Junior Varsity golf team wrapped up its season in Independence. The Nado finished the season off with a third-place finish. Two golfers finished inside the Top 10, Cooper Rooks placing 5th and Ty Langworthy, 8th. On the season, as a team, the JV finished inside the Top 5 in all five tournaments with two firsts, two thirds and one fifth.

 

Individually the golfers finished inside the Top 10 twelve times for an average of just over two medals a tournament. Jacob Vanderlinden placed inside the Top 5 in the first two tournaments before moving up to varsity, Bryan McDaniel had two Top 10 finishes, Cooper Rooks had three Top 10 finishes including a 1st and Hayden Palmer and Ty Langworthy also had three Top 10 finishes. Coach Mike Peck said they did well as a team and he is very proud of these young men.

Little Rock to Host NJCAA Football Championships Through 2023

 

The NJCAA has announced Little Rock, Arkansas as the location for the NJCAA Football Championship at War Memorial Stadium through 2023. The postponed 2020-2021 NJCAA Football Championship is slated for June 5th. The championship will be televised nationally by CBS Sports Network and is scheduled to kick-off at 4:00 pm.

 

War Memorial Stadium has undergone several renovations and expansions over the years that have raised capacity from 31,000 to just over 54,000. The stadium also serves as the second home to the Arkansas Razorbacks football program.

 

The last NJCAA Football Championship was held at Carnie Smith Stadium in Pittsburg in December 2019. The 2020 season was postponed and moved to the 2020-21 spring season due to COVID-19.

 

CCC Rodeo Will Compete at Nationals

 

The Coffeyville Community College Rodeo team finished their regional rodeo season this past weekend in Colby.

 

Hunter Tate finished fourth in the average at Colby and ended the year second in the bull riding standings. Marley Berger finished third in the long round and fourth in the short round and average in the tie down roping. This last rodeo surge jumped Berger up five places in the final Central Plains standings to third.

 

With their top three finish in the region, both Tate and Berger have qualified and will compete in the College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyoming this June.

Steelers Trade Up to Draft Former West Elk Patriot

 

A former West Elk Patriot was drafted in the fifth round of the NFL Draft over the weekend. Isaiahh Loudermilk, who went to the University of Wisconsin, was taken with the 156 pick in the draft after the Pittsburgh Steelers traded up to draft him.

 

In a shortened season, as a senior Loudermilk had 13 tackles, including 2 1/2 for loss with two sacks in six starts. In 2019, he had 24 tackles, five for loss with three sacks, five pass breakups and two forced fumbles in 14 games. Loudermilk's younger brother Devin Loudermilk just finished his senior season of basketball passing the 1000 point mark and was named to the KCBA All-Star team.

CCC Football Game Cancelled Today

 

The Coffeyville Community College football team's game for today has been cancelled. The Red Ravens were set to face Arkansas Baptist at home this afternoon.

 

According to the CCC Red Raven Athletics Facebook page, the game has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances. The Red Ravens now have two weeks off after the game scheduled for next week against Fort Scott had also been cancelled, earlier in the season. CCC is back in action on the road taking at Garden City on Saturday, May 15th.

Nado Golf Finishes Third for Fourth Time

 

The consistency continues for the Field Kindley High School golf team as they finish 3rd for the fourth time this year. The golf team finished with a total score of 389, just nine strokes back of Pittsburg at 2nd place, at the Labette County High School golf tournament.

 

Tyler Zimmerman was the only one to finish in the top 10 as he took 5th place, Zac Becker finished tied for 10th, but lost the tiebreaker finishing 11th and Daric Voss finished 18th. Coach Mike Peck said they will get back to practice today and work on the things they need to improve before their home tournament on Tuesday.

KU Hires Lance Leipold as Next Head Football Coach

 

University of Kansas Athletic Director Travis Goff announced this morning that former Buffalo head coach Lance Leipold has been named the 41st head coach of the KU football team.

 

Leipold went 37-33 in six seasons with the Bulls including three bowl appearances in his final three seasons with a 2-1 bowl record. Before becoming the head coach of Buffalo, he led DIII powerhouse Wisconsin-Whitewater to six consecutive national championships with a 109-6 record, becoming the fastest coach in NCAA history to get to 100 wins.

 

Leipold will have his toughest challenge yet of trying to turn around the current worst FBS program that hasn't won a road conference game since 2008.

Red Ravens Included in All-Region Teams

 

Representatives from both Coffeyville Red Raven basketball teams were named as All-Region VI selections on Thursday.

 

Faith Simpson, a sophomore from Palisade, Nebraska, was selected as a member of the first team. Simpson averaged just over 17 points per game this season and also averaged 9.5 rebounds per game.

 

On the men's side, sophomore Tylor Perry was named to the first team after a successful campaign. The North Texas commit ranked second in the Jayhawk Conference in both total points (528) and made three-pointers (86). Freshman Blaise Keita was named to the second team. The future Nebraska Cornhusker averaged 10.5 points per game, including 27 points in the Ravens' national championship victory, and also gathered 7.8 rebounds per game.

 

You can see the full women's selections here, and the men's selections here.

IHS Golf and Tennis Both Win Thursday

 

Independence High School Athletics continued to dominate with wins from the boys' tennis and golf teams Thursday.

 

The tennis team won three of the four divisions in the Southeast Kansas League Championship in Independence to keep the title for the eighth consecutive year. They have also now won 29 of the last 31 league championships. Their final regular-season varsity tournament is slated for next Tuesday in Neodesha.

 

As for the golf team, they were in total control yesterday as they won by a wide margin of 22 strokes over second-place Pittsburg with a score of 358. Individually, five Bulldogs in the top ten. Jimmy Unruh finished 4th with an 87, Christopher Ortolani finished 6th and Chris Lewis finished 7th both shooting a 90, and Jase Mavers and Anthoney Siebels both shot a 91 finishing 8th and 9th, respectively. The golf team's next tournament will be in Coffeyville next Tuesday.

Southeast Kansas Represented in KBCA All-Star Basketball Teams

 

Two basketball players from the SEK League land on the 2021 KBCA All-Star Teams.

 

Javon Grant from Pittsburg landed on the Boys White All-Star Team. On the girls' side, Chanute's Kori Babcock landed on the White All-Star Team.

 

Grant is one of six boys chosen for the All-Star Teams in Class 5A. Babcock becomes one of just four girls to be selected to an All-Star Team in Class 4A.

 

University of Tulsa commit Sterling Gaston-Chapman from Campus High School was selected Mr. Kansas Basketball. Emporia State commit Kylee Scheer from Cheney High School earned the honor of Miss Kansas Basketball.

 

Boys Coach of the Year was won by Hesston's Greg Raleigh and the Girls Coach of the Year was won by Olpe's Jesse Nelson.

Nado JV Wins Home Tournament

 

The Field Kindley junior varsity golf team took 1st place in the Coffeyville tournament yesterday. Coach Mike Peck said the team had a really good day on their home golf course, and he is proud of the way the group played.

 

All four golfers placed inside the top ten. Cooper Rooks finished 1st, Ty Langworthy took 2nd, Hayden Palmer finished 3rd and Bryan McDaniel finished 10th. The Nado shot a 200 as a team seven strokes better than Independence who finished 2nd.

Bullpup Signs with OKWU

 

A Caney Valley Bullpup is heading across the state line to join the Oklahoma Wesleyan University wrestling team. Bullpups Senior Jake Stanton signed to join the Eagles wrestling team on scholarship.

 

Stanton had a great career as a Bullpup, capping it off by finishing second in the state for his senior season. Stanton will join the Eagles in hopes to help them improve after a winless 2020-2021 season.

Coffeyville Football Enters NJCAA Top 10

 

For the first time this season, the Coffeyville football is ranked.

 

Following Sunday's thrilling victory over Butler, the Red Ravens were ranked #9 in the latest NJCAA poll, released Monday afternoon. Coffeyville is 3-1 on the season, with their other two wins coming over Dodge City and Highland.

 

Three other Jayhawk Conference rivals sit above the Ravens in the latest poll. Hutchinson continues to lead the way at #1, Garden City fell to #6 after falling to Hutchinson this week, and Independence comes in at #7.

 

Coffeyville will play out-of-conference this week, taking on Arkansas Baptist on Sunday at home. You can hear that contest starting at 3:00 pm on US98.1, KUSN.

 

 

Red Ravens Beat Butler on Last Second Play

 

The Coffeyville Red Ravens were able to seal their 29-28 win over Butler with a two-yard run by Star Thomas as time expired.

 

The Red Ravens surrendered a touchdown to the Grizzlies with 1:15 left that made the score 28-23. After a personal foul penalty, the Red Ravens had a couple of chunk plays from tight end William Dennis and Bryce Childress to put them in the red zone. With just 19 seconds left and the ball at the one-yard line, they ran a pitch play to the right side for a one-yard loss. With time running down, Thomas ran to the left side which resulted in the game-winning score.

 

Throughout the contest, both offenses tried to take advantage of the howling south winds that made it difficult for both team's quarterbacks and punters. Both teams relied more on their running game to move down the field.

 

For the Red Ravens, Star Thomas amassed 154 yards and four touchdowns on 24 carries and Courtney Jackson rushed for 59 yards on 17 attempts. Quarterback Kolbe Langhi had arguably his best game yet with 16 completions on 25 attempts and 173 yards.

 

Coffeyville improves to 3-1 and will play Arkansas Baptist next week at 3 p.m.

COFFEYVILLE WINS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

The Red Ravens are National Champions. 

 

Coffeyville defeated Jayhawk Conference rival Cowley 108-99 in Saturday’s NJCAA National Championship game, capturing their first title since 1962.

 

After a close first few minutes, Coffeyville would go on a 24-6 run that would set the stage for the rest of the game. Blaise Keita came out of the gate firing, scoring 15 points on 7-9 shooting. The Ravens led by 20 at the half at 60-40.

 

Coffeyville would need every bit of that lead in the second half, as the Tigers mounted a furious comeback over the last 15 minutes of regulation that saw them get to within three points at 102-99. However, it was not meant to be. After struggling with free throws for most of the half, Coffeyville found its stride after a crucial change of possession went its way. Tylor Perry would both from the line to put the game out to 5, and Love Bettis further iced the game with two more. 

 

Finally, Larry White would put the exclamation point on the Ravens’ superb season, slamming it home with authority in front of a rambunctious Coffeyville crowd. 

 

Keita led all scorers with 27 points, setting himself a new career high. Six other Red Ravens scored in double-digits, including Perry (18), Kevaughn Ellis (14), Bostyn Holt (12), Bettis (12), Markeith Browning (11), and Larry White (11). Furthermore, Bettis and Keita were named to the All-Tournament team. Perry was declared the tournament's MVP.

 

Coffeyville ends its season at 26-3. The national championship is the first for head coach Jay Herkelman, who has coached the Red Ravens for 26 seasons. He was also named as the coach of the tournament.

Coffeyville Earns Chance at National Championship

 

It'll be an all-KJCCC East showdown, with a National Championship on the line, as the Coffeyville men's basketball team defeated 6th-seeded Chipola 66-63 on Friday.

 

Friday's game was the kind of game that we've come to know and love from the Red Ravens, who kept the score low and manageable despite some early struggles from the field. Heading into the locker rooms, with neither team breaking 30, it was clear that it would be a fight to the finish. Coffeyville would shoot 44 percent from the field in the final 20 minutes, much better than the 34 percent clip they had put up in the first 20. Chipola would get a final chance with less than 10 seconds to go and trailing 65-63, but freshman Hayden Brittingham would pick the pockets of Dontae Walker to seal the deal for Coffeyville.

 

Freshman guard Love Bettis led all Coffeyville scorers with 17 points. He shot 5-of-8 from outside the three-point line. Tylor Perry recorded 14 points, and Blaise Keita added 11 as well. The Red Ravens will now play a final grudge match with fellow Jayhawk Conference member Cowley with a National Championship at stake. The 8th-seeded Tigers defeated Ranger 116-97.

 

You can hear Saturday's championship game at 6 pm on 690AM, KGGF.

Coffeyville Wins in Overtime, Advances to Semifinals

 

The Coffeyville men's basketball team stamped its ticket to the NJCAA National Championship semifinals, defeating NOC-Tonkawa 83-80 in overtime on Thursday.

 

After double-digit wins against 23rd-seeded Southwestern Tennessee and 7th seeded Odessa, the 2nd-seeded Mavericks proved to be a tougher challenge for Coffeyville. Trailing 41-34 at the half, the Red Ravens would need to dig down and find something quickly. They'd do just that, going on a 13-4 run in the first seven minutes of the second half to take the lead at 47-45. The two teams would go back and forth for the final 13 minutes of play, and eventually needed overtime to decide the winner after both teams finished regulation with 71 points each.

 

The overtime period was just as close, but eventually Coffeyville would pull ahead. With the score pushing in Coffeyville's favor at 80-78, the Mavericks would take a timeout with 33.8 seconds remaining. Coffeyville would make the stop and get the basketball back, with NOC-Tonkawa fouling Love Bettis to give him a chance at the line. After Bettis made both, a Mavericks jump shot put the game back within two, before another foul sent Tylor Perry to the line. Perry would make one of his two tries. Now down by three, the Mavericks couldn't find the make from outside, despite getting two tries to do so, and Coffeyville would come out on top at 83-80.

 

Markeith Browning came up huge in Thursday's quarterfinal, recording a season high 23 points on 8-of-11 shooting. Browning would also shoot 4-6 from beyond the arc. Blaise Keita also put forward a solid performance, picking up 19 points. Other double-digit scorers included Perry (16) and and Bettis (11).

 

The Red Ravens move onto the semifinals, where they will take on 6th-seeded Chipola. Fellow Jayhawk Conference rival Cowley also qualified for the semifinal, coming back from 25 points down to defeat 1st-seeded Mineral Area. They'll take on 13th-seeded Ranger. Coffeyville's semifinals game can be heard at 7 pm on US98.1, KUSN.

IHS Tennis Team Wins at Circle

 

Independence High School tennis team dominanted their competition yet again.

 

The Bulldogs took first place in a tournament in Towanda at Circle High School. In one-singles, Sam Grice took third going 2-1 in his matches and Tristen Cushing finished second in two-singles going 2-1 in his matches as well. Brecken Bertie and Ryan Stoner took first in one-doubles going 3-0 and Hayden Campbell and Tucker Gregory took fifth in two-doubles going 2-1.

 

The tennis team is at it again Saturday with a tournament at Wichita Collegiate.

Coffeyville to Elite 8 After Rolling Through Odessa

 

Every Coffeyville starter reached double-digit scoring en route to a commanding 95-56 victory over 7th-seeded Odessa on Tuesday.

 

The 10th-seeded Red Ravens absolutely dismantled the Wranglers, who were ranked inside the top five for most of the reason. Coffeyville was on fire from pretty much everywhere on the floor, and shot 53% from the field. The defense that has been so key for the team was also on display, forcing Odessa into 24 turnovers.

 

Love Bettis led all Red Raven scorers with 22, but every other starter reached at least 10 points. That includes Tylor Perry (15), Bostyn Holt (14), Markeith Browning (10), and Blaise Keita (10). In addition, Larry White also added 10 points off of the bench.

 

Coffeyville moves onto the Elite 8 of the NJCAA Men's Basketball Tournament, where they will meet NOC-Tonkawa. The Mavericks defeated 18th-seeded Holmes 77-66 in the Round of 16. The two teams will tipoff at 2:00 pm on Thursday.

Nado Golf Finished 5th in Fort Scott

 

The Field Kindley golf team took a slight step back in the third leg of the varsity golf tournaments. The Nado team finished 5th in Fort Scott with no one finishing inside the top 10 for the first time this season. Tyler Zimmerman took 11th missing 10th by just two strokes, Zac Becker finished 16th and Jacob Vanderlinden finished 19th in his first varsity tournament.

 

Coach Mike Peck said Zimmerman and Becker both started out slow and it took them a while to settle in, but it was their first time playing this course. On the season the team is nine strokes back of 2nd, Zimmerman is 4 strokes from 2nd, and Becker is four strokes back from 4th and Daric Voss is 7 strokes back of 15th. The Nado are back in action tomorrow at Parsons.

IHS Golf Finishes 2nd in Solid Performance at Fort Scott

 

The Independence High School boys' golf team had another solid output top-to-bottom finishing second with a 397 at their tournament in Fort Scott yesterday.

 

The Bulldogs finished 21 strokes behind first place Frontenac (376) and ten strokes better than third place Pittsburg (407). Field Kindley finished fifth with a 415, just five strokes behind fourth place Paola (410).

 

As for the Bulldogs' individual efforts, one-bag Jimmy Unruh finished with a 97 (49-48), tied with their four-bag Chris Lewis (49-48). Their six-bagger Jase Mavers actually finished third on the team with a solid 101 (50-51). Two-bag Mason Messinger finished with a 102 (49-53), three-bag Anthony Siebels finished with a 107 (51-56) and five-bag Emery Birde finished shot a 109 (55-54).

 

The IHS Golf team is scheduled to be back in action tomorrow in Parsons and again Thursday in Ark City.

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