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Montgomery County Continues Winning Ways

 

The Montgomery County Cardinals extended their winning streak to four games Tuesday, defeating the Garnett Muddogs 9-1 and 6-4.

 

The first contest was really closer than the final score indicated. Although Montgomery County would find 2 runs within three batters to begin the game, Garnett starting pitcher Dalton Kellerman would stifle the Cardinals offense for the next four innings. Fortunately, Cardinals starting pitcher Ryan Leiker was even more dominant. Leiker would go the distance, recording a complete game and striking out 10 batters. Offensively, the Cardinals helped their own cause with 2 runs in the sixth and 5 more in the seventh, with Mason Siegel leading the way. He went 1-3 at the plate, but brought 3 runners home to assist the scoring effort.

 

The second game was just as competitive, with the two teams trading blows and trading the lead back and forth. One run for Montgomery County in the first inning was met by 2 runs for Garnett, and two runs for the Cardinals in the third were once again met by two more for the Muddogs. However, it was a 3-run inning for Montgomery County in the fourth inning that put the game away, as Davis Merrick brought the team home from the mound to take the victory.

 

Montgomery County is now 15-10 on the season. The Cardinals will stay at home on Thursday, playing host to the SEK Drillers out of Elk County. Game time is at 6 pm and both games can be heard on Sonshine 98.9, KQQF.

NJCAA Could Move Sports to the Spring

 

The NJCAA Presidential Advisory Council, along with the NJCAA President and NJCAA Board Chair have recommended that a majority of competition move to the spring semester of 2021. The organization is finalizing the plans that provide safety and support the student-athletes during the fall and spring semesters.

 

Individual Regions will discuss the recommended changes prior to the NJCAA Board of Regents meeting on Monday, where an official plan of action will be decided. President Dr. Christopher Parker says they must adjust accordingly to support and sustain NJCAA programs. They are working to provide the best opportunities to be successful on and off the field for the student-athletes.

CCC Golf Tournament Canceled

 

Due to COVID-19 concerns, the annual CCC Athletic Golf Classic scheduled for July 25 has been canceled.

 

Sponsors that have paid for this year are eligible to receive refunds or move their sponsorships to 2021 and 2022. Hole sponsors that have paid for 2019 and 2020 will have their sponsorships moved to 2021.

Montgomery County Takes Two From Chanute

 

The Montgomery County Cardinals took two games off of Chanute on Tuesday, improving to 13-10 on the season and gaining momentum into Thursday.

 

The first contest saw the Cardinals go down early, with Chanute scoring 6 runs in the first two innings and taking a 6-1 lead. However, Montgomery County would quickly start its comeback bid in the top of the third, picking up 4 runs and getting back in the game. The Cardinals would tie the game in the sixth, but that game state wouldn't last long as Israel Rodriguez picked up an RBI single to drive-in the go-ahead run. Two more runs in the seventh would only further secure the victory. Hudson Baker showed a good performance, going 3-3 while Ian Oliver picked up 2 RBIs on 2-3 hitting. Rodriguez, who also started the game on the mound for Montgomery County, was pulled early for Mason Siegel. He went the rest of the distance to pick up the win.

 

The second game was a much less tense affair, with Montgomery County immediately jumping on Chanute. The first five batters would all come around to score in the first inning, and although Chanute would add a run here and there, the Cardinals would add runs in every inning of the game. The game was decided by run-rule at 13-3 after four innings, with starting pitcher Ryan Powell earning the win. Easton O'Kane went 2-2 at the plate, while Kyle Jackson batted in two runs. Seven different Cardinals accounted for the 8 RBIs.

 

Montgomery County improves their record to 13-10 with the two wins. The Cardinals and Chanute will meet once again on Thursday, this time from Walter Johnson Park in Coffeyville. Game time is scheduled for 6 pm.

Mont. Co Splits Doubleheader With Fredonia

 

Montgomery County split its doubleheader with the Fredonia Yellow Jackets on Thursday, taking the first game 6-4 but dropping the second game 7-5. 

 

Ryan Leiker went the distance for the Cardinals in the first game, pitching all seven innings and throwing 114 pitches. Leiker threw 84 strikes and picked up 7 strikeouts.  Montgomery County played well around Leiker, keeping the Yellow Jackets in check despite giving up 11 hits. Offensively, Mason Siegel led the way with a 2-3 game and 2 RBIs. 

 

Game 2 saw the Cardinals start out hot, jumping to a quick 4-0 lead in the bottom of the second. However, Fredonia would find four runs of their own in the top of the third, immediately tying things up. Those runs would be joined by three more in the top of the fourth. Five Cardinal errors allowed Fredonia to add to their total despite only picking up four hits. 

 

Davis Merrick took the loss in the second game, while Ryan Leiker took the victory for his complete game effort. The Cardinals now sit at 11-10 on the season, and will be back in action on Tuesday when they travel to Chanute.

KSHSAA Continuing With Plans for Fall Sports

 

The Kansas State High School Activities Association is continuing with plans to hold the fall sports season.

 

Despite social media rumors that the season would be cancelled, the KSHSAA reaffirmed its committment to ensuring a safe start to the fall sports campaign during a Zoom meeting Wednesday. KSHSAA Executive Director Bill Faflick attributed the rumors to irresponsible use of social media and said the organization is doing everything in its power to ensure the start of the fall sports season.

 

The official start of the season is August 17th, which is seven weeks away. Other high school activities associations around the country have considered swapping the spring and fall sports seasons. Faflick said that this move was considered, but as of now is not the direction the association is moving toward.

 

 

Montgomery County Falls Twice to Iola

 

The Montgomery County Cardinals suffered two consecutive losses to the Iola Indians on Tuesday, falling 10-4 in the first game and 14-7 in the runback.

 

The Cardinals could not find a handle to curb the offensive onslaught of the Indians, falling behind in the first inning of both games and playing catchup for the rest of the night. Iola racked up 20 hits across the two games, and scored at least 2 runs in 5 out of 6 innings in the second contest. 

 

Ty Wintjen took the loss for the Cardinals in the first game, while Matthew Redden was the losing pitcher for the second game. Seth Martinez picked up two hits in the first game, the only Cardinal to record a multi-hit game for the night.

 

Montgomery County (10-9) will be back in action this Thursday for a doubleheader with Fredonia. Both games will be broadcast, much like the rest of the season, on Star 98.9, KQQF.

Wrestling Coach Named Nado Coach of the Year

 

The Field Kindley High School wrestling coach has been named 2019-2020 Coach of the Year. The Booster Club presented Head Coach Spencer McGlothin with the award. Coach McGlothin, who is going into his 6th season, says when he took over there were just 14 students on the wrestling team.

 

McGlothin says at the end of this season he had 36 wrestlers on the boys team and 8 wrestlers on the first ever girls team a FKHS. He is also the art teacher at the high school, as well as the middle school wrestling coach and he's been involved with Coffeyville Kids Club wrestling for the last ten years.

Kaminska Taking the Mound in Tulsa This Summer

 

An area baseball star has found a way to get some reps in during a very strange summer. Caney Valley-grad Jace Kaminska is pitching for the Tulsa Sandlot squad that is playing split summer in both Tulsa and Springdale, Arkansas. The Wichita State commit had his initial summer plan canceled as he was slated to pitch in the Kansas Collegiate Baseball League. The Perfect Timing League as it is called features a compilation of college and future college players. Kaminska got on the mound for a stint of 2 2/3 innings earlier this week. The right-hander struck out two and didn’t allow a run.

 

With this week’s MLB draft reduced from 40 to five rounds it is unlikely that Kaminska will be selected when it could have been possible in a conventional year. He will instead join a solid Wichita State baseball program with a history of turning out of professional players. A recent example was Owasso’s Brian Flynn, a former Shocker that pitched for the Kansas City Royals for four years.

Introducing the New Nado Football Coach

 

Field Kindley High School has found their new football coach. Deonta Wade says this is his first head coaching opportunity but football has been apart of his life for as long as he can remember.

 

Wade says as far as goals go for the upcoming season he is all about taking it one day at a time.  Sports are still in limbo due to the Coronavirus which puts a first year head coach like Wade in a unique situation. He says they are going to prepare the same way so they'll be ready no matter what happens with the season.

 

 

Full interview with Coach Deonta Wade

Chiefs Will Raise Super Bowl Banner Sept. 10th

 

The Kansas City Chiefs "Run it back" Tour will begin on Thursday, September 10th with the 2020 regular season opener at home against the Houston Texans. 

 

The Chiefs and Texans met in the Divisional Round last season with KC erasing a 24 point deficit to win 51-31. It was the first of multiple comebacks in the playoffs that eventually saw KC beat the 49ers to raise a Super Bowl banner for the first time in 50 years. 

 

2020 Kansas City Chiefs Schedule 

 

Sept. 10 vs. Houston (TNF)

Sept. 20 at LA Chargers 

Sept. 28 at Baltimore (MNF) 

Oct. 4 vs. New England 

Oct. 11 vs. Las Vegas 

Oct. 15 at Buffalo (TNF) 

Oct. 25 at Denver 

Nov. 1 vs. New York Jets 

Nov. 8 vs. Carolina 

Nov. 15 (BYE WEEK) 

Nov. 22 at Las Vegas 

Nov. 29 at Tampa Bay 

Dec. 6 vs. Denver 

Dec. 13 at Miami 

Dec. 20 at New Orleans 

Dec. 27 vs. Atlanta 

Jan. 3 vs. LA Chargers 

 

 

Friess Talks About Stepping Down as Parsons Coach

 

After two seasons of coaching Parsons football, Kurt Friess has decided to step down from the position and focus on his role as principal at Guthridge Elementary School. Friess talked with KGGF on Wednesday to discuss that decision and his future plans.

 

The COVID-19 pandemic has left several things up in the air, including the 2020-21 school year. As both head football coach and an elementary school principal, Friess said he was uncertain that he would be able to take care of both responsibilities this upcoming season. He said that someone who fills the head coaching vacancy should be able to keep the kids prepared all year.

 

Of course, Friess leaves his stint in as head coach with a record of 10-10 and the first Parsons playoff victory in 42 years. That's a solid legacy to leave behind, but according to Friess, you don't start coaching to be remembered. He said you coach to help the kids and the community, and that the signature win is just another blessing to be had.

 

As for his future, Friess said he's still open to coaching someday, but he'll probably never want to coach anywhere but Parsons. However, he said he hopes not to have the opportunity to come back soon. That would, of course, imply that they need him back. Instead, Friess said he wishes for whoever follows him to have success in the role.

 

But sometimes new and returning coaches need a little help. Friess was no different. Southeast Kansas features a large group of local coaches helping each other out, and those coaches also frequently double as excellent educators. Local coaches were a great resource for Friess as he returned to coaching, and as he steps out of the Parsons job, he'd like to play that part too.

Red Raven Standout Signs With Division I Team

 

The Red Raven Men's basketball team have sent another standout to an NCAA Division I institution as sophomore All-American Meikkel Murray signed a National Letter of Intent to play at Central Michigan University.

 

In his two year stint with CCC, Murray made an immediate impact when he stepped on campus by capturing the 2019 KJCCC Freshman of the Year. In his second year, along with being a 2020 Second Team NJCAA All-American, he repeated as the KJCCC Player of the Year, and added the 2020 Region VI Tournament Most Outstanding Player to his resume. Murray averaged nearly 17 points and just over 7 rebounds per game in the 2019-2020 season.

 

The 6-6 Forward ended his Red Raven career by draining a buzzer-beater that led CCC over Butler in the 2020 Region VI Championship game.

FKHS Spring Senior Spotlight: Golf

 

Because of the COVID-19 outbreak, many high school students saw their athletic careers come to an abrupt end. However, the family of stations here at KGGF would like to honor Field Kindley spring athletes through interviews with the coaches who have worked with them closely over several years.

 

Today, we look at the boy's golf team, coached by Mike Peck. The team had three seniors this year, and all of them were looking at possibly qualifying for state competition this year.

 

Our first senior is Jayden Crawford, a would-be two-year letterman who came to Peck from the baseball team. Peck said the transition to golf came easy for Crawford because of his experience on the baseball team. Crawford was hitting about 115 strokes after his first year out, but he was only improving with time. After just three weeks of practice this year, he had already taken 10 strokes off his average score. Peck said he thought he was only going to get better as the season moved along.

 

Another senior was Aaron Watson, who would have been entering his third year on the team. When Watson came out for the team, he had never played golf before. Peck was expecting him to get under 100 strokes this year. Watson was a hard worker who was a natural fit for the team, despite not thinking he'd be any good to begin with.

 

And finally, Owen Carr had probably the loftiest expectations from Peck coming into the season for any of the seniors. Peck said he wanted Carr to score in the low 80s this season, something he has been able to do in the past. A three-year letterman, he had placed 29th in all-SEK competition in 2018, and improved his position to 19th in 2019. Peck said he expected Carr to finally reach that all-SEK mark, and qualify for state as an individual.

 

Peck said the goal for the team this season was to send a whole team to state, as well as a few individuals. Combined with one of the talented freshman class, the three would have likely been members of that potential state-qualifying team.

 

We will continue our coverage of the spring sport seniors at FKHS later this week. Next, we will take a look at the track and field team, coached by Jeremy Neuenschwander.

Caney Senior Spotlight: Baseball

 


We continue our check of area high school spring teams and feature seniors who had their final high school season cut short.

Today we will feature the Caney Valley, Kansas baseball team. The Bullpups were primed to be one of the best in the sunflower state.
Future NCAA Division I pitcher Jace Kaminski had his eyes set on more state records, but unfortunately the season was called off before the Bullpups could get a game in.

Caney Head coach Mike Kaminska says he is disappointed in how everything played out, Caney had gotten some help at the assistant coaching level, and Kaminska says it was making a difference.

Caney Valley had seniors this spring in Jace Kaminski, Brendon Anderson, Keaton Herrman and Jalen Bush. Kaminski made national headlines last year after striking out 29 consecutive batters in regular season play. That broke a Kansas record. He will be a freshman at Wichita State this coming fall.

His dad, and head coach Mike Kaminska, talks about that process amid the virus.

Kansas Collegiate League Baseball made an announcement on Tuesday that its summer games had been canceled. Kaminski was supposed to compete in that league starting later this month. Mike said that Jace will look to play elsewhere if possible.

Friess Steps Down As Parsons Head Football Coach

 

Parsons head football coach Kurt Friess is stepping down from his position immediately.

 

Friess announced on Twitter that he was stepping down due to the uncertain nature of the upcoming school year. He currently serves as the principal at Guthridge Elementary along with his duties as the head football coach.

 

Friess said he believed the program would be better served with a head coach that could would have the time and energy that the program deserves. In his letter to the community, Friess thanked the USD 503 Board of Education, PHS Principal Eric Swanson and athletic director Rob Barcus for giving him the opportunity. He also thanked the community and the students who have played under him for the past few seasons.

 

Friess was hired in 2018, stepping down a little over two years after taking the position and finished with a record of 10-10 over two seasons. Under his guidance, the Vikings won their first playoff game in 42 years.

FKHS Spring Senior Spotlight: Tennis

 

Because of the COVID-19 outbreak, many high school students saw their athletic careers come to an abrupt end. However, the family of stations here at KGGF would like to honor Field Kindley spring athletes through interviews with the coaches who have worked with them closely over several years.

 

Our next sport to be covered is the boys' tennis team, coached by Curtis Chapman. A program on the rise, Coach Chapman saw 11 boys come out for the team this season, including five seniors and one exchange student.

 

Starting off, our first senior to be recognized is Noah Eytcheson. Set to be the team captain for the season, Eytcheson was the only member of the tennis team for the past two seasons. Chapman said leadership came naturally to him. He also spoke highly of his personality off the court.

 

Another senior coming out for the team this year had never played tennis before. Clifford Mitchell, described by Chapman as a good athlete, was a part of the wrestling team. Despite his inexperience, Chapman was confident his work ethic would bring him success.

 

Also coming out for his first year of tennis was Dylan Moses. Moses was involved with theater, but still showed signs of leadership in the small amount of time he spent with the team. Chapman said one of the biggest disappointments about the canceled season was not being able to watch the first-year players improve through competition.

 

Our next senior is Eli Bell, who impressed Chapman with his enthusiasm. He said that even after he'd leave practice, Bell and the rest of the boys would stay and work on their game.

 

Drew Cormier was another first-year player for the team, but was a quick learner and another natural athlete. He fit in easily and naturally with the rest of the team.

 

And finally, a special case for the tennis team this season was junior Malte Ditz, an exchange student from Germany. He would've had only one year to play with the rest of the team, but Chapman said he was about as talented as they come. Ditz also taught Chapman a little bit about the culture differences between Germany and the United States.

 

Coach Chapman said that the timing of the season's cancellation was unfortunate, as they had been practicing for two weeks and were ready to play against new competition. However, the season was officially canceled the day before their first meet. But the future bodes well for the team. Other than the five seniors and Ditz, four freshman and one junior came out for the team this year, and Chapman said he hopes to see them again next year to continue building the program.

 

We'll continue to honor the various spring sports seniors throughout the rest of this week. Tomorrow, we will be honoring Coach Mike Peck and the golf seniors.

Chiefs to Know 2020 Schedule on Thursday

 

The Super Bowl Champion Kansas City Chiefs will know their 2020 schedule in full on Thursday night as the NFL will release the entire schedule as planned despite Covid-19. 

 

Teams have known their opponents since December but dates and times are to be set on Thursday night beginning at 7:00 PM. 

 

The Chiefs will have their regular home and away games within the AFC West against Denver, Las Vegas and Los Angeles. The remaining home opponents feature the Falcons, Panthers, Texans, Patriots and Jets. The remaining away games feature the Ravens, Bills, Dolphins, Saints and Buccaneers. 

 

Five teams on the schedule made the playoffs last season. 

FKHS Spring Senior Spotlight: Swimming

 

Because of the COVID-19 outbreak, many high school students saw their athletic careers come to an abrupt end. However, the family of stations here at KGGF would like to honor Field Kindley spring athletes through interviews with the coaches who have worked with them closely over several years.

 

Our first sport to cover is girls' swimming, coached by Tracy Childress. Coach Childress is a 1984 graduate of FKHS, and has been coaching swimming for 17 years. His team would have had five seniors this spring.

 

The first senior is Halle Herkelman, who has competed for the team all four years. Childress said her best strokes were the 50m freestyle, 100m free, and the 100m breaststroke. She was on the relay team that had qualified for state last season.

 

The next senior is Julia Wright, who swam for three years. She was described by Childress as one of the team's best utility swimmers, competing in a wide variety of events. He said her utility and willingness to try other strokes allowed the team to pick up plenty of points.

 

Another senior is Alexis Hobbs, who swam the 100m backstroke and also competed on the backstroke relay team. Coach Childress said she had plenty of skill when it came to the backstroke, and said she made it look effortless. She also participated in several relays and was good at making up time when needed.

 

Also swimming for three years was Kimberly Moore, who swam the 50m free, 100m free, and the 200m free as well. Coach Childress said she was a little apprehensive at first, but she's come around tremendously.

 

Finally, the last swimming senior to be honored is Murran McKellips. She would've been entering her second year with the team. She swam the backstroke along with the 150m freestyle.

 

Coach Childress said he will miss the senior leadership and how the class got along well. However, with the season officially behind everyone, it's now time to look toward next year's seniors. Coach Childress said he's confident that his new seniors will be able to bring the same level of talent as this year's outgoing class.

 

We will continue to honor an FKHS spring sport each day. Tomorrow, we will honor the tennis seniors.

Chiefs Add to QB Depth

 

The Kansas City Chiefs have agreed to terms with former Michigan quarterback and undrafted free agent Shea Patterson. 

 

The top rated quarterback in the class of 2016 threw for over 5,600 yards and 45 touchdowns for the Wolverines. 

 

Patterson joins former XFL quarterback Jordan Ta'amu in the QB room behind Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes. 

 

 

 

Chiefs Exercise Fifth-Year Option for Mahomes

 

The Kansas City Chiefs have exercised the fifth-year option on quarterback Patrick Mahomes' rookie contract locking him in at least through 2021.

 

The MVP and Super Bowl MVP QB is set to make an average of the top-10 quarterbacks in the league from the year prior.

 

KC has acknowledged that they are working to locking up Mahomes much longer than through 2021.

A Viking Becomes a Panther

 

A local high school basketball player is choosing to stay local as he joins a community college team that plays just 45 miles from his high school. Parsons High School's Dariq “The Freak” Williams, who made the announcement via his Twitter, will be joining the Neosho County Panthers. His Head Coach Anthony Houk says he told him to not let too many people influence his decision.

 

Houk says the competition level at these local junior colleges does a great job of getting players ready for the next level and letting them adjust to being in college.

 

Williams joins Vikings teammates Pierce Thomas and Zeke Lyons who have announced they will be playing basketball at the junior college level. Thomas will join Coffeyville Community College and Lyons joins Kansas City Kansas Community College.

Chiefs CB Arrested in South Carolina

 

Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Bashaud Breeland was arrested on Tuesday in York, South Carolina. 

 

Breeland is facing five charges including resisting arrest, transporting alcohol in a motor vehicle with the seal broken, open container of beer or wine in a motor vehicle, possession of 28 grams or less of marijuana or 10 grams of hash and driving without a license. 

 

The 28-year old Breeland resigned with KC on a one year deal worth over $4 million earlier this month and was an important piece on defense during the Chiefs' Super Bowl run. 

 

The Chiefs say they are aware of the situation. 

Chiefs Release Longest Tenured Player

 

The Kansas City Chiefs have released punter Dustin Colquitt after 15 seasons with the franchise. 

 

Colquitt was the longest tenured player on the roster playing with four different general manager's, five head coaches and 13 starting quarterbacks during his time in Kansas City. 

 

Colquitt posted a long note thanking Kansas City on his Instagram account. 

 

Kansas City saved $2 million in cap space by releasing the veteran punter. KC recently signed punters Tyler Newsome and undrafted rookie Tommy Townsend. 

 

 

Chiefs Release QB Kyle Shurmur

 

The time has come following the 2020 NFL Draft where teams begin letting go of some players to cut down to the required 90 man offseason roster. 

 

The Chiefs began that process on Monday by releasing QB Kyle Shurmur. 

 

Shurmur joined the Chiefs last season as an undrafted free agent and did not make the roster after training camp. 

 

Kansas City recently signed former XFL QB Jordan Ta'amu to provide depth behind Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes. 

 

 

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