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KSHSAA Schools Approve Private School Multiplier

 

Member schools of the Kansas State High School Activities Assocation voted to approve new rules that add a multiplier to private schools for classification purposes.

 

Private schools have won a disproportionate amount of state championships in recent years. The multiplier would seek to "even out" the playing field by accounting for geographic population, socio-economic population, and a "championship factor."

 

Schools from Class 1A (74-43), 2A (43-21), 3A (46-18), and 4A (30-6) voted in favor of the change. Classes 5A (17-19) and 6A (6-30) voted against the new rules, meaning the total vote was 216-139 in favor of the multiplier.

 

The measure will now be sent to the Kansas State Board of Education. If it is approved there, the state legislature will need to propose, and then enact, a bill making the change.

 

Nado to Host High School Volleyball Camp

 

Field Kindley High School is hosting a volleyball camp for high school students next week. Head Coach Tyler Coots says the camp will be June 14th, 15th and 16th.

 

Coach Coots says the camp is for anyone who is going into high school through just finishing their junior year. The cost of the camp is free and is from Noon to 3:00pm each day.

Local Athletes Compete In State Track

A couple of local high school athletes earn gold at the state track competition.

From Independence Nala Burns is State Champ in girls' 100 meters.

Landrea Sears from Sedan crossed the line first in TWO events winning gold in Girls 100-meter Hurdles and 300-meter Hurdles. Congratulations go out to Nala and Landrea. That is quite an accomplishment ladies!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Coach Owens Finishes First Season with Nado Baseball

 

The first season with a new head coach is in the books for the Field Kindley baseball team. Coach Will Owens says they saw a lot of ups and downs in his first season.

 

Coach Owens says the team is young and got some important innings of play this year so he feels like the future is brightCoach Owens says they have some games scheduled for this summer as well as some camps and he looks forward to preparing for next season.

FKHS Hires Former Soccer Player as New Coach

 

A former Field Kindley soccer player has been hired as the new coach of the Nado soccer team. Coach Jacob Williamson says he got into coaching after an injury sidelined his playing career.

 

Williamson takes over a program that has had great success over the past several seasons. He says his goal is simple and that is to winWilliamson says he looks forward to joining a young and fairly new group of coaches at FKHS. He says they will be able to lean on each other and help grow all the programs together.

Bulldogs are Once Again Class 4A Tennis Champs

 

Congratulations to the Independence Bulldog tennis team for capturing the 4A State Championship for the 2nd year in a row.

 

The team was led by a championship performance from Brecken Bertie and Camdon Julian in the doubles bracket at T.H. Vaughn tennis courts in Winfield Saturday. Additionally, Kale Groff was runner-up in the singles bracket. This is the 5th state title in the IHS boys tennis program history.

Second Program Sweep for Nado this Week

 

Field Kindley High School Varsity and Junior Varsity baseball team's complete the program sweep for the second time this week.
The Varsity team came back from down eight runs to beat Cherryvale 9-8 and the JV team wins 14-4. Coming off a win against Baxter Springs, the Nado took on the Chargers for the third time this year. Cherryvale would strike first scoring seven runs in the second inning. The Nado would tie the game in the fourth inning, before Garrett Vannoster would knock in the go ahead run with a double in the bottom of the 5th.
Joseph Hernandez would pick up the victory for the Nado, pitching five and two-thirds innings, striking out nine and only allowing one run. The Nado scored their nine runs on nine hits with Mason Lochner and Vannoster both having a multiple hit game. 

Ravens Drop Game One of Round One

 

Coffeyville will need to win two games in a row if it wants to keep its season alive, following a 13-2 loss to Butler on Wednesday.

 

Yesterday's game was the first of a BO3 series, also the first round of the Region VI playoffs. Although Coffeyville lead 2-1 after 3 innings, the wheels seemed to come off in the 5th and 6th innings, when Butler would score 12 of their 13 runs. Starter Chat Hayes, who had given up just the 1 run to that point, was pulled after 5 innings of work, giving up 5 runs total. Relievers Alex Galvez, Jayden Quarles and Korey Aytes could do little to stop the bleeding, giving up the other 8 runs that Butler would need to force a run rule by the end of the 7th.

 

The Ravens remain in El Dorado for the next game in the series, but will need to win this one and a potential third game on Friday if it wants to keep playing. The winner of this series moves on to Manhattan, Kansas for the Region VI Championships.

 

 

Coots Hired as New Volleyball Coach

 

Field Kindley High School has hired a new volleyball coach. Coach Tyler Coots, who served as an assistant girl's basketball coach last year, says becoming a head coach at the high school level is a big step for him.

 

Coach Coots, who is heading into his second year at FKHS, says he got his coaching start in 2016 by creating an athletic program for a school district.

 

Coach Coots says his goal along with the girl's basketball and softball coach is to help build and grow the girl's programs. Coots joins a number of other Nado coaches who have been hired within the last four years including girls and boys basketball, football and soccer.

Nado Baseball Sweeps Baxter Springs

 

The Field Kindley junior varsity and varsity baseball teams complete the sweep of Baxter Springs.
The varsity team took the lead in the 6th and held on for the 2-1 victory and the JV walked off with a 6-5 victory. The pitching was strong on both sides, with the Nado's Greg Frazier striking out two and Baxter Springs pitchers striking out nine. Baxter Springs got on the board first scoring one in the second before the Nado tied things in the fifth inning.
Axel Erne gave the Nado the go ahead run in the bottom of the 6th. Joseph Hernandez led the Nado going two for three on the afternoon. Strong defense helped the Nado hold the Lions to just one run as they committed no errors. Alex DeAnda hit the walk off for the JV with a single to left field.

 

Cherryvale Hires New Football Coach

 

Cherryvale High School has hired a new football coach for the third time in three years. New Coach Daniel Vaughn says he has twelve years of coaching experience.

 

Coach Vaughn will be the seniors on the Chargers football team's fourth coach over their four years playing. He says he is trying to bring a positive message to the team coming into his first season.

 

Coach Vaughn says he knows how tough of a league they play in can be. He says he hopes to have that success the Chargers have seen in football before. Vaughn is also taking over as a strength and conditioning teacher at Cherryvale High School.

 

Ravens Baseball Ends Regular Season with Split at Fort Scott

 

Coffeyville baseball will hit the road for its first round matchup in the upcoming Region VI playoffs.

 

The Red Ravens split its season-ending series with the Fort Scott Greyhounds, dropping the first two games but turning things around and winning the final two.

 

All four games were played in Fort Scott due to field conditions at Walter Johnson Park. To secure a home playoff series, the Ravens needed to win at least three of those four. Coffeyville had put itself in position to at least give itself a chance to do so, carrying leads into the later innings during both games Friday. Unfortunately, a offensively-focused Greyhounds team was able to score runs in bunches, securing come-from-behind victories at 9-5 and 6-5.

 

Saturday, however, was a different story. The Ravens utilized great starting efforts from Christopher Spry and Kinson Michel to hold back a team that entered the weekend batting .360, giving up just 6 runs across both games. Meanwhile, the Coffeyville offense had just enough moments of its own to sneak by. Both games ended in favor of the Ravens, 3-1 and 9-5.

 

Although Coffeyville turned things around over the weekend, they'll still have to travel for the first round of the Region VI playoffs. As the 5-seed in the Jayhawk East, the team will be traveling to El Dorado, KS to take on Butler, the 4-seed in the Jayhawk West. The two teams will play a Best of 3 series, comprised of a single, 9-inning game on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday of this week. The winners of the first round will travel to Manhattan for the Region VI Championships.

 

 

 

Ravens Baseball vs. Butler Canceled

 

Today's Red Ravens baseball game against Butler has been canceled.

 

Due to field conditions, Butler has canceled today's game, which was set to take place at McDonald Stadium in El Dorado. This is the second time that this particular game has been affected by adverse weather, with the original date of March 22nd being pushed back as well.

 

The game will not be made up. Coffeyville will wrap up its regular season with double-headers on Thursday and Saturday against the Fort Scott Greyhounds.

Ravens Take Two Back From Neosho

 

The Coffeyville Red Ravens got their revenge Saturday, taking two games back from Neosho County on the road with finals scores of 8-5 and 11-4.

 

The first game was, for the most part, a back-and-forth affair. For every couple runs that Coffeyville managed to put across, Neosho were able to do the same the next inning. A small 2-0 lead in the 2nd was matched by a 2-run homerun in the 3rd. A 3-run homerun for Coffeyville's AJ Craft in the 4th was matched by 3 more Panther runs in the 5th. Fortunately, the Ravens were able to get the last laugh. Tied at 5 in the 6th inning, Coffeyville found RBIs on three consecutive at-bats; a single for Drew Cates, a single for Austin Gonzales, and finally, a groundout for Jackson Mannix added 3 runs. Ravens starter Christopher Spry went the distance again, shutting down Neosho in the bottom of the 7th to take the first game of the doubleheader.

 

Coffeyville bats continued to shine in the second game. Facing Neosho starter Dax Sharp, the Ravens batted around en route to rattling off 6 runs in the 2nd inning. After a scoreless 3rd and 4th, Coffeyville would add another 2 runs on a double by second baseman Quentin Platt. He'd finish with 4 total RBIs in the game, going 3-5 at the plate. Defensively, the Panthers found themselves unable to take advantage of their baserunners, a big difference from the rest of the series. Coffeyville starter Marcos Lopez worked himself out of several jams, keeping Neosho off the board and keeping the lead rather large. The Ravens added 3 more runs in the game's final few innings, giving Coffeyville an 11-4 victory and a the split of the series.

 

Coffeyville improves its record to 29-20, 13-15 in Jayhawk Conference play. They'll wrap up the regular season this week, with a trip to El Dorado (weather permitting) on Tuesday, a trip to Fort Scott on Thursday, then a home matchup on Saturday against that same Fort Scott team.

 

 

Coffeyville Drops Two to Neosho

 

The Coffeyville Red Ravens dropped its first two games against the Neosho County Panthers on Thursday, losing 9-4 in the first game and then 9-7 in the second.

 

The Ravens fell behind early in the first game and were never really able to recover. Starter Chat Hayes gave up 4 runs in just the first inning, and although Coffeyville was able to get 2 runs in the 3rd and 5th innings, Neosho was there to answer each time in the very next half inning. The Panthers scored the game's final three runs in the 6th and 7th innings to run away with the 9-4 victory.

 

Coffeyville put up more of a fight in the second contest of the afternoon, but still were forced to play catch up for a majority of the game. After falling behind 3-0, the Ravens scored 3 runs right back to start up a whole new ballgame by the top of the 5th. However, Neosho would blow the game open again with a 3-run homerun in the 6th, and added 3 more in the 7th on a bases-clearing double. Coffeyville got hits here and there, and even put themselves in a situation with the go-ahead run on base in the top of the 7th, but a double-play ended any hope of a comeback as they fell 9-7.

 

Coffeyville drops to 27-20 on the year. They'll get another chance at Neosho this Saturday, playing in Chanute.

Coffeyville Walks It Off Twice in Wins Over Barton

 

The Coffeyville Red Ravens would walk it off not just once, but twice to take two victories over the Barton Cougars, 5-4 and 10-9.

 

Things didn't look good for the Ravens at first. An RBI single and a solo homerun gave the Cougars a 2-0 lead after the top of the 3rd inning. Fortunately, Coffeyville was able to tie, and eventually surpass, Barton after scoring 2 of their own in the bottom half of that same inning, and then adding another in the 4th after an RBI double. The two teams traded a few more runs after that, but Coffeyville had a chance to end things in the 7th after forcing a ground-ball and potential double-play. However, an error sent the ball flying out of play, allowing the tying run to cross home plate and forcing a bottom of the 7th. The Ravens needed their first dose of heroics on the afternoon, and they got it from third baseman Quinton Carlberg. With the game-winning run standing just 90 feet away, he'd sent a line drive just over the head of the right fielder to bring the game to its end.

 

Reliever Alex Galvez earned the win for the Ravens, while Barton's Carson Cornelius took the loss after giving up the game-winning hit.

 

After the first 5 innings of the second game, you'd be forgiven if you thought Coffeyville would cruise to another victory. The Ravens broke through Barton starter David Stuart and reliever Bryan Bartels, sending 10 to the plate and scoring 5 runs in the bottom of the 5th to take a 9-4 lead. However, a win over a solid team like Barton never truly comes easy, with the Cougars immediately scoring 4 of those runs back in 6th and tying it back up at 9 in the 8th. For the second time, entering the bottom of the 9th, Coffeyville needed a hero to avoid extra innings. This time, they'd get it from pinch hitter Tyler Massey, entering the game to lead off. He'd need just 3 pitches to decide everything.

 

Korben Ford, usually a position player, earned his first win on the mound this season, striking out 4 in just under 2 innings of work. Barton's Hollis Huff went 3 innings before giving up the game-deciding homer, taking the loss.

 

Coffeyville is now 24-17 on the season, and get back to .500 in conference play at 13-13. The Cougars will look for revenge Saturday, as Coffeyville heads to Great Bend for the back half of the series. Those two games will not be broadcast, but we'll return to Walter Johnson Park next Thursday as the Ravens host Neosho.

Both Nado Track Teams Finish Second In Columbus

 

Field Kindley High School girl's and boy's track teams both finish second at the meet in Columbus. The Nado boys were one point away from first place. The Nado pulled off the sweep in the 400m and finished 1st and 2nd in the 100m.

 

Freshman Aaron Tunstall got his first varsity individual gold by winning the 100m. Nathan Barrett took first place in the two-mile. Nado track is back in action today competing in a 23-team meet in Fredonia.

Nado Varsity and JV Sweep the Bluestreaks

 

Field Kindley baseball secures the sweep of Neodesha with a varsity win of 21-13 and a JV win of 8-5.

 

Garrett Vannoster was dialed in at the plate tallying four hits in the win.  The Nado grabbed an early lead with a single by Mason Lochner and a single by Joseph Hernandez in the second inning.  Two more runs in the second inning helped the Nado pull away.  Hernandez was credited with the victory going three and two-thirds innings, allowing six runs on nine hits and striking out six. Jeremiah Elrod, Greg Frazier, Lochner, and Ty Wintjen all pitched in relief. 

 

Field Kindley tallied 16 hits in the game. Vannoster, Frazier, Hernandez, Lochner, and McGlothlin each had multiple hits.  The Nado had 14 stolen bases as a team led by Joseph Neuenschwander with four.

Coffeyville Takes Two More Wins From OKWU JV

 

The Coffeyville Red Ravens took a break from conference play Monday, defeating Oklahoma Wesleyan's JV team 6-0 and 3-2 in two 7-inning contests.

 

The Ravens used Monday as an opportunity to get plenty of players involved, and that was most apparent on the mound. Coffeyville used 6 pitchers in the first game and 5 more in the second, with only Aaron Geisler (Game 1), Korey Aytes and Carlos Lopez (Game 2) going more than 1 inning. The committee approach to pitching worked for the most part through the first contest, with the Eagles occasionally threatening but never following through base hits. Meanwhile, Coffeyville used a 5-run 4th inning to jump ahead, taking a 6-0 lead that proved to be enough to cruise to a rather comfortable win.

 

Coffeyville also used an entirely new lineup for the second game, giving a rest to lineup stalwarts such as Orlando Gonzalez and Austin Gonzales. The offensive production, as a result, took a slight hit, but the Ravens still found enough to get by. Hunter Peacock tied things at 1 with a sacrifice fly in the 2nd inning, and after the Eagles retook the lead in the top of the 4th, a clutch 2-RBI single from Kolby Adams in the 5th put the Ravens ahead for good. Alex Galvez, the 11th and final pitcher for Coffeyville on the day, got the final three outs in the top of the 7th to give the Ravens the season sweep.

 

Coffeyville has improved its season record to 22-17. They'll return to conference play this Thursday, hosting the Barton Cougars.

Coffeyville Splits Season Series with Allen County

The Coffeyville Red Ravens split its season series with Allen County after going 1-1 again on Saturday.

 

Coffeyville had its offense clicking early in the first contest. In the bottom of the 1st, Austin Gonzales crushed a ball to right field that brought leadoff hitter Orlando Gonzalez around for an early 1-0 lead. Austin Gonzales would pick up another RBI on a groundout in the 3rd inning, but unfortunately, Coffeyville’s offensive production would come to a halt past that point.  Meanwhile, Allen County finally started to get things going themselves. A fielder’s choice put 1 on the board in the 5th, and the Red Devils tied things up in what could have been the game-deciding top of the 7th with an RBI double for Nate Bach.

 

The game headed into extra innings, but only the 8th inning was needed. Allen County’s Christian Altamirano, the ninth hitter in the lineup, hit another RBI double to give the Red Devils the go-ahead, and eventually, game-winning run. The Ravens dropped the first contest, 3-2. Christopher Spry pitched another complete game for Coffeyville but took the loss. Allen County’s Brett Buchanan also went the full 8 innings, getting the win.

 

The second contest of the day saw Coffeyville struggle to get anything going against Red Devils ace Josh Fluet. After giving up a run in the top of the 1st, Coffeyville themselves were able to at least plate a run in the bottom half on what proved to be a rather controversial interference call. However, the Allen County starter largely befuddled the Red Ravens hitters, striking out 9 in just over 5 innings of work.

 

After walking 2 in the 6th, Fluet was pulled for a fresh arm, and Coffeyville took advantage. Jackson Mannix sent a fly ball out to deep right field that brought home the go-ahead runner from 3rd, and the Ravens would pull off a double steal that sent another across. Scoring 2 runs proved to be just enough for Coffeyville, as the Red Devils brought the game back to 1 after a sacrifice fly of their own brought a runner home. Coffeyville reliever Jayden Quarles would settle down enough, however, to finish things off and give the Red Ravens the 3-2 win.

 

The Red Ravens are now 20-17 on the season. They’ll take a step back from conference play today, taking on the Oklahoma Wesleyan Junior Varsity.

Nado Baseball Coaches to Host Coaching Clinic

 

The Field Kindley High School baseball coaches are holding a coaching clinic for youth baseball coaches and parents.

 

The clinic is free and will be on April 30th at 2:00pm at Doss Field at LeClere Park. Nado Coach Will Owens says they will cover a variety of topics including goals for youth baseball, offensive and defensive philosophy, structures for practicing as well as other developmental topics. There will also be a question and answer period. Coach Owens says any and all influencers of young baseball players are invited.

Strickland Sets 100 Meter Hurdle Record

 

A track and field record has been broken at Field Kindley High School.

 

Junior Makayla Strickland has set the new record for the 100-meter hurdle. Strickland set the record with a time of 16.09 beating the previous record of 16.34 in 1995. The record was set at the Montgomery County track meet in Independence.

 

Track Coach Jeremy Neuenschwander says Strickland overcame a pretty bad crash from the week before and came back more determined. He says she responds well to coaching and has put forth a tremendous amount of effort along with her great ability to get better.

Red Ravens Splits Two with Allen County

 

Coffeyville split the first two games of its series with Allen County on Thursday, dropping the first game 10-6 but taking the second 10-7.

 

Ravens starting pitcher Chat Hayes had a slow start to Game 1, giving up 5 runs on 4 hits. He'd calm down after the 1st, keeping the Red Devils largely under wraps, and even giving Coffeyville time to slowly crawl its way back into the game. Jackson Mannix tied things up for the Red Ravens in the 5th inning on a 2RBI single, and Tanner Graves would put the team on top with an RBI single the very next inning, but the 6-5 lead was to be short-lived. Allen County scored another 5 runs in the bottom half of that 6th inning, and with Coffeyville unable to respond in the 7th, the game ended with a 10-6 Red Devil victory.

 

The second game also saw the Ravens come out of the gate rather slowly, as Allen County jumped out to a 4-0 lead after 3 innings. Brady Claypool brought Coffeyville back within 3 with an RBI triple in the 4th, but it was the 8th inning that truly saw the Ravens finally start to soar. Starting out trailing 4-1, Coffeyville sent 13 batters to the plate, driving in 9 runs on 7 hits to take a 10-4 lead heading into the final inning. A last-ditch Red Devil comeback effort fell short, with the Red Ravens getting their revenge for the earlier loss at 10-7.

 

Coffeyville is now 19-16 for the season. The team returns to Walter Johnson Park on Saturday, playing host to the same Red Devils squad.

Former Red Raven Recognized by NJCAA

 

A former Coffeyville Community College Red Ravens track star is recognized by the NJCAA.

 

Olympian Andre De Grasse has been awarded the 2022 NJCAA Achievement Award. This award recognizes superior athletic success and is presented to a former NJCAA student-athlete that has displayed outstanding ability in national, professional, Olympic, or international competition while also displaying excellent ethical character.

 

De Grasse, who is a five-time NJCAA National Champion for the Red Ravens, made noise for Canada with a gold medal in the 200m and a bronze finish in the 100m at the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympic. De Grasse's gold medal was Canada's first gold in track since 1996.

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