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Murray Receives NJCAA All-American Honors


 

For the third straight season, Coffeyville Community College has placed a player on an NJCAA All-American Team. This time around, it was sophomore forward Meikkel Murray receiving the honor, being named to the NJCAA Second Team All-American squad. 

 

Murray averaged 16.7 points and 7.4 rebounds per game this season for the Red Ravens, and recorded an incredible 1091 minutes on the floor. That total is good for the fifth-highest among all players in the NJCAA.

 

Murray has received several awards this season, including the 2020 KJCCC Player of the Year and the 2020 Region VI Tournament Most Outstanding Player. 

 

The other two All-American Red Ravens in the last two years were Tevin Brewer and TJ Washington. The Red Ravens last earned the 15-seed in the NJCAA Men's Division I Basketball tournament before it was canceled. 

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K-State Loses another Guard to Transfer


 

Another Kansas State men's basketball player is heading to the transfer portal. 

 

After Cartier Diarra announced his intent to transfer last week, this week its David Sloan. Sloan played his only season with the Wildcats this past season and was the sixth leading scorer averaging over five points per game. 

 

The move might have had something to do with K-State landing JUCO PG Rudi Williams on Sunday. 

 

The departure of Sloan means that head coach Bruce Weber will have eight new scholorship players on the squad for next season. 

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Sammy Watkins Re-Signs with Chiefs


 

The Kansas City Chiefs are re-signing WR Sammy Watkins to a one-year deal with a base salary of $9 million. 

 

The number could increase close to $16 million with incentives. 

 

The deal comes after KC resigned Demarcus Robinson to a one year deal and now the core group at WR will run it back for 2021. 

 

Watkins is taking a pay cut to stay in KC for the upcoming season as the move will give the Chiefs $5 million in cap space. 

 

Up next, can the Chiefs re-sign DL Chris Jones? 

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Former K-State Guard Selects Virginia Tech


 

Former K-State guard Cartier Diarra announced that he will transfer to Virginia Tech. 

 

Diarra was recruited by former K-State assistant coach and current Virginia Tech assistant Chester Frazier. During his junior season for the Wildcats, Diarra averaged over 13 points and four assists per game. 

 

There is a wait for Diarra as he put his name in the NBA draft to get feedback from the league but if he does decide to go back to school then he will head to Virginia Tech to play for the Hokies. 

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Demarcus Robinson Agrees to One-Year Deal With Chiefs


 

Chiefs wide receiver Demarcus Robinson has agreed to re-sign with Kansas City on a one-year contract.

 

Robinson saw his production increase yet again in 2019, gathering 32 receptions and 449 receiving yards. Mostly seeing work in three and four-wide receiver sets, Robinson was mostly known for his big game in Week 2 against the Oakland Raiders. He caught 6 passes for 172 yards, and found the end zone twice.

 

Robinson will turn 26 in September, and was a fourth-round selection for the team out of the University of Florida.

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Chiefs Re-Sign Sherman, Pennell


 

The Kansas City Chiefs might be very cap limited at the moment, but the team is still making moves to improve the roster for 2020. The team announced Wednesday it had resigned defensive lineman Mike Pennell and fullback Anthony Sherman to one-year deals.

 

Sherman has been a fan-favorite for the team and his entering his eighth season with the team. While his production and usage in the offense has dropped in recent years, he remains a key player on several packages and on special teams.

 

Pennell was a recent find for Kansas City, signing with the team midway through the 2019 season. He helped bolster a run defense that at the time was struggling heavily. In the Super Bowl, Pennell made a key play to secure the championship with his hit on 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garappolo, forcing the game-clinching interception.

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Chiefs to Sign Jordan Ta'amu from XFL


 

The Kansas City Chiefs have come to terms with quarterback Jordan Ta'amu, one of the emerging stars of the upstart XFL league. Ta'amu was one of the premier QBs of the league, completing 72% of his passes and crossing the 1,000-yard mark during the shortened season. He threw for 12 touchdowns and was only picked off twice.

 

Ta'amu will be expected to compete for the backup role behind Patrick Mahomes. The Chiefs also recently signed Chad Henne to a two-year deal.

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NJCAA Cancels Spring Sports and Basketball Tournament


 

There will be no continuation of the spring sports season, as the NJCAA made the decision on Monday to cancel all events moving forward due to the recent COVID-19 outbreak.

 

All spring sports will be canceled for the rest of the year, including baseball and softball. Also affected due to the decision was the cancelation of the NJCAA National Basketball Tournament, in which the Coffeyville men's basketball team was set to compete. Head coach Jay Herkelman said the decision was expected, but the team was still ready to play. Herkelman said the next step is for some of the guys to figure out their future, whether that will mean playing for a different team or finishing their school year.

 

Due to the decision, there will be no more broadcasts of CCC baseball on Star 98.9, KQQF. Stay tuned for more updates as we get them.

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Chiefs Free Agency Update


 

The NFL Free Agency period continues with big moves being made across the league despite the spread of the Coronavirus. 

 

Notable Chiefs moves: 

 

- Placed the Non-Exclusive Franchise Tag on DT Chris Jones 

 

- Exercised options on both RB Damien Williams and LB Damien Wilson

 

- Chiefs lose CB Kendal Fuller as he signs with Wasington on a 4-year deal worth roughly $40 million

 

 

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Coffeyville Baseball Defeats Neosho County Twice


 

The Coffeyville baseball team ended the March portion of its season with a sweep of Neosho County on Thursday.

 

Game 1 saw Coffeyville fall behind early after a 3-run homerun from the Panthers' Drew Miller. Neosho would only continue to add to the lead, eventually increasing said lead to 7-1 after the fourth. However, Coffeyville would chip into the lead, picking up runs here and there to get back to within two runs at 7-5. A costly error would let Neosho add two more runs before the bottom of the seventh, but things would turn around from there for the Ravens. The Panthers feel apart defensively, picking up 5 errors across two innings. These errors would allow Coffeyville to get back within two once again. Coffeyville needed a hero, and with two on, Edsael Torres would step up to take that mantle with a 2RBI double off the right field fence to tie the game. However, the Red Ravens were not content with extra innings. The next batter, Jackson Wilcox, would put a fastball over the head of the Neosho third-baseman to bring Torres home and win the game at 10-9.

 

Game 2 was much less intense, with the Coffeyville pitchers once again picking up steam. Starting pitcher Frank Peterson provided quality innings, allowing only 1 run and 3 hits. Although reliever Tayler Mahoney would run into a spot of trouble, Alex Galvez would step in to inherit the bases-loaded, nobody-out jam. Galvez would pick up a fielder's choice and two strikeouts to get Coffeyville out of the inning scot-free. With the future of the 2020 season in doubt, head coach Jake Martin would put in his planned Saturday starter Chat Hayes in a special relief appearance for the final two innings to hold onto the 5-1 lead. Hayes would perform up to par as well, striking out 5 to secure the 5-1 victory.

 

Coffeyville improves to 8-11 on the season and 4-2 in the Jayhawk Conference. Because of concerns over the spread of COVID-19, this will be the last baseball game held until at least April 1st. We will continue to give updates on the situation as we get them.

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KJCCC To Cancel Contests Until April 1


 

The Kansas Jayhawk Conference just released this statement on their website and social medias:

 

"Based on the latest developments and the continued spread of the Coronavirus, the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference, with support from the conference President's Council, announces the cancellation of all regular season competition for all teams, effective Friday, March 13 through April 1.  This time will allow everyone to assess the current situation and plan accordingly.  Member colleges and the media will be kept updated through this time as we navigate through this."

 

That will put a tempory pause on CCC baseball broadcasts on Star 98.9 KQQF, we will continue to update you as we get in new information.

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NJCAA Postpones National Basketball Championship Tournament


 

 

Due to concerns over COVID-19 the NJCAA has postponed the National Basketball Tournament that the Coffeyville Community College Red Ravens Men’s Basketball team is scheduled to compete in. The Ravens were set to begin play Monday afternoon against South Plains, Texas in a first-round matchup. Head Coach Jay Herkleman says with everything going on in the rest of college basketball and the NBA this is something he expected.

 

Herkleman says the plan is for a tentative start date of April 20 for the tournament, and if they do end up playing it will be over a month in between games which presents its own challenges.  In addition to the D1 Men’s tournament, officials have also postponed the D1 Women’s, and D2 Men’s and Women’s tournaments. According to the NJCAA President and CEO Dr. Christopher Parker the NJCAA will continue to monitor the situation.

 

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KU Cancels Athletic Travel


 

The Big 12 announced earlier today that they have canceled the Big 12 Men's Basketball Tournament. Hours later the University of Kansas has announced that they have canceled all athletic travel indefinitely due to concerns regarding COVID-19. Athletic Director Jeff Long, in a statement released on KU Athletics Twitter account, says the highest priority at KU is to ensure the safety and well-being of the student-athletes, coaches and staff.

 

KU joins Duke in canceling their athletics travel. The KU men's basketball team was likely going to be the number 1 overall seed in NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament, which the NCAA has now cancelled.  KU will finish as the number 1 team in men's college basketball.

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Big 12 Basketball Tournament Cancelled


 

The Big 12 Tournament in Kansas City has been canceled as concerns continue to mount over the spread of COVID-19 in the country. The league is following SEC and the Big Ten who also cancelled their tournaments on Thursday.

 

The Big 12 had previously said they would limit attendance at the games, which were set to continue through Saturday. The NCAA on Wednesday also announced that attendance would be limited at the upcoming tournaments, set to begin next week.

 

Mayor Quinton Lucas issued a state of emergency for the city on Thursday morning, banning events of more than 1,000 people for at least the next 21 days. 

 

All of this comes on the heels of the NBA suspending their season on Wednesday night after the Oklahoma City / Utah game was cancelled due to Utah star Rudy Gobert testing positive to COVID-19 coronavirus.  Major League Baseball, MLS and the NHL followed suit on Thursday. As of Thursday, all state basketball tournament games in Kansas are still on according to KSHSAA with the remaining two days undetermined.

 

In Oklahoma, the OSSAA has postponed all their state basketball tournaments.

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Two Lady Nados Named to All SEK Team


 

The 2019-2020 Southeast Kansas All-League Teams have been announced. Two Field Kindley Girls basketball players made the all-league second team. Head Girls Basketball Coach Anita Walker says she's proud of both Addyson Peck and Kylie Speer.

 

Peck, who averaged a double double on the season with 12 points and 10 rebounds, says it was an honor to be named to the team.  Speer, who averaged 10 points a game and made over 40 3s on the season, says it's cool when the other coaches recognize the hard work they put in

 

Coach Walker, Speer and Peck all said they're excited for next year and are ready to improve even more. Coach Walker will head into her second year as the head coach and both Speer and Peck will be seniors.

 

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CCC's Fall Picks Up Shot Put National Title


 

 

Coffeyville's Indoor Track & Field Team recently competed this past weekend at the NJCAA National Indoor Championships in Lynchburg, Virginia, with one Red Raven picking up a national championship.

 

Mustafa Fall, who hails from Suva, Fiji, won the national title in the shot put event. He set a school record and Fiji-record with a toss of 18.35 meters, or just over 60 feet. His winning toss came on the fifth of his six attempts.

 

Fall also defeated Cloud County's Courtney Lawrence and Barton County's Fred Moudani, as well as his teammate Dennis Ohene-Adu en route to the title.

 

The Coffeyville men's team earned a 7th place finish overall, with a team score of 33 points. The women's team earned a 13th place finish with 13 points.

 

 

*Photo Courtesy of CCC*

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CCC Bus to National Tournament


 

Coffeyville Community College will have one charter bus available for the Monday and Tuesday games at the NJCAA National Tournament in Hutchinson. There are around 18 spots open for fans. The cost is $25 per person, not including tickets and food. Everyone will need to meet at the bus at the Nellis Hall parking lot. Make sure to arrive and check in 15 minutes before scheduled time to leave.

 

To make reservations for the bus for Monday, please email Jana Kastler at kastler.jana@coffeyville.edu or you may call her at 620-252-7029. Reservations are due by noon this Friday. The bus will leave Monday at 9:30am for the game at 2:00pm. If they win on Monday you can make reservations for the bus for Tuesday by emailing Jessi Wallis at wallis.jessica@coffeyville.edu. Reservations are due by 10:00 am on Tuesday, 3/17. The Tuesday bus will leave at 1:00pm for the game at 6:30pm.

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CCC Lands the 15 Seed in Tournament


 

It's Selection Monday for the NJCAA Men's Basketball Tournament and three Region 6 teams will compete for the title.  The Coffeyville Community College Red Ravens land the 15 seed as the champion representing Region 6 and they will face the 18 seed South Plains in the first round matchup on Monday, March 16th at 2:00pm on KUSN 98.1.  If they win they will face the 2 seed Indian Hills who CCC faced earlier this season on the road losing 70-68.

 

Two other Region 6 teams received at large bids.  Colby is the highest seeded Region 6 team at the 11 seed and they will face the 22 seed Monroe.  Colby finished with a 27-5 record and lost in the semi finals of the Region 6 Tournament to Butler.  Cowley lands the 19 seed and will face the 14 seed Murray State.  Cowley finished with a 26-6 record losing to Coffeyville in the semifinals.  Region 6 runner-up Butler did not make the national tournament.

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K-State Preps for Big 12 Tourney


 

The Kansas State men's basketball team preps for the Big 12 tournament which takes place this week at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, MO. 

 

The Wildcats (10-21, 3-15) picked up their first win in over a month as they won the season finale on Saturday at home against Iowa State, 79-63 behind 31 points from senior Xavier Sneed. 

 

K-State is the 10-seed and will play 7-seed TCU on Wednesday night in the second game of the evening. The first game up will be the 8/9 game between Oklahoma State and Iowa State. 

 

Tip off on Wednesday night is scheduled for 8:00 PM with coverage on 690 AM KGGF beginning at 7:00 PM. 

 

The winner of K-State and TCU will play Thursday against 2-seed and 4th ranked Baylor. 

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Coffeyville Baseball Splits Doubleheader Against Highland


 

Coffeyville bounced back from a disappointing 19-7 loss against Highland Community College to split the doubleheader with an 8-3 victory on Saturday.

 

The Red Ravens actually did hold the lead at the beginning of the first game, picking up four runs in the bottom of the second. However, with starting pitcher Chat Hayes on a strict pitch count and needing to come out of the game in the fifth inning, the bullpen would have to try to hold on the lead. Unfortunately for Coffeyville, Highland would pick up the momentum they needed, ripping off a massive 11-run sixth inning that blew the game open. The Scotties would add three more in the seventh, and although Trey McClelland would blast a home run over the left field fence in the bottom half of the inning, it would ultimately mean nothing in the final scoreline.

 

Coffeyville turned things around for the second game. Zack Cushing, making his first start since joining the starting rotation, was absolutely dominant on the mound. Cushing recorded 12 strikeouts in just under six innings of work, and put Coffeyville in a good position to hold onto the lead the rest of the way. The bullpen would also hold a lot stronger this time around as well, with Alex Galvez recording three strikeouts for himself and Tayler Mahoney racking up four as well. Offensively, Coffeyville saw good production from Quinton Carlberg, who went 3-4 with 2 doubles, 2 RBIs, and 2 stolen bases.

 

Following the split doubleheader, Coffeyville sits at 6-11 on the season and 2-2 in the Jayhawk Conference. The Red Ravens will stay at home for their next matchup against Neosho County on Thursday. First pitch for the first game will start at 1 pm, with Connor Harbit on the call on Star 98.9, KQQF.

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CV Season Ends with Loss to Collegiate


 

The Caney Valley Bullpups basketball season came to an end on Thursday night with a 69-59 loss against Wichita Collegiate in Cheney in a Class 3A Sub State Semi-Final game. 

 

The Bullpups close the season with their 10 game winning streak snapped as they finish with an overall record of 16-6. Caney Valley fought throughout the entire game against the #3 ranked team in Class 3A. The game was tied at 15 at the end of the first quarter while Collegiate (19-3) held a 33-29 lead at halftime. 

 

Caney Valley didn't see a lead the rest of the game but stayed close throughout the second half before Collegiate made some clutch shots and free throws down the stretch to hold off a late Bullpups rally. 

 

Trey Richie led the way for Caney Valley with 21 points and 14 rebounds while Jace Kaminska added 13 and Kaehl Smith and DaRon Davis provided 10 points each. 

 

Collegiate was led in scoring by 4-star sophomore recruit Gradey Dick with 24 points and Charlie Goree had 18 points on six made three pointers. 

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K-State Falls Short at OSU


 

The Kansas State men's basketball team fell short on Wednesday night at Oklahoma State, 69-63. 

 

The Cowboys (16-14, 6-11) were led in scoring by Cameron McGriff who scored 14 points. OSU tallied seven players with at least seven or more points as they sweep the two game season series from K-State. 

 

The Wildcats (9-21, 2-15) have now lost 10 straight games and haven't won since late January. K-State went 1-10 on the road this season and will finish 0-9 in Big 12 play. Its the first time going winless on the road in conference play since 2003. 

 

K-State will wrap up the regular season at home on Saturday against Iowa State with a 3:00 PM tip time in Manhattan. That game can be heard on 690 AM KGGF. 

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Pitt State AD Honored


 

Pittsburg State University Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Jim Johnson has been selected as one of 28 recipients of the 2019-20 Under Armour Athletic Directors of the Year. The award is administered by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics. Johnson was one of four NCAA Division II administrators to be honored with the prestigious award. This marks the second time in his tenure Johnson has been named Under Armour Athletics Director of the Year by NACDA, after receiving the prestigious honor in 2013-14.

 

As athletics director, Johnson provides leadership and support for the Gorillas' 12 varsity intercollegiate sports programs as well as the department's more than 50 full-time and part-time administrative and coaching staff members.

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Much Improved Lady Nado Season Comes to End


 

The Field Kindley Girls Basketball season comes to an end in the first round of Substate with at 60-19 loss against the Eudora Cardinals.  Eudora had two girls in double digits with 21 from Sophmore Harper Schreiner and 12 from Senior Riley Hiebert.  The Lady Nado would get 14 from Kylee Speer.

 

It was a season of firsts for the first year Head Coach Anita Walker and this Lady Nado basketball team.  They picked up their first win in league play since the 15-16 season beating Parsons.  They won their first road league game since 15-16 with a win over Pittsburg.  They beat Independence for the first time since the 13-14 season.  They won more games this year than the last three seasons combined.

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Cheer Team Holding Showcase Event


 

Two days before its competition in Great Bend, the Coffeyville Red Ravens cheer team will hold a showcase for the community. The team will "show off" its routine at the Boys and Girls club on March 6th at 6 p.m. Admission is free, with the doors opening 15 minutes before start.

 

The routine is about 2 minutes long. 

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