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De Grasse Follows Up With Olympic Gold

 

After winning a bronze medal a few days ago, a former Red Raven sprinter has captured Olympic gold.

 

Canadian Andre De Grasse posted a time of 19.62 seconds, beating his personal record and winning his first-ever Olympic gold medal. He is also the first Canadian to win the gold in the 200m since 1928.

 

De Grasse attended CCC in 2013 and 2014 before moving on to USC. Two Americans also finished on the podium; Kenneth Bednarek won silver with a time of 19.68 seconds, while Noah Lyles won bronze with a time of 19.74 seconds.

Former Red Raven Sprinter Earns Bronze At Olympics

 

A former member of the Coffeyville Red Raven track team has earned himself an Olympic medal.

 

Andre De Grasse, who competed for the Ravens in 2013 and 2014, won the bronze medal for Canada in the 100 meter sprint. He finished with a time of 9.89 seconds.

 

Lamont Michael Jacobs of Italy won the gold, while the USA's Fred Kerley won the silver medal.

ICC Pirates Football Preview

 

For the first time in three seasons, the Independence Community College football team will have a returning head coach. The Pirates were 5-2 last season and are just two seasons removed from winning the conference championship. Coach Jason Martin says the strength of their team is their experience.

 

Coach Martin says with the return of the playoffs it's going to be important to stay healthy and have depth at the end of the season. He says there are two conference races this year the regular season and the playoff season.

 

Red Ravens 2021 Preview

 

The Coffeyville Community College football team is coming off a 3-3 season after playing the 2020 season during the spring of 2021. Players and coaches will have to be ready as the season kicks off September 4th, just over three months after the last season ended. Coach Jeff Leiker says they want to get back the Red Ravens championship mentality.

 

Coach Leiker says some of the strengths of the team right now include the offensive line and defense. One of the weaknesses he says is right now they don't have anyone proven at the quarterback position. The Red Ravens open up the season at home against Hutchinson.

 

Pirates Picked 3rd and Ravens Picked 5th in KJCCC

 

The Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference held its annual Football Media Day at Riverfront Stadium in Wichita. Media days started off with the release of the projected finish of each team in the conference voted on by the coaches.

 

Hutchinson as the defending national champions were picked to finish first followed by Garden City. Independence coming off a 5-2 season were picked third and Butler fourth. For the second straight season Coffeyville was picked to finish fifth. Dodge City was picked sixth, Highland seventh and Fort Scott eighth.

Change in CCC Football Schedule

 

There has been a change to the Coffeyville Community College football schedule. Originally, the Red Ravens had five home games on their schedule, including the season's final game against Independence. The game against the Pirates has been switched to a road game and will be played at Shulthis Stadium.

 

Despite the change, the Ravens still have a favorable road schedule with games at Butler, Fort Scott and now Independence. The home schedule for the Ravens includes Hutchinson, Dodge City, Garden City and Highland. The four home matchups have kick-offs at 7:00pm with the away games are still to be determined.

 

Media days for the Jayhawk Conference are tomorrow at noon.

FKHS Hires Owens as Next Baseball Coach

 

Field Kindley High School has hired its new baseball coach.

 

Will Owens will take over at the helm of the Golden Nado program starting with the 2022 season. Owens joins the program after two years at nearby Chetopa High School, where he lost one season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Owens is a graduate of Labette County High School and also attended Coffeyville Community College.

Nado Spirit Squad Have Successful Summer Camp

 

It was a successful summer camp for the Field Kindley Golden Tornado spirit squad.

 

The Golden Gales dance team ended camp with all blue ribbons for the second straight year, had 5 out of 5 All-Americans also for the second straight year, had the Drill Down Queen winner for the third straight year and the Pin it Forward award winners.

 

The cheer squad was 2nd place on the camp routine and 1st on the game day championship. There were three All-Americans, Seniors Heaven Mims and Kloey Rash and Junior Jayden Camp. Mims and Camp were also pin it forward award winners.

 

Final Montgomery County Baseball Games Canceled

 

Montgomery County's 2021 season has come to an end.

 

Tuesday's games against Winfield have been canceled, forcing an abrupt end to the Cardinals' season. The team was slated to play Moran on Thursday, but those games were canceled late last week for the same reason.

 

Montgomery County finishes at 8-12 on the season, batting .296 as a team and holding a team ERA of 5.81. You can relisten to all broadcasts of the 2021 season on our sports on-demand page.

Montgomery County Drops Both to Iola

 

Montgomery County found the offense hard to come by Tuesday, dropping both its games to Iola 6-3 and 10-4.

 

The first game featured an intense pitching duel between Cardinals starter Ryan Leiker and Iola starter Bradyn Cole. Neither pitcher allowed a single run to cross for the first three innings of play. That changed in the top of the fourth when the Cardinals used two hits and three Iola errors to push across three runs. Leading 3-0 into the bottom of the sixth, Montgomery County needed just six outs to close out the game. However, Leiker and the rest of the team finally ran out of steam, allowing six hits and six runs to fall behind at 6-3. Montgomery County went down in order in the seventh, dropping the first game of the doubleheader.

 

The Cardinals struck fast in the second contest. After a strikeout to begin the game, starting pitcher Ryan Powell got himself aboard with a double. Leiker, fresh off his pitching performance, then sent a two-run home run over the left-field fence. Unfortunately, that was all Montgomery County could muster for most of the game, while Iola would finally break through Powell on the mound in the third. The Indians pushed six runs across and added three more in the fourth off of Powell and relief pitcher Easton O'Kane. The Cardinals did add two more runs in the top of the fifth, but it was too little too late, the game being called after five innings at 10-4.

 

Montgomery County drops to 8-12 on the season. They'll be in action next this Thursday, coming back to Coffeyville to take on Pittsburg. The first pitch is scheduled for 6 pm and can be heard on Sonshine 98.9, KQQF.

Jayhawk Conference Adds Post Season Tournament

 

The Coffeyville Community College football schedule for the 2021 season has been announced. The Red Ravens have a favorable schedule with 5 of their 7 games at home and the two road games at Butler and Fort Scott. Much like the spring season, there won't be any Iowa schools on their schedule and no out-of-conference opponents either.

 

The Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference is adding back a three-week conference tournament that starts November 6th. The Ravens open up the season at home against Hutchinson on September 4th, their bye week is September 19th and they end the season at home on October 30th against Independence. The full schedule can be seen below.

 

The 2021 Red Raven Football Schedule

Sept 4th        Hutchinson    7:00 - Home
Sept 11th      Dodge City     7:00 - Home
Sept 25th      Highland        7:00 - Home
Oct 2nd        Butler             7:00 - Away
Oct 16th       Fort Scott        TBA - Away
Oct 23rd       Garden City    7:00 - Home
Oct 30th       Independence 7:00 - Home
Nov 6th        KJCCC First Round (Higher Seed Hosts)
Nov 13th      KJCCC Semifinal (Higher Seed Hosts)
Nov 20th      KJCCC Championship (Higher Seed Hosts)

Thursday's MoCo Baseball Games Canceled

 

We'll go without Montgomery County Cardinals baseball this week, as Thursday's planned contests against Nowata have been canceled due to field conditions.

 

The Cardinals, still 8-10 on the season, will have to wait until next week to attempt to return to .500 on the season. The team will next be in action on July 6th, taking on Iola. Montgomery County and Iola split the first doubleheader between the two teams. You can catch that broadcast on Sonshine 98.9, KQQF at 6 pm.

 

MoCo Baseball Games Canceled for Tuesday

 

Due to the weather, there will be no Montgomery County baseball this Tuesday on Sonshine 98.9, KQQF.

 

The Cardinals were due to take on the Bartlesville Braves, the JV roster of the Bartlesville Indians. With the weather uncertain for the rest of the week, make sure to stay tuned to both the web and on the air for further updates regarding the schedule.

 

Montgomery County will potentially next take the field this Thursday, playing Nowata for the third time in three weeks. The Cardinals have won the season series, taking the first four of the planned six meetings between the two teams.

Cardinals Suffer Setbacks in Losses to Bartlesville

 

Montgomery County was simply overwhelmed at the plate, dropping both its contests to Bartlesville 20-1 and 4-1 on Thursday.

 

The first inning of the first game previewed what was yet to come. Bartlesville's Braden Winters sent a massive, first pitch homerun over the center field fence, giving the Indians a lead they would never lose. Montgomery County would gather a run in the very next half inning, an RBI single for Hunter Watson, but that was all they could muster for the game. Bartlesville would be held scoreless in the second, but picked up three more in the third. Finally, the bottom of the fourth inning saw the Indians rack up a 14-run inning, ending the contest at 20-1.

 

The second game saw several changes to the Bartlesville lineup, and the Cardinals had a much better chance at keeping it close. Starting pitcher Ryan Leiker went the distance, throwing 98 pitches and for the most part letting his defense take care of him. The Cardinals gave up the first run, but matched that in the top of the third by trading a double play for one of their own. The tie wouldn't last long, though, as two throwing errors sent two Indians home, a lead that would become only bigger the very next inning. Both teams would go cold again after that, with Montgomery County going 1-2-3 in the top of the seventh to close things out at 4-1.

 

The Cardinals are now 8-10 on the season, and will get a crack at the Bartlesville Braves next Tuesday. That game will be played in Coffeyville, but can be heard on Sonshine 98.9, KQQF. First pitch will be thrown at 6 pm.

Montgomery County Back to .500 After Victories Over Nowata

 

Montgomery County extended its winning streak to 4 games, defeating Nowata 8-0 and 11-3 on Tuesday.

 

Game 1 got off to a slow start, with neither team able to gather more than a couple of baserunners. That pattern would continue until the top of the third, but center fielder Ryan Leiker sent a moonshot out toward left field that broke open the scoring and gave the Cardinals a 3-0 advantage. That was all the scoring that Montgomery County was able to pick up at that moment, but the team's biggest inning came in the fifth. Five runners crossed home plate, pushing the Cardinal lead out to 8 and sealing the deal. On the mound, Mason Seigel went the distance, pitching all five innings and striking out seven Nowata batters. 

 

Game 2 again saw Montgomery County break things open in the top of the third, but instead of a home run, the team used a couple of Nowata errors to start a one-out, four-hit rally that brought four runners home. That'd be all the scoring until the fifth, when the Cardinals once again used Nowata mistakes. This time, however, they'd push things even further with an 11-batter parade that scored 7 runs and brought the score to 11-0. Nowata would score its first runs of the evening in the bottom half of the fifth, but it was too little, too late. The game was called after five innings at 11-3. Matthew Whitson, Davis Merrick and Easton O'Kane combined for the winning effort on the mound, giving up just four hits.

 

Montgomery County has brought their record back to .500 on the season, now sitting at 8-8. The team will be back in action next Thursday, heading into a rematch with Bartlesville. The action will start at 6 pm and can be heard on Sonshine 98.9, KQQF.

Plenty of Runs Score in Sweep Over Moran

 

The runs came across in bunches for the Montgomery County Cardinals, as they picked up a two-game sweep of Moran, 15-2 and 17-9, on Thursday.

 

The first game saw Moran jump out to a quick 2-0 lead, but that was about it for the Wildcats. Wild pitches, errors, and just good old-fashioned hitting would see the Cardinals take a quick 4-2 lead after the 1st inning, a 10-2 lead after the 2nd, and finally a 15-2 lead after the 3rd. Easton O'Kane would get the start, but Davis Merrick would pitch 3 out of 4 innings, striking out 8 of the 10 batters he faced. The game was called after the top of the 4th, with Moran failing to pick up enough offense to avoid the run rule.

 

The second game would be a bit more interesting, as despite the final scoreline, it wasn't clear that Montgomery County would walk away the winners. With pitching at a premium in its sixth game of the week, Tucker Roberts would make his debut on the mound. Moran would take advantage of this and several defensive mistakes committed by the Cardinals, pushing across 5 runs in the top of the 1st. The Cardinals would cut the lead to 2 after plating 3 in the bottom half, but Moran continued to hold steady by getting back 2 of those in the next half inning. It wouldn't be until the bottom of the 3rd that the winner became clear. Montgomery County ripped off a 15-batter, 12-run inning that saw every player in the Cardinals lineup at least score 1 run. Ian Oliver, who relieved Roberts midway through the 2nd, pitched most of the second contest, striking out 6 in his 2021 debut. Moran scored 2 more runs in the 4th, but Merrick would once again take to the mound to close the door on the Wildcats, the game being called after a scoreless 5th inning at 17-9.

 

That'll be it for this week of Montgomery County baseball. The team is now 6-8 and will return to action next Tuesday, heading to Oklahoma for a rematch with Nowata. First pitch will be at 6:00 pm, and can be heard on Sonshine 98.9, KQQF.

Montgomery County Drops Two Close Games to Fredonia

Montgomery County came close, but couldn't overcome Fredonia on Wednesday, dropping both contests 8-7 and 3-2.

 

The first contest saw Fredonia strike early and often. The Wilson County squad picked up 3 runs in each of the first 2 innings, off of two different Cardinals pitchers. Hunter Watson would enter the game and briefly stabilze the defense, but gave up 2 runs more before being swapped out for Easton O'Kane. He would finish the contest out with 2 scoreless innings. Meanwhile, the Montgomery County offense slowly trailed behind Fredonia for the entire game, save for a quick 2-0 lead in the top of the first. Trailing 6-3 in the 4th inning, the Cardinals would have their biggest inning of the game, plating 3 while taking advantage of an at-times shaky Fredonia defense. The two teams combined for 13 errors in the first game, with 6 being committed by Montgomery County and the rest going to Fredonia. Despite tying things back up, Fredonia would get one last boost in the bottom half of the 4th, and although the Cardinals plated 1 more in the 5th, they were blanked the rest of the way by pitching standout Joel Dutton for the 8-7 defeat.

 

A pitcher's duel erupted in the second game of the evening, as starting pitchers Mason Siegel and John Dutton both had their way with the opposing offense. The Cardinals would score first, picking up a run on an Ian Oliver sacrifice fly that gave the team a 1-0 advantage. After the offense picked up another in the top of the deciding 5th inning, Siegel would take to the mound for a shot at a perfect game. However, it simply wasn't to be, as two hits, a walk, and a wild pitch was all it took for Fredonia to take the 3-2 victory. Although Siegel took the loss, he had a monster game, striking out 8 and only walking the 1 batter in the final inning.

 

Montgomery County is now 4-8 on the season. They'll be back in action one more time this week, coming back to Coffeyville to play host to Moran. First pitch is scheduled for 6 pm, and can be heard on Sonshine 98.9, KQQF.

Montgomery County Sweeps Nowata

 

Montgomery County picked up its first sweep of the 2021 campaign, defeating Nowata 13-6 and 2-1 on Tuesday.

 

The Cardinals would need some heroics in the first contest of the night. Falling behind 6-1 through the first 3 innings, it seemed as if the bats just weren't there again. As it turned out, contact was all they needed. Nowata committed 10 errors over the course of the first game, including several across a 10-batter, 6 run inning that gave Montgomery County the lead in the 5th inning. Entering the bottom of the 6th, the Cardinals gave themselves much more breathing room by first loading the bases, and then clearing them on a Mason Seigel grand slam. Two more runs would come across, with Seigel shutting down Nowata in the top of the 7th for the 13-6 victory.

 

The second game of the night, by comparison, would be a lot more subdued. Both teams played much better defense, however, neither team could gather much of anything offensively as a result. Tied 1-1 in the bottom of the 3rd, Seigel would be caught trying to steal 2nd base. However, on the same play, Ryan Leiker would hustle home to give the Cardinals the decisive run. Due to time, the game was called after 5 innings. Leiker also finished a complete game on the mound, striking out 7 and allowing no walks.

 

The Cardinals are now 4-6 in its 2021 season. Montgomery County will be in action twice more this week, with tomorrow's trip to Fredonia coming up first. First pitch will be at 6:00 pm, and can be heard on Sonshine 98.9, KQQF.

Cardinals Avenge Game 1 Loss to Split with Iola

 

Montgomery County split its doubleheader with the Iola Indians on Thursday, dropping the first contest 7-1 but recovering well to take the second game at 5-4.

 

The first game would be decided by the first inning, as starting pitcher Matthew Whitson ran into some early trouble. Nine Iola batters came to the plate in the top of the first, scoring 5 runs. Whitson would improve over the course of the game, and only allowed 2 more runs to score in 4.2 innings of work. He'd also throw over 100 pitches on the day, a first for the Cardinals this season. However, the Montgomery County offense wasn't up to par early in the day, scoring just 1 run on an error by the Iola third baseman. Four hits wouldn't be enough to push the team to victory, as they dropped the first game 7-1.

 

Although Iola once again kicked off the scoring in the second game, scoring 2 runs, it was Montgomery County that would do the most damage in the early going. The Cardinals gathered four consecutive hits to start the game, scoring 4 runs that would prove to be vital. After a few more scoreless innings, guided by starting pitcher Mason Seigel, Montgomery County would run into some trouble in the fifth, final inning. Seigel walked the bases loaded and allowed 2 runs that pushed the game to just 5-4. However, Ryan Leiker would come on in relief and record the final 2 outs, including a strikeout to conclude the game at 5-4.

 

Montgomery County is now 2-6 on the season. They'll be back in action next Tuesday, staying at home to play host to Nowata. First pitch will be at 6:00 pm, and can be heard on Sonshine 98.9, KQQF.

Pittsburg Bats Overwhelm Montgomery County

 

Montgomery County couldn't avoid giving up the big inning, dropping both games in Tuesday's doubleheader 12-1 and 6-1. 

 

For the first two innings of the first game, both teams struggled to get much of anything. Pittsburg would come alive in the third, however, racking up a 6-run inning ousing 3 hits and 3 walks. With the score at 6-0, the Cardinals found a consolation run on an RBI single to left field. However, the Patriots stayed hot, adding 3 in the fourth inning, and finally 3 in the fifth to reach the run rule at 12-1. Matthew Whitson got the start for Montgomery County, and pitched fairly well, going 2 innings and giving up just 1 earned run.

 

The second game played much like the first, although Pittsburg did strike first after a couple of Cardinal errors allowed a run to score without a hit. After a few more scoreless halves, Pittsburg would find a 6-hit, two-out rally to increase their lead to 5-0. After the Patriots put another run across in the bottom of the fourth, Montgomery County would at least find 1 run, an RBI single for Hunter Watson. However, with pitching at a premium, the game was called after the end of the inning at 6-1.

 

The Cardinals are now 1-5 on the season, and will be back in action on Thursday against Iola. For the first time this season, Montgomery County will play at Walter Johnson Park in Coffeyville, but you can still listen in on Sonshine 98.9, KQQF. First pitch is scheduled for 6:00 pm.

SEK League All-Team Baseball Selections

 

Several area baseball stars have been named as SEK League All-League selections.

 

Players from Independence, Labette County and Parsons made the list. Several players, in addition, play their summer ball for the Montgomery County Cardinals, currently being broadcast on 98.9, KQQF. Those players are listed in italics.

 

You can see the full list of selections below.

 

First Team:

Kam Koester - Jr. - Chanute

Luke Bradbury - Jr. - Fort Scott

Ryan Leiker - Jr. - Independence

Cooper Hayden - Jr. - Pittsburg

Dryden Cosens - Jr. - Fort Scott

Jackson Turnbull - So. - Pittsburg

Blake Atwood - Sr. - Chanute

Paxson Swanson - Jr. - Parsons

Cooper Peak - Sr. - Labette County

Cody Wilson - So. - Fort Scott

Larsen Koester - Fr. - Chanute

 

Second Team:

Ian Oliver - Sr. - Independence

AJ Robertson - Sr. - Chanute

Ethan Houk - Sr. - Parsons

Griffin Eaton - So. - Labette County

Brandon Figura - Jr. - Labette County

Blaine Dunstan - Jr. - Pittsburg

Cole Jameson - Sr. - Pittsburg

Davis Merrick - Jr. - Independence

Cal Cosens - Fr. - Fort Scott

Cooper Smith - Jr. - Independence

Spencer Goldston - Fr. - Fort Scott

 

Registration Open for 2021 Sunflower State Games

 

Registration for the 32nd Annual Sunflower State Games is now open. The 2021 Sunflower State Games will take place July 9-21 in Topeka and will feature over 40 different competitions for all ages and skill levels. Some of the sports include cornhole, disc golf, slow-pitch softball and team paintball.

 

Executive Director Cassie Criger says they are looking forward to returning to a full lineup of sports in 2021 after an abbreviated schedule in 2020. Organizers are hoping to host over 6,500 athletes for the games as the state is reopening. Complete event details and registration procedures can be found here.

ICC Pirates on All-Conference Team

 

Independence Community College lands 19 players on the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference All-Conference teams. The Pirates went 5-2 under first-year Head Coach Jason Martin and finished third in the conference. DreamU had six players named to the first team, seven to the second team and six named honorable mention. The full list of All-Conference players can be found below:

 

First Team Offense

Nate Damron - TE

Deyavie Hammond - G

Brock Domann - QB

 

Second Team Offense

Denzal Allenye - WR

Anthony Garcia - C

 

Honorable Mention Offense

Pat Bowlen - RB

Tavion Thomas - RB

 

First Team Defense

Prince Boyd - DT

Joko Willis - LB

 

Second Team Defense

Kuma Scanlan - LB

Carlin Vigors - CB

Wallace Melton - S

Demarcus Griffin - S

 

Honorable Mention Defense

Sadame Tucker - DE

Christopher Welch - DE

Tra Wilkins - LB

Tyree Carlisle - CB

 

First Team Special Teams

Wilson Yee - K

 

Second Team Special Teams

Stefaan Forbes - P

Montgomery County Splits Doubleheader With Winfield

 

Montgomery County split its doubleheader with Winfield on Thursday, dropping the first contest 12-6 but taking the second at 13-2.

 

The Cardinals jumped out quickly in both games, but only in the second game did the offense persist. Davis Merrick got the start for Game 1, but the control issues that plagued the team against Bartlesville showed up once again. Merrick, Ryan Powell, and JoJo Walker would allow 10 free passes combined, many coming in the bottom of the second. This allowed Winfield to rack up the runs without having to make contact, something that they did struggle with most of the night. Montgomery County would outhit the Vikings 7 to 6, but the runs told a different story at 12-6.

 

For the second game, Merrick would get the start once again, and with the first game behind him, he shined. Merrick recorded 10 strikeouts, and no walks in what became a four-inning complete game. The Cardinals would score five runs in each of the first two innings, putting the game out of reach early. Winfield would push ahead one more run in the bottom of the fourth, but the game would be decided by the run rule.

 

Offensively, Merrick also put in work, going 3-3 in the first game and 2-3 in the second. He also stole 5 total bases between the two games. Meanwhile, Ian Oliver, Matthew Whitson, Hunter Watson, and Seth Martinez all recorded multi-RBI games. Montgomery County is now 1-3 on the season. They'll be back in action on Tuesday, hitting the road to take on Pittsburg.

Red Raven Football Places 18 on KJCCC All-Conference Teams

 

KJCCC All-Conference teams have been announced, with several Red Ravens being named to those teams. In total, 18 players were either named to the first team, second team, or as an honorable mention. You can see those selections below.

 

The Red Ravens finished their season at 3-3 under returning head coach Jeff Leiker.

 

Offense Second Team:

Cortarius Wilson - WR

Terrance McClain - Tackle

 

Offense Honorable Mention:

Will Dennis - TE

Cale Harbour - TE

Bryce Childers - WR

John Bolding - Guard

Ethan Ellis - Guard

 

Defense First Team:

Nnanna Anyanwu - DE

 

Defense Second Team:

Reise Collier - LB

Jayquan Frazier - CB

Jacob Proche - CB

 

Defense Honorable Mention:

Allen Henry - DT

Jhayln Shuler - LB

Tavyn Jackson - CB

Brenyen Scott - S

Devin Lee - DT

 

Special Teams First Team:

Skylar Seagraves - Kicker

 

Special Teams Honorable Mention:

Skylar Seagraves - Punter

Jacob Proche - Return Specialist

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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