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IHS Tennis Team Wins at Circle


Independence High School tennis team dominanted their competition yet again.


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


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

Coffeyville to Elite 8 After Rolling Through Odessa


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


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


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


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

Nado Golf Finished 5th in Fort Scott


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


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

IHS Golf Finishes 2nd in Solid Performance at Fort Scott


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


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


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


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

Coffeyville Heading to Second Round of National Tournament


Coffeyville dominated its opening round matchup in the NJCAA Tournament Monday, defeating Southwest Tennessee by a score of 89-62.


The Red Ravens dominated both halves, but did struggle a little bit with the Saluqis leading scorer, Jamey Sanders. However, Coffeyville used a great first half from freshman forward Hayden Brittingham, and a second half surge from sophomore guard Tylor Perry, to pull away and eventually pick up the 27-point victory.


Coffeyville now moves on to a second round, where the Red Ravens will meet Odessa Community College. The Wranglers are the #7 seed, but spent much of the 2021 season ranked in the Top 5 nationally. That game will tipoff tonight at 8:30 pm.

Lady Pirates Fall in National Tournament


The Pirates of Independence Community College fell to Wabash Valley, Illinois in first-round action at the NJCAA Women's National Tournament in Lubbock, Texas yesterday evening.


The final score was 59 - 29 as the Pirates were plagued by turnovers throughout the game against the tournament experienced Wabash squad. This was the 5th straight National Tournament for Wabash while last night was the 1st trip for the Pirates in 25 years. The Pirates finished the season with a 20-7 record and the Region 6 Championship.

Perry Commits to North Texas


Another Red Ravens star has announced his intentions to play at the next level.


Sophomore guard Tylor Perry has committed to the North Texas Mean Green of Conference USA. Perry averaged 17.9 points per game in 25 appearances this season for Coffeyville. He shot 56.7 percent from the field while also shooting above 50 percent from beyond the three-point line.


Perry will join a team coming off of an NCAA Tournament appearance. The Mean Green finished 18-10 and upset Purdue in the first round of the tournament, before being knocked off by Villanova.

Red Ravens Shutout Scotties 30-0


The Coffeyville Red Raven football team shutout the Highland Scotties on the road with a final score of 30-0. It was a long, slow game that took all of three-and-a-quarter hours to play, but when the dust settled, it was the Red Ravens defense that stole the show.


The score was just 7-0 after 30 minutes of action with the lone score coming on a nine-yard touchdown run from Red Raven running back Star Thomas.


Both offenses continued their sluggish play to start the second half with punt after punt. Finally, with 5:06 left in the third quarter, the Red Ravens opened the floodgates. That 75-yard strike to Cortarious Wilson would give the Red Ravens a 14-0 lead, and they wouldn't look back.


The defense followed the score with a safety and two more rushing touchdowns to secure the blowout win.


Coffeyville's offense was led by their ground game with Star Thomas carrying the ball 17 times with 111 yards and the score. Cortney Jackson also found the endzone with 15 carries and 61 yards.


The Red Ravens improve to 2-1 as they host Butler next Sunday at 1:30 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Stadium.

Simpson, Lay and Scott All Honored During All-Conference Awards


The Coffeyville women's basketball team received several awards fromt the Jayhawk Conference this season.


Sophomore center Faith Simpson received not just a First Team KJCCC Eastern Division selection, but was also named Co-MVP as well. Simpson averaged 17.2 points per game this season, falling just short of averaging a double-double with 9.5 rebounds per game. She will share the MVP award with Tamara Nard of Butler Community College.


In addition to Simpson, sophomore guard KK Lay and freshman guard Paige Scott each were named as KJCCC Honorable Mentions. Lay recorded 107 assists this season, good for second in the conference, and Scott was eighth in made three-pointers with 48.


The Red Raven women finished their season at 15-7 and fell in the quarterfinals of the Region VI tournament.

Several Red Raven Men Recognized in All-Conference Basketball Awards


After another successful campaign, several members of this year's Red Ravens men's basketball team were recognized as part of the KJCCC All-Conference Awards.


Head coach Jay Herkelman was named the KJCCC Eastern Division Coach of the Year after leading the Red Ravens to a share of the division title. This is his 15th time receiving the award.


Sophomore guard Tylor Perry was named to the KJCCC East First Team after averaging over 16 points a game this season. Perry led the conference in three-point shooting percentage and was second in the conference in total points scored.


Center Blaise Keita was recognized as the KJCCC East Freshman of the Year, and was also named to the Second Team. Keita, who has committed to Nebraska, averaged 9.6 points per game and 7.6 rebounds per game.


Finally, Bostyn Holt and Love Bettis were each named as KJCCC Honorable Mentions. Holt, a sophomore, shot 57.9 percent from the field this season, good for tenth in the conference. Meanwhile, Bettis led the Red Ravens in free throw percentage, sinking 39-of-42 for a 92.9 percent clip.


The Red Ravens will start their run at a national championship on Monday, heading to Hutchinson for a first-round matchup against Southwestern Tennessee.

SIx Pirates Recognized in Jayhawk Conference Awards


Six Independence Community College basketball players received honors from the Kansas Jayhawk Conference.


Rapuluchi Favor Ayodele Ngorka was named both the East Freshman and Defensive Player of the Year. Ngorka averaged a double-double on the season with 11.1 points and 11.9 rebounds, and helped the Pirates to a Region VI Championship and a birth to the NJCAA National Tournament.


Ngorka was also named to the All-Conference Second Team along side teammate Maisa Marcal. Delani Harris was named to the All-Conference Honorable Mention Team.


On the men's side, Tim Dalger was named to the All-Conference First Team and Madison Monroe to the Second Team.


IHS Tennis Team Takes First in Parsons


The IHS Boys' Tennis team finished first at the LCHS Invitational in Parsons yesterday.


The Labette Gold Team, Labete Red Team, Fort Scott and Columbus were all in action competing against the Bulldogs. For IHS, Ian O' Rourke took fourth place among the 1 singles and Joey Kyle took first place in the 2 singles. In doubles, Hayden Campbell and Evan Knight took second place in the 1 doubles and Tucker Gregory and Aiden Denney took first place in 2 doubles.


The Bulldogs are back in action Friday in Parsons again and then Saturday in McPherson.

Red Ravens Men's Soccer Sweeps KJCCC Weekly Awards


Coming off a fantastic week, a couple of Red Raven soccer players were recognized for their contributions on the field. 


Connor Pugh was named the KJCCC Div I Men's Soccer Player of the Week after recording a hat trick and an assist in the Red Ravens' win over #14-ranked Johnson County. Meanwhile, Red Raven freshman goalkeeper Dominic Bombourg was named KJCCC Div I Men's Soccer Goalkeeper of the Week after allowing just 1 goal in 244 minutes. 


The Red Raven men are 3-1 on the season and are the winners of three straight. They'll take on Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College tonight at 7 pm.

Nado Golf Finished 3rd in Pittsburg


The Field Kindley Golden Tornado golf team competed in the Pittsburg Tournament yesterday. The Nado golf team finished third for the second time this season with a score of 419, three strokes off second place. Individually, Zac Becker finished 3rd, Tyler Zimmerman 5th, Daric Voss 13th and Zane Cox 30th.


Coach Mike Peck said the course was in great shape, the greens were hard and fast, the 1st 9 holes they played with a little wind and the last 9 holes there was about a 5-10mph wind. Peck said overall they are getting better each week and next week they will be playing a lot of golf. Monday varsity will be in Ft. Scott, Tuesday the junior varsity is at home, Wednesday varsity is in Parsons and Thursday the JV is at Pittsburg.


Kaminska Gets Complete Game at Riverfront Stadium


Former Caney Valley Bullpup and current Wichita State Shocker pitcher Jace Kaminska pitched a complete game in the first ever baseball game held at the Riverfront Stadium in Wichita.


Kaminska went the distance against Houston throwing 105 pitches allowing just six hits, two walks and one earned run while ringing up seven batters. This was Kaminska's fifth outing and his third start with an almost non-existent ERA of 1.07.


Riverfront Stadium was supposed to be the home of the Wichita Windsurge for the 2020 season as the Triple-A affiliate for the Miami Marlins. This was ideal considering the highly-anticipated arrival of Wichita's own Jazz Chisolm, who played in high school at Life Prep, playing second base. Instead, with the 2020 season's cancellation and the delaying of the 2021 MiLB season, the first game at the brand new shiny Riverfront Stadium in downtown Wichita, where Lawrence-Dumont Stadium used to stand, hosted its first ever game Saturday with the former Bullpup stealing the show.


The Shox went 7-1 in their eight-game stretch against the Cougars with Kaminska getting two wins in that span. Wichita State is on the road at Tulane next on Friday.

ICC Football Makes History


The Independence Community College football team made history in Fort Scott Saturday night. The Pirates beat the Greyhounds 84-0, which is the largest margin of victory in school history.


Independence is 2-0 under first-year Head Coach Jason Martin and ranked in the top 10 in the nation. ICC returns home to face #3 Garden City. The Broncbusters are 3-0 on the season with an average margin of victory of just over 60 points a game.

ICC Heading to Lubbock


The Independence Community College women's basketball team is going to the NJCAA National Tournament for the first time since 1996. The Pirates knocked off Barton in the Region 6 Tournament 67-61 to earn their sport as the 23 seed in the tournament. ICC entered the Region 6 Tournament as the four seed with a 16-6 record and a 14-6 record in conference play. The Pirates pulled off a big upset in the semifinals beating the 1 seed Hutchinson Blue Dragons 75-56.


ICC will face the 10 seed Wabash Valley in the first round of the tournament. The Lady Warriors are 20-3, they are top 10 in scoring with 83 points a game and are in the tournament for the fifth straight year. Butler is the only other women's team from the Region 6 to make the tournament. They are a 12 seed and will face the 21 seed Otero.

Coffeyville Receives Bid to National Tournament


The Coffeyville men's basketball team has received a bid to the NJCAA tournament next week.


The Red Ravens received the #10 seed, out of 24 teams, and will have a first round matchup against #23 Southwest Tennessee. Coffeyville recieved one of eight at-large bids, given to teams that don't win their regions.  The Jayhawk Conference itself received three bids. 8-seed Cowley won the NJCAA Region VI tournament and picked up an auto-bid, while 16-seed Hutchinson also received an at-large bid.


Coffeyville's first opponent, the Saluqis of Southwest Tennessee, recorded an 11-4 record this season. They were the winners of the Region VII tournament and received an auto-bid.


The Ravens will tip-off at 4:30 pm on April 19. You can view a full bracket here.

Coffeyvilled Defeated on Last Second Shot


Coffeyville's comeback attempt fell just short Friday, as the Red Ravens fell to Hutchinson 76-75 in their Region VI tournament semifinal.


After trading blows early in the contest, Hutchinson would eventually start pulling away, leading by as much as 14 in the first half. The Blue Dragons used quick passing and second chance shots to punish the Ravens for mistakes. Coffeyville would eventually put the lead down to 11 heading into the break. Out of the locker rooms, the often-focused second-half Ravens started to chip into the lead, led by leading scorer Tylor Perry. The lead would bounce between 6 and 8 points for several minutes, but a Hayden Brittingham slam would give Coffeyville the momentum they finally needed to tie the game back up at 61.


The final few minutes would see several more lead changes, but at 74-72, Perry was sent to the free throw line for a chance to tie the game. He would sink the first, but after missing the second, Hutchinson was called for goaltending, putting Coffeyville up by 1 at 75-74. The Ravens would create chaos on defense, poking the ball away from the Dragons, but unfortunately, Hutchinson's Majok Kuath would find a prayer after scooping the ball up with just 1.2 seconds to play. Coffeyville's last second shot would fall short, sealing their early exit from the tournament.


Perry led all Ravens scorers with 19, and was joined in double digits by Bostyn Holt, who had 14. With the Region VI tournament in the past, the Red Ravens now look to receive a potential at-large bid to the NJCAA tournament later this month. There are eight bids available.

Independence Lady Pirates Head to Region 6 Championship

The Independence Lady Pirates will be heading to the Region 6 Championship game.  The Lady Pirates dominated the number 1 seed Hutchinson Blue Dragons 75 – 56 in the semi-final round Friday afternoon.  The Lady Pirates led by as much as 25 in the second half and were led by Maisa Marcal with 19 points.  The Lady Dragons were also ranked 20th in the nation before falling to Independence this afternoon.


The Lady Pirates will face the winner of the Barton-Butler game to be played tonight, for the Region 6 Championship from Friends University in Wichita tomorrow night at 6:00pm.  Fans will be able to hear that game live on KQQF Sonshine 98.9FM

Red Raven Pitcher Named Player of the Week


A Coffeyville Community College pitcher is recognized as the Kansas Jayhawk Conference Week 10 Player of the Week.


Freshman right-hander pitcher Scout Huggins pitched a gem against Barton going 7 innings, allowing five hits while striking out eight. Huggins pitched in relief earlier in the week going 1 and 2/3 innings and striking out three in a 10-6 win over Highland. For the week, Huggins went 8 and 2/3 innings with 11 strikeouts. Huggins has only made four appearances on the year pitching in a total of 12 innings with a record of 1-0 in two games started and two appearances out of the bullpen.

IHS Wins Home Golf Tournament


The Independence High School Boys Varsity golf team won its own tournament yesterday.


The Bulldogs collectively shot a 394 which was 11 strokes better than second place Pittsburg who shot a 405 and Field Kindley placed third with a 411.


Chanute's Drayton Cleaver placed first overall individually with a 77. Field Kindley's Tyler Zimmerman placed third with a 90 and Independence's Jimmy Unruh placed fourth with a 91. Zac Becker from Field Kindley finished sixth with a 95 and Independence's Christopher Ortolani finished eighth with a 98.


Their next match will be in Pittsburg on Tuesday.

Troy Watson Continues Dominance at KWU, Wins 5th Tournament


Caney Valley Bullpup grad Troy Watson has dominated the KCAC as he picked up his fifth individual win of the season with a round of 74 at Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kansas.


Kansas Wesleyan University has been a popular landing spot for a lot of southeastern Kansas golfers with senior Logan Vacca coming from Field Kindley and then going on to play two years at CCC, another Field Kindley grad in junior Cameron Becker, and Troy Watson's younger brother, Trevor, who is in his freshman season who also went to Caney Valley.


The Coyotes finished second in the Prairie Dunes Collegiate tournament with a score of 634 (314, 320) with Bethany College beating them by just one stroke.


Up next for the Coyotes is the U.C. Ferguson Classic in Oklahoma City at Lincoln Park next Monday and Tuesday.

Former Bullpup Ace Jace Kaminska Makes Weekly AAC Honor Roll


Former Caney Valley Bullpup ace Jace Kaminska finished on the American Athletic Conference Weekly Honor Roll.


The Wichita State pitcher has been dominant in his freshman campaign including his most recent outing at Houston where he threw 96 pitches in seven shutout innings, giving up just five hits and one walk.


Kaminska is picking up where he left off after dominating in high school. The right-hander has an ERA of just 1.10 this season with a 4-0 record in four appearances.

Hot Start Pushes Coffeyville Men Past Dodge City


The Coffeyville men put together a superb shooting effort to defeat Dodge City 99-79 and advance to Friday's Region VI Semifinals.


Wednesday's contest was the second meeting between the Red Ravens and the Conquistadors, with Coffeyville winning the first game 65-58. The rematch would not be as low scoring, as Coffeyville nearly matched that total in the first half alone. A key part of that was the shooting efforts of Tylor Perry, Love Bettis, and Bostyn Holt, who all racked up multiple three-pointers before the first half came to a close. Holding a 19-point lead at the half, Dodge City could only briefly threaten the lead before Coffeyville fought right back. The Ravens would build their lead to as much as 29, and eventually cruised to the 20-point win.


The trio of Perry, Bettis and Holt would all approach the 20-point mark on the night, but it would be Perry who led all scorers once again. He'd shoot 7-14 from beyond the arc and shoot 10-19 overall to reach 27 points for the evening. Bettis recorded 20 on 6-8 shooting from outside, and Holt would add 19, including three trifectas.


Coffeyville's men will move on to Friday's semifinals, taking on Hutchinson. The Blue Dragons are the #1 seed in the tournament and defeated Independence on Wednesday. Meanwhile, the Coffeyville women's season came to a close as they fell to Barton, 81-70. Faith Simpson recorded 24 points, with Amiya Josey adding 18. They'll finish the year with a record of 15-7.

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