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Nowata-Dewey Rivalry to End in 2024

 

One of the longest high school football rivalries in the state of Oklahoma is coming to an end this year.

 

The Nowata Ironmen and Dewey Bulldoggers have squared off every football season since 1963, but that will not be the case in 2024. The Ironmen reclassified down from Class 2A to Class A-1 for the upcoming year.

 

Nowata head coach Chance Juby says the gap in roster size makes it difficult to play larger schools.

 

With the decision to not play this season, the teams also won't match up in 2025, pending changes to the non-District schedule. Nowata also will play a schedule without Vinita for the first time since 1998. 

 

The Ironmen will face Warner, Barnsdall, Quapaw, Morrison, Pawnee, and Tonkawa this season. Both Nowata and Dewey football can be heard throughout the season on our sister station, KRIG 104.9 FM.

Cris Carroll Commits to Youngstown State

 

One of the leaders of the Red Raven men's basketball team is headed to Division 1.

 

Cris Carroll has committed to Youngstown State University, a D1 program in the Horizon League conference. Assistant coach Braeden Proctor says Carroll has a great basketball track record.

 

Carroll transfered to Coffeyville after a freshman season at Hutchinson Community College, where he immediately became a star for the Red Ravens. Carroll had three consecutive games with 25+ points to begin the season, and posted 34 points and 18 rebounds against Dodge City after returning from an illness.

 

Former assistant coach Jake Odum says Carroll has a bright future.

 

Carroll was named 1st-team all-KJCCC this season, and was the fifth leading scorer at 18.8 points per game.

Wildcat Baseball Off to NCAA Tournament

 

Kansas State baseball is off to NCAA Regionals for the first time in over a decade.

 

The Wildcats received an at-large bid, and are one of 64 teams to qualify for the tournament. This is the first postseason berth for KSU since 2013.

 

Here's how it sounded on the selection show yesterday.

 

They will be in the Fayetteville regional, hosted by the University of Arkansas, and will open the tournament against Louisiana Tech on Friday. Southeastern Missouri is the final team in the Fayetteville Region.

 

Regionals begin on Friday, and run until June 3rd, with a double elimination style bracket.

 

Kansas State is 32-24 on the season, with a 15-15 record in conference play, and coming off a 1-2 record in the conference tournament.

Royals' Massey Placed on Injured List

 

The Kansas City Royals will be without their second baseman for the next few weeks.

 

Michael Massey was placed on the 10-day injured list with a low back ligament sprain, suffered over the weekend in Tampa Bay.

 

The injury is an aggravation of the same injury Massey suffered in spring training, causing him to miss the first three weeks of the season. He homered on Friday night, before leaving the game in the sixth inning.

 

Manager Matt Quatraro says Massey's injury hasn't worsened, but he will need a few more days of rest before beginning baseball activities. Massey will receive a specific treatment plan when the team returns to Kansas City this week.

 

Massey has taken a step forward this season, hitting .294 with six home runs and 23 runs batted in. Shortstop Nick Loftin will take Massey's place on the roster.

Goodland Football Player Earns 5-Star Rating

 

A Goodland football player is one of only 32 high school players in the Class of 2025 to earn a 5-star rating in recruiting.

 

Tight end Linkon Cure has generated buzz over the past two seasons, standing 6-foot-6 and emerging as the second-ranked tight end in the country.

 

He says he's thankful for the opportunities he's been given.

 

Cure has narrowed down recruiting to his final four schools: Kansas, Kansas State, Texas A&M, and Oregon. He says he's hoping to make a decision soon.

 

Cure is the second-ranked player in the state, according to 247 Sports, only behind offensive tackle Andrew Babalola of Blue Valley Northwest. Kansas State is considered the favorite for Cure at this moment.

Field Kindley Track Stars Aim to Stand Out

 

The 2024 Track and Field State Championships begin tomorrow, and a pair of Field Kindley athletes look to end the season on top.

 

Sophomore Erin Lopez has been one of the best sprinters in the state all season, winning the 100 meter and 200 meter dash at Regionals, as well as being a piece of the 4x100 relay team. She says she's focusing on the preparation for state this year.

 

Senior Dante Boykin is also looking to stand out, competing in the triple jump, long jump, and 4x100 meter dash. He says events on the track help him with his timing with field events.

 

Boykin is the defending state champion in the triple jump, and runner up in the long jump. He says he wants to take it all in during his last state meet.

 

Field Kindley is sending 13 total athletes to Wichita for the state meet. KGGF will provide updated results throughout the weekend.

Former Raven National Champ Commits to Western Kentucky

 

A major piece of the 2021 Red Raven national championship team has transferred to Western Kentucky.

 

Center Blaise Keita signed with WKU earlier this week, following two seasons at Nebraksa. Keita is recovering from a foot injury that cost him his season a year ago.

 

He says health is a major goal for him moving forward.

 

Keita was the KJCCC Freshman of the Year, averaging 10 points, eight rebounds, and two blocks per game as a starter on the championship team. He says he's thankful for his time with the Red Ravens.

 

Keita is one of the most talented centers Jay Herkelman has coached in his 29 seasons. Herkelman says Keita has a chance to make a big impact next season.

 

Keita was a Top-5 JUCO recruit in the country when he left Coffeyville, and is an experienced presence for the Hilltoppers, who can make an impact on both sides of the ball.

Nado Athletes Ready for State Meet

 

We're inching closer and closer to the 2024 Kansas State Track and Field meet, and two more Field Kindley athletes are ready to put on a show.

 

Junior Jake Horner is competing in both the 100 meter dash and the 4x100 meter relay. He says each of those events has slightly different starting positions.

 

Horner is a returner to the state meet. He says when it's time to race, you have to block out everything else.

 

Alexzander Morris is participating in the state meet for the first time in his career, in the discus throw. He says he's excited for his first state meet experience.

 

The state meet begins Friday afternoon in Wichita. KGGF will continue to highlight different members of the Field Kindley track and field team leading up to the meet.

Herkelman Camp of Champions Returns

 

Young Coffeyville basketball players will get an opportunity to improve their skills with a national champion coach.

 

The Jay Herkelman Camp of Champions returns to Nellis Hall from June 3rd-6th. The camp is open to kids 15 and under, and all skill levels are welcome to attend.

 

Herkelman says the camp will focus on basketball basics, while also having fun along the way.

 

Campers will participate in competitions and games that test their shooting, passing, and teamwork. Herkelman says a basketball player can go far with the proper fundamentals.

 

The cost of the camp is $100, and includes a t-shirt. You can pay in person on June 3rd with either cash or a check. A link to register can be found HERE.

Nado Runners Looking to Race to State Title

 

The 2024 Kansas Track and Field State championships are just days away, and Field Kindley runners are preparing to go for gold.

 

The Nado have 13 total athletes participating in the state meet, including four girls from the 4x100 meter relay team. Sophomore Jakayla Johnson-Jones says she plans to use the energy of the meet as motivation.

 

Sophomore Audrey Cavaness is not only on the 4x100 team, but is also running the 400 meter at state. She says it's important to use your energy wisely.

 

Both Johnson-Jones and Cavaness are returning to state after reaching the state meet in their freshman year. Cavaness says she looks forward to the intensity of it.

 

The state meet begins on Friday in Wichita. KGGF will continue to cover different athletes from the Field Kindley track and field team leading up to the meet.

Rice Present for OTAs

 

The Chiefs began organized team activities in preparation for the 2024 season, with a notable name present.

 

Wide receiver Rashee Rice was in uniform with the team as OTAs opened yesterday, despite his offseason of legal troubles.

 

Rice is facing eight felony charges stemming from a six-vehicle crash in Dallas, which was the result of street racing. He was also under investigation for an assualt in a Dallas nightclub, although all of those charges were dropped today.

 

Rice led the team in touchdowns as a rookie last season, and was second on the team in catches and yards. ESPNs Adam Teicher says Rice is a focal point of the Kansas City air attack.

 

Rice is subject to the NFL's player conduct policy and is likely facing a suspension for the incidents.

Fredonia Youth Basketball Camp this Week

 

Youth basketball players will have a chance to get some shots up in Fredonia this week.

 

Fredonia basketball coaches are hosting a youth camp from Wednesday through Friday of this week. High school boys basketball coach Dee Barnett says it's a fun event to work with young basketball players.

 

The camp is $30 and open to all children entering 1st-8th grade. Barnett says there are a few ways to sign up.

 

Camp is from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. for 1st-3rd grade, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for 4th and 5th grade, and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. for 6th-8th graders.

 

A link to register for the basketball camp can be found HERE.

Field Kindley Senior Looking to Finish Career Strong

 

A Field Kindley senior aims to take advantage of his final track and field meet by finishing on top of the state.

 

Kainen White advanced to the state meet in both the shot put and discus throw. He says he enjoys the competition, but doesn't allow it to make him nervous.

 

White was named Region champion in both events following last week's regionals. He says there's a slightly different method of preparation for each event.

 

Field Kindley is sending 13 total athletes to the state meet in Wichita this weekend. White says he has lofty expectations for both himself and the team.

 

White is making his third appearance in the state meet, and is the top ranked 4A athlete in the state in both events. KGGF will continue coverage with different members of the FKHS track and field team leading up to the state meet.

Wildcats Add Transfer Forward

 

Kansas State men's basketball has landed a transfer forward, after weeks of searching.

 

Former Samford forward Achor Achor has committed to KSU for his fifth and final season of eligibility. The 6-foot-9 forward spent two seasons at Samford, following two seasons at Chipola College in Florida.

 

He averaged 16 points per game on 59% shooting last season, across 33 games, also snagging six rebounds and two blocks per game. He saved his best game of the season for the NCAA Tournament, posting 23 points and eight rebounds in a loss to the Kansas Jayhawks.

 

Achor is the seventh portal add for Jerome Tang this offseason, and will play a major role in the front court with David N'Guessan.

Royals Sweep A's, Best Record Since 2015

 

The Royals finish off a sweep of the Oakland Athletics with an 8-4 win yesterday.

 

Brady Singer was sharp once again in six solid innings, improving to 4-2 on the season with a 2.70 earned run average.

 

Kansas City was able to score six runs across the 5th and 6th innings. Manager Matt Quatraro says the team has been grinding all season long.

 

Kansas is 10 games over .500 at 29-19, the first time they've been 10 games over .500 since 2015, the year they won the World Series. 

 

They begin a big series with the Detroit Tigers, with division implications. Quatraro says the team knows they'll have to bring it against Detroit.

 

Coverage of the series opener begins at 6 p.m. tonight on the Mighty 690, KGGF.

Caney Star Athlete Commits to CCC

 

One of the top senior athletes at Caney High School will continue her career close to home.

 

Senior Anna Washburn commited to Coffeyville Community College last week, to continue both her basketball and track and field career. She says preparing for both sports is a slighty different process.

 

Washburn has had coach influence for most of her basketball career, with both of her parents serving as coaches in the district. She says she's excited to experience the sport with a new head coach.

 

Playing multiple sports at the collegiate level is rare in the modern landscape of college athletics, and is an incredible achievement of both athleticism and commitment. Washburn says she'll be monitoring her results closely to determine what's next.

 

Washburn will have a chance to make an immediate impact in both sports, as the Lady Ravens are replacing 12 sophomores from last season's team.

 

FULL INTERVIEW w/Anna Washburn

Lady Raven Forward Commits to La Salle

 

A key piece of last season's Lady Raven team is on her way to Division 1.

 

Forward Ivy Fox announced her commitment to La Salle earlier this week, a program in Philadelphia that plays in the Atlantic 10 conference. She says being a D1 athlete hasn't quite set in yet.

 

Fox was receiving calls and interest from a number of schools over the past several weeks. She says the conversations with La Salle stood out.

 

Fox is from a small town in North Dakota. She says she's always had extra motivation that drives her.

 

Fox will have two seasons of eligibility remaining.

 

FULL INTERVIEW w/Ivy Fox

Fisher Introduced as Hutchinson Head Coach

 

Hutchinson Blue Dragon basketball has officially introduced their next head coach, with former Butler head coach and Coffeyville assistant coach Kyle Fisher the new man in charge.

 

Butler and Hutchinson are heated conference rivals, competing for both region and national championships. Fisher says it's not his first experience on each side of a rivalry.

 

Fisher will get a late start in the recruiting cycle due to the uncharacteristic late hiring. He says he's not concerned about finding talented players for a competitive team.

 

Fisher spent seven seasons at Coffeyville as an assistant under Jay Herkelman. Both Fisher and the Blue Dragons, and Herkelman and the Red Ravens are projected to be at the top of the KJCCC in 2024-25.

Chiefs 2024 Schedule Released

 

The 2024 NFL schedule has been released, and the Kansas City Chiefs now know their route to a third consecutive world championship.

 

Kansas City will open with back to back home games, in consecutive AFC Championship game rematches. The season opens on September 5th against the Baltimore Ravens, before welcoming the Cincinnati Bengals the following week.

 

Additional games of note on the 2024 schedule:

 

Week 3 @ Atlanta Falcons

Week 5 vs New Orleans Saints (Monday Night Football)

Week 6 Bye Week

Week 7 @ San Francisco 49ers

Week 11 @ Buffalo Bills

Week 17 @ Pittsburgh Steelers (Christmas Day)

 

The full Chiefs schedule can be found HERE.

Hutchinson Names Fisher Head Coach

 

The Hutchinson Blue Dragons have their next men's basketball coach.

 

The Blue Dragons have announced Kyle Fisher as the 16th head coach in the history of Hutchinson basketball. He will be officially introduced at a news conference on Wednesday.

 

Fisher is seasoned in the Jayhawk conference, spending time as an assistant coach at Coffeyville, before being named the head coach of the Butler Grizzlies, where he's been for five seasons.

 

Red Raven coach Jay Herkelman says he's excited for Coach Fisher.

 

Over his five seasons at Butler, Fisher's teams posted a 113-42 overall record. With the exception of the COVID season, Butler won at least 23 games each season under Coach Fisher.

 

Herkelman says Fisher shows strong traits of an effective head coach.

 

In seven seasons on the CCC staff, the Ravens won 179 games, with four trips to the national tournament, including a national semifinal finish in the 2018-19 season.

 

The Blue Dragons finished 29-7 last season, and are replacing Tommy DeSalme, who took the head coach position at Bartlesville High School last month.

Wildcats Land Talented Transfer Guard

 

Jerome Tang and the Wildcats add another player in the transfer portal, landing guard Max Jones from Cal State-Fullerton.

 

Following the offseason losses of guards Dai Dai Ames, RJ Jones, and Arthur Kaluma, the Wildcats were in desperate need of a guard that can score.

 

Jones chose KSU over Louisville and Texas Tech, and brings both experience and talent.

 

The 6-foot-4 guard averaged 15 points per game for the Titans last season, shooting nearly 40% from beyond the arc. Prior to CSU-Fullerton, Jones spent two seasons at Division 2 Tampa where he was named Sunshine State Conference Freshman of the Year.

 

Jones is the fifth player added from the portal, joining Baye Fall, Dug McDaniel, CJ Jones, and Brendan Hausen. The Wildcats still have four open scholarship spots for next year's team.

IHS Tennis Finishes 2nd in State

 

The Independence Bulldog tennis team finished off a remarkable season with a state runner-up finish.

 

The Bulldogs were the only team in 4A to have all six boys still playing on the second day of the tournament.

 

The doubles team of Camdon Julian and Aiden Denney are state champions, with the doubles team of Tucker Gregory and Matthew McLenon placing fifth. For Julian, it is his third consecutive doubles championship, with three different partners.

 

Keith Sanders came ninth place in singles, while Carson Merrick placed 12th.

Missouri State to Move to Division 1

 

Missouri State is moving to Divsion 1 full-time, including for college football.

 

The school announced they will become the 12th full member of Conference USA when they join in 2025. Missouri State joins Delaware and Kennesaw State as FCS programs to make the jump to CUSA.

 

Athletic Director Kyle Moats says this is an opportunity that makes sense for the school.

 

The Bears have been a long member of the Missouri Valley, competing in FCS since 1981. They appeared in four NCAA playoffs, including in 2020 and 2021 under coach Bobby Petrino.

 

Moats says they aren't worried about losing money switching to a new conference.

 

CUSA lost six members to the American Athletic Conference and have rebuilt by adding former independent schools Liberty and New Mexico State, as well as former FCS programs Sam Houston State and Jacksonville State.

Lugo Continues to Impress as Royal

 

The Kansas City Royals win another series, with Seth Lugo dominating on the mound.

 

Lugo was sensational, throwing eight innings, only allowing one run, with a career high 12 strikeouts in a 4-2 win over the Angels on Sunday.

 

Lugo has been dominant thus far as a Royal, with a 6-1 record, and a Major League best 1.66 earned run average.

 

Manager Matt Quatraro says the team is always confident when Lugo is on the mound.

 

Kansas City remains on the West Coast, playing a series with the Seattle Mariners before returning to KC this weekend.

Former Raven Transfers to Florida State

 

A member of the 2021 Red Raven national championship team is finishing his college basketball career in the ACC.

 

Bostyn Holt will use his final year of college eligibilty in Tallahassee, suiting up for the Seminoles. Red Raven coach Jay Herkelman says Holt was always a fan favorite.

 

Holt brings great size to the backcourt, standing nearly 6-foot-7 and having great athleticism. Herkelman says Holt's skill set will fit perfectly with what Florida State does.

 

Holt transfered to Utah after CCC, and spent last season at South Dakota as one of numerous Ravens to end up at Division 1. Herkelman says it's a rewarding feeling to watch his players move on.

 

Holt averaged nearly 13 points per game last season, starting every game at South Dakota. He will play primarily point guard for Florida State.

 

FULL INTERVIEW w/Jay Herkelman

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