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Local Sports Archives for 2018-05

I.H.S Softball Finishes As State Runner Up



The Lady Bulldogs softball team from Independence High School was one win away from being state champs. The Independence Lady Bulldog softball team finished in 2nd place following a 5-4 eighth-inning loss to the Lady Jaguars from Andover Central High School in the championship game of the Class 4A-Division I State Tournament  in Emporia. This second place finish is the highest finish at state in program history after previously taking third in both 2016 and 2017 Independence closed out the 2018 campaign with a 24-1 overall record. Great job ladies!

Sheahon Zenger No Longer Jayhawks Athletic Director



University of Kansas chancellor Douglas Girod confirmed Monday evening that he decided to fire KU athletic director Sheahon Zenger after seven years leading the department.Football and fundraising, were the primary reasons he was let go. In an email sent to KU faculty and staff Monday morning, Girod credited Zenger for his loyalty before saying, "Athletics continues to face a number of challenges, and progress in key areas has been elusive. To achieve the level of success we need and expect, I have determined a change in leadership is necessary." KU assistant athletic director Sean Lester will be interim AD, while Drue Jennings, who was interim AD in 2003 when KU hired basketball coach Bill Self, will lead the search committee. Per a contract extension signed in summer 2017, KU will owe Zenger two years' salary, or $1.4 million, for termination without cause.


Track Teams Dedicated State Performances To Fallen Teammate



The CCC Men’s and Women’s Track team are currently ranked 6th and 10th  heading into the national tournament this weekend in El Dorado.  To honor their teammate Chase Dennis, the Red Ravens will be dedicating their performances in memory of Chase.  Chase passed away unexpectedly on Saturday May 12, 2018, in a swimming incident after the graduation ceremony.  At the time of his passing, Chase was an NJCAA All-American and ranked 3rd in Discus and 4th in the Hammer.  Both teams are encouraging Red Raven alumni, faculty, staff, fans, and supporters to share in this initiative.  Saturday, May 19, will be #RavensRememberChase.

IHS Softball to Join Baseball in Emporia


The Independence High School softball team will join the baseball team at state. They won the class 4A regional tournament on Tuesday with a 6-2 victory over Fort Scott. They will head into the class 4A state tournament with an undefeated recorded at 22-0.


Both softball and baseball state tournaments will be next week in Emporia.


Bulldogs Baseball Heading to State!



The Bulldogs from Independence High School baseball team are on their way to the state playoffs! After they beat the Chanute Blue Comets 5-2 to capture the Class 4A-Division I Altamont Regional championship on Monday. Independence High School has now earned their second straight regional championship and will compete in the state tournament next week at Soden's Grove in Emporia. 

Junior Golf Sign Ups


Junior Golf is back at the Caney Valley Recreation Commission. This is for kids ages 9-18 as of June 1st. The cost is $35. Forms can be found at USD 436 elementary school, high school or at the recreation center.


Junior Golf will run from May 24th until June 28th. There are six practices and five meets that are subject to change. Ages 9-11 will play six holes and ages 12-18 will play nine. The sign up deadline and first practice is May 24th at the Caney golf course. For more information you can contact the recreation commission at (620)306-6034. 

Ravens Baseball Season Ends in Hutchinson



The Red Ravens Baseball season wrapped up this weekend with a first round exit in the opening round of the Region VI tournament. Red Ravens did put up a solid fight, as they traveled to Hutchinson Community College as a 9 seed to play the 8 seeded Blue Dragons. Game one Red Ravens got a stellar performance by starting pitcher Gavin Holmes as he picks up the win. He goes 7 strong innings giving up no runs on 6 hits and an impressive 11 strikeouts. That pitching performance plus a 2 run homer by Jorge Ortiz to spark the offense gets the Red Ravens a win in game one 6 to 1. In game 2 it was Blue Dragon pitching that came out and dominated, as Wyatt Divis of Hutchinson throws a complete game only giving up 4 hits a 2 runs through the afternoon. Hutchinson also had 5 players contribute RBI’s for the team as the Blue Devils take game two by 5 winning 7 to 2. Win or go home scenario arose as game three yesterday took place, again up in Hutchinson. Both of these teams played like it, knowing with a loss their 2018 season would come to an end. A back and forth battle throughout the game but Hutchinson Community College Blue Devils edge out the Red Ravens in game 3 by a score of 4 to 3. Hutchinson travels to the next round in Wichita and plays the number one seeded Cowley Community College. Red Ravens obviously discouraged from the loss but are happy with the 2nd half performance of the 2018 season as they finish 28 and 26.

Region VI Tournament Play Begins Today!




Beginning today, the Coffeyville Red Ravens and Hutchinson Blue Dragons will open the postseason against each other in the Region VI Tournament Opening-Round best-of-3 series. Game time is at 2 p.m today at Hobart-Detter Field in Hutchinson. Saturday and Sunday's if necessary game will be at 1 p.m. also at Hobart-Detter Field. The Blue Dragons (34-19) tied Colby Community College for third place in the Jayhawk West this season. Coffeyville (27-24) on the other hand finished fifth in the Jayhawk East with an 18-18 record. The Ravens have now lost four in a row and are 4-6 in their last 10 games. Red Ravens lost 2 of 3 against the Blue Dragons this year in the season opener here in Coffeyville at Walter Johnson Park. Since 2004, when the current Region VI Tournament format changed to its current system, Hutch and Coffeyville have met four times The Hutchinson-Coffeyville winner will meet the Cowley-Garden City winner at 4 p.m. on Friday, May 11 at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium in Wichita.


Lady Red Ravens On The Way to Topeka



The Red Ravens softball team went up against the Allen Community College Red Devils this past weekend for two games to try and make their way to the NJCAA Division II Region Tournament in Topeka. Early on through the first few innings of this game it was very close, though Red Ravens offense went off in the top of the 4th. Myers kicked off the inning with a 2-run homerun, and the power continued as ater on Rebecca Luper hit a three-run shot over the left field fence to giving the Red Ravens some space which they needed as the Red Devils answered in the bottom of the 6th posting 3 runs to bring the game closer. The offense put up two more runs in the top of the 7th inning.  Giving them the gap they would need Ravens win game one 11-8.  Dawson threw a complete game for the Red Ravens earning her 12th win on the mound. In game two Allen Community College Red Devils  got up quickly scoring five runs on the board in the 2nd inning. Red Ravens offense didn’t miss a step from game one and answered with a big 8 run 6th inning.  That would be the inning and runs that they need as the ladies win game two 9-8 and sweep the Red Devils. The Coffeyville Red Ravens will travel to Topeka to face Hutchinson Community College at 12:00 pm on May 5th in the NJCAA Division II Region Tournament.

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