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Local Sports Archives for 2020-04

Chiefs Exercise Fifth-Year Option for Mahomes


The Kansas City Chiefs have exercised the fifth-year option on quarterback Patrick Mahomes' rookie contract locking him in at least through 2021.


The MVP and Super Bowl MVP QB is set to make an average of the top-10 quarterbacks in the league from the year prior.


KC has acknowledged that they are working to locking up Mahomes much longer than through 2021.

A Viking Becomes a Panther


A local high school basketball player is choosing to stay local as he joins a community college team that plays just 45 miles from his high school. Parsons High School's Dariq “The Freak” Williams, who made the announcement via his Twitter, will be joining the Neosho County Panthers. His Head Coach Anthony Houk says he told him to not let too many people influence his decision.


Houk says the competition level at these local junior colleges does a great job of getting players ready for the next level and letting them adjust to being in college.


Williams joins Vikings teammates Pierce Thomas and Zeke Lyons who have announced they will be playing basketball at the junior college level. Thomas will join Coffeyville Community College and Lyons joins Kansas City Kansas Community College.

Chiefs CB Arrested in South Carolina


Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Bashaud Breeland was arrested on Tuesday in York, South Carolina. 


Breeland is facing five charges including resisting arrest, transporting alcohol in a motor vehicle with the seal broken, open container of beer or wine in a motor vehicle, possession of 28 grams or less of marijuana or 10 grams of hash and driving without a license. 


The 28-year old Breeland resigned with KC on a one year deal worth over $4 million earlier this month and was an important piece on defense during the Chiefs' Super Bowl run. 


The Chiefs say they are aware of the situation. 

Chiefs Release Longest Tenured Player


The Kansas City Chiefs have released punter Dustin Colquitt after 15 seasons with the franchise. 


Colquitt was the longest tenured player on the roster playing with four different general manager's, five head coaches and 13 starting quarterbacks during his time in Kansas City. 


Colquitt posted a long note thanking Kansas City on his Instagram account. 


Kansas City saved $2 million in cap space by releasing the veteran punter. KC recently signed punters Tyler Newsome and undrafted rookie Tommy Townsend. 



Chiefs Release QB Kyle Shurmur


The time has come following the 2020 NFL Draft where teams begin letting go of some players to cut down to the required 90 man offseason roster. 


The Chiefs began that process on Monday by releasing QB Kyle Shurmur. 


Shurmur joined the Chiefs last season as an undrafted free agent and did not make the roster after training camp. 


Kansas City recently signed former XFL QB Jordan Ta'amu to provide depth behind Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes. 



2020 NFL Draft Recap for the Chiefs


The Kansas City Chiefs wrapped up the 2020 NFL Draft on Saturday by trading back into the 7th round to take CB Thakarius Keyes out of Tulane. 


The Chiefs welcome in six new players overall with the 2020 class: 



RD 1 Pick 32: RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire (LSU)

RD 2 Pick 63: LB Willie Gay Jr. (Mississippi State) 

RD 3 Pick 96: OT Lucas Niang (TCU) 

RD 4 Pick 138: CB L'Jarius Sneed (Louisiana Tech) 

RD 5 Pick 177: DE Mike Danna (Michigan) 

RD 7 Pick 237: CB Thakarius "Bopete" Keyes (Tulane) 


The Chiefs post-draft added 18 undrafted free agents as the roster now stands at 95 which will need to be cut down to 90 sometime in the near future. 

Chiefs Select RB with 1st Round Pick in NFL Draft


The Kansas City Chiefs wrapped up the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft on Thursday night by selecting LSU running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire with the 32nd pick. 


There was plenty of speculation leading up to draft night that Kansas City could trade out of the first round considering the limited number of picks the Chiefs had going into this draft. 


The 5'7 junior for the defending national champion LSU Tigers rushed for over 1,400 yards with 17 total touchdowns. He also ran for 110 yards on 16 carries in the national title game against Clemson. 


Many thought the Chiefs would go defense with their first pick but they decided to add another weapon in the backfield for Super Bowl MVP QB Patrick Mahomes. 


Edwards-Helaire piled 438 career touches at LSU with only one fumble. 


The Chiefs have four remaining picks: 


Round 2 (63)

Round 3 (96)

Round 4 (138)

Round 5 (177)


The 2020 NFL Draft continues on Friday and Saturday. 

KSU F Stockard III announces transfer


A whirlwind of an off-season continues for Kansas State men's basketball as the team announced on Tuesday morning that senior forward Levi Stockard III has entered the transfer portal.


Stockard III becomes the fifth player to transfer since the end of the season.


Stockard III appeared in 100 career games over a span of three seasons and finishes his K-State career with an average of 2.4 points and 1.9 rebounds per games.

KC Favored in All but Two Games in 2020


Although there is plenty of uncertainty in regards to the upcoming NFL season, there's no harm in looking at some of the numbers when it pertains to the Chiefs.


According to BetOnline, the defending Super Bowl Champions are favored in all but two games. Those two games are road contests against Baltimore and New Orleans.


KC is also listed as double digit favorites in seven of their eight home games with the lone exception against New England, however KC is still more than a touchdown favorite over the Patriots who are now without quarterback Tom Brady who signed this off-season with Tampa Bay.

K-State Loses Out on 3-Star Recruit to OSU


Once committed to Kansas State, 3-star recruit Donovan Williams flipped his recruitment on Monday night and is headed to Stillwater to play for Oklahoma State. 


Williams is a 6'5 shooting guard from Lincoln, NE and was one of the nation's top remaining unsigned prospects. Williams at one point was also committed to Nebraska until they switched head coaches from Tim Miles to Fred Hoiberg. 


The miss for K-State leaves them with one more scholorship to fill for the 2020-2021 season. The Wildcats depart eight players from this past season and is set to return less than 40 points per game with the returning few players. 

Coach Wegner to Oologah


Field Kindley now has an opening for a head football coach. Head Coach Darrin Wegner will be heading back to Oklahoma as he has accepted the job at Oologah High School. The USD 445 school board approved the resignation of Wegner at their most recent school board meeting.


Wegner got to FKHS in 2016 and had a 4-5 record in both his first and second seasons. He made his first playoff appearance in 2018 and got his first playoff win before being eliminated in the second round finishing with a 5-5 record. In what is now a rough last season the Nado finished with a 2-7 record. Wegner finishes with at 15-22 record in his four years in Coffeyville.

K-State lands JUCO PG


The Kansas State men's basketball team picked up a recent commitment from PG Rueadale "Rudi" Williams not long after the Wildcats lost Cartier Diarra to Virginia Tech. 


Williams played at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M and averaged 21 points per game while also averaging nearly nine assists and seven rebounds per game. 


Williams will join a K-State squad that will have eight new scholorship players next season and also a recruiting class that ranks inside the top-25 according to 247Sports. 

ICYMI: KU Coaches Speak Out In Support of Social Distancing


KU men's basketball coach Bill Self and football coach Les Miles have both spoken out in support of social distancing to help stop the spread of COVID-19. 


Videos posted to Kansas Governor Laura Kelly's Facebook page showed Self and Miles discussing the importance of following CDC guidelines. Miles, who completed his first season as the Jayhawks' head coach last fall, said the guidelines are something everyone should follow


Self, speaking from his experience as a coach, compared following CDC guidelines with instructing his basketball teams.


Governor Kelly thanked the two coaches for their contributions to her awareness campaign.

Chiefs Bringing Back CB Breeland


The Kansas City Chiefs made a move on Thursday by bringing back veteran CB Bashaud Breeland. 


It's a one-year deal worth up to $4.5 million. 


Breeland started 15 games last season and contributed throughout the postseason including providing the Chiefs a key interception in the Super Bowl victory over the 49ers. 


KC lost CB Kendal Fuller in free agency but do bring back Charvarious Ward along with Rashad Fenton and new signing Antonio Hamilton. 


As of Thursday the Chiefs are set to bring back 20 of 22 starters from the Super Bowl run from last season. 

Chiefs Add Depth at RB


The Kansas City Chiefs have added some depth at running back by signing DeAndre Washington to a one-year deal. 


Washington played with Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes at Texas Tech and was a fifth round pick in the 2016 draft while playing 55 games across the last four seasons with the Raiders. 


Washington's senior season at Texas Tech with Mahomes under center saw some amazing stats with nearly 1,500 yards and 14 touchdowns. 


Washington could end up being the number two running back behind Damien Williams once the 2020 season gets going. 

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. 

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. 

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? 

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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