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Local Sports Archives for 2020-05

Introducing the New Nado Football Coach


Field Kindley High School has found their new football coach. Deonta Wade says this is his first head coaching opportunity but football has been apart of his life for as long as he can remember.


Wade says as far as goals go for the upcoming season he is all about taking it one day at a time.  Sports are still in limbo due to the Coronavirus which puts a first year head coach like Wade in a unique situation. He says they are going to prepare the same way so they'll be ready no matter what happens with the season.



Full interview with Coach Deonta Wade

Chiefs Will Raise Super Bowl Banner Sept. 10th


The Kansas City Chiefs "Run it back" Tour will begin on Thursday, September 10th with the 2020 regular season opener at home against the Houston Texans. 


The Chiefs and Texans met in the Divisional Round last season with KC erasing a 24 point deficit to win 51-31. It was the first of multiple comebacks in the playoffs that eventually saw KC beat the 49ers to raise a Super Bowl banner for the first time in 50 years. 


2020 Kansas City Chiefs Schedule 


Sept. 10 vs. Houston (TNF)

Sept. 20 at LA Chargers 

Sept. 28 at Baltimore (MNF) 

Oct. 4 vs. New England 

Oct. 11 vs. Las Vegas 

Oct. 15 at Buffalo (TNF) 

Oct. 25 at Denver 

Nov. 1 vs. New York Jets 

Nov. 8 vs. Carolina 

Nov. 15 (BYE WEEK) 

Nov. 22 at Las Vegas 

Nov. 29 at Tampa Bay 

Dec. 6 vs. Denver 

Dec. 13 at Miami 

Dec. 20 at New Orleans 

Dec. 27 vs. Atlanta 

Jan. 3 vs. LA Chargers 



Friess Talks About Stepping Down as Parsons Coach


After two seasons of coaching Parsons football, Kurt Friess has decided to step down from the position and focus on his role as principal at Guthridge Elementary School. Friess talked with KGGF on Wednesday to discuss that decision and his future plans.


The COVID-19 pandemic has left several things up in the air, including the 2020-21 school year. As both head football coach and an elementary school principal, Friess said he was uncertain that he would be able to take care of both responsibilities this upcoming season. He said that someone who fills the head coaching vacancy should be able to keep the kids prepared all year.


Of course, Friess leaves his stint in as head coach with a record of 10-10 and the first Parsons playoff victory in 42 years. That's a solid legacy to leave behind, but according to Friess, you don't start coaching to be remembered. He said you coach to help the kids and the community, and that the signature win is just another blessing to be had.


As for his future, Friess said he's still open to coaching someday, but he'll probably never want to coach anywhere but Parsons. However, he said he hopes not to have the opportunity to come back soon. That would, of course, imply that they need him back. Instead, Friess said he wishes for whoever follows him to have success in the role.


But sometimes new and returning coaches need a little help. Friess was no different. Southeast Kansas features a large group of local coaches helping each other out, and those coaches also frequently double as excellent educators. Local coaches were a great resource for Friess as he returned to coaching, and as he steps out of the Parsons job, he'd like to play that part too.

Red Raven Standout Signs With Division I Team


The Red Raven Men's basketball team have sent another standout to an NCAA Division I institution as sophomore All-American Meikkel Murray signed a National Letter of Intent to play at Central Michigan University.


In his two year stint with CCC, Murray made an immediate impact when he stepped on campus by capturing the 2019 KJCCC Freshman of the Year. In his second year, along with being a 2020 Second Team NJCAA All-American, he repeated as the KJCCC Player of the Year, and added the 2020 Region VI Tournament Most Outstanding Player to his resume. Murray averaged nearly 17 points and just over 7 rebounds per game in the 2019-2020 season.


The 6-6 Forward ended his Red Raven career by draining a buzzer-beater that led CCC over Butler in the 2020 Region VI Championship game.

FKHS Spring Senior Spotlight: Golf


Because of the COVID-19 outbreak, many high school students saw their athletic careers come to an abrupt end. However, the family of stations here at KGGF would like to honor Field Kindley spring athletes through interviews with the coaches who have worked with them closely over several years.


Today, we look at the boy's golf team, coached by Mike Peck. The team had three seniors this year, and all of them were looking at possibly qualifying for state competition this year.


Our first senior is Jayden Crawford, a would-be two-year letterman who came to Peck from the baseball team. Peck said the transition to golf came easy for Crawford because of his experience on the baseball team. Crawford was hitting about 115 strokes after his first year out, but he was only improving with time. After just three weeks of practice this year, he had already taken 10 strokes off his average score. Peck said he thought he was only going to get better as the season moved along.


Another senior was Aaron Watson, who would have been entering his third year on the team. When Watson came out for the team, he had never played golf before. Peck was expecting him to get under 100 strokes this year. Watson was a hard worker who was a natural fit for the team, despite not thinking he'd be any good to begin with.


And finally, Owen Carr had probably the loftiest expectations from Peck coming into the season for any of the seniors. Peck said he wanted Carr to score in the low 80s this season, something he has been able to do in the past. A three-year letterman, he had placed 29th in all-SEK competition in 2018, and improved his position to 19th in 2019. Peck said he expected Carr to finally reach that all-SEK mark, and qualify for state as an individual.


Peck said the goal for the team this season was to send a whole team to state, as well as a few individuals. Combined with one of the talented freshman class, the three would have likely been members of that potential state-qualifying team.


We will continue our coverage of the spring sport seniors at FKHS later this week. Next, we will take a look at the track and field team, coached by Jeremy Neuenschwander.

Caney Senior Spotlight: Baseball


We continue our check of area high school spring teams and feature seniors who had their final high school season cut short.

Today we will feature the Caney Valley, Kansas baseball team. The Bullpups were primed to be one of the best in the sunflower state.
Future NCAA Division I pitcher Jace Kaminski had his eyes set on more state records, but unfortunately the season was called off before the Bullpups could get a game in.

Caney Head coach Mike Kaminska says he is disappointed in how everything played out, Caney had gotten some help at the assistant coaching level, and Kaminska says it was making a difference.

Caney Valley had seniors this spring in Jace Kaminski, Brendon Anderson, Keaton Herrman and Jalen Bush. Kaminski made national headlines last year after striking out 29 consecutive batters in regular season play. That broke a Kansas record. He will be a freshman at Wichita State this coming fall.

His dad, and head coach Mike Kaminska, talks about that process amid the virus.

Kansas Collegiate League Baseball made an announcement on Tuesday that its summer games had been canceled. Kaminski was supposed to compete in that league starting later this month. Mike said that Jace will look to play elsewhere if possible.

Friess Steps Down As Parsons Head Football Coach


Parsons head football coach Kurt Friess is stepping down from his position immediately.


Friess announced on Twitter that he was stepping down due to the uncertain nature of the upcoming school year. He currently serves as the principal at Guthridge Elementary along with his duties as the head football coach.


Friess said he believed the program would be better served with a head coach that could would have the time and energy that the program deserves. In his letter to the community, Friess thanked the USD 503 Board of Education, PHS Principal Eric Swanson and athletic director Rob Barcus for giving him the opportunity. He also thanked the community and the students who have played under him for the past few seasons.


Friess was hired in 2018, stepping down a little over two years after taking the position and finished with a record of 10-10 over two seasons. Under his guidance, the Vikings won their first playoff game in 42 years.

FKHS Spring Senior Spotlight: Tennis


Because of the COVID-19 outbreak, many high school students saw their athletic careers come to an abrupt end. However, the family of stations here at KGGF would like to honor Field Kindley spring athletes through interviews with the coaches who have worked with them closely over several years.


Our next sport to be covered is the boys' tennis team, coached by Curtis Chapman. A program on the rise, Coach Chapman saw 11 boys come out for the team this season, including five seniors and one exchange student.


Starting off, our first senior to be recognized is Noah Eytcheson. Set to be the team captain for the season, Eytcheson was the only member of the tennis team for the past two seasons. Chapman said leadership came naturally to him. He also spoke highly of his personality off the court.


Another senior coming out for the team this year had never played tennis before. Clifford Mitchell, described by Chapman as a good athlete, was a part of the wrestling team. Despite his inexperience, Chapman was confident his work ethic would bring him success.


Also coming out for his first year of tennis was Dylan Moses. Moses was involved with theater, but still showed signs of leadership in the small amount of time he spent with the team. Chapman said one of the biggest disappointments about the canceled season was not being able to watch the first-year players improve through competition.


Our next senior is Eli Bell, who impressed Chapman with his enthusiasm. He said that even after he'd leave practice, Bell and the rest of the boys would stay and work on their game.


Drew Cormier was another first-year player for the team, but was a quick learner and another natural athlete. He fit in easily and naturally with the rest of the team.


And finally, a special case for the tennis team this season was junior Malte Ditz, an exchange student from Germany. He would've had only one year to play with the rest of the team, but Chapman said he was about as talented as they come. Ditz also taught Chapman a little bit about the culture differences between Germany and the United States.


Coach Chapman said that the timing of the season's cancellation was unfortunate, as they had been practicing for two weeks and were ready to play against new competition. However, the season was officially canceled the day before their first meet. But the future bodes well for the team. Other than the five seniors and Ditz, four freshman and one junior came out for the team this year, and Chapman said he hopes to see them again next year to continue building the program.


We'll continue to honor the various spring sports seniors throughout the rest of this week. Tomorrow, we will be honoring Coach Mike Peck and the golf seniors.

Chiefs to Know 2020 Schedule on Thursday


The Super Bowl Champion Kansas City Chiefs will know their 2020 schedule in full on Thursday night as the NFL will release the entire schedule as planned despite Covid-19. 


Teams have known their opponents since December but dates and times are to be set on Thursday night beginning at 7:00 PM. 


The Chiefs will have their regular home and away games within the AFC West against Denver, Las Vegas and Los Angeles. The remaining home opponents feature the Falcons, Panthers, Texans, Patriots and Jets. The remaining away games feature the Ravens, Bills, Dolphins, Saints and Buccaneers. 


Five teams on the schedule made the playoffs last season. 

FKHS Spring Senior Spotlight: Swimming


Because of the COVID-19 outbreak, many high school students saw their athletic careers come to an abrupt end. However, the family of stations here at KGGF would like to honor Field Kindley spring athletes through interviews with the coaches who have worked with them closely over several years.


Our first sport to cover is girls' swimming, coached by Tracy Childress. Coach Childress is a 1984 graduate of FKHS, and has been coaching swimming for 17 years. His team would have had five seniors this spring.


The first senior is Halle Herkelman, who has competed for the team all four years. Childress said her best strokes were the 50m freestyle, 100m free, and the 100m breaststroke. She was on the relay team that had qualified for state last season.


The next senior is Julia Wright, who swam for three years. She was described by Childress as one of the team's best utility swimmers, competing in a wide variety of events. He said her utility and willingness to try other strokes allowed the team to pick up plenty of points.


Another senior is Alexis Hobbs, who swam the 100m backstroke and also competed on the backstroke relay team. Coach Childress said she had plenty of skill when it came to the backstroke, and said she made it look effortless. She also participated in several relays and was good at making up time when needed.


Also swimming for three years was Kimberly Moore, who swam the 50m free, 100m free, and the 200m free as well. Coach Childress said she was a little apprehensive at first, but she's come around tremendously.


Finally, the last swimming senior to be honored is Murran McKellips. She would've been entering her second year with the team. She swam the backstroke along with the 150m freestyle.


Coach Childress said he will miss the senior leadership and how the class got along well. However, with the season officially behind everyone, it's now time to look toward next year's seniors. Coach Childress said he's confident that his new seniors will be able to bring the same level of talent as this year's outgoing class.


We will continue to honor an FKHS spring sport each day. Tomorrow, we will honor the tennis seniors.

Chiefs Add to QB Depth


The Kansas City Chiefs have agreed to terms with former Michigan quarterback and undrafted free agent Shea Patterson. 


The top rated quarterback in the class of 2016 threw for over 5,600 yards and 45 touchdowns for the Wolverines. 


Patterson joins former XFL quarterback Jordan Ta'amu in the QB room behind Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes. 




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