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Local Sports Archives for 2021-03

Coffeyville Concludes Regular Season With Two Wins

 

Sophomore Night was a big success for the Coffeyville Red Ravens, as the women defeated Butler 71-62 with the men following up at 81-68. 

 

The Coffeyville women had been the only team to defeat Butler heading into Wednesday's contest. The Grizzlies, ranked ninth in the nation and sitting at 19-1 on the season, proved to be a tough matchup early. Butler would lead for the much of the first quarter, although Coffeyville never fell behind enough to truly feel out of the game. Once the second quarter began, however, Makenzie Davis would emerge as the hero Coffeyville needed, hitting four threes in the second quarter to help push the Red Ravens to a 3-point halftime lead. The third quarter would belong to the Grizzlies, as they outscored Coffeyville 19-11 to reclaim a 5-point lead. But much like the first meeting between the two teams, it would be the Ravens who finished down the stretch. The offense would have its best showing down the stretch, with Amiya Josey and KK Lay adding on to Davis' previous efforts to help assist the Ravens to a 9-point victory.

 

Davis led all scorers with 17, with Josey adding 14. Coffeyville's women improve to 14-6 on the season and 13-6 in the Jayhawk Conference. Butler falls to 20-2, with both losses coming against the Ravens.

 

By comparison, the men's game was a bit slower, but by the first few minutes, no one would think that was possible. Butler would pick up the first points of the game on a three-pointer, but Coffeyville fired back on a 19-0 run to claim a lead they would never give up. The Red Ravens allowed only 22 points in the first half, holding Butler to just 30 percent from the field. Things would get a little shiftier out of the locker rooms. Despite trailing by double-digits, Butler seemed to make the proper adjustments, and dug into the lead slowly over the course of the half. The Grizzlies would finally push the lead back down to as little as nine, but the Ravens held firm and held out just long enough to eventually claim a 13-point victory.

 

No one reached more than 13 points in Wednesday's victory, although five Ravens reached double digts. Bostyn Holt led the way with 13, being joined by Tylor Perry (12), Markeith Browning (12), Blaise Keita (12), and Kevaughn Ellis (11). The men improve to 20-2 on the season and 18-2 in conference play.

 

Only the Region VI tournament remains for both teams. Depending on the result of Cowley's Friday matchup with Neosho, the Coffeyville men will head into the tournament as either the #2 or the #4 seed, despite holding the best record in the conference. The women's seed is yet to be determined, but unofficial standings have them at #6 and taking on NW Kansas Tech in the first round. Both teams will play at home, with game times yet to be announced. Stay tuned to KGGF and KUSN for further updates. 

 

 

Two ICC Players Named Players of the Week

 

The Independence and Butler matchup sweep the Game of the Week awards for week one of the Jayhawk Conference football action. Pirates RB Tavion Thomas and P Stefan Forbes were named the Offensive and Special Teams Players of the Week and Grizzlies LB Quae Drake was named Defensive Player of the Week.

 

Thomas had 211 all purpose yards and four touchdowns against Butler, including the go ahead score with under a minute left in the game. Forbes averaged 43.9 yard per punt and had five punts inside the 20 yard line to help ICC control field position in the second half. Butler's Drake had 10 tackles with a fumble recovery and an interception.

 

Nado Golf Finishes 3rd in First Meet

 

The Field Kindley Golden Tornado boy's golf team competed in their first meet of the season in Caney.

 

The team of Sophmore Tyler Zimmerman, Freshman Zac Becker, Daric Voss and Zane Cox placed third overall. Zimmerman shot a 98 and placed 5th overall individually and Becker shot a 105 and placed 8th overall. Coach Mike Peck says the team battled 25 to 35 mph winds all day.

Coffeyville Gets Revenge Over Independence

 

Coffeyville got some revenge over its biggest rival, taking two games back from Independence on Monday. The women won their contest 68-59, while the men dominated their opponent 102-74.

 

The women's game featured very little scoring at the outset, with Coffeyville not scoring from the field until just over seven minutes into the first quarter. Independence didn't fare much better, although they would open up the game on an 8-0 run. The Red Ravens would eventually pick it up a bit, but that didn't keep the Pirates from taking a 7-point lead by the end of the first quarter. Coffeyville would return the favor a bit in the second quarter, closing the gap to trail by just 4 into the locker rooms. After a rather uneventful third quarter, in which Coffeyville would finally take its first lead of the game, the fourth quarter would see most of the fireworks. Independence immediately opened the quarter up on a 10-0 run, taking a 9-point lead and putting the Ravens on the ropes. However, Coffeyville would respond in kind, going on a 10-0 run of their own capped by Faith Simpson to jump back out in front. The Ravens and Pirates would continue to trade blows for the next few minutes, but Paige Scott would find her first three to put the lead out to seven. Coffeyville would eventually take the 9-point victory for themselves.

 

Faith Simpson led all scorers with 23, and picked up the double-double with 11 rebounds. KK Lay finished with 11, and Martina Aeschliman finished with 10 points as well. The Red Raven women improve to 13-6 on the season and 12-6 in Jayhawk Conference play, stopping a 2-game losing skid.

 

Afterward, the men's game got started, with two teams looking to prove themselves to each other. The opening few minutes saw both teams play fast and furious, and for the first time in awhile, a large student section helped make the gym feel more normal than usual. However, much like the Pirates had used their home crowd to their advantage, it seemed as if the Ravens felt more comfortable playing at Nellis Hall, and they played like it. The team would open up a 13-point lead by halftime, with Love Bettis adding the exclamation point right before the half. The second half saw the rise of Markeith Browning, who had to sit out most of the first half with two personal fouls. Playing on his birthday, Browning put together perhaps his best half of the season, shooting 5-5 from the field (4-4 2FG, 1-1 3FG) and gathering 13 points total. His efforts would help open up a lead that was just too big for the Pirates to overcome. The Red Ravens would eventually reach triple-digits, and picked up their 19th victory over their Montgomery County counterparts, 102-74.

 

Tylor Perry had another monster peformance, reaching 24 points for the second straight game. Bettis would add 19, and Browning finished with those 13 points. Other Red Ravens in double digits included Bostyn Holt (13), Hayden Brittingham (12), and Kevaughn Ellis (11). Coffeyville's men improve to 19-2 on the season and 17-2 in conference play.

 

Both teams will finish off their regular season on Wednesday with their rematch against the Butler Grizzlies. Tip-off for the women's game is set for 5:30 pm, with pregame starting at 5:15 on 98.1, KUSN.

 

ICC Beats Butler to Start Season

 

It had been 503 days since the Independence Community College football team had taken the field. They finished the 2019 season as Jayhawk Conference Champions and started the 2021season beating the 7th ranked Butler Grizzlies 31-24. The Pirates started the game strong scoring a touchdown on their first drive, forcing a fumble on Butler's first drive and then scoring another touchdown on their second drive. ICC held the 17-0 lead after the first quarter and then after a slow second quarter would head into halftime leading 17-3.

 

After a quarterback change, Butler would take control to start the second half scoring 24 unanswered points to take their first lead of the game. The ICC offense struggled to find a rhythm in the 3rd quarter but right as the quarter would come to a close the Pirates tied the game up at 24-24. With 43 seconds left, the Pirates running back Tavion Thomas, a Cincinnati transfer, would find the endzone for the fourth time in the game to give ICC the go-ahead touchdown.

 

Thomas finished the game with 13 carries, 172 yards, three rushing touchdowns and a receiving touchdown. QB Brock Domann 17-34, 122 yards and 1 touchdown. ICC rushed for 338 yards on 43 carries.

Coffeyville Drops Both At Cowley

Both Coffeyville squads struggled offensively Saturday against Cowley County, dropping the women’s contest 57-54 and the men’s contest 86-77.

 

Playing in a notoriously difficult Cowley gym, the women couldn’t seem to get it going at the outset. For the second straight game, the opposing Tigers packed in a 2-3 zone and forced the Red Ravens to shoot from outside. Although Coffeyville would not struggle as much as they had to against Barton earlier this week, it was still enough for the Tigers to take a 1-point lead into the half, 30-29. Defensively, Coffeyville was still the powerhouse that they have been for most of the season, keeping the Tigers to nearly 30 points under their average. However, Coffeyville would trail for most of the second half. Clutch threes down the stretch would keep the Ravens close, but Martina Aeschliman’s chance to tie would be blocked, allowing Cowley to dribble out the rest of the clock and take the 3-point victory.

 

Paige Scott once again led the Ravens in scoring with 16, while KK Lay added 11. Coffeyville’s women fall to 12-6 on the season and 11-6 in Jayhawk Conference play.

 

Fans packed the limited-capacity gym for the men’s game, featuring two teams ranked in the latest NJCAA polls. The Coffeyville men would come out quickly, starting the game on a 6-0 run, but Cowley would match with 7 straight points of their own. Both teams would uncharacteristically struggle on offense for much of the first half. Coffeyville would be the ones trailing at halftime, though, 42-36. A big run at the start of the second half would boost Cowley’s lead to 12 at 53-41, but Coffeyville would fight back to take the lead, leading to several minutes of punching back and forth. Coffeyville would effectively doom itself, however, missing several key layups and free throws and leaving easy points off the board. One more Cowley run would be too much to handle, as Coffeyville dropped only its second game of the year, 86-77.

 

Tylor Perry followed up his performance against Neosho with 24 on Saturday. Bostyn Holt and Markeith Browning also entered double-digits in the loss. Coffeyville shot just 53% from the free throw line. The Red Ravens fall to 17-2 on the season and 15-2 in conference play. They hold a half-game lead over Cowley for the #1 seed in the upcoming Region VI tournament.

 

Both teams will return to Nellis Hall for the last week of the regular season. A Montgomery County showdown awaits as Independence visits Coffeyville on Monday. Tip-off for the women’s game will come at 5:30, with pregame starting at 5:15 on 98.1, KUSN.

Coffeyville Dropped by Hutchinson in Football Season Opener

 

The Coffeyville Red Ravens hung around for one quarter before being dropped by the Hutchinson Blue Dragons by a score of 33-10 Friday night.

 

Hutchinson got the scoring started quickly by scoring on a 5 play, 60-yard drive that only took just over two minutes off the clock that was capped by a 30-yard scamper by quarterback C.J. Ogbonna. Coffeyville looked to answer the touchdown by taking the ball all the way to the Blue Dragon 2-yard line on the ensuing possession before Raven quarterback Kolbe Lange was dropped for an 11-yard sack and the Ravens had to settle for a Skyler Seagraves field goal to make the score 7-3 at the end of the first quarter.

 

Hutchinson began the second quarter with a bang as Tye Edwards capped off a 7-play drive with a plunge over the right side that extended the lead to 13-3 after the extra point attempt was muffed. After another Hutchinson field-goal, Coffeyville defensive back Zahquan Frazier pick off an overthrown pass and returned it into Hutchinson territory. The ensuing Raven drive was shut down with a four and out with 1:31 remaining in the first half.  Hutch quickly marched down the field to set up Alfonso Deleon's second field goal of the night as time ran out on the first half to give the Dragons a 19-3 heading into the halftime period.

 

After a weather delay of nearly an hour, Hutchinson started the third quarter quickly as Ogbanna engineered a 6-play drive capped off with a 35 pass to Ivan Thomas to make the score 26-3.  Coffeyville would strike back with a 20-yard run from running back Star Thomas that bought the Ravens within 16 but they would not get any close than that as Hutch tacked on a touchdown at the end of the third quarter to arrange the final margin.

 

James Meeks like all Raven rushers with 54 yards on 8 carries while Cryce Childress hauled in 6 passes for 43 yards. Hutchinson was led by Tye Edwards who had 83 yards rushing on 13 carried with a touchdown.

 

The Ravens remain on the road next week at the take on Dodge City at 1 pm.  You can listen to the game on 98.1 KUSN. Jared Sleppy and Kyle Hey will be on the call.

Perry's Season-High Leads Coffeyville Past Neosho

 

Tylor Perry posted a season-hgh 28 points en route to another rout of Neosho County, this time at 95-66.

 

At first, it seemed as if the game would be a back and forth battle. The Panthers, who held a 7-3 record at home coming into the contest, kept up with Coffeyville's offense through outside shooting. Specifically, the scoring came from Cougar Downing, who nailed six first-half three-pointers to keep Neosho in the ballgame. However, the Red Ravens would employ their usual balanced scoring attack to take a 5-point halftime lead. Ten different Ravens would score during the first half.

 

The second half saw Neosho cool off quite a bit, while Coffeyville would find its second wind. Perry, who had 8 at the break, found open shot after open shot. He'd drain six threes over the course of the final 20 minutes, including this one with just a few minutes left to play. Adding on to two first-half trifectas, Perry finished with eight three-pointers and 28 points for the night, just one made three from tying the school record of nine. Coffeyville would easily coast for most of the half, shutting down Downing and leading scorer Magic Reliford to take the 29-point victory.

 

Coffeyville improves to 18-1 on the season and 16-1 in Jayhawk Conference play. Next up, we'll return to two-game action as both the men and women take on Cowley County. The women will tip-off at 5:30 pm, with pregame starting 15 minutes prior. Saturday's broadcast will also be held on Sonshine 98.9, KQQF due to prior commitments on KUSN.

Slow Start Dooms Coffeyville At Barton

 

Coffeyville couldn't replicate the offensive success it found against Neosho on Wednesday, dropping its fifth contest of the season to Barton 81-70.

 

Fresh off of their highest scoring effort of the season, Coffeyville came out firing three-pointers, but none wanted to fall. Meanwhile, Barton went on a tear, shooting above 60% in the first half and pushing the Red Ravens both inside and out. The Cougars showed to a 2-3 zone to take away Coffeyville's inside passing, and with Coffeyville's three-point tries not going their way, the lead grew to 20, 44-24, by the halftime break.

 

Out of the locker rooms, Coffeyville seemed to be much more well-adjusted, although they continued to struggle from outside. Faith Simpson and Nakia Cullom found much better looks just outside the paint, and were able to keep up with Barton's shooting pace. Even Coffeyville's fortunes from deep would eventually make a change for the better late in the third quarter. Paige Scott, who shot just 1-7 in the first half from deep, caught fire, and a continued flurry of midrange shots helped bring the lead back down to as little as 8. However, it was just not enough, as Barton would secure their free throws down the stretch to claim the 11-point victory.

 

Scott led all Red Raven scorers with 20, but she left the game in the fourth quarter with an apparent injury after an on-court collision. Cullom recorded another season-high for herself with 18, two days after setting her previous best against Neosho. Simpson also reached double digits, using her midrange jumper to get to 14 on the day. Overall, the Ravens shot just 35 percent from the field and went 9-39 from beyond the arc. Six of those made three-pointers belonged to Scott, who went 6-14. Coffeyville falls to 12-5 on the season and 11-5 in Jayhawk Conference play.

 

With the loss, Coffeyville can no longer get first place in the East Division. Butler will be the division champs for the regular season, but a home game in the first round of the Region 6 tournament is still possible. The women will next hit the road for their matchup with Cowley on Saturday, but our next broadcast will see the men travel to Chanute for their makeup game against the Neosho County Panthers.

 

 

 

Former Caney Valley Bullpup Picks Up Win in First Career Start at WSU

 

A former Caney Valley Bullpup made his first career collegiate start to some critical acclaim yesterday evening.

 

Freshman Jace Kaminska at Wichita State threw five innings of one-run baseball en route to a 5-1 win over K-State. It was Kaminska’s first start and his first action on the mound in two weeks. Over his five frames, he allowed one unearned run on three hits, struck out four and walked two. Kaminska says he felt a little bit more comfortable starting than he has felt out of the bullpen.

 

Kaminska is well-known regionally after not allowing a run in his entire junior campaign in Caney. He once struck out 29 consecutive batters over the course of two games in his junior year.

 

The Shox improve to 9-8 and are back in action against Omaha on Friday at 6 p.m. As for the BatCats, they fall to 13-7 and will begin conference play in Stillwater against Oklahoma State on Friday at 6 p.m.

Coffeyville Receives Votes in Preseason Rankings, Indy Ranked 9th

 

The NJCAA came out with their preseason football rankings.

 

Coffeyville finds themselves unranked, but they received votes. The Red Ravens are projected to finish fifth in the KJCCC. As for Independence is #9 in the country behind three other Kansas schools. Hutchinson is #1 in the country, Garden City is #5, and Butler is #7.

 

The Red Ravens have a date with the Blue Dragons on Friday at 7 p.m. in Hutchinson. Independence also begins their 2021 campaign Friday at home against Butler.

Coffeyville Scores Conference High in Win Over Neosho

 

Coffeyville put together perhaps its strongest offensive performance of the season, as the women waltzed to a 92-53 victory over Neosho County on Monday.

 

A Red Raven victory was never in doubt. Coffeyville ripped off a massive 24-5 run to start the game, capped off by this Paige Scott three-pointer. The lead would continue to grow and grow, as Neosho also failed to penetrate the Red Raven defense. Coffeyville would end the first quarter leading 28-6. The momentum would continue into the second quarter, as the Ravens offense went on another 13-3 run. Neosho would try to counter by switching to a 2-3 zone, but unlike the previous meeting between the two teams, Coffeyville was ready. It would be effective in slowing down passes to the post, but outside shots became more and more open.

 

The lead would bounce between 39 and 41 points for much of the second half, as Coffeyville went deep into its bench for some more playing time. Neosho would push it back to within 31 for a brief moment, but a return for the starters pushed the lead back out. The game would eventually come to a close, with Coffeyville recording its highest point total of the conference season, at 92-53. Faith Simpson led all scorers with 22, while Scott added 19 to tie her season high. Nakia Cullom also proved to be a positive force off the bench, recording 15. After the game, head coach Tony Turner mentioned how he planned on attacking the Neosho zone.

 

The Coffeyville women improve to 12-4 on the season and 11-4 in Jayhawk Conference play. We'll stick with the women this Wednesday, as the Red Ravens retry a previously-postponed game against Barton. Pregame will start at 5:15 pm, with tipoff at 5:30 on US98.1, KUSN.

Coach Turner Picks Up 300th Victory in Win Over Allen County

 

Coffeyville head coach Tony Turner picked up his 300th win as a head coach Saturday, as his Red Raven women defeated the Allen County Red Devils 70-51.

 

Fresh off their loss against Cloud County on Wednesday, the Red Ravens didn't seem like they'd be dwelling on it for too long, as the team jumped out to a lead that they'd never lose. Paige Scott and Faith Simpson led the charge early, but Allen County didn't back down, shooting from outside frequently, and frequently finding success. Allen County shot 60% (6-10) from beyond the arc in the first half, but Coffeyville still led by 5 at the half, 37-32. Coffeyville seemed to regain its mojo out of the locker rooms, pushing their advantage to 14 by the end of the 3rd quarter. Subs would enter the game near the start of the fourth quarter, and the team would eventually cruise to its 19 point victory.

 

After the game, Turner was recognized by the Coffeyville crowd for his 300th win, and received a plaque from athletic director Jeff Leiker. Scott led all scorers on Saturday, picking up 14. Simpson had 12, and Makenzie Davis scored 11 in her first start of the season. The Red Raven women now sit at 11-4 on the season and 10-4 in Jayhawk Conference play.

 

Following the between-game festivities, the Coffeyville men took to the floor, looking to continue its recent three-game winning streak. The Allen County men, despite entering the contest at 6-11, were also on a three-game winning streak. Unlike their last affair, which saw the Red Devils stick around to at least the half, Coffeyville jumped out early, pushing their advantage to double-digits before the first media timeout and taking a 16-point lead by the halftime period. The Red Ravens, a team that at times has been known for its shooting from outside, took a relatively measured approach to the game, attacking the basket. The team shot 60% from the field, a new high for the season, and despite playing back and forth basketball with Allen for much of the final 20 minutes, would take home the 20-point victory at 81-61.

 

Tylor Perry again led all scorers with 15, while Love Bettis added 14. Bostyn Holt also reached double-digits, scoring 11. The Red Raven men have now won four straight and sit at 17-1 on the season, and 15-1 in conference play.

 

Next week, we'll have four seperate broadcasts for you. We'll get started with a women's-only contest at Neosho on Monday. Tipoff will come at 7:30 pm, with pregame starting at 7:15 on US98.1, KUSN.

Red Raven Men Defeat Cloud County in Double Overtime

 

For the first time in over a month, the Red Raven men and women had split fortunes. The women fell to Cloud County 74-61, while the men held on to defeat the Thunderbirds in double overtime, 100-96. 

 

The Red Raven women just couldn’t seem to get anything going their way Wednesday. Despite an early onslaught of buckets from sophomore Faith Simpson, she was matched every step of the way by Cloud County sophomore Le’Yanna McGinnis. The Jayhawk Conference’s leading scorer established herself against Coffeyville’s usually stout defense. Coffeyville’s offense sputtered, committing 28 turnovers and shooting just 3-18 from beyond the arc. McGinnis would finish with 35 points, a career-high for the Thunderbird. 

 

Simpson would lead all Coffeyville scorers with 18, and was joined in double-digits by Makenzie Davis, who finished with a season-high 15. The Red Raven women fall to 10-4 on the season and 9-4 in Jayhawk Conference play.

 

After the conducting of homecoming activities, the men took to the court to take on the last-place Thunderbirds. Cloud County had lost nine straight heading into Wednesday’s game, but they didn’t play like it. Coffeyville found itself down 22-9 after just a few minutes of play; however, a 14-0 Red Raven run would at least bring the game back to even. The two teams would basically punch back and forth for the rest of the game. Near the end of regulation, Coffeyville led 74-71, but Zavian Smith drilled a 3-pointer from the left-wing to send the game into its first overtime at 74. The first overtime would prove be a miniature version of the first 40 minutes, with back and forth action and plenty of free throws, but this time it would be Coffeyville that found itself down by three. However, with 13.3 seconds left, Tylor Perry would become the hero and nailed his own three to tie the game back up at 89. In double overtime, Bostyn Holt would put the Red Ravens up for the final time, and Hayden Brittingham would add two free throws with 4.3 seconds remaining to ice the game at 100-96. 

 

Holt led all scorers with 21, and Perry, who was held to no points in the first half, finished with 20. Coffeyville improves to 16-1 on the season and 14-1 in conference play.

 

Another rematch awaits the Red Ravens, but they’ll return home to Nellis Hall to take on the Allen County Red Devils on Saturday. Coffeyville took contests the first time around. You can listen to all of the action, with pregame starting at 1:45 on US98.1, KUSN.

 

Upcoming Memorial for Coach Foster

 

Coffeyville Community College will soon hold a memorial for a longtime football coach. The college will be honoring former head coach Dick Foster, who coached the Red Ravens from 1975-1988, amassing 127 wins during that time span. He also coached the the Ravens to a national championship in 1983.

 

The memorial will begin at 1 pm on Saturday, May 8th at Nellis Gym. Foster passed away on October 23rd of last year.

Coffeyville Takes Two Off of Neosho

 

Both Coffeyville teams restarted their winning streaks Monday, with the women overcoming Neosho County 78-64 and the men following through at 84-56.

 

Coffeyille's women, riding high off of a huge victory over Butler on Saturday, seemed to carry that momentum into the matchup with the Panthers. Kailyn Lay had the hot hand early, giving the Ravens and early lead that grew bit by bit throughout the first 20 minutes. Lay would lead all scorers with 9 as the Red Ravens took a 14-point lead into halftime, 43-29. The third quarter would be dominated by Coffeyville, with Martina Aeschliman and Faith Simpson adding buckets to compliment Lay's earlier efforts. The lead would grow to as much as 27, as head coach Tony Turner started clearing the bench midway through the quarter. However, Neosho would not go quietly into the night, ripping off a 17-0 run that brought the game back to within 8 points. Coffeyville, who could not seem to catch a break, would not score until 6 minutes into the final quarter. Fortunately, the lead was just too much for Neosho to overcome, and with Dariana Carter and Lay sinking their free throws, Coffeyville would escape with the 14-point victory.

 

The Red Raven women improve to 10-3 on the season, and 9-3 in Jayhawk Conference play. Afterward, Turner reaffirmed his belief that the team is only as strong as its weakest link.

 

After the women's contest, the men took to the floor looking to continue its success. Neosho, fresh off a victory over Coffeyville-conquerer Independence, looked to do the same, even taking an 8-point lead on the Ravens in the first half. Parsons native Magic Reliford was particularly hot, showing impressive range and forcing Coffeyville into a bad spot defensively. Reliford would pick up 15 of his 23 points in the first half, most of which came from way beyond the three-point line. However, Coffeyville would fight back, finally taking the lead once again right before the half thanks to the efforts of Tylor Perry. The Red Ravens led, 40-38. Halftime adjustments would be made, and it seemed as if Coffeyville flipped the switch. Perry hit three straight 3s to open up the lead, and Kevaughn Ellis refused to miss from deep as well. Coffeyville shot 11-19 from three-point range on Monday, approaching their highest average of the season. The sixth-ranked Red Ravens consequently outscored Neosho 44-18 across the second half, also shutting down nearly anyone not named Magic Reliford en route to another double-digit victory, 84-56.

 

Back on another winning streak, Coffeyville's men improve to 15-1 and 13-1 in conference play. Head coach Jay Herkelman said it felt pretty good to make shots from outside again.

 

Both teams will hit the road Wednesday for a trip to Cloud County. The Thunderbirds will be the first opponent Coffeyville has already seen this season. Coffeyville took both at home. Pregame will start at 5:45 pm, with the women tipping off at 6, on US98.1, KUSN.

OKU 2A Champs

 

Oklahoma Union takes home the Gold Ball beating Howe 64-54 in the 2A Basketball State Championship Game. Bartlesville Radio's Evan Fahrbach had the final call.

 

Jace Hollingshead had 23 points while Nate Collier added 19 and had 13 rebounds for a double-double to lead OKU to the title. The Cougars trailed 17-16 after the first, but held Howe scoreless in the second quarter to hold a 29-17 halftime lead. The closest Howe would get in the second half was five, at 31-26 with 3:44 left in the 3rd. The Cougars would answer on a Collier three and a then three-pointer from another senior, Henry Auer, pushed the lead back to 11. The Cougars limited Howe to 36.5-percent scoring. OKU shot 40.8% on 20-49 from the field.  An impressive Collier bucket in the fourth quarter would be the final points of his career.

 

It was Oklahoma Union's first-ever appearance in a boy's basketball state championship game. The Cougars finished the year at 25-2.

 

Coffeyville Takes Both Against Butler

 

Just a few days removed from dropping both against Independence, both Coffeyville teams were back in a big way Saturday. The women knocked off the previously-undefeated Butler Grizzlies 69-61, while the men followed up with a 76-66 victory of their own.

 

The Red Raven women knew they would be facing a tough challenge. Butler came into the contest ranked #6 in the nation and 13-0 on the season. Despite that, Coffeyville would come out with the same aggression as usual, repeatedly trying to get passes inside to Faith Simpson. Coffeyville would take a 4-0 lead, but Butler would punch back and eventually take an 11-8 lead after the first quarter. Both teams showed their defensive prowess throughout the first half, but soon the Ravens would find their mark from outside, including two consecutive threes from Martina Aeschliman. Coffeyville would hold a 1-point lead heading into the half at 31-30. Out of the second half, it seemed as if Coffeyville had no intention of backing down against the much-vaunted Butler side, holding a consistent lead and attacking the paint despite Simpson being held out with foul trouble. Eventually, Coffeyville's lead would become too much to handle, with the Ravens scoring the upset and handing the Grizzlies their first loss in 14 games. Paige Scott would finish with 19, a season-high for herself this season. The Red Raven women are now 9-3 on the season and 8-3 in conference play.

 

The men would come next, fresh off their first defeat against the Pirates on Wednesday. Early in the contest, that loss didn't seem to be on the mind of the Ravens, who jumped out to a 17-8 lead early in the first half. Butler would quickly embark on a run of their own to tie things up at 18, but Coffeyville would continue to keep themselves just barely out of reach from the Grizzlies attack. Love Bettis and Tylor Perry, despite not finding much from outside the three-point line, found their typical scoring through inside drives and mid-range jumpers. Coffeyville would lead at the half, 38-33. Butler would never let Coffeyville jump out to a comfortable lead, even into the second half, as the Ravens tried to pull away. Perry and Bettis would take numerous trips to the free throw line in the final few minutes, but made enough to take the 10-point victory. Perry finished with 19, while Bettis picked up 18 points. The Red Raven men improve to 14-1 on the season and 12-1 in Jayhawk Conference play. 

 

It'll be a quick turnaround for Coffeyville as both teams take to the floor Monday against Neosho. The Panthers split their doubleheader on Saturday against Independence, with the women dropping that game but the men coming out on top. Pregame will start from Nellis Hall at 5:15 pm on US98.1, KUSN.

CCC Basketball Moving to KGGF-AM For Saturday

 

Tomorrow's Red Raven basketball games will be heard on a different station than usual.

 

Both games can be caught on 690AM, KGGF. KUSN will be broadcasting a live musical performance from the Dry Creek Saloon in Neodesha, which necessitated the change. Pregame will start at 5:15 pm, with the women tipping off at 5:30. The men, of course, will follow after that.

 

The Red Ravens will return to 98.1 KUSN on Monday for their matchup with Neosho.

Peck Back to Back All SEK Selections

 

A Field Kindley High School girls basketball player has been named to the SEK All-League Second Team for the second straight year. Senior Adyson Peck says she is grateful for this honor and as far as what the future holds she is still weighing her options.

 

Peck averaged just over 11 points a game and around 8.5 rebounds per game in her senior season. She had 11 double-doubles on the year including a 24 point 17 rebound game against Sedan and was two steals shy of a triple-double in a home matchup against Caney.

LCC Breaks Ground on Athletic Complex

 

Labette Community College has broken ground on the school’s new athletic complex.

 

The Labette Community College Foundation embarked on a $5.8 million Pathways to the Future Athletic Complex capital campaign in 2016. The campaign funding focused on the expansion, major renovation, and upgrading of the current gymnasium, and its goal was reached in January.

 

This new expansion and renovation will bring the facilities up to the standard of all the other Kansas community colleges. The expansion includes new basketball and volleyball courts, batting cages, weight rooms, and expanded seating capacity. Construction is expected to finish in 2023.

Sunrise Christian Academy Head Basketball Coach Luke Barnwell Wins Naismith High School Boys Coach of the Year

 

Sunrise Christian Academy head basketball coach Luke Barnwell won the award of the Naismith Boys' High School Coach of the Year.

 

Barnwell in his sixth year at the helm of the national powerhouse in Bel Aire, KS (northern suburb of Wichita) led the Buffaloes to an 18-2 record including wins over #1 Montverde Academy and #2 IMG Academy along with an invite to the GEICO High School Nationals tournament.

 

The team consists of multiple commits to major DI programs including Kendall Brown who is heading to Baylor, Kenny Pohto who is committed to Minnesota, Kennedy Chandler who is committed to Tennessee, Zachary Clemence who is committed to Kansas, and 2020 Gatorade Player of the Year Grady Dick who is also committed to KU.

 

Sacramento Kings shooting guard and Sunrise alum congratulated Barnwell on Twitter saying "well deserved my guy".

Jeff Long Out as KU AD

 

Jeff Long announced that he is stepping down as athletic director at the University of Kansas.

 

This announcement comes just a day after Les Miles and KU "agreed to mutually part ways". Long hired Miles in 2018 as they had a good relationship at Michigan in the late-80s and early-90s.

 

Long said in a statement, "It is clear that my continued service as the Director of Athletics would only serve as a distraction to the nearly 500 incredible young men and women in our athletics department, as well as to the outstanding coaches and staff who support them."

 

Kansas chancellor Dr. Douglas Girod announced that longtime KU donor Kurt Watson would serve as interim athletic director. Girod said he would lead the process of finding a new athletic director with the assistance of a search firm and four alumni advisers. Once the new AD is hired, they would lead the search for the head football coach.

Coffeyville Swept By Independence In Thrilling Fashion

 

For the first time this season, and in dramatic fashion, both Coffeyville teams were defeated on game-winning shots. The women fell to Independence 68-66, while the men were beaten 70-67.

 

The Red Raven women rode into Independence on a 5-game winning streak, and early on in the contest, the team seemed to be rolling. Faith Simpson racked up several points inside and put Independence on notice. Coffeyville would build its lead to as much as 9, but the Pirates would keep themselves in single-digit range the entire game. Both teams racked up several turnovers over the course of the game, but Coffeyville's would hurt more, as Independence soon mixed in successful drives and outside shooting to come back and eventually take the lead. Trailing by 3, Martina Aeschliman would hit a game-tying shot from the corner to tie the ballgame up, and after Independence couldn't score on their final possession, the game would head into extra time.

 

The overtime period was just as close as the regulation periods, with both teams trading basket for basket. Simpson, playing on 4 personal fouls, took several trips to the line as she continued her dominance inside. However, with the game tied at 66, Independence got one final chance at the basket. Delani Harris would miss a shot from the right block, but got her own rebound and put it back in with under 2 second remaining. A final heave would fall short, and Coffeyville's winning streak came to a close. Simpson recorded a season-high 26 points in the loss. Coffeyville falls to 8-3 on the season and 7-3 in Jayhawk Conference play. 

 

Coffeyville's men entered their game on a 13-win unbeaten streak, but as will often happen in a rivalry matchup, the game was kept close. Tylor Perry got particularly hot, hitting two three-pointers and adding a few free throws as well to  At the half, Coffeyville led by 9 at 37-28. Out of the locker rooms, Independence would score the first two baskets, but Coffeyville ripped off a 15-0 run in just over a minute to take their largest lead of the game at 52-32. However, much like the momentum had suddenly shifted for Coffeyville, it would abruptly change directions for Independence. For the next 15 minutes, the Pirates would slowly chip away at the Ravens' lead, while Coffeyville went cold from pretty much everywhere on the floor. Independence would finally catch up with just over a minute remaining, and with the score tied at 67, Madison Munroe drilled a three-pointer from the corner to snap Coffeyville's unbeaten season. Tensions flared after the game, with both teams and several students from the Independence side coming together on the court. Perry and Love Bettis each led Coffeyville at 15 points. The Red Ravens fall to 13-1 on the season, and 11-1 in the conference.

 

Both teams hit the road once again Saturday for a matchup with Butler. You can catch both games, as always, on US98.1, KUSN.

 

 

 

Tri-Valley League All League Selections

 

The selections for the Tri-Valley All-League teams were announced.

 

On the boys' side, Cherryvale had seniors Landon Bennett and Devin Sawyer made the team with senior Kolbyn Hooper getting an Honorable Mention selection.

 

Fredonia's senior Layne Mayeske made the team and Neodesha's junior point guard Maddux Johnson made the honorable mention list.

 

As for the girls, Cherryvale's senior Mariah Monroy made the all-league team and sophomore Kelsi Lantz was an honorable mention. Neodesha's senior Amy Smith also made the team along with senior Chaynee Johnson being an honorable mention. Fredonia's sophomore Natalie Jenkins was on the honorable mentions list.

SEK League Releases All-League Girls' Teams

 

Several players from around the area, including players from Field Kindley, Independence, Labette County, and Parsons, were named to two SEK League's All-League girls' teams. You can see the selections below.

 

First Team:

Kori Babcock, Senior, Chanute

Madison Brannin, Junior, Labette County

Madden Petty, Senior, Pittsburg

Ella Beth, Senior, Fort Scott

Abby Veile, Sophomore, Independence

Ela Hendrickson, Senior, Pittsburg

 

Second Team:

Mattilyn Cranor, Senior, Chanute

Anna Dean, Junior, Labette County

Elsie Sorrell, Senior, Labette County

Adyson Peck, Senior, Field Kindley

Sydney Schibi, Freshman, Parsons

Inya Hinman, Freshman, Parsons

 

In addition, Labette County's Kristi Snider was selected as Coach of the Year.

Montgomery County Showdown Tonight

 

Two county rivals will clash on the court as Coffeyville takes on Independence tonight.

 

Both the Red Raven (8-2) and the Pirate (10-4) women have seen success this season. Independence is coming off of a bye, but defeated Cloud County 64-56 last Wednesday. Similarly, Coffeyville has played only one game over the past week, but that win came over a talented Cowley County team, 82-68. Maisa Marcal leads the Pirates in scoring this year with 12.2 points a game, but three other teammates have averaged double-digit scoring this season, including Rapuluchi Favor Ayodele Ngorka, Miriam Bazylewicz, and Eriel West. The Ravens are still led by Faith Simpson, who now averages 15.8 points a game this season.

 

Afterward, the #2-ranked Red Raven men (13-0) will look to keep their unbeaten streak alive against the Pirate men (9-4). Independence has dropped two of their last three, but got back into the win column last Wednesday with a 82-72 victory over Cloud County. Coffeyville defeated Cowley County 107-85. Tim Dalger has had a monster year for Independence, averaging 18.5 points per game for a team that averages just under 90 per game. Coffeyville will employ their balanced scoring attack once again, but are still led by Tylor Perry, who averages 15.5 points a game this season.

 

Tonight's women's contest will tip-off at 5 pm, with the men to follow. Owing to tonight's matchup, you can catch the action on two of our stations. The Coffeyville feed will feature Connor Harbit on the call at 98.1, KUSN, while Jeff Carpenter will have the Independence feed on 98.9, KQQF.

Coaches Poll Predicts Mid-Tier Finish for Coffeyville Football

 

Coffeyville has been predicted to finish fifth out of eight teams in the KJCCC preseason coaches poll, just ahead of the 2021 football season.

 

The Red Ravens are predicted to finish above Dodge City, Fort Scott, and Highland, but under county rival Independence. The Pirates are predicted to finish fourth, with Hutchinson, Garden City, and Butler taking the top three spots.

 

Coffeyville football will kick off March 28 on the road at Hutchinson. As always, you can hear all the action on US98.1, KUSN.

Logan Signs LOI to Hutch CC

 

Field Kindley Senior Tariq Logan signed his letter of intent to play football for Hutchinson Community College today. Logan was a two-year starter at both wide receiver and defensive back for the Golden Tornado.

 

Head Coach Deonta Wade says Logan is a young man who is athletic and could have gotten a scholarship in any sport he wanted in my opinion. Coach Wade says Logan will be just fine at Hutch CC and there is a reason they offered him. Hutch CC has built a reputation of only bringing in dawgs and with Tariq, it is no different. Also as long as Tariq handles his business in the classroom and does as he is coached, we should see another Golden Nado playing big football at the Division One level one to two years down the road.

Kansas "Mutually Parting Ways" with Les Miles

 

The University of Kansas and football head coach Les Miles are "mutually parting ways" amid sexual misconduct allegations from when he was the head coach at LSU.

 

Miles said in a statement, "I love this university and the young men in our football program. I truly enjoyed being the head coach at KU and know that it is in a better place now than when I arrived."

 

Miles coached the Jayhawks for just two seasons and only won three games in his tenure.

 

As for Athletic Director Jeff Long, he will begin another search for a head football coach. Long said in a statement, "I am extremely disappointed for our university, fans and everyone involved with our football program. There is a lot of young talent on this football team, and I have no doubt we will identify the right individual to lead this program." 

 

KU has not won four or more games since 2009 and they haven't won a road Big 12 conference game since 2008. The Jayhawks are coming off their third winless season in the program's history and their second since 2012.

Coffeyville Holds Firm at #2 In NJCAA Poll

 

The Coffeyville men's basketball team remains at #2 in the latest NJCAA D1 rankings. The Red Ravens took Wednesday off last week, but defeated #15 Cowley on Saturday 107-85. Top-ranked South Plains out of Texas received all the first place votes in the latest poll, after defeating #3 Odessa in a closely contested matchup.

 

Other Jayhawk Conference teams in this week's men's poll include Butler at #20 and Cowley at #22. Hutchinson received votes. East of Montgomery County, the Labette County women continue to find success in the D2 polls, coming in at #2. The Cardinals are 9-0 on the season.

Nado Boy's Basketball Coach Stepping Down


The Field Kindley High School boy's basketball coach is resigning.  Head Coach Tyler Thompson resignation was approved by the USD 445 School Board at tonight's meeting. 
 

Thompson and the Nado team is coming off a 3-17 season which ended with a loss to Independence in the Substate play in game. 

Coffeyville Earns Another Sweep Over Cowley

 

Both Coffeyville teams overcame a particularly difficult challenge Saturday, with the women defeating Cowley 82-68 and the men claiming their 13th win at 107-85.

 

Saturday's games were a perfect chance for both teams to show off their defensive capabilities. Cowley's women averaged 85 points a game and didn't seem to deviate from their typical gameplan against the Red Ravens. Pressuring off of every rebound and inbounds pass, the Tigers hounded Coffeyville and actually did force several turnovers. However, Coffeyville seemed to adjust to the aggression, and soon were finding easy buckets off of solid ball-handling and quick passes up the floor. Freshman guard Paige Scott also caught fire from outside, hitting three 3-pointers in the first quarter to really push Coffeyville ahead. Winning both quarters, Coffeyville took a 36-27 lead at the half.

 

Out of the locker rooms, Coffeyville would find its most success, with Faith Simpson and Martina Aeschliman working inside to give Coffeyville an advantage both inside and out. Coffeyville would slowly, yet surely, pull away, and eventually claimed the 14-point victory. Scott led all scorers with 18, with Simpson and Aeschliman also scoring 13 apiece. Amiya Josey also reached double-digits with 11. Coffeyville improves to 8-2 on the season and 7-2 in Jayhawk Conference play. They've now won five consecutive games.

 

The men's contest featured two nationally ranked programs, with Coffeyville coming in at #2 and Cowley ranked at #15. Much like the Cowley women before them, the Tigers came out with a full-court press, although the Ravens never seemed to be truly bothered by it. The spread-out nature of the Cowley defense meant shots opened up inside, with freshman Blaise Keita and freshman Hayden Brittingham being the early beneficiaries scoring-wise. Although Cowley would go on a small run to end the half, Coffeyville would take a 49-42 lead into the break.

 

Things would become a little more interesting in the second half, as Coffeyville racked up several fouls and started to tire out, meaning the Cowley pressure found more success. The Tigers would bring the game back to within two at 62-60, but that was as close as they'd get for the rest of the game. The Ravens found their stride and immediately pushed the lead back to 10, and then pushed it even further out to eventually reach triple-digits and claim the 22-point victory. Brittingham and sophomore guard Tylor Perry led all scorers with 17, but three other Ravens joined them in double-digits, including Love Bettis (13), Blaise Keita (12), and Bostyn Holt (11). The Coffeyville men are now 13-0 and 11-0 in conference play.

 

It'll be a Montgomery County showdown next Wednesday, as the Red Ravens travel to Independence for a matchup with the Pirates. The women will tip-off at 5:00 pm, with pregame starting 15 minutes prior on US98.1, KUSN.

Lady Nado Season Comes to an End

 

The Lady Nado season comes to an end as they fall on the road to Labette County 48-27. It was a closely played first quarter, but the Lady Grizzles would pull away in the second leading 33-13.

 

The Lady Nado would play a closer second half trying to cut into the Labette lead but were outscored in the second half 15-14. Coffeyville kept Madison Brannin in check as scored only six points all in the second half. Karsyn Stewart would step up leading Labette with 16.

 

In their final game in a Nado uniform Adyson Peck scored 7, Kylie Speer 6 and Neveah Mason 5. Labette will play Chanute in a chance to move on to the state tournament.

Kaminska Makes NCAA Debut

 

A former Caney Valley Bullpup made his NCAA Division I debut yesterday. Wichita State Freshman Jace Kaminska helped the shockers complete a 3-0 shutout of Oral Roberts. Kaminska entered the game in the 7th inning, pitching 1 1/3rd innings, facing 6 batters and striking out two on 35 pitches thrown.

 

Kaminska, who didn't get to a full Senior season due to COVID, set the consecutive strikeout record at Caney with 29 as a Junior. He had a 0.00 ERA his Junior year and a career ERA of 0.51. He also won Gatorade Player of the Year in 2019 and 2020.

Coffeyville Holds #2 in Latest NJCAA Basketball Polls

 

Coffeyville continues to be just one step away from the top spot in the latest NJCAA D1 men's basketball poll. The Red Raven men earned three first-place votes this week, but are still ranked behind South Plains College out of Texas.

 

Coffeyville is 12-0 on the season and picked up Jayhawk Conference victories last week over Cloud County and Allen County. Cowley, Coffeyville's opponent for Saturday, moved up one spot to #15. Other Jayhawk Conference teams that received votes include Butler and Hutchinson.

 

In addition to Coffeyville, Labette County's women came in at #2 in the D2 women's poll. The Cardinal women are 9-0 on the year.

FKHS Wrestlers Compete at State

 

Field Kindley High School brought home some hardware over the weekend, as three wrestlers competed at the state tournament in Salina.

 

Brady White finished first at 285 pounds and became a state champion. He capped off an undefeated senior season (32-0) that saw him enter the tournament as the top-ranked heavyweight in Kansas at class 4A. White defeated wrestlers out of Abiliene and Colby before taking down Gabriel Bowers of Scott City in the first place match.

 

In addition to White, two others brought home medals. Ethan Camp finished sixth place at 182 pounds, and Alisa Reck became Coffeyville's first ever female state medalist by finishing fifth at 120 pounds.

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