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Local Sports Archives for 2021-05

Nado Wraps up Golf Season at State


The Field Kindley golf team competed at state this week in Dodge City. The team had their best score of the year on what is one of the toughest courses they have played. On day one Jacob Vanderlinden shot a 113, Daric Voss a 102 and Zane Cox a 99. Two golfers advanced to day two of the competition both shooting 89s, their best score of the year.


On day two, Zac Becker one-upped his day one performance shooting an 84. Unfortunately, Tyler Zimmerman after shooting an 89 on day one was sick for day two and had to withdraw from the tournament. Coach Mike Peck said at the start of the season they had 5 young golfers that had never played a varsity golf tournament let alone a regional or state golf tournament, so for two of them to make it to the second day and the others make it to state, it was a huge accomplishment.

Montgomery County Baseball Returning to KQQF


For the second straight season, Montgomery County Cardinals baseball will be broadcast on 98.9, KQQF.


The 2021 season begins on June 1, and continues through mid-July. The team features players from all around Montgomery County, including Independence, Coffeyville, and Caney. While they do play home games at Walter Johnson Park in Coffeyville, the team also travels around southeastern Kansas and northeastern Oklahoma. This year, games are scheduled against teams from Bartlesville, Nowata, Fredonia, and Pittsburg, among others.


Stay tuned for more updates, including game times and post-game recaps. For a look at the current schedule (subject to change), click here.

Kaminska Honored as Freshman Standout


A former Caney Valley Bullpup is recognized for his success in his first year at the collegiate level. Wichita State Freshman Pitcher Jace Kaminska was named the American Athletic Conference Newcomer Pitcher of the Year and was named to the All-Conference First Team.


On the season, Kaminska appeared in 11 games for the Shockers, 9 as the starting pitcher. He put up great numbers in his freshman campaign boasting a 2.52 ERA in 53.2 innings pitched, had a 7-1 record and 45 strikeouts. In high school, Kaminska didn't allow a single run his junior year and has the record for consecutive strikeouts at 29.


Coach Wade Named FKHS Coach of the Year


A first-year Field Kindley High School coach has been honored as the school's Coach of the Year. This award is nominated by the Nado student-athletes and Head Football Coach Deonta Wade was selected as this year's recipient. Coach Wade says it meant a lot to him coming from the students.


Coach Wade says this is the highest honor he has gotten so far in his professional career. In his first year as the head coach, Wade was 1-2 in league play with a win over Chanute.


Lay Heading to Northeastern State


A member of this year's Coffeyville women's basketball team has committed to play Division II ball.


Kailyn "KK" Lay has committed to play for Northeastern State in Talequah, Oklahoma. Lay ran point for the Red Ravens the past two seasons, averaging 6.2 points per game and 4.9 assists per game. She helped lead Coffeyville to a 15-7 record and an NJCAA Region VI quarterfinals appearance.


The RiverHawks play in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA). The conference includes several Kansas schools, including Pittsburg State, Newman University, Emporia State University, and Fort Hays State University. Lay joins a team that finished 6-16 this season.

Brittingham Headed to Arlington


A key piece to Coffeyville's national championship run is taking the step to the next level.


Freshman Hayden Brittingham has committed to UT Arlington. The 6'5" forward didn't start a game this year for the Ravens, but added a much needed spark for the team off the bench. He averaged 16 minutes per game, during which he averaged 6.8 points per game and 4.4 rebounds per game.


He'll join a Mavericks squad that went 13-13 last season, 9-8 in the Sun Belt Conference. Brittingham joins a long list of Red Ravens commiting to play at the D1 level, including Tylor Perry, Blaise Keita, and Bostyn Holt. Jalen Smith has committed to play at the D2 level.

Red Ravens Fall in Season Finale


It was a tale of two halves for the Coffeyville Community College offense as the Ravens fell to the Independence Pirates 19-16 in the season finale for both teams Sunday afternoon.


The ICC offense wasted no time getting on the board as they marched 61 yards down the field in just over three minutes to put ICC on top but due to a blocked extra point they only led 6-0. After that score, both offenses went stone-cold as ICC was only able to tack on a pair of field goals to go into the halftime break with a 12-0 lead.


The CCC offense, which has only generated three first downs and 59 yards of total offense at the half, came alive in the second half. After forcing ICC to punt, CCC took the ball down the field in just over two minutes punctuated by a 51-yard sprint down the right side by running back Courtney Jackson to pull the Ravens within five points. After a 29-yard field goal by Skyler Seagraves that drew the margin to two points, ICC quarterback Brock Domann was hit hard and fumbled the football deep in his own territory and Jhaylan Shuler scooped the ball up and ran it into the end zone to give the Ravens their first lead of the afternoon 16-12 with 5:57 remaining in the game.


ICC would take the lead for good only 56 seconds later as running back Pat Bowen raced 57 yards untouched down the left side to arrange the final margin. The Ravens were going to attempt a field goal to send the game into overtime but CCC quarterback Nick Arvay was sacked and the special teams were unable to get onto the field quick enough for the attempt.


Star Thomas led all CCC rushers with 90 yards on 7 carries while Cortarious Wilson hauled in 5 catches for 38 yards. CCC finishes the spring season with a 3-3 record while ICC improved to 5-2. The NJCAA will return to a fall football season beginning in September.

Coffeyville Men's Soccer Advances to KJCCC Semi-Final


Despite some icky weather conditions, the Coffeyville men's soccer team was not fazed in the slightest, picking up a 5-0 win over Garden City to advance to the KJCCC semi-finals.


It took awhile for the Red Ravens to get going, but the floodgates finally opened with 19 minutes remaining in the first half. Coffeyville would add two more late first half goals to push the advantage to 3-0 into the break. An early second half penalty kick would pick up a 4th goal, and the Ravens would add one more to good measure to defeat the Broncbusters 5-0.


Wednesday's first-round rout was an expected result, with Coffeyville improving to 9-3-1 on the season. Garden City ends their season at 1-12-1. Coffeyville advances to the KJCCC semi-finals on Saturday.

Nado Golf Headed to State


The Field Kindley golf team takes second place at the Regional Tournament and is head to state. The weather was all over the place during the tournament in Independence, it started out cloudy and then the sun came out to make it hot and humid. The course was wet and soggy. Through the first 9 holes, Coffeyville was tied for 3rd, one shot off the 2nd place team. 


Coach Mike Peck was walking with each golfer through the last nine holes and they started to get into a grove and finished strong. Coach Peck says he couldn't be more proud of his guys and he wouldn't trade them for anything. Zac Becker finished inside the Top 10 for Coffeyville shooting a 91 good for 8th place. Nado golf heads to Dodge City on Monday to compete for state.


Upcoming Camp of Champions


Kids will have an opportunity to work with the 2021 NJCAA Basketball Coach of the Year at an upcoming youth camp. Coffeyville men's head coach Jay Herkelman will host his "Camp of Champions" from June 7th to 11th.


Next month's camp is for boys and girls 15 years and younger, with all skill levels welcome. Emphasis will be placed on shooting, ball handling, passing, and teamwork. The camp comes with a 75 dollar cost.


To register, visit this link.

Big Weekend for IHS Tennis


Independence High School tennis was well represented at the state level this weekend. The boy's tennis team took home the state title.


Kale Groff won the 4A Singles Championship, Camdon Julian and Easton Morris finished third in doubles, Brecken Bertie and Ryan Stoner finished ninth in doubles and Sam Grice went two and two in his four matches.


Former Tennis Coach Ken Brown was inducted into the Kansas Tennis Coaches Hall of Fame.

Red Ravens Shut Out At Garden City


The offense just wasn't there for the Red Ravens football team on Saturday, being shut out by Garden City 20-0.


Coffeyville only mustered 177 yards of total offense on the day. Starting quarterback Kolbe Langhi struggled to put the ball in the hands of his receivers early on, and was swapped out for backup Nick Arvay in the second quarter. Both quarterbacks combined for 11-of-31 passing, gathering just 87 yards and 2 interceptions. The running game wasn't necessarily there either, with eight different rushers picking up 75 yards total. The Ravens' one opportunity to score, a 44-yard field goal attempt by Skylar Seagraves late in the first quarter, was blocked by the Broncbusters.


Despite the struggles, the Ravens at least had a chance through most of the contest due to solid defensive play.  Both teams combined for 8 punts, with Seagraves outperforming Garden City's Joe Carol. However, with the defense on the field for much of Saturday's game, it was only a matter of time before the fatigue would set in.


A combined rushing attack of Jordan Ford and Devion Hodges would eventually break through to find the endzone twice-- once in the first quarter, and again in the final stages of the fourth quarter. The two combined for 277 yards, with Hodges responsible for both scores.


With the loss, Coffeyville falls to 3-2 on the season. They'll wrap up their season season this week, staying at home to take on the Independence Pirates. That game can be heard this Sunday on 98.1 KUSN at 1:30 pm.

Coffeyville Men Finish Fifth at 2021 T&F Outdoor Championships


The Coffeyville track team traveled to Levelland, Texas, this week, competing at the NJCAA Division I Track and Field Championships.


Overall, it was a good day for the Red Ravens. The men finished in the top five, behind Iowa Central, Cloud County, and co-champions South Plains and Barton. The women finished in a tie for 23rd place.


A few Red Ravens also staked their claim to individual championships. Freshman sprinter Nolton Shelvin posted a new personal record of 10.09 seconds in the 100 meters. Meanwhile, Shelvin joined Guinove Joanus, Antoine Evans, and Dakari Charlton for their championship-winning 4x100 relay, finishing in 39.47 seconds.





Chiefs Release Schedule


The NFL schedule for the 2021 season has been released. This season will be an 18 week 17 game schedule for the first time in NFL history. The Kansas City Chiefs open up the season at home against former Oklahoma Quarterback Baker Mayfield and the Cleveland Browns.


Including the Browns matchup, the Chiefs have home matchups against the Chargers, Raiders, Broncos, Bills, Giants, Packers, Cowboys and the Steelers. The road matchups also include the Chargers, Raiders and Broncos along with the Ravens, Eagles, Washington Football Team, Titans and Bengals. You can catch all Chiefs games on the KGGF the Mighty 690AM.

Several Red Ravens Announce Commitments


Following their historic national championship season, several more Coffeyville Red Ravens have announced their intentions to play at the next level.


Bostyn Holt, a sophomore forward out of Portland, Oregon, announced his commitment to Utah on Tuesday. Holt averaged 9.6 points per game this season for Coffeyville. Holt saw his stock rise tremendously after a great NJCAA tournament showing.


Jalen Smith, another sophomore, announced his commitment to Northwestern Oklahoma State. The Wichita guard will take his ball-handing and defense to the Division II level. The Rangers made the jump to the Division II level in 2015.


Finally, Hayden Brittingham, a freshman forward, has committed to UT Arlington. A powerful forward who played plenty as Blaise Keita's primary replacement off the bench, Brittingham averaged 6.8 points and 4.4 rebounds per game.


The Red Ravens finished their season at 27-3 and took home the school's second national championship in 2021.

Coffeyville's DaSilva Earns KJCCC Player of the Week Honors


Another Coffeyville Red Raven has been recognized for their efforts on the pitch. Freshman forward Miguel DaSilva was named KJCCC Player of the Week for the week of May.


Despite some teamwide struggles, DaSilva shined, scoring Coffeyville's only goal in a 2-1 loss to Neosho County. He then scored a hat trick just a few days later, picking up three goals in a 4-3 OT loss against undefeated and #3-ranked Cowley. He shares Player of the Week honors with Yuki Nishigaki of Barton, who picked up his sixth shutout of the season against Dodge City.


The Ravens are 8-3 on the season, and will be back in action this Saturday against the Kansas City Kansas Blue Devils. That game will be played at home starting at 6:00 pm.

Pirates Name Justin Mann as Head Basketball Coach


Independence Community College has a new men's basketball coach.


Justin Mann, who has served as the Pirates' associate head coach for the past two seasons, was named as the new top guy on Wednesday. Mann has contributed to a program that has gone 36-19 overall over the past two years. In his first season with the team, the Pirates posted their highest win total (23-9) since 2011. Last year's team had similar success, including an upset win over conference rival, and eventual NJCAA National Champion, Coffeyville.


Mann replaces former head coach Bill Morosco, who left the program for conference rival Garden City.

Nado State Champion Wrestler Joining NEO


A Field Kindley wrestler is taking his talents to Oklahoma. Senior Brady White has signed a scholarship to join the Northeastern Oklahoma A&M wrestling team. White wasn't just a four-year wrestler but also a four-year member of the football team. White has a unique combination of size and athleticism and during football season had specific packages designed for him to take advantage of this.


In his senior wrestling season, White went 32-0 and became a State Champion. Coach Deonta Wade said he only got to see a fraction of the work White had put in since 7th grade, but it was amazing to see his growth his senior season from football to wrestling. Coach Wade said going into the wrestling season Wrestling Coach Spencer McGlothlin knew White was going to be a champion.

Rutherford Signs with CCC


A former Field Kindley football player is staying in Coffeyville as he gets ready to compete at the next level. Nado Senior Aaron Rutherford has signed with the Coffeyville Community College football team. Rutherford saw limited playing time at the varsity level his freshman and sophomore but was the starting quarterback for the junior varsity. In his junior year, Rutherford took over as the starting QB and continued to serve as the starter his senior year.


Nado Head Football Coach Deonta Wade said Rutherford deserves this opportunity, he is a great leader and will battle for everything he gets. Coach Wade said when he first met Rutherford he told him the team needed efficiency and fewer turnovers to which Rutherford replied yes sir coach I got you. Coach Wade said that was all he needed to hear to know he was getting to coach a high-quality individual.

Two Bullpups Staying in County


Two Caney Valley Bullpups have signed scholarships to stay in the county as they compete at the next level.


Kaden Foulk signed an Esports Scholarship with Independence Community College. Gunner Gillman signed a Rodeo Scholarship with Coffeyville Community College.

Three Nado Golfers Receive Season Honors


Field Kindley had two golfers named All-SEK and one golfer receive Honorable Mention after the regular season wrapped up this week.


Zac Becker finished 3rd on the season and Coach Mike Peck said Becker is just a Freshman and if he keeps working hard he sees big things for him.


Sophomore Tyler Zimmerman finished 5th in the SEK and Coach Peck said Zimmerman is a hard worker and will be a good leader next year.


Junior Daric Voss finished 13th and was named Honorable Mention, Coach Peck said Voss has come a long way and has picked up his play at the end of the season.


Coach Peck said the job is not done yet as they shift their focus on Regional.


Nado Golf Another Top 3 Finish


It was another cloudy, rainy and chilly day as the Field Kindley golf team wrapped up the regular season in Chanute. The Nado shot a 392 as a team finishing in 2nd place behind Independence. Two Nado golfers finished inside the Top 10, Zac Becker finished 6th with a 90 and Daric Voss 10th with a 98.


Coach Mike Peck said if the team cleans up a few things, putt fewer putts and make the right choices they have a chance. Chaunte was the final leg of the SEK season with the Nado finishing 3rd just six strokes behind Pittsburg. Next up, the Nado golf team prepares for Regional on Monday in Independence.

Herkelman Named NJCAA DI Coach of the Year


Coffeyville men's basketball coach Jay Herkelman has added another honor to his growing list of accomplishments.


After leading the Red Ravens to a 27-3 record and their first national championship since 1962, Herkelman has been named the NJCAA DI Coach of the Year. His 2021 squad posted a perfect 14-0 record at home and was ranked in the top-10 for the entirety of the season.


Herkelman has already been named the Jayhawk East Coach of the Year, as well as the Coach of the NJCAA Tournament. He's the winningest coach in Region 6 history, having coached at Coffeyville since 1995.

Perry Named to All-American Team


Sophomore guard Tylor Perry has been named as an NJCAA All-American.


Perry was named to the second-team, joining The North Texas commit was instrumental in Coffeyville's national championship run, averaging 17.6 points per game this season and shooting over 50 percent from beyond the three-point line.


Despite several players qualifying for the all-tournament team, Perry was the only selection for Coffeyville. Other Jayhawk Conference selections included Dalen Ridgnal of Cowley, who was selected to the first-team, and Matt Mayers, another first-team selection. Independence's Tim Dalger was selected as an honorable mention.


Cowley was defeated in the national championship game by the Ravens, while Hutchinson was defeated in the second round.

Nado Golf Best Finish of Season at Home Tournament


The Field Kindley golf team battled the rain and standing water for the first half of their home tournament, but after the sun came out they finished strong taking 2nd place. As a team, the Nado shot a 380 and were just two strokes off Independence for 1st.


Daric Voss was the team's top golfer shooting a 90 for 5th place, his lowest score of the year. Zac Becker shot 92 finishing 6th , Jacob Vanderlinden finished 14th, Tyler Zimmerman 16th and Zane Cox finished 25th.


Coach Mike Peck said this week the team needs to get ready for the fourth and final leg on Monday. Peck said they need to clean up a few things and get ready for Regional, but the team is looking better every week, now is the time to finish strong.

Coffeyville and Indy Stay Ranked Inside Top 10


Week 6 of the NJCAA football poll is out and there are four Kansas Jayhawk Conference teams inside the Top 10. Hutchinson has been ranked number one in the country all season and is the only Jayhawk team with an undefeated record. Garden City stays ranked 6th for back-to-back weeks, with their only loss on the season coming to Hutchinson.


Independence coming off a loss to Hutch falling one spot to 8th and is one of two teams inside the Top 10 with two losses. Coffeyville remained at 9th despite their game against Arkansas Baptist being canceled. The Red Ravens will be idle for the second straight week and then have two of their biggest matchups with Garden City on the 15th and Indy on the 23rd.

Nado JV Golf Finishes 3rd in Indy


The Field Kindley Junior Varsity golf team wrapped up its season in Independence. The Nado finished the season off with a third-place finish. Two golfers finished inside the Top 10, Cooper Rooks placing 5th and Ty Langworthy, 8th. On the season, as a team, the JV finished inside the Top 5 in all five tournaments with two firsts, two thirds and one fifth.


Individually the golfers finished inside the Top 10 twelve times for an average of just over two medals a tournament. Jacob Vanderlinden placed inside the Top 5 in the first two tournaments before moving up to varsity, Bryan McDaniel had two Top 10 finishes, Cooper Rooks had three Top 10 finishes including a 1st and Hayden Palmer and Ty Langworthy also had three Top 10 finishes. Coach Mike Peck said they did well as a team and he is very proud of these young men.

Little Rock to Host NJCAA Football Championships Through 2023


The NJCAA has announced Little Rock, Arkansas as the location for the NJCAA Football Championship at War Memorial Stadium through 2023. The postponed 2020-2021 NJCAA Football Championship is slated for June 5th. The championship will be televised nationally by CBS Sports Network and is scheduled to kick-off at 4:00 pm.


War Memorial Stadium has undergone several renovations and expansions over the years that have raised capacity from 31,000 to just over 54,000. The stadium also serves as the second home to the Arkansas Razorbacks football program.


The last NJCAA Football Championship was held at Carnie Smith Stadium in Pittsburg in December 2019. The 2020 season was postponed and moved to the 2020-21 spring season due to COVID-19.


CCC Rodeo Will Compete at Nationals


The Coffeyville Community College Rodeo team finished their regional rodeo season this past weekend in Colby.


Hunter Tate finished fourth in the average at Colby and ended the year second in the bull riding standings. Marley Berger finished third in the long round and fourth in the short round and average in the tie down roping. This last rodeo surge jumped Berger up five places in the final Central Plains standings to third.


With their top three finish in the region, both Tate and Berger have qualified and will compete in the College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyoming this June.

Steelers Trade Up to Draft Former West Elk Patriot


A former West Elk Patriot was drafted in the fifth round of the NFL Draft over the weekend. Isaiahh Loudermilk, who went to the University of Wisconsin, was taken with the 156 pick in the draft after the Pittsburgh Steelers traded up to draft him.


In a shortened season, as a senior Loudermilk had 13 tackles, including 2 1/2 for loss with two sacks in six starts. In 2019, he had 24 tackles, five for loss with three sacks, five pass breakups and two forced fumbles in 14 games. Loudermilk's younger brother Devin Loudermilk just finished his senior season of basketball passing the 1000 point mark and was named to the KCBA All-Star team.

CCC Football Game Cancelled Today


The Coffeyville Community College football team's game for today has been cancelled. The Red Ravens were set to face Arkansas Baptist at home this afternoon.


According to the CCC Red Raven Athletics Facebook page, the game has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances. The Red Ravens now have two weeks off after the game scheduled for next week against Fort Scott had also been cancelled, earlier in the season. CCC is back in action on the road taking at Garden City on Saturday, May 15th.

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