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Year in Review: Sedan Football Makes Postseason Run


For our final Year in Review for 2021, we'll visit the the Sedan Blue Devils football team, and their quarterfinals postseason run.


For the second straight year, the Sedan Blue Devils looked to be unstoppable through the regular season. Victories of 50-plus points over St. Paul, Flinthills, and Central Burden established Sedan early on as one of the best 8-man teams in southeastern Kansas.


The wins kept on coming, with a 72-22 victory over rival West Elk and shutouts of Cedar Vale-Dexter and Marmaton Valley being just a couple highlights of the campaign. With the latter victory, the Blue Devils secured their second straight undefeated regular season at 8-0.


Sedan earned the #1 seed in District 1 for the 8-man Division I playoffs, and faced a familiar foe in Flinthills in the opening round. Despite an early points-scoring shootout that saw the Blue Devils trailing for the first time in a very long time, the offense soon kicked into high gear. Led by players such as Brec Long, Damieon Hatten, and Jeremiah Prince, among several others, Sedan rolled into the second round with a 74-24 victory.


The second round saw another familiar foe, but one from the previous year's playoffs. The Chase County Bulldogs were the #2 seed in District 2, and had beaten the Blue Devils the year prior. Sedan trailed early in the contest, but took a decisive lead just before the half on this Long-to-Prince connection. Sedan would hold on to win 34-26 and advance to the state quarterfinals.


Unfortunately, the road would stop there, as a strong Canton-Galva squad sent Sedan back home after a 52-6 beatdown. However, the Blue Devils could take pride in a 10-1 overall record and pulling off the team's longest postseason run in quite some time.


That'll be it for 2021's Year in Review. If you missed any of the others, make sure to check them out by visiting our sports page here.

Year in Review: Coffeyville Football Upsets #1 Hutchinson


Following a trailblazing spring football season, things got back to somewhat-normal with 2021's fall collegiate campaign. For today's Year in Review, we'll take a look at the Coffeyville Red Ravens and the team's upset over defending national champion Hutchinson.


To start off their fall season, Coffeyville was scheduled to face a tough opener against Hutchinson. The Ravens picked up a 3-3 record in the spring, picking up wins over Butler, Highland and Dodge City. Meanwhile, the Blue Dragons were ranked #1 in the preseason NJCAA poll and had just defeated Snow College for a national championship earlier that year. Coffeyville was the consensus underdog, and had lost to Hutchinson 33-10 just a few months prior.


Things got off to a rough start for CCC, as a first-drive fumble led to a Hutchinson touchdown. However, as those in attendance would soon find out, that'd be the only time the Dragons found the endzone all day. After a Forrest Taylor field goal cut the lead to 4, the Red Ravens found the endzone for the first time on its last offensive play of the half. Coffeyville led at the break, 10-7.


Defense and special teams continued to shine in the second half, with Coffeyville adding its second touchdown of the day on a blocked punt. Over the course of the game, the Ravens forced Hutchinson into eight turnovers, including five fumbles, two interceptions, and the blocked punt.  Hutchinson did add three points on a field goal early in the fourth quarter, but the endzone continued to be just a pipe dream for an offense that returned several starters from the year prior. Coffeyville continued to hang on until the end of the game, securing a massive 17-10 upset to begin its fall 2021 season.


Coffeyville would go on to secure the regular season championship, while Hutchinson would go on to eventually win the Jayhawk Conference playoffs and narrowly miss out on a chance to defend its national championship.


We'll move on to high school football for our final Year in Review, as we take a look back at Sedan's second straight undefeated regular season and subsequent quarterfinals run.


Year in Review: Coffeyville and Independence Play Spring Football


COVID-19 continued to be a big story throughout 2021, and for some, its influence led to whole new ventures.


For the first time in history, the Jayhawk Conference opted for a spring football season. In July of 2020, with the fall season still looming and the vaccine still a few months away,


The Coffeyville Red Ravens finished at 3-3, with two games (Fort Scott and Arkansas Baptist) canceled due to health and safety reasons. Despite a .500 record, Coffeyville showed improvement from the 2019 fall season, and spent time ranked within the NJCAA top 10. The team also picked up a highlight, walk-off win over Butler Community College in front of their home crowd.


Meanwhile, the Independence Pirates finished 5-2, and set new conference scoring records in an 84-0 blowout of Fort Scott. Ever the team for dramatics, the Pirates, much like Coffeyville, also managed to defeat Butler in the final minute of play. With a good record and solid showings against tough opponents, Independence also spent time hoving around the top 5 teams in the nation.


To conclude the spring 2021 season, the two teams met in Coffeyville for a hotly-contested affair that wasn't decided until the final few minutes. However, the Pirates would ultimately come out on top 19-16.


The spring 2021 season would precede a season later that fall. That season will be the subject of our next sports Year in Review; particularly, Coffeyville's upset of then #1-ranked Hutchinson.

Year in Review: Coffeyville Wins National Championship


For today's Year in Review, we stick with Coffeyville Community College and its basketball programs.


The Coffeyville men's basketball team earned its first national championship in 49 years in 2021, overcoming a conference rival in the deciding game.


The Red Ravens had been dominant all season long, and had ranked in the top 5 nationally for much of the year. They did, however, face a tad bit of adversity coming into the national tournament. In the Region VI tournament preceding, the team had been upset by Hutchinson, and therefore needed an at-large bid to participate. But seeding only matters if you let it, and after dispatching 23-seed Southwestern Tennessee and 7-seed Odessa, the Red Ravens upset 2-seed NOC-Tonkawa and 6-seed Chipola to reach the national championship game.


For the final game, the Ravens faced a familiar foe in Cowley College. The Tigers, running a run-and-gun offense that had frustrated opponents all season long, and were one of the top-scoring teams in the nation. Coffeyville itself had only been able to split the regular season series, one of just three losses the team took that year. The game itself was a classic offense vs. defense matchup, as the Ravens tried to slow down Cowley's relentless press. At first, it seemed smooth sailing, with a 60-40 halftime lead putting Coffeyville in a good spot. However, as Cowley had been prone to do all year long, the Tigers caught fire out of the break and brought it back to just 3 points with 5 minutes to go.


The Red Ravens wouldn't be denied though. After a clutch defensive stop, free throws were made and the game was sealed. For head coach Jay Herkelman, it was his first national championship in 25 years at Coffeyville. He'd come close before, even finishing as runners-up in 2002, but finally got over the hump with a great group of players. He spoke of the importance of the years prior after the monumental victory.


Several players from that 2020-21 roster are now playing at the Division I level. Tylor Perry is currently the leading scorer for the North Texas Mean Green, while Markeith Browning (Milwaukee), Hayden Brittingham (UT-Arlington) and Bostyn Holt (Utah) also moved on to bigger things. Blaise Keita, who returned for another season at CCC, has already committed to play at Nebraska.


Tomorrow, we'll revisit the 2021 spring football season.

Year in Review: Turner Wins 300th Game


Coffeyville Community College had a busy year across all sports, and with that, came plenty of milestones.


To start things off, we'll head back to March. In the midst of a successful campaign, a Coffeyville Community College coach achieved a major career milestone.


By defeating the Allen County Red Devils 70-51, head women's basketball coach Tony Turner reached his 300th career win.  Despite being the bottom of the conference, the Red Devils fought hard, and victory wasn't certain. Leading by just 5 points at the half, the Ravens needed a second half push to get things done. But the team came through, and Turner achieved his milestone win in front of a limited hometown crowd.  After the game, Turner was recognized by the Coffeyville crowd for his 300th win, and received a plaque from athletic director Jeff Leiker.


That wasn't the only success that Turner's squad saw that season. The Red Ravens were also the only team to give conference champion Butler a regular season loss-- and they did it twice. The team eventually finished out its season at 15-7, their second winning season under Turner in two years at the helm.


Coach Turner is a graduate of Independence High School, and played college ball at Independence Community College and DI school Morehead State. Before moving to CCC, he served as the head men's coach at ICC for 5 years, and before that, served for 6 years as the head women's coach.


The team also continues to see success as we close out 2021. As of writing, the team is 11-3 and currently sits in prime position for a postseason run.

Nado Drop Both to Indy


Field Kindley drops both on the road at Independence to end 2021. The Lady Nado fell 47-33 and the Nado boys 67-37.


In the girls' matchup, Coffeyville found themselves in a hole early as Indy would open the game up on an 11-0 run that would end with a first-quarter lead of 11-1. The Nado girls found some rhythm in the second quarter cutting the lead back down to single digits but Abby Veile would take over pushing the lead up to as much as 23 for Indy. Veile finished with 19. Lady Nado Taiylor Caron led the charge to try to cut in the lead finishing with 14.


In the boy's matchup, it was all Easton Ewing as he dropped 36 points. The Nado kept it close for most of the first half but when it was tied up at 18, Indy would go on a 10-0 run to close out the half and never looked back. Caden Herring led the Nado in scoring with 10. Both teams are off until January 4th when they take on Parsons for the first Nado home game of the year.

Dewey Corrals Bullpups


In a game that saw wild scoring swings, the Dewey Bulldoggers were able to get the last laugh as they downed the Caney Valley Bullpups 46-35.


Dewey got off to a hot start in the first part of the contest as they jumped out to 13-0 and then a 16-3 lead. The Bullpup's offense then found its groove as it outscored Dewey 18-4 of the next 10 minutes of play that saw Caney only allow 4 points in the second quarter to take a 21-20 lead into the intermission.


Dewey then immediately went on a 10-0 run to start the 3rd quarter to jump out to a 30-21 lead that they would not relinquish the rest of the way as Caney was only able to score 14 points in the entire second half.


Dewey's Jake LaSpisa led the Dewey attack with 18 points followed by Bryson Hudon with 10 points. Caney's Anthony Rogers netted 13 points while Jack Billingsley had 8 points.


Caney Valley now goes on their Christmas Break and will return to action on January 4th as they will host Sedan. You will be able to listen to that game on the Mighty 690 KGGF. Connor Harbit will be on the call.

Fredonia Girls, West Elk Boys Emerge Victorious


The Fredonia and West Elk varsities split their final matchup of 2021 on Friday, as the Yellowjacket girls emerged victorious 39-37 while the Patriot boys took their contest 51-33.


The boys' game was dominated by the inside game, a style that seemed to suit West Elk perfectly. The Patriots did not record a three-pointer all game, but controlled the boards and shot a solid 15-19 from the free-throw line. In the second half, the Patriots also showed an effective full-court press, with team leaders Garrett Toon and Young wreaking havoc and drawing easy points. The lead grew to as large as 22 but eventually settled at 18 points for the 51-33 victory.


Young led all scorers with 19 and was the only scorer in double-digits. Fredonia's Jeremiah Couch led the Yellowjackets with 9.


The girls' game was a bit more dramatic. Although West Elk led at the half, 24-21, Fredonia hit its stride in the second half to take a 7-point lead at 35-28. The Patriots then slowly turned things back in its favor over the next few minutes, going on a 9-2 run to tie things back up at 37. However, the Yellowjackets would get the last laugh, as Zoey Sims put a shot off of the glass with 8.7 seconds remaining to give Fredonia the narrow victory.


Sims led all scorers with 19, while West Elk's Josie Ware led the Patriots with 11.


That'll be it for 2021, but make sure to stay tuned to both 690AM and for further updates on the next Game of the Week.



Several Coffeyville Football Stars Commit to Next Level


National Signing Day brought several commitments from Coffeyville Community College players, who will be advancing to the next level of the college game.


Red Ravens who committed to 4-year schools include:


DL Darius Lynaum - Davenport

DB Zahquan Frazier - Kentucky

LB Jhalyn Shuler - South Florida

OL Ethan Ellis - Middle Tennessee State

LB Reise Collier - UAB

OL Terrance McClain - Memphis

OL Nathaniel Trzpuc - UAB

DL Allen Henry - Coastal Carolina

OL Terrance Shaw - Eastern Illinois

TE Will Dennis - New Mexico

DB Tyler Mullins - Ohio

DL Devin Lee - Youngstown State

Three-Pointers Lead Nowata Over Field Kindley Girls


The Nowata Lady Ironmen sank 12 three-pointers en route to a 58-41 victory over Field Kindley on Saturday.


Saturday's contest was the 7th place match in the 2021 Ty Hewitt Memorial Tournament. The first half started out slowly enough, with the Field Kindley girls even taking a 7-point lead. However, Nowata's Mackenzie Barnes would change the game from the bench, checking in midway through the first quarter and scoring 20 points before the end of the half. The Lady Nado found themselves trailing by 5, 27-22.


The game's true turning point game in the third quarter. Continuing to fire upon Field Kindley from long-range, Nowata scored its first 18 points of the half from beyond the arc. With Field Kindley unable to keep up, the lead grew and grew, until eventually settling at 17 points for the 58-41 final.


Teagan Titus led all Nado scorers with 17 points. Taylor Caron reached double-digits as well with 13. The Lady Nado are 0-3 on the season and take 8th place in the Nowata-based tournament.

Late First Half Run Leads Indy Over Coffeyville Women


After a thrilling victory over #25-ranked Hutchinson, the Coffeyville women couldn't keep the momentum going into Independence, dropping the first contest between the two rivals 68-54. 


After falling behind 20-10 to start the game, Coffeyville seemed set to work some of its come-from-behind magic after getting back to within 2 points at 22-20. However, that was the starting point for a scoring drought that saw the Ravens score just 2 more points over the next 8 minutes. A 16-point Pirates lead at the half grew to as many as 26 in the second half, with Coffeyville bringing it back just enough for a respectable final score of 68-54 by the final whistle.


Coffeyville shot just 25% from the field, and just 58.1% from the free throw line. Cheyenne Banks was an exception to the offensive trouble, as she led all Ravens scorers with 17 off the bench.  She shot 7-11 from the field, but was 3-8 from the charity stripe.


The Ravens are 11-3 on the season, and 5-3 in conference play. They'll be back in action in early January, traveling to Concordia to take on the Cloud County Thunderbirds.

Coffeyville Falls to Independence After First Half Struggles


First half struggles proved costly for the Coffeyville men's basketball team Saturday, falling to county rivals Independence 88-67.


The Pirates pulled away early and never looked back. Shooting 50% from the field and 54.5% from the 3-point line, Independence seemed to have answers to any questions the Ravens asked defensively. An originally modest lead hit double-digits at just 18-8, and by halftime, that lead had grown to a staggering 50-24.


Out of the break, the Pirates would continue their hot shooting streak, taking a 37-point lead at 84-47. A 20-4 Coffeyville run before the end of the game brought the final score back a tad, but still was not enough to prevent the 21-point loss.


Dayshawn Wiley led all scorers with 24 points, going 8-14 from the field and 5-7 from beyond the arc. Love Bettis and Deng Mayar reached double-digits with 19 and 10, respectively.


Coffeyville has now dropped five straight games and now sit at 5-8, 2-5 in the Jayhawk Conference . They'll take the rest of the year off, then hit the road to battle the Cloud County Thunderbirds on January 5th.

Nado Pulls Away Late, Captures 3rd Place


In a game that was close and went back and forth multiple times, Coffeyville was finally able to pull away from Oologah in the 4th quarter to capture the 3rd place title 71-57 in the Ty Hewitt Memorial Basketball Tournament in Nowata.


The opening half was like two boxers throwing punches but neither team going down, and Coffeyville led at the half 33-31. After three quarters, it was still only a two-point game at 46-44 and that is when Coffeyville went to work. The Nado went on a 17-3 run to open the quarter and was sparked by back-to-back buckets by Jazavier Logan.


The Nado would not let Oologah get any closer the rest of the way before winning by 14 points. After the game, Coach Griff Walker said he was proud of the way his team bounced back after the big loss to Oklahoma Union.


Coffeyville had three players in double figures with Caden Herring leading all scorers with 24 points, while Logan had 19 and DeAndre Shobe added 12.


Coffeyville finishes off the December portion of their schedule as they travel to Independence for part one of the Montgomery County rivalry on Friday. The girl's game will begin at 6 pm with the boys to follow at 7:45 pm. You can listen to both games on Sonshine 98.9 KQQF. Matt Jordan will be on the call.

Nado Girls Drop Contest to Chelsea


Turnover problems and foul trouble doomed the Field Kindley girls, as the Lady Nado were beaten 43-32 by the Chelsea Dragons in Nowata on Friday.


The Lady Nado got going quickly, jumping out to a 6-0 lead, but an ensuing Chelsea run gave the Dragons their first lead of the game. As it turned out, that would be the only lead necessary. Coffeyville found their chances at the basket limited due to several turnovers throughout the ballgame.


A 22-16 lead at the half would turn into a double-digits for Chelsea, as Coffeyville was limited to just 3 points in the third quarter. Scoring became a little easier for the Nado in the fourth quarter, but foul trouble gave Chelsea several attempts at the free-throw line. The free points allowed the Dragons to maintain their lead, eventually taking the 11-point victory.


Chaunte Porter led all Coffeyville scorers with 10 points, while Olivia Ransom added 9. The Lady Nado advance to the 7th place game in the Ty Hewitt Memorial Tournament. They'll play the loser of Nowata and South Coffeyville at 10 AM. That game will be broadcast on Sonshine 98.9, KQQF.

Cougars Maul Nado


Field Kindley started slow and could never recover as they were crushed by Oklahoma Union 65-33 Thursday night in the semi-finals of the Ty Hewitt Memorial Basketball Tournament in Nowata.


Hot-shooting from the OKU and a swarming press never let the Nado get comfortable in the first quarter as the Cougars led 11-0 early on and had an 18-4 lead at the end of the first quarter. The Nado shot better in the second but still trailed 32-16 at the half. Oklahoma Union would then put the game away with 23-13 third quarter to widen their lead to 55-28.


The Nado was led by Ethan Viets with 14 points with 10 of those coming in the 2nd half. Oklahoma Union was led by Kade Hollingshed with 27 points followed by Jaiden Kennard with 18 points.


The Nado will look to bounce back and capture 3rd place in the tournament as they will play Oologah at 5:30 on Saturday. You can listen to the game on Sonshine 98.9 KQQF. Kyle Hey will be on the call.


Coffeyville Men Fall Short in Upset Bid of #4 Hutchinson


Despite a brave fight, the Coffeyville men could not complete its upset bid of undefeated, #4-ranked Hutchinson on Wednesday, dropping their fourth straight at 81-74.


Led by former Cowley coach Tommy DeSalme, Hutchinson upped the tempo and tried to force Coffeyville into preventable mistakes. However, a calm and collected Ravens squad actually held their own, trading leads and even forcing the Blue Dragons to make those same mistakes themselves. Coffeyville shot 60% from the floor in the first half, but a barrage of Hutchinson 3-pointers translated into a 3-point deficit at the half.


Out of the break, Coffeyville continued to fight, despite fouls starting to impede on their strategy. Hutchinson shot 37 free throws on Wednesday, making 20 of them. Coffeyville would retake the lead for the first time since the first half at 61-60, but the team finally seemed to run out of steam with about 9 minutes to go. The deficit expanded to as much as 12 as Hutchinson continued to attack the rim. Although they'd be able to get that back into single digits, there was simply not enough time remaining to put forth a serious comeback effort, as Coffeyville fell 81-74.


The Coffeyville men are 5-7 on the season and 2-4 in Jayhawk Conference play. Dayshawn Wiley led the way with 14, while Oluwatimisola ToluOgunkoya added 13 off of the bench.


Coffeyville is back in action for its final game of 2021 on Saturday, a Montgomery County showdown with rivals Independence.

Go-Ahead 3-Pointer Lifts Coffeyville Over #25 Hutchinson


A go-ahead 3-pointer led the Coffeyville Red Raven women to a dramatic 64-63 victory over #25-ranked Hutchinson on Wednesday.


Coffeyville, in a departure from previous games, played the leader for the entire contest. After a quiet 9-8 first quarter, things would pick up, especially as the Ravens started to pull ahead. However, Hutchinson did not go quietly, and reduced the gap to just 1 point at the half.


It truly was more of the same in the final two quarters of regulation, with Coffeyville maintaining a lead and Hutchinson playing catchup. The Ravens even built their first double-digit lead of the game at 55-43. It wasn't to last, though, as the Blue Dragons turned up the pressure on both ends of the floor and fought back to eventually  force overtime at 59-59.


Overtime was largely a quiet affair, with both teams cautious and looking to slow things down. With just 20 seconds to go, and tied at 61, Coffeyville's Dariauna Carter opted to play the hero, draining a 3-pointer to give the Ravens its second, and decisive, lead.


A Hutchinson drive on the other end only served to close the gap, and with no foul called, Coffeyville emerged from its third overtime game as 64-63 victors.


Carter led all Coffeyville scorers with 15, her second straight game doing so. Faith Simpson recorded a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds. Nakia Cullom and Paige Scott each added 11. The Red Raven women are now 11-2 on the season and 5-2 in conference play. They are also 3-0 in overtime games this season.


The Raven women are back in action Saturday, taking on Independence.

Field Kindley Stuns Nowata


The Griff Walker era got off to a huge start as the Golden Nado beat Nowata in the first round of the 2021 Ty Hewitt Memorial Tournament.


Coffeyville got out to a 15-10 at the end of the first quarter and still held a tight 24-20 lead at halftime. After allowing Nowata to get within one at 26-25, Coffeyville went to work by going on a 13-0 run to make the score 39-25 punctuated by Caden Herring.


Nowata would then go on a 13-0 run of their own that covered the last part of the third quarter and the first minute of the 4th quarter to tie it at 40. The 4th quarter moved along and neither team was able to shake the other but JazavierLogan was able to shut the door on Nowata.


Coffeyville will return to action Thursday at 8:30 pm to square off against the winner of the Oklahoma Union – Fairland game tonight at 8:30 pm. You will be able to listen to Thursday's game on Sonshine 98.9 KQQF.

Lady Nado Drop Opener


Field Kindley was unable to shake off a slow start as they dropped a 55-28 decision to Oklahoma Union in the first round of the 2021 Ty Hewitt Memorial Tournament.


Both the Lady Nado and Lady Cougars got off to a slow start as neither team netted a basket nearly halfway through the first quarter. After two free throws from the Lady Nado to tie the game at 2 apiece, Oklahoma Union went on a 7-0 run to push their lead to 9-2 and the closest the Lady Nado would get the rest of the night was at the end of the first quarter where they trailed 11-4. Field Kindley struggled from the free-throw line going only 7-21 from the charity stripe.


The Lady Nado were led in scoring by Olivia Ransom who started her first varsity game with 7 points while Makayla Strickland added 6 points and Taiylor Caron chipped in 5.


The Lady Nado start the season at 0-1 and will move to the consolation side of the tournament bracket where they will play Chelsea, who dropped a 61-34 decision to Mannford earlier in the evening, at 4 pm Friday. You can listen to the game on Sonshine 98.9 KQQF.

Coffeyville Football Comes Up Short in Bowl Game


The Coffeyville Red Ravens came up short in its bowl game on Saturday, losing 28-7 to the Tyler Apaches.


Throughout the game, Coffeyville found it hard to move the football. The Raven offense could only gather 180 total yards, compared to Tyler's 390. The lone touchdown came in the second quarter, a 12-yard pass from quarterback Jakson Thomson to tight end Andrew Schnackenberg that capped off a 57-yard drive. The latter was named Coffeyville's MVP for the game.


Coffeyville ends its season at 6-3 and as the regular season Jayhawk Conference champions.



Coffeyville Splits with Barton


The Coffeyville men and women split against Barton Saturday, the women victorious at 78-72 and the men defeated at 74-48.


Both offenses were clicking in the women's game, with the two teams deadlocked for the first 14 minutes of game time. However, the Cougars would eventually go on a 13-0 run, building an 11-point lead, meaning that Coffeyville once again needed to find their way back from behind. A small Coffeyville counter-run before the break led to just a 7-point deficit before halftime at 37-30.


Despite briefly trailing by double digits in the second half, things went Coffeyville's way in the second half. Passes inside that had been previously unavailable opened up, and assists leader Dariauna Carter found it much easier to score herself in this particular contest. After cutting the lead to just 2 points by the end of the third quarter, Coffeyville would finally take back the lead with just under 6 minutes to play on a Nakia Cullom jump shot. Although Barton continued to threaten, never letting the Ravens get comfortable with their lead, consistent free throw shooting left the game just out of reach. The clock eventually expired, giving Coffeyville the win at 78-72.


Carter led all scorers with 18, a season-high for her. She was joined in double digits by Cullom (13), Faith Simpson (11) and Cheyenne Banks (11). The Raven women are now 10-2 on the season and 4-2 in Jayhawk Conference play.




The men's game was never in any doubt, and featured just one lead change at 3-2. The Red Raven men put up their worst shooting half of the season in the first, going just 4-32 from the field for a percentage of 12.5%. Meanwhile, the Barton offense seemed to be able to hit shots on command, going 62.1% from the field and 50% from behind the three-point line. That combined led to a staggering 32-point deficit at the half, 46-14.


Out of the break, Coffeyville found it much easier to score, and even won the final 20 minutes at 34-28, but a 32-point comeback was not in the cards, as the Raven men dropped their third straight.


Jordan Williams led all Red Ravens with 13 points off of the bench, all of which came in the second half. Love Bettis also reached double figures with 11. The Raven men are now 5-6 and 2-3 in conference play.


Both teams will be back home on Wednesday, as the Ravens play host to the Hutchinson Blue Dragons. Pregame will start at 5:00 PM, with tipoff at 5:30 on US98.1, KUSN.

Fredonia Wins Thriller over Neodesha


Another exciting chapter was added to the Wilson County rivalry as the Fredonia Yellowjackets beat Neodesha Blue Streaks 63-56 in overtime Friday night.


Neodesha started off the game with a 9-0 run that was followed up by a 10-2 run for Fredonia and the team would trade score until Bryson Harvey buried a 3-pointer from the right corner to make it 13 all at the end of the first.


Both teams had trouble finding their footing in the second quarter but Neodesha looked like they were going to end the quarter with a six-point lead until Fredonia's Zach Ramsey wowed the entire gym.


The teams would trade blows in the 2nd half with neither team getting more than a 3-point lead at any point and nothing was solved after 32 minutes as the score was deadlocked at 54. In the overtime, period Fredonia outscored Neodesha 9-2 on the strength of solid free throw shooting to earn the win.


Fredonia was led by Zach Ramsey who had 17 points followed by Jermiah Couch with 14 points. Neodesha was paced by Maddux Johnson who had a game-high 19 points with Tristan Arnold adding 15 points from the bench.


Fredonia hosts Douglass Tuesday at home while Neodesha will participate in the Wildcat Classic beginning on Monday at Yates Center.

West Elk Wins Two Over Oswego to Begin Season


The West Elk Patriots opened up their basketball season in style, taking both the girls (38-23) and boys (64-22) contests against Oswego in our first Game of the Week on Friday.


West Elk led the entirety of the boys game. Coming out of the gate, it was clear that the Patriots would attempt use their size advantage to dominate inside the paint. Seniors Garrett Toon and Wesley Young were an effective one-two combination, crashing the boards and finding many opportunities for second chance points. The Patriots led 16-0 after the first, 40-11 at the half, and 56-20 in the third quarter. Running clock would end the game a little early, with West Elk claiming its first victory with a final score of 64-22.


Meanwhile, in the preceding girls' game, the Patriots overcame a 10-7 first quarter and 17-15 halftime deficit to overcome the Indians, 38-23. Molly McClendon led all scorers with 13, including 3 triples, while Natalie Harshman and Makaila Gillespie added 7 each toward the comeback effort. Oswego was led by Mae Albertson, who had 10.


Make sure to stay tuned to for more updates on our upcoming 690AM Game of the Week schedule.

Coach Leiker Named KJCCC Football Coach of the Year


Coffeyville Red Ravens football coach Jeff Leiker has been named the Jayhawk Conference Coach of the Year.


This season, Leiker led the Ravens to a 6-2 record and a regular season conference championship. Highlights of the Fall 2021 campaign include a win over at-the-time #1 Hutchinson and county rival Independence. The Ravens have also earned a bid to the Champs Heart of Texas Bowl, one of only a handful of teams to be invited to post-season play.


Leiker is in his second stint as head coach. He first coached Coffeyville from 2001-2007, before moving into the athletic director role, a role that he still holds alongside his coaching duties.


Photo Credit: Coffeyville Community College

Ravens Put 28 on KJCCC All-Conference Teams


The Red Ravens football team has placed 28 athletes on the Jayhawk Conference All-Conference teams.


First team selections include:



Star Thomas - RB

Terrance McClain - OT



Allen Henry - DT

Reise Collier - LB

Willie Jordan - LB

Zahquan Frazier - DB


Special Teams:

Forrest Taylor - K


Named to the second team were:



Jakson Thompson - QB

Ferontay Cutler - FB

Cale Harbour - TE



Tyler Mullins - DB


And finally, Coffeyville's special mentions included:



Chris Bellamy - WR

Bryce Childress - WR

Will Dennis - TE

Ethan Ellis - OG

Ma'Kyi Lee - OT

Terrance Shaw - C

Isaiah Taylor - WR

Nathaniel Truzpuc - OG

Cortarious Wilson - WR



Joseph Backhole - DE

Marco Collins - CB

Antavious Fish - LB

Devon Lee - DT

Darius Lynaum - DE

Brenyen Scott - S

Jhalyn Shuler - LB



The Ravens finished 6-2 on the year and were the regular season Jayhawk Conference champions.



Coffeyville Drops Both to Butler


Neither Coffeyville team found its way into the win column Wednesday, as the women were defeated by Butler 82-51 and the men 61-52.


The Coffeyville women were looking to pick up the upset over a favored Butler team, ranked #7 in the latest NJCAA polls. However, the team found itself trailing for the vast  majority of the contest, and struggling to put the ball through the basket. Coffeyville shot 14-for-59 for just 23.7% from the field, a season low. The defense held out for awhile, limiting the Grizzlies offense to just 32 points in the first half, but a 29-9 third quarter blew the game wide open. That allowed Butler to coast the rest of the way, despite a much more solid fourth quarter effort from the Ravens.


Faith Simpson led all scorers with 19 on 5-of-11 shooting. She was the only Raven to reach double digits. Coffeyville is now 9-2 on the season and 4-2 in Jayhawk Conference play.




The Raven men, meanwhile, have continued to battle injuries and sickness through the start of the 2021 campaign, but still looked to have a chance to defeat the 15th-ranked Grizzlies. With both teams struggling to get going offensively, and a lax whistle that only resulted in eight first half free throws, the Ravens led by a paltry score of 23-22 at the half. Unfortunately, that slim lead wouldn't last. After trading blows, and building their lead to 42-38 with only 8 minutes to go, Coffeyville would embark upon a long scoring drought. It proved to be costly, as Butler took over, and eventually pulled away, for the 9-point victory.


Noah Butler was the only Raven to reach double digits in the men's game, picking up 10. The men are now 5-5 on the season, 2-2 in conference play.




Both teams will look to gain back some momentum this Saturday, as they travel to Great Bend to take on the Barton Cougars. Pregame will start at 1:30 PM, with tipoff at 2 PM, on US98.1, KUSN.

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