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Local Sports Archives for 2022-05

Local Athletes Compete In State Track

A couple of local high school athletes earn gold at the state track competition.

From Independence Nala Burns is State Champ in girls' 100 meters.

Landrea Sears from Sedan crossed the line first in TWO events winning gold in Girls 100-meter Hurdles and 300-meter Hurdles. Congratulations go out to Nala and Landrea. That is quite an accomplishment ladies!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Coach Owens Finishes First Season with Nado Baseball


The first season with a new head coach is in the books for the Field Kindley baseball team. Coach Will Owens says they saw a lot of ups and downs in his first season.


Coach Owens says the team is young and got some important innings of play this year so he feels like the future is brightCoach Owens says they have some games scheduled for this summer as well as some camps and he looks forward to preparing for next season.

FKHS Hires Former Soccer Player as New Coach


A former Field Kindley soccer player has been hired as the new coach of the Nado soccer team. Coach Jacob Williamson says he got into coaching after an injury sidelined his playing career.


Williamson takes over a program that has had great success over the past several seasons. He says his goal is simple and that is to winWilliamson says he looks forward to joining a young and fairly new group of coaches at FKHS. He says they will be able to lean on each other and help grow all the programs together.

Bulldogs are Once Again Class 4A Tennis Champs


Congratulations to the Independence Bulldog tennis team for capturing the 4A State Championship for the 2nd year in a row.


The team was led by a championship performance from Brecken Bertie and Camdon Julian in the doubles bracket at T.H. Vaughn tennis courts in Winfield Saturday. Additionally, Kale Groff was runner-up in the singles bracket. This is the 5th state title in the IHS boys tennis program history.

Second Program Sweep for Nado this Week


Field Kindley High School Varsity and Junior Varsity baseball team's complete the program sweep for the second time this week.
The Varsity team came back from down eight runs to beat Cherryvale 9-8 and the JV team wins 14-4. Coming off a win against Baxter Springs, the Nado took on the Chargers for the third time this year. Cherryvale would strike first scoring seven runs in the second inning. The Nado would tie the game in the fourth inning, before Garrett Vannoster would knock in the go ahead run with a double in the bottom of the 5th.
Joseph Hernandez would pick up the victory for the Nado, pitching five and two-thirds innings, striking out nine and only allowing one run. The Nado scored their nine runs on nine hits with Mason Lochner and Vannoster both having a multiple hit game. 

Ravens Drop Game One of Round One


Coffeyville will need to win two games in a row if it wants to keep its season alive, following a 13-2 loss to Butler on Wednesday.


Yesterday's game was the first of a BO3 series, also the first round of the Region VI playoffs. Although Coffeyville lead 2-1 after 3 innings, the wheels seemed to come off in the 5th and 6th innings, when Butler would score 12 of their 13 runs. Starter Chat Hayes, who had given up just the 1 run to that point, was pulled after 5 innings of work, giving up 5 runs total. Relievers Alex Galvez, Jayden Quarles and Korey Aytes could do little to stop the bleeding, giving up the other 8 runs that Butler would need to force a run rule by the end of the 7th.


The Ravens remain in El Dorado for the next game in the series, but will need to win this one and a potential third game on Friday if it wants to keep playing. The winner of this series moves on to Manhattan, Kansas for the Region VI Championships.



Coots Hired as New Volleyball Coach


Field Kindley High School has hired a new volleyball coach. Coach Tyler Coots, who served as an assistant girl's basketball coach last year, says becoming a head coach at the high school level is a big step for him.


Coach Coots, who is heading into his second year at FKHS, says he got his coaching start in 2016 by creating an athletic program for a school district.


Coach Coots says his goal along with the girl's basketball and softball coach is to help build and grow the girl's programs. Coots joins a number of other Nado coaches who have been hired within the last four years including girls and boys basketball, football and soccer.

Nado Baseball Sweeps Baxter Springs


The Field Kindley junior varsity and varsity baseball teams complete the sweep of Baxter Springs.
The varsity team took the lead in the 6th and held on for the 2-1 victory and the JV walked off with a 6-5 victory. The pitching was strong on both sides, with the Nado's Greg Frazier striking out two and Baxter Springs pitchers striking out nine. Baxter Springs got on the board first scoring one in the second before the Nado tied things in the fifth inning.
Axel Erne gave the Nado the go ahead run in the bottom of the 6th. Joseph Hernandez led the Nado going two for three on the afternoon. Strong defense helped the Nado hold the Lions to just one run as they committed no errors. Alex DeAnda hit the walk off for the JV with a single to left field.


Cherryvale Hires New Football Coach


Cherryvale High School has hired a new football coach for the third time in three years. New Coach Daniel Vaughn says he has twelve years of coaching experience.


Coach Vaughn will be the seniors on the Chargers football team's fourth coach over their four years playing. He says he is trying to bring a positive message to the team coming into his first season.


Coach Vaughn says he knows how tough of a league they play in can be. He says he hopes to have that success the Chargers have seen in football before. Vaughn is also taking over as a strength and conditioning teacher at Cherryvale High School.


Ravens Baseball Ends Regular Season with Split at Fort Scott


Coffeyville baseball will hit the road for its first round matchup in the upcoming Region VI playoffs.


The Red Ravens split its season-ending series with the Fort Scott Greyhounds, dropping the first two games but turning things around and winning the final two.


All four games were played in Fort Scott due to field conditions at Walter Johnson Park. To secure a home playoff series, the Ravens needed to win at least three of those four. Coffeyville had put itself in position to at least give itself a chance to do so, carrying leads into the later innings during both games Friday. Unfortunately, a offensively-focused Greyhounds team was able to score runs in bunches, securing come-from-behind victories at 9-5 and 6-5.


Saturday, however, was a different story. The Ravens utilized great starting efforts from Christopher Spry and Kinson Michel to hold back a team that entered the weekend batting .360, giving up just 6 runs across both games. Meanwhile, the Coffeyville offense had just enough moments of its own to sneak by. Both games ended in favor of the Ravens, 3-1 and 9-5.


Although Coffeyville turned things around over the weekend, they'll still have to travel for the first round of the Region VI playoffs. As the 5-seed in the Jayhawk East, the team will be traveling to El Dorado, KS to take on Butler, the 4-seed in the Jayhawk West. The two teams will play a Best of 3 series, comprised of a single, 9-inning game on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday of this week. The winners of the first round will travel to Manhattan for the Region VI Championships.




Ravens Baseball vs. Butler Canceled


Today's Red Ravens baseball game against Butler has been canceled.


Due to field conditions, Butler has canceled today's game, which was set to take place at McDonald Stadium in El Dorado. This is the second time that this particular game has been affected by adverse weather, with the original date of March 22nd being pushed back as well.


The game will not be made up. Coffeyville will wrap up its regular season with double-headers on Thursday and Saturday against the Fort Scott Greyhounds.

Ravens Take Two Back From Neosho


The Coffeyville Red Ravens got their revenge Saturday, taking two games back from Neosho County on the road with finals scores of 8-5 and 11-4.


The first game was, for the most part, a back-and-forth affair. For every couple runs that Coffeyville managed to put across, Neosho were able to do the same the next inning. A small 2-0 lead in the 2nd was matched by a 2-run homerun in the 3rd. A 3-run homerun for Coffeyville's AJ Craft in the 4th was matched by 3 more Panther runs in the 5th. Fortunately, the Ravens were able to get the last laugh. Tied at 5 in the 6th inning, Coffeyville found RBIs on three consecutive at-bats; a single for Drew Cates, a single for Austin Gonzales, and finally, a groundout for Jackson Mannix added 3 runs. Ravens starter Christopher Spry went the distance again, shutting down Neosho in the bottom of the 7th to take the first game of the doubleheader.


Coffeyville bats continued to shine in the second game. Facing Neosho starter Dax Sharp, the Ravens batted around en route to rattling off 6 runs in the 2nd inning. After a scoreless 3rd and 4th, Coffeyville would add another 2 runs on a double by second baseman Quentin Platt. He'd finish with 4 total RBIs in the game, going 3-5 at the plate. Defensively, the Panthers found themselves unable to take advantage of their baserunners, a big difference from the rest of the series. Coffeyville starter Marcos Lopez worked himself out of several jams, keeping Neosho off the board and keeping the lead rather large. The Ravens added 3 more runs in the game's final few innings, giving Coffeyville an 11-4 victory and a the split of the series.


Coffeyville improves its record to 29-20, 13-15 in Jayhawk Conference play. They'll wrap up the regular season this week, with a trip to El Dorado (weather permitting) on Tuesday, a trip to Fort Scott on Thursday, then a home matchup on Saturday against that same Fort Scott team.



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