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Local Sports Archives for 2022-10

Colbert's Five TD Night Advances the Nado to Round Two


Field Kindley advances to the second round of the playoffs with a 40-30 win over El Dorado. After a scoreless first quarter, the Wildcats would strike first capitalizing on a short field after a Nado fumble taking an 8-0 lead on a Gannon White touchdown run. The Nado answered right back in three plays punctuated by a 33-yard touchdown run by Jeremy Colbert, his first of five on the night. Coffeyville would strike again before halftime on a 37-yard touchdown run by Colbert taking the 14-8 lead into halftime.


El Dorado opened the second half by recovering their onside kick and need one play by QB White, who took it 50 yards for the touchdown and the 16-14 lead in the third quarter. Nado QB Axel Erne and the offense would answer right back as Erne hit Colbert on a 24-yard touchdown pass taking the lead back for Coffeyville 20-14. After an El Dorado fumble, Colbert would find the endzone for the fourth time on a 38-yard touchdown run. The Nado found the endzone one more time before the end of the third on a four-yard touchdown run by Colber, his fifth touchdown of the night.


El Dorado would keep it close in the fourth cutting the lead to a two-possession game but the Nado had the answer holding on to their lead and advancing to the next round. Both teams had great games on the ground. Coffeyville had 342 yards rushing on 36 carries with five rushing touchdowns. Colbert run 19 times for 191 yards, Josh Shobe had 7 carries for 64 yards and a 17-yard touchdown and Lamarcus Allen had 7 carries for 68 yards. El Dorado had 415 yards rushing on 61 carries and four rushing touchdowns. The Wildcats were led by their QB, White, who had 18 carries for 146 yards and three rushing touchdowns. Coffeyville will head on the road to take on Towanda-Circle in round two.

Preview: Fredonia battles Council Grove in State Playoffs

The Fredonia regular season was strong enough to ensure a trip to the postseason, and the Yellow Jackets will make the trip to Council Grove and battle the Braves on Friday night. Fredonia comes in with a 4-4 record, and Council Grove has a 6=2 record.


The Yellow Jackets were able to snap a three game losing skid in Week 8, defeating Eureka 16-8 on the road. Although a win was most important, Fredonia coach Marc Savty knows his team must find ways to finish drives and not leave points on the field if they wish to have playoff success.


Council Grove is coming off of a tough loss in Week 8, but Savty knows this team has dynamic weapons and are well coached. The Braves' defense is the biggest strength, allowing 6 points or fewer in five games this season, including four shutouts.


Friday's game is at 7pm in Council Grove, and a recap will be posted to the website following the game.

Preview: Independence squares off with Towanda Circle in Playoffs

Week 9 of the high school football season brings us the first round of the playoffs in SE Kansas, and the Independence Bulldogs draw a matchup with the Towanda Circle Thunderbirds on Friday night. The Bulldogs enter with a record of 1-7, and the Thunderbirds enter with a record of 6-2.


The game results do not tell the full story of the last few weeks for Independence. The offense has been much more consistent, tallying 23 and 33 points in their prior two games, respectively. The run game for Indy has also been much more of a consistent presence since the midway point of the season.


The x-factor will be if the defense of Independence can the key 3rd down stops and turnovers they've been looking for all season. The offense has stabilized, and if the defense can give the offense extra possessions, it may just be enough to think upset Friday night.


Towanda Circle brings a high-powered offense that scores early and often, hanging 35+ on each of their previous four opponents. The Thunderbirds are led by upperclassmen on both sides of the ball, with senior QB Cooper Chadwell and senior WR Ty Smith connecting for 10 touchdowns on offense, and junior Cannon Mccormack leading in tackles and sacks on defense.


Friday's game will be at 7pm in Towanda, and a recap will be posted on the website following the game.



CCC Rolls Past GCI


Coffeyville Community College picks up the shutout victory over Georgia Christian Institute 59-0.


GCI fought the wind in the first quarter setting up good field position for CCC and they were able to capitalize scoring on their first four possessions leading 24-0 early in the second quarter. Red Ravens QB Isaiah Velez's day would end early after those first four scores finishing 6 for 8 with 39 yards and a passing touchdown. CCC used the wind to their advantage in the second quarter recovering back-to-back kickoffs after scoring touchdowns. The Red Ravens would lead 45-0 at the half holding GCI to -43 yards of offense in the first half.


With the big lead, the third and fourth quarters would be shortened to ten minutes each instead of the normal fifteen. CCC added two more scores in the second half. Ozzario Smith led the way on the ground for CCC with 103 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 11 carries. Coffeyville would hold the Knights to -23 yards of total offense for the game. CCC heads on the road to take on Butler on Saturday.

Cherryvale controls Neodesha in Week 8 GOTW

Few things feel better than entering the postseason playing your best football of the season, and that's exactly the case for the Cherryvale Chargers, after shutting out rival Neodesha 38-0 on senior night.


The defense was tested early, with Neodesha having four first-quarter possessions starting across the 50 yard line, courtesy of a pair of onside kicks, an interception, and a 4th-down stand. But the Charger defensive line created penetration in the backfield all night, and completely neutralized the option offense of Neodesha.


The star of the night for the Chargers was junior utility player Stetson Schafer, who lined up as a receiver, tight end, linebacker, safety, and punter throughout the night. Schafer finished with a pair of interceptions, a long 68 yard TD catch, and outstanding athletic displays all evening long.


The Chargers run game also showed up in a big way, led by senior Trevin Elam. As the night went on, Elam continuously found ways to fall forward and drive his legs, turning plays that appeared to have no hope into consistent six and seven yard gains.


Neodesha's season comes to an end after failing to qualify for postseason play, while the Cherryvale Chargers earn the 2-seed in the District 1 portion of the bracket, and will host the Humboldt Cubs in the first round of the playoffs on Friday night. Humboldt defeated Cherryvale 46-0 in the two teams' earlier matchup this season.

Coffeyville Falls in Last Game of Season


Fort Scott pulls off the upset in double overtime beating Field Kindley 50-44.  


The Nado started strong on their first drive of the game taking an early 8-0 lead.  Fort Scott answered right back tying the game up at 8-8 and then forcing a Nado fumble to take a 14-8 lead.  After giving up 14 unanswered the Nado offense woke up a bit and would answer back with 22 unanswered points of their own.  Field Kindley headed into halftime up 30-14.


Things would slow down for Coffeyville offensively in the second half as they did not score a second-half offensive touchdown.  Sophomore Running Back Lamarcus Allen was coming off a 44-carry game and was already up to 44 carries in the third quarter.  After Fort Scott tied it up a 30, the Nado returned an interception for a touchdown to retake the lead 36-30.  With 1:30 left in the game, the Tigers drove down the field to tie it up with 22 seconds left and into overtime we headed.


Both teams scored touchdowns and 2-point conversions in the first OT. Fort Scott scored first in the second OT but failed the conversion.  Coffeyville only needed a touchdown and the conversion to win.  The Tigers would force a fumble on second and goal from the four to walk away with the upset.  


With the loss, the Nado fall to the sixth seed on the west side of the 4A bracket and will face El Dorado in the first round of the playoffs on Friday.  

Caney Rams Riverton In Regular Season Finale

A slow game offensively in the first half for the Caney Valley Bull Pups turned into a blowout, as the Bull Pups blanked the Riverton Rams 36-0 in the regular season finale for both teams. The only score for Caney in the first half came on their first drive, as they marched down the field through the rushing of Jackson Griffin and Aston King. Caney's defense held the Riverton offense to less than 10 yards rushing in the first half; Caney lead 8-0 at the half. The second half produced more of the same, with consistent rushing by Griffin and King; the duo ended up with over 300 yards rushing for the fourth time this season. Ben Matthews, Garrett Watson, and Tanner Hobson also joined in on the rushing attack, Matthews and Hobson added rushing TD's, while the defense pitched the shutout. Caney finishes the regular season 6-2, and 1-0 in the Tri Valley. Caney starts the playoffs with a week three rematch, taking on Eureka Friday night at Caney Memorial Stadium. 

Preview: Caney Bullpups head to Riverton

The Caney Valley Bullpups put a bow on a very successful 2022 regular season tonight on the road against the Riverton Rams. The Bullpups are a very respectable 5-2 on the season, while Riverton has struggled to a 1-6 record.


Although the records seem to favor the Bullpups, Caney Valley head coach Criss Davis is still taking no chances in this matchup, and highlights the talent the Rams have at key positions.


The Caney Valley defense has given up 12 points or less in four different games this season, and with the Rams averaging just 13 PPG offensively, that figures to be a key storyline to follow.


Tonight's game, along with all Caney Valley Bullpups action, can be heard on KGGF 104.1 FM.



Preview: Field Kindley takes on Fort Scott in Week 8

There is hard-nosed, physical football on the menu for the Field Kindley Golden Tornado in Week 8, as they travel to face the Fort Scott Tigers tonight. The Nado come in at 5-2, while the Tigers are 1-6 on the season.


Both teams implement a run-first offensive scheme that is sure to take center stage in this matchup. The Nado have dealt with numerous injuries at the running back position this season, but sophomore LaMarcus Allen stepped up to the plate a week ago, running for 204 yards and 3 TDs on 44 carries. He explains how he prepared for his opportunity to contribute for Field Kindley.


The Fort Scott offense has struggled mightily all season long scoring points, tallying more than 10 in a game just once on the year. The Tigers defense will look to slow down the rushing attack of the Nado to keep the offense close enough to potentially play spoiler.


Tonight's game, along with all Field Kindley games, can be heard on KQQF 98.9 FM

Preview: Cherryvale Chargers battle rival Neodesha Blue Streaks in Week 8 GOTW

Our Week 8 edition of the High School Football Game of the Week brings us to Neodesha as the Blue Streaks welcome the rival Cherryvale Chargers to hostile territory for bragging rights on the last Friday night of the regular season.


Cherryvale has encountered a roller coaster regular season en route to a 4-3 record heading into Friday's matchup, while the Blue Streaks have struggled to get going offensively in a frustrating 2-5 campaign.


However, Chargers head coach Daniel Vaughn knows that during a rivalry week, all records are thrown out the window. 


Neodesha will hope that senior linebacker Chad Babcock will be able to lead the Blue Streaks defense to their best performance of the season and upset the Chargers on senior night.


Game coverage of the High School Football Game of the Week can be heard at 6:50 p.m. on the mighty 690, KGGF AM.

Preview: Independence battles El Dorado

The Independence Bulldogs take the field for the final time in the 2022 regular season Friday night and will battle the 1-6 El Dorado Wildcats. 


Both teams have struggled on the defensive side of the ball this season, with Independence surrendering 30+ points in five of their seven ballgames, and El Dorado giving up 37 PPG to their opponents.


The intriguing storyline with this contest is which of the two struggling defenses will make enough plays to give their respective team the boost needed to end the season with a win.


A recap of the battle between the Bulldogs and Wildcats will be posted to the website following the conclusion of the game.

CCC Volleyball Falls to #3 Cowley

The Coffeyville Red Ravens wrapped up their 2022 regular season home slate with a Wednesday evening matchup with the #3 Cowley CC Tigers. The Red Ravens were playing from behind most of the night, and Cowley was able to snap CCC’s 8 match winning streak with a straight sets win 25-15, 25-16, 25-16.


It was Pink Out night for the Red Raven supporters, and the crowd delivered the energy and atmosphere needed for an upset. But, according to head coach Deardin Kelley, the Tigers brought a speed element that hasn't matched up with Coffeyville yet this season.


Coach Kelley was proud of the team’s will to hang with a top tier program on this night, and proud of the team’s growth over the course of the season as a whole. 



The Red Ravens will travel on the road for their last two regular season matches, facing Metropolitan CC on Friday evening, before wrapping up the regular season against Fort Scott on Wednesday.


CCC Football Back into Top 10


The Coffeyville Community College football team had the week off last week but still moved up in the polls.


The Red Ravens are now ranked 10th in this week's NJCAA Poll. CCC moves up two spots from last week's ranking. Two other Jayhawk teams find themselves in the top 10 with Hutchinson at #1 and Butler ranked 6th.


Coffeyville is at home this week facing Georgia Christian on Saturday. Kick-off is at 1:00pm with pregame at 12:30pm on KUSN 98.1.

CCC Men Ranked Top 25 to Start Season


Coffeyville Community College men's basketball team is ranked in the top 15 to start the season.


CCC will head into the season ranked 14th. Three other Jayhawk Conference schools are also ranked inside the top 25 to start the year. Hutchinson is the highest-ranked team at 13th, Seward is at 16th and Butler is ranked 23rd. Despite being the second-highest-ranked preseason team, CCC was picked by the coaches to finish third in the conference behind Hutch and Butler.


Coffeyville is coming off an 18-13 season with a 14-9 conference record. The Red Ravens open up their season at home on November 1st with a game against Southwestern College JV. Tip-off is at 7:00pm and the game can be heard on KUSN 98.1.


CCC Women Predicted Top 5 in the Jayhawk


Just two weeks before the start of the new basketball season the Jayhawk Conference has released their projected order of finish.


The Coffeyville Community College women's basketball team is picked to finish 5th out of the 13 teams in the conference. Hutchinson, Barton, Seward and Butler are all picked to finish ahead of the Red Ravens.


The CCC women are coming off a 19-11 season with a 13-10 conference record. Coffeyville will start its season with a home game on November 1st against Ottawa University JV. Tip-off is at 5:30pm on KUSN 98.1.  

Interim No More

The interim tag was taken off Melissa Anderson, as the ICC Board of Trustees has voted to name her the Athletic Director. Anderson added Athletic Director duties to her job in June of this year; she is also Head Volleyball Coach. Anderson has a masters in Education, with an emphasis in Sports Administration, along with her bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration from East Central University. She joined the Pirates in 2021 as Head Volleyball Coach. ICC President Dr. Vincent Bowhay says her passion for students on and off campus made her the right choice for the job.

West Elk Patriots End Game Early Vs Oswego Indians


The West Elk Patriots improved to 7-0 Friday night as they mercy-ruled the 5-1 Oswego Indians in a game that was really never close. Oswego did manage to take their opening drive 75 yards for their one and only touchdown. Their two-point conversion was good and that was the last time West Elk even let the Indians get close.

Maddex Moreno, the Patriot’s hard-running tailback ended up with 4 touchdowns and accounted for 32 of the home-field Patriot’s final 58 points. The score was 44 to 8 at the end of the half and with lighting on the horizon to the west, the West Elk squad came out and took care of business. With less than 7 minutes left in the third quarter, the Pats scored twice and quickly went up by 50, and the game was called.

Other than the opening drive for the Indians, the defense for the Patriots held Oswego to fewer than 3 first downs. Patriot Quarterback Trent Haag was able to connect on several key run-pass-option plays as Moreno’s run threat, as well as Haag's opened up the passing game, especially in the 2nd quarter where West Elk was able to keep their foot on the gas and put the Indians away scoring 30. The Patriots were awarded the District Champion trophy after the game and next week they will travel to Yates Center which has yet to win a game this year.

Bull Pups Reign In Weather Shortened Game

The forecasted rain showers came earlier than expected, but even it couldn't dampen the Caney run game, as the Bull Pups defeated the Fredonia Yellowjackets 24-6 at Caney Memorial Stadium. The running duo of Jackson Griffin and Aston King helped Caney control the clock for much of the first half, and the Bull Pup defense limited Fredonia's chances of putting together a sustained drive. Caney led 8-6 at the half. Aston King had Caney's biggest play; a 34-yard touchdown run. Otherwise, slow and sustained drives helped Caney control the clock and the line of scrimmage. The game was called with 5:52 left in the 4th quarter, as lightning moved into the area. Before the game, homecoming activities concluded with the queen and king ceremonies; Talynn Thornton was crowned queen, and Drake Stapleton was crowned king. Fredonia travels to Eureka next Friday to finish out the regular season; Caney Valley will travel to Riverton to take on the Rams. 

Red Ravens Offense too Much for Iowa Central


Coffeyville Community College knocks off #7 Iowa Central on Homecoming 47-30. 


The Red Ravens started slowly being held scoreless in the first quarter and trailing the Triton 10-0.  It only took 42 seconds into the second quarter to score as Isaiah Velez would find Latrell Bonner for the first touchdown of the night and the Red Ravens' first offensive touchdown at home since week 1.  CCC would add another TD on the ground on a four-yard run by Romal Webb for their first lead of the night.  Iowa Central would answer though in the final minute of the half and regaining the lead 16-14 after a blocked extra point.  A big kick return and a penalty would set Coffeyville up at the Tritons' 45 with under 20 seconds left in the half.  CCC didn't need the full 20 seconds to take the lead as Velez found Joseph Young wide-open for the touchdown and the lead


Iowa Central was able to get the lead back in the third quarter and after a two-point conversion would lead by three 24-21.  Coffeyville's offense would stay composed answering in under two minutes with a 13-yard run by Dorian Lewis, his first of three touchdowns, taking the lead 27-24.  After taking the lead at the end of the third quarter, the Red Ravens never looked back adding three more touchdowns in the fourth and pulling away from the Tritons.  Coffeyville's next game has been cancelled so CCC will have the week off as they improve to 4-2 on the season.

Bluestreaks Spoil Yellowjacket's Homecoming In Crazy Final

The Neodesha Blue Streaks traveled to their in-county rival Fredonia looking to ruin the Yellowjacket's homecoming celebrations. The boys in blue jumped out to an early lead and stayed in control for most of the game. Once again, in a hole early, Fredonia was forced to be a passing team, and while their tandem of Joel Dutton and Jadin Archeval amassed over a hundred yards in passing/receiving, and Neodesha was able to disrupt the Fredonia offense at times, what hurt the Yellowjackets the most was themselves with inopportune penalties and turnovers. They also were unable to convert on 3 and 4th down, turning the ball over on downs at least 4 times.


But the end of the game left everyone on both sides of the ball shaking their heads in disbelief. With about 4 minutes left in the game, Fredonia had scored and pulled to within 2 at 20-22. Neodesha put together their best drive of the night mixing the run and the pass and ate up the clock, so much so that when they scored their final touchdown they only left :48 seconds for Fredonia to come up with 10 points. Neodesha squib kicked the ball hoping to eat up a little more time but, Joel Dutton of the Yellowjackets showed why he is the captain of the team as he reversed direction on the return and broke at least three tackles on his way to a touchdown to bring the score to 26-30 with the failed 2 point conversion. So with 32 seconds, Fredonia attempted the on-side kick and Neodesha was able to cover it up.


Now all Neodesha had to do was snap the ball twice in the victory formation and the clock would expire and they would win. The first snap was fine, a knee was taken and the team came back to the line this time, now, was it the cold rain that had started to fall that might have made the ball slippery or just nerves, but the QB center exchange was botched and the ball rolled down the line of scrimmage and a Fredonia lineman scoped it up. Fredonia unbelievably had its shot to win the game and steal one from the Blustreaks, but Dutton dropped back and threw a ball that was as high as it was long toward the end zone and it fell right into the hands of a Neodesha player to end the game.


The Bluesteaks roller coaster emotional ride was over and the visitors celebrated on their cross-county rival’s field, much to the agony of the home team who knew they could have had a much different outcome to the game. Fredonia is a young team and there were many lessons for both teams that they can build on this week. The #1 lesson had to be: never ever give up.

Nado Spoil LCHS Homecoming


Field Kindley picks up their fifth win of the season with a 32-14 win over Labette County.


After forcing a three and out by the Grizzlies, the Nado methodically moved the football down the field capped off by a 6-yard touchdown by LaMarcus Allen. The Grizzlies would answer right back with a two-play 69-yard touchdown drive cutting the Nado lead to 8-6. On the next drive for the Nado, Jeremy Colbert would find the endzone for his first touchdown of the night extending the lead to 16-6. Coffeyville forced a fumble in Labette territory and on their first play after the fumble Colbert would run one in from 21-yards out. The Grizzlies would answer with a touchdown and two-point conversion before halftime making it 24-14 heading into the break.


After a high-scoring first half, both teams would go scoreless in the third quarter. Early in the fourth, the Nado made a slight change in their offensive strategy as Jo Neuenschwander would come in at QB in what Coach Deonta Wade calls his heavy formation. It took three plays and 65-yards, all coming from Neuenschwander, for the Nado to score their first points of the second half. Coffeyville improves to 5-1 and will take on 6-0 Chanute at home for Senior Night.   

Olpe Flies High In Victory Against Caney

The Olpe Eagles showed why they are multiple time state champions in 1A football, as they traveled to Caney Valley and defeated the Bull Pups 38-0. Quarterback Truman Bailey rushed for over 100 yards, including a 60 yard touchdown run for the Eagles, while running back Blake Redeker added two rushing touchdowns. Turnovers kept Caney from gaining any kind of offensive momentum, with two interceptions, including a pick six in the first half. Olpe also kept Caney's rushing attack in check, holding the Bull Pups to 82 yards on the ground. Caney had rushed for over 300 yards the previous three weeks. Olpe led 21-0 after the first quarter and 28-0 at the half, and extended their lead in the third quarter with another TD and a 37 yard field goal by kicker Braydon Fowler. Caney falls to 4-2 on the season, and will look to rebound next Friday against Fredonia. In the meantime, Olpe now has a four game winning streak. 

Cherryvale Suprises Fredonia in KGGF's Game of The Week


The 3-1 Fredonia Yellowjackets traveled to the 2 -2 Cherryvale Chargers Stadium with the intention of spoiling the Charger's homecoming Friday night. But Cherryvale had plans of their own as the Chargers took the opening drive and matriculated down the field with a balanced run and pass attack and scored the first touchdown, keeping Fredonia off balance most of the drive.

Then the Chargers went for two and were successful in an unorthodox formation called by some as "the swinging gate." The formation forces the defense to know their assignments as there is the ability to run a run-pass-option play or conventional option play, but more importantly, it forces the defender to make an open field tackle on a ball carrier with a running start. The problem is that it is tough to get everyone up on the line when everyone is spread out and false starts are what happens most of the time I've witnessed a team attempt the formation, including a couple of teams I played on. Cherryvale did take a timeout to make sure they got it right, and it was a time out well spent as the formation worked to perfection. Enabling the home team to jump out to a 8 - 0 lead.

The Chargers had another trick up their sleeve and the Yellowjackets, still reeling from the opening drive, allowed the Charger's onside kick attempt to bounce into the air and watched as the boys in blue fortuitously pounced on the loose ball giving the Chargers the rock with a short field and Fredonia wobbling. But the Yellowjackets swarmed and gathered themselves and managed to put a helmet on the ball as the Chargers were inside the five looking like they were going up by two scores. The ball squirted like a cork out of a champagne bottle and the Yellowjackets avoided a huge hole early.

The game was closer than the final would suggest as both QBs managed to post pick-sixes on each other. Meaning while playing defense Joel Dutton for Fredonia picked off Jackson Knight of the Chargers and Dutton brought it back for a td and Knight, while playing defense took his interception of Dutton's pass to the house as well.

Dutton's pick 6 did come mid-way through the 4th quarter bringing the Yellowjackets to within a single score, however, Cherryvale drove down the field after the turnover much like the opening possession and ate up most of the clock and left only seconds left for Fredonia.
Passing on every play thus causing a desperation turnover and the Chargers furthering their tally leading to the final score of 14 to 36.
The home team did command both lines of scrimmage a majority of the night and the slow start for Fredonia combined with a great run defense by the Chargers, forced the Yellowjackets to be very one-dimensitional.
However, penalties stopped more drives for Fredonia than the Charger's defense.
Dutton and Jadin Archeval for the Yellowjackets did manage to connect enough times over the middle, to keep Fredonia close, but the Chargers used the momentum and emotion of the moment and played with the desire and effort of a team deserving of a win.

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