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Local Sports Archives for 2023-08

Nado Look to Start 1-0 at Mulvane


Field Kindley High School starts their 2023 football season on the road against Mulvane. The Nado last season beat the Wildcats in an 8-0 win in overtime. Head Coach Deonta Wade says they want to have a balanced attack offensively.


Last the Nado came into the season under the radar and surprised some people early on to start the season last year 4-0. Coach Wade says the expectations are higher coming into this season.


The Nado look to improve on their 6-4 record from last season and capture the SEK League title. Pregame tomorrow starts at 6:30pm with kick-off at 7:00pm on Sunshine 98.9 KQQF.

Kansas Jayhawks Open 2023 Season


The Kansas Jayhawks open the 2023 season tomorrow against Missouri State.


Kansas is looking to build off of a 6-7 season that included highs and lows, but culminated in the most successful season for the program in 15 years.


Head Coach Lance Leipold says he wants his group to treat this game like any other.


The Jayhawks offense was elite at the national level in 2022, but the defense struggled for much of the season.


Leipold says the key is to establish more of a balance in 2023.


Jayhawks coverage can be heard tomorrow beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Greatest Hits 104.1 FM. Kickoff is scheduled for 7.

Bobby Witt Jr Nearing Historic Milestone


One of the bright spots on the 2023 Royals season has been the development of Bobby Witt Jr, who is rapidly approaching a historic milestone.


The slugger shortstop blasted his 27th home run of the season in a 4-1 loss to the Pirates, moving him within three home runs of a 30-30 season.


No Kansas City Royals player has ever had 30 home runs and 30 stolen bases in the same season. Witt already has 38 stolen bases in 2023.


The 23-year-old finished August with a .324 batting average with 16 extra-base hits and 22 runs batted in.



This Week in Red Raven Athletics


Fall sports are in full swing at Coffeyville Community College.


Each week, we'll be joined by Red Raven Sports Information Director Brad Weber to go over all the latest in CCC athletics.


This week we discuss the women's soccer team upsetting #5 Butler, the football season opener, volleyball home opener, and so much more!


FULL Interview w/Brad Weber

Nado Volleyball Starts the Season Tonight


Field Kindley Volleyball starts its season today. Coach Tyler Coots is in his second season as the head coach. The starting lineup for the Lady Nado will feature Senior Riley Wintjen and Freshman Carly Wintjen and Brooke Rippe.


Rilie Wintjen says the team has its own goal and she also has goals for herself.  Karly Wintjen says she has some big shoes to fill with her sister graduating after this year.  Brooke Rippe says she's had to work for this spot on the varsity roster.


Coach Coots says a goal for this season is to win league games and have that success transfer from one sport to the next.  Volleyball starts tonight at 6:00pm against Sedan followed by 7:00pm against Cherryvale.


Red Raven Volleyball Prepares for Home Opener


Following a pair of non-conference tournaments out of state, the Coffeyville Community College volleyball team returns to Nellis Hall for their home opener.


The Red Ravens scheduled nationally respected programs in their non-conference play, which reflects on their early 2-7 record. Head coach Deardin Kelley says, however, the team has learned a lot.


Coffeyville will open their home schedule against Northeastern Oklahoma A&M, a school that debuts a new coach and quite a bit of local talent. The Ravens fared well at Nellis Hall last season, going 8-4 in front of the home fans.


Kelley says the group is eager to play in front of family and friends.


The home opener begins at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow and can be heard on the Red Raven Sports Network YouTube channel.

CCC Women's Soccer Moves into Top 25 Following Upset Win


Coffeyville Community College women's soccer picked up their first ever win in El Dorado last week, and have been rewarded for it.


The Red Ravens pulled off a massive upset over #5 Butler 1-0 on the road, giving the Grizzlies their first home loss since September of 2022.


CCC has landed at #19 in this week's NJCAA Top 25 poll, after not being ranked in the first two polls of the season.


Four other KJCCC teams find themselves in the Top 25 this week, with Barton at #10, Butler coming in at #11, Hutchinson at #16, and Cowley at #18.


The Red Ravens return home tomorrow for a big time conference matchup, squaring off with #10 Barton County at Veterans Memorial Stadium. Kickoff time is 4 p.m. and the game will be followed by the men's soccer team also facing Barton.

High School Coach's Corner Returns in 2023


High School football kicks off around the area this week, and the weekly Coach's Corner program returns to our family of stations.


Each week, head coaches from 10 area high schools will provide updates on key injuries, opponent scouting, team performance, and so much more.


On Wednesdays a trio of coaches can be heard on the Mighty 690, with Erie at 9:30 a.m., Chetopa at 9:40 a.m., and West Elk at 10:45 a.m.


Thursdays brings two coaches on the Mighty 690, with Sedan at 9:30 a.m. and Fredonia at 10:30 a.m.


Fridays will feature five teams, including the four Montgomery County schools, with Cherryvale at 9:30 a.m. and Neodesha at 10:30 a.m. on the Mighty 690. Greatest Hits 104.1 brings Caney, which can be heard at 9:35 a.m., and Independence at 3 p.m. Field Kindley is found at 4:15 p.m on Sunshine 98.9.


The KGGF family of stations will be broadcasting three high school games this week, with Caney facing Erie on U.S. 98, Field Kindley battling Mulvane on Sunshine 98.9, and West Elk squaring off with Udall in our Game of the Week on the Mighty 690.

Tylor Perry Visits Coffeyville Basketball


A Coffeyville Community College basketball star returned to campus to speak with the newest members of the program.


National champion point guard Tylor Perry was at CCC last week, offering advice and experiences to the incoming 2023 Red Raven basketball team.


Perry says an important lesson he learned was not to rush to Division 1.


The point guard averaged 17 points per game in his sophomore season, becoming a main leader on Jay Herkelman's first national championship team.


Perry says you have to find what separates you from the competition as a player.


Tylor Perry will spend his final season of college basketball at Kansas State.

Red Raven Football Drops Opener


Making one of the longest road trips of the season in Week 1 proved to be a challenge for Coffeyville, as they drop the season opener to Highland Community College by a score of 20-14.


The Red Ravens struggled with penalties and turnovers, giving away a fumble and interception, as well as committing 12 penalties for 115 yards.


Coffeyville did have the running game pick up in the second half. Ozarrion Smith scored the first touchdown of 2023 and Omiri Wiggins broke off a big play in the fourth quarter.


Head coach Jeff Leiker says this is a loss the team will have to learn from.


The Red Ravens return home this week for a matchup with the Dodge City Conquistadors on Saturday night. The game can be heard on both U.S. 98 and the Red Raven Sports Network.

Erie Red Devils 2023 Season Preview


The Erie Red Devils look to move past a roller coaster 2022 season, and prove to the region their potential in 2023 under a new coach.


Erie struggled last season putting points on the board. Head Coach Doug Stanley says they have different ways to attack teams on offense this year.


The Red Devils will be showcasing many young players getting varsity experience in 2023. Stanley says with such a young team, you have to have a short memory.


Erie has nice balance with their 2023 schedule, never playing more than two consecutive games on the road or at home. Stanley says this can help keep the team mentally ready each game.


Erie opens their 2023 season on September 1st against the Caney Valley Bullpups.

Sedan Blue Devils 2023 Season Preview


A team with a history of consistent success, the Sedan Blue Devils aim to reach the top in 2023.


The team experienced a good amount of inconsistency in 2022, both winning in blowout fashion, and experiencing frustrating defeats. Head Coach Mick Holt says this is because of a lack of leadership.


Following a tough loss in the postseason, the Blue Devils are hungry to take the next step this season. Holt says they are focused on improving daily.


Sedan is dealing with new starters at multiple positions due to seniors graduating, but still feature a talented roster capable of winning any Friday night. Holt says the 2023 Blue Devils will compete every week.


Sedan opens the 2023 season on September 1st against the Central Raiders.

Neodesha Blue Streaks 2023 Season Preview


The Neodesha Blue Streaks are looking to learn from a tough 2022 season, and make strides under a new head coach.


First year Head Coach Nathan West says the Blue Streaks will have plenty of players ready to contribute.


Neodesha struggled at times on the offensive side of the ball a year ago. West says the coaching staff is installing a scheme that will enforce understanding basic concepts.


One of the goals for West is to play physical and competitive football. He says that he hopes teams will remember the night they played the Blue Streaks.


Neodesha opens the 2023 season on September 1st against the Bluestem Lions.

Fredonia Yellow Jackets 2023 Season Preview


The Fredonia Yellow Jackets look to make it back to the playoffs in 2023, following an up and down 2022 campaign.


Like many other schools, Fredonia lost key seniors from last year's team. Head Coach Marc Svaty says it will be a very different group this year.


The Yellow Jackets threw the ball frequently in 2022, due to star senior quarterback Joel Dutton. With a new signal caller under center in 2023, Svaty says the team will dial back the passing a bit.


Playing in a tough conference, Fredonia will rely on an offensive line that gained significant experience last season. Svaty says he believes his team will have a gritty identity.


Fredonia opens the 2023 season on September 1st against the Humboldt Cubs.

Caney Valley Bullpups 2023 Season Preview


Following a trip to the third round of the playoffs, the Caney Valley Bullpups are hungry for more success in 2023.


Caney won eight games in 2022 behind support and encouragement from the community. Head Coach Criss Davis says there's nothing quite like Friday nights in Caney.


The Bullpups once again feature a strong rushing attack with numerous weapons on the offensive side of the ball. The Caney defense, while young, is expected to be talented once again in 2023.


Caney does face a difficult schedule in 2023, with multiple playoff teams upcoming this fall. Davis says it's to prepare the team for the end goal.


Entering his 38th season as coach, Davis says he's feeling as good as he ever has.


Caney opens the 2023 season on September 1st against the Erie Red Devils.

Red Ravens Start Season Ranked in the Top 10


The Coffeyville Community College Red Ravens start their season on the road taking on Highland tomorrow.


The Red Ravens have high expectations for the season being picked second in the preseason conference standings. They are also coming off a season where they made the playoffs as one of the final four teams.


Head Coach Jeff Leiker says they had a number of players from last season graduate and go on to play at the next level.


Leiker says Highland played well to end the season last year, and many of those players return for this season.


Coffeyville comes into the game ranked #8 in the nation and are one of six teams ranked in the top 15 in the preseason poll.  Pregame starts at 3:30pm tomorrow with kick-off at 4:00pm on 98.1 KUSN.

West Elk Patriots 2023 Season Preview


The West Elk Patriots enter the 2023 football season looking to establish themselves once again as one of the best football teams in Southeast Kansas.


The Patriots featured a suffocating defense a season ago, only allowing 94 points across nine games. Head Coach Chris Haag says this is because the team is filled with talented athletes.


West Elk thrives in the fast paced eight-man style of football, and can attack teams offensively in a variety of ways. Haag says the team athleticism gives them options on offense.


The Patriots went into the playoffs undefeated in 2022, and although the roster lost a good number of seniors, the expectations are still sky high. Haag says the group knows what is expected of them.


West Elk opens the 2023 season at home against the Udall Eagles, which can be heard on the KGGF Game of the Week on September 1st.

Independence Bulldogs 2023 Season Preview


The Independence Bulldogs will kick off the 2023 season next week with a new head coach.


Kendall Fiscus takes over the IHS football program, and will look to take a step forward following a tough 1-8 season in 2022.


Fiscus says a key part of the 2023 team is a handful of returning starters.


The Bulldogs played close games down the stretch, but were unable to win close conference battles. Fiscus says the team will need mental toughness in 2023.


Independence features an intriguing group of wide receivers and running backs that will attempt to elevate the offense. Fiscus says the 2023 Bulldogs will be a tough group.


The Independence Bulldogs open the 2023 season on September 1st against Bishop Ward.

Former NFL Punter Takes Over at Chetopa


A former NFL punter is taking over as head coach for the Chetopa Hornets. Head Coach Tommy Heatherly, who is from Grove, Oklahoma, says he looks forward to sharing his experiences with the team.


Heatherly played at NEO A&M before transferring to FIU and was on the Miami Dolphins during training camp last season. He takes over for a program that finished 0-8 last season. Heatherly says he looks forward to making a culture change.


This is Chetopa's second season playing 6-Man football and will open the season on the road taking on Altoona-Midway. The Jets were 3-6 last season. The full interview with Coach Heatherly can be heard here.

Cherryvale Chargers 2023 Season Preview


The Cherryvale Chargers are gearing up for their 2023 season, which kicks off in less than two weeks.


Cherryvale is looking to build off of a 5-4 season in 2022, with a loss to the Humboldt Cubs in the opening round of the playoffs.


The Chargers will be looking to replace star running back Trevin Elam. Head Coach Daniel Vaughn says Cherryvale has options at the position.


The first half of the Chargers' 2023 schedule is more favorable than the second half, and Vaughn says the team has to be ready to go in Week 1.


When asked about the 2023 identity of Cherryvale, Vaughn says the team will balance toughness and enjoyment.


Cherryvale opens their 2023 season on September 1st against the Eureka Tornadoes.

Royals Releasing Renderings for New Stadium


A major step in the Kansas City Royals' quest for a new stadium is expected later today.


The organization is planning to reveal economic data and renderings for a proposed $2 billion stadium.


The new stadium has been narrowed down to two potential sites, either in the East Village by the downtown loop, or in North Kansas City by 18th Avenue and Fayette Street.


The press conference is scheduled for 2 p.m. this afternoon, with the official site announcement expected next month.


Current timelines anticipate the Royals' new stadium opening in either 2027 or 2028.

Kansas State Considered Sleeper Team by Major Name


There are high expectations for the Kansas State Wildcats in 2023, but some people seem to think KSU is still being underrated.


Fox Sports' Joel Klatt calls the Wildcats the "sneakiest" team in the Big 12 this season, and that he believes they may have the most balanced roster in the conference.


On his podcast last week, Klatt claimed that he likes the experience on the Kansas State offensive line, the tough defense Chris Klieman installs, and he's a believer in quarterback Will Howard.


Kansas State is projected to finish second place in the Big 12 in 2023 by most major publications, behind the betting favorite Texas Longhorns.

Action Packed Weekend for CCC Fall Sports


Fall sports are in full swing at Coffeyville Community College, with multiple teams in action over the weekend.


The Lady Raven soccer team opened 2023 with a 5-2 win over Crowder College. Sophomore Thayline Teixeira scored two goals, while Veronica Calixto and Nathalia Luiz also scored. They will open conference play on the road against Butler on Wednesday.


The men's soccer team played to a 1-1 draw with Crowder, and now sit 1-0-1 on the season. Paulo Diaz scored the lone goal for the Ravens, his fifth goal of the season in just two games. They will hit the road for a matchup with Northern Oklahoma College-Enid on Wednesday.


Red Raven volleyball goes 2-2 in a weekend tournament in Nebraska. The Ravens had a tough Friday, dropping both matches, but bounced back nicely and won two on Saturday in straight sets. They will battle Cowley on the road on Wednesday.

Chiefs Rout Cardinals in Preseason Week 2


The Kansas City Chiefs bounce back nicely following a lackluster performance against the Saints, routing the Arizona Cardinals in Week 2 of the preseason. 


Kansas City was in control the whole game, outplaying Arizona's starters and backups, on their way to a 38-10 victory.


For the second consecutive week, the young wide receivers were impressive for the Chiefs. Second round pick Rashee Rice had eight catches for 96 yards and former fifth round pick Ihmir Smith-Marsette had four catches for 92 yards and a touchdown.


Running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire had a tough game, averaging just 2.5 yards per carry starting in place of Isaiah Pacheco. Tough decisions will need to be made in a crowded room that includes Pacheco, Edwards-Helaire, Jerrick McKinnon, and rookie Deneric Prince.


Kansas City will wrap up the preseason on Saturday against the Cleveland Browns.

Red Raven Soccer Opens with Big Win


Coffeyville Community College open the 2023 regular season with an 11-0 win over Northeast Oklahoma A&M.


The Red Ravens were dominant in their season opener, consistently applying pressure against the NEO back line.


Striker Paulo Diaz had four goals on the evening, including the first goal of the season in the 21st minute. Additional contributors for CCC were two goals from Manuel Nunez, a goal from Taylor Buena, and a goal for David Castaneda.


The win is the first for Coach Steven Harrison at CCC, and the Red Ravens return to the pitch on Saturday at 8 p.m. against Crowder College from Veterans Memorial Stadium.


*photo courtesy of CCC Athletics*

Raven Volleyball Players Confident for 2023


Coffeyville Community College Volleyball opens the 2023 regular season this weekend in Beatrice, Nebraska.


The Red Ravens will compete in the Southeast Community College Tournament both today and tomorrow, beginning with a double header this afternoon against Cloud County and Colby.


Sophomore outside hitter Sarah Madsen says everyone on the team is motivated.


Deardin Kelley enters her second season as head coach. Sophomore libero Alyssa Apel says she never felt pressure being a part of Kelley's first CCC team.


The Red Ravens are predicted to finish 3rd place in the KJCCC East this season, however both Apel and Madsen have lofty goals for the team.


CCC's home opener is August 30th against NEO at Nellis Hall.

Jalon Daniels Confident he'll be Ready for Season Opener


The Kansas Jayhawks finally have good news on the injury front this fall.


Quarterback Jalon Daniels has been nursing back tightness for the majority of preseason practice, having suffered the injury nearly two weeks ago.


Coach Lance Leipold has maintained confidence it's not serious, and that he isn't concerned about the injury, however recently wouldn't commit to Daniels being available in the season opener on September 1st.


Daniels provided some relief this week however, and says he is progressing. Leipold added that Daniels could be back at practice this weekend or early next week.


The star quarterback was named Preseason Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year this summer, and is trending towards being available when the Jayhawks open the season against Missouri State in Lawrence.

Pair of Chiefs Receivers Carted Off at Practice


It was a tough Tuesday for the Chiefs' wide receiver room, with a pair of players carted off the practice field with injuries.


Receiver Nikko Remigio left practice with an upper body injury early in the day, and a few hours later, Justyn Ross was carted off with a lower body injury.


Chiefs Head Coach Andy Reid provided an update on the two receivers after practice concluded.


Ross had been impressing all camp long, and caught a touchdown in the first preseason game on Sunday. The Chiefs battle the Cardinals on Saturday in Glendale, Arizona.

Perry Scores 17, Wildcats Win Exhibition Game


Tylor Perry scored 17 points in his Kansas State debut, and the Wildcats win their opening exhibiton of the 2023-24 season.


Kansas State defeated the Israeli select team by a final score of 94-87. The two major transfers for the Wildcats shined, with Arthur Kaluma leading the scoring with 23 points, and former Red Raven Perry adding 17 of his own.


Cam Carter had 17 points and Nae'Qwan Tomlin added 10 points as well in an impressive depth display from Jerome Tang's team.


The Wildcats will play two more exhibition games in Abu Dhabi on Thursday and Friday, before returning home from their international trip.

Vote for Most Outstanding RB and WR in SEK


Southeast Kansas high school football fans can vote for who they think is the most outstanding wide receiver and running back. South East Kansas Sports Zone is hosting the vote.


Players to vote for at the running back position include Aaron Tunstall, Field Kindley, Kaydon Dawes, Caney, JD Veile, Independence, Jahmarrion Washington, Parsons, Quentin Harding, Chanute, Cale Mathes, Humboldt, Haydin Qualls, Galena, and Drayden Reiter, Iola. A link to vote for the running backs can be found here.


At the wide receiver position fans can vote for Keshawn Hayes, Field Kindley, JJ Kendrick, Parsons, Sam Hull, Humboldt, Korbin Cloud, Iola, Kaiden Seamster, Chanute, Saxton Renfro, Independence, and Cooper Fogle, Caney. A link to vote for the wide receivers can be found here.


Running back voting ends tomorrow at 8:00pm and voting for wide receivers ends on Monday at 8:00pm. Voting for quarterbacks ended yesterday with Field Kindley QB Axel Erne being voted the Most Outstanding QB in Southeast Kansas.   

Singer Dominates, Royals Walk Off Mariners


Royals fans went home happy last night after a thrilling walkoff win at Kauffman Stadium.


Brady Singer continued his stretch of elite pitching, only allowing two hits and two runs in 7.1 innings of work. Singer struggled mightily in April and May,, however has been sharp since, with an earned run average below four over the past three months.


Bobby Witt Jr had four hits on the night, including his 22nd home run of the season. Witt is hitting .349 with an OPS of over 1.050 in the last 30 games, making him the best shortstop in all of baseball since the All-Star break.


Dairon Blanco played hero for Kansas City, delivering the walk off winner on a bunt.


The Royals are 13-14 since losing a doubleheader on July 16th, which sent them to 26-67 on the season. They look to win the series over Seattle tonight when Jordan Lyles takes the mound against young right-hander Emerson Hancock of the Mariners.

KJCCC Releases Preseason Soccer Rankings


Coffeyville Community College men's and women's soccer open the regular season this week, and they now know where the coaches project they wil finish in 2023.


The Lady Ravens are ranked 5th out of the Division 1 soccer programs in the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference. The Ravens are coming off of a strong season that saw them finish 14-4-2. Butler is the preseason top team on the women's side, with Barton in second and Hutchinson in third.


The men's program is ranked in 3rd place in the first season under new coach Steven Harrison. They finished 9-8-1 a year ago, and slot in behind Cowley and Barton in the preseason rankings.


CCC women's soccer opens the season at home on Saturday against Crowder College at 4 p.m., while the men open on Thursday night at 7 p.m. against NEO.

Kansas State Ranked 16th in the AP Poll


The Kansas State Wildcats land in the preseason AP Poll the highest they've been since 2004.


KSU is ranked 16th in the AP Top 25 to open the 2023 season, which is the strongest opening position since the 2004 season following the school's first Big 12 Championship.


The Wildcats are one of four Big 12 teams in the top 25, along with #11 Texas, #17 TCU, and #20 Oklahoma. Texas Tech, Kansas, and Baylor received votes but will enter the 2023 season unranked. Future Big 12 member Utah begins the season ranked 14th.


Back to back national champion Georgia opens as the top team in the nation, earning 60 of 63 votes from the committee. The remainder of the preseason Top 5 are #2 Michigan, #3 Ohio State, #4 Alabama, and #5 LSU.


Kansas State opens the 2023 season on September 2nd against the Southeast Missouri State Redhawks.

Winners and Losers from Chiefs First Preseason Game


The Kansas City Chiefs opened the 2023 preseason with a 26-24 loss to the New Orleans Saints, and there were players who both impressed and disappointed.


Kansas City started the game very flat, particularly on defense, and allowed New Orleans to jump out to a 17-0 lead. The defense struggled to make tackles in space, and couldn't generate pressure on the quarterback without star defensive tackle Chris Jones.


It was an impressive afternoon for the wide receiver room, with multiple young pieces making impacts. Justyn Ross was running crisp routes and scored a touchdown, and Cornell Powell and Rashee Rice each had three catches.


Punter Tommy Townsend also had a slow start to the season, having a pair of missed kicks that went under 40 yards. Townsend was an All-Pro last season.


The Chiefs next preseason game is Saturday night against the Arizona Cardinals in Glendale, Arizona.

Top 5 Player in Nation Commits to KU


The nation's top ranked center in the Class of 2024 is a Kansas Jayhawk.


Five-star center Flory Bidunga committed to KU over the weekend, over other finalists such as Duke, Michigan, and Auburn.


Bidunga ranks as the No. 4 prospect in the nation, and the top ranked center, according to 247Sports. He made an official visit to Lawrence back in May, and is the first commit for the 2024 Kansas class.


Bidunga was dominant in his junior season, winning the Indiana Gatorade Player of the Year after averaging 20.2 points and 13.8 rebounds per game. He is also a game changer with interior defense, averaging nearly five blocks per game.


Jayhawks coach Bill Self historically runs his offense through an impact center, and now, the top ranked player at the position will soon be the newest KU star.

Preseason Injuries Piling Up in Lawrence


The season opener is less than three weeks away, and multiple key player for the Kansas Jayhawks have their status up in the air.


In the latest team injury report, numerous impact players appear including quarterback Jalon Daniels, linebackers Craig Young and Taiwan Berryhill, and defensive back Mello Dotson. Wide receiver Luke Grimm was also dealing with an injury last week.


Head coach Lance Leipold continues to describe all the injuries as mild and not concerning.


Daniels has not participated in team reps during practice for three consecutive days. Young and Berryhill are crucial linebackers for the KU defense, and Dotson is a starting outside corner opposite of Cobee Bryant.


The status of each player for the season opener against Missouri State on September 1st is unknown at this time.

Red Raven Volleyball Picked 4th in Preseason Rankings


Coffeyville Community College will open as a conference championship contender in the 2023 season.


The Red Ravens were projected to finish 4th in the eleven-team Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference East preseason poll. The poll was voted on by the KJCCC coaches.


The top four teams in the preseason poll are identical to the 2022 final standings, with Johnson County projected to repeat at the top, Cowley predicted second, and Kansas City Kansas slotting in third.


CCC improved drastically in the first year under coach Deardin Kelley, with eight more wins in 2022 (26-10) than in 2021 (18-21).


The Red Ravens open the season at the Southeast Community College Tournament in Beatrice, Nebraska on August 18th. The first home match will be on August 30th against Northeast Oklahoma A&M.


*photo courtesy of CCC athletics*

Chiefs Open Preseason Against Saints


For the first time since their Super Bowl victory in February, the Kansas City Chiefs will take the field against an opponent this weekend.


Kansas City will travel to New Orleans for a date with the Saints on Sunday afternoon. Although starters won't see the field for long, if at all, there are still a number of young and inexperienced players to have eyes on.


Wide receiver Justyn Ross has captured attention all camp, standing a massive 6-foot-4 and having a very similar frame to former college teammate Tee Higgins. He has shown impressive ball skills, and will look to make the 53 man roster.


Tulsa graduate Deneric Prince is another player to watch, emerging as a potential kick and punt returner as a rookie. Prince will also get plenty of snaps as a running back, with Isiah Pacheco recovering from injury.


On defense, first round pick Felix Anudike-Uzomah will finally trade the Kansas State purple for the Chiefs red. Considered one of the best pass rushers in the country in college, Anudike-Uzomah will have an opportunity to carve out a role with the Chiefs defense in his rookie season.

Tylor Perry Eager to Start in Manhattan


Former Coffeyville Community College Red Raven Tylor Perry is approaching his Kansas State debut.


The point guard will wear the royal purple for the first time next week when the Wildcats participate in an exhibition tour during their foreign trip to Israel and Abu Dhabi.


Perry says his leadership and experience will play a major role for this year's team.


Following his decision to transfer to KSU in May, Perry has been adjusting to the new environment all summer. He says Manhattan is different from anywhere else he's been.


A major factor in his decision, Perry has ties to Manhattan with members of the coaching staff. He says he still believes he made the right decision.


Perry and the Wildcats will play three games overseas, with the first game against the Israeli Select Team on August 15th at 11 a.m.

Former Chiefs Defender Arrested in Charlotte


A member of the Kansas City Chiefs 2019 Super Bowl team has been arrested in Charlotte on multiple charges.


Cornerback Bashaud Breeland was arrested Monday afternoon following a traffic stop. WBTV Charlotte's John Carter has the details on the charges Breeland is facing.


In April of 2020, Breeland was arrested in South Carolina on multiple charges including drug possession and resisting arrest.


Breeland played college football at Clemson before being drafted in 2014 by Washington. He spent eight seasons in the NFL playing for four different franchises, including two seasons with the Chiefs.


He last played for the Minnesota Vikings in 2021.

Royals Outfielder Beginning to Shine After Adjustments


A young piece of the Royals hitting core is bouncing back in a big way following a tough first half.


Outfielder MJ Melendez homered twice in last night's game against the Boston Red Sox, his second career multi-homer game. Melendez now has four home runs and five RBIs in the past four games.


Manager Matt Quatraro says the success reflects the hard work put in.


Following an abysmal first half in which he hit .206, Melendez is hitting .281 since the All-Star break with a nearly all-star level OPS of .891.


Melendez is still only 24 years old, and is improving as he moves to the corner outfield after beginning his career as a catcher. His improved results at the plate could make him a major part of the Royals future.

CCC Softball Coaches Build First Recruiting Class


Coffeyville Community College softball is looking for the next group of athletes to elevate the program to new heights.


Following an inaugural season under head coach Meredith Smith and assistant coach Mike Neal, the Red Ravens look to learn from the highs and lows of 2023 and look towards a brighter future.


Despite it being the first recruiting class at a new school, Neal says the process stays the same as any other year.


A common debate with the modernization of softball is evaluating pitchers based on velocity versus pitch mix. Smith says they prefer to have both types on their roster.


One of the goals of the program is to become more athletic on the field. Neal says the next step is to continue building on the progress that has already been made.


KGGF will continue to provide updates on the softball program and their incoming talent as we approach the 2024 season.

Wildcats Open Season Ranked Highest in 18 Years


Kansas State football will open the season in the Top 25 in the Coaches' Poll for the first time since 2017.


The Wildcats find themselves at No. 17 in the preseason rankings, which places third in the Big 12 conference behind Texas (No. 12) and reigning national runner-up TCU (No. 16). Oklahoma (No. 19) and Texas Tech (No. 24)  are also ranked from the Big 12.


This is the highest preseason ranking for KSU since the 2004 season, when they opened at No. 13. The Kansas Jayhawks also received a Top 25 vote, but enter the season unranked.


Back to back national champion Georgia opens at the top of the polls, with Michigan, Alabama, Ohio State, and LSU completing the preseason Top 5.


Kansas State finished 10-4 in 2022, winning a Big 12 conference championship before losing to Alabama in the Sugar Bowl.

Kansas Basketball Wraps up Trip to Puerto Rico


The Kansas Jayhawks played a series of exhibition games in Puerto Rico this week, putting a new look roster on display for the first time.


New star center Hunter Dickinson looked the part, averaging 19 points per contest in limited action. Dickinson is a force in the paint and has elite interior scoring ability, but can also spread the floor and shoot both from mid-range and the three-point line.


Additional cause for excitement was the fast pace of play the KU offense ran, with multiple players emerging as key pieces on the offensive end. Dickinson is projected to be the primary option in Lawrence, but with strong performances from Arterio Morris and Dajuan Harris, the depth appears as good as advertised.


There were stretches were the Jayhawks looked inexperienced however, struggling from both the free throw line and with turnovers. Over the final two exhibition games, KU shot 56% from the charity stripe, and had at least 16 turnovers in all three exhibition games.


The Jayhawks will next be on display to the public for their annual Late Night in the Phog event on October 6th in Lawrence.

Five Chiefs Named to CBS Top 100


Kansas City Chiefs star power remains on full display, with five members of the roster named to CBS Sports' annual Top 100 list.


The list is headed by reigning league MVP and two-time Super Bowl champion quarterback Patrick Mahomes. It is the second time Mahomes has been graded the top player in the league in his career.


Tight end Travis Kelce lands at No. 6 on the list. Kelce has seven consecutive seasons of at least 1,000 receiving yards and shows no sign of slowing down as he enters his eleventh NFL season.


Defensive tackle Chris Jones was a finalist for Defensive Player of the Year in 2022, earning him the No. 10 spot on the list. Jones is the main force of a defense that played their best football in the Super Bowl, and led all interior lineman with 15.5 sacks last season.


Center Creed Humphrey has emerged as one of the league's top offensive lineman in his young career, and he slots in at No. 40 on the list. Humphrey is consistently graded as an elite center and will be due for a hefty pay day in the coming years.


Guard Joe Thuney is the final Chief on the list, landing at No. 80. Thuney still graded as one of the best interior lineman in the NFL despite playing injured in 2022, and has revamped the Kansas City offensive line since signing as a free agent.

Ragans Continues to Dominate in Rise to Royal Stardom


A new pitcher has grabbed the attention of baseball fans in Kansas City, dominating for his third consecutive start.


Left-handed pitcher Cole Ragans was dominant in Boston against a tough Red Sox lineup, spinning 6.2 innings and striking out a career high 11 batters. Ragans only allowed a single earned run and only issued one walk as well.


Locked on Royals Host Jack Johnson says Ragans has overcome serious injury to reach this point.


In his three starts since joining the Royals, Ragans has allowed just two earned runs in 17.2 innings, with 22 strikeouts. He has induced swing and miss on all five of his pitches.


Johnson says Ragans may be a future ace at this pace.


Ragans was one of two players acquired from the Texas Rangers last month in exchange for Aroldis Chapman.

Jalon Daniels Dealing with Injury


The star quarterback for the Kansas Jayhawks was held out of practice yesterday.


Jalon Daniels was present at practice, however did not take the field for any reps, due to what head coach Lance Leipold is calling back tightness.


Leipold adds that a number of other players on the roster are battling minor injuries, including receiver Luke Grimm, and that injuries in fall camp are normal.


Daniels missed four games in 2022 due to a shoulder injury. He did make throws in practice earlier today, but is still being held out of full team activities.



Kansas State Basketball Prepares for Overseas Trip


Members of the Kansas State Wildcats basketball program spoke to the media days before traveling overseas.


The Wildcats are taking a two week trip to Israel and Abu Dhabi, where they will play in exhibition games, as well as experience the culture and history of the area.


Head Coach Jerome Tang says the time together will be important.


The international trip is one that Division 1 programs can only take once every four years. Tang says this is a bucket list opportunity for him.


One of the biggest x-factors is new point guard and former Coffeyville Community College Red Raven Tylor Perry. Perry says he's thankful to be back in Kansas.


The Wildcats trip will last from August 9th to August 20th.

Chiefs Defensive End Suspended Six Games


One of the newest members of the Chiefs defense is facing a six game suspension.


Defensive end Charles Omenihu has been issued a six game ban for violating the league's personal conduct policy. Omenihu was arrested in January on suspicion of domestic violence while playing for the San Francisco 49ers.


He will be unable to join the active roster until October 13th, which will force him to miss games against the Lions, Jets, Bears, Jaguars, Vikings, and Broncos.


Omenihu will be eligible to participate in practice, as well as take the field for the team's three preseason games. He signed a two year deal worth $16 million with Kansas City in March, after spending two and a half seasons in Houston, and the past year and a half in San Francisco.

BREAKING: Utah and Arizona State to Join Arizona in Big 12


Less than 48 hours after Arizona announced intentions to move to the Big 12 conference, two additional schools will be following them.


The Utah Utes and Arizona State Sun Devils are the latest Pac 12 schools to abandon ship, following unanimous approval from school presidents and chancellors.


ESPN Senior College Football Writer Pete Thamel says the schools are finalizing membership.


The Pac 12 is now down to four current schools (Oregon State, Stanford, California, and Washington State), while the Big 12 will have 16 members beginning in 2024-25.


The Big 12 is now the same size as the SEC and only two smaller than the 18 team new look Big Ten.

ICC Basketball Coach to Step Down


Independence Community College will soon be looking for a new head men's basketball coach.


Head Coach Justin Mann is stepping down as coach of the Pirates, and will become an assistant coach at NCAA Division 2 West Florida.


Mann has served as ICC coach since 2021, and was the associate head coach with the program for two seasons prior to that. He has also coached at D2 Urbana University, D3 Eastern Nazarena College, NAIA Thomas University, and JUCO Daytona State.


The Pirates finished with a 10-22 record last season, however ended the season playing competitive basketball. After losing close contests to Dodge City, Coffeyville, and Barton (top 3 seeds in KJCCC), Independence upset 5-seed Garden City in the postseason, before falling to eventual region champion Butler in the Quarterfinals.


The school is expected to make an official announcement shortly.

Arizona to Join Big 12 Conference


The Big 12 Conference is close to having the 14th and final school added to the new look conference.


The Arizona Wildcats are expected to finalize a deal to move to the Big 12 in the near future. Conference presidents and executives met this week to vote on approving the move.


ESPN Senior College Football Writer Pete Thamel says this move is a major change for the college landscape.


The school is in the final steps of officially applying for membership. Arizona would be the second Pac 12 school this summer to depart for the Big 12, joining the University of Colorado.

Doc Sadler Rejoins Jayhawks Staff


A former Jayhawks assistant, and longtime college head coach, is returning to Lawrence.


Doc Sadler spent last season as a special advisor at Oklahoma, before being hired this week as an analyst at KU. Sadler also served as the director of basketball operations for the Jayhawks in 2013.


Sadler has a plethora of experience as a head coach as well, leading the Texas El Paso Miners to the NCAA Tournament in 2005. He then coached six seasons with the Nebraska Cornhuskers, before being let go in 2012.


KU's newest analyst has spent more than 40 years in college basketball, with stops at Arkansas, Houston, Texas Tech, and Arizona State. His coaching career began as a student manager under Hall of Fame coach Eddie Sutton.

Chiefs First Round Pick Adjusting to Camp


Kansas City Chiefs first round pick and former Kansas State star Felix Anudike-Uzomah is back at training camp and ready to go following offseason surgery.


The defensive end had surgery to repair a thumb injury he suffered at the end of the college football season, and has only recently begun participating fully in practice.


He says that the slow start has definitely impacted him on the field.


Anudike-Uzomah was graded as one of the best defensive ends in America during his career at KSU, and is one of the best Wildcat defenders in school history, both statistically and in accolades.


While also being named to two All-Big 12 teams and winning the 2022 Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year, he says the NFL is a different animal and he's still learning all the time.


Chiefs and Wildcats fans alike can watch Felix on the field for the first time in the preseason opener against the New Orleans Saints on August 13th.

Ragans Shines, Royals Win 5th Straight


The hottest team in Major League Baseball picks up another victory, marking their longest winnning streak since 2021.


The Royals blanked the New York Mets 4-0, their fifth consecutive win. Michael Massey had a two run double in the opening inning to get the party started, while Drew Waters homered and Bobby Witt Jr had an RBI single as well.


But the center of attention was on left-handed pitcher Cole Ragans, who spun six shutout innings, only walking one and striking out a career high eight in just his second start as a Royal. Ragans threw five pitches (fastball, cutter, changeup, slider, curveball) and got strikeouts on all five pitches over the course of the game.


Ragans was acquired last month in exchange for Aroldis Chapman, and manager Matt Quatraro says early first impressions are strong.


Royals will look to pick up their sixth straight win this afternoon, sending Brady Singer to the bump to battle Carlos Carrasco of the Mets. Pregame is at 12:30 p.m. this afternoon with first pitch at 1:10 on Sunshine 98.9 FM.

Former Jayhawk Star Suspended for DWI


A former Kansas basketball star and current NBA player has been suspended by the NBA.


San Antonio Spurs guard Devonte' Graham has been given a two game suspension by the league, following an investigation into a driving while intoxicated charge from last summer.


The police report states that Graham was pulled over at 2:39 a.m. on July 7, 2022 driving 63 mph in a 40 mph zone, and received a 0.11 BAC following a breath test. The speeding charge was later dropped.


Graham was traded to the Spurs last season, and emerged as a key player averaging 13 points per game in San Antonio. He was a 2nd round pick in the 2018 NBA Draft following his collegiate career with the Jayhawks.

Red Raven Football Projected to Finish Second


Coffeyville Community College has been projected to finish in second place in the 2023 KJCCC Football Standings.


The predicted order of finish was revealed at the annual Media Day last week in Wichita. The projections are voted on by the coaches in the KJCCC.


Defending champion Hutchinson is predicted to repeat atop the conference, with Coffeyville second and Butler third. Garden City, Independence, Dodge City, and Highland round out the seven team conference.


CCC finished the season 8-3 in 2022, losing a pair of games to the Hutch Blue Dragons as well as a game to the cross-county rival Independence.


CCC faces Hutchinson, as well as defending national champion Iowa Western, on the road this season. The Red Ravens open the 2023 season on the road against Highland on August 26th.


*photo courtesy of CCC Athletics*

Red Raven Football Nearing Kick Off


With August officially underway, football season begins in Coffeyville later this month for the Red Ravens.


Head Coach Jeff Leiker spoke to the media last week in Wichita regarding his program and the current status of the incoming players and coaches.


Leiker says that the CCC staff will be the team's biggest strength in 2023.


The Red Ravens qualified for the national semifinals in 2022, before seeing their season end at the hands of the Hutchinson Blue Dragons.


Leiker says that although not many players return, teams will be looking to dethrone the Ravens from the top of the conference ranks.


Coffeyville begins their 2023 campaign on August 26th when they travel to face the Highland Community College Scotties. All CCC football can be heard on US 98.1 all season long.

Royals Trade Pitcher Cuas to Cubs


The Royals have made another trade this deadline season, sending right-handed pitcher Jose Cuas to the Chicago Cubs.


Kansas City receives outfielder Nelson Velazquez in return, a 24 year old who will report to Triple-A Omaha.


Cuas is 29 years old and signed with the Royals in 2021, before making his MLB debut last season. He has pitched in 45 games this season, racking up 52 strikeouts and a 4.54 ERA.


The move clears a spot in the bullpen for Kansas City, who will use the final two months of the season to experiment with different minor league pitchers to evaluate the future.


Velazquez is an exciting talent, hitting three home runs and five extra-base hits in just 13 games for the Cubs this season. He has played most of the season in the minor leagues, hitting 16 home runs on the season. He brings power potential to the Royals lineup, and has the ability to play all three outfield spots.

Red Ravens Gearing Up for New Era


Coffeyville Community College is less than two weeks away from taking the field for the first time in 2023, and new head coach Steven Harrison is making sure his group is prepared.


Harrison was a later hire in the coaching cycle, being hired well into the offseason. He says that the shorter time frame forced him to change his coaching approach.


The Ravens finished 2022 with a 9-8-1 record, but struggled down the stretch with many key losses late in the season. CCC has a key home stand in late September with six of seven matches at home.


Harrison says if the team can focus on taking care of business, that stretch could be a massive advantage.


New coaches tend to instill different philosophies and strategies within the program. Harrison says his group will be disciplined and hard working.


The Red Ravens will open the season at home against Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College on August 17th.

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