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Local Sports Archives for 2023-12

Royals could have games on Amazon Prime in 2024


Kansas City Royals fans may have a new way to watch the team in the 2024 season.


Amazon Prime is in talks to invest in Diamond Sports Group, who owns Bally Sports Kansas City, in order to be a part of sports content and keep up with rivals Disney and Netflix.


Diamond filed for bankruptcy earlier this year, and is currently negotiating with Amazon regarding a multiyear streaming partnership.


If an agreement is reached, Royals games, along with many other teams across the league associated with Diamond, would be streamed on Amazon Prime Video.

Wildcats Square off with NC State in Pop Tarts Bowl


The 2023 edition of the Kansas State Wildcats puts a bow on their season tonight, facing off with the North Carolina State Wolfpack in the Pop Tarts Bowl.


This is the first all time meeting between the two schools, with NC State ranked No. 18 in the nation, and KSU ranked No. 25.


The game signals a changing of the guard for Wildcat football, with true freshman quarterback Avery Johnson getting his first career start, just a year removed from being the top rated dual-threat quarterback in the nation.


The Wolfpack have a dynamic quarterback in Brennan Armstrong, who led the team in both passing and rushing, and contributed to over 2,000 total yards. The NC State defense is led by linebacker Payton Wilson, who is the winner of both the Bednarik Award and the Butkus Award, racking up 138 tackles and 17.5 tackles for loss this season.


Coverage of Kansas State and NC State begins at 2:30 p.m. CT with kickoff at 4:45 on the Mighty 690, KGGF.

Red Ravens Welcome Back New DB Coach


Red Raven football coach Nick Dobler continues to fill out his staff, adding an impressive name to the defense.


CCC is naming Jarrod Sanders Jr as the new defensive backs coach for the program. Sanders spend Spring of the 2022 season in Coffeyville as the cornerbacks coach.


Sanders played defensive back at Hutchinson CC, playing a key role in the first Jayhawk championship in Blue Dragon football history in 2014. He finished his playing career at Texas A&M-Kingsville, where he was second-team Lone Star Conference.


Like his playing career, Sanders began coaching at Hutchinson, helping the Blue Dragons to the 2020-21 NJCAA national championship following an undefeated season, the first national title in program history.


He spent two seasons in Hutchinson as a coach, before spending last season as an assistant DB coach at Division 2 West Florida.

KU Beats UNLV to Win Guaranteed Rate Bowl


Despite three turnovers and over 200 yards in penalties, Kansas beats UNLV 49-36 in the Guaranteed Rate Bowl.


The Jayhawks led 28-10 at the half before UNLV would score 14 unanswered in the 3rd quarter to cut the lead to 28-14. KU would outscore the Rebels 21-14 in the 4th to stop the comeback and come away with the victory.


Senior QB Jason Bean, who chose to come back for one more season, threw for 449 yards and six touchdowns. Bean was named the Offensive Player of the Game. WRs Luke Grimm and Lawrence Arnold both caught three touchdowns. This is the first time in school history two players have caught three TDs in a game. Grimm had 160 yards on four catches and Arnold had 132 yards on six catches.


Coach Lance Leipold says he's proud of this football team for a lot of reasons. This is KU's first nine-win season since 2007 and first bowl win since 2008.

Former Wildcat Safety Commits to Oregon


A staple of the Kansas State defense this season has announced his next destination.


Safety Kobe Savage has officially committed to the University of Oregon for his final season of college football.


Savage spent two seasons in JUCO playing for Tyler Junior College before transferring to Kansas State. He totaled 115 tackles, six interceptions, and a forced fumble in his two seasons in Manhattan.


Kansas State has dealt with a number of key pieces entering the portal, with Savage joining quarterback Will Howard, running back Treshaun Ward, and defensive end Nate Matlack.


Chris Klieman will look to the transfer portal to add a veteran leader to the secondary.

Jayhawks, Wildcats Each Land Safety Transfer


With the 2023 season winding down for both the Kansas Jayhawks and the Kansas State Wildcats, each program has landed a key transfer in the portal this week.


Lance Leipold and the Jayhawks welcome safety Devin Dye to the defense, choosing KU over Kansas State and Utah. Dye comes from Utah State and had 81 tackles and seven pass breakups this season.


Dye's brother, Jalen, is also on the Jayhawk football team, and both are the sons of former Royals outfielder Jermaine Dye.


Kansas State begins their quest of replacing the production of Kobe Savage, adding safety Jordan Riley from Ball State University.


Riley is an experienced defender, playing in 37 games, including against Georgia and Tennessee. He has collected 167 tackles, 20 pass breakups, and a forced fumble in his college career.


Both Dye and Riley are expected to be starters for their new respective teams in 2024.

Bobby Witt Jr Potentially Nearing Extension


The Kansas City Royals have been busy this offseason with adding talent to the roster, but it's a player that's been on the team that is currently garnering attention.


Star shortstop Bobby Witt Jr and the Royals have had preliminary discussions regarding a long-term contract extension. Witt has publicly said on numerous occassions that he wants to remain a Royal for the future.


Royals television broadcaster Joel Goldberg says he believes the parties are trending towards an agreement on a new deal.


Witt Jr had an incredible 2023 season, hitting .276 with 30 home runs and 49 stolen bases, the first 30-30 season in Royals franchise history. He also scored 97 runs, had 96 runs batted in, and became a much better defender at shortstop.


The Royals top young talent is just 23 years old, and may be locked in Kansas City until his 30s in the near future.

Jayhawks Battle UNLV in Guaranteed Rate Bowl


The Kansas Jayhawks wrap up their most successful football season in nearly two decades, matching up with the UNLV Rebels in Phoenix.


Tonight's game will be the 14th bowl game for KU in program history, appearing in bowl games in consecutive seasons for just the second time ever.


The Jayhawks and Rebels haven't faced each other since 2003, and are 1-1 in the two matchups prior.


UNLV has not played in a bowl game since 2014, and are led by Mountain West Coach of the Year Barry Odom, who led the team to the most wins in a season since 1984.


Coverage of the Jayhawks and Rebels in the Guaranteed Rate Bowl begins tonight at 6:30 p.m. CT, with kickoff scheduled for 8 on Greatest Hits 104.1 FM.

Chiefs Lose Third Straight Home Game in Christmas Struggle


The Kansas City Chiefs didn't get what they wanted for Christmas, struggling to move the ball in a loss to the Las Vegas Raiders 20-14.


Kansas City committed two turnovers, missed a field goal, and surrendered a pair of defensive touchdowns to the Las Vegas defense. The Raiders become the first team to win a game without completing a pass after the first quarter since 2000.


Patrick Mahomes finished with 235 passing yards, one touchdown, and one interception. Isiah Pacheco struggled to get going on the ground, before exiting with a concussion.


Kansas City has now lost three consecutive games, and six total games this season, the most games lost in a single year in the career of Patrick Mahomes.


The Chiefs look to have a quick turnaround, welcoming the rival Bengals to Arrowhead Stadium on New Year's Eve.

Red Ravens Promote Del Howard to Defensive Coordinator


Coffeyville Community College football continues to grow its new coaching staff, promoting a current staff member to defensive coordinator.


Del Howard will serve as the new DC for the Red Ravens, following five seasons as the defensive backs coach.


Howard was a four year letter winner at the University of Missouri, where he played safety for the Tigers. He has been coaching since the 2010 season.


Howard has served as a defensive coordinator in two different roles, with OD Prep in Oklahoma City in 2014, and with Lyon College in 2016.


The Red Raven secondary have seen continued success under Coach Howard, sending players such as Bishop Fitzgerald, Amir Renwick, Adrian Patterson, Kameron Pearson, and others to the Divison 1 level.

Fort Smith Names Tylor Perry Day


This holiday weekend was a memorable one for both Tylor Perry and the city of Fort Smith, Arkansas.


Fort Smith is formally recognizing December 23rd as "Tylor Perry Day", celebrating the basketball star's upbringing in the Arkansas River Valley, as well as his journey on the court.


Perry was the NJCAA national tournament MVP in 2021, after leading the Coffeyville Red Ravens to the first national championship under head coach Jay Herkelman.


Following a transfer to North Texas, Perry is one of only five players in program history to score 1,000 points in two seasons at UNT.


Perry is finishing his college basketball career in Manhattan with Kansas State this season, and the Wildcats are 9-3 with one game remaining before conference play.

Jayhawk Star OL to Miss Bowl Game


The Kansas Jayhawks have taken steps forward on the football field, but will be looking for a bowl game victory without their best interior lineman.


Senior Dominick Puni will opt out of the team's bowl game against UNLV tomorrow, focusing on preparation for the upcoming NFL Draft.


Puni spent four years in Division 2 at Central Missouri, before transferring to the Jayhawks. He was honorable mention All-Big 12 lasat season, before moving to left tackle this season and earning first team all-conference.


He is also a finalist for the Polynesian Player of the Year award, and will be participating in the upcoming Senior Bowl.


Puni is projected as a potential second or third round draft pick. Freshman Calvin Clements will get the start for the Jayhawks.

National Signing Day Huge Success for Red Ravens


National Signing Day was an exciting time for both Red Raven football and fans, with numerous players announcing their next home.


The offensive line group fared well, with tackle Rod Green committing to Purdue, Chayce Chadwick heading to Buffalo, and Mike Adams continuing his career at Indiana State.


Running backs Ozarrio Smith and Omiri Wiggins are both off to Division 1, with Smith heading to Lousiana Monroe, and Wiggins to Louisiana Tech.


In the secondary, Adrian Patterson commits to Southeast Missouri, Jaeden Hamilton will continue at Nebraska-Kearney, Kameron Pearson is off to Texas State, and Lanard Harris commits to Tennessee-Martin.


Additional players to commit are wide receiver Joseph Young to Florida Atlantic, tight end Brec Long to New Mexico State, defensive lineman Kyle Bryant to Texas Permian Basin, linebacker Landon Barrett to McNeese State, and long snapper Parker Stone to Tulsa.

Renfroe Believes in Royals Playoff Chances


The Royals have kept busy welcoming new players to the organization this holiday season, and one of the newest additions believes in the team's potential.


Outfielder Hunter Renfroe agreed to a two year deal with the Royals last week, becoming the latest of a plethora of incoming talent to Kauffman Stadium. Renfroe has elite power, hitting at least 20 home runs in every season of his career except the shortened 2020 season.


He says the team's improvements are enough to win the AL Central.


Kansas City has not been to the postseason since winning the World Series in 2015, and will look to overtake the Minnesota Twins and Cleveland Guardians at the top of the division in 2024.

Ravens Hire Former Top Pick as OL Coach


The Red Ravens make one of the first coaching staff changes under new head coach Nick Dobler.


Jason Smith has been hired as the new Associate Head Coach and Offensive Line Coach at CCC.


Smith was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft out of Baylor University, the highest drafted offensive lineman in the history of the Big 12 Conference.


Smith is a native of Dallas, Texas, and was a four-year starter in college, as well as an All-American as a senior. He spent four seasons in the NFL, and was inducted into the Baylor Hall of Fame in 2020.


He most recently served as an offensive analyst at North Texas University.

Nado Split Doubleheader in Independence


The first battle of Montgomery County on the basketball court ends in a doubleheader split.


The Lady Nado came up just short in a 39-31 loss to the Lady Bulldogs. Kaylin Caron hit multiple tough shots to keep Coffeyville within striking distance, but IHS made just enough plays, in large part to senior guard Cam Eytcheson.


Lady Nado head coach Tyler Coots says his team needs to mature defensively.


The boys played exceptional defense and came away with a 47-32 road victory. Griffin Adamson controlled the paint and had a strong performance, both scoring inside and blocking shots.


Head coach Griff Walker says he's grown a great amount from last season.


Both the boys and girls are 4-2 heading into the winter break, and both teams return with Parsons on January 5th.

Royals Continue Aggressive Offseason


The Kansas City Royals have spent the third most money on free agents of any team in Major League Baseball.


Kansas City has been as agressive as anyone this offseason, signing key contributors in Hunter Renfroe, Seth Lugo, Will Smith, Garrett Hampson, and most recently, Michael Wacha.


Wacha says a big reason he chose the Royals was to play with star catcher Salvador Perez.


The Royals have made improvements to close the gap in the division race for the AL Central. General manager JJ Picollo says this was the time to strike in the division.


Kansas City has already been seen as a division title contender in 2024.

Four Additional Raven Football Players off to Division 1


Coffeyville Community College continues to showcase talent on the football field, with four more players announcing their commitment to the Division 1 level.


Sophomore running back Ozarrio Smith will be heading to the University of Lousiana-Monroe, one of the top programs in the Sun Belt Conference. Smith averaged over five yards per carry in eight games played, splitting carries with Omiri Wiggins.


Defensive back Kameron Pearson commits to Texas State University. Pearson was a key part of the veteran defensive back group at CCC last season, along with Adrian Patterson and Jabari Tiller.


Freshman defensive back Lanard Harris will be playing at Tennessee Martin. Harris didn't see extended playing time on the field, with the experience in the room, but was a key contributor on special teams.


Offensive lineman Chayce Chadwick is heading to the Mid-American Conference at the University of Buffalo.


The Red Ravens have now sent six players to Division 1 from last season's roster, with more commits expected in the next month.

Red Raven Softball to Host Skills Camp


Area softball players will soon have an opportunity to put their skills on display.


Red Raven softball is hosting a winter skills camp on January 14th for players of a variety of ages and experience. Assistant coach Mike Neal says it's a camp that will pay attention to detail.


The camp offers a variety of opportunities for players, from defensive drills and swing feedback, to training methods and workout strategies. Neal says there's something for everyone.


Coffeyville softball also remains active in building the program with new and exciting talent. Neal says this is an opportunity for the coaching staff to look at local talent.


Those interested in the camp can register HERE.

Fredonia Hosts West Elk Before Break


The Fredonia Yellow Jackets look to continue their strong start in their first true home game of the season.


Fredonia hosts the West Elk Patriots, in a battle of teams with winning records looking to take momentum to the winter break.


Yellow Jackets head coach Dee Barnett says the Patriots are a smart and composed team.


Fredonia has played each of their first five games either on the road or at neutral sites. Barnett says it's exciting to be playing in front of the home fans.


The Patriots are looking for their third consecutive win, while Fredonia looks to win back to back games.

Sedan Aiming to Compete this Season


The Sedan Blue Devils are looking to take a step forward, and be a true contender this season on the basketball court.


Sedan is off to a solid 3-2 start to the season, with impressive wins over both Cherryvale and West Elk.


Head coach Zac Hill says there are two key returners that help lead this year's group.


The Blue Devils have dropped consecutive close contests, falling to Olpe, as well as an overtime defeat against Caney.


Hill says the team needs to work on the little things.


Sedan will host Neodesha in the KGGF High School Basketball Game of the Week on January 2nd.

MLB to Begin Prospect Showcase


Major League Baseball continues to emphasize promoting the game's top young talent, announcing a prospect showcase coming this spring.


The showcase will be called "Spring Breakout", and will be a four day event with games featuring each organization's top prospects. All 30 teams will participate in the event, playing at least one game.


If the event is successful, the MLB is open to starting a tournament or expanding the event into a greater showcase.


Many current stars such as Julio Rodriguez, Fernando Tatis Jr, Elly De La Cruz, and Corbin Carroll began their career as top prospects.

Nado Fall to Pittsburg in First League Game


The Nado Boys fall to 3-2 after a 65-54 loss to Pittsburg. Coffeyville jumped out to a lead in the first quarter thanks to Guard Jake Horner, who would score the first 16 points for the Nado.


Despite Horner's hot first quarter Pittsburg would end the quarter with a 19-18 lead and never let go of it. The Dragons extended their lead to 37-26 at halftime. In the second half, the Nado would get the lead down to single digits a handful of times, but could only ever get it as close as eight.


Pittsburg was led by Mason English, who had 24 points. Horner finished with 24 points, but no other Nado would score double digits as Aaron Tunstall had nine and Jamarrion Logan had eight. Nado wrap up the 2023 part of the season on Tuesday traveling to Independence.

Lady Nado Best Start to Season Since 2014


The Lady Nado have their best start to the season in almost ten years after a 51-31 win over Pittsburg. The Coffeyville girls are 4-1 and now 1-0 in league play after the win.


Pittsburg kept things close in the first quarter trailing 16-12, but Coffeyville's defense would hold them to just two points in the second. The Lady Nado would hold a 25-14 lead at the half with 15 of those points coming from Taiylor Caron.


The Lady Dragons would come out firing in the second half making their first five shots, but the Lady Nado were able to extend their lead by one. The fourth quarter didn't go quite as well shooting for Pittsburg as they hit just two shots and missed their last seven. Coffeyville got their lead up to 20 thanks to two hustle plays by Kaylin Caron and back-to-back threes from Olivia Ransom.


Taiylor Caron would lead all scorers with 17, Kaylin Caron would add nine and Ransom finished with 11. The Lady Nado take on Independence on the road on Tuesday for their final game before the winter break.

Nae'Qwan Tomlin Transfers to Memphis


After a chaotic fall in Manhattan, the Nae'Qwan Tomlin saga finally appears to be over.


The senior forward announced his intent to transfer to the University of Memphis, teaming up with former NBA all-star Penny Hardaway.


Tomlin was suspended indefinitely by Jerome Tang following an alleged bar fight in a Manhattan sports bar, before being dismissed from the program last week.


Memphis is one of the most experienced teams in Division 1, and off to a fast 7-2 start. Senior center Jordan Brown is unavailable moving forward, and it seems Tomlin will be able to slide right into significant minutes.


Tomlin graduated from Kansas State last weekend, and will be able to play immediately as a graduate transfer.

Royals Land Two Pitchers in Free Agency


Not many teams have been as active in free agency this week as the Kansas City Royals, who reached an agreement with two more pitchers yesterday.


Right-handed pitcher Seth Lugo joins the team on a three year deal, worth $45 million. Lugo spent much of the start of his career in the Mets bullpen, before the San Diego Padres moved him to the starting rotation last season, where he thrived with a 3.57 ERA.


MLB Network's Mark DeRosa says the addition of Lugo will help the young pitchers.


Kansas City also signs right-handed reliever Chris Stratton to a one year deal. Stratton is an experienced arm with one of the best curveballs in the league, and has had an ERA below four since 2020.


Royals pitching was among the worst in baseball in 2023, however the club has added three veteran arms this week that have made the 2024 outlook much more interesting.

Jayhawks Land Local Tight End in Portal


Lance Leipold and the Kansas Jayhawks make their first significant addition in the transfer portal, bringing a former Kansas high school star home.


Tight end DeShawn Hanika announced he will be spending his final college football season in Lawrence, following two seasons at Butler Community College, and the following four seasons at Iowa State University.


He, along with four other teammates, was suspended for the entire 2023 season for gambling, after being accused of betting on Iowa State basketball games.


Hanika says he embraces the comeback mentality.


Hanika is a Topeka native, that emerged as a key weapon for the Cyclones in 2022, catching four touchdown passes. He says Jayhawk fans can expect a hard worker.


The senior will be a key part of the 2024 Jayhawk offense.

Caney Defeats Sedan In Overtime Thriller


 The Caney Valley Bullpups won their first game of the season, as they defeated the Sedan Blue Devils 44-43 in overtime. 
 Colt Hightower showed why he's considered one of the top players in Kansas 3A, as he led all scorers with 25 points. Ben Matthews scored seven and Payton Darden added six in the victory for the Bullpups, who improved to 1-4 on the season.

 The inside - outside combo of Hightower, Matthews, Darden and James Kistler proved to be deciding factor in the win, along with great defense by Jackson Griffin.

 On the girls side, Alyssa Scott scored nine of Caney's first 11 points, as the Lady Bullpups defeated the Lady Devils 54-25. 
 Suffocating defense led Caney's 25-8 at halftime.

 The Bullpups will travel to Dewey in a doubleheader matchup Friday night.


Pair of Raven Football Players Commit to D1


Red Raven football continues a tradition of sending talent to Division 1, with a pair of starters from last season's team announcing their commitment.


Offensive lineman Rod Green will be continuing his football career at Purdue University, making the move to the Big Ten Conference. Green spent the season as the CCC left tackle, and the Springfield, Ohio product was named second-team all-conference.


Additionally, wide receiver Joseph Young announces he will be heading to Florida Atlantic University. Young led the Ravens with five touchdown receptions, and played in nine of ten games, also earning second-team all-conference.


There are multiple Red Ravens in the secondary, at running back, tight end, linebacker and offensive line receiving Division 1 offers at this time as well.

Royals Searching for Rotation Anchor


After signing a veteran reliever over the weekend, the Kansas City Royals remain involved in trying to add talent to a young pitching staff.


Kansas City remains interested in both free agent pitchers Marcus Stroman and Lucas Giolito. Stroman and Giolito are both top 10 free agents available this offseason, according to CBS Sports.


The Royals have young talent in the starting rotation, with Cole Ragans and Brady Singer leading the group. However, depth is a major question mark as the team looks to open a new window of competing.


Stroman and Giolito will both draw interest from playoff contenders, so it's likely the Royals would have to outbid teams for their services.

Kansas State Captain Enters Transfer Portal


Kansas State has seen more than a dozen players enter the transfer portal following the 2023 regular season, with a major name joining that group.


Senior defensive back Kobe Savage, who spent two seasons in Manhattan following a successful two years at Tyler Junior College, has entered the portal for his final season of eligibility.


Savage served as a captain and starter for the team this season, and was a key leader of the defense. He was awarded second-team All-Big 12 following a senior season with 57 tackles and three interceptions.


Savage joins quarterback Will Howard and defensive back Will Lee as notable names to depart Manhattan in the past several weeks.

Chiefs Lose to Bills Following Offsides


The Kansas City Chiefs have dropped four of their last six games in increasingly frustrating fashion, falling to the Buffalo Bills after a late miscue.


Kansas City appeared to have taken the lead with less than two minutes left, following a 49 yard touchdown where Travis Kelce lateraled the ball to Kadarius Toney. The play was waved off, however, due to Toney lining up offsides.


Quarterback Patrick Mahomes says it's a difficult game to move on from.


The Chiefs have seen two straight games with questionable calls late, after losing to the Green Bay Packers following no call on a potential pass interference play.


Mahomes says the officials need to let the players decide the game.


The Chiefs travel to New England to play the Patriots this weekend.

Royals Closing Deal with Reliever


The Kansas City Royals have been active in the pitcher market all offseason, finalizing a signing for a notable reliever.


Left-handed pitcher Will Smith is closing on a one-year deal with the Royals, worth $5 million, with additional performance bonuses.


Smith made his MLB debut in Kansas City in 2012, and has spent time with five other teams in the decade since. He has been a part of the last three World Series champions, with the Braves in 2021, Astros in 2022, and Rangers last season.


Smith pitched nearly 60 innings last season, striking out 55 batters. He will bring veteran leadership and experience to a team that had the second worst bullpen in the league last season.

Wildcats Win 5th Straight, Beat LSU


Kansas State shook off a week filled with distractions, and made plays on the court in a road win over LSU.


Junior Cam Carter, making a trip back to his home state of Louisiana, led the Wildcats with a game high 21 points. Carter is one of the most improved players in the Big 12, going from averaging six points per game last season, to nearly 17 points per game this season.


Arthur Kaluma had 17 points, Tylor Perry added 14, and Will McNair stepped up in the middle, posting 13 points and three blocks.


The Wildcats are 8-2 on the season, and have won five straight for the first time since last December. KSU will have a difficult non-conference test this weekend, battling the Nebraska Cornhuskers.

Bullpups Fall To Trojans in Battle of Caney


 In the battle of Caney High Schools, the Trojans traveled to the land of Bullpups and came away with a 53-35 victory. 
 Fouls and missed free throws played a key role in the loss for the Bullpups, who fell to 0-3 in the young season. 
 The Trojans were able to neutralize Colt Hightower on the offensive end, holding him to six points on the night, and causing him to foul out in the 4th quarter. 
 Ben Matthews had another solid performance in the low post, leading the Bullpups with nine points. 
 The Lady Bullpups won their matchup earlier in the night 51-48. They improve to 2-1 on the season. 

Ravens Enter Break with Momentum


The winter break puts a brief pause on conference play across the KJCCC, but both the men's and women's teams at Coffeyville Community College have some positive momentum.


The Lady Ravens are 10-2 and in a tie for third place in the conference, just a half game out of first place. Head coach Tony Turner says he has a veteran squad that knows what it takes to compete for a championship.


Jay Herkelman has a very young team with 12 newcomers, and have experienced ups and downs through the first five weeks of the season. However, the team has won consecutive games by double digits, and seem to be turning a corner and gaining confidence.


Herkelman says his group just needs to keep handling their business.


The men play one final game tomorrow afternoon against Seminole State, before both teams return to action on January 3rd against the Barton Cougars.

New Era for Cherryvale Boys Basketball


The Cherryvale Chargers begin a new basketball season with a new leader at the helm of the team.


Brett Gilchrist begins his first season as the Chargers boys basketball coach. He says the group is still working on building chemistry between returners and new players.


The notable name on the Chargers is senior guard Stetson Schaffer, one of the best basketball players in all of Southeast Kansas. Gilchrist says Schaffer brings great talent, but is also learning a new system.


The Chargers look for their first win under Gilchrist tonight at 5 p.m. in the final game of the Wildcat Tournament in Yates Center.

Jayhawks Hire New Offensive Coordinator


Lance Leipold and the Jayhawks have found their next offensive coordinator.


Kansas football hires Jeff Grimes as the new O.C. in Lawrence, following three seasons at Baylor in the same role. Grimes was a finalist for the Broyles award in both 2020 and 2021, which goes to the nation's top assistant coach.


Grimes is replacing Andy Kotelnicki, who left to be the offensive coordinator at Penn State.


Quarterback coach Jim Zebrowski has been promoted to co-offensive coordinator, and will call plays in the bowl game against UNLV on December 26th.

Nado Boys Take on Fairland in Second Round


The Nado take on 3-0 Fairland in their second-round matchup of the Ty Hewitt Memorial Tournament.


Coffeyville is coming off a 10-point, 56-46, win over Oologah on Tuesday. Zay Logan led the team in scoring with 12 followed by nine from Aaron Tunstall and 8 from Kasen Dollar. The Nado are 2-0 with two double-digit wins and averaging 58 points a game while holding opponents to just 36 points a game. Logan leads the Nado in scoring averaging 14 a game.


Coffeyville is the three seed in this tournament and Fairland is the two seed. The Nado are looking for their first championship game appearance despite finishing third several times. They'll have to get past the Owls to get there. Tonight's game is the last of today's tournament matchups, but tip-off is expected to be around 8:30pm on Sonshine 98.9 KQQF.

Kansas State Basketball Player Dismissed


A star player from last season's Kansas State tournament team has been dismissed from the program.


Forward Nae'Qwan Tomlin will no longer be a member of the basketball team, according to athletic director Gene Taylor. Tomlin was arrested last month on disorderly conduct charges, following a bar fight in Manhattan.


Tomlin started 36 games for the Wildcats last season, averaging 10.4 points per game, and elevating his game in the NCAA Tournament.


The Wildcats are 7-2 on the season, and have won four consecutive games. Transfer Will McNair and David N'Guessan will be tasked with playing heavy minutes at forward for Jerome Tang moving forward.

Ravens Sweep Saints in Doubleheader


The Red Ravens wrap up conference play before the winter break with positive momentum, sweeping the Seward County Saints in Nellis Hall.


The Lady Ravens win their 10th game of the season, playing suffocating defense all night, holding Seward to 15% shooting. Saints guard Jamia Carter entered the night second in the league in scoring, but struggled most of the night.


Raven coach Tony Turner says his defense reacted well to tendencies.


The men's team won their second straight conference game, with a 72-57 victory. The game was close for most of the night, before the Ravens went on a 20-4 run late.


Assistant coach Jake Odum says the team is growing and learning how to play in crunch time.


Freshman Jahni Summers led the team with 26 points. Odum says they've been waiting for his breakout game.


The men play one final game before break, traveling to Seminole State on Saturday afternoon.

KSU Offensive Coordinator Leaving for Texas A&M


Kansas State is looking for a new play caller, following the departure of offensive coordinator Collin Klein.


Klein accepted the offer to become the new offensive coordinator at Texas A&M, under new head coach Mike Elko.


Klein will have plenty of opportunity to coach talented players, with five-star quarterback Conner Weigman returning from injury, and talented wide receivers.


Kansas State offensive line coach Connor Riley is expected to be a serious candidate to be the new offensive coordinator. KSU battles NC State in the Pop-Tarts Bowl on December 28th.

Caney Splits Basketball Doubleheader in Galena


 The dogs were out in full force last night in Galena; the Caney Valley Bullpups split a doubleheader, with the ladies defeating the Bulldogs 64-30, while the Bullpup boys fell 50-46.

 Timely shooting from beyond the arc and great defense saw the Lady Bullpups lead 19-2 after the 1st quarter and 43-11 at the half.

 Multiple three pointers by Myra Denny and Alysa Scott helped Caney to improve to 1-1 on the season.

 For the guys, Ben Matthews and Payton Darden helped Caney to a 26-24 lead at the half. Galena outscored the Bullpups 14-6 in the 3rd quarter to capture their 1st victory of the season; Caney falls to 0-2.

 Both girls and guys travel to Ramona Friday.

Lady Ravens Search for 10th Win of the Season


The Lady Ravens have cemented themselves as a top six team in the Jayhawk conference so far this season, and look to continue the momentum in their final game before break.


CCC hosts the Seward County Saints from Nellis Hall, searching for their 10th win of the season, as well as their 5th conference win.


Head coach Tony Turner says the Saints bring good speed and depth.


Seward guard Jamia Carter has been one of the top scorers in the conference, averaging 20 points per game. Turner says his team will look to make life difficult for the Seward star.


Coverage of the Lady Ravens and Seward County begins at 5:15 p.m. tomorrow on US 98 and the Red Raven Sports Network.

Red Ravens Host Seward Before Break


The Red Ravens return home flying high following a road win to snap a three game skid.


Coffeyville sits at 5-5 on the season, and host the Seward County Saints in the final conference game before break. The Saints enter the game 3-5 on the year, and just 1-3 in conference play.


Izek Jackson recorded 15 points and 12 rebounds in the win on Saturday, despite injuring his ankle days earlier. Head coach Jay Herkelman says Jackson's toughness impresses him.


Seward County has a few key returners from last year's team, including forward Blessin Kimble, who is averaging 15 points per game in conference play. Herkelman says it will be a group effort to slow down Kimble.


Coverage of the Red Ravens and Saints begins immediately following the Lady Raven game on US 98 and the Red Raven Sports Network.

Former Raven Coach Named Houston Head Coach


A former Red Raven football coach has been named a Power 5 Conference head coach.


Willie Fritz was named the newest head coach of the Houston Cougars, following his tenure at Tulane. The Green Wave experienced mass success under Coach Fritz, picking up the 4th most wins in Division 1 over the past three seasons.


Despite a majority of college football putting a majority of time and resources into the transfer portal, Coach Fritz says his program will continue to focus on traditional recruiting.


Coach Fritz spent four seasons as the Red Raven defensive coordinator, from 1987-90, contributing to a national championship victory in the 1990 season.

Nado Start Season 1-0 with Blowout Win over Caney


The Nado boy's basketball team start the season strong with a dominating 60-26 win over Caney. The Nado would go on a 16-0 run through the second quarter finding themselves in a comfortable 35-15 lead at the half.


In the second half, the Nado used 58% shooting to extend their lead to 34 and secure a win in their first game of the season. Coffeyville was also 50% from three hitting 5/10. Zay Logan would lead all scoring with 16 points and Ke'Shawn Hayes would add 10. The Nado held a very talented Colt Hightower to just 11 points. The Nado boys open up their three-game slate at the Nowata Tournament with Oologah following the Lady Nado game on Sonshine 98.9 KQQF.


*photo courtesy of Kim Jones Photography*

Coach Coots Starts Career with Win


The new Lady Nado head coach starts his career off with a win 51-41 over Caney.


The Field Kindley girls got off to a hot start shooting 54% from the field in the first half and would lead 30-26 at halftime. The second half started rocky for the Lady Nado as they would get cold from the floor and Taiylor and Kaylin Caron got into foul trouble. Despite shooting 23% in the second the Lady Nado, thanks in large part to good defense, extended their second-half lead and would win by 10. Head Coach Tyler Coots says it's a good feeling to get that first win out of the way.


Erin Lopez would lead the Lady Nado in scoring with 15 and Olivia Ransom would add 10, including two three-pointers. The Lady Nado will head down to Oklahoma for a three-game slate at the Ty Hewitt Memorial Tournament. They open up with a matchup tomorrow against Chelsea at 4:00pm on Sonshine 98.9 KQQF.

Dobler Leads New Era of Raven Football


Red Raven football begins a new era under new head coach Nick Dobler.


Dobler was named head coach in November, following four seasons as defensive coordinator, and following Jeff Leiker announcing his plans to step down as football coach.


Dobler says learning under Coach Leiker has been a valuable experience.


CCC football has a history of success on the field, with a trip to the national semifinals two seasons ago. Dobler says, however, that there is more to success than wins and losses.


With a community eager to see turnaround from the Ravens next season, Dobler says he just hopes people will see his program's work ethic and attitude.


Dobler will continue to build a coaching staff and recruit, before spring ball resumes in 2024.

Howard Visits with Lincoln Riley, USC


Former Kansas State quarterback Will Howard continues to draw the attention of major programs across the country, including a coach notorious for producing star quarterbacks.


Howard met this weekend with Lincoln Riley, head coach of the USC Trojans. USC is widely expected to pursue a new starting QB in the portal, with star Caleb Williams the anticipated top pick in the NFL Draft.


The potential partnership could make sense for both parties. Howard is one of the top available players in the transfer portal, ranked as the #2 player by ON3 recruiting. Riley also has had continued success with quarterbacks, playing key roles in the development of Baker Mayfield, Kyler Murray, Jalen Hurts, and Caleb Williams, resulting in three Heisman winners.


Howard has also received interest from Auburn, Lousiville, Missouri, and Wisconsin.

Red Ravens Sweep Doubleheader in Goodland


The Red Ravens were able to get back on track away from this weekend, with both teams picking up road wins over Northwest Kansas Tech.


The Lady Ravens improve to 9-2 with a 79-53 win over the Mavericks. CCC outscored NW Tech by 22 points in the second and third quarter, led by 15 points from Kyleigh Ortiz and 13 from Ivy Fox.


Izek Jackson and the men's team were also able to find the win column, snapping a three game losing streak in a 81-66 victory. Jayven Cofer had 24 points, only missing one shot from the field, while Jackson finished with 14 points, 12 rebounds, and four steals, while playing on an injured ankle.


The Ravens wrap up their conference schedule before the winter break on Wednesday night, when the Seward County Saints come to Nellis Hall.

Kansas Offensive Coordinator Leaves for Penn State


The Kansas Jayhawks will be looking for a new leader of the offense.


Offensive coordinator Andy Kotelnicki is leaving the program to become the new offensive coordinator at Penn State University.


Kotelnicki has worked with Lance Leipold at KU, Buffalo, and Wisconsin-Whitewater, and has overseen a complete transformation of the Jayhawk offense. Kansas ranks 29th in the nation this season in both scoring and yards per game, despite missing star quarterback Jalon Daniels.


Since the start of last season, the Jayhawks have the nation's sixth best offense in yards per play. Quarterbacks coach Jim Zebrowski has been promoted to co-offensive coordinator, however the team is still expected to hire a new playcaller.

Red Ravens Battle Mavericks in Goodland


Red Raven basketball hits the road this weekend, traveling to Goodland to battle the Northwest Kansas Tech Mavericks.


CCC is looking to rebound following a doubleheader loss to the Butler Grizzlies earlier this week. Jay Herkelman's squad has now dropped three in a row, searching for answers offensively.


He says this is one of the tougher road trips in the conference.


The Lady Ravens also look to find the win column after suffering the first home loss of the season. Head coach Tony Turner says the Mavericks bring good size and speed.


Coverage of the Mavericks and Red Ravens begins at 6:15 tomorrow evening with tip off at 6:30 on US 98.

Jayhawks Square off with Reigning Champs


Allen Fieldhouse is the site for a heavyweight matchup between college basketball's last two NCAA national champions.


The 6-1 Jayhawks host the 7-0 Connecticut Huskies, in the first matchup between the schools since the 2016 NCAA Tournament.


The Huskies enter the matchup having won 24 consecutive games over non-conference opponents, the longest streak in NCAA history.


The game could be decided down low in a matchup of All-American centers, with KU's Hunter Dickinson averaging 21 points and 13 rebounds per game, and UCONN's Donovan Clingan averaging 15 points and six rebounds per game.


Coverage of the Jayhawks and Huskies begins tonight at 6:30 on Greatest Hits 104.1 FM. Tip off is scheduled for 8.

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