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Local Sports Archives for 2024-03

Former Kansas Coach on March Madness Stage


From Southeast Kansas to the NCAA Tournament, Alaura Sharp has been on one incredible journey.


Sharp is the head coach of Presbyterian College, the smallest Division 1 program in the country, and just led the women's basketball team to their first NCAA Tournament win in program history.


She says she embraces the mentality of seizing every day.


Sharp grew up in Fredonia, playing in high school before continuing her basketball career at Fort Scott Community College. She says the values of Southeast Kansas have shaped her coaching.


Sharp has spent five seasons coaching in junior college, as well as being a Division 1 assistant before earning her first head coaching role in D1. She says this is the pinnacle of her career so far.


Sharp and Presbyterian battle the top team in the nation, South Carolina, tonight in the second round.

KJCCC Awards Released, Summers Named Freshman of Year


The season awards in the the Jayhawk Conference have been announced, and the Red Ravens receive numerous honors.


Freshman Jahni Summers has been named Freshman of the Year, following finishing sixth in the league in scoring. He was also named All-KJCCC second team. Sophomore forward Cris Carroll was named to the first team.


On the women's side, Ivy Fox, Kyleigh Ortiz, and Bailey Layman were each named All-KJCCC second team, following leading the Ravens to a Top-5 finish in the conference.


Kiki Smith of Hutchinson was named Women's Player of the Year, with John Ontjes earning Coach of the Year.  Jeff Nwankwo of Cowley is the Men's Player of the Year, with Jeremy Coombs of Barton the Coach of the Year.

Jayhawks Advance to Round of 32


The Kansas Jayhawks survive the opening round of the NCAA Tournament.


KU defeated Samford, 93-89, in the Round of 64 to advance. The game was not decided until the final seconds, where Samford had a shot to tie.


Jayhawks head coach Bill Self says the Bulldogs gave them a serious challenge.


Hunter Dickinson had 19 points and 20 rebounds in his return from injury.


Kansas will play Gonzaga tomorrow afternoon in the Round of 32. Coverage will begin at 12:45 p.m. CT with tip off at 2:15 on Greatest Hits 104.1 FM.


Fredonia Native Wins NCAA Tournament Game


A Fredonia native is celebrating her first NCAA Tournament win as a Divison I head coach.


Alaura Sharp and Presbyterian defeated Sacred Heart, 49-42, in the First Four of the NCAA Tournament, the first tournament win in school history. Sharp was born and raised in Fredonia, and played two years of college ball at Fort Scott.


She says this win means a lot for the program.


Sharp's coaching career has seen numerous stops, spending a year at Lamar CC, before four seasons as head coach at Garden City CC, and time as assistant coach at both Southern Mississippi and Lousiana Tech. She is in her fifth season as head coach at Presbyterian.


She says her mindset is to create experiences you'll remember.


Sharp and the Blue Hose will take on the top-seed South Carolina Gamecocks tomorrow in Albany, New York.

Jayhawks Battle Samford in NCAA Tournament


The first full day of the NCAA Tournament has arrived, and the Kansas Jayhawks look to advance.


KU is a No. 4 seed in the tournament, and face off with No. 13 seed Samford in Salt Lake City.


Jayhawks head coach Bill Self says Samford is a challenging new-school team.


Center Hunter Dickinson is expected to play after dislocating his shoulder two weeks ago. He says he is good enough to go tonight.


Coverage of Kansas and Samford begins tonight at 7:30 p.m. CT, with tip off at 8:55, on Greatest Hits 104.1 FM.

Andy Reid to Throw Out Opening Day First Pitch


The Kansas City Royals didn't have to travel far to find their choice for the Opening Day first pitch.


Chiefs head coach Andy Reid will be tasked with delivering the first pitch of the season at Kauffman Stadium next week.


The Royals will also have other Opening Day activities, with a live musical performance, as well as Bobby Witt Jr. bobbleheads for the first 30,000 fans in attendance.


Kansas City opens the season on March 28th, with Cole Ragans the starting pitcher against the Minnesota Twins.

Lady Ravens Looking for Managers


There is an opportunity to be a part of one of the most successful athletic programs at Coffeyville Community College.


Lady Raven basketball is looking for student managers. Assistant Coach Sierra McBride says the team has the managers do a variety of things.


CCC women's basketball has built a reputation on family culture and having strong relationships on and off the court.


McBride says a student manager is an important part of the team.


The Lady Ravens are coming off of consecutive Top-5 finishes in the Jayhawk Conference under head coach Tony Turner. Those interested should email McBride at or stop by practice to learn more information.

Jayhawks Star Out for NCAA Tournament


The Kansas Jayhawks receive unfortunate news, as one of the team stars will miss the NCAA Tournament with injury.


Guard Kevin McCullar Jr. will not be available moving forward, and is being shut down for the season, due to a deep bone bruise in his knee.


McCullar has not been able to practice for six weeks, and revealed the pain has not gone away, despite missing six of the past 12 games, including last week's Big 12 Tournament in Kansas City.


ESPNs Seth Greenburg says this is a major loss for the Jayhawks.


Center Hunter Dickinson is expected to be available, after dislocating his shoulder in the regular season finale against Houston. Kansas plays Samford in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament tomorrow night.

Red Ravens Name New Volleyball Coach


There is a new leader of the volleyball program at Coffeyville Community College.


CCC announces the hiring of Kandi Midgett as the next head volleyball coach. Midgett will replace former head coach Deardin Kelley, who departed in January to become the head coach at Division II William Jewell.


Midgett spent the past two seasons as the assistant volleyball coach at Labette County Community College. She will be taking over a program that has consecutive 20+ win seasons, and a 48-24 combined record the past two years.


There is a family connection to the college as well, with Midgett's son Landin on the Red Raven baseball team.

Barton, Hutchinson Top Seeds as National Tournament Announced


The NJCAA Division 1 chase for a championship is nearly here, with a pair of Jayhawk teams the top two overall seeds.


The Barton Cougars open as the top-rated team in the men's tournament, and will play the winner of Daytona State and Walters State on Monday afternoon.


Two other men's programs qualified for the tournament, with Cowley the No. 9 seed, matching up with Allegany Maryland on Sunday, and Hutchinson the No. 11 seed, battling USC Salkehatchie on Monday.


The Hutchinson Lady Dragons are the No. 1 overall seed in the women's tournament, following an undefeated regular season and Region VI championship. They will play the winner of Cochise and Chattanooga State on Wednesday.


Dodge City was the only other KJCCC women's team to qualify, earning the No. 18 seed, and squaring off with East Georgia State on Tuesday.

Dream Come True for Ragans


A young Royals pitcher will make his first career Opening Day start.


Left-hander Cole Ragans was announced earlier this week as the Royals' starting pitcher for the season opener, following a dominant second half of the season in 2023.


He says he's thankful for the opportunity to open the season.


Ragans had memorable moments last season, being named AL Pitcher of the Month, and having an ERA below three over the final two months. He has also overcome two serious elbow injuries, as well as a trade from Texas to Kansas City.


He says moments like this make the journey worth it.


Ragans will be on the mound when the Royals open against the Minnesota Twins in nine days.

Wildcats Battle Iowa in NIT


Kansas State begins their NIT journey tonight against the Iowa Hawkeyes.


This will be the ninth all-time meeting between the two schools, with each team having four wins in the previous eight matchups.


Wildcats Head Coach Jerome Tang says it's unfortunate to miss the tournament, but a new opportunity is here.


The Wildcats are looking for their 20th win of the season tonight, in their first trip to the NIT since 2009. Tang says he hopes his team embraces the moment.


Coverage of KSU-Iowa begins tonight at 7 p.m. on the Mighty 690, KGGF.

Ragans Named Royals Opening Day Starter


The Royals have announced their starting pitcher for the first game of the season.


Left-handed pitcher and emerging star Cole Ragans will get the ball for Kansas City, when they open the season on March 28th against the Minnesota Twins.


Ragans was one of the league's best arms when traded to the Royals last season, posting a 5-2 record with a 2.64 ERA in 12 games pitched, along with 89 strikeouts. He was also named the American League Pitcher of the Month in August.


This will be the third season for Ragans, and he becomes the Royals' fourth least-experienced Opening Day arm, with just 21 starts in his career, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.


Ragans says he is only focused on one thing this season.


Opening Day is on March 28th, at home against the Twins at 3:10 p.m., which kicks off a three game series.

Raven Baseball Drops Home Doubleheader


Red Raven baseball drops a pair of games at Walter Johnson Park to KCK.


The Ravens returned home for the first time in 37 games, but couldn't slow down one of the nation's top offenses.


Sophomore pitcher Ryan Leiker didn't have his typical premier command, struggling over three innings of work in a 10-0 loss in Game 1.


Game 2 was much more competitive, with the Ravens scoring six runs in the second inning, thanks to hits from Adrian Dominguez and Nathon Cruz, but it was not enough to overcome the Blue Devil bats in a 14-6 defeat.


Head coach Jake Martin says the team ran into a top tier opponent.


Coffeyville baseball will be back at home on Thursday against Neosho County CC.

NCAA Tournament Bracket Set


The NCAA Tournament field is set, following Selection Sunday.


The Connecticut Huskies are the top overall seed, with Houston, Purdue, and North Carolina earning the other No. 1 seeds.


The Kansas Jayhawks slot in as the No. 4 seed in the Midwest Region, matching up with Samford in the opening round on Thursday.


Eight teams from the Big 12 earn trips to the tournament, with Iowa State a No. 2 seed, No. 3 Baylor, No. 6 BYU, No. 6 Texas Tech, No 7. Texas, and No. 9 TCU.


This is the fourth consecutive season a team from the Big 12 has earned a No. 1 seed, and the third straight year there are two conference teams as top two seeds.


Kansas State did not qualify for the the NCAA Tournament, but will play in the NIT, with a first round matchup against Iowa tomorrow night at 7 p.m. on the Mighty 690.

Raven Baseball Returns Home


After 37 consecutive games on the road, Red Raven baseball is finally able to return home.


Walter Johnson Park has completed renovations following the fire last spring. The field features new infield turf, with red dirt around the bases, in order to make it unique to Coffeyville.


Head coach Jake Martin says he wanted the new field to be something the community can be proud of.


The team will be back at home for the first time in nearly a year tomorrow afternoon, with an afternoon doubleheader against KCK. The first game begins at 1 p.m., with the second game 30 minutes after the end of the first game.


Home baseball games can be found on the Red Raven Sports Network.

Lady Ravens Preparing for Future


The Lady Ravens are coming off of a Quarterfinals loss to the Barton Cougars, and shift focus to the offseason ahead.


The team is looking to replace nine departing sophomores. Head coach Tony Turner says they will look to have a mixture of freshmen and sophomores on next year's team.


Recruiting in the Jayhawk conference is difficult when battling for top players with Hutchinson, Barton, Butler, and others. Turner says the community support helps draw student athletes.


Turner and the Ravens have signed two freshmen to next year's team, and are in conversations with a Division 1 transfer.

Chiefs Sign Former 1st Round Wide Receiver


The Kansas City Chiefs are adding to one of the weakest positions on the roster.


Kansas City has agreed to a one-year deal with Marquise "Hollywood" Brown worth up to $11 million. Brown has been in the NFL for five seasons, spending three in Baltimore and two in Arizona.


Brown emerged as the star deep-threat wide receiver at Oklahoma along with Heisman trophy winner Kyler Murray, scoring 10 touchdowns with over 1,300 yards receiving.


Brown turns 27 this summer, and will see significant playing time in Kansas City, with other young receivers Rashee Rice and Skyy Moore.


Brown was a first round pick in the 2019 NFL draft.



Wildcats Fall in Quarterfinals


Kansas State has their season potentially come to an end with a 76-59 loss to Iowa State in the Big 12 Quarterfinals.


The Wildcats shot just 36% from the field, and dealt with key players in foul trouble. Tylor Perry led the team with 18 points. Cam Carter finished with just nine points on 2-10 shooting.


Head coach Jerome Tang says he's still confident the team is tournament bound.


KSU will know their fate when the tournament bracket is revealed on Selection Sunday.


The remainder of the Big 12 Semi Finals are set, with Iowa State, Baylor, Houston, and Texas Tech advancing to tonight's games.

Royals Legend Inducted to Team Hall of Fame


One of the most impressive athletes in the history of sports is being inducted into the Royals Hall of Fame.


Bo Jackson has been elected to the Royals HOF by the organization's Veterans Committee. He will be inducted in an on-field ceremony on June 29th at Kauffman Stadium.


Jackson says he has fond memories of his time with the Royals.


Bo Jackson won the 1985 Heisman trophy at Auburn, and is widely considered one of the greatest athletes of all time, playing professionally in both the NFL and MLB.


He was the 1989 MLB All-Star Game Most Valuable Player, and led the Royals twice in home runs. He finished his baseball career hitting .250 with 109 homers in 511 career games.

Chiefs Agree to Deal with Chris Jones


One of the most dominant defensive linemen in the NFL is staying in Kansas City.


Defensive tackle Chris Jones and the Chiefs have agreed to a five-year deal worth nearly $160 million, with $95 million fully guaranteed in the first three seasons.


Jones will become the highest paid defensive lineman in NFL history, based on average annual salary, passing Nick Bosa, Aaron Donald, and TJ Watt.


Jones says he is thankful a deal got done.


Jones held out of training camp last year and missed the first game of the season while waiting for a deal. He would return in Week 2 and record 10.5 sacks on the season, earning first-team All-Pro, and his third Super Bowl.


He says he was never worried about leaving Kansas City.


Jones was a second-round pick in 2016 out of Mississippi State, and will be under contract with the Chiefs through 2028.

Wildcats Rally vs Texas, Advance to Quarterfinals


Kansas State rallied from a double-digit halftime deficit, to keep their season alive with a 78-74 win over Texas.


The Wildcats trailed 39-29 at the intermission, but outscored the Longhorns 49-35 in the second half to earn their 19th win of the season.


Tylor Perry led the team with 21 points, including a perfect 10 of 10 at the free throw line. Arthur Kaluma added 14, and freshman Dae Dae Ames had 10.


KSU advances to the Big 12 Quarterfinals, and keeps their hopes of the NCAA Tournament alive. They will play the Iowa State Cyclones tonight, a team they beat five days ago.


Coverage of Kansas State-Iowa State begins at 6:00 tonight on the Mighty 690, KGGF.

Short-Handed Jayhawks Fall to Cincinnati


Playing without a pair of starters proved to be crucial for the Jayhawks, losing 72-52 to Cincinnati in the Big 12 Tournament.


The Jayhawks were out of sync for a majority of the game, shooting 34% from the field, only making three 3-point shots, and losing the rebound battle.


K.J. Adams led KU with 22 points, but no other player was able to contribute more than eight. Dan Skillings led the Bearcats, with a game-high 25 points.


The Jayhawks will enter the NCAA Tournament with a 22-10 record, and are currently projected as a No. 4 seed.

Raven Season Comes to End


Red Raven basketball season officially comes to an end in the Region VI Quarterfinals.


The Lady Ravens fell to 4-seed Barton 67-43. Coffeyville got off to a nightmare start, trailing 16-3 in the first quarter.


Ivy Fox led the team with 8 points, while Jae'Mya Lyons and Janae Black Harmon each had 7.


The Lady Ravens will have a very different look next season, losing Tetona Woods-Blackowl, Kyleigh Ortiz, Ray Richardson, Olivia Dyja, Natalya Jones, Bailey Layman, Fox, Lyons, and Black Harmon.


The men also fell short to the Cougars, falling 83-72.


Coffeyville trailed 33-13 with 8 minutes left in the first half, and proceeded to end the half on a 21-9 run.


The Ravens continued a ridiculous rally in the second half, taking the lead and hanging with Barton the whole way. Cougar guard Ring Malith converted 2 massive 3s to seal it for Barton.


Cris Carroll had 25 points and 15 rebounds in his final game. Jahni Summers had 15 and CJ Smith had 13.


You can hear final thoughts on the season on the final Red Raven Coach's Show, tomorrow night at 6 on the Mighty 690.

Pair of Jayhawk Stars out for Big 12 Tourney


The Big 12 Tournament continues today, with Kansas in action, missing a pair of stars.


The Jayhawks will be without both Kevin McCullar Jr and Hunter Dickinson tonight against Cincinnati, due to injury. Dickinson dislocated his shoulder against Houston, while McCullar has a lingering knee issue.


Those two combine for 48% of the scoring for the Jayhawks this season. Bill Self is hopeful they can return for the tournament.


Coverage of the Jayhawks and Bearcats begins at 7 pm tonight on Greatest Hits 104.1, with tip st 8:30.


Red Ravens Look to Dethrone Nation's #1


Coffeyville has won three in a row, but face their toughest test yet against the nation's top team.


CCC travels to Great Bend for a matchup with the Barton Cougars in the Region VI Quarterfinals.


Despite losing both regular season matchups, Coffeyville was able to hang with the Cougars for large portions of each game. Head coach Jay Herkelman says the group is confident about the matchup with Barton.


Barton ended the Raven season in the playoffs last year, winning 76-70 in the semifinals. Herkelman says revenge is on the mind this time around.


Coverage of Barton and Coffeyville begins immediately following the women's game, with tip off slated for 7:30 p.m. on US 98.

Lady Ravens Battle Barton in Championship Rematch


The Lady Ravens travel to Great Bend, with a trip to the Final Four up for grabs.


Coffeyville split the two regular season matchups with Barton, losing 51-40 on the road in January, before rebounding for a 62-42 win at Nellis Hall last month.


Head coach Tony Turner says the team will look to confuse the Cougars tonight.


The winner earns a berth to Hutchinson for the Final Four on Friday afternoon. Turner says he's told his team to control what they can control.


Coverage of Barton and the Lady Ravens begins tonight at 5:15 p.m. on US 98.

Tri Valley League Names All-Conference Teams


The Tri-Valley all-league teams have been announced.


On the boys side, Humboldt's Colden Cook and Sam Hull, as well as Erie's Ethan Dillinger and Reid Duff, and Caney's Colt Hightower make up the first team.


Second team features Fredonia's Ashton O'Neil and Elias Barnett, as well as Neodesha's Talon Roebuck.


Kamden Barnett of Fredonia, Carsen Ellis of Cherryvale, and Krewe Johnson of Neodesha were all named honorable mention.


For the girls, Neodesha's Prayer Roebuck, Cherryvale's Bethany Umbarger, and Caney's Anna Washburn make the first team.


Second team has Kimmy Combs of Neodesha, Jailee Reister of Cherryvale, and Zoey Sims of Fredonia.


Kadynce Forman of Cherryvale was also named honorable mention.

All-SEK League Teams Announced


Five Field Kindley High School girls' and boys' basketball players have been named to the All-SEK League Team.


For the Lady Nado, Junior Taiylor Caron was named to the Second Team and Sophomore Kaylin Caron was named Honorable Mention. Taiylor averaged 11.5 points a game and Kaylin had 10.1 ppg.


On the boy's side, Senior Jamarrion Logan was named to the Second Team and Seniors Zay Logan and Griff Adamson were named Honorable Mentions.


Both teams finished fourth in the SEK League Standings.


*Photo courtesy of Kim Jones Photography*

Ravens Advance to Region VI Quarterfinals


The Red Ravens are off to the Region VI Quarterfinals, following a pair of victories in the first round of the postseason.


The Lady Ravens earn a 67-52 win over the Colby Trojans. The team started slow, trailing by six in the first quarter. but battled back in the second and third quarters. Head coach Tony Turner says he's proud of the team for not panicking.


Ivy Fox, Bailey Layman, and Kyleigh Ortiz combined for 42 points, with all three in double figures. Tetona Woods-Blackowl also dished out six assists. Turner says those four will be crucial to playoff success.


The men also got a first round win, with a victory over Pratt, 88-77.


The team has scored at least 88 points in three straight games, which have all been victories. Assistant coach Braeden Proctor says the team is gaining confidence.


Jahni Summers led the team with 31 points, and Brian Griffith had 20 points as well. Proctor says those two have been big shot makers for the team.


Both teams travel to Great Bend for the quarterfinals, with the ladies battling the 4-seed Barton Cougars tomorrow at 5:30 p.m., and the men playing the 1-seed Barton at 7:30 p.m. The games can be heard on US 98.

Big 12 Tournament Bracket Released


The Big 12 Tournament is set to begin tomorrow in Kansas City.


Two games kick the tournament off, with Oklahoma State taking on UCF, and Cincinnati battling West Virginia. Houston is the top overall seed in the tournament.


Kansas and Kansas State will both begin their journey on Wednesday, with the Wildcats taking on the Texas Longhorns, and the Jayhawks playing the winner of the Cincinnati-West Virginia game.


KSU coverage begins at 6 p.m. CT Wednesday on the Mighty 690, while Jayhawk coverage begins at 7 p.m. CT Wednesday on Greatest Hits 104.1 FM.

Red Ravens Open Playoffs at Home vs Pratt


The Region VI playoffs open this afternoon, with the Red Raven men's team at home against the Pratt Beavers.


Coffeyville has experienced a difficult regular season, filled with ups and downs, ending with a 9-15 league record and the No. 8 seed.


The Ravens may be avoiding one of the top scorers in the KJCCC. Head coach Jay Herkelman says Pratt star Zion Cruz is dealing with an injury.


CCC has a few injuries themselves, with CJ Smith and Alvin Cole both on the mend. Herkelman says they are both progressing, and could be available.


Coverage of CCC and Pratt begins at 3:45 p.m. tomorrow on US 98 and the Red Raven Sports Network.

Lady Ravens Host Colby in Region VI Tournament


The postseason has arrived, and the Lady Ravens open up at home against the Colby Trojans.


Coffeyville finished the regular season with a 19-11 record, earning the No. 5 seed in the Region VI Tournament. The team also won both matchups with Colby during the regular season.


Head coach Tony Turner says, however, Colby has knocked this team out of the playoffs before.


The Trojans are led by experienced head coach Darrin Spence, who has led the team to a much stronger second half of the season. Turner says his group will have to be ready to battle.


Coverage of the Lady Ravens and Colby begins tomorrow at 1:40 p.m. on US 98 and the Red Raven Sports Network.

Perry Reflects Before Senior Day


Kansas State will play their final game of the season at home tomorrow, and one senior is reflecting on the journey.


Point guard Tylor Perry has only spent one season at KSU, after beginning his career at Coffeyville Community College, and spending two seasons following at North Texas. He says he's thankful for meeting Jerome Tang.


Perry and the Wildcats have experienced plenty of ups and downs, leading to a 17-13 record on the season. He says he wishes he had more time in Manhattan.


It is a must win for Kansas State, as they battle #6 Iowa State, with their NCAA Tournament hopes in jeopardy. Perry says this is the biggest game of his life.


Coverage of KSU-Iowa State begins at noon tomorrow on the Mighty 690, with tip off at 1.

Jayhawks Travel to Face #1 Houston


The Kansas Jayhawks end the regular season with a road trip to face the nation's top team.


KU won the first matchup 78-65 in early February, however Houston has not lost since that game, currently sitting 27-3 on the season, and ranked atop the Top 25.


Jayhawk coach Bill Self says the Cougars are one of the most complete teams in the nation.


Houston has not lost a game at home all season long, while the Jayhawks have struggled on the road in conference play, posting just a 2-6 record away from Allen Fieldhouse.


Coverage of Kansas-Houston begins tomorrow afternoon at 1:30 p.m. on Greatest Hits 104.1 FM, with tip at 3.

Red Devils Compete for State Title


The Erie Red Devils begin their quest for a state title today, matching up with Salina-Sacred Heart in the state quarterfinals.


Erie is 18-5 under first year head coach Braven Born, coming off a major upset win over St. Mary's Colgan in the sub state title game.


Sports in Kansas spoke with Born ahead of the state tournament. He says the team's confidence is through the roof.


Erie has been led by talented upperclassmen including Ethan Dillinger, Reid Duff, Michael Rickenburg, and Daniel Choi. Born says the team's fight stands out to him.


Erie is the No. 5 seed for the state tournament, and will face the 20-3 Knights this afternoon.

Raven Track and Field Star wins National Championship


A Red Raven track and field star is now a national champion.


Sophomore Trevor Gunzell is the new NJCAA National Champion in the shot put, after breaking the facility record in Gainsville, Florida, with a throw of 18.59 meters.


Gunzell finished second in the nation last year, behind former high school teammate Christopher Young, but was able to avenge the loss this time around.


Gunzell is committed to the University of Alabama to continue his track and field career.

Ravens Sweep Montgomery County Classic


The Red Ravens took care of business on the road, sweeping the Independence Pirates to end the regular season.


The Lady Ravens avenge an earlier loss to ICC, winning the rematch 69-51. Kyleigh Ortiz led the team with 18, while Ivy Fox had 14. Tetona Woods-Blackowl dished out eight assists.


Head coach Tony Turner says the team is bought in.


The men delivered a victory as well, winning the nightcap 95-77. Jahni Summers had 23 points, while Cris Carroll had 21, and Charles Caporaso had a career high 18.


Assistant coach Braeden Proctor says Caporaso has improved as a player.


Point guard Brian Griffith finished with 11 second-half points, inlcuding three important 3-pointers. Proctor says he's emerging as a clutch player.


The postseason begins Saturday with both teams at home. The Lady Ravens host Colby at 2 p.m. and the men host Pratt immediately following.

Ravens Battle Pirates in Final Regular Season Game


The Red Ravens wrap up their regular season with a rivalry, battling the Independence Pirates.


The Lady Ravens are out for revenge after a humbling 70-43 defeat in the first matchup with ICC. Head coach Tony Turner says he anticipates more urgency in the second game.


The girls are locked into the fifth seed for the Region VI Tournament. Turner says he will play a full rotation tomorrow night.


The men look to win consecutive games for the first time in two months, after securing the eight-seed for the Region VI Tournament.


Coffeyville defeated the Pirates 91-64 in the preliminary matchup, making life difficult for the Pirate offense. Head coach Jay Herkelman says the team will have to be ready for a group with nothing to lose.


Coverage of the Ravens and Pirates begins tomorrow night at 5:15 p.m. CT on US 98.

Sunflower Showdown Tonight in Lawrence


The Kansas State Wildcats travel to Lawrence tonight for the Sunflower Showdown, needing a win to keep their NCAA Tournament hopes alive.


KSU is fighting for their postseason lives, sitting at 17-12 on the season.


Head coach Jerome Tang says he embraces the challenge of the Big 12.


The Jayhawks have lost seven conference games for the first time in nearly 30 years, sitting in a tie for fourth in the league.


Tang says there are none better than Bill Self.


Coverage of KU-KState will be simulcast on our family of stations, with Jayhawk coverage beginning at 6:30 on Greatest Hits 104.1, and Wildcat coverage beginning at 7:00 on the Mighty 690.

Ravens Sweep Colby on Sophomore Day


The Red Ravens quickly bounce back from the loss to Hutchinson, winning a pair of games on sophomore day.


The Lady Ravens complete the regular season sweep of Colby, winning 59-43. Head coach Tony Turner says it was a solid performance from the group.


Ivy Fox had 10 points, and Olivia Dyja had eight. Turner says he was happy to see the sophomores perform well.


Colby and Coffeyville will play a third time in the first round of the Region VI Tournament on Saturday.


The men use a big second half to pull away to a 93-76 win, and clinch a first round home playoff game. Assistant coach Jake Odum says the team made plays they needed to down the stretch.


Cris Carroll and Brian Griffith each had 25 points, and Jahni Summers had 20 as well. Odum says Carroll has improved as an interior scorer.


CCC wraps up the regular season on Wednesday night against the Independence Pirates.

Erie Wins Sub State Championship


The Erie Red Devils will be competing for a state championship.


Erie is one of eight 2A schools to win a sub state championship, and advance to the state tournament in Dodge City.


The Red Devils pulled off upsets of consecutive higher seeds, beating 2-seed Oxford in the semifinals before beating top seed Pittsburg St. Mary's Colgan 50-48 in the championship game.


Erie's is now 18-5 under first year coach Braven Born. Their next game will be the state quarterfinals, matching up with 20-3 Salina Sacred Heart on Thursday afternoon.

Coffeyville to Host Colby on Sophomore Day


The Red Ravens return home for their final regular season game at Nellis Hall.


It will be sophomore day, as the teams recognize departing members of the program. Lady Raven coach Tony Turner says it's a special class of players.


The ladies have dropped three in a row, and look to finish the season strong. Turner says it's crucial to find a groove against Colby.


The men have a key matchup for the outlook of the Region VI Tournament. Head coach Jay Herkelman says there is an opportunity to control their own destiny.


The Ravens are a young group with only two sophomore players. Herkelman says the motivation to win is always there on a day like this.


Coverage of Coffeyville and Colby begins tomorrow afternoon at 1:40 p.m. on US 98 and the Red Raven Sports Network.

Area Wrestlers to Compete in Kansas Shrine Duals


Some of the area's best senior wrestlers will take the mat one final time.


The Kansas Wresling Coaches Association has announced the wrestlers who have been selected and will compete in the Kansas Shrine Duals on Sunday March 17th in Wichita.


Emma Hall, who was state runner-up in the 105 class, and will compete at 109. Zoey Kessler and Taylor Plumley of Cherryvale will also wrestle on the girls side of the dual.


For the boys, Kainen White will wrestle at 285, after finishing third in the state. Kohen Wright of Independence will also compete after finishing second at state. Mason Gibbons of Independence and Evan Coble of West Elk are also participating.

Red Ravens Land Trio of Local Football Players


Three local high school football players will continue their careers at Coffeyville Community College.


Payton Gaines and Javen Alexander of Baxter Springs, as well as Kendall Holtzman of Labette County, all officialy committed to the Red Ravens this week.


Gaines had a memorable senior season, earning honorable mention All-State as a quarterback. He will be playing wide receiver at CCC.


Alexander will be a versatile athlete for the Ravens, having played wide receiver, tight end, linebacker, and safety in his time at Baxter Springs.


Holtzman is one of the most accomplished quarterbacks in Labette County history, breaking school records for passing yards and touchdowns, with 40 touchdowns and 5005 yards, respectively.


He says his loved ones have motivated him on his journey.


CCC will begin spring practice later this month, and summer workouts will continue in July.

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