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Blair Russell (KCKCC photo)
Blair Russell (KCKCC photo)

by Alan Hoskins, KCKCC

Kansas City Kansas Community College volleyball standout Blair Russell has been named both National Division II Player of the Week by the National Junior College Athletic Association and Jayhawk Community College Conference Player of the Week.

A 5-10 sophomore from Marysville, Kan., Russell is currently ranked second in the nation in the number of kills (432) and eighth in kills per set (3.96).

The Jayhawk Player of the Week award is the second for Russell, who was also chosen the first week of the season. She also becomes only the second player in KCKCC history to earn national player of the week honors, joining Lisa Angello who was selected in 2012.

Russell was selected for her play in a pivotal 3-1 over Jayhawk rival Fort Scott and the Central Nebraska tournament where KCKCC defeated No. 18 ranked Northeast and North Platte while losing to Division I powers, No. 1 ranked Iowa Western and No. 6 Central Nebraska. Russell had a big 21-kill match against Fort Scott and averaged 4.26 kills per set on offense and 3.84 digs per set on offense. She also passed a cumulative 2.1 out of a 3.0 on 95 attempts.

“Blair is very deserving, both as a person and a player,” said KCKCC coach Mary Bruno. “Her time and work ethic put in during the spring have transformed her into one of the Jayhawk Conference’s very best. A smart player, she jumps well and has great contact when she hits.”

Alan Hoskins is the sports information director at KCKCC.

by Kelly Rogge

The “My Shelf to Yours Book Sale” is returning to Kansas City Kansas Community College next week, raising funds for students on campus.

The sale is from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 28 and 30 and 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29, in Room 2325 on the lower level of the Jewell Building on the KCKCC campus, 7250 State Ave. The sale is open to the public as well as students, staff and faculty.

All books will be $1 or seven books for $5. All proceeds will be placed into a student scholarship fund for textbooks and tuition for those in financial need.

In addition, there will also be beverages and snacks for sale as well as fashion jewelry and other local vendors.

“My Shelf to Yours at KCKCC” was created in 2010 as a way to promote scholarship, leadership, entrepreneurship and sustainability by selling donated used books both on-line and on-ground. As of July 2014, “My Shelf to Yours” has received more than 45,500 donated books and assisted more than 260 students with textbooks.

Any unsold book donations from the sale will be donated to local charities and organizations.

For more information on the “My Shelf to Yours” program at KCKCC, call 913-288-7228 or email

Kelly Rogge is the public information director at Kansas City Kansas Community College.

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Sept. 29
Burglary, 300 block of South 62nd, business, scrap metal, $100 value.
Burglary, criminal damage, 11100 block of Nogard Avenue, door frame, paper goods, screen, $95 value.
Theft, criminal damage, 5200 block of State, business, two catalytic converters, two trucks, $2,500 value.

Sept. 28

Burglary, criminal damage, 400 block of North 10th, laptop computer, door frame, $790 value.
Burglary from motor vehicle, criminal damage, 5100 block of Farrow, driver’s window, hydrocodone, oxycodone, $165 value.
Burglary, 1100 block of North 34th, television, stolen and recovered, $500 value.

Sept. 26

Burglary, criminal damage, 1600 block of North 36th, door frame, three televisions, video system and five games, $1,490 value.

Sept. 25

Burglary, 7000 block of Miros Circle, cash, driver’s license, debit card, $511 value.
Sept. 12
Theft, 1800 block of Village West Parkway, business, $20 bill.