Driver injured in accident on I-635

An injury-accident was reported at 8:10 a.m. Oct. 28 on southbound I-635, just south of I-70 in Kansas City, Kansas.

According to the Kansas Highway Patrol trooper’s report, a Honda Passport slowed for traffic and was rear-ended by a Hyundai Sonata. The Honda Passport then struck the left barrier wall.

The driver of the Honda Passport, a 40-year-old Kansas City, Kansas, woman, was injured and taken to a hospital, the trooper’s report stated.

The driver of the Hyundai Sonata, a 26-year-old Kansas City, Mo., woman, was not injured, according to the report.

Chilly Halloween ahead; bundle up those trick-or-treaters

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After a chilly Halloween, warmer temperatures and quiet weather conditions are expected, according to the National Weather Service.

A few thunderstorms will be possible by Sunday night or Monday, the weather service said. Forecasters will continue to monitor the potential for strong storms with this system as next week approaches.

Tonight’s trick-or-treat forecast is a temperature of 40 degrees at 5 p.m., with a wind chill of 35 and winds of 7 mph, according to the weather service. By 7 p.m., it will be 37 degrees with a wind chill of 33, and by 9 p.m., the temperature will drop to 35 degrees with a wind chill of 30 degrees, the weather service said.

Today, there is a 20 percent chance of showers after 1 p.m., the weather service said. There will be a high of 41 with a calm wind becoming south southwest around 6 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight, there is a 20 percent chance of showers before 9 p.m., with a low of 33 and a south southeast wind of 6 to 8 mph, according to the weather service.

Wednesday, it will be mostly cloudy with a high of 55 and a south wind of 7 to 11 mph, the weather service said.

Wednesday night, the low will be around 50 with a south wind of 7 mph, according to the weather service.

Thursday, it will warm up, with a high near 65 with partly sunny skies and a light and variable wind becoming north northeast 5 to 7 mph in the afternoon, the weather service said.

Thursday night, it will be partly cloudy with a low of 42, according to the weather service.

Friday, it will be partly sunny with a high near 55, the weather service said.

Friday night, there is a 30 percent chance of showers before 1 a.m., with a low of 46, according to the weather service.

Saturday, the high will be near 59 with mostly cloudy skies, the weather service said.

Saturday night, it will be mostly cloudy with a low of 51, according to the weather service.

Sunday, it will warm up, and the high will be near 74 with partly sunny skies, the weather service said.

Sunday night, there is a 30 percent chance of showers, with a low of 50, according to the weather service.

Overtime win sends KCKCC to 3-state soccer playoffs

A leaping KCKCC midfielder Reed Axthelm headed a loose ball while teammate Guilherme Grave blocked off Cloud’s Feliphe Pasetto (3) in the Blue Devils’ 1-0 Region VI playoffs Sunday. (KCKCC photo by Tony Tompkins)

No. 7 Cloud upset 1-0; Blue Devils advance to 4-team Plains District in Topeka Thursday

by Alan Hoskins, KCKCC

They came, they saw, they conquered – and now Kansas City Kansas Community College is headed for the three-state NJCAA Plains District soccer playoff championship for the first time in history.

A dramatic 1-0 overtime upset winner over No. 7 ranked Cloud County at Concordia Sunday, the Blue Devils will open the four-team Plains District playoffs against Rose State College of Midwest City, Okla., at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Topeka’s Hummer Park.

One of two Region VI in the playoffs, KCKCC will take a 10-3-1 record into the opener against Rose State, the Region II champion (13-5-1) and winner of five in a row. The other semifinal will pit Barton County (14-5-1), the second of two teams from Region VI; against the Region V champion, Ranger (Texas), 9-2, in a 4 p.m. contest. The championship will be decided Friday at noon with the winner advancing to the NJCAA Division I national tournament.

The Blue Devils needed just 2½ minutes of overtime Sunday for the biggest soccer win in KCKCC history. Sophomore Ricardo Angelo slipped in past the back post and headed in the game’s only goal on a perfectly placed corner kick by freshman Gustavo Palmieri at the 2:32 mark of overtime. The goal set off a wild celebration at midfield by the jubilant Blue Devils.

The Blue Devils played much of the game without sophomore forward Guilherme Grave, who suffered a broken nose.

“That impacted the game because we were without an experienced forward and it disrupted the flow,” KCKCC coach Ruben Rodriguez said. “However, the defense really stepped up.”

“A very good win,” agreed assistant coach Burke Slusher. “We knew going in that we were going to have to shut down their No. 10 (Luiz Garcia) and Emanuel Hernandez did a very good job on him. And we needed to limit the touches of No. 18 (Robert Kelly) and our entire midfield did a great (job) of that. To win we had to battle 90 minutes and we did that – and more.”

Cloud County’s best scoring chance came in the final minute when Rafael Santos had a shot from inside the box turned aside by Blue Devils goalkeeper Youssef Gadelkerim with five seconds remaining. Gadelkerim had four saves as the Thunderbirds had just seven shots on goal while KCKCC had eight shots on goal capped by the gamer-winner.

“They (the Blue Devils) came in here with the mentality of playing physical, disrupting us and they did that,” Cloud coach James Ross said. “That really sped up our play, which is not our game. KCKCC did a really good job of taking us out of our game.”

The loss was only the second in the last 15 games for Cloud (14-3), which had won back-to-back KJCCC West titles and was seeking a return trip to the national tournament.

KCKCC’s Emmanuel Hernandez (2) collided with Cloud’s Guilherme Martins in a battle for ball position as Mario Sandoval (15) looks on in the Blue Devils 1-0 overtime win. (KCKCC photo by Tony Tompkins)
It was a happy group of Blue Devil soccer players who earned KCKCC’s first NJCAA Plains District playoff berth Sunday with a 1-0 overtime upset at No. 7 ranked Cloud County. (KCKCC photo by Tony Tompkins)