Cloud gets revenge, ends KCKCC soccer season with 1-0 win

by Alan Hoskins, KCKCC

Kansas City Kansas Community College’s soccer season came to a heartbreaking end Friday.

Cloud County scored an early second half goal and made it stand up for a 1-0 win in opening round NJCAA Division I playoff action in Concordia, Kansas.

The win for Cloud avenged a 1-0 overtime loss to the Blue Devils almost a year ago to the date, Oct. 29, 2017, a win that KCKCC used as a springboard to Jayhawk Conference and Plains District championships and a berth in the NJCAA national tournament for the first time in history.

For Cloud, it was a loss the Thunderbirds did not forget.

“The boys played really hard and felt pretty vindicated after KCK had knocked them out of playoffs last season,” Cloud County coach Charles Long said. “It was not a beautiful game by any means, but it was a hard-fought game.”

The game’s only goal came in the 50th minute when Cloud defender Wanes Hobat intercepted a pass, cut out wide and found fellow Frenchman Baptiste Blissessur on the cross.

Sophomore goalkeeper Charles Albuquerque, the two-time and reigning NJCAA DI National Goalkeeper of the Week, protected the lead by turning with five saves on KCKCC shots on goal. It was Albuquerque’s eighth shutout of the season.

KCKCC got a standout effort from freshman goalkeeper Fabian Keiblinger, who turned away 13 of 14 Cloud shots on goal. Keiblinger finished the season with four shutouts as KCKCC closed out the season with a 5-5-1 record.

Cloud, meanwhile, improved to 13-4-1 heading into a semifinal contest Sunday at Cowley College, the unbeaten (13-0) Jayhawk East champion.

Congressional Forum marks 50th anniversary

Opinion column

by Murrel Bland

A group of Kansas City, Kansas, businessmen in 1968 wanted to establish a nonpartisan organization that would help keep its members informed about governmental issues.

The group included Ferris Kimball and Harlan Potter, industrial suppliers with businesses in the Fairfax industrial area; Orrin Shepherd, who owned clothing stores in downtown Kansas City, Kansas, and in Wyandotte Plaza; and Dick Bond, who was the administrative assistant to U.S. Rep. Larry Winn Jr. Bond later became president of the Kansas Senate.

The forum first considered being an independent entity; however, after researching such matters as IRS regulations, it decided to be part of the Chamber of Commerce.

The forum was able to attract such speakers as U.S. Sen. Bob Dole, who later ran for vice president and president; George H.W. Bush, who later was elected president; Shirley Temple Black, the child movie star who later became a U.S. representative from California; Jesse Owens, the runner who won four gold medals at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin; and Alan Shepard, the first American astronaut to venture into space.

Although the forum was founded by mostly Republicans, its rules maintain that it is a nonpartisan organization. Winn served in Congress from 1967 until 1985. Jan Meyers succeeded Winn; she served until 1997.

Vince Snowbarger was congressman for only one term, from 1997 until 1999. He wasn’t particularly active with the forum because liquor was served at the organization’s monthly meetings.

The organization continued to meet during the tenure of U.S. Rep. Dennis Moore, a Democrat, from 1999 to 2011. U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder, a Republican, was elected in 2011 and now is seeking re-election in a close race. His opponent, Sharice Davids, a Democrat, was invited to attend the forum, but declined.

The voluntary chairmen of the forum included Wells Haren, a construction company owner; Sherrill Minter, an auto dealer; Dr. Fred Bosilevac, a medical doctor; and Bill Epperheimer, a retired newspaper publisher.

Rep. Yoder said the forum is unique and there is no other such organization to his knowledge.

About 100 persons attended a celebration marking the forum’s anniversary Friday, Oct. 19, at Children’s Mercy Park. Bob Kimball, a member of the forum’s board of directors, gave a brief history of the organization.

Murrel Bland is the former editor of The Wyandotte West and The Piper Press. He is the executive director of Business West.

Gardening class planned Thursday

A class on hydrangeas, clematis and hellebores is scheduled from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, at the Sunflower Room, Wyandotte County Extension Office, 1208 N. 79th St., Kansas City, Kansas.

Ken Wood from Family Tree Nursery will present the class. He will discus how to properly select and care for hydrangeas, clematis and hellebores. The class is sponsored by the Wyandotte County Extension Master Gardeners.

Registration is not required. A $5 fee is payable at the door. The fee is waived for certified Extension Master Gardeners. For information, call 913-299-9300.