Livestream college play planned tonight

A livestream play will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11, by Kansas City Kansas Community College students and the college theatre department.

“Twisted Tales of Poe” by Philip Grecian will be presented in the form of a staged radio drama. There will be sound effects and music.

The play will include excerpts from Poe’s stories, “Tell Tale Heart,” “Cask of Amontillado,” “The Raven” and “The Black Cat.”

The audience will be totally virtual, with the presentation shown on the internet.

Tickets will be $10 for community members, and reduced prices for faculty and staff. KCKCC students are free. For information on tickets, see www.kckcc.edu/communications/twisted-tales-of-poe.html.

Record five KCKCC teams, 51 athletes All-Academic

by Alan Hoskins, KCKCC

Five teams and 51 student-athletes at Kansas City Kansas Community College earned NJCAA academic recognition during the 2019-2020 academic year.

The five teams earning NJCAA Academic Team recognition are the most Blue Devil teams so honored in a single season. Softball led the way with a cumulative 3.54 grade point average followed by men’s golf (3.44), baseball (3.43), men’s soccer (3.24) and women’s soccer (3.14).

Individually, 21 student-athletes were named to the NJCAA All-Academic first team by compiling perfect grade point averages of 4.00. In addition, 10 Blue Devils were named to the second team by earning GPA’s of .3.80-3.99 and 20 had GPA’s of 3.60-3.79 to earn third team honors. The All-Academic honorees:

First team

Softball – Nerida Elson, Shaylun Grosstephan, Abby Henson, Devin Purcell, Hannah Redick.
Baseball – Lester Biggs, Josiah Crowley, Griffin Everitt, Seth Kenagy, Gabriel Ramos, Jake Shafer.
Women’s soccer – Paige Liston, Melissa Siegel.
Men’s soccer – Fernando Barbosa, Leonardo Bonelli, Nicholas Bosediano, Abdulrahmen Khalid, Felipe Lourenco, Jonathan Moon, Guilherme Moreno.
Volleyball – Allayah Stillwell.

Second team

Softball – Brady Bassler, Alaina Howe.
Baseball – Eduardo Acosta, Logan Barnard, Hunter Cashero, Osvaldo Mendez-Ramos.
Women’s soccer – Alexandra Schemmel.
Men’s soccer – Marcos Cabral, Jorge Monferre, Leonardo Notarnicola.

Third team

Softball – Georgia Faunt, Haley Masisak, Alyssa Seichepine.
Baseball – Michael Edgar, Tre Simmons, Jose Sosa.
Women’s soccer – Madison Broeker, Corrine Hughes, Ruth Nunez, Jaidyn Yingling.
Men’s soccer – Vitor Lo, Alejandro Maillet, Ignacio Sarasol.
Golf – Keegan Ellington, Dylan Freund, Cameron Riley, Kellen Welch.
Volleyball – Grace Golay, McKenna Johnson.
Men’s basketball – Tim Barbieri.

Roblee named KCKCC women’s assistant soccer coach

Jefferson Roblee (KCKCC photo)

by Alan Hoskins, KCKCC

One of Kansas City’s most successful soccer coaches over the last 25 years, Jefferson Roblee is the new assistant women’s coach at Kansas City Kansas Community College.

A former head men’s and women’s head coach at William Jewell College in Liberty, Roblee also boasts a wealth of experience at the club level in the Kansas City area.

“Am very excited to have the knowledge and input Jefferson brings into our program,” KCKCC head coach Shawn Uhlenhake said. “He has a great reputation as a coach and as a person. I’ve had some really good people involved with this program and I think he will continue to help us build and define our culture for the KCKCC soccer program. I’m excited to see what he can add to the program.”

The Blue Devils are coming off their best season in history in 2019, winning a record 13 games and reaching the championship game of the Region VI playoffs.

Roblee succeeds Sara Matthews, who left to become head coach at her alma mater, Baker University. Uhlenhake’s first assistant coach, Katie Kelly, also resigned to become head coach at Avila University.

“I’m excited to join the KCKCC soccer family and assist Shawn in developing college soccer student-athletes to achieve and succeed,” Roblee said.

The associate head coach at William Jewell from 2006-2010. Roblee was the Cardinals’ head men’s coach from 2011-15 and head women’s coach from 2011-2019, earning places in the national rankings with both programs. His men’s team was ranked 21st nationally and earned a berth in the Great Lakes Valley Conference championship in 2012. His nationally ranked women’s team reached the NCAA DII national tournament in 2012 and the 2013 team was ranked No. 12 nationally and qualified for the GLVC tournament.

Both teams achieved academic success as well – the men’s team winning NSCAA Academic Awards in each of his five seasons and the women’s team earned seven straight NSCAA Academic Awards from 2011-18. The women’s team also earned a NSCAA Team Ethics Award in 2012. Individually, Roblee has coached 16 players who have been drafted or signed by teams in the MLS (Major Soccer League) and more than 70 players who have earned All-America honors or played with professional teams.

Roblee began coaching at the club level in 1995, coaching teams that won the Kansas State Cup championship in 2001 and Missouri State Cup championships in 2005 and 2006. The head coach of the Kansas City Brass team that qualified for the U.S. Open Cup in 2007, Roblee has also been involved with the U.S. Youth Soccer’s Olympic Development program and served as an evaluator for Sporting KC and FC Kansas City open tryouts.

Coaching soccer runs in the Roblee family. Jefferson’s twin brother, Lincoln, is the head women’s soccer coach at Benedictine College. A graduate of Winnetonka High School. Roblee played college soccer at the University of Tulsa before finishing his communications degree at Park University.

He has certification and membership in a half-dozen national coaching organizations including the U.S. Soccer Federation and the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.