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by Alan Hoskins
Kansas City Kansas Community College’s Blue Devils took a shot at re-writing the college’s three-point shooting record Tuesday, draining 62.5 percent of their treys in a 119-54 dismantling of Westminster College junior varsity.

In notching 15-of-24 from three-point range, the 62.5 percent effort was second only to a mark of .650 set on 13-of-20 against Penn Valley in 1988.

The long-range assault also helped the Blue Devils to boost their season mark to 7-2 heading into a road test at Penn Valley Tuesday.

Bishop Ward grad C.J. Vallejo led the 3-point bombardment, hit 6-of-9 in leading all scorers with 26 points; while Devin Ward was 4-of-6 in scoring a career high 12 points.

Joe Lendway, who was 10-of-12 from the field, added 23 points, Austin Hall 14 and Dehven Talley, Jeremy Holmes and Armoni Shorter 9 points each.

Shorter led all rebounders with a career high nine while Vallejo added six and Hall, Lendway and Jeremy Holmes five apiece.

The Blue Devils, who dominated the boards 47-28, shot a season high 63.0 percent for the game including .657 the second half. KCKCC also had 32 assists on 46 field goals led by Ray Ridley (7), Andre Runnels (6) and Holmes and Lendway (5 each).

After next Tuesday’s game at Penn Valley, the Blue Devils will finish pre-holiday play at home, as host of Labette in the opening doubleheader of the Jayhawk Conference Dec. 6, Iowa Western Dec. 9 and Wentworth Dec. 12.

Alan Hoskins is the sports information director at KCKCC.

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A Schlagle High School and Kansas City Kansas Community College graduate, LeShea Wright, right,  stars with, from left, director J. Kent Barnhart, Lindsey McKee and Cary Mock in Quality Hill Playhouse’s production of “Christmas in Song” running through Christmas Eve.
A Schlagle High School and Kansas City Kansas Community College graduate, LeShea Wright, right, stars with, from left, director J. Kent Barnhart, Lindsey McKee and Cary Mock in Quality Hill Playhouse’s production of “Christmas in Song” running through Christmas Eve.

by Alan Hoskins

LeShea Wright is back at Quality Hill Playhouse and better than ever.

A graduate of Schlagle High School and Kansas City Kansas Community College, the KCK native stars with Lindsey McKee and Cary Mock in J. Kent Barnhart’s annual holiday production of ‘Christmas in Song’ at Quality Hill at 303 W. 10th St. in Kansas City, Mo.

It’s Wright’s fourth performance at Quality Hill. Her professional debut came in the 2006 performance of “Christmas in Song” and she returned again in 2008 for “Sing Out, Sister!” and the annual Christmas show.

Singing since age 3, Wright performed in numerous choral groups at KCKCC along with starring as Deena Jones in the college’s production of “Dream Girls” that earned her an audition for the Irene Ryan Scholarship. She was featured with the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra in 2007, has sung the national anthem every year for the Kansas City Royals since 2008 and joined several artists in recordings.

Highlights are numerous in this year’s “Christmas in Song” and that’s not by accident. A veteran of 25 years of directing and producing musicals, Barnhart selects songs that bring out the best in each performer and he hit the jackpot this year and not just for Wright.

Wright performs the classic “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” and “Grown-Up Christmas” in the first act and then follows up with the spiritual “Mary Had a Baby” and “Mary. Did You Know?” before a show stopping duet with Cary Mock on “More Than Wonderful.”

Other show-stoppers include Lindsey McKee’s “O Holy Night” and a hysterical rendition of “The Twelve Days After Christmas;” and Mock joins Barnhart in a piano duet of “God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen” along “Christmas Lullaby” and “Joseph’s Song.”

One of Quality Hill’s qualities is the humor of Barnhart and no Quality Hill performance should ever be performed without him performing at least one piano solo. This one provides two piano solos – “O Come, O Come Emanuel” and a rousing rendition of “Jingle Bells” – to close the first act and matched only by the finale “Go Tell It On the Mountain.”

“Christmas in Song” continues through a 3 p.m. matinee performance on Christmas Eve. There are 31 performances remaining after Thanksgiving including 3 p.m. matinees on Saturdays and Sundays and some weekdays. Evening performances are at 7:30 p.m.

A schedule of performances and reservations are available online at www.QualityHillPlayhouse.com or by calling 816-421-1700.

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by Alan Hoskins
If Kansas City Kansas Community College’s game against Wentworth’s women Saturday had been a prize fight, it would have been stopped in the first round.

Just 5½ minutes into the game, the Lady Blue Devils had built a 23-2 lead on the way to a 103-32 win.

Wentworth had been held to just four shots – none good – and forced into 10 turnovers, nine on a record-breaking night of steals while the Blue Devils had scored on 9 of 13 shots (69.2) percent including 3 of 4 three-pointers.

By the halfway point of the first half it was 36-6 and 12 Blue Devils had gotten into the action on a night 12 players scored and 12 had rebounds.

The win, the seventh in a row for the unbeaten and 18th Blue Devils, set up KCKCC’s biggest pre-holiday tests – the Hutchinson Classic where KCKCC will play unbeaten Hutchinson (6-0) Friday at 5:30 p.m. and Dodge City Saturday (6-3) at 1:30 p.m.

KCKCC wrote two records into the record book – the most steals (38) in a game and the most forced turnovers (47). Leading 62-18 at the half, 41 of the Blue Devil points had come off turnovers (62 for the game).

“We really played well the first 15 minutes, especially in the transition game,” said KCKCC head coach Valerie Stambersky.

Reserves accounted for 49 of KCKCC’s 103 points and played a big role in limiting Wentworth to just seven field goals in 42 attempts, half the number of Blue Devil shots (39-of-84).

Cierra Gaines led the Blue Devils with 25 points on 11-of-16 shooting while Cheyenne North added 12 points and a game high eight rebounds.

Cassidy Harbert had another big assist night with nine along with 11 points.

Arrica Day led the scoring off the bench with 11 points while Sierra Roberts had nine,

Rashaun Casey seven and Iland Shurn and Julia Garrard six each.

Alan Hoskins is the sports information director for KCKCC.