Kansas City Kansas Community College will put its two nationally ranked teams on display in a volleyball-basketball doubleheader Tuesday night.
The No. 8 ranked Lady Blue Devil volleyball team will play host to Longview at 6 p.m. while the 18th ranked KCKCC women’s basketball team opens its home season against Missouri Valley JV at 8 p.m. The volleyball game will be KCKCC’s final regular season match before it is the host of the NJCAA District N Tournament Saturday, Nov. 8, starting at noon.
The KCKCC men’s team will open the season this Saturday, hosting Livin’ The Dream at 4 p.m., and then entertain Saint Mary’s JV Monday at 7 p.m. The Blue Devils warmed up for the opener with a scrimmage with Whiteman Air Force Base Thursday. Four Blue Devils scored in double figures and 13 in all scored in a 91-55 win.
by Alan Hoskins
For the first time in Kansas City Kansas Community College volleyball history, the Lady Blue Devils will hold an NJCAA district championship with the winner advancing to the Division II national tournament.
The No. 8 ranked Blue Devils wrapped up Jayhawk Conference and division play Wednesday with a quick three-set win over Independence that gave KCKCC (9-1) sole possession of second place behind No. 7 Cowley College (10-0). Fort Scott (8-2) finished third with No. 13 Johnson County (7-3) finishing fourth after a narrow 3-2 loss to Cowley Wednesday.
KCKCC’s second-place finish means the Blue Devils will hold the four-team District N championship Saturday, Nov. 8. The No. 2 seed with an overall record of 26-9, KCKCC will open against No. 7 Labette (11-17) at noon with No. 3 Fort Scott (30-8) facing No. 6 Hesston (20-7) in the second match at 2 p.m.. The two winners will then collide at 4 p.m. with the winner advancing to the National Championship to be played at Phoenix College in Phoenix, Ariz., Nov. 20-22.
KCKCC swept Labette 3-0 at Parsons Oct. 15 but had one of its toughest home tests of the season against Fort Scott, coming from behind in three of four sets for a 3-1 wins. KCKCC’s only conference loss of the season came 3-2 at Cowley Oct. 1, the Lady Tigers taking the final set 19-17. At the time, it was the 36th straight conference win for Cowley and the 65th win in a row at home.
As the No. 1 seed, Cowley (24-11) will host No. 8 Neosho County (15-19) in the District M playoffs Nov. 8 with No. 4 Johnson County (21-11) facing No. 5 Coffeyville (25-11).
Nine Blue Devil sophomores were honored after KCKCC’s 25-15, 25-13, 25-19 win over Independence Wednesday – co-captains Blair Russell and Lily Thornberg, Andrea Aparicio, Kailee Dudley, Peyton Pender, Jasdel Gonzalez, Junelie Irizarry, Lily Cullers and Carlyn Walsh.
The Blue Devils will close out regular season play Tuesday, Nov. 4, when they play host to Longview in a different sort of doubleheader. The match will begin at 6 p.m. with the KCKCC women’s basketball season to open its home season against Missouri Valley JV at 8 p.m.
Alan Hoskins is the sports information director for KCKCC.
by Kelly Rogge
The Kansas City Kansas Community College Campus Child Care Center held a celebration Oct. 23 to recognize the men and women who have and continue to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces.
Attending the event were community members including Joe Jennings, Joseph Borror, Daniel Graham, James Madison (the oldest living Buffalo Soldier living in the Leavenworth, Kan., area) John Drew Sr. and Vohn Drew.
Other attendees included Brian Bode, chief operations officer at KCKCC; Cherilee Walker, dean of arts, humanities and social sciences; Criminal Justice Professor Don Alsdurf; online support services technician Ruben Nogura; eeference librarian Joseph Grasela; and Electrical Technology Professor George Crump.
The program started with a slide show of the friends, family members, college community faculty and staff who have served in one of the branches of the U.S. military.
There were also pictures of the recent dedication of the Colin Powell bust.
Music was provided by Professor Spencer Huston, of the KCKCC music department.
Following the Pledge of Allegiance, the children who attend the Campus Child Care Center, showed their patriotism in a series of marches and cheers.
The School Age program demonstrated a series of mock drills, which honored all branches of military, and two students — Angelica Linares-Smith and Camora Heggie, read letters they had written to the troops.
“This is a great occasion to honor our veterans and our current students that are serving our country,” said Doris Holleman, director of the KCKCC Campus Child Care Center. “This is what this is about – honor, recognition and praise to those men and women.”
Commander Carlton Philpot, retired U.S. Navy, was one of the guest speakers during the event and spoke about the importance of teaching children patriotism and protecting their future. He was referred to the Campus Child Care Center as a potential speaker by reference librarian Joseph Grasela, who also provided a display of memorabilia.
John Drew Sr., the first black U.S. Marshal in Kansas, was the second guest speaker and thanked the Child Care Center as well as the community for remembering the men and women who served the country.
“Some serve to protect the freedoms that they enjoy. Others serve in hopes of achieving those freedoms and enjoying those privileges and rights,” Philpot said. He said he was happy today that service members are being thanked for their service.
Bode, a veteran of the U.S. Army, read the names of KCKCC alumni (referred to as “The Gold Star Boys”) who had died in World War II and Korea. The program ended with the folding of the U.S. flag, led by Jayden Brooks and Cierra Agee, of the School Age program.
“The event was divinely inspired,” Holleman said. “I was walking around my house, and the idea came to me to do something nice for the military.”
Kelly Rogge is the public information supervisor at Kansas City Kansas Community College.