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Gacke, Ortiz, Green lead Blue Devils to sweep of Labette

With winning pitcher Cole Gacke leading the way, sophomore third baseman Brandon Green, far left, was greeted by the entire Blue Devil squad after his 9th inning single gave KCKCC a 4-3 win over Labette Thursday. (KCKCC photo by Alan Hoskins)

Cole Gacke, left, and Brandon Green had reasons to smile Tuesday. In his first 9-inning pitching performance, Gacke allowed five hits and one earned run while Green drove in the game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth in a 4-3 win over Labette. (KCKCC photo by Alan Hoskins)

by Alan Hoskins, KCKCC

Pitching gems by sophomore Cole Gacke and freshman Orlando Ortiz carried Kansas City Kansas Community College to a much-needed sweep of Labette Thursday.

It took nine innings and a game-winning single by Brandon Green for a come-from-behind 4-3 win in the opener but just five innings for an 11-0 blanking in the nightcap.

The wins vaulted KCKCC (5-5) into a tie for fifth in the Jayhawk Conference and put them over .500 overall at 11-10 heading into a doubleheader at Labette on Saturday.

Gacke was superb in the opener, giving up five hits and just one earned run. He struck out seven, walked none and allowed only two one-out singles the final five innings.

“My first nine-inning game; usually I’m the seven-inning guy,” said Gacke, who joined in the mobbing of Green after his game-winning hit. “I didn’t want to go out there for a 10th inning but I was going.”

Brigham Mooney scored the game-winner, drawing a one-out walk and racing to third on an errant pickoff throw and coming home when Green rifled a two-strike line drive into leftfield.

“The second pitch was a strike and I was mad at myself I didn’t swing at it,” Green said.

KCKCC took a 1-0 lead in the second on singles by Victor Gotay and Adam North and a throwing error, all with two out. Labette tied the game in the fourth on a single, hit batsman and double, and then went ahead 3-1 on a bases-loaded passed ball that scored two runs.

A home run to left by Tyler Pittman ignited KCKCC’s game-tying two-run rally in the sixth. Brandon Still doubled with one out, took third on a passed ball and scored the tying run on a Rorey Combs ground ball.

Ortiz was in complete command in the nightcap, allowing only a third inning two-out single and two walks in five innings. The Blue Devils backed him with 12 hits including seven for extra bases.

Four Blue Devils had a pair of hits as Rorey Combs singled and tripled and Josh Schumacher, Brandon Still and Brigham Mooney each doubled and singled.

Joining the extra hit barrage were Gavin Gifford with a home run; Tyler Pittman with a triple and James Bradley Jr. with a double.

KCKCC took a 2-0 lead just three batters into the first inning. After a leadoff single by Schumacher, Pittman tripled and scored on a Kevin Santiago single.

The Blue Devils added three more runs in the third. Schumacher doubled and with two out, Still singled, Combs tripled and Mooney singled to drive in runs.

Gifford’s home run ignited a 6-run fourth inning that also included a 2-run double by Mooney and run-scoring doubles by Still and Bradley.


Three presidential finalists named at KCKCC

by Kelly Rogge, KCKCC

The search for the next president at Kansas City Kansas Community College has moved into a new phase with the naming of three finalists for the position – Dr. Michael Calvert, Dr. Barbara Hanson and Dr. Greg Mosier.

Seventeen individuals from KCKCC and the community have served on the Presidential Search Advisory Committee.

The committee vetted 39 preferred applicants out of 75 applications. Those applicants were then narrowed to 10 semi-finalists who interviewed by video during the first week in March.

The new president tentatively is expected to be named by the end of April, according to the timeline. The KCKCC Board of Trustees will make the final decision.

The presidential finalists:
• Dr. Michael D. Calvert. Calvert has a Bachelor of Arts degree in physical education from Northwestern College; a Master of Arts degree in physical education from the University of South Dakota; an Educational Specialist in Higher Ed Administration and Community College from Pittsburg State University and a Doctorate of Education in educational administration from Oklahoma State University. He is currently president of Pratt Community College in Pratt, Kan., a position he has held since 2013. His accomplishments during his tenure at Pratt include the college’s recognition by the Aspen Institute as a Top 150 Community Colleges in the Nation; leading the 2017-2022 Strategic Plan development and launch focusing on student success and recognition as a Siemens Technical Scholars Program Qualifier. Past positions include President – Vice President of Central Community College in Grand Island, Neb., and multiple positions at Butler Community College in El Dorado, Kan., including Dean of Humanities and Social Science and Dean of Butler Learning Centers.
• Dr. Barbara M. Hanson. Hanson has a Bachelor of Arts in German-Music from the University of Arizona; a Master of Arts in German-Pedagogy-German Literature and a Master of Arts in English as a Second Language, both from the University of Arizona and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University. She most recently was the Chancellor at Louisiana Delta Community College in Monroe, La. While at Louisiana Delta, she developed the first-ever Center of Excellence in Research for a two-year academic institution and developed and outsourced an Agricultural Aviation program, which resulted in greater student accessibility to quality programming. In addition, she provided leadership to re-invigorate and expand the focus and outreach of the Louisiana Delta Community College Foundation, turned around a failing Commercial Vehicle Operation Program and secured more than $5 million in Incumbent Worker Training Program grants, which provides training and service to regional and statewide affiliated business and industry. Past positions include Vice-President for Learning-Central Campus at San Jacinto College in Pasadena, Texas; Vice-President for Instruction at Cape Fear Community College in Wilmington, N.C., and Dean of Instruction at Arizona Western College in Yuma, Ariz.
• Dr. Greg A. Mosier. Mosier has a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Scientific Photography from the Brooks Institute of Photography; a Master of Science in Management, Organizational Behavior and Strategic Management Emphasis from Troy State University and a Doctorate in Higher Education Administration- Community College Leadership from New Mexico State University. He is currently the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs for Rochester Community and Technical College in Rochester, Minn. While at Rochester, he has collaborated with local, state and national business entities to create new programs financially supported via public/private partnerships; has provided leadership and direction to expand RTC’s concurrent enrollment programs and led the development of a $22 million capital bonding project for new and remodeled facilities. Past positions include Vice President of Academic Affairs at Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology in Okmulgee, Okla. and Dean of Career and Technical Education at Moberly Area Community College in Moberly, Mo.

The search committee chose to recommend to the KCKCC Board of Trustees the three finalists based on academic credentials, experience and leadership criteria. The finalists have been invited to the KCKCC campus for intensive interviews March 26 to 28. The community is invited to meet and talk with the finalists from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. each of the three days in Upper Jewell on the KCKCC Main campus, 7250 State Ave.

A five-month search was coordinated by Pauly Group, Inc., (PGI) a search firm contracted by the KCKCC Board of Trustees to facilitate the college’s presidential search. Faculty, staff, students and community members were invited to attend two days of listening sessions, hosted by PGI, in early December. The purpose of these sessions was to identify what qualifications and credentials would be expected in the next president.


‘My Shelf To Yours’ book sale returns to KCKCC

by Kelly Rogge, KCKCC

An upcoming book sale at Kansas City Kansas Community College will provide great deals on used books plus help students in financial need.

The upcoming “My Shelf to Yours” book sale is returning to KCKCC in March, raising funds for students on campus. The sale is from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 28 and 29 in Room 2325 on the lower level of the Jewell Building on the KCKCC campus, 7250 State Ave.

It will also be open 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. March 27. The sale is open to the public as well as students, staff and faculty.

“It has been my privilege to participate in the My Shelf To Yours used book sale for the last five years,” said Brian Patrick, director of cultural outreach at KCKCC. “Because of this sale, we have been able to help many students get their textbooks. I am also very impressed with all the students who volunteer to help with the sale – they are such good workers and their collaboration is crucial to the program’s success. Professor Allen Lenoir and the students from ENACTUS are also a great help with our sale. They give us a lot of marketing and business assistance. It is a great experience for everyone.”

All books will be $1 or seven books for $5, and proceeds benefit the student scholarship fund. The ICC uses the fund to distribute scholarships for textbooks and tuition to students who have a financial need.

In addition, there will also be beverages and snacks for sale as well as fashion jewelry and other local vendors. Those who attend the book sale and purchase at least $5 worth of items are automatically entered into a raffle for a KCKCC Bookstore Certificate.

Created in 2010, the goal of “My Shelf To Yours” is to promote scholarship, leadership, entrepreneurship and sustainability by selling donated used books both online and on-ground.

The student-operated store has gained national recognition from eBay’s Green Team for recycling books to help fellow students who need assistance with purchasing textbooks and with college tuition. Since the event started almost eight years ago, more than 75,000 books have been donated from 412 individuals. This has helped 479 students with 1,246 textbooks and has awarded more than $29,400 in scholarships.

“My Shelf To Yours” donates any unsold book donations from the sale to local charities and organizations.

For more information, contact Brian Patrick at 913-288-7362 or by email at or Barbara Clark-Evans at 913-288-7504 or by email at