Lady Blue Devils rebound with season-low 7 turnovers in 103-50 win

by Alan Hoskins, KCKCC

Still smarting from a last-second loss at Washburn junior varsity Monday night, Kansas City Kansas Community College’s No. 6 ranked Lady Blue Devils responded with one of their best performances in the opening round of the Southeast Nebraska tournament in Beatrice Friday.

Guilty of 32 turnovers in the Washburn loss, the Blue Devils had a season-low seven and 29 assists on 39 field goals in a 103-50 win over Central Nebraska.

The win boosted KCKCC’s record to 11-2 heading into a 6 p.m. game today, Saturday, with host Southeast Nebraska.

The Blue Devils then return home to close out pre-holiday play starting with Metropolitan Community College Tuesday at 6 p.m.

Formerly Penn Valley, the Wolves handed KCKCC its first loss of the season 76-74 Nov. 17. KCKCC then will wrap up pre-holiday play Friday as hosts of Des Moines Area Community College at 6 p.m.

Six Blue Devils scored in double figures in the 103-50 win over Central in a game that also saw the return of sophomore forward Lizzie Stark. A key front line reserve as a freshman, Stark has been sidelined by a torn ACL.

“It was nice to see Lizzie back out on the floor after being injured in October,” KCKCC coach Joe McKinstry said. “She’s not 100 percent yet but adding her depth will be important for us moving forward.” Stark played 12 minutes and had two rebounds.

Two freshmen led offensively. Lenaejha Evans had 19 points and Brodi Byrd 17 and they shared game-high assist honors with six apiece.

Sophomores Kisi Young and Nija Collier had double-doubles while Lillie Moore just missed. Young had 15 rebounds and 12 points; Collier 12 points and 11 rebounds in just 17 minutes; and Moore 15 points and nine rebounds.

KCKCC had a 49-39 edge in rebounding with Young and Collier each corralling eight off the offensive boards.

Camryn Swanson added 12 points and five assists, Caroline Hoppock 9 points and Caitlyn Stewart 7 points. Swanson and Byrd each had three 3-pointers, Hoppock and Stewart one apiece as the Blue Devils were just 8-of-31 from 3-point (.258) but 44.8 percent overall.

Defensively, KCKCC forced 32 Central turnovers with Byrd coming up with four steals and Hoppock, Swanson and Moore three each.

“Very happy with our defensive effort and how well we took care of the ball today,” McKinstry said.

KCKCC’s Axthelm, Papadimitriou all-region soccer second team

All-Jayhawk Conference first team selections, KCKCC’s Stylianos Papadimitriou, left, and Reed Axthelm added to their post-season honors by being named to the NJCAA Region VI second team. (KCKCC photo by Burke Slusher)

by Alan Hoskins, KCKCC

Kansas City Kansas Community College standouts Reed Axthelm and Stylianos Papadimitriou have been named to the NJCAA All-Region VI soccer team for 2018.

Both Blue Devils were named to the All-Region second team after both were named to the East Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference (NJCCC) first team.

A sophomore forward from Riverton, Wyoming, Axthelm was a member of the All-Jayhawk second team as a freshman last year and was a key member of KCKCC’s 2017 team that won the Jayhawk and Plains District championships on the way to the Blue Devils’ first ever appearance in the NJCAA Division I national tournament.

A freshman from Nicosia, Cyprus, Papadimitriou headed a strong Blue Devil defense in his first year of collegiate soccer. He was just one of three freshmen on the 10-member second team.

“We’re very happy for both,” KCKCC coach Ruben Rodriguez said. “They are both very deserving.”

The All-Region team is made up of players from both the East and West divisions of the Jayhawk Conference. Barton County, which won the 2018 Region VI championship and finished second in the national tournament, dominated the first team with six selections while East Division champion Cowley County placed three players on the first team and four on the second.

KCKCC to hold Breakfast with Santa on Saturday

Kansas City Kansas Community College Student Senate is holding the college’s annual Breakfast with Santa event this weekend.

The event is from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, in the Lower Jewell Student Center on the KCKCC Main Campus, 7250 State Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. The event is free for the entire family.

“Children and their families will be able to eat a free breakfast and listen to great stories from Santa and Mrs. Claus,” said Andrica Wilcoxen, director of student activities at KCKCC. “Each year, families bring their children, grandchildren and even great grandchildren to meet Santa at KCKCC and create life-long memories.”

While at KCKCC, each family will receive a free picture with Santa and be able to enjoy fun and interactive activities throughout the morning.

The event will start with a parade of Santa’s helpers right before Santa makes his grand entrance. A few activities include – writing a letter to Santa at the KCKCC Lil’ Blue Post Office, cookie and ornament decorating, games, singing carols, Christmas card writing, a Lil’ Blue Christmas Store for the children to shop for their loved one, Inflatable Play Station for Toddlers and Preschoolers, Storytelling with Mrs. Claus and more.

The event is free and open to everyone in the community.

For more information about the Breakfast with Santa event, contact the Student Activities office at 913-288-7553 or 913-288-7652.