KCKCC to sponsor wellness presentation in February

by Kelly Rogge, KCKCC

Kansas City Kansas Community College is presenting its monthly program, “Small Changes, Big Shifts” next week.

The event is from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Feb. 21 in Room 2325 on the KCKCC main campus, 7250 State Ave. The event is open to the community and is co-hosted by Women and Gender Advocacy, the Counseling and Advocacy Center, Student Health Services and the KCKCC Wellness and Fitness Center.

“Small Changes, Big Shifts” is being presented by Dr. Michelle Robin, chiropractor and founder of Your Wellness Connection. Located in Shawnee, Kansas, it is one of the most successful integrative healing centers in the United States.

She focuses on disciplines such as chiropractic, Chinese medicine, massage therapy, energy therapy and counseling, among others. She is also an international speaker and author of several books including “Wellness on a Shoestring: Seven Habits for a Healthy Life” and “The Wellness Shoestring Program,” among others.

In early 2017, Robin embarked on a goal to reach one million people with how making small changes can create big shifts in terms of well-being. In doing so, it makes wellness realistic for everyone no matter where they are on the wellness spectrum.

In addition, the Masters Circle recognized Robin as the Chiropractor of the Year in 2007 and has also been named as one of the Kansas City Business Journal’s “Women Who Mean Business” in 2003.

For more information, contact Jennifer Gieschen, coordinator of Women and Gender Advocacy, at 913-288-7193.

Tate’s record 6-for-6 from 3-point powers KCKCC to 91-62 win

KCKCC freshman guard Kelyn Bolton switched to the left hand for a layup in the Blue Devils 91-62 win over Hesston Wednesday while teammate Calvin Slaughter looked on. Bolton had a game high five assists and 10 points in the win. (KCKCC photo by Alan Hoskins)

by Alan Hoskins, KCKCC

With sophomore Malcolm Tate knocking down 3-pointers at a record rate, Kansas City Kansas Community College’s Blue Devils put together their best effort of the season in a 91-62 win over Hesston Wednesday night.

The win moved KCKCC into fourth place in the Jayhawk Conference at 3-4 heading into a game against the Blue Devils closest pursuer at Fort Scott (2-5) Saturday at 4 p.m.

Malcolm Tate (KCKCC photo)

A 6-2 guard from Wichita South, Tate put up six 3-pointers and made all six, the first Blue Devil ever to shoot 100 percent from distance with six or more shots. Tate added one other field goal to finish 7-for-7 and a game-high 20 points along with five rebounds and three assists.

All five Blue Devil starters finished in double figures with 6-6 freshman Jonathan Richmond dominating inside with a double-double – 10 points and a game-high 12 rebounds.

Calvin Slaughter contributed 17 points, three rebounds and three assists; Arother Ratliff 14 points and seven rebounds; and Kelyn Bolton 10 points, four rebounds and a game-high five assists. Cody Dortch added eight points and three assists and DuVonte’ Beard six rebounds to the well-balanced offense.

“I was real happy for Malcolm Tate,” KCKCC coach Kelley Turner said. “He has worked hard and was due to have a night like that. And his teammates did a good job of getting him the ball in open spaces. You really can attack only two ways, get the ball into the post or drive the ball and then kick it out if it’s not open and we did a real good job of that.”

The Blue Devils had 20 assists which helped them to their best shooting night of the season – 60 percent on 18-of-30 the first half; 66.7 percent on 20-of-30 the second half for 63.3 percent overall. With Tate leading the way, the Blue Devils were also a sizzling 12 of 20 from 3-point for 60 percent. In addition to Tate’s half-dozen, Slaughter. Ratliff and Dortch had two each.

“That’s the best outside shooting production we’ve had all season,” Newton said. “And Jonathan Richmond had a real good game inside. It was a great way to end a three-game losing streak and get us to fourth place by ourselves. We need to stay in the race.”

The Blue Devils took control early. Trailing 6-4, the Blue Devils went on a 12-0 run during a six minute span to open a 16-6 lead on the way to a 40-28 halftime lead. Bolton had two field goals, Tate and Slaughter a 3-pointer each and Richmond a layup in the pivotal surge. The Larks never got closer than eight points the rest of the way and trailed by as many as 30.

KCKCC dominated the rebounding 45-19 and limited Hesston to 23-of-59 shots for 39 percent. Ironically, the Blue Devils went to the free throw line just three times, making all three in their biggest Jayhawk scoring spree of the season. The previous high came in a 69-59 overtime win at Hesston.

Eight Lady Blue Devils make 3-pointers in record 124-37 rout

No. 4 KCKCC women tighten hold on first; write records into the books

by Alan Hoskins, KCKCC

Anyone interested in watching how women’s basketball can be played at the highest level may want take a look at a tape of the first quarter of Kansas City Kansas Community College’ 124-37 win over Hesston Wednesday.

Scoring on their first seven positions as the new No. 4 team in Division II, the Blue Devils ran a clinic in building a 42-6 first period lead on the way to writing four records into the KCKCC book of all-time best performances.

The 42 points are the most ever scored in a single. In addition, no KCKCC team has ever won by 87 points nor made 20 3-point goals. The 124 points are the second most ever at KCKCC.

Of greater importance, the Blue Devils (24-3) moved a big step ahead in their pursuit of their first ever Jayhawk Conference Division II championship thanks to No. 5 Highland’s 90-88 loss at Labette.

At 6-1, the Blue Devils lead Labette (5-2) by one game and Highland and Johnson County (both 4-3) by two games, with three to go.

Back on the road at Fort Scott Saturday at 2 p.m., the Blue Devils close out regular season next week with re-matches at Highland Wednesday night at home against JCCC Saturday afternoon. All three games will be streamed on the home team’s websites.

In a flawless first quarter, the Blue Devils had an amazing 14 assists on 15 field goals, made 7-of-9 of their 3-point shots (.778), 15-of-22 overall (.682), dominated the rebounding 16-4 and committed just two turnovers. The first team scored so fast and so often, the KCKCC lead was 26-4 before coach Joe McKinstry could get a second unit on the floor six minutes into the game,

Seven Blue Devils scored in double figures although no one played more than 22 minutes. In fact, leading scorer and rebounder Niji Collier sat out the third quarter and played only 11 minutes and still had 14 points and six rebounds.

So balanced was the offense the five starters totaled 63 points, the six Blue Devils off the bench netted 61.

Sophomore Kisi Young led the way, hitting 8-of-9 shots on the way to a double-double of 18 points and 12 rebounds.

Freshmen Caroline Hoppock, Lenaejha Evans and Brodi Byrd followed with 17, 16 and 14 points. Camryn Swanson chipped with 12 points and three rebounds while Lillie Moore just missed a double-double with 11 points, nine rebounds and five assists.

The Blue Devils also got big performances from guards Lexy Watts and Caitlyn Stewart. Watts had a game high six assists, eight rebounds and seven points; Stewart five assists, three rebounds. Lizzie Stark had her first two 3-pointers of the season and Carson Chandler five points including a trey.

On their way to a game-total 20 3-pointers, six different Blue Devils made 3’s in the first quarter and by game’s end eight of 11 Blue Devils had 3-pointers, which undoubtedly is an unwritten record.

Hoppock led with five, Swanson and Bryd had four each and Evans and Stark two apiece as KCKCC knocked down 20 of 40. Neither Moore nor Young took a 3-point shot and Stewart lost a trey because of a lane violation.

“We had 33 assists (on 46 goals), which is fantastic,” McKinstry said. “The girls did a great job of sharing the basketball and staying focused on what we wanted to do. Our efficiency was really good as everyone played unselfishly. And I thought we had a good defensive effort making things tough all along.”

Hesston was limited to 15-of-60 shots (.250) including just 2-of-16 3-pointers. The Lady Larks were also outrebounded 61-26 and committed 23 turnovers to 14 for KCKCC.

The 20 3-point goals erased the old KCKCC record of 16 set against Sterling in 2015; the 69 halftime points were one more than the 68 put up against Brown Mackie in 2005 and the previous largest margin of victory was 83 points against Brown Mackie in 1995. Still intact is the all-time point record of 128 scored against Brown Mackie in 2015.