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KCKCC culinary arts team receives gold medal in metro competition

The KCKCC Culinary Team recently competed in the 2nd HCA High School Team Culinary Challenge, held by Johnson County Community College. (Photo from KCKCC)


by Kelly Rogge, KCKCC

Kansas City Kansas Community College culinary students once again showed their culinary prowess in a Team Culinary Competition designed for high school students.

The KCKCC Culinary Team competed in the 2nd HCA High School Team Culinary Challenge, held by Johnson County Community College last month.

Team members included Jenna Crum, senior at Basehor-Linwood High School; Nancy Mascote, senior at Harmon High School; Biggie Stoudamire, junior at Leavenworth High School and William Bowles and Alex Torres, both seniors at Bonner Springs High School.

The group attends KCKCC-TEC and the Pioneer Career Center in Leavenworth through the college’s high school.

Seventeen high schools from around the Kansas City metropolitan area participated in the competition. The KCKCC team received a gold medal and took home awards for Best Entrée and Best Dessert.

“The experience was so much fun,” Mascote said. “We are just a school from Wyandotte County, and we worked to the standard of Broadmoor (Technical Center in the Shawnee Mission School District). The chefs really helped us so much. If it were not for them, we never would have made it this far.”

In the culinary competition, each four-person team was responsible for preparing a three-course meal in 60 minutes. In addition, they had 15 minutes to demonstrate knife skills. Teams were not competing against each other, but against a set of standards established by the American Culinary Federation. Teams started with 100 points and received deductions based on errors made.

“I really felt we had done great. We were well prepared and had great coaches. It was truly a once in a lifetime experience,” Torres said. “I think we were all extremely nervous until we got into the kitchen. When they announced the winners, it was an amazing feeling, a really nice moment.”

Students had the opportunity to try out for the competition team in December and started working with each other in January.

The culinary team created the menu, which included an appetizer of seared scallops and Risotto Milanese; an entrée of seared duck, butternut squash puree, roasted carrots and a cherry gastric and for dessert, a deconstructed candy bar.

Coached by Chef Kelly Jenkins and Chef Justin Mitchell, culinary arts instructors at the Pioneer Career Center and KCKCC-TEC, the team practiced four days a week to perfect their menu and improve their culinary skills.

“I think we really had great communication. We were basically like a family and knew what each person was working on,” said Crum, who was the only returning member of the 2016 team. “We knew Broadmoor was good, and the only team who beat us last year (Olathe North) wasn’t there. We had to raise the bar and show people what we could do.”

Stoudamire said she wanted to be on the competition team after watching shows like Food Network’s “Chopped.”

“I was so excited (when the team received the gold medal). I have never really won anything,” she said. “I love being in the kitchen. The smells make me feel like I am at home. I love taking a recipe and making it my own.”

An entree from a recent KCKCC culinary competition. (Photo from KCKCC)


A dessert from the KCKCC culinary team entered in a recent competition. (Photo from KCKCC)

KCKCC softball splits at Cottey College

by Alan Hoskins, KCKCC

Stung by a frustrating 6-5 loss in the first game, Kansas City Kansas Community College rebounded with a 10-2 nightcap win that took just five innings at Cottey College in Nevada, Mo., Wednesday.

The split sends the Blue Devils (10-8) into a pair of home weekend doubleheaders. A doubleheader with Independence is scheduled at noon Saturday. A doubleheader with Cowley College is scheduled at 1 p.m. Sunday.

The Blue Devils pounded out 15 hits in both games at Cottey only to have three errors open the door for five unearned runs in the 6-5 opening loss. They also left nine runners stranded but took no such chances in the nightcap by scoring seven runs in the fifth inning of the 10-2 win.

“Much better effort in the second game,” KCKCC coach Kacy Tillery said. “We pitched well, played defense and hit well.”

Allison Kasick, a freshman from Basehor-Linwood, continued her torrid hitting, pounding out six hits and driving in seven runs in the two games. Kasick rapped her fifth home run of the season and singled in the opener and then drove in five runs in the second game with two doubles and two singles.

KCKCC led just 3-1 in the second game before the 7-run fifth inning highlighted by eight hits including six in a row. Singles by Kasick and Mikaela Hoffart started the inning and after two outs, Candice Jennings doubled and Sam Sudac, Grace Grosvenor, Kaylynn Stratton and LaTisha Thomas all singled before Kasick closed out the inning with a 3-run double.

The Blue Devils took a 1-0 lead in the first on singles by Stratton and Kasick and a home run by Jennings triggered a 2-run second inning that also included doubles by Sudac and Stratton, each of whom had three hits in the contest. Shannon Green went the 5-inning distance for the win, allowing four hits, striking out four and walking two.

Sophomore pitcher Megan Sumonja had a home run and two singles in the opener but took the loss despite giving up only one earned run. She struck out seven and walked seven. The Blue Devils, meanwhile, had runners on base in every inning but stranded nine.

Cottey never trailed in the opener, scoring two runs in each of the first two innings and taking a 6-3 lead with two more runs in the fourth. KCKCC closed to 6-5 in the fifth on Kasick’s home run following a single by Thomas.

Sumonja’s home run cut KCKCC’s deficit to 2-1 in the second and the Blue Devils got two more runs in the third on bases-loaded singles by Amy-Grace Wilson and Stringer. The Blue Devils’ 15-hit attack included two hits each by Stratton, Kasick, Wilson, Stringer and Taylor Hall and three by Sumonja.

KCKCC gets first Jayhawk softball win, but loses 11-10 thriller

by Alan Hoskins, KCKCC

Kansas City Kansas Community College got its first Jayhawk Conference softball win in three starts Tuesday but couldn’t make a 10-8 lead hold up in an 11-10 nightcap loss at Fort Scott.

The split left the Lady Blue Devils 9-7 heading into a non-conference doubleheader against Cottey College in Nevada, Mo., today before returning home for back-to-back Jayhawk twin bills against Cowley College Friday (2-4 p.m.) and Independence Saturday (12-2 p.m.).

Megan Sumonja pitched the Blue Devils to a 7-5 win in the opener at Fort Scott, allowing four hits and five runs although only two of the runs were earned. Sumonja struck out eight and walked seven as she stranded nine Greyhounds on the base paths including the tying runs in the seventh. Leading 7-2 in the seventh, Sumonja walked two and then gave up back-to-back singles to make it 7-5 before leaving the tying runs on first and third.

The Blue Devils backed Sumonja with 15 hits including a double and two singles by Katherina Stringer, a double and single each by Amy-Grace Wilson, Allison Kasick, Mikaela Hoffart and Sumonja and two singles by Taylor Hall.

The Blue Devils bunched four doubles to take a 3-1 lead in the fourth. Kasick and Hoffart started it with back-to-back two baggers for one run and after two were out, Stringer and Sumonja doubled in runs. Another 3-run rally in the sixth made it 7-2. After a double by Wilson and a single by Stringer started the inning, Hannah Bishop singled in a pair of runs and after a bunt single by Kaylynn Stratton, Kasick singled in the final run.

Three pitchers went to the mound in an effort to stop the Greyhounds in the nightcap. Fort Scott overcame an early 4-0 deficit in the nightcap as the Greyhounds got a 3-run homer in the third and scored four more runs in the fourth for a 7-4 lead against starter Shannon Green.

Cheyenne Owens came on in the fifth after KCKCC had taken an 8-7 lead and gave up the tying run in the fifth but took a 10-8 lead into the seventh. With one out and one on in the seventh, Fort Scott got a single, walk and game-tying double off Megan Mason before an infield error scored the winning run.

Allison Kasick led a 15-hit attack with a grand slam home run, two singles and five RBI while Taylor Hall, Katherina Stringer and Candice Jennings also had three hits each.

A triple by Bishop, hit batsman and Hall’s bunt single loaded the bases for Kasick’s grand slam and a 4-0 lead in the third. After Fort Scott went ahead 7-5, KCKCC scored three times in the fifth. Singles by Hall, Kasick and Stringer scored one run and Jennings singled in two more.

Jennings also doubled in a run after a single by Stringer in the fourth. Tied 8-8 in the sixth, KCKCC went ahead 9-8 on a walk and singles by Hall and Kasick and then made it 10-8 on a two-out Stringer single. Unfortunately, it would not be enough.