Fort Scott overcomes one of KCKCC’s best shooting efforts

by Alan Hoskins
Kansas City Kansas Community College had one of its best shooting performances of the season but it still wasn’t enough at Fort Scott Wednesday night.

Hitting 17-of-25 second half shots for a sizzling 68 percent, the Greyhounds held on for an 84-79 win in a game that saw both teams hit more than half of their shots in each half.

KCKCC was 13-of-24 for 54.2 percent the first half, 14-of-27 (.519) the second half and finished with 27-of-51 for a crisp 52.9 percent. The Greyhounds, however, were even better, missing only 22 of 53 shots for 58.5 percent.

Xavier Hunter, a 6-0 freshman guard from Oklahoma City, did the most damage, hitting 13-of-17 shots in a 36-point performance while 6-7 Dalton Rose had six 3-pointers for 18 points. Both teams had 10 3-pointers with Fort Scott 10-of-18 for 55.6 percent.

C.J. Vallejo led KCKCC with a double double, scoring 25 points and grabbing a game high 10 rebounds. Five of his field goals came on 3-pointers while Dehven Talley had three in a 12-point performance.

Austin Hall added 10 points, Joe Lendway nine and Roberto Hernandez and Babajide Aina eight each for the Blue Devils, who trailed 39-38 at the half.

The loss left the Blue Devils at 13-8 heading into a road game at Johnson County (12-10) Saturday at 4 p.m.

Alan Hoskins is the sports information director for KCKCC.

No. 7 KCKCC at No. 1 JCCC in Jayhawk showdown Saturday

by Alan Hoskins

Kansas City Kansas Community College wasted no time in clearing its final hurdle and set up the Jayhawk Conference women’s “Game of the Year No. 1.”

Surging to an 18-0 lead in the opening minutes, the Lady Blue Devils raced to an 83-44 win at Fort Scott Wednesday night.

“We came out ready to play,” said KCKCC coach Valerie Stambersky.

The win kept the No. 7 ranked Blue Devils (5-0) unbeaten in the Division II standings heading into a showdown at No. 1 and unbeaten Johnson County (6-0) Saturday at 2 p.m.

JCCC passed its biggest regional test to date Wednesday by stretching its unbeaten streak to 22-0 with a 58-49 win at No. 8 Highland. The Lady Cavaliers also lead the Jayhawk Conference standings at 6-0 with the Blue Devils just a half-game back at 6-1.

KCKCC got a couple of career bests at Fort Scott. Janai Mitchell scored 18 points including 10 of 14 free throws while Eirenei Alesana came off the bench to go 4-for-4 from the floor in a 10-point performance. Erin Anderson added 12 points, Cierra Gaines 11, Cassidy Harbert 8 and Cheyenne North 7.

Anderson led the defense with six steals and North chipped in with four as the Blue Devils forced 33 turnovers. Iland Shurn led the rebounding with nine in just 14 minutes off the bench while Mitchell and North had seven each and Harbert six.

“A solid performance overall,” Stambersky said. “Our pressure defense was good again which led to a lot of transition points.”

Fort Scott was held to just three field goals and 13.0 percent shooting the first half as KCKCC opened a 39-14 lead.

Alan Hoskins is the sports information director at KCKCC.

Time remains to submit nominations for 19th annual KCKCC’s Mid-America Education Hall of Fame

by Kelly Rogge
There are only a few days left to submit nominations for induction into the Mid-America Education Hall of Fame, presented by the Kansas City Kansas Community College Endowment Association.

The event is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. April 23 at the Dr. Thomas R. Burke Technical Education Center.

The Mid-America Education Hall of Fame was started in 1996 by the KCKCC Endowment Association as a way to recognize individuals, organizations and corporate supporters in the community who have made notable contributions to education. Hall of Fame inductees are selected based on a demonstrated commitment to education, their effort to improve the quality of life in the community through a commitment to education, increasing educational opportunities for others and supporting significant changes that have improved the quality of education.

Nominees will be screened according to the set criteria by the selection committee. In addition, nominations must include a biography or program description and at least three letters of recommendation.

Nomination forms are available at Forms can be submitted via mail or email. No video or audio tapes will be considered. Nominations are due by Feb. 2, 2015.

Last year’s list of honorees included Bob Van Maren, long-time superintendent of the Bonner Springs School District; Harry McDonald, a 30-year teaching veteran in the Blue Valley School District; Dr. Howard Shaw, a physician and hospital administrator who was named the Outstanding Community College Student in Kansas during his time at KCKCC in the 1980s; Greg Graves, chairman and CEO of Kansas City-based Burns and McDonnell; AT&T, a company that has made a five-year commitment worth $250 million to address high school success as well as college and career readiness for students deemed at-risk and the 2nd Chance Scholarship Foundation, an organization founded by Matt and Jessica Brandmeyer that provides scholarships to high school graduates who have experienced adversity.

For more information on the Mid-America Education Hall of Fame or to submit a nomination, contact Dawanna Fangohr or Patrick McCartney at 913-288-7675.

Information is also available by email at
Kelly Rogge is the public information supervisor at KCKCC.