Third annual KCKCC alumni baseball game to be Saturday, Oct. 18

by Alan Hoskins

More than 50 former Kansas City Kansas Community College baseball players are expected Saturday, Oct. 18, for the Third Annual Alumni Day game.

“We had 45 attend last year’s game and I challenged everyone to bring one more alumnus,” said Blue Devil head coach Steve Burleson.

Batting practice will begin at noon with the game starting at approximately 1 p.m.

“It will be alumni against alumni and we’ll play as long as the alumni wish to play,” Burleson said. “We’ll also have a group of current Blue Devils on hand to play if needed.”

Batting practice will be under the supervision of the 1976 Blue Devil team, the only KCKCC team to gain the NJCAA World Series and an inductee in the KCKCC Sports Hall of Fame.

Burleson said a Most Valuable Player award will be announced and a taco bar will be set up in the clubhouse for the past players and their families. Players will then be invited to re-assemble at Danny’s Bar and Grill at 110th and Parallel about 5 p.m.

The game is part of a three-day Alumni Weekend at KCKCC which will kick off Friday with a soccer doubleheader against Pratt Community College. Women will play at 5 p.m.; the men at 7 p.m.

Final preparations being made for Kansas Supreme Court visit to KCKCC

by Kelly Rogge
In less than three weeks, Kansas City Kansas Community College will play host to the Kansas Supreme Court as it hears oral arguments in several cases, and the community is encouraged to attend. The visit is in an ongoing outreach effort to familiarize all Kansans with the work the Supreme Court does as well as the overall role of the Kansas judiciary.

The court will be in session from 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 29 in the Performing Arts Center on the KCKCC main campus, 7250 State Ave. The court will hear oral arguments in two criminal cases and three civil cases. These include:

• State of Kansas v. Michael Trevon Lewis
• In the Matter of the Estate of Kenneth Lee Butler, deceased
• State of Kansas v. Darren Knox
• Jeremy A. Wiles v. American Family Life Assurance Company of Columbus (AFLAC)
• Jenna S. Cheney v. Zachary Poore

Briefs filed by the lawyers representing the parties are available online at The summaries and briefs are a good resource for teachers and students attending the event to understand the basic legal questions being argued before the Kansas Supreme Court.

For those planning on coming to the session, it is suggested to arrive before 8:30 a.m. to allow time to get through the security screening. Teachers can also reserve space in the performing arts center by contacting Lisa Taylor at Please include the number of students attending and what time the class will arrive and leave. All talking is prohibited during the oral arguments.

If groups arrive after the proceedings start or if they have to leave early, they are asked to be as quiet as possible when entering and exiting the auditorium. It is also requested that no large bags, purses or backpacks be brought into the performing arts center. Weapons, firearms or electronic devices such as computers, handheld games or tablets are also prohibited. Cell phones must be turned off or put on silence. Absolutely no food or drink is allowed in the auditorium.

For those that cannot watch the court proceedings in person, the oral arguments can be viewed live via web stream,

The court started the process of visiting different communities in 2011. Among the communities the court has visited are Pittsburg, Kan., where the court met at Pittsburg State University; Greensburg, Kan., which is remembered for the devastating tornado that swept through the small community in 2007; Salina, Kan. and Wichita, Kan. The court has also held a special session in Overland Park. In each of the locations, the session is open to the public, and the community, especially students from KCKCC and area high schools, is encouraged to attend.

Bruno gets 100th career volleyball win in split in Nebraska tourney

Mary Bruno (KCKCC file photo)
Mary Bruno (KCKCC file photo)

by Alan Hoskins
Mary Bruno put her 100th career volleyball win in the record book over the weekend as Kansas City Kansas Community College divided four games in the tough Central Nebraska Tournament in Columbus.

Both KCKCC losses were to nationally ranked powers, 3-0 to Iowa Western, the No. 1 rated team in Division I, and 3-2 to the host, Central Nebraska, which is ranked No. 6 in Division II. Win No. 100 came in a 3-1 win over North Platte and the Blue Devils also blanked Northeast Nebraska 3-0.

In just her fourth season at KCKCC, the Blue Devils are currently ranked No. 7 in Division II, 5-1 in the Jayhawk Conference and 23-8 overall.

“This is a milestone that could not have been achieved without the coaches and the present and past players,” Bruno said. “But hopefully there’s still a long way to go.”

The Blue Devils return to action Wednesday, playing a Jayhawk Conference at Labette, before returning home next Monday hoping to give revenge against another Division I volleyball power, Missouri State, which took a 3-1 decision from KCKCC at West Plains Sept. 22. One of only three remaining home contests, game time is 6:30 p.m. in the KCKCC Field House.