KCKCC Community Choir to perform at winter choral concert

by Kelly Rogge

The Kansas City Kansas Community College Community Choir is preparing for its annual Winter Choral Concert this weekend.

The concert is at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7, at the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 2203 Parallel Parkway in Kansas City, Kan. Admission is free, however donations will be accepted for vocal music student travel opportunities to St. Louis, Mo., Chicago, Ill., and Denver, Colo., in the spring. The concert is open to the public.

The choir will perform selections from Handel’s Messiah with a professional string quartet. In addition, the KCKCC Chamber Choir will perform a cappella selections ranging from early American hymns, baroque church music, Russian church music and African-American spirituals.

For more information on the vocal program at KCKCC, contact John Stafford at jstafford@kckcc.edu or call 913-288-7137.

Kelly Rogge is the public information supervisor for Kansas City Kansas Community College.

New No. 11-ranked KCKCC women post 100-46 road win

by Alan Hoskins

The Lady Blue Devils of Kansas City Kansas Community College will take the nation’s No. 11 Division II basketball ranking into opening Jayhawk Conference play Saturday.

A 100-46 winner over Central Methodist JV Wednesday, the Blue Devils will host Labette in the Jayhawk opener at 2 p.m. with the men’s game scheduled for 4 p.m.

At 9-1, the Blue Devils jumped all the way from 18th to 11th in the second Top 20 national poll of the season. The Blue Devils’ only loss came at unbeaten Hutchinson, which is ranked No. 2 in Division I.

The Blue Devils will get additional chances to move up. Jayhawk rival Johnson County (11-0) moved up from No. 4 to the No. 1 ranking while Highland continued in the No. 9 spot.

Five Blue Devils scored in double figures in the win at Central Methodist. Erin Anderson led with a season high 19 points including five three-pointers. Cheyenne North added 16, Cierra Gaines 13, Sierra Roberts 11 and Cassidy Harbert 10.

In addition to Roberts’ 11 points, the Blue Devils also got seven points each from Rashaun Casey and Iland Shurn and six from Arrica Daye off the bench as 11 players scored.

Alan Hoskins is the sports information director for KCKCC.

KCKCC falls to Penn Valley in final second, 72-71

by Alan Hoskins

Kansas City Kansas Community College’s game at Penn Valley Tuesday night ran just a second too long for the Blue Devils.

Fouled with one second remaining, Tre Wells made one of two free throws to give Penn Valley a 72-71 win. The foul came after KCKCC freshmen Braseson Sester converted a 3-point play with 18 seconds to tie the game.

The loss left the Blue Devils at 8-2 after Neosho County had to forfeit an earlier win for use of an ineligible player and sets up the start of the Jayhawk Conference season Saturday when KCKCC hosts Labette in a doubleheader at 2 and 4 p.m.

Fouls proved costly to the Blue Devils at Penn Valley as the Scouts took advantage of 25 KCKCC fouls and the loss of two starters to convert 27 of 38 free throws to offset a 25-20 disadvantage in field goals and 53.1percent KCKCC shooting.

Sophomore C.J. Vallejo led the Blue Devils with 18 points and eight rebounds while freshmen Joe Lendway and Austin Hall added 13 points each.

Hall also had seven rebounds and Sester six. Ray Ridley led in assists with six along with eight points while Armoni Shorter added seven points off the bench.

Alan Hoskins is the sports information director at KCKCC.