KCKCC’s Russell, Aparacio sweep volleyball player of week honors

Blair Russell (KCKCC photo)
Blair Russell (KCKCC photo)

by Alan Hoskins

Kansas City Kansas Community College has made a sweep of Jayhawk Conference Player of the Week honors after the Lady Blue Devils’ outstanding performance in the power-laden SSC (South Suburban Conference) tournament in Wisconsin Dells, Wis., this past weekend.

Sophomore outside hitter Blair Russell was selected KJCCC Division II Player of the Week; sophomore libero Andrea Aparicio the KJCCC Defensive Player of the Week.

Ranked No. 12 in the first Division II rankings of the season, the Lady Blue Devils opened the year by defeating three ranked foes – No. 4 Illinois Central, No. 9 Des Moines Area Community College, No. 14 South Suburban College and Waubonsee, a team receiving votes in the preseason poll. KCKC’s only loss came in four sets at the hands of No. 1 ranked Parkland in the Blue Devils’ first match of the year.

A 5-10 outside hitter from Marysville, Kan., Russell averaged 3.58 kills per set on offense and 3.32 digs per set on defense and is currently No. 2 in the nation in total number of kills (68), sixth in kills per set (3.58) and 33rd in digs per set.

Aparicio, a 5-4 libero from Dorado, Puerto Rico, is the first Lady Blue Devil to lead the nation in a Division II statistical category, ranking No. 1 in both digs per set (6.26) on defense and the total number of digs (119).

Andrea Aparicio (KCKCC photo)
Andrea Aparicio (KCKCC photo)

KCKCC to offer community Spanish class

Do you have a desire to learn Spanish, but do not have the time to take a college course during the day? Kansas City Kansas Community College has the answer.

There is still time to register for KCKCC’s Community Spanish I class. The course is from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays from Sept. 8 to 24.

This is a great class that will equip participants with the skills and confidence to communicate more effectively by learning and actively practicing basic grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation to greet, meet and assist Spanish speakers in the community. The class fee is $85 and includes all materials. There is no book fee.

This class will be held at the West State Plaza branch of KCKCC, just west of Big Lots at 75th and State Ave. It is a noncredit class. To register, visit KCKCC’s website at kckcc.edu. Select “Continuing Education Schedule” from the Programs drop-down menu. Select courses and the Community Spanish I class can be found under the Community Education section. Registration can also be completed by calling 913-288-7660.

KCKCC golf to build around four all-Jayhawk selections

by Alan Hoskins
Thanks in no small part to archrival Johnson County Community College, Gary Shrader may be fielding his best team in 15 years as head golf coach at Kansas City Kansas Community College.

With four proven sophomore veterans already returning for the 2014-2015 season, Shrader got additional help with the transfer of two All-Jayhawk Conference performers from JCCC, which dropped golf from its intercollegiate program following the end of the 2013-2014 season. And that’s not counting four promising freshmen newcomers.

“It’s still early but with four all-conference players we have a solid foundation around which to build,” Shrader said. “We’re starting to get our qualifying rounds under full scale playing conditions.”

Heading the list of Blue Devil returnees are Lane Pauls of Newton, a second team All-KJCCC selection this past spring, and Seve Sites of Shawnee Mission West, who earned All-KJCCC honorable mention as a freshman. They are joined by Montana Fasching of Piper and Dalton Ayres of Newton, both of whom saw major action this past year.

Charlie Rinehart of Piper and Alex Forristal of Olathe North are the transfers from JCCC and both bring outstanding resumes. Rinehart was a first team All-KJCCC selection this past season and had a 4 under par 68 in the first round of qualifying at Dub’s Dread. Playing in the NJCAA National Division I tournament two years ago, Forristal was tied for the 54-hole lead before finishing sixth at 5 under par but did not compete this past year. A seventh sophomore, Trey Maughan of Maryville, will redshirt while an eighth, Alex Otting of Basehor-Linwood, is assisting Shrader.

Marc McClain, a southpaw from Bonner Springs who won the Class 4A state championship this past spring, and Colton Allen of Shawnee Mission Northwest head the contingent of four promising freshmen. The others are Jeremy Dunham of Derby and Matt Thayne of Hesston.

“McClain and Allen are solid players while Dunham and Thayne are learning about east Kansas golf after playing on the flat courses out west,” Shrader said. “They’re not used to the hills and side hill lies but they’re getting there.”

While unofficial, early scoring has been impressive. Of 45 rounds played by 11 team members at Dub’s Dread and Sunflower Hill, only six have been in the 80s.

“A lot of the early drills have been routine but as the weather cools down and we work on putting and short games, there will be a lot of improvement,” Shrader said.
The Blue Devil schedule will have a new look this fall – no Jayhawk Conference tournaments as in the past.

“Some of the western powers wanted the opportunity to play in bigger tournaments but it didn’t happen,” Shrader said.

Three tournaments will now make up the Jayhawk season and all will be played in the spring starting with the first at Falcon Lakes. The second will be at Auburn Hills in Wichita with the KJCCC championship decided at Sand Creek in Newton.

Despite no Jayhawk tournaments, Shrader has put together a challenging schedule starting with the Patricia Island Challenge in Grove, Okla,, Sept. 7-9. The others are invitational tourneys held by Central Methodist in Boonville, Mo.; Evangel in Springfield; William Woods in Fulton; and Southwestern in Winfield along with the annual Blue Devil Fall Classic at Dub’s Dread Oct. 7-8.

“We’ve played in all those tournaments in the past and they’re all good venues to host tournaments and a very good schedule in that we’re playing mostly NAIA schools with good competitive programs,” Shrader said.

2014-2015 KCKCC golf schedule
Fall
Sept. 7-9 – Patricia Island Challenge, Grove, Okla.
Sept. 14-16 – Central Methodist Invitational, Boonville, Mo.
Sept. 22-23 – Evangel Fall Invitational, Springfield, Mo.
Oct. 7-8 – William Woods Fall Invitational, Fulton, Mo.
Oct. 12-14 – Blue Devil Fall Classic, Dub’s Dread
Oct. 19-21 – Southwestern Invitational, Winfield

Spring
March 10-11 – Ottawa Invitational, Eagle Bend, Lawrence
March 22-24 – Jayhawk Designated, Falcon Lakes, KCK
March 28-29 – Bethel-Hesston Invitational, Hesston CC & Sand Creek Station, Newton
April 5-7 – Lindenwood Invitational, The Bluffs, St. Charles, Mo.
April 12-13 – Jayhawk Designated, Auburn Hills, Wichita
April 19-21 – Jayhawk Championship, Sand Creek Station, Newton
April 26-28 – Regional Championship, TBA

2014-2015 KCKCC golf roster
Year Hometown (High School)
Dalton Ayres* Soph. Newton, Kan. (Newton)
Montana Fasching* Soph. Kansas City, Kan. (Piper)
Alex Forristal Soph. Olathe, Kan. (Olathe North)
Trey Maughan Soph. Maryville, Mo. (Maryville)
Alec Otting* Soph. Bonner Springs, Kan. (Basehor-Linwood)
Lane Pauls* Soph. Newton, Kan. (Newton)
Charlie Rinehart Soph. Kansas City, Kan. (Piper)
Seve Sites* Soph. Lenexa, Kan. (SM West)
Colton Allen Fresh. Lenexa, Kan. (SM Northwest)
Jeremy Dunham Fresh. Derby, KS. (Derby)
Marc McClain Fresh. Bonner Springs, Kan. (Bonner Springs)
Matt Thayne Fresh. Hesston, Kan. (Hesston)
Head coach – Gary Shrader (15th season)