New pickup truck for ace at KCKCC scholarship tourney Sept. 21

by Alan Hoskins, KCKCC

A hole-in-one will win a new pickup truck at the 12th annual Keith Lindsey Scholarship Golf Tournament Monday, Sept. 21.

A fund-raiser for the Kansas City Kansas Community College men’s basketball scholarship program, the tournament will be played at Dub’s Dread Golf Course. Registration will begin at 11 a.m. with a shotgun start scheduled for 1 p.m.

The grand prize for a hole-in-one will be a new 2015 GMC Canyon pick-up truck from Randy Curnow GMC at 7707 State Ave. Other prizes will include a set of golf clubs, vacation voucher and a gift card worth $500.

“There will be a chance to win a prize on every par 3 hole,” said KCKCC men’s basketball coach Kelley Newton.

A four-person scramble, the entry fee is $100 per person or $400 for a team and will include golf cart, prizes and a post-tournament dinner. Persons may enter online by contacting Kelley Newton at knewton@kckcc.edu; by mail to KCKCC Men’s Basketball, 7250 State Ave., Kansas City, KS., 66112; or in person in the Athletic Department office in the KCKCC Field House.

Alan Hoskins is the sports information director at KCKCC.

Big KCKCC women’s soccer rally falls short 4-3 at Hesston

by Alan Hoskins, KCKCC

The biggest offensive output of the season wasn’t quite enough for Kansas City Kansas Community College’s women’s soccer team at Hesston Tuesday.

Trailing 4-0 at halftime, the Lady Blue Devils scored three times in a five-minute span in the second half and had a game-tying shot hit the corner cross bar in a 4-3 loss. The loss evened KCKCC’s record at 2-2 heading into a home Jayhawk Conference clash with Allen County Thursday at 4:30 p.m. followed by a men’s contest at 7 p.m.

Hesston took advantage of the Blue Devils long road trip and a 30-minute weather delay to jump off to a 4-0 lead in the first half. Three of the goals were scored by Mikaela Zook, who also assisted on the fourth one.

Challenged by coach Jeremy Winzer to win the second half, the Blue Devils responded quickly, led by Cristy Avelar. Jessica Ibarra got KCKCC’s first goal on a punt from goalkeeper Maria Hansen and two minutes later Allie Ledbetter and Katie Trzok linked up on a goal that cut the deficit in half at 4-2.

With momentum on their side, the Blue Devils needed just another three minutes for their third goal on a pass from Emily Soetart to Loida Carranza, who beat two defenders and the goalie. Given a free kick from 25 yards out, Trozk’s attempt at a tie banged off the top of the right corner of the goal.

“As a head coach it was hard to be upset with the effort and great character to dig deep and put three goals on the board after trailing 4-0,” Winzer said. “We had great leadership from Madison Simmons and Maria Hansen, who turned away 17 Hesston shots. Going into conference play, I thought this was a great game because we learned a great deal about each other as a team and our ability to dominate a team when we are all in tune.”

The Blue Devils will get another shot in the arm against Allen County Thursday with the hopeful return of sophomore midfielder Cynthia Conchas.

“I’m really excited about this team moving forward,” Winzer said. “We have five players with goals and great resilient athletes with a lot of heart and character.”

Alan Hoskins is the sports information director at KCKCC.

Sign-ups under way for KCKCC’s Walk Across Kansas

by Kelly Rogge, KCKCC

Kansas City Kansas Community College is once again participating in the Walk Across Kansas Incentive Program and is inviting all students, staff, faculty and community members to participate.

The goal of the eight-week program is to improve the health and wellness of each participant by “walking” enough miles to go across the state of Kansas. Teams will include four people and starting Sept. 28, each team member will complete at least two miles of walking, jogging, or running per day. This will equate to 448 miles by the end of the program.

“This incentive program keeps people engaged for eight weeks and is a great motivational tool for people to get consistency in a cardiovascular exercise program,” said Pam Hall, wellness specialist at the KCKCC Wellness and Fitness Center. “In the past many Walk Across Kansas participants have voiced their pride for completing the eight weeks, and the team component makes it fun and inspirational.”

Each team member is responsible for completing 14 miles of cardiovascular activity each week for the duration of the eight-week program. Participants can do more or less, but the team is counting on each member to reach their goal of 448 miles by the time the program ends Nov. 22. Individuals will turn in weekly mileage tracking sheets, so that the team progress can be displayed in the KCKCC Wellness and Fitness Center. However, each participant can only turn in a maximum of 21 miles per week.

In addition, there will be a team social in October. This is a walk-run at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 23, and participants must do their best to participate.

Those who would like to participate and do not have a team, may contact Pam Hall at pjhall@kckcc.edu. Information about the Walk Across Kansas Program is also available by calling 913-288-7368. A waiver must also be completed upon registration.

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