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.

KCKCC joins with area organizations to offer ‘Business Basics 4 Boomers’

by Kelly Rogge

The Workforce Development and Entrepreneurship Center at Kansas City Kansas Community College, AARP in Kansas City and Next Chapter Kansas City, a program of Shepherd’s Center of Kansas City, Kan., have joined together to offer a business course targeted toward the Baby Boomer generation.

“Business Basics 4 Boomers” will be from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12, at KCKCC’s Dr. Thomas R. Burke Technical Education Center, 6565 State Ave.

The Jewish Heritage Foundation is providing funds to help cover the costs of the conference.

The registration fee for the conference is $15 per person or $10 for members of Next Chapter Kansas City, SEEN (Sustainable Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Network) and the Prime Time Club. The registration deadline is Dec. 9. Registration can be completed online at

People at all stages of starting a business and those who are just considering the idea can attend. While the event targets the Baby Boomer generation, younger people can also participate.

The half-day conference will consist of a panel of successful business owners as well as a panel of representatives from business resource organizations, who will share experience, information and advice for the “encore entrepreneur.”

Encore entrepreneurs are the growing number of persons who are seeking to launch income-generating ventures that make a positive difference in their communities after leaving their primary career or in anticipation of doing so.

The business owners’ panel will be moderated by Charley Vogt, senior vice president of business-economic development with Country Club Bank. Panel members will include Joyce Moore, owner of Goin Postal; Tim Ney, owner-operator of Drive Kansas and Doug Danforth, founder and CEO of Links-It.

The panel of business resource organizations will be moderated by Patricia Brown-Dixon, Region 7 Administrator for the U.S. Small Business Administration. Panelists include Elisa Waldman, with the Kansas Small Business Development Center; Kate Hodel with KCSource Link; Debra Ramsey, with the Small Business Administration and a representative from Kansas City SCORE – Chapter 19.

In addition, conference attendees will have the opportunity to visit booths from a variety of business resource organizations. Lunch is included with Mike Peters, life coach and owner of Interaction Coaching. He will be speaking on the topic, “How to Get Unstuck: Getting Back on Track with Your Passion.”

For more information, contact Karen Hostetler, Next Chapter Kansas City Director, at or by calling 913-485-0975. Information is also available by contacting Tom Kelso at the KCKCC Workforce Development Office, 913-288-7644.

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