KCKCC wins 79-52 over Saint Mary junior varsity

by Alan Hoskins

Finding more good players was at the top of coach Kelley Newton’s recruiting list for Kansas City Kansas Community College basketball program for 2014-2015. If the first two games of the new season are any indication, the Blue Devils are off to a good start.

Five Blue Devils – all but one freshmen – scored nine or more points Monday night in a 79-52 win over the University of Saint Mary junior varsity.

Armoni Shorter, a 6-7 transfer from Southern Community College, was 4-for-4 from 3-point while leading the way with 19 points and eight rebounds while Devin Downing of Shawnee Heights led all rebounders with 10 while adding 17 points.

Austin Hall of Aurora, Colo., chipped in with 10 points; Lansing’s Joe Lendway scored nine points and grabbed seven rebounds; and the lone sophomore, Devin Ruis, a transfer from Manhattan Christian, scored nine including a pair of treys as the Blue Devils pulled away in the second half after leading 39-27 at the half.

“We played harder and longer than the first game,” Newton said. “We had some mental mistakes but they happen with a young team. Overall, it was good win. I was particularly happy we held them to 25 points the second half.”

The Blue Devils take to the road for the first time Saturday, playing Wentworth College at 3 p.m. in Lexington, Mo., then return home for the annual Keith Lindsay Classic Nov. 14-15. KCKCC will face On Point Academy on Friday and the St. Louis Archers on Saturday. Highland is the fourth team in the Classic.

Alan Hoskins is the sports information director at KCKCC.

Library to sponsor free concert Nov. 20 by Kansas City Jazz Orchestra

As part of the second annual Bop in the Dotte, the Kansas City, Kan., Public Library is holding a free concert by the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra on Thursday, Nov. 20.

The concert will take place at 7 p.m. in the Kansas City Kansas Community College Performing Arts Center, 7250 State Ave. Before the concert, there will be a reception with punch and cookies in the lobby of the Performing Arts Center.

No tickets necessary; seating is first come, first served. The event is open to the public and all jazz lovers. For more information about the concert, visit kckpl.org or call 913-627-0306.

The library will also be holding a toiletries drive for homeless students in Kansas City, Kan., during the concert. To help, bring in a new-full-sized toiletry item to leave in one of the donation boxes. For a list of preferred items, contact one of the library branches.

Special art exhibition opens Nov. 7 at KCKCC’s The Gallery

by Kelly Rogge

A history of black culture will be explored through the artistic eye of artist Danny Diallo Hinds at a special exhibition this week at Kansas City Kansas Community College’s The Gallery.

The exhibition opens at 5 p.m. Nov. 7 at KCKCC, 7250 State Ave. with an opening reception in which Hinds will attend. The Gallery is in Lower Jewell next to the deli area. The reception continues until 8 p.m. and will feature African drumming along with the artist’s works. The exhibition continues through Nov. 14. Hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. Admission is free and open to the public.

Hinds works with graphite pencil, color pencil and acrylic paint to capture iconic individuals who have contributed to black culture. He states that he chooses his subjects from “all walks of life across the globe, those who have made extensive and valuable contributions throughout our historic past and present.”

Hinds was born in Barbados and holds various degrees in music and art from multiple schools in the United States and abroad. He is a trained dancer, musician and teacher in addition to his work in the visual arts.

This is the second artist show at The Gallery, which opened in May of 2014.

For more information on The Gallery at KCKCC, contact Barbara Clark-Evans, director of the Intercultural Center, at 913-288-7504.

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