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
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

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)

Real estate class planned at KCKCC

by Kelly Rogge

Kansas City Kansas Community College will be offering a Principles of Real Estate class beginning next month.

Principles of Real Estate is the first of two, 30-hour courses that must be completed in order to take the Kansas Real Estate Exam and obtain a salesperson license. This course covers all aspects of real estate transactions including ownership issues, valuation and appraisal, financing, real estate law, settlement and closing, contracts and agency, duties of the KREC and licensing requirements, among others. Taking real estate courses is the easiest way for any aspiring real estate agent to make it in their desired field of work.Following this course, a second 30-hour course (Kansas Real Estate Practice) must be completed, and those in the program are required to pass the state exam to receive a salesperson license.

The Principles of Real Estate course is from 6 to 9 p.m., Mondays and Thursdays, Sept. 8 to Oct. 9. Tuition is $250, and the instructor is Ed Jaskinia. The class will be held on the KCKCC main campus, 7250 State Ave.

Register online at www.kckcc.edu. Under the “Programs” tab, select “Continuing Education Schedule” and “Courses.” The course is listed under Career Programs/Real Estate Pre-License Course (Salesperson). Those interested can also call 913-288-7660 or come to the Community Education Building on the main campus for help with registering.

KCKCC volleyball team defeats three ranked teams in opening tourney

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

by Alan Hoskins

It wasn’t a perfect start for Kansas City Kansas Community College’s No. 12 ranked volleyball team but it was awfully close.

After losing to the nation’s No. 1 team in four sets, the Lady Blue Devils knocked off the No. 4, No. 9 and No. 14 teams in Division II in the South Suburban Conference tournament in Wisconsin Dells, Wis., Friday and Saturday.

“It was a good start to find out who we are, especially against the competition we saw,” said KCKCC coach Mary Bruno.

Facing No. 1 Parkland in the opener, the Blue Devils fell behind 25-21, got even in the second set with a 25-22 win, dropped a 25-23 heartbreaker and then fell 25-16 in the final set.

“We just made too many errors in the last set,” Bruno said.

But it was all KCKCC the rest of the way as the Blue Devils won 12 of their final 15 sets starting with a sweep of No. 14 South Suburban 25-17, 25-16, 25-16 and a 30-28, 25-21, 26-28, 25-22 decision over No. 4 Illinois Central.

The Blue Devils jumped in front of No. 9 Des Moines Area 25-16, 25-23 and then won the decisive fifth set 15-9 after losing 25-23, 25-18. KCKCC then closed out the tourney with a 25-21, 25-19, 25-16 sweep of Waubunsee, which had received votes in the national rankings.

“Our defense was the key,” Bruno said.

Three Blue Devil sophomores vaulted into the national rankings with their performances in the opening tourney. Libero Andrea Aparicio took the lead nationally in both total digs (119) and average digs per set (6.26); outside hitter Blair Russell of Marysville is second in kills with 68 and sixth in kills per set (3.58); and setter Lily Thornberg of Junction City is fourth in assists per game (10.11).

The Blue Devils will get no time to rest on their early laurels as they open Jayhawk Conference play Wednesday at Neosho County, a team ranked right behind Johnson County, Cowley County and KCKCC in the preseason rankings.

The KCKCC home opener will come Wednesday, Sept. 3, against Hesston but the Blue Devils will go back on the road for 11 straight matches including weekend tournaments at Highland Sept. 5-6 and New Port Richey, Fla., Sept. 12-13.

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

Lily Thornberg (KCKCC photo)
Lily Thornberg (KCKCC photo)