Lady Blue Devils sign 1,000-point high school scorers

by Alan Hoskins
Two 1,000-point high school scorers will be joining the women’s basketball team at Kansas City Kansas Community College this fall.
Cheyenne North, a 5-11 forward from Camp Station High School in Gallatin, Tenn., and Audriana Christopher, a 5-6 guard from Scott County High School in Georgetown, Kent., are the latest additions to the 2014-15 Lady Blue Devil squad.
Ranked the 10th best player in Tennessee her senior year, North originally signed with Belmont University, an NCAA Division I member, but did not play there. According to Dan Olson’s nationally known Collegiate Girls Basketball Report, North was also ranked the 36th best player in the nation at her position and 170th overall in the U.S.
A two-time all-state performer and 3-star recruit by ESPN, North averaged 20.1 points, 9.2 rebounds, 2.0 blocks, 4.3 assists and 2.3 steals per game.
Christopher averaged 16.4 points, 4.4 assists, 5.4 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game as a senior after scoring 16.9 points a game as a junior along with 4.5 assists, 5.1 rebounds and 1.5 steals. Scoring in double figures in 22 out of 27 games, she twice had career highs of 28 points along with all-time bests of 11 rebounds and eight assists.
Christopher joined the Scott County varsity team as a seventh grader as permitted by Kentucky high school rules and was a member of the state runnerup team in 2010. A two-time selection to the Toyota Classic all-tournament team, she was also named to the Gateway Holiday Class all-tourney team.

KCKCC to offer two basketball camps for boys July 8-10

by Alan Hoskins
Two basketball camps for boys in the first through eighth grades will be offered at Kansas City Kansas Community College Monday through Wednesday, July 8-10.
Boys in the first through the fourth grades will have instruction from 9 a.m. to noon; those in the fifth through eighth grade will participate from 1 to 4 p.m. in the KCKCC Field House at 7250 State Ave.
Instruction will be provided by head coach Kelley Newton, assistant Eric Nitsche and members of the Blue Devil men’s basketball team.
The cost is $50 for participant and includes a camp T-shirt. Registration forms are available in the KCKCC Athletic Department in the Field House, online at knewton@kckcc.edu or by phone at 913-288-7168. Boys can also be registered by mail to Kelley Newton, KCKCC Athletic Dept., 7250 State Ave., Kansas City, Kan., 66112. Name, address, parent or guardian’s name, year in school, shirt size, phone and email address must be included with payment. All participants also must have signed medical release forms.

Community invited to travel to Cuba with KCKCC Jazz Band

by Kelly Rogge

The Kansas City Kansas Community College Jazz Band is getting ready for its once-in-a-lifetime trip to Cuba this December and is welcoming community members to join in.

The Havana Jazz tour 2014 is from Dec. 16 to 22. It will culminate in the KCKCC performance at the 30th annual Havana International Jazz Festival in Havana, Cuba. Bill Yeazel, KCKCC Havana Jazz Tour 2014 Coordinator, said individuals who are interested in traveling to Cuba with the Jazz Band should confirm their intent to travel soon.

“It is essential to make a $300 deposit with the travel agent in Toronto, Authentic Cuba Travel, in order to secure plane seats, which are limited,” he said. “The agency will discuss payment and cancellation options with you at that time.”

Individuals, either from KCKCC or from the community are responsible to make their own travel arrangements. Contact information for Authentic Cuba Travel in Toronto: Authentic Cuba Travel, 108 Earl Pl, Toronto, Ontario, M4Y 3B9 Canada, 1-877-280-2054.

Visit the tour website at kansascityjazz.org and selected the Havana Jazz Festival Tour link. This link shows the trip itinerary. The price for land tour inside Cuba is $1,769 per person. It includes hotel (double occupancy), most meals, daily activities with tour guides, buses and tours and an all access pass to the Havana International Jazz Festival. The pass is good for all admittance into Jazz Festival performances that week. For those who have additional interested beyond the itinerary, the Toronto travel agency can assist.

Individuals traveling with the KCKCC Jazz Band will also be responsible for booking their own airfare. At this time, U.S.-based airlines cannot sell tickets directly to Cuba. Instead, there will be two legs of the trip – Kansas City to Cancun and Cancun to Cuba. For more specifics on travel, contact Bill Yeazel at 816-665-0296.

Americans travel frequently and legally to Cuba for a variety of purposes but, according to the U.S. Treasury Department, a license is required. Ask Authentic Cuba Travel about the license as they are experts and can provide reliable information. There is an additional fee for community members to be licensed for legal travel to Cuba. A valid U.S. passport is also required for any international travel.

“Traveling with Kansas City jazz musicians to this festival will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” Yeazel said. ‘I have been to Havana a couple of times, and it is truly a unique destination. The music scene at night is spectacular.”

For more information on the trip to Havana, Cuba with the KCKCC Jazz Band, contact Bill Yeazel at 816-665-0296 or by email at yeazel@kckcc.edu.