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Iowa Western lives up to its high ranking in win over KCKCC

by Alan Hoskins, KCKCC

The best thing to come out of Kansas City Kansas Community College’s 100-42 loss to Iowa Western Tuesday night – the Blue Devils aren’t likely to play a better team.

Ranked No. 20 in the NJCAA Division I preseason poll, the lanky and athletic Reivers (7-1) broke the century mark in scoring for the third straight game, netted 99 or more points in five of their eight games and are averaging 98.1 points a game. Their lone loss came at the hands of Missouri State-West Plains, 99-85.

The loss dropped the Blue Devils to 4- heading into three straight road games – at Penn Valley Saturday at 4 p.m.; Washburn next Monday at 7 p.m.; and Park University junior varsity Wednesday, Nov. 29. They’ll return home for a women-men’s doubleheader against North Arkansas Friday, Dec. 1.

The Blue Devils stayed with the Reivers early. Tied 8-8 with 16:08 left in the first half, KCKCC did not score again until the 8:12 mark – a drought of nearly eight minutes during which time Iowa Western built a 29-8 lead. Leading 48-20 at the half, the visitors shot 60.6 percent the second half and finished at 54.5 percent overall.

Iowa Western had five players score in double figures and all 15 Reivers got into the scoring column. But it was the Reivers’ aggressive man-to-man defense that was most decisive, limiting the Blue Devils to 10 first half goals, seven the second half and just 42 points for the game – all season lows. The Reivers also shot the ball well from 3-point from where they were 12-of-22 for 54.5 percent

Limited to 30.9 percent shooting, the Blue Devils were led in scoring by guards Solomon Thomas and Dion Union with 9 and 7 points. Josiah Laws led in rebounding with five as the Reivers controlled the boards 46-30.

Guard Patrick Dembly, who has committed to Boise State, led Iowa Western with 18 points including 4-of-7 three-pointers. Emmanuel Ugboh, a 6-11 freshman from Lagos, Nigeria, and 6-8 sophomore Isaiah Wade, dominated inside. Ugboh had 11 points and five rebounds while Wade led all rebounders with 12.

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CommunityAmerica Ballpark to get a new name

In a file photo from 2015, skydivers were seen above the CommunityAmerica Ballpark sign. The ballpark will soon have a new name, according to the T-Bones. (File photo)

CommunityAmerica Ballpark, the home of the T-Bones baseball team in the Village West area of Kansas City, Kansas, will have a new name.

According to an announcement by the T-Bones, a new naming partner is being sought for the stadium. The current agreement with CommunityAmerica Credit Union has expired.

“We’ve had 15 years with them, and it’s a little bit bittersweet seeing them move on, but it is a success story,” Adam Ehlert, president of the T-Bones, said.

When CommunityAmerica started as the stadium sponsor 16 years ago, they were relatively unknown, he said.

“We helped them grow and they are pushing up against the big guys in the market,” Ehlert said.

Ehlert said the T-Bones have been talking to some prospects for the naming rights.

“We wanted to make sure we didn’t miss the right opportunity,” he said. A big name or big brand, or a smaller business that wants to grow may be interested in naming the stadium.

CommunityAmerica’s leadership acknowledged the T-Bones’ role in their growth, in a news release.

“Our partnership with the T-Bones has been a highlight for our organization. We enjoyed countless employee and member experiences at the ballpark, which created opportunities for us to grow our presence in the greater Kansas City communities,” said Rick Schier, chief member officer of CommunityAmerica, in a news release. “CommunityAmerica Ballpark will forever be in our hearts, and I encourage other local companies to consider how a partnership with the T-Bones can support their business goals,” Schier said.

The T-Bones begin their 16th season on May 22, 2018, and special ticket sales are available at www.tbonesbaseball.com and at 913-328-5618.

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KCKCC women win 105-101 overtime shootout at Penn Valley

by Alan Hoskins, KCKCC

Kansas City Kansas Community College and Penn Valley staged a women’s basketball shootout for the ages Saturday.

When the bullets had stopped flying, the Lady Blue Devils had held on for a 105-101 overtime win on Penn Valley’s home court. The combined 206 points are the second most ever for a Blue Devil team, exceeded only by KCKCC’s epic 3-overtime 108-106 win at Independence in 1997.

The win boosted the Blue Devils’ record to 8-1 heading into a home contest with Ellsworth Community College of Iowa Falls, Iowa, Sunday at 2 p.m.

Eight Blue Devils scored eight or more points including six in double figures; two KCKCC starters had double-doubles and three other just missed; and KCKCC rallied from a 13-point halftime deficit in the roller coaster fray.

“This was one of the more exhausting games I have ever been part of,” KCKCC coach Joe McKinstry said. “I am really proud of the girls for the amount of heart they showed today. They had plenty of opportunities to give up and they simply came together and won a tough game on the road.”

KCKCC led by seven points midway through the first quarter only to be buried by a bevy of turnovers and trail 56-43 at the half. The Blue Devils got back into the game with a 12-0 start to the third quarter.

Ahead by one entering the final quarter, the Blue Devils tied the game with 9.3 seconds left on a Kisi Young drive to the basket. Once in the lead in overtime, KCKCC got vital late free throws from Alix Wilson and Ashley Daniels to seal the win.

Nija Collier and Kisi Young had the double-doubles, Collier with 15 points and 17 rebounds; Young 11 points, 10 rebounds and six assists.

Miya Ford and Lillie Moore led the scoring with 19 points each and Caitlin Stewart added 12 and all three had eight rebounds each. Tee Martin with 12 points and Camryn Swanson with eight rounded out the scoring.

“There were so many performances and moments individually that stick out but the bottom line is we had contributions from all over the pace and that’s what makes this team so fun to be around,” McKinstry said. “An ugly win but a win none the less. We had far too many turnovers (35) again and we have to be more disciplined on the defensive end.

“But this group has had nine games in 18 days so we have had minimal practice time,” he said. “That is 100 percent my fault and for this young group to be 8-1 through that stretch says a lot about their fight and determination. As I said, this a very fun group to be around.”

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