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Piper defeats Turner 66-43, continues 12-game undefeated league streak

Photos copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel

Piper and Turner High School boys’ basketball teams played on Feb. 25 at Turner. Piper won the game 66 to 43 to remain undefeated at 12-0 in the Kaw Valley League.

Turner senior Nic Nelson (4) took a charge from Piper senior Bryant Rogers (21) in the first quarter. (Photo copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel)

His teammates gave Turner senior Zach Shatara a boisterous greeting as he was announced in the starting lineup. (Photo copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel)

Piper senior J.J. Letcher (3) drove the ball past Turner senior Dylan Rinne (20). (Photo copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel)

J.J. Letcher tried to put up a shot over the defense of Turner freshman Jaylin Richardson (32). (Photo copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel)

Piper senior Micaiah Noel (32) blocked a shot by Turner sophomore Reneaux Jackson (2) in the second quarter. (Photo copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel)

Piper senior Jalen Taylor (11) took a short range jumper over Reneaux Jackson. (Photo copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel)

Jalen Taylor blocked a shot from Turner senior Kyle Burge (22). (Photo copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel)

Piper junior Daviance “Doc” Covington attempted a free throw in the second quarter. Covington was 9 of 12 from the free throw line for the game and led Piper with 21 points. (Photo copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel)

Turner junior Fred Poe (33) shot a layup in the third quarter, defended by Bryant Rogers. (Photo copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel)

Doc Covington made a layup in the third quarter. (Photo copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel)

Jaylin Richardson started a fast break for Turner. Richardson led the team with 15 points. (Photo copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel)

Turner senior Kevin Johnson (1) took a three-point jumper. (Photo copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel)

Dylan Rinne drove the ball up the court in the third quarter. (Photo copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel)

Jalen Taylor threw down a dunk in the third quarter. (Photo copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel)

J.J. Letcher (3) looked for Terrell Hall inside, defended by Turner junior Russell Reed (24). (Photo copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel)

Turner high school senior swim team member Dawson Taylor, center, was recognized along with other senior members of the basketball and swim teams in a ceremony before the game. Taylor has enlisted in the Army for training as a medic. (Photo copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel)

Turner senior basketball player Ciera Ayala carried home her senior night banner for a souvenir. (Photo copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel)

Sporting KC signs rookie defender

Sporting Kansas City has signed rookie defender Colton Storm to a one-year contract with options for 2018, 2019 and 2020, the club announced Friday.

“I am very excited to sign my first professional contract with Sporting KC,” Storm said. “Since the moment I got here, the players and staff have welcomed me with open arms. I look forward to continuing my progression as a player with the club and playing in front of the great fans at Children’s Mercy Park.”

Storm joined Sporting Kansas City in January as the No. 14 overall selection in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft. He has since appeared in two preseason matches for the club in Tucson, Ariz., logging 75 total minutes.

“I believe that the MLS SuperDraft continues to provide opportunities for teams to build their rosters,” Sporting KC manager Peter Vermes said. “Colton is a player that not only possesses very good qualities in his position, but when talking to people who have worked with him in the past, it’s clear he has a very strong mentality and work ethic. Those are things we value in players on our team and we look forward to continuing our work with Colton as he attempts to leave his mark on our club.”

Storm, a right back, tallied two goals and eight assists in 69 matches during his four-year career at the University of North Carolina. He capped his senior campaign in 2016 with Second Team All-Atlantic Coast Conference and NSCAA Third Team All-South Region honors. He was also named to the NCAA College Cup Best XI after guiding the Tar Heels to their seventh final four in program history.

Born and raised in Mechanicsburg, Pa., Storm started 41 straight games for North Carolina from 2015-2016. He captained the team as a senior, leading a defense that posted 12 shutouts in 21 matches.

As a youth, Storm competed in the United States U-17 Residency Program in Bradenton, Florida. He played club soccer for HMMS Eagle FC in his hometown.

Sporting Kansas City will kick off its 22nd MLS season on Saturday, March 4, visiting D.C. United in a 6 p.m. CT kickoff on FOX Sports Kansas City and FOX Sports Midwest.

KCKCC women’s home playoff hopes suffer setback in loss at Fort Scott

by Alan Hoskins, KCKCC

Kansas City Kansas Community College’s hopes for a first-round women’s playoff berth took a major setback at Fort Scott Wednesday.

Scoring early and often in front of a boisterous home crowd, the Lady Greyhounds (4-6) raced to an 85-62 win and pulled within one game of the Blue Devils (5-5) in the battle for fourth place with two games to go. KCKCC closes out regular season play against two nationally ranked powers – at No. 14 Labette Saturday and at home against No. 3 Johnson County next Wednesday. Fort Scott, meanwhile, goes to No. 8 Highland Saturday and then finishes at home against Brown Mackie on Wednesday.

KCKCC took a 62-56 win over Fort Scott at home Jan. 28 but the Lady Blue Devils were never in contention as the Greyhounds built a 44-31 halftime lead and led by as many as 31 points in the second half. The 85 points are the most scored against a Jayhawk Conference team by the Greyhounds, who came into the game averaging 65.6 points a contest.

Control of the rebounding was a major factor in Fort Scott’s 44-31 first half. Not only did the Greyhounds control the boards 25-13 but pulled down nine at the offensive end to only one for the Blue Devils, who were also guilty of 10 turnovers and just 27 percent shooting.

“From the very tip, we did not match their intensity,” said KCKCC coach Joe McKinstry. “It was a great atmosphere for Fort Scott tonight and we simply didn’t come to play.”

Five Blue Devils had eight or more points with Brie Tauai the leader with 15. Brooklyn Wagler added 13 points; Millie Shade 12, all on 3-pointers; Kayla Horn 9 and Whitney Hazlett. At just 5-7, Horn led all rebounders with eight while Tauai added six and Shade and Hazlett five each.

KCKCC was limited to six field goals (27.3 percent) the first half while Fort Scott was 16-of 36 for 44.4 percent before the Greyhounds sizzled in the second half, making 17-of-30 for 56.7 percent. In all 11 players scored for Fort Scott.