No. 7 KCKCC rallies critical for 3-1 volleyball win over Fort Scott

As teammate Lily Cullers (8) looks on, KCKCC outside hitter Blair Russell goes high to deliver a kill over two Fort Scott defenders in the Blue Devils’ come-from-behind 3-1 win Wednesday. (KCKCC photo by Rodney Christensen)
As teammate Lily Cullers (8) looks on, KCKCC outside hitter Blair Russell goes high to deliver a kill over two Fort Scott defenders in the Blue Devils’ come-from-behind 3-1 win Wednesday. (KCKCC photo by Rodney Christensen)

by Alan Hoskins

An old-fashioned ice cream social proved even sweeter for the Lady Blue Devils of Kansas City Kansas Community College after their come-from-behind 3-1 volleyball win over Fort Scott Wednesday night.

The win kept the No. 7 ranked Blue Devils (5-1) tied for second in the Jayhawk Conference with No. 9 ranked Johnson County while Fort Scott (4-2) fell into fourth place. A 3-2 home court winner over KCKCC last Wednesday, No. 5 ranked Cowley leads the league at 7-0 but still must play at JCCC Oct. 29.

The Lady Blue Devils (21-6) still have three remaining conference contests, at Labette next Wednesday and at Coffeyville Oct. 22 before playing host to Independence Oct. 29. On the road for four matches in the Central Nebraska Tournament this weekend, KCKCC is not home again until Monday, Oct. 20, when the Blue Devils try to avenge an earlier loss to Missouri State.

The Blue Devils were led by sophomore co-captains Blair Russell of Marysville and Lily Thornberg of Junction City, who provided the decisive points in the final two matches. Stung by Fort Scott’s come-from-behind 25-23 win in the opener, KCKCC looked to have gained momentum with a 25-15 win. As it turned out, it set up a pair of down-to the-wire thrillers before a vocal crowd of more than 100 who were treated after the match to free ice cream and sundaes by CrossRoads Family Church at 8822 Parallel Parkway.

Trailing 21-18 in the third set, the Blue Devils rallied with six straight points for a 24-21 lead and then escaped when Thornberg with a deft southpaw flick returned a serve to an open area, a maneuver practiced earlier in the day.

KCKCC built leads of 22-18 and 24-21 in the fourth set behind four kills by Russell and one by Kailee Dudley only to have Fort Scott go ahead with a chance to win at 25-24 lead. However, the Blue Devils got it even and then won it 27-25 on a block by Peyton Pender of Junction City and a game-ending kill by Jasdel Gonzalez.

The win came after back-to-back 3-0 losses to Iowa Western and Central Nebraska in the tough Central Nebraska Tournament in Columbus Saturday. KCKCC had opened tournament play Friday with wins over Iowa Central 3-1 and Iowa Lakes 3-0.

KCKCC suffered its first conference loss last Wednesday at Cowley, which escaped with a 3-2 win. After losing the opening set 25-18, the Blue Devils won 25-21, 25-22 only to lose 25-14 and 19-17. The win was the 36th Jayhawk Conference win in a row and 65th straight home court win for Cowley.

A game-winning kill by Jasdel Gonzalez (4) gave KCKCC a 3-1 win over Fort Scott Wednesday and set off a joyful celebration by teammates Peyton Pender (3), Lily Thornberg (11), Andrea Aparicio (5), Blair Russell (7) and coach Mary Bruno (upper right). (KCKCC photo by Rodney Christensen)
A game-winning kill by Jasdel Gonzalez (4) gave KCKCC a 3-1 win over Fort Scott Wednesday and set off a joyful celebration by teammates Peyton Pender (3), Lily Thornberg (11), Andrea Aparicio (5), Blair Russell (7) and coach Mary Bruno (upper right). (KCKCC photo by Rodney Christensen)

Chatterton, Savner claim WyCo Senior Golf Championships

One of only three golfers to break 80, Bob Chatterton was presented the overall championship trophy in the WyCo Senior by master professional Jeff Johnson. (Photo by Chuck Ettinger)
One of only three golfers to break 80, Bob Chatterton was presented the overall championship trophy in the WyCo Senior by master professional Jeff Johnson. (Photo by Chuck Ettinger)

by Alan Hoskins
Bob Chatterton and Bob Savner joined rather exclusive clubs with their winning performances in the 31st annual Wyandotte County Senior Golf Championship – Kansas City’s oldest and largest senior amateur tournament.

Chatterton became only the second golfer ever to win both the WyCo Open and the WyCo Senior with a one-over par 73 while Savner took low net honors in his first time ever in the annual tournament played at Sunflower Hills Oct. 3. Chatterton joined Denny McWilliams as the only golfers ever to win both the WyCo and Senior titles.

The 1985 WyCo Open champion, Chatterton was one of only three golfers to break 80 on a day that turned cold and wet six holes into the round. “Grit your teeth and go after it,” said Chatterton, who finished three shots in front of Senior Freshman champion Glenn Rice and five ahead of Senior Kids winner Tim Skorija.

It was an up-and-down round for Chatterton, who had an eagle and three birdies but started the day with a double bogey from the bunker on the 392-yard first hole. However, he quickly rebounded with an eagle 3 on the second hole and added birdies at Nos. 5 and 6 before the heavy rain hit.

“The key was the second hole,” Chatterton said. “I hit a 6-iron to about three feet and that got me back to even, then made a 10-footer on No. 5 and two-putted No. 6 for birdies.”

He saved par from the bunker on No. 8 to finish even par 36 on the front nine, then bogeyed Nos. 10 and 11 before finishing with six pars and a birdie on the par 5 514-yard 17th.

“I hit the green with a three-wood on my second shot on 17, one of the best shots I hit all day,” Chatterton said.

A former golf coach at Bonner Springs, Chatterton, 64, has continued to teach the last 16 years in the junior programs at Sunflower Hills, four years for master pro Jeff Johnson and the last 12 for the First Tee program where he was Coach of the Year four years ago. Playing in the WyCo Senior since he became eligible nine years ago, Chatterton and Jerry Reid share the record for low rounds at 63 with a personal best of 67 from the regular tees. He’s also a regular in the Senior Midwest Classic League.

Savner has been a regular at Sunflower since he retired in 1997 but only entered the WyCo Senior for the first time.

“I just thought I think I’ll get in it this year,” said the 74-year-old Savner. Playing in the Senior Adults flight, his 83 with a 16 handicap for a net 67 was one shot better than a 68 by Craig McKinley in the Senior Kids. The key to his round came at the 279-yard ninth hole where he rolled in a 25-foot putt for birdie and longest putt honors.

A Basehor resident, Savner was slowed by a bulging disc last year but now plays three or four times a week. “I took a series of 12 lessons and it really made a difference,” said Savner.
2014 WyCo Senior Championship
OVERALL CHAMPION – Bob Chatterton, 73; NET CHAMPION – Bob Savner, 67.
KIDS (ages 55-59) – 1. Tim Skorija, 78; 2. Ray Loya, 80; 3. Ed McFadden, 81; 4. (tie) Dave Grisso, Norton Jizbalm, 85. NET – 1. Craig McKinley, 68; 2. (tie) Greg Schmidt, Mike Sharp, 71; 4. Jay Sutera, 72.
FRESHMEN (60-62) – 1. Glenn Rice, 76; 2. John Steege, 80; 3. Rick Egnatic, 83; 4. T.J. Beecroft, 84. NET – 1. Greg Loethen, 70; 2. Jerry Lamb, 71; 3. Jim Barclay, 72: 4. Steve Briles, 74.
SOPHOMORES (63-66) – 1. Rick Richardson, 83; 2. Bob Janesko, 86; 3. Stan Eisenbarth, 88; 4. Dick Hanson, 90. NET – 1. Mike Romine*, 71; 2. Ron Robson, 71; 3. Dick Davis, 76; 4. (tie) Don McCann, Tim Vrabac, 77).
JUNIORS (67-71) – 1. Roger DeLong, 82; 2. Jim Powell, 84; 3. John Bukaty, 89; 4. Joe Denk, 93. NET – 1. Emmitt Hightower, 70; 2. Don Giannotti, 71; 3. Glen Rihard, 75; 4. Dave Palcher, 76.
ADULTS (72-77) – 1. Paul Palmer, 80; 2. Dennis McWilliams, 83; 3. Bob Smith, 85; 4. Dave Davis, 87. NET – 1. Tom Cooley*, 71; 2. Stan Maxey, 71; 3. Bob Ramckino, 74; 5. Ron Wilkinson, 75.
SENIOR SENIORS (78 and over) – 1. Clarence Nigh, 85; 2. LeRoy Wahaus, 91; 3. Wayne Boedeker, 95; 4. Bob Pokrywka, 104. NET – 1. Jerry Savner*, 72; 2. Joe Paduch, 72; 3. Roger Miller, 73; 4. Al Ramirez, 91.
PROXIMITY PRIZES – Closest to the hole: Wayne Boedeker, No. 4; Glen Rinhard, No. 8; Bob Chatterton, No. 13; Craig McKinley, No. 16. Longest putt, No. 9 – Bob Savner; Closest second shot: Greg Loethen, No. 10; Dave Davis, No. 18. * – Won scorecard playoff.

Bob Savner was presented the net championship trophy in the 2014 WyCo Senior golf tournament by Sunflower Hills master golf pro Jeff Johnson. (Photo by Chuck Ettinger)
Bob Savner was presented the net championship trophy in the 2014 WyCo Senior golf tournament by Sunflower Hills master golf pro Jeff Johnson. (Photo by Chuck Ettinger)

Medalist Alex Forristal rallies KCKCC golfers to third

G. Alex Forristal (KCKCC photo)
G. Alex Forristal (KCKCC photo)

by Alan Hoskins

Led by co-medalist Alex Forristal, Kansas City Kansas Community College rallied to a third place finish in the 2014 William Woods University Golf Tournament in Fulton, Mo., Monday and Tuesday.

Four strokes back after an opening round one under par 71, Forristal rebounded with the tournament’s best round – a sizzling 6-under 66 – to overtake David Houlding of William Woods for co-medalist honors at 137.

A sophomore from Lenexa and Olathe East, Forristal’s big finish helped KCKCC vault from fifth to third place in the 9-team tournament made up of four-year colleges. With four of the top nine finishers, William Woods won the tournament going away with rounds of 279-286 for a 565 total. Culver-Stockton finished second at 287-293-580.

Fifth at 306 after one round, the Blue Devils were just one stroke back of William Woods for the low round of the second day’s play. Led by Forristal’s 66, a one-under 71 by Lane Pauls of Newton and an even par 72 by Seve Sites of Shawnee Mission West, the Blue Devils closed with a 287 for a 593 total. Southwestern College was fourth (594) followed by St. Xavier of Illinois (607), Hannibal LaGrange (626), Central Methodist (641), Haskell (647) and Westminster (759).

Pauls finished in a tie for 15th at 78-71-149 followed by Sites, who was 20th at 80-72-152; Charlie Rinehart of Piper, 29th at 78-78-156; and the lone freshman, Jeremy Dunham of Derby, 79-79-158.

The Blue Devils are now home for the annual Blue Devil Classic to be played Monday and Tuesday at Dub’s Dread.
Alan Hoskins is the sports information director at KCKCC.