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KCKCC to hold first home playoff game Thursday, Oct. 26

by Alan Hoskins, KCKCC

Kansas City Kansas Community College will hold a first-round NJCAA Division I soccer playoff game for the first time in history next Thursday, Oct. 26.

The Blue Devils’ opening foe will not be determined until the completion of the Region VI season this weekend.

However, game time will be at 7 p.m. KCKCC has qualified to host playoff games in the past but could not because the old field was not of regulation size and did not meet official certification. As a result, KCKCC had to host on other fields.

The Blue Devils clinched no worse than a second-place finish Tuesday when they battled Johnson County to a double overtime 2-2 tie. The deadlock closed out the Blue Devils regular season with a 6-3-1 Region VI record and an overall 8-3-1 mark.

KCKCC still has an outside chance to win the Jayhawk Conference but would need Neosho County (5-2-1) to lose its final two games. Cowley (5-3-1) could pull even with KCKCC in the final standings with a win in its final game but KCKCC swept the Tigers in their two meetings this season and holds the tie-breaker advantage.

Freshmen scored both KCKCC goals at JCCC Tuesday. Keevin Dyke of Cape Girardeau, Mo., gave the Blue Devils the early lead 1-0 and Piper’s Jackson Jones made it 2-1 before the Cavaliers scored to force the two 10-minute overtimes.

“Jackson Jones played a real strong game for us,” KCKCC coach Ruben Rodriguez said. “He’s had a good season for us.”

Women fall

The KCKCC women dropped an 8-2 decision to Johnson County (13-4) in the opener Tuesday.

Sophomore Emilie Lutz scored early for a 1-1 tie; co-captain Bailey Zinser of Tonganoxie tallied the second.

The loss left the Lady Blue Devils 7-9 going into the season finale Friday at league-leading Butler County at 4 p.m.


Piper results

Piper High School – girls golf at Lake Shawnee GC (state)
– 5th place as a team with a 396

Piper High School – boys soccer at Louisburg
– Piper varsity won 2-0
– Goals by Backus and Oakland
– Piper JV won 1-0
– Goal by Telthorst

Piper High School – JV football at Basehor-Linwood
– Piper won 32-24

Piper High School – 9th volleyball
– Piper defeated Blue Valley 2-0 (13 and 11)
– Piper lost to Ottawa 0-2 (23 and 14)
– Piper lost to Spring Hill 0-2 (19 and 16)

– From Doug Key, Piper High School activities director


NASCAR driver to visit KCKCC

by Kelly Rogge, KCKCC

Race fans get ready. Kansas City Kansas Community College will be at the finish line later this week as it welcomes one of NASCAR’s most well-known drivers to campus.

On Oct. 20, Kansas City, Kan. area McDonald’s will be launching a new service, “McDelivery.” Using the UberEATS App, customers can order food from McDonald’s and have it delivered to them by an Uber driver.

To promote this service and the upcoming race at Kansas Speedway, Jamie McMurray, No. 1 McDonald’s-Cessna Chevrolet, will be making a delivery to KCKCC’s Auto Tech Building, 6736 State Ave., between 9 and 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 20. Community members are welcome to attend.

McMurray, who is currently ranked 12th in the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup standings, will be delivering 100 breakfast burritos to KCKCC students at his stop and will have time to meet fans before he races off to his next delivery.

A native of Joplin, Mo., McMurray made his first career start in 2002. He received the 2003 Winston Cup Series Rookie of the Year Award and is one of only a handful of drivers to win both the Daytona 500 and the Brickyard 400 in the same year. He is among the drivers competing in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Hollywood Casino 400 Playoff race Oct. 22 at the Kansas Speedway.

UberEATS is Uber’s meal delivery app that allows customers to order food for delivery in participating areas, using the same account they use to take rides. For more information on McDelivery and to see which cities and restaurants participate in the program, visit