Sporting KC adds players in draft

Sporting Kansas City recently has added three players in the 2019 MLS SuperDraft.

The club this week selected 23-year-old center back Franky Martinez with the No. 69 overall pick in the third round of the 2019 MLS SuperDraft, according to an announcement.

Last week, Sporting KC selected Kamar Marriott and Camden Riley, 22-year-old midfielders, in the 2019 MLS SuperDraft.

Martinez is from the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Sporting passed on its fourth-round pick as the third and fourth rounds were conducted earlier this week.

Martinez, Marriott and Riley will now join Sporting KC for the start of the 2019 preseason, presented by Children’s Mercy.

Marriott, the No. 21 overall pick in Friday’s first round, propelled Florida Gulf Coast to two NCAA Tournament appearances, three regular season titles and two conference tournament championships in the Atlantic Sun Conference from 2015 to 2018.

Riley, selected at No. 45 overall in Friday’s second round, led Pacific to three NCAA Tournament appearances and recorded 19 goals and 10 assists from 2015 to 2018 as the program’s all-time leading scorer.

Martinez played career 40 matches at UMass Lowell from 2016 to 2018. In three seasons, he helped the River Hawks to a 33-14-5 overall record and a 14-6-1 mark in the America East Conference. Martinez attended Iona Collage as a freshman in 2014, where he was an All-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Rookie Team honoree with one goal in 18 appearances.

Sporting KC will train in Scottsdale, Arizona, from Jan. 14 to 31 and Feb. 6 to 19 before playing host to Deportivo Toluca FC in the Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League Round of 16 on Feb. 21 at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kansas.

No. 5 KCKCC women get 17th win 113-51; home again Thursday

KCKCC freshman Caroline Hoppock beat teammate Niji Collier to an offensive rebound in the Blue Devils’ 113-51 win over Missouri Valley junior varsity Monday. Hoppock led all scorers with a career-high 18 points and grabbed six rebounds; Collier had 17 points and 11 rebounds. (KCKCC photo by Alan Hoskins)

by Alan Hoskins, KCKCC

Talk about offensive balance: five Kansas City Kansas Community College starters combined for 56 points Monday, reserves scored 57 in the Lady Blue Devils 113-51 cruise past Missouri Valley junior varsity.

The win improved the No. 5 ranked Blue Devils’ record to 17-2 heading into their final non-conference test against Southeast Nebraska Thursday at 5 p.m.

Originally scheduled for Friday night, the game was moved up one night to avoid the possibility of inclement weather. Thursday’s game will be followed by a men’s game against Saint Mary junior varsity at 7 p.m.

Seven Blue Devils scored in double figures, two others had eight points as every Blue Devil had scored by halftime Monday.

Caroline Hoppock and Nija Collier came off the bench to lead KCKCC offensively. Hoppock had a career high 18 points, drained 4-of-7 3-pointers, grabbed six rebounds and had three assists while Collier had 17 points, 11 rebounds, five assists and five steals in just 15 minutes.

All five starters scored in double figures – Lillie Moore, Camryn Swanson and Lenaejha Evans each had 12 points; Caitlyn Stewart and Kisi Young 10 apiece. Young also had nine rebounds and Moore seven. Stewart and Evans led in assists with a half-dozen each while Stewart matched Collier with five steals.

Freshmen Brodi Byrd and Carson Chandler chipped in with eight points apiece. Playing in only her third game since becoming eligible the second semester, the eight points were the first for Chandler, a 5-8 guard from Sarcoxie, Missouri, who was 2-for-3 from 3-point. KCKCC finished with a dozen treys including four each from Swanson and Hoppock.

“It was nice to see Caroline Hoppock shoot the ball with confidence along with six rebounds and Carson Chandler did a very good job for having not played in a year and a half,” KCKCC coach Joe McKinstry said. “It’s not always that easy joining a team of this caliber.”

Although leading 60-26 at halftime, KCKCC had only a 23-17 rebound advantage. Challenged by McKinstry at halftime, the Blue Devils’ 30 second half rebounds included 19 off the offensive board and 26 for the game. Collier had eight and Young seven as KCKCC won the rebounding 53-28.

“I was really proud that we had 31 assists for the game and only four turnovers the first half (11 total),” McKinstry said. “We did a good job of taking care of the ball the first half. While there was not a lot of challenge to winning the game, the challenge was to stay disciplined in doing what needed to be done. It’s easy to let things get away with poor shot selection and bad passes with a big lead but I felt we did a good job of staying focused.”

Carson Chandler (24) scored collegiately for the first time Monday, netting eight points including two 3-pointers in KCKCC’s 113-51 win over Missouri Valley junior varsity. (KCKCC photo by Alan Hoskins)
Sophomore Camryn Swanson slipped past two Missouri Valley junior varsity defenders for a shot in KCKCC”s 113-51 win Monday. Swanson was one of seven Blue Devils in double figures with 12 points. (KCKCC photo by Alan Hoskins)

KCKCC game with Missouri Valley junior varsity to be at 6 p.m. Monday

Kansas City Kansas Community College’s fifth-ranked women’s basketball team will play host to Missouri Valley junior varsity at 6 p.m. Monday.

It was previously incorrectly reported that the game would be played on Wednesday.