Fort Scott wears down Blue Devils with 58-41 win

Playing their final home game at KCKCC Saturday, Juvan Davenport (3) and Josiah Laws (23) were presented framed uniforms by coach Kelley Newton, right. Joining in the post-game recognition were, from left, assistant coach Alton Mason and teammates DuVonte Beard, Chance Scott, Malcolm Tate and Tyson Beringer. (KCKCC photo by Alan Hoskins)

by Alan Hoskins, KCKCC

Playing 38-40 minutes a game finally caught up with Kansas City Kansas Community College’s short-handed Blue Devils Saturday.

Rotating eight players against KCKCC’s six-man squad, Fort Scott grabbed the lead early and led virtually all the way in a 58-41 win.

The win assured Fort Scott (5-3) of no worse than a third place finish in the Jayhawk Conference while the Blue Devils (1-7) remained a game back of fourth place Hesston and Labette with two games remaining.

KCKCC will close out its regular season at Highland Wednesday and at Labette Saturday. If the current standings are unchanged the final two games, KCKCC would open Region VI playoff action at Fort Scott Feb. 28.

In the first three games with just six players, the Blue Devils (8-20) held leads well into the second half in all three. Fort Scott, however, trailed only once in the opening minutes although the lead was only six points before a 3-point shot at the horn gave the Greyhounds a 31-22 halftime lead.

Draining 7-of-13 3-point shots in the second half (53.8 percent), Fort Scott built leads of up to 23 points against the weary Blue Devils. Fort Scott outscored KCKCC 36-12 from 3-point by sinking 12-of-27 to 4-of-14 for the Blue Devils.

For the game, however, the Greyhounds (19-9) were just 18-of-56 for 32.1 percent and the 58 points are the fewest Fort Scott has scored since the end of November.

The Blue Devils also held the Jayhawk’s leading scorer, Tyler Zinn, to 14 points, well below his season’s 20.7-point average. Zinn needed 18 shots for five field goals although he also had a game high seven assists and grabbed six rebounds. Jayden Davis led Fort Scott with 16 points on 5-of-9 3-point shooting.

Juwan Davenport led KCKCC with 12 points while Malcolm Tate added nine, Tyson Beringer eight, Josiah Laws five and DuVonte Beard four. Laws led in rebounds with seven; Beringer added six and blocked four shots.

The game was the last home game for Davenport and Laws, who were honored with framed uniforms in post-game ceremonies.

In other action Saturday, Johnson County (8-0) sewed up the Jayhawk and Region VI Division II championships with an 85-71 win over Labette while Highland (6-2) stayed a game ahead of Fort Scott in second by defeating Hesston 91-81.


Mooney, Santiago power KCKCC to 9-3 baseball win in Texas

by Alan Hoskins, KCKCC

Sophomore Brigham Mooney and freshman Kevin Santiago each homered and drove in four runs apiece Saturday to power Kansas City Kansas Community College to a 9-3 win over Richland Community College in Dallas, Texas.

The win evened the Blue Devils’ record at 2-2 heading into a doubleheader with Eastfield Sunday in Fort Worth before they return to play host to Northeast Nebraska in a pair of doubleheaders Saturday and Sunday.

The Blue Devils continued to get pitching on the spring trip as Cole Gacke and Carlos Soto combined on a 6-hitter in the 9-inning contest. On Friday, four KCKCC hurlers gave up just six singles in dividing a pair of 7-inning games.

Gacke worked the first six innings, allowing four hits and three runs while striking out seven and walking two. Soto gave up a single to the first batter he faced in the seventh, then picked him off first base and then allowed only one hit the final three innings. Two of Richland’s three runs off Gacke came on solo home runs.

Santiago had three hits, Josh Schumacher singled and tripled and Tyler Pittman doubled and singled in a 10-hit attack off three Richland hurlers.

The Blue Devils wasted no time in taking a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Santiago’s two-out single scored both runs after KCKCC loaded the bases on a leadoff single by Schumacher, passed ball on a third strike and a hit batsman. Mooney made it 5-1 in the fourth with a 3-run home run to left center after a pair of two-out walks.

Richland closed the KCKCC lead to 5-3 in the fourth before Santiago slugged a two-run home run after a Brandon Green single in the fifth. The Blue Devils’ final two runs came in the ninth on a triple by Schumacher, Mooney’s sacrifice fly, a double by Pittman and a wild pitch.


Wyandotte County wrestlers qualify for state tourney

Wyandotte junior Yaseen Chapell, top, turned over Seaman junior Killian McDonald on his way to a pin in the first period of their 195-pound match. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

by Brian Turrel

Wrestlers from Schlagle, Turner, Washington, and Wyandotte high schools competed along with several other eastern Kansas schools in the 5A regional wrestling tournament held at Turner on Friday and Saturday.

Schlagle senior Tylen Wallace won the 285-pound weight class with pins in all four of his matches, each within less than two minutes.

Turner senior Matt Hook won the 170-pound weight class with three pins and one decision in his four victories.

Schlagle senior Mason Turner won the 126-pound weight class with three pins and one technical fall, that is, a match stopped early because of a 15-point differential.

Mill Valley High School won the team championship, with Blue Valley Southwest in second, and Topeka’s Shawnee Heights in third.

Local athletes who placed in the top eight in their weight classes, making them eligible for the state tournament next weekend in Park City, Kan., near Wichita, included:

106 pounds: Nicky Gutierrez, Turner, 5th; Daylen Borisouth, Schlagle, 6th
113 pounds: Jonah Andrews, Schlagle, 3rd
120 pounds: Bobby Primers, Schlagle, 4th; Byron Kirkwood, Turner, 6th
126 pounds: Mason Turner, Schlagle, 1st
138 pounds: Jaylaan Castro, Wyandotte, 8th
160 pounds: Phoenix Downs, Schlagle, 3rd
170 pounds: Matthew Hook, Turner, 1st
182 pounds: Ricardo Yanez, Turner, 2nd
195 pounds: Cameron Bates, Turner, 2nd; Yaseen Chapell, Wyandotte, 8th
220 pounds: Jordan Goff, Turner, 3rd; Paul Beasley, Schlagle, 4th; Roberto Nieves, Wyandotte, 8th
285 pounds: Tylen Wallace, Schlagle, 1st; Joseph Castle, Turner, 4th

Schlagle senior Tylen Wallace, left, wrestled Lansing junior Braiden McKee in the championship match of the 285-pound weight class. Wallace won the match on a pin in the first period. (Photo by Whitney Parks)

State qualifiers in the 285-pound weight class posed after the tournament. (Photo by Whitney Parks)

Phoenix Downs, right, tried to pull down Lansing freshman Dylan Ward in the 160-pound match. Downs won the match on points, 8-4. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

Schlagle senior Mason Turner, top, wrestled St. Thomas Aquinas freshman Jared Simma in the championship match of the 126-pound weight class. Turner won that match on a pin in the second period. (Photo by Whitney Parks)

State qualifiers in the 126-pound weight class posed after the tournament. (Photo by Whitney Parks)

Schlagle sophomore Phoenix Downs, left, defeated Highland Park senior Xavaire Hampton on a pin only 46 seconds into their match in the 160-pound weight class. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

Schlagle junior Paul Beasley broke free from the grasp of Leavenworth senior Etena Tuivati in their 220-pound match. Beasley won the match on points, 5-2. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

Schlagle sophomore Daylen Borisouth, left, rushed the legs of Turner freshman Nicky Gutierrez in their 106-pound match. Gutierrez won the match on points in extra time. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

Turner sophomore Joseph Castle, left, faced off with St. James Academy freshman Harry Spencer in their 285-pound match. Castle won the match on points, 3-0. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)