KCKCC prepares for 9-team weekend volleyball tourney after 3-0 win over Hesston

by Alan Hoskins, KCKCC

Kansas City Kansas Community College’s nationally ranked volleyball team tuned up for arguably its biggest tests of the season Wednesday with a 3-0 sweep of Hesston.

The 25-19, 25-17, 25-22 win over Hesston boosted the No. 13 ranked Lady Blue Devils’ record to 12-2 heading into Friday and Saturday’s KCKCC invitational tournament. A nine-team tournament, it will feature teams from four states including four nationally ranked teams and Johnson County, which was ranked No. 3 in the preseason rankings.

Tournament play will begin at 11 a.m. Friday and resume Saturday at 9 a.m. Each of the two teams will play twice each day and all matches will be best of five.

The Lady Blue Devils will begin play Friday at 3 p.m. against Southeast Nebraska and then face off against Johnson County at 7 p.m. in a rematch in which KCKCC took a 3-2 win at JCCC earlier. On Saturday, the Blue Devils will take on two nationally ranked teams, facing No. 17 (Division I) Indian Hills at 1 p.m. and No. 11 Coffeyville at 5 p.m.

In addition to the KCKCC-JCCC collision, Friday’s schedule will include battle between No. 10 Cowley College and Indian Hills at 5 p.m. The tourney schedule:

Court No. 1 – Coffeyville vs. Southeast Nebraska, 11 a.m.; Iowa Lakes vs. Indian Hills, 1 p.m.; KCKCC vs. Southeast Nebraska, 3 p.m.; Cowley vs. Indian Hills, 5 p.m.; KCKCC vs. Johnson County, 7 p.m.
Court No. 2 – Wentworth vs. Longview, 11 a.m.; Longview, vs. Cowley, 1 p.m.; Coffeyville vs. Wentworth, 3 p.m.; Johnson County vs. Iowa Lakes, 5 p.m.

Court No. 1 – Longview vs. Iowa Lakes, 9 a.m.; Southeast Nebraska vs. Wentworth, 11 a.m.;
KCKCC vs. Indian Hills, 1 p.m.; Cowley vs. Southeast Nebraska, 3 p.m.; KCKCC vs. Coffeyville, 5 p.m.
Court No. 2 – Johnson County vs. Indian Hills, 9 a.m.; Iowa Lakes vs. Cowley, 11 a.m.; Johnson County vs. Wentworth, 1 p.m.; Longview vs. Coffeyville, 3 p.m.

Fatality reported after truck flees police in Franklin County

A fatality was reported at 1:08 a.m. Sept. 22 on eastbound K-68 in Franklin County, according to a Kansas Highway Patrol trooper’s report.

A Ford F-150 truck was fleeing from police when the driver lost control of the vehicle and it rolled, according to the trooper’s report.

Mario Calderon-Orozco, 29, Roeland Park, Kan., died in the accident, according to the trooper’s report. He was not wearing a seat belt.

The trooper’s report stated that the driver of the vehicle is unknown at this time, but it is believed that one of the four occupants was the driver.

The other occupants of the vehicle, besides Calderon-Orozco, included a 21-year-old male, unknown city, with a Mexico identification card; a 32-year-old male, unknown city in Kansas, who was injured and taken to the hospital; and a 19-year-old male from Kansas City, Kan., according to the trooper’s report.

Medicare open enrollment event to be Oct. 17

U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder, R-3rd Dist., will be the host of two Medicare open enrollment assistance events in October.

The events will help provide information for seniors during the Medicare open enrollment period, a spokesman said.

The first event will be from 9 a.m. to noon Monday, Oct. 17, at Kansas City Kansas Community College Technical Education Center, 6565 State Ave.

The second event will be from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Oct. 25, at Shawnee Town Hall.

Trained volunteers from the Senior Health Insurance Counseling for Kansas (SHICK) program will be on hand at the event to provide one-on-one assistance to seniors who have questions, or who wish to make changes to their plans.

The Medicare Open Enrollment Period extends from Oct. 15 through Dec. 7. Medicare beneficiaries who wish to make changes or enroll for the first time need to bring their Medicare card, any current prescriptions (including dosage and frequency), and a list of preferred pharmacies. The event is free and open to everyone.

For additional information, or if persons cannot attend and are interested in enrollment, contact Rep. Yoder’s District Office in Overland Park at 913-621-0832.