From the frying pan into the fire. That’s the task facing Kansas City Kansas Community College’s No. 5 ranked volleyball team.
Last Wednesday, the Lady Blue Devils defeated No. 4 ranked Johnson County in a 3-2 thriller. This Wednesday, the Blue Devils play at Cowley County, the defending NJCAA Division II champion at Arkansas City at 6:30 p.m.
Currently ranked No. 10 but about to move up in the NJCAA poll, Cowley leads the Jayhawk Conference with a 5-0 record and an overall mark of 15-6; KCKCC is 4-0 in the conference and 18-3 on the season. Both teams have won nine of their last 10 contests.
KCKCC stayed unbeaten in the Jayhawk Monday with a 25-11, 27-17, 25-23 sweep of Highland. “A team victory,” said KCKCC coach Mary Bruno, who is looking for her first ever win over Cowley Wednesday.
At the recent citizens police academy class, presentations were made on crisis intervention and terrorism.
Capt. Doug Parisi gave a presentation on crisis intervention. Crisis intervention involves how a police officer should deal with the mentally ill. It was not until recently that a program like this was started.
It was first started in Memphis, Tenn., where a police officer shot a person who was mentally ill.
Currently there are 1,250 crisis intervention programs in the United States. In the past, a person who is mentally ill would be put in jail. A person who is mentally ill requires a lot more attention than a person who is not.
The average person only spends about one day in jail before they bail out of jail. The mentally ill person has a tendency to stay in jail a lot longer and they require a lot of attention, therefore costing the taxpayers more money. It costs the citizens roughly $50,000 a year just to house a person who is mentally ill when he or she is in jail.
Wyandotte County has a lot of programs such as Rainbow House, a facility that can house someone on a temporary basis instead of leaving a person who is mentally ill in jail, saving the taxpayers a lot of money in the long run, said Capt. Doug Parisi.
“We train an officer on crisis intervention; we teach them the proper approach,” he said. “In fact we currently have a therapist on call 24 hours a day in case that particular officer might need some advice on how to handle that person who is mentally ill. It is very hard for a lot of the officers to do this mainly because of the stress that the officers have to deal with on a daily basis. This is why we have such a program as this. We teach the officers to think outside the box,” Capt. Parisi said.
The second presentation, on terrorism, was given by Detective Jim Bauer.
“We try to do is to respond in a timely manner and minimize the loss of lives in case a terroristic act might happen, Detective Bauer said. “There is no set pattern what a terroristic group might do. Every terrorist group uses a different tactic. They use it as a weapon to bring about change. For the most part the members of these groups are not well educated.”
“If you’re aware of anyone attempting to improperly acquire explosives, weapons, ammunition, dangerous chemicals, are you aware of anyone who does not appear to belong in the workplace, neighborhood or a key facility? You are to contact the police department immediately,” Detective Bauer said.
All agencies in the Greater Kansas City metropolitan area work together on terrorism and constantly communicate.
“I see the active terrorism happening more frequently. I answer directly to the deputy chiefs and police chief,” Bauer said.
The terrorism task force number is 816-512-8200; it is sponsored by the Federal Bureau of investigation.
Two long-time major contributors to athletic programs at Kansas City Kansas Community College are the newest members of the KCKCC Athletic Hall of Fame – Duane Shaw and the late Keith Lindsey.
Shaw served as director of athletics from 1987-1999 while Lindsey was a major supporter of KCKCC sports teams during his 28 years as owner of Varsity Sports. They will be inducted into the Hall of Fame prior to the final game of the 11th annual Keith Lindsey Basketball Classic Saturday, Nov. 15.
A teacher at Central Junior High School in Kansas City, Kan., from 1961-1972, Shaw came to KCKCC as director of student activities in 1972. During a 15-year career in that position, he started KCKCC’s first Academic Challenge Team and Teacher-Staff Appreciation Day; sponsored ski trips and trips to foreign countries for students; and was Student Senate and Phi Theta Kappa sponsor.
The recipient of the KCKCC Outstanding Staff Service Award in 1978 and 1988, Shaw was also the recipient of the Career Education Award in 1978 and Phi Theta Kappa Distinguished Service Award in 1988.
The successor to Walt Shublom as director of athletics in 1987, Shaw took Blue Devil athletic programs to new levels by increasing the number of athletes, scholarships and full-time coaching positions; improved physical facilities including development of a training room; and increased the budget. His efforts resulted in an increase in grade point averages and graduation rates of athletes. In addition, he was active in scheduling for the Jayhawk Conference.
Shaw was also well known as a basketball, baseball and softball official, umpiring for more than 40 years and refereeing more than 1,100 basketball games. Retired July 1, 1999, he continues to be involved at KCKCC as a part-time employee in the Maintenance Department.
Tragically killed in a one-car accident Christmas Day 2003, Keith Lindsey was an outstanding athlete, coach, teacher and businessman. A starter on two Wyandotte High School state basketball championship teams, he graduated from Hardin-Simmons where he was a three-year basketball letterman. An English major, Lindsey began teaching and coaching at Maple Park Junior High in North Kansas City and was an English teacher and assistant coach at Washington High School for three years before serving two years as head boys coach at Turner High School.
In 1976, he opened Varsity Sports where stories of his generosity to athletes in need and others were endless.
“We’d have coaches call about a kid who had no money and Keith would tell them to come by and he’d give them a glove or shoes and tell them, ‘Young man, play hard and come back and see me some time,’ ” said Jim Woods, who worked for Lindsey for 27 years.
While it’s been nearly 13 years since his passing, the respect, admiration and love for Keith Lindsey will carry on for years and years. In 2008, he was inducted into the Mid-America Education Hall of Fame at KCKCC. In addition to the annual basketball classic, KCKCC holds a Keith Lindsey Scholarship Golf Scramble each fall and both Washington and Wyandotte high schools and the Kansas City Coach Association have honored Lindsey’s memory.
Founded in 2010, charter Hall of Fame members were Robert Russell, David Segui, Kevin Young, Jurgita Kausaite and the late Al Heider. Nancy Allen, Bryan Scott and Aneta Kausaite were added in 2012 and Steve Burleson, Stephanie Brown, Dinsdale Morgan and the 1976 baseball team which played in the NJCCC World Series last year.
Alan Hoskins is the sports information director for KCKCC.