Dodgers purchase Bianchi’s contract

The Kansas City T-Bones announced that the Los Angeles Dodgers have purchased the contract of catcher Chris Bianchi.

Bianchi, a rookie who’s 6-foot-1 and 220 pounds, batted .143 in 10 games in 2014 after signing with the T-Bones in late July.

He finished his collegiate career last spring at Trinity University, where he was selected as a member of the All-Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference team.

“We wish Chris the best of luck this spring and summer in the Dodgers system,” said T-Bones manager John Massarelli.

Bianchi is the 23rd T-Bones player whose contract has been sold to a Major League organization. The previous was pitcher Dustin Loggins, whose contract was purchased by the Arizona Diamondbacks in September 2013.

“We are in the development business, as well as trying to win games, so it is always rewarding when one of our guys gets to the next level,” said T-Bones vice president and general manager Chris Browne. “Kansas City is a great place to play and be seen by Major League scouts. We’re excited for Chris and wish him the best of luck.”
– Story from T-Bones

Orthopedic surgeon brings sports medicine expertise to Providence campus

Dr. Nick Aberle II
Dr. Nick Aberle II

Dr. Nick Aberle II, an orthopedic surgeon with expertise in sports medicine and shoulder surgery, has joined Providence Medical Group Orthopedics, on the Providence campus at 8919 Parallel Parkway, Kansas City, Kan.

Dr. Aberle said he is excited to join the new practice dedicated to serving the orthopedic needs of Wyandotte County.

“One of the things that appealed to me about Providence is that the hospital has the advanced resources necessary to perform state-of-the-art orthopedic surgery, yet has a close-knit, collegial staff,” Dr. Aberle said. “Together, we can meet the community’s needs for orthopedic care.”

A native of North Dakota, Dr. Aberle became interested in science and medicine early on.

“I decided to specialize in orthopedics because it is a wonderful blend of technology and patient care,” Dr. Aberle said. An athlete in high school, he played hockey and football, golfed, hiked and skied. “I enjoy sports medicine and helping my patients get back to the activities they love.”

Dr. Aberle earned his medical degree from the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, and performed a residency in orthopedics at the University of Nebraska, Omaha. He completed a fellowship in sports medicine and shoulder surgery with the University of Colorado, Boulder, where he served as the assistant team physician for the University of Colorado Buffalos football team, and the Denver University hockey team.

While there, he also received special training in arthroscopic shoulder surgery and shoulder joint replacement, a procedure about 53,000 people have performed each year in the United States.

“Between aging baby boomers and the rising incidence of shoulder injuries in young athletes, there is an increasing demand for shoulder surgery,” Dr. Aberle said. He is a candidate for the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery and the American Society for Sports Medicine.

Dr. Aberle is practicing with Dr. Timothy J. Monahan. Dr. Monahan is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon with a subspecialty certificate in sports medicine. He currently serves as the team doctor for William Jewell College, Liberty, Mo. During a sports medicine fellowship, he also has assisted the University of Pittsburgh physicians with coverage of the Pittsburgh Penguins and junior hockey teams.

Dr. Monahan completed medical school at the Medical College of Virginia; completed a residency with Geisinger Medical Center; and completed a sports medicine and arthroscopic fellowship at Orthopaedic Research of Virginia.

Dr. Aberle and his family are relocating to the Kansas City area. They enjoy outdoor activities including biking, golfing and skiing.
His office is located on the Providence Medical Center campus at 8919 Parallel Parkway, Suite 360. His office telephone number is 913-596-3940.

– Story from Providence Medical Center

Blue Devil men complete rare sweep at Johnson County, 59-56

The Blue Devil leader in rebounds with eight, the defensive work of Babajide Aina (35) was equally valuable as KCKCC expanded a 48-47 lead to a 59-56 win at Johnson County Saturday. (KCKCC photo)
The Blue Devil leader in rebounds with eight, the defensive work of Babajide Aina (35) was equally valuable as KCKCC expanded a 48-47 lead to a 59-56 win at Johnson County Saturday. (KCKCC photo)

by Alan Hoskins

Kansas City Kansas Community College continued to be tough on the premier Jayhawk Conference teams on the road Saturday, jolting Johnson County’s chance for a first place tie with a 59-56 win.

The win improved the Blue Devils’ record to 14-9 while preventing the Cavaliers (4-3) from pulling into a tie with Hesston (5-2) atop the Region VI Division II standings. The win also completed a rare KCKCC sweep at JCCC after the Blue Devil women had defeated unbeaten and No. 1 ranked JCCC 73-64.

“From a mental aspect, this was our most impressive win of the season,” said coach Kelley Newton, whose Blue Devils have also won on the road at Coffeyville and Independence.

The Blue Devils built a 31-26 lead at halftime, gave it up a couple times late in the game and then reopened a 57-52 lead with 1:01 left and held on. “We made some good defensive stands at the end,” said Newton. “We knew they would be going to No. 11 (Danzel Wright) and we did a good job on him.”

Wright finished as the game’s leading scorer with 23 points but was just 2-for-9 from 3-point.

“We also got a lot better play from our point guards,” Newton said. The Blue Devils as a team had just 10 turnovers for the game after guards had 13 turnovers at Fort Scott the previous game.

Joe Lendway led the Blue Devils with 18 points and 7 rebounds while Dehven Talley added 14 points, C.J. Vallejo 11 and LaShawn Lewis 8. Talley and Vallejo each had a trio of 3-pointers. Babajide Aina led Blue Devil rebounding with eight while Ray Ridley led in assists with five and steals with four.

The Blue Devils are right back on the road Wednesday at Labette at 8 p.m. before returning home to play host to Fort Scott Saturday (4 p.m.) and Hesston a week from Wednesday, Feb. 11.

Alan Hoskins is the sports information director for KCKCC.

All ears were focused on coach Kelley Newton in the closing minutes of Kansas City Kansas Community College’s 59-56 win at Johnson County Saturday. (KCKCC photo)
All ears were focused on coach Kelley Newton in the closing minutes of Kansas City Kansas Community College’s 59-56 win at Johnson County Saturday. (KCKCC photo)