KCKCC infielders Barnhart, Holroyd to SW Oklahoma State

Two KCKCC standouts, second baseman Amanda Holroyd, left, of Tonganoxie and Hanna Barnhart of Bishop Ward, will continue their softball careers at Southwestern Oklahoma State this fall. (KCKCC photo by Alan Hoskins)

by Alan Hoskins
Kansas City Kansas Community College’s middle infield duo of shortstop Hanna Barnhart and second baseman Amanda Holroyd will continue their softball careers at Southwestern Oklahoma State.

An NCAA Division II member in Weatherford, Okla., near Oklahoma City, Southwestern has an enrollment of approximately 5,000 students and competes in the Great American Conference.

Both Barnhart and Holroyd earned post-season honors after helping the Lady Blue Devils finish 31-13 the past season.

Barnhart was a first team selection on the All-Jayhawk Conference team and Holroyd and Barnhart were both named to the All-District second team.

A Bishop Ward grad, Barnhart hit .400 with 17 doubles and 26 RBI.

Holyrod, a graduate of Tonganoxie, was second in runs batted in with 45 while hitting .397 with 18 extra base hits.

“I’m very excited for both Hanna and Amanda; it’s great to see two local standouts move on from our program to a Division II program,” said KCKCC coach Kacy Tillery. “Both are hard workers both on the field and in the classroom and will have no problems in being successful at Southwestern.”

The two Blue Devil standouts were recruited by Barbara Burnett, the new Southwestern Oklahoma coach hired this spring from Independence Community College, like KCKCC a member of the Jayhawk Conference.

“She liked how we played and offered us scholarships,” Holroyd said.

“They are going to a coach and program that expects a lot out of their student athletes but that is normal for both Amanda and Hanna because they expect a lot out of themselves,” Tillery said. “It’s going to be hard to replace these two because of all they have done for our program, Both are great people and it’s been my privilege to have been able to coach them and see them grow as student-athletes as well as off the field as young adults.”

Barnhart said she and Holroyd were not recruited as a duo but both are looking forward to continuing to play together at the NCAA Division II level.

“It just happened to work out that way,” Barnhart said. Barnhart will major in health science and Holroyd in psychology.

Alan Hoskins is the sports information director at KCKCC.

Descendant of Harriet Tubman dies

by Kelly Rogge

A long-time member of the Kansas City, Kan., community with ties to Kansas City Kansas Community College has died.

Isabel Elizabeth Gibson, mother-in-law of KCKCC professor Ewa Unoke, died July 2 in Kansas City, Kan. A beloved mother, sister, aunt, cousin and friend, Gibson was a descendant of the legendary humanitarian and Union spy during the Civil War, Harriet Tubman.

“It was all about serving others, always trying to help others,” said Melody Unoke, one of Gibson’s daughters. “She was also a disciplinarian, especially in bringing up her children.”

As a school teacher, Gibson served in several capacities such as a Sunday school teacher, church organist, leader of the Girls Guides Association and member of the Cape Palmas Prayer Bands. She was passionate in training young boys and girls as a music teacher.

Gibson is an African descendant of Harriet Tubman of U.S. Underground Railroad fame. Harriet was married to John Tubman, who visited Cape Palmas, Liberia, to meet with his relatives Shedrach and Sylvia Tubman. The couple had three children – Alex Tubman, John Hillary and another child who was killed in the tribal war between the Americo-Liberians and the natives. Gen. John Hilary Tubman led the army that eventually defeated the native forces. The 18th president of Liberia, W.V.S. Tubman, Alfred Tubman (Bob Willie) and Gibson are direct descendants of Gen. Alex Tubman who stopped the French invasion of the young Republic of Liberia.

“We are therefore related to Harriet Tubman through marriage. Bob Willie’s daughter, Harriet Tubman who lives in Virginia is named after the legendary freedom fighter,” Melody Unoke said. “Our county in Liberia is called Maryland county named after Maryland state in the U.S where Harriet Tubman hailed from.”

A viewing and prayer service will be from 5 to 9 p.m. July 18 at Porter Funeral Home, 1835 Minnesota Ave. in Kansas City, Kan. There will be a Celebration of Life from 9 to 10 a.m. July 19 at St. Monica Catholic Church, 1616 Paseo Blvd. in Kansas City, Mo. Interment will be at the Gate of Heaven Catholic Cemetery and Mausoleum, 12601 Parallel Parkway in Kansas City, Kan. Repast at Savior Pastoral Center, 12601 Parallel Parkway.

Budget on agenda for school board meeting today

The Kansas City, Kan., school district budget is on the agenda for the 5:30 p.m. July 15 meeting at the Central Office, 2010 N. 59th St., Kansas City, Kan.

Several other items, including the election of new board officers, are on the agenda. The Kansas City, Kan., Public Library’s proposed budget also is on the agenda.

Also on the agenda are approval of contracts with Google for school sites, and many other items.

The agenda is online at http://kckps.org/board/a071514.pdf.