Washington defeats Stallions, 57-49

Washington junior Damon Alexander attacked the basket. (Photo copyright 2023 by Brian Turrel)

by Brian Turrel

The Washington Wildcats defeated the Schlagle Stallions 57-40 Friday evening at the Washington field house.

The Wildcats used quick side-to-side reverses and skip passes to open their path to the basket, and ran out to a 20-7 lead. The distributed attack saw 7 scorers in the first quarter, none with more than 4 points.

The Wildcats were less choosy with shot selection in the second quarter, and strong rebounding by the Stallions, led by lanky senior Merle-Makel Peterson, limited the home team to one-and-done possessions.

Peterson got opportunities at the offensive end as well, fouled multiple times by the Stallions on drives to the basket. Washington held a 28-17 halftime advantage.

The Stallions closed within 6 points midway through the third quarter but Washington ran back out to a double-digit lead and didn’t look back, closing the game with several trips to the free throw line.

Calil White led the Wildcats in scoring with 14 points. Freshman Elliott Berry Jr. ran the point for much of the game and hit 3 three-point shots on his way to 13.

Jamell Wilson paced the Stallions with 12 points. Peterson hit 9 of 14 free throw chances in the game to total 11 points with only one score from the field.

The Wildcats improve their season record to 3-3 and are undefeated against Meadowlark Conference opponents, with successive wins over Sumner, Harmon, and now Schlagle. Washington will play Wyandotte on the road on Tuesday.

Schlagle drops to 0-7 for the season and will look to pick up its first win of the season when the Harmon Hawks come to visit on Tuesday. Both games will start at 7 p.m.

Washington freshman Elliott Berry Jr. looked for a lane to drive to the basket. (Photo copyright 2023 by Brian Turrel)
The Washington cheerleaders performed stunts during a break in the game. (Photo copyright 2023 by Brian Turrel)
The Washington Air Force Junior ROTC color guard presented the colors before the game. (Photo copyright 2023 by Brian Turrel)
Schlagle senior Jamell Wilson tried to get past Washington junior Damon Alexander. (Photo copyright 2023 by Brian Turrel)

Washington freshman Jamari Williams took a shot in the paint. (Photo copyright 2023 by Brian Turrel)
Washington senior Calil White scored on a layup. (Photo copyright 2023 by Brian Turrel)
Schlagle senior Dominion Moore took an outside jump shot. (Photo copyright 2023 by Brian Turrel)
Washington junior Damon Alexander took control of a rebound under the basket. (Photo copyright 2023 by Brian Turrel)
Schlagle senior Jamell Wilson took a contested jump shot. (Photo copyright 2023 by Brian Turrel)
Schlagle senior Merle-Makel Peterson put back an offensive rebound. (Photo copyright 2023 by Brian Turrel)

King celebration scheduled for Jan. 16

Dr. William H. Curtis

Dr. William H. Curtis will be the guest speaker for the Kansas City, Kansas, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Celebration Jan. 16.

The event will begin at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 16, at Memorial Hall, 600 N. 7th, Kansas City, Kansas.

Dr. Curtis, senior pastor at Mount Ararat Baptist Church, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is a native of Baltimore, Maryland. He is a seminary professor and co-owner of the Church Online, a technology and full-service marketing firm that provides services to ministries all over the world.

Dr. Curtis was inducted into the Martin Luther King Jr. Board of Preachers of Morehouse College in 2009. He is a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Sigma Pi Phi and Jericho lodge No. 20. He also is the author of several books.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in religious studies and philosophy from Morgan State University, a Master of Divinity degree from Howard University School of Divinity and a Doctor of Ministry degree from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio. He and his wife Christine have one daughter.

The theme of this year’s King Celebration is “Together We Can Be the Dream.” It will be the first in-person event since COVID in 2019.

The ecumenical celebration is the largest event of the year co-sponsored by the Unified Government, the Baptist Minister’s Union and the Wyandotte County District Attorney’s office.

A highlight of the event is the awarding of scholarships to deserving students from the Kansas City, Kansas, Turner and Piper school districts. During the past 42 years, more than $1 million has been raised and distributed for scholarships. The Wyandotte County District Attorney is sponsoring five scholarships.

Churches and individual donations are necessary to reach the goal of $13,000. All donations will go to the scholarship funds. Business sponsorships also are available. Sponsors will be listed in the program and will be announced.

Contributions may be mailed to the MLK Holiday Celebration, care of Oak Ridge Baptist Church, 9301 Parallel Parkway, Kansas City, Kansas. Individual donations may be sent to https://gkccf.kimbia.com/king01.

Those interested in singing in the All Faith MLK Choir should contact Alicia Saunders at saundersong@aol.com.