Tuesday, September 2, 2014

West Wyandotte Library closes early

KANSAS CITY, KAN. ---- The West Wyandotte Library branch of the Kansas City, Kan., has closed due to utility work.

The library closed at 5 p.m. today.

The library is expected to open on time tomorrow.

KCK seeking new police chief

KANSAS CITY, KAN. ---- The Unified Government is recruiting a new police chief for the Kansas City, Kan., Police Department.

The chief will replace Interim Chief of Police Ellen Hanson, who took over the role for Rick Armstrong.

More information below:
Kansas City, Kansas is seeking a Chief of Police to head its 350+ sworn officers, 80+ civilians, and to administer a $50 million dollar budget. 
The Kansas City, Kansas Police Department is part of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas.

For more information please visit our website at www.wycokck.org or www.kckpd.org.

KCKCC tailgate party to be held before volleyball game

KANSAS CITY, KAN. ----- A tailgate party Wednesday will kick off the opening week of home athletic events at Kansas City Kansas Community College.

The tailgate party will be held from 5-6 p.m. Wednesday in the pavilion adjacent to the south end of the KCKCC Field House and will be followed by KCKCC’s volleyball home opener against Hesston at 6:30 p.m. On Thursday, the Blue Devil soccer teams will be opening their home season, hosting Coffeyville at 5 p.m. (women) and 7 p.m. (men).

Ranked No. 12 in the first NJCCC Division II poll of the season, the Lady Blue Devil volleyball team will be seeking its sixth win in a row after dropping its season opener to No. 1 Parkland.

Free food, games and music will highlight Wednesday’s tailgate party which will also offer a chance for signup with the Blue Crew, a student body organization supporting all Blue Devil athletic teams.

“We’re inviting everyone to stay for the volleyball game,” said Andrica Wilcoxen, event organizer who said several giveaways will be held during the volleyball game.

The Blue Crew will also be hosting KCKCC’s first Alumni Weekend Oct. 17-20 which will feature home soccer, softball and baseball.

T-Bones finish 2014 with a win

By MATT FULKS, tbonesbaseball.com

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Kansas City finished the 2014 season on a high note Monday afternoon, beating St. Paul 12-10 in a back-and-fourth battle at CommunityAmerica Ballpark.

Between the two clubs there were 22 runs scored on 31 hits, five errors, three ties and three lead changes. There were runs scored in every single inning until the eighth.

Things looked bleak for Kansas City early. St. Paul jumped all over Kansas City starter Kyle DeVore in the first inning, sending 10 batters to the plate and scoring five runs. Following singles by Devin Thaut and Willie Cabrera, Angelo Songco reached third on a throwing error by Vladimir Frias, scoring both Thaut and Cabrera and putting St. Paul in the lead. The next five batters reached base, scoring three more runs and giving the Saints a 5-0 lead. The Saints didn’t record an extra-base hit in the inning.

Kansas City roared back over the game’s next three innings. Trailing 5-1 in the second, Robby Kuzdale tripled and later scored on a wild pitch by Saints’ starter Justin Klipp. T.J. Mittelstaedt then walked. With that walk, Mittelstaedt reached base in all 51 home games this season. Danny Richar hit a home run off the foul pole that cut the St. Paul advantage to 5-4. Nick Schwaner later hit a solo shot in the third, his fifth of the season, tying the game at 5-5.  

The next several frames followed a similar narrative. Kansas City took the lead in the fourth, only to see St. Paul tie things up the next half inning courtesy of a solo home run by Jake Taylor. Kansas City re-took the lead in the fifth, this time by three runs. But Taylor led St. Paul back in the sixth, hitting a three-run homer that knotted things up. The T-Bones once again took the lead immediately afterwards, again hanging three runs on the Saints, highlighted by a two-run homer by Ray Sadler. The Saints mustered a single run the next half inning, but Kansas City escaped with a 12-10 lead intact.

Kansas City scored in each of the game’s first six innings, pounding out 16 hits in a winning effort. Pat Doyle (7-4) picked up the win for Kansas City, tossing two innings in relief. Matt Meyer took the loss for St. Paul. Patrick Mincey pitched a scoreless ninth for his first save as a member of the T-Bones.

With the win, the T-Bones complete a five-game sweep of St. Paul and finish the season on a six-game winning streak. It’s the first winning streak of more than five games since the club ended the 2010 season with eight consecutive wins. Kansas City finishes the 2014 season with a 48-52 record, good for third place in the Central Division.

The T-Bones were second in attendance in 2014, averaging 5,187 fans per game at CommunityAmerica Ballpark. Stay up-to-date with the club and organization during the off-season at www.tbonesbaseball.com.  

Monday, September 1, 2014

KCKCC Track Reopens to Public, New Access Procedures Established

KANSAS CITY, KAN. ----- Kansas City Kansas Community College is back on track, the running track that is.

On Tuesday, Sept. 2, the track will reopen to the community.

The turnstile used by community walkers to access the track has been equipped with a lock that opens with a card issued by KCKCC.

The system will allow the college to track the usage of the track and identify the frequency that walkers are using the athletic facility. Dr. Michael Vitale, vice president of academic and student services at KCKCC, said the change is necessary due to some “misuse” of the facility.

This includes multiple incidents of dogs, strollers and bikes on the track surface as well as unsupervised children climbing on the soccer goals/nets. Both of KCKCC’s soccer teams practice on the soccer field, which the track surrounds. In addition, the track is used by the KCKCC track & field team.

“We made the change in access so community members could continue using the facility,” he said. “Allowing the community to continue using the facility helps promote good will between the community and the college. For several, this is the only location where they felt comfortable walking to help maintain their health.”

To use the track, patrons will need to obtain a Swipe/ID card, which will give them access to the track during the hours it is open to the public.

To obtain a Swipe/ID card, walkers will need to bring a government issued ID to the Campus Police, submit a completed application, pick-up a copy of the track rules and have their picture taken for the identification card.

The college is providing the first card for free. However, if it is lost or stolen, it will cost $25 to replace. All walkers will need their own identification card. Minors must have a parent or guardian’s signature. If they are 16-years or older, they must also have a government issued ID.

To accommodate those walking in the early mornings, the Campus Police department will be open at 5 a.m. Sept. 2 to issue Swipe/ID cards. Campus Police will have the following schedule for the remainder of September:
  •     5 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday
  •     5 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday
Community members can go by Campus Police during these hours to obtain an identification card. College employees who want to walk on the track will also need to obtain a card from Campus Police.

For more information about the new track usage system, contact Mike Vitale, vice president for academic and student services at 913-288-7100.

Much improved KCKCC women's soccer team expected


KANSAS CITY, KAN. ----- Kansas City Kansas Community College will begin its third season of women’s soccer with its highest hopes yet.

“I’m excited. I’m really looking forward to this year,” said Alex Mendez, who is in his first year as assistant coach under third year head mentor Ruben Rodriguez. “I know this is going to be a better team than last year.”

The Lady Blue Devils host Coffeyville in their home opener Thursday, Sept. 4, at 5 p.m. Coffeyville and the KCKCC men will follow at 7 p.m.

With six returning sophomores, the Lady Blue Devils will have more experience than the first two seasons. Four of the returnees are defenders, Zayra Gonzalez of Lincoln Prep, Torrie Wright of Killeen, Tex., Sonia Reyes of J.C. Harmon and Dania Gomez of Wyandotte. They’ll be joined by promising freshmen Chase Holle of Topeka West and Wendy Galvan of F.L. Schlagle.

Shayna Thomas of SM North and Krystal Uribe of Wyandotte return as defensive midfielders where they’ll be joined by freshman Emily Soetaert of Tonganoxie.

Another Tonganoxie freshman, Madison Simmons, will occupy the attacking midfield position while the right and left midfield spots will be contested by three Kansas City, Mo.,  frosh, Karla Montes of Alta Vista, Cynthia Conchas of Lincoln Prep and Marissa Alaniz of Cristo Rey.

Friday Landford of J.C. Harmon has won the starting forward position while Kennedy Bizzell of Bonner Springs will be in goal, a position Blue Devil coaches believe will be much improved in 2014.

Mendez has been most pleased by the progress of his squad thus far.

“We’re really bonding together and playing as a team. Everyone gets along with each other and that’s important. The things we need to improve on are moving the ball better and playing quicker.”

The Lady Blue Devils have five home contests, all against Jayhawk Conference foes. Following Coffeyville Sept. 4, KCKCC will host Neosho County Sept. 23, Cowley Sept. 30, Butler County Oct. 10 and Pratt Oct. 17.

A graduate of Bishop Ward High School, Mendez played soccer at Park University and club soccer in Mexico. He has 15 years of coaching experience at the high school level at SM North and at the club level with the Kansas City Fusion.

Sept. 4 – COFFEYVILLE*, Home, 5 p.m.
Sept. 9 – Barton County*, Away, 2 p.m.
Sept. 11 – Blue River, Away, 2:30 p.m.
Sept. 15 – Maple Woods, Away, 2 p.m.
Sept. 23 – NEOSHO COUNTY*, Home, 6 p.m.
Sept. 26 – Hutchinson*, Away, 3 p.m.
Sept. 30 – COWLEY*, Home, 6 p.m.
Oct. 3-5 – Thunder Duck Tournament, Dallas, Tex.
Oct. 7 – Allen County*, Away, 2 p.m.
Oct. 10 – BUTLER COUNTY*, Home, 6 p.m.
Oct. 14 – Johnson County*, Away, 1 p.m.
Oct. 17 – PRATT*, Home, 5 p.m.
Oct. 21 – Garden City*, Away, 6 p.m.
Oct. 24 – Dodge City*, Away, TBA

No.                Ht.    Yr.       Pos.       Hometown (High School)
  9  Kennedy Bizzell        5-9    Fr.    K    Kansas City, KS. (Bonner Springs)
  2  Wendy Galvan        5-5    Fr.    MF    Kansas City, KS. (F.L. Schlagle)
  3  Torrie Wright        5-2    So.    MF    Killleen, Tex. (Ellison)
  4  Chase Holle            5-7    Fr.    Def.    Kansas City, KS. (J.C. Harmon)
  5  Zayra Gonzalez        5-8    So.    Def.    Kansas City, MO. (Lincoln Prep)
  6  Sonia Reyes            5-3    So.    Def.    Kansas City, KS. (J.C. Harmon)
  7  Friday Landford        5-9    Fr.    MF    Kansas City, KS. (J.C. Harmon)
  9  Karla Montes        5-5    Fr.    Fwd.    Kansas City, MO. (Alta Vista)
10  Dania Gomez        5-7    So.    MF    Kansas City, KS. (Wyandotte)
11  Krystal Uribe        5-7    So.    MF    Kansas City, KS. (Wyandotte)
15  Madison Simmons        5-7    Fr.    MF    Tonganoxie, KS. (Tonganoxie)
16  Cynthia Conchas        5-5    Fr.    Fwd.    Kansas City, MO. (Lincoln Prep)
17  Emily Soetaert        5-7    Fr.    Fwd.    Tonganoxie, KS. (Tonganoxie)
18  Shayna Thomas        5-9    So.    MF    Shawnee, KS. (SM North)
24  Marissa Alaniz        5-6    Fr.    Def.    Kansas City, MO. (Cristo Rey)
    HEAD COACH – Ruben Rodriguez (third season)
    ASSISTANT COACH – Alex Mason (first season)

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Long ball lifts T-Bones past Saints

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – A trio of home runs aided the T-Bones in a 9-4 win over St. Paul in game one of Saturday’s doubleheader in CommunityAmerica Ballpark. 

Due to rain, Friday night’s game was suspended after the Saints went in order in the top of the first. The two teams resumed play in a seven-inning game Saturday afternoon.

T.J. Mittelstaedt started the day off with a bang, blasting a solo home run over the left-field wall off the second pitch of the game. Following the home run, Danny Richar doubled and Matt Padgett worked a walk, which set up Ray Sadler for a three-run homer en route to a five run first inning.

After batting through the lineup in the first the T-Bones tacked on another run in the second when Mittelstaedt launched a leadoff home run over the right-field wall, giving Kansas City a 6-0 lead.

The Saints scored one in the third and three in the fourth but it was too little too late after the early offensive surge by Kansas City.

Patrick Mincey earned his second win with the T-Bones and his fourth on the year. He tossed a scoreless inning in relief, giving up one hit and striking out two. Derek Loera notched his first save after throwing two scoreless innings.

Game two of Saturday’s doubleheader is expected to begin approximately 8:45 p.m.