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.

Attorney General’s office, KBI to provide consumer protection, personal safety information at Kansas State Fair

The Kansas Attorney General’s office and Kansas Bureau of Investigation will provide Kansans with consumer protection and public safety information at the Kansas State Fair, Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced today.

“An important mission of the Attorney General’s office is to educate Kansans about ways to protect themselves from scams and crime. We look forward to sharing this important information once again at our fair booth,” Schmidt said.

The booth will be in the Meadowlark Building on the fairgrounds in Hutchinson. Staff from the Attorney General’s Office and KBI will be available throughout the fair to answer questions.

Attorney General Schmidt will be at the fair on Sunday, September 7, and available at the booth to answer questions and listen to Kansans’ concerns from 1 – 2:30 p.m.

The Kansas State Fair opens Friday, September 5, and runs through Sunday, September 14.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Sporting KC suffers 3-1 loss to Houston Dynamo

KANSAS CITY, KAN. ----- Sporting Kansas City suffered a 3-1 loss to the Houston Dynamo on Friday night at Sporting Park and remain in second place in the Eastern Conference, one point back of D.C. United.

Dom Dwyer scored his 17th goal of the season and is now one shy of the team's all-time record set by Preki in Major League Soccer's inaugural season (1996).

Friday's match -- the 50th consecutive MLS sell out at Sporting Park with more than 20,000 in attendance -- was halted due to inclement weather in the 17th minute and resumed after a 75-minute delay. Sporting Kansas City nearly took the lead in the 26th minute when Kevin Ellis' glancing header off a Graham Zusi corner kick was saved by Tally Hall and cleared amidst a goalmouth scramble.

However it was Houston who opened the scoring in the game's 35th minute. Will Bruin was on the end of a deflected cross from Kofi Sarkodie and buried his first-time shot from near the penalty spot for his 10th goal of the season.

Dwyer did well to level the score at 1-1 in the 54th minute. Benny Feilhaber slipped past Jermaine Taylor on the dribble and slotted a pass square for Dwyer inside the penalty area. With two Dynamo defenders converging, Dwyer pushed his shot past Tally Hall and moved within three goals of fellow Englishman Bradley Wright-Phillips in the MLS Golden Boot race.

Thanks to the second half goal, fans who text BWWSKC to 72727 will receive a buy one, get one snack size wings offer from the Sporting Kansas City sponsor.
Feilhaber's assist was his sixth of the season, most on the team and an MLS career high. The playmaker came close to scoring a go-ahead goal five minutes later only to see his shot carry over the crossbar from the top of the 18-yard box.

Both Feilhaber and Dwyer will miss Sporting Kansas City's next match due to caution accumulation. Each received yellow cards from referee Mark Geiger during the first half and will serve mandatory one-game suspensions.

The Dynamo put the game out of reach with two goals in a five-minute span and both came from free kicks off the foot of captain Brad Davis. The U.S. Men's National Team midfielder curled a left-footed delivery onto the head of David Horst in the 62nd minute for the game-winning goal, his first of the season and second of his seven-year MLS career.

Minutes later, Davis again earned the assist -- his eighth of the year -- with a set piece flicked inside the far post by Ricardo Clark. The visitors three goals came on just three shots on goal and marked the second straight match in which Sporting Kansas City conceded three times on their home field.

Hall exited the match due to injury in the 80th minute and Sporting Kansas City twice tested backup goalkeeper Tyler Deric. Dwyer's backheel flick was saved in the 90th minute and he then held onto Aurelien Collin's header three minutes later. Deric's appearance marked the second straight week in which two homegrown goalkeepers were on the field, an occurrence that had never previously happened in MLS history.

With four shots on goal in Friday's loss, Sporting Kansas City supporters can take advantage of 44-cent Monster Tacos at area Jack in the Box locations on Saturday.

The defeat marks the first time Sporting KC has lost back-to-back MLS matches at Sporting Park since its opening in 2011. Friday's match also snapped a seven-game unbeaten streak against Houston (including postseason), during which Houston had scored only twice against Sporting KC.

With eight games remaining in the regular season, Sporting Kansas City will play away from home in their next three MLS matches. The road trip begins Wednesday at New England with coverage beginning at 6 p.m. CT on KMCI-TV 38 the Spot and SKCTV. The team's official watch party will be held at Turn 2 Sports Bar & Restaurant inside Hollywood Casino, featuring $6 wings and $3 Boulevard draft specials.

Sadler, T-Bones win first of twin-bill


KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Ray Sadler led the way for Kansas City as the T-Bones defeated St. Paul 5-2 in game one of a doubleheader that included a 1 hour, 53-minute rain delay Friday night at CommunityAmerica Ballpark.

Sadler got things started for Kansas City in the second inning, tripling off the centerfield wall. Nick Schwaner then grounded out, scoring Sadler and giving the T-Bones an early 1-0 lead.

The Saints appeared primed for a big inning in the fourth. Angelo Songco singled and Jake Taylor walked before Joe Bonfe grounded out, moving both Songco and Taylor into scoring position with only one out. Kansas City starter Jared Messer (5-3) then threw a wild pitch, allowing Songco to score and tying the game. But Messer and the T-Bones managed to escape the inning without any further damage.

Kansas City took the lead right back in its half of the fourth. Sadler continued his big night at the plate with an RBI double, scoring Matt Padgett, who walked earlier in the inning. Bryan Sabatella then beat out an infield single, scoring Sadler and extending the Kansas City advantage to 3-1.  

The T-Bones struck again in the fifth, picking up two more runs courtesy of a triple by Danny Richar, pushing their lead to 5-1. That would be plenty for Messer, who allowed two runs on six hits while striking out three over 5 2/3 innings of work. Ben Hughes (4-3) took the loss.

Relief pitcher Kris Regas came in for Kansas City in the top of the seventh. As he recorded the first out of the inning, the skies opened, causing the extended rain delay. When play resumed, Regas finished the Saints and recorded his 22nd save.

With the win, the T-Bones moved to 44-52 on the season, while the Saints fell to 48-48. The second game of the doubleheader was scheduled to begin at approximately 10 pm. 

Women's Chamber of Commerce to host garage sale

News Release:
The Women’s Chamber of Commerce of Kansas City, Kansas will be having their annual garage sale. More information below:   

8:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M.