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KSHSAA Announces Change In Class 1A Division II State Basketball Tournament

TOPEKA, Kan. – As postseason basketball approaches, the KSHSAA and Fort Hays State University have mutually agreed to relocate this year’s Class 1A Division II state basketball tournament from FHSU to the United Wireless Arena in Dodge City. The state tournament dates remain as scheduled March 11 – 14, 2015.

The Fort Hays State University women’s basketball team has positioned itself to potentially host an NCAA regional tournament March 13, 14 and 16, which would significantly conflict with the state high school tournament. By mutual agreement of FHSU and the KSHSAA, the state tournament will be hosted in Dodge City by the United Wireless Arena and the Dodge City Sports Commission.

“Whether or not Fort Hays State succeeds in winning the right to host an NCAA regional, the state tournament will remain in Dodge City this year,” said KSHSAA Executive Director, Gary Musselman. “The logistics and lead time in staging a successful state tournament necessitate a decision which is in the best interest of Fort Hays State University and the member schools of the KSHSAA, be made now. Better to relocate our tournament than move to a secondary site gym for the semi-finals and finals of our state tournament on Friday and Saturday,” said Musselman.

The Dodge City Sports Commission will be working to provide a positive experience for all participants. The 3,600 seat capacity United Wireless Arena is home to the Dodge City Law arena football team and recently hosted the 72nd annual Dodge City Tournament of Champions featuring high school basketball teams from across the state. United Wireless Arena also hosts the SPAA-Iroquois league basketball tournament.

United Wireless Arena Website

The schedule will be as follows:

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 Girls Quarterfinal games at 3:00 pm, 4:45 pm, 6:30 pm, & 8:15 pm

Thursday, March 12, 2015 Boys Quarterfinal games at 3:00 pm, 4:45 pm, 6:30 pm, 8:15 pm

Friday, March 13, 2015 Semifinal games

Girls at 3:00 pm and 6:30 pm

Boys at 4:45 pm and 8:15 pm

Saturday, March 14, 2015 Consolation and State Championship games

12:00 p.m. – 3rd Place Girls Game

2:00 p.m. – 3rd Place Boys Game

4:00 p.m. – Girls Championship Game

6:15 p.m. – Boys Championship Game

Hiawatha Invitational Tournament Update – Jan. 29th

Classic Country AM 1570/FM 94.1 KNDY will continue coverage of the Marysville Lady Bulldogs as they compete in the 2015 Hiawatha Girls Invitational Tournament. The Lady Bulldogs will next face Falls City at 1 PM on Saturday, January 31st. Listen Live on KNDY XTRA.

SCOREBOARD – JAN. 29TH
Hiawatha 48, Falls City 25
Nemaha Central 60, Marysville 47
Jackson Heights 52, Riverside 39
Horton 40, Rock Creek 35

Lady Bulldogs Advance In Hiawatha Invitational; Complete Wrap-Up Included

Classic Country AM 1570/FM 94.1 KNDY will continue coverage of the Marysville Lady Bulldogs as they compete in the 2015 Hiawatha Girls Invitational Tournament. The Lady Bulldogs will next face Nemaha Central at 8 PM on Thursday, January 29th. Listen Live on KNDY XTRA.

SCOREBOARD – JAN. 27TH
Falls City 50, Riverside 15
Hiawatha 62, Jackson Heights 40
Nemaha Central 44, Rock Creek 30
Marysville 64, Horton 41

Kansas Shrine Bowl Selections Made For 2015

The Kansas Shrine Bowl announced their selections for participants in the 2015 Kansas Shrine Bowl. Special thanks to our partners at www.Kpreps.com for the information.

EAST

PLAYER SCHOOL HT WT POS CLASS
Alexander, Miles Blue Valley Northwest 5-11 180 RB/DB 6A
Allen, Cooper Holton 5-10 270 OL 4A-2
Barksdale Jr., Tony Shawnee Heights 5-10 180 RB 5A
Beatty, Alec Topeka High 6-0 170 QB 6A
Beebe, Colton KC Piper 6-2 250 LB 4A-1
Cassell, Derrick Chetopa 6-1 210 RB/LB 8M-2
Dishon, Trey Horton 6-3 290 FB/DL 3A
Ewing, Ben St. Thomas Aquinas 6-0 220 FB/DL 5A
Feldkamp, Andrew Axtell 6-1 235 OL/DL 8M-2
Ferron, Joey Centralia 6-4 280 OL/DL 3A
Fink, Alex Fort Scott 6-1 170 WR/DB 4A-1
Frantz, Scott Lawrence Free State 6-5 295 OL 6A
Freeman, Jace Silver Lake 6-0 165 WR/DB 3A
Gonzalez, Brandon Bishop Miege 6-0 285 OL 4A-1
Hattole, Scott Lansing 6-6 260 OL 5A
Helton, Gabe Galena 6-0 180 RB/DB 3A
Hendrix, Wyatt Topeka Seaman 6-5 230 TE/DL 5A
Holsinger, Mitch Olathe Northwest 6-2 235 OL/DL 6A
Horak, Thatcher Rossville 5-10 175 RB/WR/DB 3A
Huschka, Braydon Blue Valley 6-3 220 TE/DL 6A
Johnson, LaDarrius Coffeyville 5-8 165 RB 4A-1
Kaifes, Conner Mill Valley 6-1 200 LB 5A
Krueger, Bo Olpe 6-2 170 QB/DB 2-1A
Mahnken, Sage Pittsburg 6-3 275 OL/DL 5A
McGreevy, Derrick Topeka Hayden 6-2 220 LB 4A-1
Osbern, Brett Wellsville 5-8 165 RB/DB 3A
Pembridge, Carter Shawnee Mission West 6-4 250 OL/DL 6A
Ross, Isaiah Leavenworth 6-0 185 WR/DB 5A
Seurer, Jake Olathe South 6-0 185 QB/DB 6A
Speer, Tristan Troy 5-11 205 QB/DL 2-1A
Swinehart, Dawson Lyndon 5-10 165 RB/WR/DB 2-1A
Watkins, Taylor Columbus 5-9 180 LB 4A-2
White, Charley Shawnee Mission East 6-0 170 DB 6A
Wyrick, Levi Caney Valley 6-4 235 QB/DE 3A
COACHES SCHOOL  –  –  –  –
Harry Hester (head) Cherryvale  –  –  –  –
Walt Alexander Topeka High  –  –  –  –
John McCall Lansing  –  –  –  –
Bob Campbell Fort Scott  –  –  –  –
Brad Burkdoll Wellsville  –  –  –  –
Chris Schmidt Olpe  –  –  –  –
           
CAMP DIRECTOR  –  –  –  –  –
Jack Call Emporia  –  –  –  –

WEST

PLAYER SCHOOL HT WT POS CLASS
Baker, Sloan Scott City 6-2 190 WR/DB 3A
Bieberle, Layne Central Plains 6-3 170 WR/DB 8M-1
Burlew, Braden Salina South 6-0 235 OL/DL 5A
Burns, Tyler Wichita Trinity 6-0 210 RB/DB 4A-2
Burse, JaVon Salina Central 5-11 170 DB 5A
Creek, Logan Conway Springs 6-5 295 OL/DL 3A
Edwards, Willie Wichita East 6-1 175 WR/DB 6A
Ehm, Kyler Wichita Collegiate 6-3 265 OL/DL 3A
Fritschi, Ethan Hanover 6-5 245 OL/DL 8M-1
Hale, Joey Hutchinson Trinity 6-0 225 OL/LB 3A
Harris, Tyler Andover Central 6-0 175 WR 4A-1
Hart, Ty McPherson 6-2 220 RB/LB 4A-1
Howell, Colton Bishop Carroll 6-2 205 QB 5A
Jackson, Anthony Andover 6-0 210 OL/DL 5A
Jackson, Darreon Derby 6-0 190 DB 6A
Jackson, R.J. Beloit 6-3 230 TE/DL 3A
Jacobs, Luke Phillipsburg 6-7 225 TE/OL/DL 2-1A
Johnson,  Brendan Wichita Northwest 5-11 185 DB 6A
Knoblauch, Hunter Andale 6-0 180 RB/DB 4A-2
Kuhn, Ryan Oakley 6-2 250 OL/DL 2-1A
Middleton, Blaik Hutchinson 5-10 175 RB 6A
Morrical, Evan Ell-Saline 5-10 235 OL/DL 2-1A
Murray, Aidan Southeast of Saline 6-3 260 OL/DL 3A
Nas-Carmickle, Tyrik Junction City 5-11 175 LB 6A
Nulik, Shawn Chaparral 5-9 155 QB/DB 3A
Owen, Seth Hoisington 6-2 185 OL/DL 3A
Palic, Kyle Marion 6-3 225 LB 2-1A
Raleigh, Grant Hesston 6-2 175 QB/DB 3A
Richmeier, Blake Holcomb 6-2 230 FB/TE/LB 4A-2
Schmidt, Sheldon La Crosse 6-3 225 FB/TE/DL 2-1A
Taylor, Carlos Wichita Heights 5-11 235 DL 5A
Tramp, Caleb Garden City 6-5 215 WR 6A
Wagner, Colton Manhattan 6-4 265 OL/DL 6A
Wolf, Dakota Buhler 5-10 195 WR 4A-1
COACHES SCHOOL  –  –  –  –
Scott Moshier (head) Meade  –  –  –  –
Randall Zimmerman Junction City  –  –  –  –
Sam Sellers Salina South  –  –  –  –
Tom Audley Andover Central  –  –  –  –
Glenn O’Neil Scott City  –  –  –  –
Terry King Ell-Saline  –  –  –  –
CAMP DIRECTOR  –  –  –  –  –
Myron Converse Clay Center

Bill Snyder Elected to College Football Hall of Fame

DALLAS, Texas – Bill Snyder, the architect of the “greatest turnaround in the history of college football,” will become just the fourth person in the history of college football to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as an active coach as the legendary K-State coach was announced today as part of the National Football Foundation’s College Football Hall of Fame Induction Class of 2015.

A five-time national coach of the year honoree and seven-time conference coach of the year recipient, Snyder joins former Youngstown State and Ohio State coach Jim Tressel as coaches to be inducted into the Class of 2015 and also joins Bobby Bowden (Florida State), Joe Paterno (Penn State) and John Gagliardi (St. John’s) as active coaches to be enshrined.

Other members of the 2015 class include Nebraska linebacker Trev Alberts, Oklahoma linebacker Brian Bosworth, Arizona State linebacker Bob Breunig, Millsaps (Miss.) defensive lineman Sean Brewer, Pittsburgh offensive tackle Ruben Brown, Florida split end Wes Chandler, Notre Dame split end Thom Gatewood, Yale running back Dick Jauron, Michigan State halfback Clinton Jones, Washington offensive tackle Lincoln Kennedy, Michigan running back Rob Lytle, Marshall quarterback Michael Payton, Kentucky defensive end Art Still, Texas Tech linebacker Zach Thomas and Texas running back Ricky Williams as the announcement was made as part of the College Football Playoff National Championship festivities in Texas.

Snyder has compiled an amazing 187-94-1 record in his 23 years as the helm of the Wildcat program. He ranks 32nd all-time in victories among FBS coaches and continues to climb the ladder with each win.

“Obviously this is a very humbling honor, and I am certainly grateful to those who nominated me, those who voted for me and for Steve Hatchell and the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame for all they have done for our remarkable game of college football,” said Snyder. “It is, however, not a one-person honor but one for a large collection of wonderful people who have had a major impact on our program and any successes that I may have had. Recognition such as this would not have been possible for me if it wasn’t for my mother’s and grandfather’s guidance as a young boy, nor for my immediate family (wife Sharon, daughters Shannon, Meredith and Whitney and sons Sean and Ross) who have sacrificed so very much over the years. Sean has been instrumental in our successes as a player and a coach and as well the all-encompassing job of handling our operations. My daughter, Meredith, overcoming a tragedy in her life has given me constant inspiration, and of course the players, coaches and support staff I have been associated with over the years have been amazing, including my high school coaches and Norris Patterson and Hayden Fry.

“The opportunities given to us by our central athletic administration (past and present) have been a significant part of our successes here at Kansas State as has the fan (family) support we have had from our student bodies and the Kansas State people throughout the country. All inclusively, they represent the passion, caring and love of the Wildcat Football Family.”

Called the “coach of the century” by hall of fame coach Barry Switzer, Snyder’s accomplishments at K-State are nearly unthinkable considering what he inherited during his first tour of duty beginning in 1989. The Wildcat program was in the midst of an 0-26-1 run when he was hired and had been just one bowl game in its first 93 seasons.

During a the span of 11-straight bowl seasons (1993-2003), Snyder’s Wildcats won nearly 80 percent of their games, chalking up 109 victories – a staggering 10 wins per season – and making K-State the nation’s second winningest program over that period. His first tenure included a Big 12 Championship in 2003 in a 35-7 win over No. 1 Oklahoma, while his 1998 team held a No. 1 ranking in the BCS standings. Snyder retired from coaching prior to the last game of the 2005 season, and the Wildcats sent him out with a 36-28 come-from-behind home victory over Missouri in the first game of the newly renamed Bill Snyder Family Stadium.

“The entire K-State Nation joins President Schulz and me in congratulating Coach Snyder on being named a NFF College Football Hall of Fame member and being recognized as one of the top coaches in the history of the game,” K-State Athletics Director John Currie said. “The impact he and Sharon and their family have had on Kansas State University and Manhattan since his arrival in 1989 is incalculable, and his leadership and mentoring are truly remarkable and inspirational. Coach Snyder’s legacy of integrity and commitment to excellence transcends not only football but perhaps all of intercollegiate athletics and higher education.”

Following a three-year hiatus, Snyder returned to the sidelines in 2009, and it has been more of the same as his teams have accumulated a 47-24 record through six seasons and currently lead the Big 12 in conference wins since 2011 with 27.

The Wildcats are in the midst of five-straight bowl seasons, including a pair of 10-win campaigns in 2011 (10-3) and 2012 (11-2). The 2012 Wildcats captured the program’s second Big 12 Championship and held another No. 1 national ranking. After turning 75 years old on Oct. 7 – which qualified him to be included on this year’s ballot – Snyder’s team promptly traveled to No. 11 Oklahoma and pulled out a 31-30 victory, a key component of the Wildcats’ nine-win season in 2014.

“What Coach Snyder has done at K-State is very deserving of this tremendous honor,” said Jordy Nelson, former record-setting Wildcat and 2014 NFL All-Pro wide receiver. “Turning the program around during his first tenure certainly warrants this distinction, and now for him to do it a second time and win conference championships and compete for national titles once again is a true testament of his work ethic and passion for the program. I am very happy for Coach Snyder and K-State, and it is an honor for me to have played for him and be a part of what he has accomplished.”

Snyder and the rest of the Class of 2015 will be inducted during the NFF Annual Awards Dinner in New York City at the Waldorf Astoria on Dec. 8, 2015.

To be eligible for the ballot, coaches must have coached a minimum of 10 years and 100 games as a head coach; won at least 60 percent of their games; and be retired from coaching for at least three years. However, active coaches over the age of 75 are eligible, as is the case with Snyder.

“This is such a fitting honor for a tremendous man who has represented Kansas State University, the state of Kansas and all of college athletics with the utmost class and integrity,” said K-State President Kirk Schulz. “Coach Snyder, in so many ways, epitomizes the core values central to our University’s founding and ongoing quest for excellence through a tireless work ethic, an unrelenting commitment to improvement and never giving up. We are so proud of him on behalf of the student-athletes, the entire K-State family and countless others who have benefitted from his positive leadership.”

Story courtesy of the Kansas State University Sports Information Department – www.k-statesports.com 

Kansas Football Welcomes Six New Staffers, Including Rob Likens as OC

LAWRENCE, Kan. –Kansas head football coach David Beaty announced the hiring of six members to his coaching staff, including the arrival of four on-field assistant coaches, on Tuesday.

With the role of defensive coordinator filled by assistant head coach Clint Bowen, Beaty announced that Rob Likens will orchestrate the offensive side of the ball as KU’s offensive coordinator.

Likens arrives at Kansas after serving two seasons on the coaching staff at Cal as the assistant head coach and passing game coordinator. Under his tutelage in 2013, the Golden Bears’ aerial attack set school records for completions, yardage and attempts. Likens and the passing game followed up their record-setting 2013 season by rewriting the Cal single-season passing yardage record in 2014 with 4,152 yards.

“I’m very excited to announce that we have added Rob Likens to our staff as our offensive coordinator,” Beaty said. “Rob has been a major player in some of the best offenses in the history of college football. I have always been a fan of Rob’s ability to develop players who produce at a high level. Rob has learned from some of the best in the country and is as fine of an offensive mind as I have been around. Rob is a man of integrity and character and I cannot wait for our team to be able to benefit from his wisdom.”

Beaty also revealed the additions of five other coaching components of his inaugural staff at Kansas.

Je’Ney Jackson will serve as the head strength and conditioning coach, while on the defensive side of the ball the linebacker position will be overseen by Kevin Kane and the defensive line will be coached by Calvin Thibodeaux. On offense, Klint Kubiak will coach the wide receivers, while Gene Wier will fill the post of Director of High School Relations.

“As I’ve said before, it’s really important for us to find the right people for this program,” Beaty said. “These six guys, they not only can teach, they can recruit and they can develop relationships and produce productive citizens off the field. We are excited to have all of them onboard.”

Jackson returns to Kansas – where he once coached cornerbacks and was an assistant strength coach for the Jayhawks – after spending the previous four and a half years at the helm of the strength and conditioning program for the University of Indiana men’s basketball team.

Over his time at Indiana, Jackson helped the Hoosiers to a 2013 Big Ten Championship and assisted in producing three first-round National Basketball Association draft picks. While at Kansas, he mentored cornerback Aqib Talib to consensus All-America honors and oversaw corner Chris Harris earn a Freshman All-America Honorable Mention selection.

“Je’Ney brings a great familiarity with the University of Kansas as well as a wealth of experience in the strength and conditioning world,” Beaty said. “His ability to develop and relate to our players will be a large part of our initiative moving forward. He is widely regarded as one of the top coordinators in this field. He is without a doubt, my most important hire and we are honored to have him here.”

Joining Jackson in a return to Lawrence is Kane who served as a former captain for the program and was a two-time all-conference linebacker from 2002-05. The Kansas City, Missouri native spent the last four seasons at Northern Illinois University where he coached the tight ends and fullbacks for one year, while spending the next three seasons coaching the linebackers. Additionally he served as the Huskies’ special teams coordinator in 2013-14.

“I always admired Kevin as a player, but I am even more impressed with his ability to teach and develop young players,” Beaty said. “He is a tireless recruiter and he is as well thought of in the Kansas City community as anyone I know. He will bring an energy and toughness to our team that we will all benefit from. It has been fun watching his linebackers play over the years and I’m glad that he is now coaching our guys.”

Thibodeaux joins the Kansas staff tasked with coaching the same position he held for the previous three seasons at the University of Tulsa. While at TU, Thibodeaux helped guide the team to an 11-win season and a Liberty Bowl victory in 2012. Prior to his time with the Golden Hurricane, Thibodeaux coached in the same capacity at Dartmouth College where the Big Green posted their first winning season in Ivy League play in seven seasons.

“Calvin is a tireless recruiter and a well-respected member of the defensive line coaching community,” Beaty said. “His players exhibit responsibility, toughness and passion and we are looking forward to him bringing those elements to KU. His ability as a coach is only surpassed by his upstanding character and integrity as a man.”

Kubiak comes to Kansas to coach the wide receiver unit after a stint in the National Football League. Kubiak worked with the Minnesota Vikings for two seasons where he doubled as the assistant offensive quality control coach and assistant wide receivers coach. He also spent three seasons at Texas A&M working closely alongside Beaty in 2012.

“Klint brings a wealth of knowledge and passion to our staff,” Beaty said. “He is as hard of a worker as I have ever seen in our profession. His ability to connect with his players in the NFL and at Texas A&M has been impressive to watch. Our wide receivers will benefit greatly from his experience.”

Beaty also introduced Wier as the program’s director of high school relations. In his position with the Jayhawks, Wier will oversee all of KU’s football camps and clinics among other responsibilities with recruiting. Wier spent time as a high school head coach in both Kansas and Texas. While in Kansas, Wier guided the Olathe North football program to six state championships during his 25-year tenure as the Eagles’ head coach.

“Gene is a well-respected high school coach in the state of Kansas who has a passion for our great university,” Beaty said. “Not only is he fulfilling a lifelong dream of becoming a Jayhawk, but he will certainly add a much-needed element to our staff. His long-standing relationships with the great coaches of the state will allow us to better understand and serve our coaches.”

With Beaty’s announcement of the six new staff members Tuesday and the retention of Bowen, Reggie Mitchell (recruiting coordinator/running backs) and Louie Matsakis (director of personnel) the Kansas football staff is taking formation in anticipation of the 2015 spring football season.

No. 11 K-State’s Comeback Effort Falls Short In Alamo Bowl

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — Quarterback Brett Hundley led No. 14 UCLA to a 31-6 halftime lead and the Bruins held off No. 11 Kansas State 40-35 on Friday night in the Alamo Bowl.

Kansas State (9-4) scored 22 of the first 25 points in the second half, cutting it to 34-28 on quarterback Jake Waters’ 1-yard run with 4:54 left.

Paul Perkins countered for UCLA (10-3) with a 67-yard run with 2:20 to go. Waters threw a 29-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Lockett with 1:21 left, but UCLA recovered the onside kick and ran out the clock.

Perkins ran for 194 yards on 20 carries.

Lockett had 13 catches for 164 yards for Kansas State.

Waters was 31 of 48 for 338 yards, but was sacked seven times — twice by Butkus Award winner Eric Kendricks — and threw two interceptions and lost a fumble.

Hundley ran for 96 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries and passed for 136 yards. UCLA coach Jim Mora has said Hundley is forgoing his senior season to enter the NFL draft.

UCLA raced to a 17-0 lead in the first quarter, with Hundley scoring on runs of 10 and 28 yards. The Bruins outgained Kansas State 218-4 and had a 9-1 edge in first downs in the quarter.

In the second quarter, Perkins had a 32-yard touchdown run and Hundley threw a 7-yard scoring pass to Dave Lucien. The Bruins sacked Waters five times in the half.

The Wildcats opened the second half with a 17-play drive, capped by Waters’ 3-yard touchdown pass to Lockett and a successful 2-point conversion — also from Waters to Lockett. After forcing a fumble by Perkins, K-State took over at UCLA’s 21 and scored on DeMarcus Robinson’s 2-yard run.

Hundley had a 40-yard run on a third-and-11 play to set up Ka’imi Fairbairn’s 44-yard field goal that gave UCLA a 34-21 lead late in the third quarter.

COURTESY OF THE K-STATE SPORTS INFORMATION OFFICE

Area High School Basketball Scoreboard – Dec. 12th

North Central Kansas League Boys
Abilene 53, Augusta 51
Concordia 65, Smoky Valley 41
El Dorado 56, Chapman 46
Marysville 66, Clay Center 56
Nemaha Central 50, Wamego 49

Twin Valley League Boys
Axtell 50, Linn 21
Blue Valley 62, St. Xavier 35
Centralia at Wetmore (No Report)
Doniphan West 62, Frankfort 42
Hanover 55, Troy 50 OT
Onaga 52, Mission Valley 39
Valley Heights vs. Flint Hills Christian Cancelled
Washington County 59, Wakefield 42

North Central Kansas League Girls
Abilene 41, Augusta 27
Clay Center 41, Marysville 38
Concordia 62, Smoky Valley 52
El Dorado 47, Chapman 43 2-OT
Wamego 34, Nemaha Central 30

Twin Valley League Girls
Axtell 52, Linn 49
Blue Valley 49, St. Xavier 21
Centralia 45, Wetmore 32
Doniphan West 48, Frankfort 34
Hanover 58, Troy 36
Valley Heights vs. Flint Hills Christian Cancelled
Washington County 52, Wakefield 16