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Twin Valley League Volleyball Wrap-Up – Week #1

Team League Overall
Washington County 3-0 3-0
Valley Heights 2-0 2-0
Frankfort 2-0 2-0
Centralia 2-0 6-1
Linn 2-1 2-1
Clifton-Clyde 1-1 1-1
Troy 1-1 1-1
Axtell 1-1 3-4
Hanover 1-2 1-2
Blue Valley 0-2 0-2
Doniphan West 0-2 0-2
Wetmore 0-2 0-2
Onaga 0-3 0-3

Scores from September 2
Frankfort def Doniphan West 25-12, 25-21
Clifton-Clyde def Doniphan West 25-13, 25-16
Frankfort def Clifton-Clyde 25-22, 25-17
Axtell def Blue Valley 25-16, 25-9
Centralia def Blue Valley 25-12, 25-11
Centralia def Axtell 25-13, 25-20
Washington Co def Linn 23-25, 25-16, 25-20
Washington Co def Hanover 25-12, 25-11
Washington Co def Onaga 25-13, 25-14
Hanover def Onaga 25-15, 18-25, 25-17
Linn def Onaga 25-19, 25-8
Linn def Hanover 25-21, 25-19
Valley Heights def Wetmore 25-12, 25-8
Troy def Wetmore 25-17, 25-21
Valley Heights def Troy 25-16, 25-20


Saturday, August 30
Wabaunsee Invitational Tournament
Pool Play
Centralia def Oskaloosa 25-3, 25-5
Centralia def Council Grove 25-13, 25-14
Wabaunsee def Centralia 26-24, 23-25
Rock Creek def Axtell 25-20, 25-23
Axtell def Mission Valley 25-20, 20-25, 25-16
Axtell def Osage City 25-16, 25-21
Wabaunsee def Axtell 25-20, 25-15
Centralia def Rock Creek 25-23, 25-10
Rock Creek def Axtell 16-25, 25-10, 25-19
Wabaunsee def Centralia 25-22, 23-25, 26-24


Tuesday, September 9
at Onaga – Blue Valley, Frankfort, Wetmore
at Clifton-Clyde – Axtell, Washington County
at Valley Heights – Doniphan West, Linn
at Centralia – Hanover, Troy

Saturday, September 13
at Frankfort
Wetmore, Washington County, Onaga, Frankfort

at Riley County
Valley Heights, Clifton-Clyde?

at Southern Cloud Invitational
Blue Valley, Hanover, Linn

Kansas Volleyball Association Preseason Rankings Announced

Topeka, KS — The Kansas Volleyball Association is pleased to announce the 2014 Pre-Season Volleyball Rankings sponsored by PrepVolleyball.com.

Rank – School

Class 6A
1. Olathe East
2. Blue Valley
3. Blue Valley West
4. Olathe Northwest
5. Blue Valley Northwest
6. Blue Valley North
7. Washburn Rural
8. Maize
9. Manhattan
10. Derby

Class 5A
1. St. James Academy
2. St. Thomas Aquinas
3. Shawnee Heights
4. Topeka-Seaman
5. Bishop Carroll
6. Lansing
7. Andover
8. Valley Center
9. Mill Valley
10. Kapaun Mt. Carmel

Class 4A – Division 1
1. Bishop Miege
2. Louisburg
3. Topeka-Hayden
4. Rose Hill
5. Baldwin
6. McPherson
7. Wamego
8. Abilene
9. Andover Central
10. Ulysses

Class 4A – Division 2
1. Clay Center
2. Andale
3. Holton
4. Jefferson West
5. Frontenac
6. Goodland
7. Clearwater
8. Wichita Trinity
9. Colby
10. Santa Fe Trail

Class 3A
1. Silver Lake
2. Cheney
3. Garden Plain
4. Hesston
5. Hoisington
6. Wellsville
7. Nemaha Central
8. Southeast of Saline
9. West Franklin
10. Douglass

Class 2A
1. Hillsboro
2. Jefferson County North
3. Washington County
4. Smith Center
5. Coldwater-South Central
6. Central Plains
7. Sterling
8. Bucklin/Ashland
9. Olpe
10. Ellis

Class 1A – Division 1
1. Centralia
2. Goessel
3. Hoxie
4. Spearville
5. Waverly
6. Valley Heights
7. Linn
8. Thunder Ridge
9. Pike Valley
10. St. Paul

Class 1A – Division 2
1. Argonia
2. Logan
3. Dighton
4. Beloit-St. John’s/Tipton
5. Northern Valley
6. Wallace County
7. Wheatland-Grinnell
8. South Barber
9. Golden Plains
10. Weskan

Marysville High School To Host Gatorade Scrimmages

The high school sports season is underway across the area, and Marysville High School will be hosting three Gatorade scrimmages on Friday to help build up their Gatorade supply. The coaches request the public donate powdered Gatorade instead of bottles for the season.

The Marysville Lady Bulldogs will host their volleyball scrimmage at 5:15 p.m. Friday at Marysville High School. The Junior High football team will begin their scrimmage at 5:30 p.m. at Homer Hanson Stadium, followed by the MHS team at 6:00 p.m.


Kansas Coaching Legends To Reunite For 60th Celebration of Historic Allen Fieldhouse

LAWRENCE, Kan. – Kansas Athletics is pleased to announce an anniversary party unlike any other, celebrating 60 years of Jayhawk Basketball in Allen Fieldhouse. Coaching legends Ted Owens, Larry Brown, Roy Williams and current head coach Bill Self will reunite in Lawrence to pay homage to college basketball’s most storied building.

The four will join together on James Naismith Court the evening of Oct. 27 for “Celebrating 60 Years.” Ticket information will be released in early September. The renowned foursome, who combined have guided the Jayhawks over the last 50 years, will enjoy a night of reliving their favorite Allen Fieldhouse memories. KU Athletics and Self’s Assists Foundation are teaming up to provide a one of a kind evening, the proceeds of which will benefit charities designated by the four coaches.

“Only at Kansas do we get to celebrate a milestone such as this, bringing four living legends together to honor our history and our legacy,” Athletics Director Sheahon Zenger said.

2003-Present: Bill Self
Self is a remarkable 175-9 inside Allen Fieldhouse. As the three-time National Coach of the Year prepares for his 12th season at Kansas, he has more Big 12 titles (10) than losses (9) in the 60-year old basketball cathedral. His Jayhawks’ current streak of 10-straight regular season conference championships marks the third-longest run in NCAA history. With four 30-win seasons in the last five years, Self completed his first decade at Kansas with 300 wins, more victories than any other program in the same time frame. His 2008 team won the NCAA Championship.

“For 115 years, Kansas has been a standard of excellence for our sport,” Self said. “There aren’t very many places – if any – where you can invite back the last four coaches who have led the program for the last 51 years to celebrate an anniversary like this one. This is such a special place. Kansas Athletics has really made this a unique event, using the money to benefit the charities that mean a lot to each of us. I know the fans will enjoy it and I will be honored to be a part of it.”

1989-2003: Roy Williams
Williams is the second-winningest coach in Kansas history, behind the building’s namesake – Dr. Forrest “Phog” Allen. During Williams’ 15 years as a Jayhawk, Kansas made four trips to the NCAA Final Four and totaled a 418-101 record. He guided KU to nine conference titles and his 2002 team was the only in Big 12 Conference history to go 16-0. Williams returned to his alma mater, North Carolina, before the 2003-04 season and has gone on to reach 700 wins in fewer seasons than any coach in NCAA history. His 2005 and 2009 teams won the national championship.

“Sixty years in one phenomenal arena – wow! That has been the site of some unbelievable victories and accomplishments of one of the greatest home-court advantages in the history of college sports,” Williams said. “The tradition of Kansas basketball is a tradition of success and Allen Fieldhouse has been a great part of that. The Jayhawk faithful make it almost impossible for the opponents every night. Coaching in that arena is a real treat and I loved it. I’m ecstatic to be part of this anniversary celebration.”

1983-88: Larry Brown
A 40-year coaching veteran, Brown won more than 75 percent of his games at Kansas and led the Jayhawks to the NCAA Tournament in each of his five years. Named the Big Eight Coach of the Year in 1986, Brown and the Jayhawks went 35-4 that season on their way to the NCAA Final Four. Brown capped his career at Kansas with the 1988 NCAA National Championship. Brown accepted the head coaching position with the San Antonio Spurs following that season and spent the next 23 seasons in the NBA. In 2004, he led the Detroit Pistons to the NBA Championship, making him the only coach in history to win a title at the NCAA and NBA levels. In 2012, Brown returned to the collegiate ranks and is in his third season at SMU.

“The years I spent at Kansas were an incredible time in my life that I will always cherish,” Brown said. “The people I got to know, the players who were part of the program and the coaches who worked with me will always be a big part of my life. I am thrilled to be included in this celebration. I can’t imagine a place being more special than Allen Fieldhouse. It was such a great opportunity to coach in that environment. And coming back to KU with Bill Self as the head coach always makes me smile after having the opportunity to coach alongside him.”

1964-1983: Ted Owens
Owens spent 19 seasons leading the Jayhawks, the second-longest tenure of the program’s eight head coaches. A five-time Big Eight Coach of the Year, Owens’ 348 victories rank third all-time behind Allen and Williams. In Owens’ tenancy, Kansas won six Big Eight titles and advanced to NCAA Tournament play seven times, including Final Four appearances in 1971 and 1974. Owens is still an avid supporter of the program and released his authorial debut, At the Hang Up, in 2013.

“I am honored to be a part of the Kansas basketball family,” Owens said. “I really look forward to spending the time with these three men for whom I have the greatest respect. I also look forward to being back with our great Kansas fans.”

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KNDY Area High School Football Schedules Released For 2014

Friday, August 29
Nebraska Area Schools

Diller-Odell at Lewiston
Skutt Catholic at Beatrice
Southern at Thayer Central

Thursday, September 4
Nebraska Area Schools
Ralston at Beatrice

Friday, September 5
North Central Kansas League
Abilene at Royal Valley
Beloit at Concordia
Clay Center at Rossville
Marysville at St. Mary’s on AM 1570/FM 94.1 KNDY
Rock Creek at Wamego
Towanda-Circle at Chapman

Twin Valley League 8-Man

Blue Valley at Wakefield
Frankfort at Clifton-Clyde
Hanover at Axtell
Linn at Wilson

Twin Valley League 11-Man
Valley Heights at Centralia
Onaga at Doniphan West
Washington County at Troy

Nebraska Area Schools
Johnson County Central at Southern
Lourdes Central Catholic at Diller-Odell
Pawnee City at Sterling

Friday, September 12
North Central Kansas League
Chapman at Southeast of Saline
Marysville at Abilene on AM 1570/FM 94.1 KNDY
Rock Creek at Clay Center
St. Mary’s at Concordia
Wamego at Jefferson County West

Twin Valley League 8-Man
Clifton-Clyde at Linn
Frankfort at Hanover
Lewiston, NE at Axtell
Wichita Life Prep at Blue Valley

Twin Valley League 11-Man
Doniphan West at Valley Heights
Onaga at Washington County
Troy at Centralia

Nebraska Area Schools
Beatrice at Elkhorn
Falls City-Sacred Heart at Pawnee City
Lewiston at Axtell, KS
Southern at Centennial

Friday, September 19
North Central Kansas League
Clay Center at Chapman
Concordia at Abilene
Marysville at Wamego on AM 1570/FM 94.1 KNDY

Twin Valley League 8-Man
Axtell at Pawnee City, NE
Clifton-Clyde at Lincoln
Frankfort at Burlingame
Hanover at Wakefield
Tescott at Blue Valley

Twin Valley League 11-Man
Centralia at Onaga
Doniphan West at Washington County
Valley Heights at Troy

Nebraska Area Schools
Axtell, KS at Pawnee City
Beatrice at Nebraska City
Diller-Odell at Mead
Malcolm at Southern
Meridian at Lewiston

Saturday, September 20
Twin Valley League 8-Man
Hodgeman County vs. Linn in Tescott

Friday, September 26
North Central Kansas League
Abilene at Wamego
Chapman at Concordia
Clay Center at Marysville on AM 1570/FM 94.1 KNDY

Twin Valley League 8-Man
Axtell at St. Joseph Christian, MO
Blue Valley at Hanover
Frankfort at Veritas Christian
Lakeside-Downs at Clifton-Clyde
Linn at Chase

Twin Valley League 11-Man
Centralia at Doniphan West
Troy at Onaga
Washington County at Valley Heights

Nebraska Area Schools
Lewiston at Lawrence-Nelson
Mount Michael Benedictine at Beatrice
Pawnee City at Diller-Odell
Southern at Humboldt-Table Rock-Steinauer

Friday, October 3
North Central Kansas League
Chapman at Abilene
Marysville at Concordia on AM 1570/FM 94.1 KNDY
Wamego at Clay Center

Twin Valley League 8-Man

Axtell at Frankfort
Blue Valley at Pike Valley
Clifton-Clyde at Hill City
Rock Hills at Hanover
Southern Cloud at Linn

Twin Valley League 11-Man
Alma-Wabaunsee at Onaga
Doniphan West at Maranatha Academy
Troy at Jefferson County North
Valley Heights at Valley Falls
Washington County at Centralia

Nebraska Area Schools
Diller-Odell at Bruning-Davenport/Shickley
Falls City-Sacred Heart at Lewiston
Friend at Pawnee City
Gross Catholic at Beatrice
Southern at Elmwood-Murdock

Friday, October 10
North Central Kansas League
Abilene at Clay Center
Chapman at Marysville on AM 1570/FM 94.1 KNDY
Concordia at Wamego

Twin Valley League 8-Man
Hanover at Lincoln
Linn at Blue Valley
Osborne at Clifton-Clyde
Pike Valley at Frankfort
Southern Cloud at Axtell

Twin Valley League 11-Man
Maranatha Academy at Troy
Onaga at Valley Heights
Riverside at Doniphan West
Rossville at Centralia
Washington County at McLouth

Nebraska Area Schools
Beatrice at Crete
Lewiston at Sterling
McCool Junction at Pawnee City
Nebraska Lutheran at Diller-Odell
Weeping Water at Southern

Friday, October 17
North Central Kansas League
Clay Center at Goodland
Concordia at Colby
McPherson at Abilene
Minneapolis at Marysville on AM 1570/FM 94.1 KNDY
Wamego at Chapman

Twin Valley League 8-Man
Axtell at Pike Valley
Blue Valley at Southern Cloud
Clifton-Clyde at Wakefield
Frankfort at Linn
Lakeside-Downs at Hanover

Twin Valley League 11-Man
Centralia at Nemaha Central
Doniphan West at Troy
Jackson Heights at Onaga
Valley Heights at Alma-Wabaunsee
Washington County at Riley County

Nebraska Area Schools
Beatrice at Norris
Diller-Odell at Friend
Freeman at Southern
Lewiston at Parkview Christian
Pawnee City at Mead

Thursday, October 23
Nebraska Area Schools

Bruning-Davenport at Pawnee City
Johnson-Brock at Lewiston
McCool Junction at Diller-Odell
Southern at Palmyra

Friday, October 24
North Central Kansas League
Abilene at Hays
Colby at Clay Center
Goodland at Concordia
Nickerson at Chapman
Smoky Valley at Wamego
Washington County at Marysville on AM 1570/FM 94.1

Twin Valley League 8-Man
Blue Valley at Axtell
Hanover at Clifton-Clyde
Linn at Pike Valley
Southern Cloud at Frankfort

Twin Valley League 11-Man
Immaculata at Doniphan West
Inman at Troy
Onaga at Valley Falls
Republic County at Valley Heights
St. Mary’s at Centralia
Washington County at Marysville

Nebraska Area Schools
Lincoln Pius X at Beatrice

Thursday, October 30
North Central Kansas League
Marysville at Riley County on AM 1570/FM 94.1 KNDY

Twin Valley League 8-Man
Axtell at Linn
Clifton-Clyde at Rock Hills
Frankfort at Blue Valley
Osborne at Hanover

Twin Valley League 11-Man
Centralia at Rock Creek
Minneapolis at Washington County

Friday, October 31
North Central Kansas League
Buhler at Abilene
Chapman at Smoky Valley
Concordia at Clay Center
Wamego at Nickerson

Twin Valley League 11-Man

Jackson Heights at Valley Heights
Jefferson County North at Doniphan West
Onaga vs Maranatha Academy at Blue Valley West
Troy at Immaculata

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The Sports Ticket Expands To kndyradio.com

Marysville, Kan. – Dierking Communications, Inc. today is happy to announce the expansion of our Sports Ticket podcast from KD Country 94 in Glen Elder, Kansas. The Sports Ticket, a sports talk show hosted by Wade Gerstner and Dusty Deines, features interviews with local, regional, and national figures concerning the latest in the world of sports. Past interviews have included Bill Snyder from Kansas State University, Ryan Lefebvre from the Royals Radio Network, and Tim Fitzgerald of Powercat Illustrated.

The podcasts, which originate from the live show on KD Country 94 in Glen Elder, Kansas, will be featured on the website of KNDY AM & FM, located at http://www.kndyradio.com.

The live, weekday version of The Sports Ticket, which airs this summer at 9:10 a.m. can be heard online at http://www.kdcountry94.com or in the KD Country 94 mobile app for smartphones.

Kansas Memorial Stadium Renovation Begins Tuesday

LAWRENCE, Kan. – Work will begin next Tuesday (June 24) on a project that will remove the track from KU’s Memorial Stadium.

Workers will surround the field with new artificial turf, which will extend 37 feet from the sidelines. Additional turf in the north end zone will extend 80 feet from the back of the end zone, some 25 feet more than exists today. Ten feet of asphalt will extend from the end of the turf to the stands on the north, east and west sides of the stadium. The south end zone will remain largely unchanged, except that a new decorative fence will replace the 10-foot chain-link fence that currently stands in that end zone.

The project will take approximately six weeks.

“Rarely in facilities work do we get to do something that directly benefits players and fans at the same time,” KU Athletics Director Sheahon Zenger said. “We’ll have a larger safety zone for players and more usable practice space for the team. Fans will immediately appreciate the improved optics that these changes will provide.

“During our recent discussions with players, coaches and fans,” Zenger continued, “their highest priority was that we remove the track. We are grateful that a donor, who wishes to remain anonymous, stepped up to make possible this intermediate phase of renovation.”

Recognized as the first stadium built on a college campus west of the Mississippi River, Memorial Stadium is the seventh oldest collegiate stadium in the nation; it has a capacity of 50,071. The Jayhawks moved into Memorial Stadium in 1921. The stadium is dedicated to the University of Kansas students who fought and died in World War I.

$2.4 Million Upgrade Planned For Bramlage Coliseum

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Dramatic improvements in fan experience amenities and game atmosphere will highlight upgrades to Bramlage Coliseum, as K-State Athletics announced that a new high-definition Panasonic center-hung videoboard, six additional LED displays and a state-of-the-art, innovative lighting and sound systems will be installed this fall.

In keeping with its goal of providing The Best Fan Experience in the Big 12, K-State Athletics partnered with Wrightson, Johnson, Haddon and Williams, Inc. (WJHW), one of the top acoustical consulting and electronic systems design firms in the country, to manage the project, which will begin later this summer and be completed in October. WJHW, which is based out of Dallas, is well known for its work in sports, convention centers and concert venues.

ksu-video-board“We are excited to announce these improvements to Bramlage Coliseum as we continue to provide The Best Fan Experience in the Big 12,” said Director of Athletics John Currie. “These additions will greatly enhance our gameday atmosphere at Bramlage which is already one of the best in the Big 12 and in all of college basketball. We’re excited for all of K-State Nation to fill Bramlage in 2014-15 and experience these new enhancements.”

The focus of the nearly $2.4 million in enhancements will be the unique Panasonic center-hung 25’x 18’ SMD LED videoboard, which will have a display more than four times larger than the existing videoboard in Bramlage Coliseum. The four-sided videoboard features a 6mm high-definition display on each face with a 5-foot upper ring and 2-foot, 4-inch lower ring for statistics, crowd engagement and sponsor integration.

Six additional 6mm LED displays will be installed above the seating on the north and south ends of the arena with three located above Sections 12-15 on the north end and three above Section 24 to Section 1 on the south end. These displays will provide additional opportunities for crowd engagement, out of town scores and sponsor integration. The total cost of the main video board and six LED displays will be $1.4 million.

Additionally, the system will be powered by Panasonic’s next generation of LED controller. Based on the same software that all major sports networks around the world use, this exclusive solution generates real-time graphics and animation in true three-dimensional space. This creates among the most dynamic presentations of statistics, graphics and interactive features seen at any college venue.

“K-State Athletics’ commitment to providing the best fan experience in the Big 12 is clear in this initiative,” said Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Panasonic Enterprise Solutions Company Richard Ballard. “We share that commitment to excellence and use our technology and know-how to engineer a better fan experience. The center-hung videoboard and displays deliver content unparalleled in clarity and resolution, allowing thousands of loyal fans to experience the excitement and action in the arena up close and personal.”

The sound system in Bramlage Coliseum will be replaced with the best of class in modern audio equipment, including nearly 100 total loudspeakers, and utilize the latest amplifier and digital signal processing with more than 200,000 watts of amplification. The increased speaker locations will provide for more distribution of sound, while also improving audio clarity throughout the arena. The project will be managed by Pro Media/UltraSound and cost $660,000.

“The modernization of the Bramlage Coliseum sound system is going to enable a vibrant and additive game day element to what is already an exciting fan experience,” said project manager Ted Leamy. “Our technology group is very excited to participate in the technology refit of this iconic collegiate venue.”

The new LED lighting system will provide a more efficient and higher quality of output in the arena and allows for special effects during pregame introductions and during special halftime shows and recognitions. The project will be directed by Musco Lighting and cost approximately $300,000.

The improvements will mark the first to Bramlage Coliseum since the construction of the $18 million Basketball Training Facility to the east side in August 2012 and the first significant renovation to the interior of the arena since the addition of Loge Boxes in 2007. The new video boards and sound system replace existing ones last renovated in 2000-01.

“Our players and staff couldn’t be more excited about these updates to Bramlage Coliseum,” said head men’s basketball coach Bruce Weber. “Obviously, when you make improvements to your facilities with new technology, it brings great energy to a program. It was the case with the Basketball Training Facility a few years back and I’m sure it will be the same for our fans at Bramlage. We already have one of the top gameday atmospheres in the country and these improvements will only make it a more intimidating place for opponents.”

Funding for the upgrades will be made through general athletic department revenue without the aid of tax, tuition or general university dollars. These improvements are yet another example of the margin of excellence provided by the generous support of Ahearn Fund donors and season ticket holders.

Bramlage Coliseum has given K-State one of the top home atmospheres in the country, as the men’s and women’s basketball teams have combined to win nearly 75 percent of its games in the arena’s 26-year history.

The men’s team has played in front of an average of more than 12,000 fans for four consecutive seasons at Bramlage Coliseum and has ranked among the nation’s Top 35 in average attendance five times in the last seven years. The women’s squad has annually played before strong home crowds, as they ranked 23rd nationally in average attendance in 2013-14. It marked the 11th time in the last 13 seasons that K-State has finished among the Top 35 in attendance.

“We have a great environment in Bramlage Coliseum and it just keeps getting better and better,” said head women’s basketball coach Jeff Mittie. “I think we are doing the right thing by enhancing that environment and the fans’ ability to see replays and all the bells and whistles that all the fans want now in arenas. We are going to have every available tool for that experience.”

Men’s and women’s basketball season tickets for the 2014-15 season go on sale Monday, June 23 with a variety of ticket packages available. Season-ticket holders will have until Friday, August 1 to arrange payment and retain their seats for the upcoming season. New full season-ticket requests will be handled utilizing the K-State Priority Points system, which rewards fans for their history of season ticket purchases and contributions to the Ahearn Fund.

The partnership will extend to Bill Snyder Family Stadium, as K-State Athletics will consult with WJHW and Panasonic as well as Populous, which is serving as the architect of the Vanier Football Complex and North End Project, to study and finalize future video and sound improvements to the stadium.

Story courtesy of the K-State Sports Information Office. http://www.k-statesports.com

Royals Blast Tigers; Take First Place In AL Central Division

By Dick Kaegel / MLB.com – Courtesy of Royals.com

DETROIT — The first-place Kansas City Royals. Now that’s a combination of words rarely seen in recent years.

Yet that became a reality when the Royals knocked off Max Scherzer and the Detroit Tigers, 11-4, on Tuesday night to take over the lead in the American League Central. The Tigers fell out of first place for the first time all season, now trailing by a half-game.

Rookie Yordano Ventura pitched seven innings for the victory and Alex Gordon and Mike Moustakas each belted a two-run homer in a seven-run second inning.

Predictably, the Royals approached their newly-won status with extreme caution.

“What’s the date?” said manager Ned Yost. “It’s nice, but we’ve got a lot of games to play. We don’t get all geeked up. We’re on a nice run right now, we’ll just keep it going. It’s better than the alternative, trust me.”

Gordon, who’s been around since 2007, finds first place a comfortable fit.

“It feels good, it’s better than last place which we’d been accustomed to in June early in my career,” he said. “This is a lot better.”

The Royals’ ninth straight win matched their longest streak of last year, July 22-Aug. 1. But they were buried in the standings by then.

Such a lofty perch this deep into a season is unusual indeed for the Royals. This was their 70th game, and the last time they had sole possession of first place at 70 games or beyond was on Aug. 29, 2003, after the 124th game. They led the White Sox by one game.

“It’s fleeting. It can leave tomorrow,” Yost said. “You’ve got to stay on top of your game.”

The Royals faced a tough assignment at Comerica Park where a crowd of 34,328 gathered. Scherzer, last year’s Cy Young Award winner, had won his last five decisions against Kansas City. He also had a 5-0 record so far this year at Comerica. And he was coming off a three-hit shutout in Chicago.

None of that mattered in the second inning when the Royals jumped on Scherzer for seven runs on seven hits — including the homers by Gordon and Moustakas.

Eight batters came to the plate before Scherzer got the first out. Billy Butler started it with a single and took second on right fielder J.D. Martinez’s error. Gordon pounded a 1-0 pitch over the right-field wall for his eighth homer.

“Anytime you can do that to a starting pitcher in the second inning, you know they’re going to be frustrated a little bit,” Gordon said.

Salvador Perez walked and Moustakas lofted a 3-2 pitch down the right-field line for his seventh homer. That was followed by three singles by Alcides Escobar, Jarrod Dyson (an overturned out call) and Nori Aoki. Omar Infante knocked in two more runs with a single to center.

The seventh run scored as Eric Hosmer tapped back to Scherzer. Then Butler and Gordon went out to end the inning — the Royals’ biggest since an eight-run sixth on June 13, 2013, at Tampa Bay.

As the 90-degree evening wore on, Scherzer was finished in the fifth inning after three hits with nobody out. He was charged with 10 runs on 10 hits and one walk. This came one night after the Royals hammered Justin Verlander for seven runs.

Ventura got a helping hand, or glove, from Lorenzo Cain in the fourth. Cain, who had replaced the injured Aoki in right field, leaped to take a home run away from Martinez.

“When you’re on a roll, you get breaks,” Yost said.

Such as the bizarre out that helped Ventura in the fifth inning. With two outs, a run in and the bases loaded, Ventura unleashed a pitch that sailed over catcher Perez. But the ball crashed into a gate behind home plate, rebounded directly to Perez and the catcher whirled and threw out Eugenio Suarez before he could get back to third base. Inning over.

“Nothing was planned obviously,” Moustakas said, “but the ball went past Salvy and I saw it shoot back to him so I shot over to third just in case he throws it. And he threw it, a great play and we were able to get him out.”

Just a lucky break?

“No, we’ve got a sign for that,” Perez joked.

With an 11-8 victory in Monday’s series opener, this marked the first time the Royals had scored double digits in consecutive games since April 30 and May 1, 2011, when they dispatched Minnesota, 11-2 and 10-3 in that order.

Looking back three weeks, Yost remembered how things were after the Royals had lost three straight to Houston. They were in fourth place, four games under .500 and 6 1/2 games behind Detroit.

“Before we went to Toronto, we had a press conference and we were coming into a real tough stretch,” Yost said. “I said we better get our act together quick, or we’re in trouble. And, man, we got our act together. From that point on, we’ve played spectacular baseball.”

The Royals are 14-4 since then. The Tigers are in a 5-11 slide and manager Brad Ausmus said his players are fed up.

“They’re getting sick of it for sure,” Ausmus told reporters. “Anyone that would go through something like this, especially on a team that’s supposed to win, would get sick of it. I’m sick of it. They’re sick of it. The fans are sick of it. I’m sure you’re tired of writing about it.”

The Royals, though, were enjoying life at the top. Cautiously.

“It feels great,” Moustakas said. “This is where we wanted to be all year, but we’re not going to take anything for granted. We’ve got a lot of baseball left.”