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All-Star Basketball Games Held In Smith Center

SMITH CENTER, KS (March 22)—Fans were treated to an outstanding boys contest at the 4th annual Sunflower Shootout all star basketball games at Smith Center on Saturday, March 22.

It was a close game throughout, with the Mid-Continent League all stars holding a one point advantage at halftime 48-47 over the all stars of North Central Kansas. The game was tied 95-95 at the end of regulation, then the NCK squad outscored the MCL team 7 to 4 in overtime to win 102-99. The single team record was broken with the 102 points, as well as points by both teams with 201 points.

“This was an outstanding ball game,” said Smith Center Recreation Director Mike Hughes. “The biggest lead of the contest by either team was 8 points as it was close throughout. There were some outstanding players on both teams and it was a shame one team had to lose.”

Concordia’s Grant Holmes set an individual scoring record with 32 points for the NCK team. Tristan Schwarz of Golden Plains added 18 and Beloit’s Payton Vetter 14. Also scoring were Hoxie’s Chase Kennedy with 8 points, Josh Meyer of Linn 7, Northern Valley’s Jordan Baird 6, Justin Underwood of Lakeside and St. John’s Beloit/Tipton’s Connor Eilert 5 points apiece, Kade Spresser of Hoxie 4, and St. John’s Beloit/Tipton’s Luke Eilert with 3.

NCK coaches were Lance Bergman of St. John’s Beloit/Tipton and Aaron Dardis of Hoxie.

Jordan Gottschalk of TMP led the MCL squad in scoring with 20 points. Also scoring in double figures were Trey Ellis of Phillipsburg 15, Hill City’s Shane Jones 13, Hadley Gillum of Plainville 12 and Oakley’s Austin Baalman with 10. Also scoring were Smith Center’s Taylor Zabel with 9, Darius Herl of Oakley and Smith Center’s Kody Molzahn 6 apiece, Plainville’s Logan Frederking 4 and Stockton’s Reed Stephens (who won the 3-point contest) with 2 points.

Stockton’s Tom Stephens and Joe Burgardt of Smith Center were the coaches of the MCL squad.

The North Central Kansas girls dominated their contest, winning over the Mid-Continent League 111-66. The 111 points was a single team scoring record.

“The MCL girls just couldn’t get their shots to fall offensively, and struggled defensively,” Hughes stated.

Osborne’s Jessica Prince led the NCK girls squad with 21 points, followed by Kellen Niewald of St. John’s Beloit/Tipton with 14, Pike Valley’s Courtney Freed 13, and Hoxie’s Kristina Farber, Brooke Hammond of Northern Valley, and Osborne’s Caitlyn Miller all with 10 points apiece. Concordia’s Megan James and Taylor Noel of Osborne added 9 points apiece, Gabi Spresser of Hoxie 8, and Jordan Christensen of Golden Plains 7.

NCK coaches included Parker Christensen of Golden Plains and Michael Wahlmaier of Concordia.

The MCL girls were led in scoring by Oakley’s Laura Dennis with 20 points, followed by Oakley teammate Brooke Ottley with 10. Trego’s Addie Zeman, Colbie Decker of Smith Center and Kenzie Hemmert of Oakley added 6 points apiece, Norton’s Bailey Ambrosier and Kaleigh Sonneson of Ellis 5 apiece, Phillipsburg’s Shania Wilkison 4 and Johnnye Ruder of Norton 3. Hill City’s Maegan Gosselin did not score but did win the 3-point contest.

George Rossi of Norton and Plainville’s Ron Wolf were the MCL coaches.

“These were a great group of kids and represented their schools and communities well,” Hughes stated. “We appreciate them giving up their time to participate, as well as the coaches. And to all the fans that turned out to support these athletes.”

“We want to thank USD 237 for use of their facilities, the Smith Center Chamber of Commerce for their support and furnishing the drinks, the SonShine Church for the concession stand, the Smith County Kiwanis Club and Smith Center Rotary Club for taking tickets, to the SCTV crew for filming the game for the DVDs that go to the athletes, the Smith County Bank for providing the noon meal, and Nick Linn and the SCHS IHT class for doing our programs,” Hughes added. “Also to all the volunteers that gave of their time to pull this event off as we couldn’t do it without them.”

The Sunflower Shootout was sponsored by the Smith Center Recreation Commission.

NCKL All-League Wrestling Teams Announced

The North Central Kansas League announced the 2013-2014 All-League wrestling teams.


106 lbs
1st Team Logan McDowell-Abilene
HM Dylan Bloom-Wamego

113 lbs
1st Team Chris Deters-Marysville
HM Hunter Kiser-Abilene
HM Cole Larsen-Concordia

120 lbs
1st Team Zane Baugh-Abilene
HM Christian Perez-Marysville

126 lbs
1st Team Caysen Smith-Abilene
HM Dalton Carley-Wamego
HM Joe Smith-Marysville
HM Cameron Miller-Concordia

132 lbs
1st Team Dauson Whitely-Abilene
HM Hunter Mullin-Clay Center

138 lbs
1st Team Blake Anguiano-Abilene
HM Jacob Stryker-Marysville

145 lbs
1st Team Dylan Jones-Marysville
HM Seth Strauss-Abilene
HM Grady Ware-Clay Center

152 lbs
1st Team Jacob Mintzmyer-Marysville
HM Thomas Rickley-Clay Center

160 lbs
1st Team Josh Nelsen-Marysville
HM Gabe Ware-Clay Center
HM Stone Hayden-Chapman

170 lbs
1st Team Zack Witt-Chapman
HM Dave Luebcke-Marysville

182 lbs
1st Team Robert Walsh-Chapman

195 lbs
1st Team Blaise Lehman-Abilene
HM Zach Thurlow-Clay Center
HM Skyler Hittle-Concordia

220 lbs
1st Team Casey Hilton-Marysville
HM Kasey Feyh-Wamego
HM Kyle Marks-Concordia

285 lbs
1st Team Jason Zook-Chapman
HM Zac Romo-Concordia
HM Scott Kleinert-Marysville

All NCKL Basketball Teams Released

The North Central Kansas League today released the 2013-2014 All-League teams.

Girls 1st Team

Name – School
Tristen Leiszler – Concordia
Megan James – Concordia
Belle Barbieri – Abilene
Abi Degenhardt – Marysville
Macey Dieckmann – Clay Center
Macy Franson – Clay Center
Kaylee Page – Wamego
Lanie Page – Wamego
Allison Seufert – Wamego
Tristin Wicks – Marysville

Girls Honorable Mention
Jordan Eshbaugh – Concordia
Caitlyn Claussen – Wamego
Mackenzie Edmundson – Clay Center
McKenzie Funston – Abilene
Courtney Geist – Abilene
Rachel Heiman – Marysville
Lindsey Hurford – Chapman
Ally Kort – Marysville
Macey Langvardt – Chapman
Lorren Williams – Clay Center
Nichole Taylor – Abilene

Boys 1st Team

Name – School
Cooper Holmes – Concordia
Grant Holmes – Concordia
Kaleb Pounds – Concordia
Kyler Alderson – Wamego
Eil Miller – Wamego
Trenton York – Wamego
Keil Kelly – Abilene
Jesse Patrick – Abilene
Garrett Kort – Marysville
Lane Liby – Clay Center

Boys Honorable Mention

Name – School
Ethan Bechard – Concordia
Jared Ayers – Wamego
Tanner Hoekman – Abilene
Tanner Wright – Marysville
Logan Lexow – Chapman


Jeff Mittie Named New Kansas State Women’s Basketball Coach

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Jeff Mittie, one of the winningest active coaches in NCAA Division I with more than 450 career wins, 15 postseason appearances, nine conference titles and five conference coach of the year honors in 22 years of coaching, has been named the ninth head women’s basketball coach at Kansas State, Athletics Director John Currie announced on Tuesday.

Mittie agreed to a five-year contract approved by the K-State Athletics, Inc., Board of Directors and President Kirk Schulz. Mittie – who was selected after a national search by K-State’s search committee of Currie, Senior Women’s Administrator Jill Shields, Faculty Athletics Representative Dr. Be Stoney and Chief of Staff and Assistant Athletics Director of Administration Clint Dowdle – will be paid $375,000 in the first year of the deal with $25,000 annual increases each year remaining on the contract. He will also receive a $140,000 signing bonus.

“I want to thank President Schulz and Athletic Director Currie for giving me this opportunity. I think this is a great opportunity for Shanna and me and our family. It is a tremendous opportunity at a terrific institution that, I believe, in women’s basketball has proven that the fan base can get excited about. This was the youngest team in the Big 12 this year, so I am excited to work with the players. I am always excited about developing a team and that challenge. I think Kansas State and my family will be a really great fit. I am looking forward to getting recruiting started across the state of Kansas and developing those very important relationships.”

Mittie, 47, has achieved an overall record of 454-234 (.660) in his 22 years as a head coach, which includes stops at Missouri Western, Arkansas State and TCU. His .660 career winning percentage ranks 45th among active Division I head coaches and 21st among active coaches with 20 or more years of experience.

Mittie has averaged 21 wins and 10 losses per season and experienced only one losing season in his 22 years of head coaching. Fifteen times Mittie has advanced his teams to either the NCAA or WNIT Tournaments, in which he has a combined record of 15-13. Over the last 14 seasons, Mittie guided TCU to 13 winning seasons with 11 consecutive postseason appearances, including nine NCAA Tournament berths.

At TCU, Mittie compiled a 303-175 (.634) record while exceeding the win total the program accomplished in the first 22 seasons of existence. Prior to Mittie’s arrival, TCU owned a 208-402 (.340) mark. He recorded his milestone 300th victory at TCU on Feb. 19 of the past season during a home win over Kansas State.

“We are thrilled to welcome Jeff, Shanna, Logan, Madison and Jordan Mittie to Manhattan and the K-State family,” Currie said. “Coach Mittie’s success as a head coach at three different institutions, Midwest background as well as his reputation as a top-notch recruiter make him the ideal fit to lead our women’s basketball program. We set out to find the very best basketball coach for K-State, whose personal values and integrity reflects those of our university and one that appreciates the unique opportunity of being part of our strong basketball tradition and commitment to championship performances, and we are confident that Jeff Mittie is that person. I look forward to the entire K-State Nation having the opportunity to get to know him and his family.”

Mittie has received a number of accolades during his coaching career including: 2010 Mountain West Coach of the Year, 2002 Conference USA Coach of the Year, 2001 WAC Coach of the Year and 1994 and 1995 MIAA Coach of the Year. He has also led his programs to nine conference titles.

In addition to personal honors, Mittie has mentored several of his players who have reached the WNBA (Sandora Irvin and Adrianne Ross) or played overseas (Helena Sverrisdottir and Antoinette Thompson), been honored as an All-American, earned conference player of the year awards, all-league citations and academic all-conference awards. During his time with TCU, Mittie coached 10 of the 12 members of the school’s 1,000-point club and five of the nine members of the 500-rebound club.

Mittie’s success at TCU expanded his coaching tree, as a pair of his former assistants moved on to head coaching positions in Division I. Former assistants Larry Tidwell and Yolanda Wells-Broughton have moved into head coaching positions at Lamar and Texas Southern, respectively.

Prior to his tenure at TCU, Mittie pieced together a 75-42 (.641) mark in his four campaigns at Arkansas State, posting a pair of 20-win seasons and winning 17 or more contests in each of his four years with the Lady Indians. Twice his teams topped the Sun Belt Conference in grade point average as well.

Before taking over the Arkansas State program, Mittie fashioned a 76-17 (.817) mark in three years as head coach at Missouri Western. In 1995, Mittie guided the school to a remarkable 31-3 slate, which included a 15-1 conference record, and he led the club to the Division II Final Four. That squad finished the season ranked No. 3 nationally and captured both the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association regular-season and tournament championships. For his efforts, he was tabbed league and district Coach of the Year, and was among eight finalists for the national honor.

Mittie garnered league Coach of the Year honors for the first time in his career in 1994 when his Griffons posted a 29-3 overall and 16-0 league record and captured the MIAA regular-season title. His club also made a trip to the NCAA Elite Eight. Before assuming the head coaching duties, Mittie served one season as assistant basketball and baseball coach at the school.

A native of Blue Springs, Mo., Mittie earned his undergraduate degree in sports management from Missouri Western in 1989 and his master’s in sports management from the United States Sports Academy in Mobile, Ala., in 1992.

Mittie and his wife, Shanna, who is a native of Junction City, Kan., and a graduate of Chapman High School, are the proud parents of three children, daughters Logan and Madison and son Jordan.

Coaching Experience
Head Coach, Missouri Western (1992-95; 76-17, .817)
Head Coach, Arkansas State (1995-99; 75-42, .641)
Head Coach, TCU (1999-2014; 303-175, .634)
Head Coach, Kansas State (present)

Bachelor’s in Sport Management, Missouri Western, 1989
Master’s in Sports Management, United States Sports Academy, 1992

Wife: Shanna
Children: daughters – Logan and Madison; son – Jordan

KSHSAA State Tournament Scoreboard – March 13

Class 4A Div. I At Salina
Hayden 82, Independence 74
El Dorado 66, Basehor-Linwood 60
McPherson 53, KC Sumner 38
Paola 51, Winfield 48

Class 4A Div. II At Park City
Andale 56, Iola 47
Eudora 48, Holton 32
Scott City 71, Pratt 52
Concordia 77, Girard 63

Class 3A At Hutchinson
Lyons 57, Riley County 49
Nemaha Valley 36, Caney Valley 32
Hesston 58, Douglass 34
Council Grove 58, Cimarron 53 OT

Class 2A At Manhattan
St. John 69, Washington County 42
Olpe 59, Hillsboro 42
Colgan 60, Valley Falls 57
Plainville 46, Meade 41

Class 1A Div. I At Emporia
Valley Heights 57, Victoria 48
St. Paul 49, Caldwell 34
Hoxie 60, Spearville 39
Osbourne 50, Centre 41

Class 1A Div. II At Hays
Bucklin 56, St. Johns-Tipton 49
Golden Plains 57, Wilson 37
Baileyville B&B 51, Attica 35
Dighton 47, Argonia 35

KSHSAA State Tournament Scoreboard – March 12

Class 4A Div. I At Salina
Miege 62, McPherson 45
Andover Central 58, Paola 50
Wamego 51, Mulvane 40
KC Piper 77, Coffeyville 70

Class 4A Div. II At Park City
Burlington 40, Clay Center 34
Santa Fe Trail 46, Pratt 34
Frontenac 55, Wichita Trinity 46
Holton 53, Hugoton 41

Class 3A At Hutchinson
Beloit 52, Wellsville 46
Nemaha Valley 76, Holcomb 66
Hesston 61, Wichita Collegiate 53
Rock Creek 39, Riverton 37, end 3rd

Class 2A At Manhattan
Central Plains 47, Colgan 38
Meade 61, Olpe 49
Jefferson North 53, Hillsboro 50
Washington County 64, Ellis 44

Class 1A Div. I At Emporia
Marais des Cygnes Valley 54, Clifton-Clyde 45
Spearville 69, Caldwell 34
Hoxie 71, Hartford 43
Valley Heights 67, Macksville 51

Class 1A Div. II At Hays
St. Johns-Tipton 64, Northern Valley 39
Chetopa 65, Attica 49
Sharon Springs 60, Hutchinson Central Christian 46
Baileyville B&B 59, Fowler 44

KSHSAA State Tournament Scoreboard Update – 7:50 PM

Class 4A Div. I At Salina
Miege 62, McPherson 45
Andover Central 58, Paola 50
Wamego 29, Mulvane 22 – HALF
#4 KC Piper (19-3) vs. #5 Coffeyville (18-4), 8:15 p.m.

Class 4A Div. II At Park City
Burlington 40, Clay Center 34
Santa Fe Trail 46, Pratt 34
#2 Frontenac (20-2) vs. #7 Wichita Trinity (14-8), 6:30 p.m.
#3 Hugoton (19-3) vs. #6 Holton (15-7), 8:15 p.m.

Class 3A At Hutchinson
Beloit 52, Wellsville 46
Nemaha Valley 76, Holcomb 66
Hesston 41, Wichita Collegiate 37, end 3rd
#4 Riverton (20-2) vs. #5 Rock Creek (20-3)

Class 2A At Manhattan
Central Plains 47, Colgan 38
Meade 61, Olpe 49
Hillsboro 38, Jefferson North 24, end 3rd
#3 Washington County (20-2) vs. #6 Ellis (19-4), 8:15 p.m.

Class 1A Div. I At Emporia
Marais des Cygnes Valley 54, Clifton-Clyde 45
Spearville 69, Caldwell 34
Hoxie 31, Hartford 21, halftime
#3 Valley Heights (21-2) vs. #6 Macksville (16-7), 8:15 p.m.

Class 1A Div. II At Hays
St. Johns-Tipton 64, Northern Valley 39
Chetopa 65, Attica 49
Sharon Springs 31, Hutchinson Central Christian 29, halftime
#3 Fowler (20-3) vs. #6 Baileyville B&B (17-7), 8:15 p.m.

Smith Center Hosting All-Star Basketball Game March 22nd

The Smith Center Recreation Commission will be hosting the 4th Annual Sunflower Shootout all star basketball game on Saturday, March 22, at the Smith Center High School gym.

The games will feature senior all stars from the Mid-Continent League against a team of all stars from a 14-county area in North Central Kansas.

The girls game will tip off at 4:00 p.m. with the boys game set for 6:00.

There will also be 3-point contests at halftime of each game.

The Mid-Continent league girls roster includes Shania Wilkison, Phillipsburg; Brooke Ottley, Kenzie Hemmert & Laura Dennis, Oakley; Addie Zeman, Trego; Kaleigh Soneson, Ellis; Maegan Gosselin, Hill City; Johnnye Ruder & Bailey Ambrosier, Norton; and Colbie Decker, Smith Center. Coaches are George Rossi, Norton, and Ron Wolf, Plainville.

North Central Kansas girls are Jordan Christensen, Golden Plains; Courtney Freed, Pike Valley; Gabi Spresser & Kristina Farber, Hoxie; Taylor Noel, Jessica Princ & Caitlyn Miller, Osborne; Kellan Niewald, St. John’s Beloit/Tipton; Brooke Hammond, Northern Valley; and Megan James, Concordia. The coaches will be Parker Christensen, Golden Plains, and Michael Walhmeier, Concordia.

The Mid-Continent league boys team features Kody Molzahn & Taylor Zabel, Smith Center; Reed Stephens, Stockton; Logan Frederking & Hadley Gillum, Plainville; Austin Baalman & Darius Herl, Oakley; Shane Jones, Hill City; Trey Ellis, Phillipsburg; and Jordan Gottschalk, Thomas More Prep. Joe Burgardt of Smith Center and Tom Stephens, Stockton, will be the coaches.

The North Central Kansas boys squad includes Grant Holmes, Concordia; Josh Meyer, Linn; Payton Vetter, Beloit; Jordan Baird, Northern Valley; Connor Eilert & Luke Eilert, St. John’s Beloit/Tipton; Kade Spresser & Chase Kennedy, Hoxie; Tristan Schwarz, Golden Plains; and Justin Underwood, Lakeside. Coaches include Aaron Dardis, Hoxie, and Lance Bergmann, St. John’s Beloit/Tipton.

A few of the players invited were unable to participate due to prior commitments, but Smith Center Recreation Director Mike Hughes said there was plenty of talent available to play.

“We have assembled some of the top high school basketball talent in the state for this event, and we are really excited about it,” said Hughes. “We are trying to make this an exciting and fun event for the players, and think the fans will enjoy the evening as well. Anyone who enjoys basketball will truly want to see this event.”

Admission for the event will be $6.00 for adults, $3.00 for children ages 5 to 12, and children 4 & under are free.

This event is sponsored by the Smith Center Recreation Commission.

Area Sending 9 High School Basketball Teams To State Tournaments

The sub-state basketball tournaments are complete, and teams are now heading to the KSHSAA State Championship Tournaments next week. Teams from across the KNDY AM & FM listening area, 9 in total, are headed to the big dance. Brackets, times and locations will be announced later in the week.


Clifton-Clyde Boys are headed to 1A DI State, after defeating Osborne 68-59.

Baileyville B&B Boys are headed to 1A DII State, after defeating Axtell 40-38.

Nemaha Valley Boys are headed to 3A State, after defeating Sabetha 47-35.

Valley Heights Boys are headed to 1A DI State, after defeating Centralia 42-41.

Washington County Boys are headed to 2A State, after defeating Republic Co. 56-49.


Washington County Girls are headed to 2A State, after defeating Ell-Saline 46-36.

Valley Heights Girls are headed to 1A DI State, after defeating Linn 57-42.

Baileyville B&B Girls are headed to 1A DII State, after defeating Axtell 40-38.

Nemaha Valley Girls are headed to 3A State, after defeating Marysville 36-33.

2014 Phillips 66 Big 12 Men’s Basketball Championship Schedule Announced

The University of Kansas has earned the 2013-14 Big 12 men’s basketball regular-season title and will be the No. 1 seed in the Phillips 66 Big 12 Men’s Basketball Championship, scheduled for March 12-15 at Sprint Center in Kansas City. It marks the 14th outright or shared crown in 18 seasons for the Jayhawks, who have accomplished the feat 10 years in a row.

Oklahoma, Texas and Iowa State are seeded second, third and fourth, respectively. Kansas State and West Virginia round out the teams with first-round byes and will be seeded No. 5 and No. 6. It marks the highest seed for the Sooners since they were No. 2 in 2009.   First-round games will be played on Wednesday with No. 8 Oklahoma State facing No. 9 Texas Tech and No. 7 Baylor playing No. 10 TCU.   Extensive video coverage of the entire Championship can be found via the Big 12 Digital Network at Big12Sports.com. The video available will include championship previews, highlights from every contest and exclusive live coverage of postgame press conferences. In addition, coverage of the championship trophy ceremony can be found on Saturday evening, March 15.   The entire Phillips 66 Big 12 Men’s Basketball Championship will be televised by the Big 12 Network, ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU. Games will also be available on ESPN3, WatchESPN and/or ESPN Full Court.

Sprint Center – Kansas City

Wednesday, March 12 Broadcast Outlets Time (CDT)
No. 8 Oklahoma State vs. No. 9 Texas Tech Big 12 Network/WatchESPN/ESPN3 6:00 p.m.
No. 7 Baylor vs. No. 10 TCU Big 12 Network/WatchESPN/ESPN3 8:30 p.m.
Thursday, March 13
No. 4 Iowa State vs. No. 5 Kansas State ESPN2/WatchESPN/ESPN3 – KNDY-AM 11:30 a.m.
No. 1 Kansas vs. OSU/TTU winner ESPN2/WatchESPN/ESPN3 – KNDY-FM 2:00 p.m.
No. 2 Oklahoma vs. BU/TCU winner Big 12 Network/WatchESPN/ESPN3 6:00 p.m.
No. 3 Texas vs. No. 6 West Virginia Big 12 Network/WatchESPN/ESPN3 8:30 p.m.
Friday, March 14
Thursday Afternoon Winners Big 12 Network/ESPN3 or ESPNU/WatchESPN 6:00 p.m.
Thursday Evening Winners Big 12 Network/ESPN3 or ESPNU/WatchESPN 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 15
Semifinal Winners ESPN/WatchESPN 8:00 p.m.

Telecasts on the Big 12 Network are syndicated throughout Big 12 markets and beyond Semifinal games available in the conference footprint on Big 12 Network/ESPN3 and outside league markets on ESPNU/WatchESPN (online outlets subject to blackout) All games leading up to the final will also be available via ESPN FullCourt