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Kansas Volleyball Association Rankings – Week #2

September 14, 2011, Topeka, KS — The Kansas Volleyball Association is pleased to announce the 2011 Week 2 Volleyball Rankings sponsored by PrepVolleyball.com. Records are as of 9/12/11.

Rank – School – Record – Last Week’s Rank

4A
1. St. James Academy (9-0) (1)
2. Cheney (7-0) (3)
3. Maize South (8-0) (4)
4. Abilene (10-0) (NR)
5. Wamego (9-0) (NR)
Others: Chanute (7-0), Holton (6-0), Rose Hill (9-1)

3A
1. Hoisington (6-1) (1)
2. Smith Center (5-0) (2)
3. Silver Lake (5-3) (3)
4. Phillipsburg (6-1) (4)
5. Burlington (12-1) (NR)
Others: Hillsboro (12-1), Remington (6-1), Southwestern Heights (3-1), West Franklin (4-0)

2A
1. Decatur Community (9-3) (2)
2. Hill City (9-2) (NR)
3. Kiowa County (8-3) (NR)
4. Ell-Saline (8-2) (NR)
5. Sacred Heart (7-2) (4)
Others: Bennington (9-1), Pratt-Skyline (7-3), Washington County (4-0)

1A – Division 1
1. St. John Hudson (8-1) (1)
2. B&B Baileyville (10-1) (2)
3. Victoria (10-1) (3)
4. South Central (11-3) (NR)
5. Centralia (8-2) (NR)
Others: Spearville (3-0)

1A – Division 2
1. Hutch – Central Christian (15-1) (1)
2. Thunder Ridge (11-2) (2)
3. Grainfield-Wheatland-Grinnell (8-2) (5)
4. Norwich (8-1) (3)
5. Wetmore (8-2) (NR)
Others: Argonia (5-2)

High School Football Scores – Week #2

Nebraska Schools
Beatrice 59, Nebraska City 14
Fairbury 41, Auburn 28
Lewiston 10, Diller-Odell 0
Pawnee City 48, Dorchester 6
Thayer Central 25, Southern 6

Twin Valley League 8-Man
Baileyville B&B 48, Pike Valley 3
Blue Valley-Randolph 52, Bern 6
Clifton-Clyde 70, Axtell 44
Frankfort 50, Linn 28
Thunder Ridge 26, Hanover 6

Twin Valley League 11-Man
Concordia 18, Centralia 0
Minneapolis 35, Washington County 0
Onaga 41, Immaculata 28
Valley Heights 22, Republic County 18

North Central Kansas League
Abilene 21, Nickerson 9
Concordia 18, Centralia 0
Marysville 24, Wamego 8
Riley County 21, Clay Center 7
Rock Creek 28, Chapman 0

Sunflower State Games Kansas Athletes of the Year Named

With a turnout of over 8,400 athletes in this summer’s games, there were more than a few star competitors considered for the honor of being named 2011 Athlete of the Year. This year, Bailey Atkinson, 18, of Topeka and Travis Conley, 27, of Mission are honored with this recognition. In order to be chosen as a recipient for this award, an athlete must show outstanding achievement and good sportsmanship both on and off the field of play by embodying what the Sunflower State Games represent, living a healthy lifestyle through participation in sports.

Bailey Atkinson
Bailey Atkinson

Atkinson, who earned three gold medals in the rowing competition this year, has been rowing for five years with the Topeka Rowing Association. She has earned over 150 medals, three of which were National Club Medals, and plans on continuing her career in rowing with a scholarship she earned to the University of Kansas. Aside from competing this year, Atkinson also proved to be instrumental in the success of this year’s regatta by preparing the boat house for the races and assisting with course control. “Rowing is not that popular in Kansas, so the fact that the Sunflower State Games has it as a sport is great, it gets the word out there and gets more people involved. In short it gives Kansas rowers another reason to get together on a great lake and have a good time,” said Atkinson.

After capturing two gold medals in the Jiu Jitsu competition, Conley, like Atkinson also switched to the volunteer side of the event, participating as an official. Overcoming the doctor’s prognosis that he would never compete again in high impact sports

Travis Conley
Travis Conley

after a shoulder injury, Conley has multiple tournament titles, including the U.S. World Team Grappling Trials in Las Vegas. His success has earned him a spot on Team USA to compete in the FILA World Grappling Championships in Belgrade, Serbia in September 2011. “The Sunflower State Games give all ages and all skill levels the opportunity to compete, which is important not only for competitors, but human growth and development in general,” said Conley, “I’m very proud to represent the great state of Kansas. I have learned so much about through my participation in State Games and am extremely honored and humbled.”

Kansas Volleyball Rankings – Week #1

September 7, 2011, Topeka, KS — The Kansas Volleyball Association is pleased to announce the 2011 Week 1 Volleyball Rankings sponsored by PrepVolleyball.com.

Rank – School – Record – Last Week’s Rank

4A
1. St. James Academy (3-0) (1)
2. Hayden (3-3) (2)
3. Cheney (0-0) (3)
4. Maize South (8-0) (4)
5. Circle (2-0) (5)
Others: Abilene (3-0), Louisburg, Wamego (7-0)

3A
1. Hoisington (NA) (2)
2. Smith Center (2-0) (NR)
3. Silver Lake (5-0) (3)
4. Phillipsburg (4-1) (1)
5. Minneapolis (5-0)
Others: Atchison County Community (2-0), Eureka (3-1), Garden Plain (2-0), Hillsboro (8-1), Remington (6-1)

2A
1. Oskaloosa (2-0) (1)
2. Decatur Community (5-1) (3)
3. Nemaha Valley (2-0) (NR)
4. Sacred Heart (2-0) (NR)
5. Washington County (2-0) (NR)
Others: Kiowa County (5-3)

1A – Division 1
1. St. John Hudson (6-1) (1)
2. B&B Baileyville (2-0) (2)
3. Victoria (4-0) (NR)
4. Hoxie (4-1) (4)
5. Olpe (1-1) (3)
Others: Centralia (6-2), Goessel (2-1)

1A – Division 2
1. Hutch – Central Christian (7-1) (1)
2. Thunder Ridge (5-0) (NR)
3. Norwich (3-0) (4)
4. St. Johns – Beloit (3-1) (5)
5. Grainfield-Wheatland-Grinnell (3-2) (2)
Others: Argonia (0-0)

Twin Valley League Volleyball Report – Week #2

League / Overall 

B & B 5-0 / 5-0
Centralia 5-0 / 8-2
Washington County 4-0 / 4-0
Wetmore 4-0 / 4-0
Onaga 2-2 / 4-2
Frankfort 2-2 / 3-2
Valley Heights 2-2 / 2-2
Axtell 2-2 / 3-6
Hanover 2-3 / 2-3
Blue Valley 0-4 / 0-4
Clifton-Clyde 0-4 / 0-4
Linn 0-4 / 0-4
Bern 0-5 / 0-6

Scores from Tuesday, September 6

B & B def Bern 25-9 25-15
B & B def Frankfort 25-7 25-4
B & B def Hanover 25-14 25-11
Frankfort def Hanover 25-13 25-19
*Frankfort def Bern 22-25 25-18 25-14
Hanover def Bern 25-17 15-25 25-19
Centralia def Clifton-Clyde 25-12 25-9
Centralia def Axtell 25-8 25-12
Axtell def Clifton-Clyde 25-18 25-19
Washington County def Onaga 25-21 26-24
Onaga def Linn 25-22 25-19
Washington County def Linn 25-16 26-24
Wetmore def Blue Valley 25-14 25-10
Valley Heights def Blue Valley 25-15 25-15
Wetmore def Valley Heights 25-20 25-13
* indicates non-leage match

Thursday, September 1

At Jackson Heights:
Onaga defeated Bishop Seabury 25-17 25-10
Onaga defeated Jackson Heights 22-25 25-15 25-14

UPCOMING GAMES

Tuesday, September 13:
@ Blue Valley – Linn, Centralia, Valley Heights.
@ Axtell – B & B, Onaga.
@ Bern – Hanover, Washington County.
@ Frankfort – Wetmore, Clifton-Clyde.

Saturday, September 10:
@ Frankfort – Wetmore, Frankfort, Washington County.
@ Onaga – Onaga.
@ Riley County – Valley Heights, Clifton-Clyde, Linn.
@ Southern Cloud Invitational – Blue Valley, Hanover.
@ Nemaha Valley Invitational – B & B.
@ HTRS Tournament – Bern.

Twin Valley League Volleyball Wrap – Week #1

TWIN VALLEY LEAGUE STANDINGS
League Overall

Axtell 1-1 / 2-5
B & B 2-0 / 2-0
Bern 0-3 / 0-3
Blue Valley 0-2 / 0-2
Centralia 3-0 / 6-2
Clifton-Clyde 0-2 / 0-2
Frankfort 1-1 / 1-1
Hanover 1-1 / 1-1
Linn 0-2 / 0-2
Onaga 1-1 / 1-1
Valley Heights 1-1 / 1-1
Washington County 2-0 / 2-0
Wetmore 2-0 / 2-0

TWIN VALLEY LEAGUE VOLLEYBALL SCORES

Scores from August 30, 2011
Centralia def Onaga 25-15 25-8
Centralia def Bern 25-11 25-14
Centralia def Frankfort 25-11 25-15
Onaga def Bern 25-15 22-25 25-7
Frankfort def Bern 25-20 25-17
Onaga & Frankfort did not play
Axtell def Blue Valley 26-24 25-6
Washington County def Axtell 25-16 25-15
Washington County def Blue Valley 25-10 25-5
B & B def Valley Heights 25-13 25-20
B & B def Clifton-Clyde 25-9 25-12
Valley Heights def Clifton-Clyde 25-12 25-15
Wetmore def Hanover 25-14 22-25 25-15
Hanover def Linn 20-25 25-17 25-19
Wetmore def Linn 25-12 25-19

TOURNEY RESULTS
Saturday, August 27

Wabaunsee Invitational Tournament
Pool Play:
Wabaunsee def Axtell 25-9 25-16
Council Grove def Axtell 25-13 25-20
Rock Creek def Axtell 25-18 25-18

Tourney Play:
Centralia def Axtell 25-9 25-5
Axtell def St. Xavier 25-6 25-15

Pool Play:
Osage City def Centralia 22-25 25-20 25-18
Wamego def Centralia 25-18 25-22
Centralia def St. Xavier 25-7 25-3

Tourney Play:
Centralia def Axtell 25-9 25-5
Centralia def Wabaunsee 25-23 25-22

UPCOMING GAMES
Tuesday, September 6

At B & B: – Bern, Hanover, Frankfort
At Centralia: – Axtell, Clifton-Clyde
At Washington County: – Onaga, Linn
At Wetmore: – Blue Valley, Valley Heights

Saturday, September 10
At Frankfort: – Wetmore, Washington County, Frankfort
At Onaga Quad: – Onaga
At Riley County: – Valley Heights, Clifton-Clyde, Linn
At Southern Cloud Invitational: – Blue Valley, Hanover
At Nemaha Valley Invitational: – B & B

HTRS Tournament
Bern

KU Basketball Legends To Play Allen Fieldhouse September 24th

LAWRENCE, Kan. – A who’s who of Kansas men’s basketball coaches and players will convene at historic Allen Fieldhouse for the Legends of the Phog exhibition game Saturday, Sept. 24, at 4 p.m.

Former KU coaches Larry Brown and Ted Owens will coach a collection of former KU players who have been part of three NCAA titles, 54 conference championships, 13 Final Fours and 2,038 all-time victories. The rosters will include many current NBA Jayhawks, including NBA All-Star Paul Pierce, as well as many other recent KU standouts.

“It’s going to be a spectacular event,” Kansas head coach Bill Self said. ”Not very often can you spin a negative into a positive but we get an opportunity to do so with the NBA lockout. There have been numerous times we’d like to get all these guys back at the same time, but it’s always been hard for the current NBA players to come back because their schedules run similar to ours. On September 24th we are going to have a KU alumni game, which is basically a legends game, in which many of our most recent KU greats are going to come back, allowing them a chance to run out of the tunnel one more time and play a game, hopefully in front of a packed house.

“We have many committed,” Self continued, “the majority being recent guys who have played (under Self) and several of Roy’s (Williams) players will be here as well, including NBA All-Star Paul Pierce, who is coming back for the first time in a long time. We’ve asked Coach Brown and Coach Owens to be the honorary coaches. Much of the proceeds will go to the memory of (former KU assistant basketball coach) Neil Dougherty, who lost his life tragically this summer due to a heart attack. We’re working with Neil’s family to find a cause that will definitely give Neil a lasting legacy in an area of his life that was very dear to him.”

Additionally, Self said Kansas Athletics will donate a portion of the proceeds to one of Dougherty’s favorite local charities – the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence.

“It will be great coming back to Lawrence and catching up with some old friends and meeting the current players,” Pierce said. “No place compares to Allen Fieldhouse and the rich tradition that is Kansas basketball. When you are a Jayhawk, you’re a Jayhawk for life.”

“The University of Kansas has meant so much to me,” Brown said. “I have a lot of fond memories of my time in Lawrence and coming back for this event will be great. I look forward to visiting with current staff, the old coaches and players and friends.”

Tickets for the Legends of the Phog will be $20 for adults and $10 for students and youth. Williams Education Fund members and current KU students will have the first opportunity to purchase tickets. Tickets ordered via the KU Tickets Office online (www.kuathletics.com) or by calling 800-34-HAWKS. Parking for the event is free.

Williams Education Fund Presale:
Wednesday, August 24: Hall of Fame, Champion and All-American membership levels.
Monday, August 29: All remaining Williams Education Fund membership levels.

KU Student Presale:
Wednesday, August 24

Public Sale:
Tuesday, September 6

KVA Announces 2011 Preseason Volleyball Rankings

August 24, 2011, Topeka, KS — The Kansas Volleyball Association is pleased to announce the 2011 Preseason Volleyball Rankings sponsored by PrepVolleyball.com.

Rank – School

4A
1. St. James Academy
2. Hayden
3. Cheney
4. Maize South
5. Circle
Others: Abilene, Louisburg

3A
1. Phillipsburg
2. Hoisington
3. Silver Lake
4. Southwestern Heights
5. Garden Plain
Others: Atchison County Community, Eureka, Hillsboro, Osage City

2A
1. Oskaloosa
2. Kiowa County
3. Decatur Community
4. Hill City
5. Inman
Others: Nemaha Valley, Plainville, Sacred Heart

1A – Division 1
1. St. John Hudson
2. B&B Baileyville
3. Olpe
4. Hoxie
5. Centralia
Others: Goessel, Hodgeman County, Southern Coffey County

1A – Division 2
1. Hutch – Central Christian
2. Grainfield-Wheatland-Grinnell
3. Weskan
4. Norwich
5. St. Johns – Beloit
Others: Argonia

Attendance at High School Sporting Events Tops 500 Million

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (August 17, 2011) — More fans attend high school basketball and football events than the same sports at the college and professional levels combined, according to a survey conducted by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS).

During the 2009-10 school year, approximately 336 million fans attended high school regular-season and playoff games in football and girls and boys basketball – more than 2½ times the 133 million spectators who attended events in those sports at the college and professional levels.

In addition, attendance at events in the top 16 high school sports from a participation standpoint was approximately 510 million during the 2009-10 school year, including 468 million during regular-season events and 42 million for state association playoff contests.

The NFHS surveyed high school athletic directors at small (up to 1,000 enrollment), medium (1,000 to 2,200) and large (more than 2,220) high schools and multiplied the average regular-season attendance (based on the schools that responded) in each sport by the number of schools in each enrollment category that sponsor the sport. A similar method was used to determine overall attendance at postseason events conducted by NFHS member state associations.

In addition to basketball and football, others sports included in the survey were baseball, cross country, field hockey, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, volleyball, water polo and wrestling. Where applicable, attendance for both boys and girls contests was included.

When combining attendance at regular-season girls and boys contests, basketball led the way with about 170 million fans, followed closely by football with 166 million. Soccer ranked third at 24 million, followed by baseball (20 million), volleyball (17 million), softball (15.8 million), wrestling (10 million), track and field (6.6 million), ice hockey (6 million), swimming and diving (4.8 million), lacrosse (4.5 million), cross country (3 million), water polo (1.8 million), tennis (1.8 million), golf (1.3 million) and field hockey (800,000).

While there are about 40 sports listed in the NFHS High School Athletics Participation Survey, the remaining sports not included in the attendance survey have minimal participation numbers nationally and would collectively add fewer than a million spectators annually. This is the first attempt (through the means of a survey) by the NFHS, the national leadership organization for high school athletic and performing arts activities, to determine national attendance figures at the high school level.

“This first-of-its-kind survey of attendance figures at the high school level is certainly a great sign that high school sports continue to be a big part of communities throughout our nation,” said Bob Gardner, NFHS executive director. “A ticket to a high school sporting event remains one of the best values for the entertainment dollar.”

SCC Storm Basketball Coaches To Conduct Camps July 11-13

Boys and girls in grades 4-12 will have the opportunity to participate in a Storm Basketball Camp at Southeast Community College’s Beatrice Campus.

The camps are scheduled for July 11-13 in the Truman Center Gymnasium on the Beatrice Campus, 4771 W. Scott Road.

Boys and girls in grades 4-6 will hold a camp from 10 a.m. to noon those three days, while boys and girls in grades 7-12 will be in camp from 4-6 p.m. The camps are being conducted by Storm men’s basketball coach Joel Wooton and Storm women’s basketball coach Vicki Wooton.

Cost is $60 per player if registered by July 3. The cost is $70 per player after July 3.

Persons interested in registering are asked to call 800-233-5027 ext. 1322 or 1323.