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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

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

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

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.

8-Man All-Star Game Programs Still Available

Game Programs from this year’s 8-Man All-Star Games are still available. If you would like a copy, stop by the Beloit Call office in Beloit, Kansas or mail your payment of ($6 per game program) to:

The Beloit Call, 119 E. Main St., PO Box 366, Beloit, Kansas 67420.

Make checks payable to 8 Man All Star Game Inc.


Record Setting Day For East Squad In 74-30 Division II Win

Special Thanks To The Hutchinson News
Written By Vance Janek

BELOIT — The debate at halftime of the Eight-Man Division II All-Star in the East Squad locker room was who was going to start the third quarter at quarter­back.

Former Quivira Heights signal caller Gunner Phelan guided the East to two first-quarter scores. Then Hanover’s Austin Steinfort took over in the second quarter, also leading the East to two touchdowns that kept the West down by two scores.

“They really couldn’t decide,” Wilson tight end Kenny Steinle said. “Coach (John) Phelan wanted Gun­ner to go out just because he knows the offense more. He wanted to get up on them early again.”

East coach Daymon Walker picked Phelan. Four records later, the East celebrated a 74-30 whooping of the West at Trojan Stadium on Satur­day morning.

The East team ended each practice leading up to Saturday’s game by hud­dling. Each huddle ended with the team saying “62.” That signifies the number of points the team was looking to score to break the Division II record.

“At the beginning of this,” Phelan said, “our coaches told us that the record was 61 so we decided we want to go after it. To put up 74, we got our goal.”

Phelan and Hanover receiver Connor Hynek also put themselves in the record books. Phelan com­pleted 23 of 36 passes for 346 yards and six touchdowns while Hanover receiver Conner Hynek hauled in 13 receptions for 144 yards and three scores.

“We have a lot of athletes in the open,” Phelan said. “We just got them the ball and let them make plays. They’re all really fast, and you can hit them on a short route, and they can turn it into a big gain.”

The 6-foot-3 Hynek proved to be a big target that both quarterbacks looked to find. “Me and Austin and Gun­ner and I had good chemis­try all week,” Hynek said. “Gunner told me he was going to throw it and just to go get it.”

The West struggled to slow the East’s offense, which derived from Quivira Heights’ scheme. “They had crossing routes on the field, and they were picking us apart,” West coach Travis Starr said. “We had to turn up the heat on Phelan. We did that but they continued to make plays. They were putting it on the money, and they were catching it. They were clicking today.”

The East scored the game’s first 16 points, then saw the West answer with 16 of its own. But the East took con­trol by scoring the final 14 points of the second quar­ter, and then the 22 straight in the third.

From the 5:03 mark of the second quarter to the end of the game, the East out­scored the West 58-14.

Phelan got the record-breaking day going by finding Steinle for a 51-yard touchdown with 8:05 remaining in the first quarter. Hope’s Tyler Mudd added a 14-yard touchdown run. Then the West answered, getting a 23-yard touchdown run by Ashland’s Ervin Swonger before Caleb Keltz had a 3-yard touchdown run with 9:20.

Steinfort then put the East up for good, taking the ball in from 6 yards out and hooking up with Hynek on the final play of the half.

Then it was all Phelan. The 6-foot, 170-pounder hooked up with Axtell’s Tyler Heiman for a 25-yard touchdown. It was Heiman with a 45-yard catch-and-run touchdown that was made possible by a nice down field block by Steinle. Phelan found Hynek for a 23-yard score in the left side of the end zone to make it 52-16 with 1:53 to play in the third. Swonger broke up the East scoring run with a 50-yard catch-and-run. The West got its final touchdown when Ben Fox of Ashland took an option pitch in for a 35-yard touch­down.

Phelan ended his impres­sive day by finding Hynek for a 16-yard touchdown while Waverly’s Travis Sipe hauled in a 4-yard touch­down reception. The East got its final touchdown on an 8-yard run by Caldwell’s Alex Davis.

Records Set:

Most Points by a Winning 8-Man All-Star Team: 74 by DII East

Most Points scored combined by two Teams: 104

Widest Margin of Victory: 44 by DII East

Most Total Yards: 622 by DII East

Most Passing Yards: 448 by DII East

Most Receptions in an 8-Man All-Star Game: Conner Hynek of Hanover with 13

Longest Punt: Riley Spresser of Golden Plains 61 yards

Most Touchdown Passes: Gunner Phelan of Quivira Heights with 6

Division II
EAST 74, WEST 30
E / W


Rushes-yards 40-174 / 38-209

Passing yards 448 / 82

Comp-Att-Int 28-46-1 / 5-11-0

Total plays-yards 86-622 / 49-291

Penalties-yards 3-30 / 4-35


RUSHING—:East: Heiman 12-92, Davis 9-52, Mudd 8-29, Steinfort 4-8, Sipe 3-7, Phelan 4-(-14).

West: Root 9-64, Swonger 8-62, Fox 5-48, Keltz 7-20, Kerschen 6-8, Hlavaty 1-7, Spresser 2-0.

PASSING— East: Phelan 23-36-1-346, Steinfort 7-10-0-102.

West: Spresser 3-5-0-57, Keltz 2-6-0-25.

RECEIVING—East: Heiman 10-167, Hynek 13-144, Steinle 5-133, Sipe 1-4, Creed 1-0.

West: Swonger 1-50, Laffrey 1-20, Trapp 2-12.

Scoring Summary
Division II

EAST 74, WEST 30

East 16 14 22 22 — 74

West 0 16 0 6 — 30

First quarter

E—Steinle 51 pass from Phelan (Mudd run), 8:05

E—Mudd 14 run (Hynek pass from Phelan), 4:34

Second quarter

W—Swonger 23 run (Trapp pass from Spresser), 11:53

W—Kuhn 3 run (Laffery pass from Keltz), 9:20

E—Steinfort 6 run (run failed), 5:03

E—Hynek 5 pass from Steinfort (Heiman pass from Steinfort), 0:00

Third quarter

E—Heiman 25 pass from Phelan (Hynek pass from Phelan), 10:40

E—Heiman 45 pass from Phelan (pass failed), 8:09

E—Hynek 23 pass from Phelan (Hynek pass from Phelan), 1:53

W—Swonger 50 pass from Spresser (run failed), 1:02

Fourth quarter

W—Fox 35 run (Hlavaty run), 9:39

E—Hynek 16 pass from Phelan (Heiman run), 8:31

E—Sipe 4 pass from Phelan (Hynek pass from Phelan), 4:19

E—Davis 8 run (run failed), 1:55

West Wins Division I Game Over East 26-12

Special Thanks To The Hutchinson News
Written By Vance Janek

BELOIT — Pretty Prairie football coach CT Young knew before Saturday’s Eight-Man Division I All-Star game that Hunter Pittman and Daniel Kreh­biel are special athletes.

Young, the West Squad coach, saw all week in prac­tice just how good the two former Bulldogs were. They backed it up Satur­day against the East Squad at Trojan Stadium.

Pittman had a couple long first-quarter touch­down runs while Krehbiel added a score in the fourth quarter to help the West earn a physical, grind-it-out 26-12 victory.

“I’m really happy for Hunter to come out and play that way,” Young said. “And Daniel, any time we needed yards, when we needed four he got five. He’s a special, special player.”

Thanks to his 53- and 49- yard touchdown runs on identical option plays down the left side of the line, Pit­tman finished with a game-high 90 yards rushing on 11 attempts. Meanwhile, the 6-foot-3, 200-pound Krehbiel was the back Young called upon in short yardage situations throughout, fin­ishing with 78 yards on 15 carries, including a 14-yard score that put the West up 20-6 with 9:06 remaining in the game.

Rounding out the West’s offense, which rolled up 243 of its 291 yards on the ground, was former Hodge­man County star Evan Kreger. The shifty 5-10, 165-pound back ended his 22-carry, 75-yard performance with a 1-yard touchdown run with 2:20 remaining that iced the game.

Those three used were aided by an offense line that opened numerous holes in the ground-and-pound game. “I like working for it because that’s more my kind of style,” Krehbiel said. “It’s an all-star game and every player here is good. It’s nice to be able to drive the ball and be confi­dent doing that.”

What helped the West defensively was slowing the East’s run-heavy offense. The East finished with 108 yards on the ground while failing to get its passing game going, completing just 3 of 14 passes for 29 yards.

It was the West’s defen­sive line that caused plenty of problems whatever the play call. The group that fouled things up up front included Hodgeman Coun­ty’s Devan Rudzik, Tyler Bess and Quinter’s Sam Leighton.

“I love causing havoc,” Leighton said. “I love put­ting disheartening spots on their offense. That frustrated several East offensive linemen. “As soon as I noticed they were getting frustrated, itwas like I hit an extra adrenaline rush and just started pushing harder,” Leighton said. “I was a little disappointed that I didn’t get a few more defen­sive snaps in the fourth quarter to mess with their head a little bit more, but it was fun.”

It was a case of the East looking to stop Krehbiel on the dive and putting more focus on Kreger receiving a pitch that freed Pittman up for two touchdowns on option runs in the first quarter. “I dove in, and they took Daniel out,” Pittman said. “I figured they’d come at me, but they took Evan out and bit down on him. It left me open to go and score.” After his score on the game’s opening drive, Pitt­man broke free again with 54 seconds left in the first quarter to make it 12-0. “I didn’t know the kid was that fast,” Kreger said. “When he got in the open, he took off and made some plays. It was fun watching him.”

The West had a hard time stopping East quar­terback Chase Gumm once he broke out of the pocket. Gumm, a Southern Cloud product who rushed for a team-high 81 yards, had his best scamper on a 35-yard scramble that made it 12-6 with 4:21 left in the first half.

After a scoreless third quarter, the West went up 20-6 on Krehbiel’s 14-yard touchdown run and two-point conversion. The two-score cushion was short lived, though, as Jarrett Christie of Rock Hills returned the ensuing kickoff for a 75-yard touchdown. But then the West salted the game away with a 16-play, 65-yard scoring drive that included a pair of fourth down conversions. Kreger finished it off with a 1-yard touchdown.

“I loved knowing that the fourth quarter was coming up,” Kreger said. “We were more physical, bigger and tougher.” Pittman, who’s future plans include playing bas­ketball at Fort Scott, ends his football career with a win after the Bulldogs were beaten by Osborne in the second round of the play­offs last year.

“I loved today,” Pittman said. “I didn’t want the Osborne loss to be our last game.”

Division I
WEST 26, EAST 12
W / E

First downs 13 / 7

Rushes-yards 54-243 / 36-108

Passing yards 48 / 29

Comp-Att-Int 7-13-0 / 3-14-0

Total plays-yards 67-291 / 50-137

Punts-avg 3-32 / 3-30.3

Fumbles-lost 5-1 / 1-0

Penalties-yards 8-55 / 4-29


RUSHING—West: Kreger 22-75, Krehbiel 15-78, Pittman 11-90, Team 3-(-3), Allison 1-4, Hendricks 1-(-1).

East: Gumm 15-81, DeMars 7-13, Lambert 6-15, Price 5-(-10), Weis 4-9.

PASSING—West: Pittman 6-11-0-41, Hen­dricks 1-1-0-7, Kreger 0-1-0-0.

East: Gumm 3-14-0-29.

RECEIVING—West: Pickens 4-20, Kreger 1-11, Richard 1-11, Krehbiel 1-6.

East: Shoe­maker 1-26, DeMars 1-2, Lambert 1-1.


Division I

East 0 6 0 6 — 12

West 12 0 0 14 — 26

First quarter

W—Pittman 53 run (run failed), 10:06

W—Pittman 49 run (run failed) 0:54

Second quarter

E—Gumm 35 run (run failed), 4:21

Fourth quarter

W—Krehbiel 14 run (Krehbiel run), 9:18

E—Christie 75 kickoff return (pass failed), 9:05

W—Kreger 1 run (pass failed), 2:20

26th Volleyball All-Star Match Held At Washburn University

The Kansas Volleyball Association held its 26th annual All Star Match on June 3 at Washburn University in Topeka.

The Red Team defeated the Blue Team in five games by the scores of 25-20, 18-25, 17-25, 25-23, and 15-12. Leading the Red Team in kills was Morgan Voorhes of St. James Academy with 11. Korie Thompson of Atchison County Community High School also added 9 kills. Alexis Dutt of Abilene High School led the Red Team in assists with 16, while Hayley Young from Douglass High School contributed 11 assists. The Red Team was led by Jordyn Holle of Manattan High School with 19 digs and Molly O’Hagan of Tonganoxie High School chipped in with 17 digs. Valerie Hecht of Bern High School led the Red Team in blocks with 5 total blocks. Emporia High School’s Lauren Longbine added 2 aces.

The Blue Team was led by Molly O’Brien of St. James Academy with 13 kills. Marissa Cox of Central Heights High School contributed 7 kills. Kelly Scannell from Shawnee Heights High School led the Blue Team in assists with 26. Marissa Cox of Central Heights High School added 19 assists. The Blue Team was led in digs by Sara Slater of Lansing High School with 20 and Kelly Scannell of Shawnwee Heights High School added 12. Sydney Crimmins of Clay Center led in blocks with 5 total blocks while Kylee Pywell of Plainville contributed with 2 aces.

The K.V.A. also presented four of its annual awards at the conclusion of the match. Marissa Cox of Central Heights High School received the Joan Lundstrom Wells Award of Excellence. The Flo Hyman Scholarship was awarded to Emily Conklin of Washburn Rural High School. Morgan Voorhes of St. James Academy received the Judy Bellomo Most Inspirational Award. The Don Bechard Scholarship was awarded to Alexis Dutt of Abilene High School.

SCC Hosting Volleyball Camps This Month

Southeast Community College head volleyball coach Carrie Foster-Puhalla has announced dates for her 2011 volleyball camps.

Tuesday, June 21, – Setter Camp.
Wednesday, June 22,  – Libero Camp.
Thursday, June 23, – Hitter/Blocker Camp.
Friday, June 24, – Little Diggers Camp for grades 3-5.

Camps held June 21-23 will take place from 9 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Cost is $50 per player, per camp. The Little Diggers Camp runs from 9 a.m. to noon and is $45 per camper.

All camps will take place in the Truman Center Gymnasium on SCC’s Beatrice Campus.

Camp registrations must be submitted by June 20 to: Carrie Foster-Puhalla, 4771 W. Scott Road, Beatrice, NE 68310. Persons wishing to register should contact her at 402-228-3468 ext. 1353 or [email protected].