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Axtell Eagles celebrate homecoming Friday.

Homecoming for the Axtell Eagles kicks off Friday with a Parade and Pep rally at 2:15 p.m. Friday on Maple Street.  The crowning of the king and queen will take place at the football field beginning at 6:30 p.m..  This year’s homecoming candidates are: Tyler Heiman, Michelle Peschel, Taylor Jesse, Kayla Ludwig, Scott Koch, and Lindsey Smith.  Axtell Eagles will then take the field against Blue Valley, kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

KNDY-FM Prep Schedule To Include 8 Broadcasts, 5 MHS Games

Marysville, Kan. – Dierking Communications, Inc. radio station 95.5 KNDY-FM in Marysville on Friday released their 2010 high school football broadcast schedule, which includes 5 Marysville High School Bulldog broadcasts, and 3 Twin Valley League contests.

The action begins on Friday, September 3 when the Marysville Bulldogs travel to Perry to face the Perry-Lecompton Kaws. Pre-Game is scheduled for 6:45 p.m. with kickoff to follow at 7:00 p.m.

As always, all high school football broadcasts on 95.5 KNDY-FM will be simulcast via the internet on the station website at http://www.kndyradio.com. Internet streaming services provided by Network 1 Sports.

The 2010 High School Broadcast Schedule

Fri. Sept. 3 – Marysville at Perry-Lecompton – 7:00 PM
Fri. Sept. 10 – Marysville at Wamego – 7:00 PM
Fri. Sept. 17 – No Broadcast (Kansas Football Broadcast)
Fri. Sept. 24 – Hanover at Linn – 7:00 PM
Fri. Oct. 1 – Marysville at Concordia – 7:00 PM
Fri. Oct. 8 – Marysville at Abilene  – 7:00 PM
Fri. Oct. 15 – Frankfort at Axtell – 7:00 PM
Fri. Oct. 22 – Marysville at Riley County – 7:00 PM
Fri. Oct. 29 – Washington County at Valley Heights – 7:00 PM

Valley Heights, Centralia Pre-Season Favorites In Volleyball Rankings

The Kansas Volleyball Association along with PrepVolleyball.com Wednesday released the 2010 Kansas High School Volleyball Pre-Season Rankings.

Topping the list in class 2A is the Valley Heights Lady Mustangs, who finished the 2009 season at 35-11, which includes a 3rd place finish in the KSHSAA 2A State Championship Tournament.

Speaking of the Centralia Lady Panthers, they top the 1A pre-season rankings heading into the 2010 season. The Lady Panthers stormed through the season a year ago, but fell in the KSHSAA 1A State Championship to Twin Valley League foe Frankfort. The Frankfort Lady Wildcats are mentioned as receiving votes in the 1A pre-season poll. All three teams will face each other to open the 2010 season on Tuesday, August 31st in Onaga.

In September the Kansas Volleyball Association will split the 1A rankings into Division I and Division II in accordance with the new championship tournament formula the KSHSAA will be utilizing.

3A
1. Wichita Collegiate
2. Phillipsburg
3. Southwestern Heights
4. Central Heights
5. Atchison County Community
Others: Hillsboro, Eureka

2A
1. Valley Heights
2. Decatur Community
3. Oskaloosa
4. Uniontown
5. Lebo
Others: Hill City, Moundridge, Spearville

1A
1. Centralia
2. St. John Hudson
3. Hutch – Central Christian
4. Pratt-Skyline
5. St. Johns – Beloit
Others: Frankfort

SCC Men’s Basketball Repeats As Academic National Champions

The work Southeast Community College student-athletes put into the classroom pays off.

Led by the men’s basketball team’s 3.4 cumulative grade-point average, which earned it a second consecutive academic national championship, four SCC Storm intercollegiate athletic teams placed in the top 25 nationally in academics during the 2009-2010 school year.

The women’s basketball team (tied for 13th), softball team (tied for 16th) and volleyball team (22nd) also ranked high.

“For another year, our athletic teams competed well academically on the national level,” said Dan Johnson, SCC’s director of athletics. “We are proud that for the second year in a row, our men’s basketball team was the Academic Team-of-the-Year.”

Joel Wooton, head men’s basketball coach, explained the process his program uses to ensure his athletes are succeeding in the classroom. Seven of his 18 players earned Academic All-America honors.

“Every two weeks during the 10-week quarter, students go around to their instructors and instructors will fill out if the student has missed class, how they’re doing in class, etc.,” Wooton said. “The first negative report we get, we automatically force them into getting a tutor to make sure they’re on the right page. Then, if we get a second bad report, we’ll counsel them on an individual basis.”

Wooton said his policy centers on being preventative.

“We sit down with them the first day they get here and explain class decorum,” Wooton said. “Be on time, show interest and get to know your professor. The other thing is we’ve been very fortunate to recruit and get good academically sound students.”

Wooton said two of his players just missed making Academic All-America. And 13 out of the 18 made the Academic All-Region IX team.

“We explain to the players that the better they do academically, the more doors that will open when they graduate,” he said.

Lisa Vanderhoof, a freshman from Villisca, Iowa, led the way with two All-America honors. She earned them in volleyball and softball with a 3.81 cumulative GPA.

Other SCC Academic All-Americans by sport:

Men’s basketball: Steve Dentakos, sophomore, Melbourne, Australia, 3.68; Matt Kampschnieder, sophomore, Howells, 3.78; Mark McFadden, sophomore, Melbourne, Australia, 3.83; Andrew Miller, sophomore, Whangamata, New Zealand, 3.71; Christian Salinas, sophomore, Perth, Australia, 3.67; Kendall Sutton, redshirt freshman, Melbourne, Australia, 3.85; Matt Woodcock, sophomore, Sale, Australia, 3.80.

Women’s basketball: LaTrece Couvson, freshman, Katy, Texas, 3.73.

Softball: Sara Joe, sophomore, Fairbury, 3.95; Jessica Jordening, sophomore, Fairbury, 3.76; Shaina Peters, sophomore, Fairbury, 3.75.

Volleyball: Amanda Geib, freshman, Craig-Fairfax, Mo., 3.70; Jenny Hoffman, freshman, Friend, 3.90; Jamie Theye, freshman, Diller-Odell, 3.96.

SCC national academic team rankings:

Men’s basketball, 3.40, national champions; women’s basketball, 3.26 GPA, tied for 13th; softball, 3.33 GPA, tied for 16th; and volleyball (fall 2009), 3.32 GPA, 22nd.

KSHSAA Announces 2011 State Wrestling Hosts

The Kansas State High School Activities Association is announcing the following sites for the 2010-11 KSHSAA State Wrestling Championship Tournaments scheduled for February 25th & 26th, 2011:

Classes 6A & 5A – Hartman Arena, Wichita

Class 4A – Bicentennial Center, Salina

Class 3-2-1A – Gross Memorial Coliseum, Hays

“Hosting state wrestling tournaments is truly a joint effort on the part of the KSHSAA, the host facility and the volunteers from participating schools in the surrounding areas. Without the assistance of dedicated school volunteers, our tournaments would not be successful,” said KSHSAA Executive Director, Gary Musselman. “We are pleased to reach an agreement with Hartman Arena to allow our Class 6A & 5A tournament to remain in the Wichita area in 2011.” Hartman Arena owner Wink Hartman said, “We are pleased to host in 2011 and look forward to the possibility of building a successful relationship with the KSHSAA in the future.”

’10 Marysville High School Football Schedule (Updated)

The 2010 high school football season is only a couple months away, and we’re preparing to bring you another exciting season of high school football here on KNDY AM & FM. You will find below the 2010 Marysville High School Football Schedule and our broadcast plans for Marysville at this point. We’ll have our area schedule out soon which includes the Twin Valley League, North Central Kansas League, and Nebraska schools within our broadcast territory.

Marysville High School Football

Fri. Sept. 3
Marysville @ Perry-Lecompton on 95.5 KNDY-FM

Fri. Sept. 10
Marysville @ Wamego on 95.5 KNDY-FM

Fri. Sept. 17
Chapman @ Marysville (Homecoming)

Fri. Sept. 24
Clay Center @ Marysville

Fri. Oct. 01
Marysville @ Concordia on 95.5 KNDY-FM

Fri. Oct. 08
Marysville @ Abilene on 95.5 KNDY-FM

Fri. Oct. 15
Rock Creek @ Marysville

Fri. Oct. 22
Marysville @ Riley County on 95.5 KNDY-FM

Thu. Oct. 28
Nemaha Valley @ Marysville

Deadline To Enter Sunflower State Games Is July 2nd

TOPEKA, Kan.— The first deadline to register for the 21st Annual Sunflower State Games is Friday, July 2nd. Athletes interested in Basketball, Disc Golf, Dodgeball, Junior Rodeo, Rowing, Indoor Soccer, Sand Volleyball and Wrestling must register by July 2. The deadline for all other sports is Friday, July 9. Those interesed may register online at www.sunflowergames.com.  Registrations are also accepted by mail or walk-in at at 820 S. Kansas Ave. Topeka, KS 66610.

2010 marks the ninth year for the annual sports festival in Topeka. Events begin Friday, July 9 with Rowing at Lake Shawnee and will wrap up on Sunday, July 25 with the conclusion of the Youth Basketball tournament. Kansans of all ages and skill levels are invited to participate in the 43 different sports. Indoor Soccer, Sand Volleyball, Bocce Ball and Miniature Golf join the line-up for new sports offered in the 2010 Games.  All athletes and volunteers are invited to attend the Athlete Festival on Friday, July 16 at 6:00 p.m. at Hummer Sports Park.

The Sunflower State Games is a non-profit, statewide amateur sports festival for all Kansans.  The purpose of the Games is to provide top-quality amateur competition in a wide range of activities and promote physical fitness, personal health and well-being for Kansans of all ages and skill levels.  For more information, log onto www.sunflowergames.com.

Sunflower Showdown Moved To Thurs. Oct. 14 in Lawrence

LAWRENCE, Kan. — The 2010 football matchup between Kansas and Kansas State has been moved to Thursday, Oct. 14, and will be nationally televised on Fox Sports Net. The game was originally scheduled for Oct. 16.

The 108th edition of the Sunflower Showdown will kick off at 6:30 p.m. in Lawrence.

“It is exciting for this in-state rivalry to be featured nationally with the television exposure of a Thursday night game on FSN,” said KU athletics director Lew Perkins. “This telecast will showcase the City of Lawrence and our great University.”

Jayhawks head coach Turner Gill echoed Perkins’ sentiments.

“This game gives us a chance to show the nation the great support of Kansas football fans,” Gill said. “It also benefits our students since school will be out Thursday and Friday.”

Perkins and KSU Athletics Director John Currie also announced Tuesday that a new Sunflower Showdown series between Kansas and Kansas State will be sponsored by Dillon’s. The Kansas-based grocery chain will have naming rights to the school’s meetings in football, men’s and women’s basketball, baseball and volleyball for the next two years. Although these series will carry the name “Sunflower Showdown,” neither points nor standings will be kept.

“We are thrilled to have support of our series from a Kansas-based company,” Perkins said. “The Dillon’s Sunflower Showdown should bring even more publicity to a great rivalry we have with Kansas State in all of our sports.”

The football series is the nation’s 13th-most played, as well as the fourth-longest uninterrupted series in the country. The two teams have played 98 straight years beginning in 1911. Kansas leads the all-time series 65-37-5, including a 37-15-2 mark in games played in Lawrence.

Kansas had won four of five, including three straight before Kansas State defeated the Jayhawks 17-10 in Manhattan last year. KU has won three consecutive matchups in Lawrence, including a 52-21 victory in 2008.

The Thursday game will mark KU’s second non-Saturday football game of the 2010 campaign. Kansas will play at Southern Mississippi on Friday, Sept. 17 in a game televised by ESPN at 7 p.m.

Kansas opens the year under first-year head coach Turner Gill Sept. 4 hosting North Dakota state. Season tickets are available at www.kuathletics.com.

LIVE State Track & Field Championship Results



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Dierking Communications, Inc. is committed to covering high school athletics in the communities our radio stations reach. In keeping with this tradition, we are happy to provide LIVE RESULTS from the KSHSAA State Track & Field Championships at Cessna Stadium in Wichita. This is the 100th Anniversary of the State Track & Field Championships in Kansas, and is also the largest high school track & field meet in the nation. To get the latest results, please select the classification you desire above, and check out the schedule of events for the meet.

2010 Solomon Valley/NCK Catbacker Event Interviews

Many prominent figures in the Kansas State University Athletic Department were  in Beloit on Wednesday for the annual Solomon Valley/North Central Kansas Catbacker Banquet and Auction.  KD Country 94 & Z 96.3 Sports caught up with some of those people to talk about many things K-State.

K-State Men’s Basketball Coach Frank Martin
Frank Martin Interview

K-State Director of Athletics John Currie

http://www.fileden.com/files/2007/8/1/1314391/John%20Currie%20Full%20Interview.mp3

“Voice of the Wildcats” Wyatt Thompson

http://www.fileden.com/files/2007/8/1/1314391/Wyatt%20Thompson%20Full%20Interview.mp3