ROLL CALL (I thought you’d be bigger)

Finally. A Roll Call we can really sink our teeth into.

Oh, and Bethany LB Marvin Barnes will be signing autographs in the lobby of The Wichita Eagle from now until you finish this sentence.

Enough with the fun and games:




FOOTBALL: While you were sleeping, Washburn quarterback Dane Simoneau came into his own for the now-No. 22 Ichabods. And while I was sleeping, Washburn swept the MIAA player of the week honors after its 54-31 win over Missouri Southern. Simoneau was the offensive hero with 306 yards and 3 TDs in only three quarters, PK Steve Ivanisevic hit ‘em up for special teams kudos after hitting 4 FGs and going 6-6 on extra points and Belleglade, Fla., product Eric Lawrence was defensive POW after wreaking havoc from d-end to the tune of seven tackles, 2.5 sacks and 3.5 TFL. If Washburn can find a way to beat Missouri Western on the road Saturday … the following game against Central Missouri in Topeka is as big as they get around there.

VOLLEYBALL: Pittsburg State’s Pamela Cartagena is good. Like All-American good. Could she be an outside contender for MIAA player of the year honors? Well … it’s too early to tell, but the senior OH took MIAA hitter of the week honors after banging out 54 kills in 4 matches at the UCM Peggy Martin Classic in Warrensburg, Mo., over the weekend.


FOOTBALL: Here’s what Ottawa QB Ethan Haller would have to do to surprise me at this point — throw for over 600 yards, 10 touchdowns, deliver a baby at halftime and run into a burning building to save a little old lady during the coach’s postgame talk. And fill up the Gatorade bottles. Dude, your 520 yards and 5 TDs against Bethel aren’t impressing anybody. Except for maybe the people that voted him KCAC offensive POW.

Marvin Barnes

Marvin Barnes

Now about Marvin.

My man Marvin Barnes pulled a James Harrison for Bethany on Saturday against Saint Mary returning an interception 96 yards for a TD as time expired in the first half of what would be an 18-13 win for the Swedes. Oh, and he had nine tackles and a pass breakup. And he also was KCAC defensive POW. And a prime candidate for some Sunflower Slate Q&A. He needs a nickname. How about Good News?

McPherson kicker/punter Travis Eason was your man on special teams.



VOLLEYBALL: There’s something about Tabor stud Ashley Cohlmia that we really like here at Roll Call … wait … is it … oh yeah, she’s from the ICT. And she’s also the KCAC hitter of the week after the Bluejays went 4-1 last week and AC racked up 44 kills. Teammate Mandi Phillips was her Partner in Crime, grabbing setter of the week. Friends libero Erin Cooper — who stands only 5-foot — was the libero/specialist of the week. So the next time you complain about not being tall enough…

SOCCER: We’ve got Kansas Wesleyan’s David Hernandez as the men’s offensive POW and McPherson goalkeeper Blake Jett as the defensive POW. For the women, it was Ottawa’s Jo-anne Glynn on offense and Ottawa defender Christie Johnson on defense.

CROSS COUNTRY: I’m losing steam. Matt Ditzler for Friends took men’s honors and Southwestern’s Amy Pierson did it for the women.


On a totally different note — much props to the KJCCC for getting its Players of the Week out in a timely fashion. I can’t say how much this helps.

FOOTBALL: Wait a second, I thought Chris Clay was the stud running back for Hutchinson this season. Maybe I was wrong. Maybe it’s Clay and freshman running back Chris Anderson, who broke the Blue Dragons’ single-game scoring record with 6 TDs against Highland last Saturday. That’s not gonna be a lot of fun for Dodge City to try to prep for this weekend. No sir.

On defense, Butler linebacker Forlando Johnson split weekly honors with Hutch linebacker Chip Hester. Just a couple of guys from SEC country, that’s all (Johnson is from Georgia and Hester is from S. Carolina). Special teams awards went to Butler kicker/punter Logan Ortiz and Hutch punter Schuyler Watson, an Ark City product.

I think … yeah … now I’m done.