Monthly Archives: March 2012

Jaime Green on leaving Newman for Missouri Southern

Newman women’s basketball coach Jaime Green resigned Wednesday night after two highly successful and sometimes controversial seasons with the Jets to take an assistant coach position at Missouri Southern State, her alma mater, and to work for her college coach, Maryann Mitts.

Green went 42-14 in her time at Newman, won two Heartland Conference titles and, this season, led the Jets to their first NCAA Division II Tournament appearance.

Green’s tenure at Newman was also marked by an infraction reported to the NCAA where Green asked a player to pay for two Division I transfers’ parking fines at their schools because, the player said, Green paying for the fines would be a violation of NCAA rules.

Green admitted to the violation and served a one-game suspension in December. The program also self-imposed a penalty of a loss of two book scholarships and a reduction to eight recruiting visits. The NCAA has yet to formally rule on the violations.

Also, two Newman’s players – Kellindra Zackery and Alex Adekunle – were arrested on multiple drug charges in December for allegedly selling cocaine and marijuana, and Adekunle is set to stand trial next month.

On March 23, working on a tip, I texted Green to ask if she’d accepted an assistant coach position at Missouri Southern, she replied: “I am the Head Coach at Newman University.”

Green responded to a phone message Thursday afternoon via text, saying that she couldn’t speak today because she had family and other company with her, but offered to answer questions through text message. Here’s the exchange:

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NJCAA Division I men’s tournament/Hutch CC women move into NJCAA quarterfinals

I’m live blogging from the NJCAA Division I men’s national tournament at the Sports Arena in Hutchinson – the game I’m covering tonight is Seward County, the Region VI champ, against Wallace (Ala.) State with tip set for 8:30 p.m. I’ll also update with scores from the Hutchinson CC women’s opener at the NJCAA DI tourney over in Salina (Hutch defeats Meridian 75-42, will play Walters State on Wednesday in quarterfinals). Here’s my preview story on the Blue Dragons that ran in today’s Eagle and at

Seward County 71, Wallace State 52 FINAL 

Seward County 36, Wallace State 22 at halftime – 6-foot-7 Seward forward Daveon Boardingham controlling the game on the block. Boardingham finishes with 23 points and 5 rebounds. Saints will face Columbia State on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.

Schools here I’ve seen (so far, will update): Missouri, Texas A&M, Dayton, Liberty, East Tennessee State, Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Northern Iowa, Brigham Young, Emporia State, Tarleton State, Marquette, Kansas State, South Dakota, Wichita State, St. John’s, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, Creighton, Maryland, Western Kentucky, Gonzaga, TCU, West Virginia, UConn, DePaul, Auburn, Charlotte

Tuesday’s other NJCAA DI Tournament scores:

Spartanburg Methodist 61, Three Rivers 58 FINAL

South Plains 71, East Mississippi 63 FINAL

Monroe 81, Indian Hills 69 FINAL

E. Oklahoma State 76, College of Southern Idaho 69 FINAL

Columbia State 72, Gordon 64 FINAL


LIVE BLOG: Region VI semifinals

Back to the live blog for my last day at Region VI Tournament in Hartman- when I find out who is taking over for the finals I’ll put up a link to their Twitter account. The Barton men pulled off the huge upset yesterday in taking down No. 1 Coffeyville, which I think makes Seward the new favorite – and Saints guard Trey Starks had the WOW moment of the day yesterday with his follow dunk against Dodge City. Here’s our lineup today – I’ll update with scores and some stats as the games end.


Independence 71, Garden City 58 FINAL

Garden City led by six at halftime but got run out of the gym in the second half. Diara Moore led the Pirates with 28 points including a fadeaway three in front of her own bench from NBA range that had people buzzing at Hartman.

Hutchinson 61, Cloud 55 FINAL

Hutch improves to 32-0 with the win. Ranked No. 2 in the country, Blue Dragons will face Indy in tomorrow’s final. Jackie Patterson led Hutch with 13 points, but was only 4 of 19 from field.


Cowley 76, Barton 67 FINAL

Cowley trying for first Region VI title since 1957 and making 3rd title game appearance in five years.

Cloud (25-7) vs. Seward (26-6), 7 p.m.


LIVE BLOG: Region VI men’s quarterfinals

Haven’t done one of these in awhile but there’s lots going on today at Hartman Arena in Park City – the women’s quarterfinals were last night. I’ve seen about 20 4-year schools here so far, most noticeable being South Carolina and Oklahoma State head coach Travis Ford. Here are the matchups for your Selection Sunday – I’ll update with scores and some stats as the games are finished:

Barton 68, Coffeyville 64 FINAL 

Huge upset by Barton. Coffeyville top-seeded team in Region VI and No. 5 in nation falls. Barton’s Algie Key leads his team with 22 points and 9 rebounds. Somehow or another, Barton coach Craig Fletchall always figures out a way to be in the mix this time of year. Coffeyville’s Charles Hammork, the Jayhawk East MVP, finished with just 4 points on 2-12 shooting – including 0 for 5 on 3s.

Cowley 61, Hutchinson 52 FINAL

Score tied 23-23 at halftime – Hutch had big lead in first half but let it slip away. Blue Dragons had chance to tie it late in second half from free-throw line but missed them both. Great defensive effort by the Tigers – specifically 6-5, 245-pound forward Gavin Brown.

Cloud 70, Independence 68 FINAL

Cloud’s Richard Carter hits game-winner with 5 seconds left. Nice little pull-up J from the free-throw line. Indy went nuclear in second-half w/ a stretch that included two technicals and an intentional foul.

Seward 70, Dodge City 65 FINAL

McPherson rallies into NAIA D2 Final Four


Trailing 78-71 with 51 seconds left, the McPherson College men rallied to beat Dordt 82-78 on Saturday in the quarterfinals of the NAIA Division II national tournament at Point Lookout, Mo.

The win advances the Bulldogs to their first Final Four in school history.

“I’ve never seen anything like it before,” McPherson coach Tim Swartzendruber said. “Our guys were unbelievable, they never gave up.”

Trailing 78-71, the Bulldogs hit three consecutive three-pointers, with Samson Shivers’ three giving them an 80-78 lead with 14 seconds to play.

McPherson native Chris Crawford hit two free throws with two seconds left to seal the win.

“I don’t know how they did it,” Swartzendruber said. “This group is unbelievable … they just make plays.”

Jordan Crawford led McPherson with 14 points and 10 rebounds. There were three other Bulldogs in double figures – Samson Shivers (13), Adam Bruner (12), Aaron Frazier (11) and Chris Crawford (11).

McPherson plays the winner of Northwood (Fla.)-Northwest (Wash.) in one of Monday’s semifinals. The championship game is Tuesday.

Northwest is coached by former Villanova coach Rollie Massimino.





McPherson College back in NAIA DII Elite Eight


The McPherson College men’s basketball team is back in the NAIA Division II Elite Eight for the second straight year.

The Bulldogs defeated Saint Thomas (Fla.) 86-74 today at Point Lookout, Mo., and will play Dordt (Iowa) College on Saturday at 1 p.m. with Mac’s 1st Final Four berth in school history on the line.

“Our guys have been really focused all year, but obviously we want to take another step,” McPherson coach Tim Swartzendruber said. “Our guys are just really excited. For us, it’s just a lot of excitement and we’re very proud to have the opportunity to play tomorrow.”

With McPherson and Saint Thomas tied at 52-52, The Bulldogs went on an 11-2 run behind two 3s from KCAC player of the year Aaron Frazier and never trailed again. McPherson shot 67 percent from beyond the arc in the win and hit a tournament-high 12 3s.

Frazier led the Bulldogs with 23 points and sophomore guard Samson Shivers added 19 points. Both Frazier and Shivers both hit five 3s. McPherson native Jordan Crawford chipped in with 17 points.

I thought this was an interesting side note – the Bulldogs went and volunteered time at an abused women’s shelter after their win on Friday. I spoke with Swartzendruber on the way to the shelter and he said the team would go eat after their time volunteering and then go to the hotel to break down film.


 PS. I’ll be at Region VI starting Sunday through (possibly) Tuesday. I’ll post our preview here soon – focused on Butler guard Jamillah Bonner. 

Previewing the NAIA Division II Tournaments

Taking a look at the NAIA Division II Tournaments this week at Point Lookout, Mo. (Men) and Sioux City, Iowa (Women). McPherson’s got a real shot at this thing, y’all. I’m covering the Region VI playoffs from Sunday through the finals on Tuesday (NCAA travel plans permitting), so stay tuned…

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