Author Archives: Tony Adame

MIAA, KCAC and Jayhawk title races

Fort Hays State's Craig Nicholson (FHSU photo)

Fort Hays State’s Craig Nicholson (FHSU photo)

Title races are coming down to the wire in the MIAA, KCAC and Jayhawk — along with races for league MVPs, where it’s not hard to identify the players who have separated themselves as the best.

Here’s a look at the men’s and women’s title races in each league:

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Top 10 stories of 2013

Cowley College won its second NJCAA D2 volleyball championship in three years in October.

Cowley College won its second NJCAA D2 volleyball championship in three years in October.

There wasn’t one story that blew all the others out of the water in the state/juco ranks this year, where in 2012 it seemed like it was just one after another. Still, there were a lot of stories that turned heads, including one that continued over from 2012.

Here’s my Top 10 stories for 2013:

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Thomas Hankerson won’t return to Friends for senior season



Friends running back Thomas Hankerson won’t be returning to Friends for his senior season.

I spoke with Hankerson several times last week — the junior from Boynton Beach, Fla., said he’s leaving school and moving home to train for a career in professional football.

“I’d like to take a shot at playing on the next level,” Hankerson said. “My age is a big factor in me taking this shot. I’m 24 years old, which is a lot older than most of the running backs coming out of college.”

Friends coach Monty Lewis confirmed Hankerson was leaving via text, indicating the move creates a big opening for junior tailback and Nicholls State transfer Tyrie Allen, who was one of Hankerson’s backup this season.

Hankerson, 5-foot-7 and 185 pounds, rushed for 1,534 yards and 15 touchdowns this season. Academics may have played a role in his decision, too. He indicated to me he wasn’t sure he would have the full amount of credits to be eligible to play next season  – Friends was his fourth stop playing college football — hitting four different levels along the way in a rare feat. He started at NCAA Division II Lane College, then to Hutchinson Community College (NJCAA), Kansas State (Division I) and Friends (NAIA).

I profiled Hankerson in October – he was a unanimous All-KCAC pick last month. Here’s one of his highlight videos.

Best of luck to Thomas in the future.












All-Sunflower Slate football


Friends linebacker Marcus Carter

Friends linebacker Marcus Carter

The first All-Sunflower Slate football team is comprised of players from the schools in our coverage area — four MIAA teams, 10 teams from the KCAC and eight schools in the Jayhawk. My fear going in was that the team would skew toward the MIAA or the Jayhawk more than the KCAC, but it didn’t turn out that way at all.

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Saturday’s MIAA, KCAC and Jayhawk scores


No. 2 Northwest Missouri 52, No. 8 Washburn 21 FINAL Weak schedule sank Ichabods before they even took the field.

No. 14 Emporia State 35, No. 12 Missouri Western 30 FINAL Are the Hornets for real? ESU now 8-0 with No. 2 NW Missouri up next.

Fort Hays State 63, SD Mines 17 FINAL Tigers playing good when it doesn’t really count.

No. 7 Pittsburg State 70, NW Oklahoma State 0 FINAL Gorillas finish strong and they’re in playoffs.


No. 17 Friends 47, Bethel 10 FINAL Ottawa awaits

No. 19 Sterling 56, McPherson 37 FINAL Warriors keep pace in KCAC title hunt

No. 11 Ottawa 55, Kansas Wesleyan 27 FINAL

Bethany 24, No. 7 Tabor 17 FINAL What in the world? First league win for Matsakis.

Southwestern 32, Saint Mary 29 FINAL


Saturday’s Jayhawk, KCAC and MIAA scores


No. 8 Butler 19, No. 18 Hutchinson 16 FINAL/6 OT

Fort Scott 53, Arkansas Baptist 36 FINAL

Highland 56, Independence 30 FINAL

Garden City (2-6, 2-4) at Coffeyville (3-5, 2-4), 7 p.m.


No. 18 Friends 46, Bethany 20 FINAL

Kansas Wesleyan 38, Bethel 34 FINAL

No. 11 Tabor 29, McPherson 14 FINAL

No. 21 Sterling 40, Saint Mary 13 FINAL

No. 13 Ottawa 82, Southwestern 21 FINAL


No. 12 Pittsburg State 34, No. 4 Missouri Western 14 FINAL

No. 10 Washburn 42, Lindenwood 35 FINAL

Fort Hays State 45, Lincoln 35 FINAL


Jayhawk, MIAA and KCAC title races

I’m back after a week of prep duty — I filled in for Joanna Chadwick over at — but I’m back and taking a look at conference races in the Jayhawk, MIAA and KCAC. That and hand out some midseason awards for the KCAC and MIAA.

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Saturday’s MIAA, KCAC, Jayhawk football scores


No. 10 Pittsburg State 28, Abilene Christian 20 FINAL

No. 15 Washburn 44, Southwest Baptist 21 FINAL

No. 24 Emporia State 52, Lincoln 14 FINAL

Fort Hays State 34, William Jewell 17 FINAL


No. 15 Butler 20, No. 16 Garden City 10 FINAL

Fort Scott 63, Independence 7 FINAL

Highland 21, Coffeyville 14 FINAL


No. 20 Friends 45, KWU 22 FINAL

No. 10 Ottawa 34, McPherson 7 FINAL

Sterling 54, Bethany 27 FINAL

No. 15 Tabor 42, Southwestern 3 FINAL

Saint Mary 45, Bethel 37 FINAL


Title races in the KCAC, MIAA and Jayhawk will give you a headache

This is already shaping up to be a memorable year for the three Sunflower Slate conferences — the KCAC, MIAA and Jayhawk — with just over a month of the season under their belts and already a pair of huge upsets (Sterling over No. 8 Tabor and Highland over No. 4 Butler) and 3 of the 4 Kansas teams from the MIAA undefeated and ranked (No. 10 Pitt State, No. 15 Washburn, No. 24 Emporia State).

So what needs to be done in the latter half of the season to close out a title, playoff berth, bowl bid or all of the above?

Let’s take a look at each conference:

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Saturday’s MIAA, KCAC and Jayhawk football scores


No. 24 Emporia State 45, Northeastern State 24 FINAL

No. 12 Pittsburg State 59, Lincoln 38 FINAL

No. 18 Washburn 28, Central Oklahoma 19 FINAL

No. 6 Missouri Western 52, Fort Hays State 21 FINAL

No. 3 Northwest Missouri 54, Nebraska-Kearney 7 FINAL


Sterling 46, No. 8 Tabor 45 FINAL/OT whoa

Friends 36, Southwestern 30 FINAL

Saint Mary 45, Bethany 15 FINAL

No. 12 Ottawa 69, Bethel 34 FINAL

McPherson 23, Kansas Wesleyan 7 FINAL



Hutchinson 36, Highland 20 FINAL

No. 14 Garden City 33, Fort Scott 14 FINAL

No. 15 Dodge City 42, Independence 17 FINAL

Off: No. 12 Butler (4-1, 3-1), Coffeyville (3-2, 2-1)