Category Archives: basketball

Friends women on hot streak


The Friends University women have been reeling off victories as of late – nine straight including last night’s 76-57 win over Kansas Wesleyan. The link is to a story from Eagle correspondent Austin Colbert.

The hot streak has put the Falcons back in the hunt for winning their second straight KCAC regular-season title – they are now one game back of No. 25 Tabor in the standings with five regular-season games left, including a Feb. 14 tilt at Tabor.

Abril Marshall leads the Falcons in scoring with 12.9 points per game – fourth in the KCAC. Rose Hill product Whitney Bates is third in the KCAC in steals (2.21) and assists (3.54). Friends plays at Sterling on Saturday night.

Sunflower Slate Q&A: Central Christian’s Kaelon Gary


Central Christian senior guard Kaelon Gary joined an elite fraternity of players by eclipsing the 1,000-point mark for his career in a loss to College of the Ozarks on Jan. 11. The Tigers are 16-5 overall, 5-3 in MCAC play and on a three-game winning streak thanks in large part to the play of Gary, a Wichita Southeast product. He is averaging 15 points, 3.47 assists and 1.94 steals headed into Tuesday night’s game against Haskell in McPherson.

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Former Southeast, Hutch CC star Joe Mitchell lands at Friends



Here’s my story that’s up right now at on former Southeast/Hutch CC star guard Joe Mitchell landing at Friends. This (I think) ends a crazy two years for Mitchell, who signed with Ohio out of Hutch – where former South star Jamaal Walker and Steve Eck protege was an assistant coach – left the Bobcats after spending the summer there and then came to Wichita State, where he sat out last season before quitting the team in October when WSU coach Gregg Marshall didn’t offer him a scholarship.

I never understood why Mitchell left Ohio – he seemed like a great fit there and the Bobcats made the NCAA Tournament last season and are one of the better teams in the MAC. I never saw him fitting in at WSU, either, where there was a glut of guards ahead of him. The scouting report on Mitchell is he’s great off the dribble but if you can keep him from going tot he hoop he’s not able to hurt you from three-point range – but nobody’s seen him in play in two years.

He should be really good in the KCAC. I spoke with Friends coach Dale Faber today and he seemed pretty excited about Mitchell coming to play for him – should be in action Saturday when the Falcons host Southwestern.


College basketball previews/behind the stories


We put out our college basketball preview on Sunday, including features and capsules on the MIAA, KCAC, Jayhawk Conference and Newman. Here’s links to our stories and capsules plus a few behind-the-scenes bits on each story – click the name of the league for the jump to capsules – Newman women are a folo on the main feature:

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KCAC stunner: Kansas Wesleyan women’s hoops coach Gordon Reimer resigns


Some stunning news out of the KCAC – Kansas Wesleyan women’s basketball coach Gordon Reimer abruptly resigned on Tuesday because of family issues.


Longtime KCAC guru Bob Davidson of the Salina Journal broke the story yesterday. Reimer has been one of the top NAIA coaches in the country the last four years – the Coyotes have shared two KCAC titles with Sterling (’09, ’11) and went to the NAIA national tournament three straight years – 09-10-11.

Kris Baumann leaves Garden City for Trinity Valley



The Wichita Eagle

Garden City Community College men’s basketball coach Kris Baumann is leaving the Broncbusters after six seasons, announcing Monday that he will be the new coach at Trinity Valley (Texas) Community College.

Baumann went 120-65 in six years as the Broncbusters’ head coach, his crowning achievement being the Region VI title in 2009 – Garden City’s first Region VI title in over 50 years.

Baumann, who was hired by Newman athletic director Vic Trilli, made it to Wichita for the Region VI quarterfinals five out of his six years. He also spent one season as an assistant coach at Garden City.

Baumann met with GCCC athletic director Bob Larson on Sunday and GCCC president Dr. Herbert J. Swender on Monday.

Tuesday morning, he was cleaning out his office at the Perryman Athletic Complex and preparing to drive down to Athens, Texas.

“(Garden City) has been home for me for a long time now and never in my wildest imagination did I think I would spend six years here,” Baumann said. “Garden City is a special place to coach because of the legacy of coaches and the way the community supports the school and the teams … on the junior-college level, it’s remarkable.”

Texas JuCos have a distinct advantage over Kansas JuCos – specifically in basketball – when it comes to recruiting. In Texas, schools get 12 full scholarships and a lot of times. Baumann, who starred at Idaho in the late 90s, will also have access to the Dallas metroplex to recruit – just an hour drive from Trinity Valley’s campus.

“The biggest difference between (the Jayhawk) and Texas is the scholarships,” Baumann said. “And that frees up some money in other places, like with the operating budget.”

Baumann also spent three years as the head coach at Lamar (Colo.) Community College.

Here’s our November 2009 profile of Baumann after winning Region VI and headed into the 09-10 season.

Here’s the Athens Daily Review story on Baumann’s hiring.

Reach Tony Adame at 316-268-6284 or


Former Friends star Erik Nott receives nation’s top military medicine honor


Here’s my article on Air Force Maj. Erik Nott, MD, receiving the Heroes of Military Medicine Award from the Henry M. Jackson Foundation on Wednesday night in Washington DC – arguably the nation’s top military medicine award. Nott, a Wichita Northwest/Friends/KU med grad, was awarded the Purple Heart last November – here’s the story on the events in Afghanistan that led to him receiving the Purple Heart. Wednesday, Nott was able to meet the Air Force, Army and Navy surgeon generals along with the chairman of the joint Chiefs of Staff. Heady stuff.

Nott was a three-sport star at Northwest – football, basketball & track – and was an All-State pick in basketball for the Grizzlies in ’94 after finishing as state runner-up his final two years (full disclosure – we were teammates in football and hoops – he was a couple of years ahead of me in school). At 6-foot-7, he played in a frontcourt with Shawn Rhodes, a 6-10 forward who went on to play for K-State, and some of the battles between those guys and South – with BJ Williams (KU), Darren Williams (WSU) and Manny Dies (K-State) – were epic. That was a heyday for big  men in the City League – East had Korleone Young at the same time while Southeast had Lavell Manuel and Mike Palmer.

At Friends, he was an All-KCAC honorable mention pick as a junior, first team as a senior and played for Ron Heller.

Don’t know what else to say. These have been fun stories to write. Dude is an in-the-flesh, American war hero. Feels good to know guys like him are out there.


Newman hires Darin Spence as women’s basketball coach



The Wichita Eagle

Newman has hired former New Mexico State and Barton Community College coach Darin Spence as its new women’s basketball program.

The school announced the hiring of Spence on Thursday afternoon.

Spence went 18-13 at Barton this season, his only year in Great Bend. He went 109-136 in eight years at New Mexico State.

Spence replaces Jaime Green at Newman after Green resigned earlier this month after two seasons to take an assistant coach position at Missouri Southern. Green led the Jets to their first NCAA Tournament berth and a Heartland Conference title this season.

Spence has extenive ties to Kansas – he began his coaching career at his alma mater, Marymount College in Salina, in 1987, then spent five seasons as the women’s coach at Butler Community College, two seasons as an assistant men’s coach at Cowley, two seasons as the men’s coach at Colby Community College and five seasons as the women’s coach at Cowley, where he won five Jayhawk East titles.

Spence’s best season at New Mexico State came in 2009-2010, when he went 25-9 and led the Aggies to the Women’s NIT.

“Darin will be an absolute great fit for Newman University,” Newman athletic director Vic Trilli said in a statement. “He has had success at every level of college basketball, including eight years (at Division I). He brings an experience factor and big-time family values that will provide some stability to our program.”

Reach Tony Adame at or 316-268-6284.


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.