Category Archives: Cowley

Clark, Juden up for athlete of the year awards

ZAC CLARk

ZAC CLARK

The Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission banquet is June 26 and there are  a couple of Sunflower Slate-ians up for the men’s and women’s college athlete of the year awards, including Former Wichita North and Butler defensive end Zac Clark, who is battling for a starting spot at Oregon this fall. Cowley has two nominees in men’s tennis player Boomer Saia — son of CC athletic director Tom Saia — and all-everything softball standout Jacey Juden, who is headed to Northwestern Oklahoma State. Butler trackster Leah Thompson is also up for the women’s award.

-TA

Crowder to Southern Illinois

JACK CROWDER

JACK CROWDER

Former Wichita Southeast and Cowley standout Jack Crowder is headed to Southern Illinois — I talked to the 6-foot-4 forward tonight and caught him as he was sending his letter of intent back to Carbondale. Also got a chance to catch up with former Cowley and current Hutch CC coach Steve Eck — check out tomorrow’s Eagle for my story on it. What’s that going to be like for JC when he comes back to play in Wichita next year? Goosebumps, people. Goosebumps. Like I said, read Friday’s Eagle for the entire story.

Oh, and to clarify: THE BLOG IS NOT SHUTTING DOWN FOR THE SUMMER. LIKE MY BOY CHARLIE PACE SAID, “I’M ON IT, SAYID.”

I’m out. -TA

Forward to the 1:10 clip below to see Crowder’s dunk against Bishop Carroll his senior year at Southeast.

Cowley loses/Crumbliss named All-American

Cowley’s season came to an end today at the NJCAA College World Series via a 10-7 loss to Spartanburg (S.C.) Methodist in Grand Junction, Colo., on Tuesday. Great season for the Tigers. Our story on the game is below. Gotta love Coach Burroughs — class act.

In other news …. Emporia State senior outfielder Conner Crumbliss was named a second-team NCAA Division II All-American by the American Baseball Coaches Association and the Daktronics Division II Sports Information Directors.The Ark City product and MIAA player of the year batted .403 with 54 RBIs and led the league with 89 runs. Good for CC. Could a guy like this play for the Wingnuts, or even have a shot at affiliated ball? I’ll have to consult with Jeff Lutz on that one. Think they’ll have him cover the Raven Symone concert this summer? Man I hope so.

Out. TA.

Here’s the Cowley story:

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ESU into CWS semis; Cowley loses

CALEB WILLIAMSON

CALEB WILLIAMSON

Here’s the story that I put together (box scores compliments of Gary Karr) for Tuesday’s Eagle on ESU advancing to the NCAA D2 College World Series semifinals and Cowley losing at the NJCAA World Series. ESU coach Bob Fornelli is in the Final 4 with his second team after leading Fort Hays to a runner-up finish in 2000. Caleb Williamson delivered the game-winning hit in this one and man … I love it when my Red Ravens deliver in the clutch. Look for the Tigers to bounce back Tuesday against Spartburg (S.C.) Community College.

Enjoy:

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ESU, Cowley lay in wait

DAVE BURROUGHS

DAVE BURROUGHS

Both Emporia State and Cowley get started with College World Series action Saturday — the Hornets at the NCAA Division II event in Cary, N.C., and the Tigers at the NJCAA in Grand Junction, Colo. And get this — both teams have already faced their first-round opponents this season.

No. 17-ranked ESU faced No. 13 Grand Valley State and lost 12-11 in Pittsburg — but good news — MIAA MVP Conner Crumbliss went 3 for 4 with three runs in the loss. Here’s a link to the full package of CWS preview stuff from the ESU sports info department. They play at 4 p.m. Saturday and you can get live stats through www.ncaa.com and audio through www.kcove.com. If they don’t work, remember, I’m not on the hook. But let me know.

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Friends loses heartbreaker/Cowley wins, delayed

Friends lost a heartbreaker today at the NAIA National Tournament in Decatur, Ala., falling 2-1 to Hastings (Neb.).

Here’s the situation: Up 1-0 in the bottom of the sixth, five outs from setting up a winner-take-all game against No. 1 Cal Baptist on Saturday, Friends gives up 2 runs and is batting in the top of the seventh. Runners on second and third with two outs and the Falcons couldn’t come up with a run. That’s the short of it.They also outhit Hastings 10-4. They’ll still play CB Saturday at 1. Tough loss.

In Normal, Ill., at the NJCAA Division II Tournament, Cowley beat Illinois Central 4-0 behind sophomore Jacey Juden’s 13 strikeouts and saw its second game against Blackhawk Community College suspended in the top of the second with the scored tied 0-0. They’ll finish that one Saturday.

I’m out. -TA

ESU rolls/Historic win for Friends/Cowley splits

KEVIN WEMPE

KEVIN WEMPE

Three of our area teams were in play today at national tournaments, and two came off with big wins, including Friends University picking up its first national tournament win, 6-5 over Park (Mo.) in Decatur, Ala. More on that later because I just got off the phone with some guy who was impersonating the SID at Friends, and wanted to call the score in. Except for Friends doesn’t have an SID. And he didn’t know much about the game, so he wasn’t doing a good job of faking it.

As for ESU … The No. 17 Hornets beat No. 16 Angelo State 23-0 in the first round of NCAA Division II Tournament South Central Regional in Warrensburg, Mo. No typo. They’re really having it in Warrensburg. Just kidding … yes, that was Twenty-three to nothing. A couple of Hornets had really big days in this berserker outing, with Kevin Wempe and Kenny Burkhead both going 5 for 5 with one home run apiece and 7 RBIs apiece. MIAA player of the year Conner Crumbliss was 4 for 6 with 3 RBIs and 5 runs. They’ll play Nebraska-Omaha Friday at 7.

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ESU, Cowley dynasties roll on

ESU SOFTBALL: MIAA CHAMPS

ESU SOFTBALL: MIAA CHAMPS

The Emporia State and Cowley softball teams both affirmed their places as the top teams in their respective leagues — once again — by winning the MIAA and Region VI tournaments. It was the Hornets’ sixth straight MIAA title and sends ESU to San Angelo, Texas, for the South Central Regional of the NCAA Division II Tournament where they’ll face … wait for it … No. 25 Nebraska-Omaha! Yes, the same team they had to beat twice to win the MIAA tourney. That starts May 15. And I’m obliged to shout out NW alumni …  as usual (unless, of course, you’re Chris Harper bagging on U of O chicks)  with ESU’s Jill Peters hitting a home run in Game 1 of the title bout. Here’s another stat to mull over … ESU coach Kristi Bredbenner is 24-2 all-time at the MIAA tourney and 18-1 as ESU coach. That ain’t bad, people.

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Ed Hargrove wins No. 900

ED HARGROVE

ED HARGROVE

The gentleman above has won more games than you have.

Don’t feel bad, though, because he’s Ed Hargrove. And we’re not.

Hargrove — in his 25th season as the Cowley softball coach — picked up win No. 900 (followed immediately by No. 901) on Wednesday against Independence. The No. 3-ranked Tigers are tearing up the Jayhawk again this year, they’re 36-5 overall and 18-0 in league play with a five-game lead over Johnson County with eight games to play in the regular season.

All seriousness — 900 wins is a lot. Consistency and being able to stay in one place for a long time and build something — regardless of your profession — is a pretty underrated trait in our society.

Can anybody say 1,000?

Here’s part of the release from Cowley SID Rama Peroo:

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Catching up with Adonis Gantt

ADONIS GANTT

ADONIS GANTT

I finally got a chance to catch up with former Wichita Southeast point guard Adonis Gantt, who just completed his freshman season at Cowley — and he was in decidedly good spirits Monday afternoon.

So with that said, let me get this out of the way first: He wants to transfer to Hutchinson Community College.

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