Category Archives: Emporia State

How bout ‘dem Hornets!!!

ALLI VOLKENS

ALLI VOLKENS

They just got back to Emporia about an hour ago, but in case you didn’t know, the ESU women’s basketball team are your 2010 NCAA DII national champions. I watched the game in somewhat seclusion last night at the hotel … and I can’t say I thought they were going to win until about a minute-and-a-half left and up by 9.

What’s more amazing is that it broke a streak of six straight losses in the national title game for the Hornets — in four different sports. If there was ever a school that needed this, it was ESU.  And there’s your MVP, Alli Volkens, up top.

Here’s the full release from ESU:

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ESU baseball grabs No. 1 in new poll

I don’t know if this should come as a suprise, but the Emporia State baseball team is opening up the season as No. 1 in at least one poll — the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper. I wouldn’t be surprised if they catch this spot in a couple of more polls before things get started, either. With that pitching back … they’re gonnna be tough to beat. And then there’s Kenny Burkhead. And then there’s Bob Fornelli. Here’s the full release from ESU and the Top 25 rankings after the jump … Happy Holidays:

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Matt Robertson to ESU

MATT ROBERTSON

MATT ROBERTSON

What, pray tell, is Bob Fornelli up to?

The ESU baseball coach added Barton County pitcher Matt Robertson — younger brother of Detroit Tigers pitcher Nate Robertson — to his recruiting class and … what a class. Robertson, who has been drafted twice by the Tigers (42nd round 2007, 49th round 2008), is the sixth Barton player to sign with the Hornets and one of 10 Jayhawk Conference players headed to ESU. Along with three Division I transfers. There is only one high school player in the class — Jordan Welch out of Central Heights.

It’s almost like … Fornelli’s trying to win a national championship or something.

Take a look at the entire class (below), compliments of ESU’s Donald Weast:

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ESU’s Katie Mona shines at USA Juniors

KATIE MONA

KATIE MONA

Emporia State distance runner Katie Mona made everybody else’s summer seem pretty ordinary at the USA Junior Outdoor track and field championships this weekend in Eugene, Ore. (where yours truly was born), finishing sixth in the 3000 meters with a time of 10:28:21. The rising sophomore from Lenexa was one of four Hornets in Eugene, along with Vincent Howze (400m hurdles), Darwin Hall (100m dash) and Asher Delmott (3000m steeplechase). Mona was the MIAA champ in the 3000 this season and finished second in the 1500.

My Uncle Kevin took me to see this flick when I was a little kid. I’m pretty sure we went to go see it again the next weekend.

I’m out. TA.

Hornets in the minors

RYAN ANTHONY

RYAN ANTHONY

Compliments of ESU’s Josh Slaughter, here’s an update on some Hornets and their minor-league travels, the lot of them in short-season A ball. Ryan Anthony, a big lefty from Overland Park, was the latest to sign, and he’ll be with either one of two Cleveland farm teams — Lake County or Mahoning. Looks like Conner Crumbliss is spending his days in Vancouver.

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Crumbliss drafted by A’s

CONNER CRUMBLISS

CONNER CRUMBLISS

Emporia State senior outfielder Conner Crumbliss, an Ark City product and the 2009 MIAA player of the year — was selected by the Oakland Athletics today in the 28th round, who picked him as a second baseman, which is where he began his career with the Hornets. Gotta think his big year this season contributed to this — leading ESU to the national championship game and a regular-season MIAA title. Read the vitals below, compliments of ESU:

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ESU loses in DII title game

Lynn (Fla.) University ends Emporia State’s amazing postseason run in the NCAA Division II World Series title game, defeating the Hornets 2-1.

Here’s the release from ESU’s Josh Slaughter:

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ESU vs. Lynn for NCAA DII title

Emporia State will play Lynn (Fla.) for the NCAA Division II national title in a winner-take-all game Saturday. This one’s going to be on TV, CBS College Sports, Cox Channel 260 at 11 a.m. The two teams have never played each other before and its the first national championship appearance on the DII level for either school. Here’s where you can listen online.

Now here’s the skinny on where the watch parties are going to be, the one in Emporia might not be a bad place to be if the Hornets win, and Player’s is never a bad place to be on a Saturday afternoon. Josh Wood wants to go to the Ark City Pizza Hut :

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Sunflower Slate Q&A: ESU’s Kellen Lane

KELLEN LANE

KELLEN LANE

Sunflower Slate hustled and got ESU hero Kellen Lane on the phone Thursday night (thanks to a little help from Josh Slaughter) after his dramatic, two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth sent the Hornets to Saturday’s NCAA Division II College World Series title game in Cary, N.C. Lane, a senior from Borger, Texas, played junior-college ball at Odessa (Texas) College before coming to Emporia.

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ESU vs. UC-San Diego (ESU WINS ON HR IN BOTTOM 9TH)

KELLEN LANE

KELLEN LANE

FINAL UPDATE: ESU SENIOR KELLEN LANE HITS TWO-RUN HR IN BOTTOM OF THE NINTH TO SEND HORNETS INTO NATIONAL TITLE GAME….THUS ENDING SUNFLOWER SLATE’S FIRST-EVEN RUNNING GAME BLOG. READ FRIDAY’S EAGLE FOR ALL THE JUICY DETAILS.

Thought I’d update as the game goes along — check out my feature on Kapaun Mount Carmel product and ESU freshman pitcher Dominic King
here. And here’s the link to the ESU blog from Cary.

ESU ace Colby Killian gets the nod today for the Hornets. Opportunity knocks. The Hornets win this one and they’re in the NCAA DII CWS championship game for the first time, ever. A la, the deepest postseason run in school history.

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