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Monday’s HUGE game: No. 13 Fort Hays St. at No. 1 Central Missouri

First things first — I don’t think FHSU’s Tim Peintner is going to be playing in this one, which is a shame. He’s got a high ankle sprain he’s dealing with and the word I’m getting is that it’s uncertain when he’ll be back. If you don’t know much about high ankle sprains, let me give you a quick refresher course: It feels like you broke/tore something, and it ain’t far from it.

That being said, I still think the Tigers have a shot at winning this game, which is for an early-season lead in the MIAA men’s race. They’re as deep as all get-out, even without arguably their best player headed to play at the UCM multipurpose building (SIDEBAR: UCM needs to get a better name for their arena).

I’m kind of excited for this one, so check here if you want in-game updates tomorrow … we tip at 7:30 p.m.

Out. TA.

All about Newman (and Twitter)

First things first … I’m on Twitter. Josh Wood hooked us up with a link on our home page so you can follow as we go, just look to the left … there, you saw it. Now on to more important things.

The Newman men’s basketball team has been nothing short of impressive so far this year — forget about the blowout loss at Fort Hays — the main factor being a 2-1 record against MIAA opponents this year. I say forget about the blowout loss to FHSU because the Tigers are gonna be one of the best teams in the country this year. Seriously. Did you see what the scare they put into K-State?

As far as the Jets … they’re winning games a la a group effort, and they’re able to run a little more this year. It’s great to have a big man, which they had last year in WSU transfer Ryan Bradley, but it slows down the game quite a bit. Will be interested to see how they do once they get into Heartland Conference play … they’ve played a tough nonconference schedule so they should be ready to roll.

Tigers dismantle Newman

TIM PEINTNER

TIM PEINTNER

How big is the gap between the Newman men’s team and the top tier of the MIAA? Quite large, as we found out Monday night.

Fort Hays State dismantled the Jets, 77-48, at Hays, and left little doubt about its supremacy amongst Division II teams in the state. What about Washburn and ESU, you might ask? Not this year. The Tigers are just too good. Big guards. Big forwards. A big, big man in former Maryland recruit Ken Bowman (6-foot-9, 240).

And leading the way … a couple of kids from western Kansas in Scott City products Corbin Kuntzsch and Tim Peintner. The two won a 4A title for SC in 2006 and Peintner scored 19 points against the Jets on Monday. I don’t think Fort Hays can unseat Southwest Baptist for the No. 1 spot (Matt Rogers is just too good) but I do think they can take that No. 2 spot and definitely make a run to the NCAA DII Tournament.

TA

Spotlight on Newman-Fort Hays State showdown

JARAY MATHEWS

JARAY MATHEWS

The Newman men’s basketball team has a huge game Monday night at Fort Hays State, which should be one of the better teams in the MIAA. After trouncing Pittsburg State last week in Wichita. Newman also gets a shot at Emporia State in Emporia on Dec. 9.

How big would it be if Newman could go 2-1 — or sweep — its three in-state MIAA foes this year? It would be HUGE, and for a couple of different reasons: Recruiting, recruiting & recruiting. Newman has struggled playing the MIAA in multiple sports in the past, but you can really see the gap closing the last couple of years since the Jets became a full-fledged DII school.

Oh, and check out Newman’s Jaray Mathews (up top) at least once this season, because dude is a rebounding machine. Seriously, just go see him once this year. Come on. They play on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. There’s no excuse. Just do it.

COMING SOON: Watch this week for bowl game previews on games in Hutchinson (Dec. 5, Salt City Bowl) and the Citizens Bank Bowl in Pittsburg on Dec. 6 aka the NJCAA national championship game between No. 1 Fort Scott and No. 2 Blinn. I’ll be doing the advance coverage and actually be at both games next weekend. So there’s that.

Out. TA.

Q&A with Sunflower Slate: FHSU QB Mike Garrison

MIKE GARRISON

MIKE GARRISON

Fort Hays State quarterback and Shawnee Mission Northwest product Mike Garrison was nice enough to chat with Sunflower Slate for a few minutes Thursday evening about a wide range of topics — from trying to get the Tigers into the MIAA discussion (might happen), getting his jaw broken (not fun) and winning a national football title at Butler Community College (where he also played basketball). Oh, and he let us take a peek into his IPod, where he’s rocking Disturbed.

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Hoyt makes FHSU a contender

JACIE HOYT

JACIE HOYT

Here’s this from today’s Eagle, compliments of WSU beat writer Paul Suellentrop:

Hoyt to Fort Hays State – Guard Jacie Hoyt, who started all 31 games for Wichita State last season, will transfer to Fort Hays State.

Hoyt will be eligible immediately at the NCAA Division II school. She averaged 7.2 points and 3.7 assists for the Shockers as a sophomore.

What’s it mean? It means that the Tigers, who already had the best returning post player in Erica Biel — a 6-foot-1 DI transfer from Missouri State — now also have arguably the best guard in the conference along with Emporia State’s Cassondra Boston. Biel was a first-team all-MIAA pick this season, one of two players who also made the all-defensive team. EB averaged 16.4 points — third in the MIAA — and led the league with 11.3 rebounds per game. She also led FHSU to its first MIAA tourney berth. With Hoyt … fugheddaboutit. They’ll be one of the best teams in the MIAA next year, if not the region. Pretty amazing she left WSU after starting 31 games there last year, though. But I guess if you can’t take it no more …

Football signings, MIAA edition

So there’s a lot of small colleges in Kansas, which means a lot of football teams which means … a lot of dudes going to play college ball. Which means that hopefully I’ve got everybody here — for sake of space and not making you sift through everything I’m putting links to the school’s specific web sites and recruiting lists and in the cases where that doesn’t exist, I’ve just typed the names in. With a few thoughts of my own added, of course. Today is a breakdown of the MIAA schools, tomorrow (hopefully) we’ll take a look at the KCAC and then this weekend sometime, the Jayhawk.

Enjoy:

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ESU takes down Fort Hays State

Just in from ESU-FHSU game Saturday:

EMPORIA — Emporia State scored on four of its five possessions in the first half and used ball control and a stingy defense on its way to 24-13 victory over Fort Hays State at Jones Field on Saturday.

Looks like Emporia quarterback Andre Sloan El ran for 72 yards and a touchdown and threw for 90 yards and a touchdown. Like I’ve said before, he’s hard to handle.

Andre Sloan El, ESU (ESU Image)

Andre Sloan El, ESU (ESU Image)