Category Archives: Southwestern

Southwestern’s Justin Diggles goes Old School

Just caught this pic of Southwestern star Justin Diggles — check out the haircut –

JUSTIN DIGGLES

JUSTIN DIGGLES

It’s hard to put into words how much I appreciate this young man’s choice in hairstyle. It ain’t 1989, but don’t tell him. So, so fresh. And Diggles wasn’t bad on the court, either, taking home KCAC player of the week honors while averaging 21 points and 5 boards a game for The Jinx.

Again, that’s called a hi-top fade.

TA.

Southwestern’s David King likely out for year

DAVID KING

DAVID KING

Southwestern All-American David King, a 6-foot-11 center, looks like he’ll be out for the season after hurting his knee last week. I talked to first-year Southwestern coach Matt O’Brien this morning and he confirmed what I’d been hearing since the weekend.

“We haven’t had an MRI yet, but both of our training staff that looked at the knee thought he had either a torn ACL or a partially torn ACL,” O’Brien said. “It looks likely he’s done for the season.”

It’s the second year in a row the Moundbuilders have lost their leading scorer before they even got into KCAC play. Last season, another first-team all-KCAC pick, Alwyn Jordan, tore his knee up.

“We’re going to have to make due in the post by committee,” O’Brien said. Stating the obvious: Losing King, a Maize product, could be disastrous for Southwestern. Don’t forget they also lost their top returning guard, Avery Richardson, who transferred to Friends.

Sunflower Slate Q&A: Southwestern’s Jim Helmer

JIM HELMER

JIM HELMER

Southwestern cross-country coach Jim Helmer was kind enough to take some time out of his day to talk with yours truly about a bunch of different topics for our Q&A, including the appeal of Southwestern, loyalty to your school, vacations in Colorado, gardening and … going for his 30th straight KCAC men’s cross-country title. Go ahead, read it again. It’s not a misprint.

That’s 30, people. Like disco is dying. Like Terry Bradshaw is winning. Like The Empire Strikes Back came out. Like me learning how to walk and talk.

Here’s how it went down with Helmer, 59, who I’m thinking generated a massive amount of Sunflower Slate karma with this interview:

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Hall leaving Southwestern

DOUG HALL

DOUG HALL

Southwestern men’s basketball coach Doug Hall — who looks a lot like Peyton Manning in that pic — is leaving the Moundbuilders after 8 seasons. He’s making a big jump to the Division I level, where he’ll be the director of men’s basketball operations at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

So, what did Hall mean to The Jinx? Everything. His eight years were the winningest stretch in 103 years of hoops. He went 145-92 in that time, including a No. 5 national ranking in 2006 and an appearance in the NAIA national tournament. Hall became the head coach when he was just 29, so he’s got a lot of coaching ahead of him. I’m sure the Moundbuilders will miss him, and I’m sure the next coach will want to send him a thank-you note at some point, because he left a nice squad behind, including all-KCAC player David King, a 6-foot-11 center. That’s a nice luxury.

I’m out. -TA

Fulmer to speak at Southwestern

PHIL FULMER

PHIL FULMER

Just found out (by complete accident) that former Tennessee coach Phil Fulmer is going to speak at Southwestern College in Winfield on Saturday night. That’s kind of a big deal. I must not be on the SC mailing list. All proceeds go to the new football stadium, which you can get a gander at below. FYI, Eagle sports columnist Bob Lutz is writing a column about Fulmer for tomorrow’s Eagle. So make sure to read that.

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Roll Call, partner

DAVID KING

DAVID KING

David King is definitely in the house.

The Southwestern center and Maize product really did his thing the past two games, and he’s the KCAC player of the week for his efforts — the 6-foot-11 junior averaged 22.2 points and 6 rebounds in wins over KCAC frontrunners Sterling (75-66) and Ottawa (79-76). That’s big. King is averaging 16.3 points and 6.5 rebounds per game this season. Now only if the Moundbuilders, winners of three straight, hadn’t lost all-KCAC guards Alwyn Jordan and Justin Diggles to season-ending injuries earlier this year… MAN!

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Football signings, KCAC (well, most of the KCAC)

JAKE SNODGRASS

JAKE SNODGRASS

So here’s the thing about KCAC schools and Jucos — there is no national signing date. That means that, unlike the NCAA schools, there is no set date to announce your class. Conventional wisdom would say that around this time is when these schools sign the bulk of their classes, only because of the time frame around sending in applications for scholarships and student loans, but understand that these schools never stop recruiting. You can easily pick up a kid who falls off academically late or has some other type of hold up with a bigger school and he ends up on your campus. With that being said, I’m going to break down what I have so far on our beloved KCAC, and tell you why I think the prize of this class was Derby QB Jake Snodgrass, who is headed to McPherson. I’ll post links to the school sites when I can, but a few I’ll have to type up.

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Roll Call: WINTER BEGINS IN EARNEST

Hello all. Roll call is definitely back in the house.

Let’s get this rolling. Not as much to deal with as in the fall … but just as important.

No players of the week to speak of — yet — in the KCAC but I’ll get into that in a minute. And the Jayhawk won’t start putting them out, apparently, until after the new year. Bummer.

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Behind the scenes: KCAC previews, Dale Faber and 7 footers

I spent a big part of my day Monday working on today’s KCAC previews for men’s and women’s teams, which you can find on that link. Go ahead and go there, I’ll wait … okay you’re back, and let me tell you that the most interesting thing I saw Monday was something that nobody else will get to see until 2009-2010. That is, men’s coach Dale Faber and Friends have a 7-footer strolling around campus in Zakary Van Looy.

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