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Who killed Brandon Brown?


Jurors in McPherson County brought back a not guilty verdict today in the second-degree murder trial of ex-McPherson College football player Alton Franklin, who stood accused of killing Tabor College football player Brandon Brown last September in at a house party in McPherson. Brown died of trauma to the head — witnesses said Franklin sucker-punched him and then hit him while he was on the ground.

Another Ex-McPherson College football player, DeQuinte Flournoy, was also charged with second-degree murder, but he pleaded down to aggravated battery in exchange for his testimony.

Jurors also had the option of finding Franklin guilty of involuntary manslaughter.

The verdict is a high-profile defeat for McPherson County Attorney David Page and a black eye for the McPherson Police Department, who were heard on videotape laughing and joking as Brown lay unconscious in the front yard of the house party.

Some questions I have from the trial:

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Reaction From Tabor College to Brandon Brown verdict

Just received this from Tabor College President Jules Glanzer:

“It is with a heavy heart that I am informing the Tabor Community regarding the trial in McPherson on the death of our student Brandon Brown.  At approximately 2:30 this afternoon, the jury returned the verdict that Alton Franklin is not guilty of second-degree murder.  Our hearts are heavy and broken and our prayers go out to Brandon’s family, friends and teammates as we continue to mourn the loss of our loved one. The jury deliberated for approximately two hours.  Franklin is now discharged from jail and his $250,000 bond.

The words that keep coming to my mind are the words of Jesus. ‘Father forgive them, they know not what they do.’”

President Glanzer

Top 10 stories of 2012


1. Brandon Brown

Tabor College defensive lineman Brandon Brown was found beaten, unconscious and unresponsive outside of a house party in McPherson in the early-morning hours of Sept. 16. He died six days later in a Wichita hospital and two former McPherson College football players have been charged with murder in the case. An eyewitness account of that night paints a gruesome picture.


2. Butler football loses in NJCAA title game

Butler Community College’s football team lost in the NJCAA championship game for the second time in three years, falling 27-7 to Iowa Western in the Graphic Edge Bowl in Cedar Falls, Iowa. The Grizzlies didn’t have arguably their top offensive player in West Virginia-bound running back Dreamius Smith (broken collarbone), and starting quarterback Billy Cosh was knocked out on the final play of the first half while trying to make a touchdown-saving tackle … but I’m not sure having both of them for the entire game would’ve mattered. This was the Reivers’ year.

3. McPherson’s historic run to the NAIA D2 Final Four

Sometimes, a good coach does make all the difference. In four years, McPherson College men’s coach Tim Swartzendruber has engineered one of the most amazing runs in KCAC history and made it all the way to the NAIA Division II Final Four this year, where the Bulldogs fell to Northwood (Fla.) and former Villanova coach Rollie Massimino. Swartzendruber’s teams have been to the NAIA Tournament three years in a row, a first in KCAC history.

4. Cowley volleyball comes up short in bid for back-to-back national titles

The Cowley volleyball team entered the NJCAA Division II championship game 38-0 and the defending national champion but lost to Grand Rapids 25-20, 25-23, 26-24. Cowley has two national runner-ups and one title in four years under coach Jennifer Bahner.

5. Blue Dragon women fall in NJCAA championship game

For some reason, this was the year that teams from Kansas kept coming up short – specifically three from the Jayhawk Conference that made it to national championship games before losing. In another incredible twist,  Butler football, Cowley volleyball and Hutchinson women’s basketball were all undefeated before their losses in the title game.  The Blue Dragons, coached by John Ontjes, were 36-0 before losing to top-seeded Trinity Valley in Salina.

6. Jaime Green quits

Newman women’s basketball coach Jaime Green’s incredibly successful – and controversial – two-year stint as the women’s basketball coach of the Jets came to an end when she surprised Newman athletic director Vic Trilli with her resignation in March in order to take a job as an assistant coach at her alma mater, Missouri Southern. The Jets eventually hired former New Mexico State coach Darrin Spence to take over for Green.

7. Butler opens new stadium

In a big, big way – $12 million well spent.  The opening of BG Products Veterans Sports Complex in El Dorado ended a decade-long saga of a town and a school fighting over how to showcase their most bankable product — the Butler Community College football team. With Coffeyville’s Veterans Memorial Stadium and Hutchinson’s Gowans Stadium also housing teams in the Jayhawk, you have a league with facilities that rival most NCAA Division II conferences.

8. Cordarrelle Patterson signs with Tennessee

Former Coffeyville football coach Dick Foster coached the only Heisman Trophy winner ever to come out of the Jayhawk Conference — Nebraska running back Mike Rozier — and even he thought Patterson might be the best player to ever come out of the celebrated junior-college league. The Hutchinson Community College wide receiver/returner is likely headed to the NFL after one season at Tennessee. 

Even in the Jayhawk, where schools pump out D1 and NFL players ever year, Patterson’s recruitment was a wild ride.

9. What’s a taxi squad?

One of the more controversial rule changes to hit Jayhawk football in recent memory came when the league decided to include taxi squads to their rosters this year,  meaning each of the eight schools could keep four extra out-of-state players on the roster to play in non-conference and bowl games … and making the 12 out-of-staters that school’s have had to traditionally pick before the season and stick with even through injuries a flexible thing – coaches could change out those spots week-to-week.

10. Pittsburg State’s collapse

What in the world happened to the Gorillas? The defending NCAA Division II football champions were ranked No. 1 into the middle of October and then…

What will become of the senior year for John Brown and Nate Dreiling, two almost sure-fire PSU Hall of Famers? I can’t wait to find out.

Thanks for reading.


Sunflower Slate Q&A – Tabor baseball coach Mark Standiford


The Tabor College baseball team has become one of the best in the KCAC over the last two seasons, and a big reason for the Bluejays’ success has been fourth-year coach Mark Standiford, 46, who still holds the Wichita State career home-run record. Standiford was nice enough to sit down for a chat with The Eagle and Sunflower Slate.

Tabor, ranked No. 17 in the nation is currently 31-5 overall and 15-1 in the KCAC headed into this weekend’s 4-game series with Kansas Wesleyan – here’s the article I wrote on Tabor 3B Adam McCormick that ran in today’s Eagle. McCormick, a senior from Pittsburg, leads the nation with a .520 batting average.

Here’s our talk with Standiford:

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Cobb to Garden City, Chippeaux to Tabor

A couple of small college moves around the state that could have big impacts next season, with a pair of 6-foot-7 forwards finding their college homes.

Region VI champ Garden City Community College made a big splash — quite literally — by signing 6-foot-7, 240-pound Ronald Cobb out of Wichita Southeast. Cobb is a nice player who seemed to be playing his best basketball at the end of the year in the Buffs’ run to a Class 6A runner-up finish and averaged 8.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game. He put together a nice string of double-doubles at th eend of the year and showed that he’s got a great upside. GCCC coach Kris Baumann thinks Cobb can develop into a mid-major Division I player.

“He’s not an above the rim guy, but he’s got a high basketball IQ,” Baumann told me Sunday night. “We feel like he’s a great addition.”

Goddard’s Ryan Chippeaux (10.7 points, 5.7 rebounds) picked Tabor — which also beat out Garden City, amongst others. He’s another player with a lot of upside — don’t think that he won’t be one of the top players in the KCAC someday. 6-foot-7 and can run. That’s all I’m saying.

I’m out.


Tabor kicker dies in car accident

A sad story out of the KCAC:



Tabor kicker dies in car accident

Eagle staff

A Tabor College football player died in a one-car crash on I-35 near Tonkawa, Okla., on Sunday.

Marcus Patrick Manny, 23, a senior from Dallas, was driving northhbound Sunday evening when his car ran off the road and overcorrected, hitting an embankment and flipping the car.

Manny kicked the game-winning field goal in Tabor’s 32-29 win over Southwestern last season.

Tabor coach Mike Gottsch called Manny “a competitor in every sense of the word.”

In addition, Manny played in 27 games for Tabor, made 62 of 82 extra-point attempts, and 16 of 34 field goal attempts, with a career-long field goal of 41 yards. He earned Honorable Mention All-KCAC honors this past season.

Here’s the link to Tabor’s web site.

And here’s the link to his guest book, where people can send their condolences.

Ashley Cohlmia rocks

Big Props to Tabor College’s Ashley Cohlmia, A Maize product, for making the All-Tournament team last weekend at a tournament in Point Lookout, Mo. Cohlmia was also an all-league softball player for

the Eagles and also plays softball at Tabor. What a stud.

Here’s the release from Anthony Monson out of the Tabor College athletic department:

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