The Cavaliers were handed their first consecutive losses since 2005 recently. After a tough, hard-fought win at Highland, the Cavs dropped two straight to Kansas City Kansas and Coffeyville. The Cavs were up by double digits on KCK before relinquishing the lead and losing 73-64. The Cavs then went on the road and lost a defensive battle to Coffeyville 55-53 in the closing seconds. The Cavs did rebound against Brown Mackie 98-72. In the win, Nieka Wheeler recorded a season-high 25 points. The team is now behind both Coffeyville and KCK in the line to win the Jayhawk conference with a conference record of 6-2 and an overall 23-2 record. The Cavs will close the season at home against Highland and on the road at KCK. Both games will be huge in the regional standings for postseason.
After coming off a hot streak of four straight wins and improving to two games over .500, the Cavs have now lost three straight games and are 12-13 on the year with a record of 4-3 in the Jayhawk. The squad lost to both Brown Mackie and Kansas City Kansas by three points in the final seconds after tying the games. The team has now lost an amazing seven games by four points or less this season. The Cavs will look to get back on track and improve their standings regionally with games against Highland and KCK, who sit at 4-4 in regional standings like the Cavs.
The college’s indoor track team had a successful showing in the Cavalier Night Relays. Kendyl McDougald continued her success in throwing, winning the weight throw with a throw of 13.16 meters. McDougald was also second in the shot put with an 11.95-meter throw. Emily Meyers won the long jump with a jump of 5.13 meters. Colleen Russell won the 1-mile with a time of 5:40.05. Donatta Young won the 600-meter with a run of 1:41.21. Areka Hanson was third in the 400-meter dash with a run of 1:03.22. Jawad Tiemser was third in the 1,000-meter run with a time of 2:43.27. Josh Washington won the long jump with a jump of 2.00 meters. Matt Mayeske was second in the 60-meter hurdles with a 8.60 time. Bryant Chase won the pole vault with a 4.36-meter finish. Max Bullard was first in the shot put with a throw of 14.92 meters.
The college’s dance had their 30th anniversary on Sunday, Jan. 31. Over 30 past dancers showed up to dance at halftime of the women’s game. The girls performed in front of a large home crowd to Bruno Mars’ new hit, “Uptown Funk.”
“It’s awesome to see because dance is the one thing that brought us together in the first place,” former coach and alumni Erin Fine said. “Over the years the team has taken on more and more on to their plate just to become more involved in all aspects of the school.”
Fine danced at the college through 2001–03, then was the head coach of the team through 2006–10 after dancing at Kansas State. Now head coach Amy Sellers hopes that the team has and continues to help with the atmosphere at games.
“We just hope to provide that entertainment and add a little excitement to the games,” Sellers said. “We’re trying to branch out and get involved in the community as well, so hopefully we’ve made a good impact on everyone who’s been around us.”
Calendar and Briefs compiled by James Howey, sports editor, firstname.lastname@example.org.