by Austin Lockwood
The main determinant of success for a coach’s career is the amount of wins he or she earns. Men’s basketball coach, Mike Jeffers, stepped into the 400 club Feb. 20, earning his 400th win as a Cav with an 86–70 victory over the Fort Scott Greyhounds (12–16). The win gives the Cavs some redemption as the Greyhounds upset Jeffers’ squad in late January.
The win gives gives him 484 wins overall and puts him at third in the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference (KJCCC) leaderboard for most wins. Coach Jeffers sits behind legendary Coffeyville coach ,Jay Herkelman (540), and just behind former Butler and Cowley coach, Randy Smithson (404). It won’t be possible to reach Smithson’s total in the regular season with only one game remaining, but some postseason wins could propel Jeffers to contention for the second-most wins in KJCCC history.
After a 63–56 loss to Highland Community College (15–15) on Feb. 22, the Cavs are looking to bounce back on home court in their final game against Hesston Community College (16–11), a team they narrowly defeated in late January.
Regardless of the late loss, the Cavs are currently in the driver’s seat of their region and should be considered favorites entering the Region VI tournament. If the team makes it through the regional tournament, they will travel to Danville, Illinois, and play in the national tournament along with 15 other teams.
The final game of the season against Hesston is on Feb. 24 at 7:30 p.m.