Crawford County natives occupy two of the eight spots in the 2013 Kansas Sports Hall of Fame class released on Monday.
Mulberry native and former Pittsburg State football player and head coach Chuck Broyles and McCune native and former Kansas, AAU and U.S. Olympic basketball player Al Kelley join Mike Bell, Martin Gramatica, Bob Kenney, Bill Lienhard, Nicole Ohlde and Bob Brannum in this year’s class to be inducted Oct. 6 in Wichita.
Broyles lettered four years for the Gorillas (1965-68) and he earned All-Conference and All-America honors his senior year. Broyles returned to Pittsburg as an assistant for head coach Dennis Franchione and took over head coach of the Gorilla program for 20 seasons (1990-2009).
The Broyles Era brought one National Championship (1991), four title game appearances, nine Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association titles and 15 national playoff appearances. He was athletic director from 1996-2010. Broyles won NCAA-II National Coach of the Year three times (1991, 2004, 2008) and earned a spot on PSU’s 100th anniversary football team (2003).
Broyles was enshrined into the PSU Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame in 2011. He left the sideline as the winningest coach in school history, finishing with a 198-47-2 record.
Kelley, whose defense was described by Lawrence Journal-World journalists as “like a Tasmanian Devil and [said] he had more steals than an Acapulco pickpocket,” played for the Jayhawks from 1951-1954, 1951 on the freshmen squad and 1952-54 varsity.
Kelley played limited minutes on the 1952 National Championship team, nine games and 0.2 points per game, and went on to shine in the 1953 and 1954 seasons, averaging 12.9 and 12.4 points, respectively. Kelley was co-captain of the 1954 Kansas squad. He shot 86.2 percent on free throws his senior season, one of the best years shooting free throws for a KU player.
Kelley played on the 1960 U.S. Olympic team, a gold medal winner which received team enshrinement into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 2010.
The 1960 team featured forward Jay Arnette (Texas), center Walt Bellamy (Indiana), forward Bob Boozer (Peoria Caterpillars, Kansas State), forward Terry Dischinger (Purdue), forward Burdette Haldorson (Phillips 66ers, Colorado), center Darrall Imoff (California), guard Kelley (Peoria Caterpillars, Kansas), guard Lester Lane (Wichita Vickers, Oklahoma), forward Jerry Lucas (Ohio State), forward Oscar Robertson (Cincinnati), guard Adrian Smith (U.S. Armed Forces, Kentucky) and guard Jerry West (West Virginia).
The team was coached by head man Pete Newell (California) and assistant Warren Womble (Peoria Caterpillars).
The ‘60 squad was a juggernaut — roaring through competition 8-0 with victories over Italy (88-54), Japan (125-66), Hungary (107-63), Yugoslavia (104-42), Uruguay (108-50), the USSR (81-57), Italy (112-81) and Brazil (90-63). Robertson, Lucas and West led Team USA in scoring.
Post 64 on a roll
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — In a tight ballgame, Pittsburg Post 64 continued its winning ways with a 5-4 come-from-behind victory Sunday evening over Rogersville.
Page 2 of 5 - Rogersville scored all four of its runs in the second and third innings, two each frame, and Post 64 scored two in the second, one in the third, one in the fifth and one in the seventh, overcoming three errors and a slight 4-3 deficit.
Post 64 reliever Matt Standlee earned the win, striking out 10 over 4.1 innings and recording a WHIP (walks, hits/innings pitched) of 0.92. V.J. Piccini struck out one over 2.2 innings, surrendering the four runs. Standlee and Piccini both had similar pitch counts — Standlee 68, Piccini 57.
Brett Macary, Cody Grilz and Austin Kratz each had two hits, combining for six of the eight total hits by Post 64. Macary and Kratz, additionally, combined for all five RBI, Macary three and Kratz two. Macary delivered the game-winning RBI in the bottom of the seventh.
Post 64 defeated Bolivar 15-0 on Friday, behind the pitching of Girard alum Nick George (13 strikeouts) and the offense putting together a 12-run seventh inning and taking advantage of six errors.
George surrendered no runs on two hits and threw 22 first-pitch strikes to 23 batters faced. No. 1 recorded two outs by the ground, six by the air, reflective of a high strikeout number.
Grilz supported his former high school teammate with a three-run triple, Luke Marquardt and Blake Vail each picked up a pair of RBI and Colton Gilbert, Macary, Bryce Burdette, Piccini and Wade all helped out the cause with RBI.
The four straight wins against Missouri opponents — Bolivar, Nixa, Branson and Rogersville — combines with four straight in Omaha for an eight-game winning streak.
Post 64 owns a 14-5-1 overall record, playing its best baseball the past two weeks.
Pittsburg Post 64 5, Rogersville 4
ROG 022 000 0 — 4 6 2
P64 021 010 1 — 5 8 3
WP: Matt Standlee. LP: Jenkins. E: Chadwell, Chritton; Bryan Wade 2, Standlee. 2B: Brett Macary. SH: Christian Cedeno. SF: Macary. SB: Jenkins, Pomering, Cook; Colton Gilbert. CS: Pomering. HBP: Luke Marquardt.
Pittsburg Post 64 15, Bolivar 0
P64 010 020 12 — 15 9 0
BOL 000 000 0 — 0 2 6
WP: Nick George. 3B: Cody Grilz. 2B: Brett Macary, Bryce Burdette. SH: Burdette. SF: Colton Gilbert. SB: Gilbert, Luke Marquardt. CS: Christian Cedeno. HBP: Gilbert, Cedeno.
Stalcup enters winner's circle
LOWELL, Mass. — Former Pittsburg State pitcher Matt Stalcup evened his professional record with his first career win Sunday night, as he pitched two scoreless innings of relief during a 13-4 victory for the Vermont Lake Monsters over the Lowell Spinners.
Stalcup, who faced 11 batters and inherited one runner, allowed his no runs on two hits and two free passes. He struck out two and lowered his earned run average to 1.50. Stalcup will remember his first professional win came at Edward A. LeLacheur Park in Lowell, Mass (attendance: 4,320).
The Lake Monsters led from station-to-station, scoring four in the first, two in the second, three in the fourth, two in the seventh and two in the ninth, during only their second road win of the season.
Page 3 of 5 - Stalcup's win gave the Lake Monsters a 6-6 overall record, 5.5 games behind the Tri-City ValleyCats in the New York-Penn League Stedler division.
Poppe assigned to Helena Brewers
HELENA, Mont. — In a flurry of roster moves announced by the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday, Girard native and former Kansas pitcher Tanner Poppe received the call-up from the Arizona League to the Helena Brewers of the Pioneer League.
Poppe made a pair of relief appearances for the Arizona League Brewers and recorded a 1-0 mark with eight strikeouts and no walks over 6.0 innings pitched. He's still yet to give up his first earned run in professional baseball. He struck out five in his professional debut and earned his first pro win in his second professional appearance.
The Brewers selected Poppe in the 31st round, his third time being selected by a MLB team after the Tampa Bay Rays (37th, 2011) and the Kansas City Royals (37th, 2009).
Smith's triple play a highlight of tourney
Pepsi shortstop Kyle Smith should have had his teammates buy him a nice cold one or make that three nice cold ones (Pepsi, of course) after their Don Gutteridge tournament game Sunday night against CCBA.
In the bottom of the sixth, with a 6-all score, no outs and the winning run in scoring position during an inning in which it looked as if Pepsi would never get anybody out and would squander its two-run lead for a loss, shortstop Smith, who had pitched four innings earlier in the contest, caught a line drive to retire Jacob Dellasega and with both of the runners on first and second in motion, Smith stepped on second and threw onto first to record the rare feat of a triple play.
Pepsi first baseman Deveron Duncan made the stretch for the throw and held on after a collision with Dellasega, who kept running toward first after he lined out.
The play received the applause of the JayCee Ballpark crowd and Smith had a shining moment.
In extras, CCBA second baseman Jeremiah Buche made a diving stop on a potential Smith hit and retired Pepsi with a 4-3 groundout.
In the bottom of the seventh, CCBA earned a 7-6 win by taking advantage of a balk and a wild pitch scoring Alex Brown.
Despite totaling 14 strikeouts against Miller's pitchers Noah Vaughn and Tanner Forrest, Chatters batters recorded more than enough hits during a 3-2 win in the nightcap Sunday night at JayCee.
For example, with the pattern of a strikeout followed by an extra-base hit, Sawyer Esch tripled and Jake Webb doubled for the first run of the contest. Vaughn collected three strikeouts but gave up a run on two hits.
Page 4 of 5 - Miller's sped its way onto the scoreboard in the second with the speed and hustle of Sherrick Rogers. Rogers walked and on a seemingly routine 6-3 groundout, Rogers not only took second but he took third on the throw. With two outs, Rogers scored on a Chatters throwing error.
Chatters extended its lead to 3-1 the next half-inning when Zach Hizey delivered a two-run single.
Miller's closed out the scoring in the fourth on a Forrest RBI double scoring Vaughn. Forrest, a right-handed batter, hit one to right field but Chatters turned a double play before any more damage.
Connor Spresser earned the win and Sawyer Esch the two-inning save as Miller's went down 1-2-3 in the fifth and the sixth. Vaughn fanned nine over four innings — three in the first, two in the second, two in the third and two in the fourth.
PIZZA HUT, KTCCU TO MEET IN TITLE GAME
Pizza Hut defeated CCBA 7-3 in one semifinal and KTCCU defeated Chatters 5-4 in the other Monday night at JayCee Ballpark.
Pizza Hut and KTCCU play at 8 p.m. tonight for all the marbles. CCBA and Chatters are the opening act at 6 p.m.
Chatters scored all of its runs in the sixth — Zach Hizey, Derek Brumbaugh, Dylan Ecton and Jake Austin crossed home to give Chatters a 4-3 lead. KTCCU scored two on its final at-bat for the win.
Ryan Cedeno led the KTCCU attack with two hits, both extra bases, a double and a triple. Hizey and Sawyer Esch doubled for Chatters. Juan Valdivia also doubled for KTCCU.
The 3-4-5-6 hitters for Pizza Hut came up strong Monday — Tanner Smith, Andrew Stewart, Cooper Hutchins and Simon Higginbotham each collected two hits. Dylan Lawrence recorded a triple. Smith’s pair of hits were both extra bases — a double and a triple. Higginbotham also doubled.
Pizza Hut trailed 3-2 after three but scored four in the fourth and one in the fifth to punch its championship game ticket.
Arma wins fifth straight
ARMA — Arma Senior Babe Ruth swept Frontenac on Monday night, 15-5 and 4-3.
In the first contest, J.T. Richardson earned the win on the mound and supported himself with a 3-for-4 at the plate. Trevor Harvey went 3-3, Chase Cleland 2-3 and Noah Popejoy 2-4.
Harvey went 2-3 and scored twice in the nightcap, ending his night 5-6, and Garrett Miller rocked a home run in the bottom of the fourth.
Arma plays at home Friday night against Columbus, a twinbill starting at 6 p.m.
Girard tourney coming soon
The Girard Legion will be sponsoring a youth tournament July 12-14 at Red Wutke Park in Girard. Entry fee: $150. Divisions: 8-and-under, 10U and 12U. The 8U division will utilize a pitching machine. Each team guaranteed at least three games. Individual medals will be given to first and second place teams. Limited space, be sure to enter early. For more information or to enter, please contact Jim Vinze at 620-724-4320 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Page 5 of 5 - Prideaux pitches an ace
Rick Prideaux recorded an ace last week on Hole No. 3 of the Four Oaks Golf Course. Prideaux used a pitching wedge on the 136-yard hole. Witnessed by Bob Sands and Richard Buck.