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UHS Football Season: Rough Start

Adelay Martin. Submitted photo.

The Uniontown Eagles have had a rough start to their football season. Friday, September 4th’s game was cut into two parts due to weather concerns.

The second half of that game was played the following Monday, the 6th.

Treden Buckman lead in rushing that game, with 79 yards. Andrew Buckman followed with 45 yards. Andrew also led in passing for that game with 35 yards. Brycen Stewart, Korbin Miller, Byron Fry, and Matthias Johnson each had 1 knockdown during the game. The ending score on Monday was 7-22.

Last Friday, saw Wabaunsee travel the long four hours to our home field.

Treden rushed 39 yards and Joey Marlow rushed 23 yards. Korbin Miller had 4 knockdowns, and Byron Fry and Colby Hueston each had 3. The game ended 6-17.

No coaches were available for comment, but the players are eager to keep morale up and turn this season around.

-Adelay Martin, UHS Sports Media Reporter

Register for Sept. 18-19 Multiple Sports Events at Gunn Park by This Sunday


Runners in the October 2015 Tri-Yak-A-thon.

Next weekend, two annual sports events will be combined: the Marmaton Massacre with the  Tri-Yak-A-Thon and additionally a separate golf disc tournament.

Local businessman and bike enthusiast, Frank Halsey is the organizer of the bike race called the Marmaton Massacre and the kayak-run-bike contest called the Tri-Yak-A-Thon.

The Marmaton Massacre is still seeking participants, according to the Gunn Park Trails Facebook page.

The deadline to register is this Sunday,  September 12, at midnight.

Frank Halsey, the event organizer, hugs his grandson following a first-place win in the kids’ race in July 2018.

“The Gunn Park Trail Volunteers (the sponsors of the events)are super excited! It’s going to be a very busy weekend in beautiful Gunn Park,” Halsey said.

“We’ve combined our annual Marmaton Massacre Festival and The annual Tri-Yak-A-Thon into a really fun-packed weekend, September 18th & 19th,”  Halsey said.  “In addition, Danny Craig is hosting a disc golf tournament on Saturday, the 18th.

“We kick off the activities with the Tri-Yak-A-Thon, at 9 a.m. Saturday,” Halsey said. “This is our 8th year for this charitable fundraiser of running a 5k on the trails, kayaking a 5k on the Marmaton River, and finishing with a 10k ride on the trails.”

Participants may go solo, or as a relay team.

“Solo is for those hard-core athletes, while the relay team is not easy, it’s definitely easier,” he said. “I don’t run any longer, so my daughter, Libby, and I will be a team. Proceeds of the Tri-Yak-A-Thon are donated to proceeds go to Fort Scott Paws and Claws Animal Shelter.”

“At 1 p.m. the Massacre officially starts with the marathon race,” Halsey said. “This is a 3-hour race, where participants complete as many laps as possible on our trails.”

To participate in the events see the Gunn Park Trails Facebook page, registrations must be sent by Sunday, Sept. 12.

The whole community is invited to watch.

“While most of the events are not really spectator-friendly, we’d love to have the locals show up for the Saturday evening festivities,” he said. “These start about 5:30 p.m. with the always fun Kid’s Bike Race. We create an open course, through the park, so not on the trails, for kids 10 years old and under. This is a hoot watching these kids, and everybody cheering.”

At 6:30 p.m. a father and son, Ed and Exander Schilling, St. Joe, MO will give a demonstration on bike skills.

Halsey describes the two as “extremely talented.”  “Ed can do things on a bike that most can’t do on their feet, and Exander likes to get big air,” he said.

“Around 7:30 pm we have live music with DJ Brown & The Bourbon County Revival performing until about 9 or 9:30 p.m.,” he said.  “They are a local band, that plays a little bit of everything.”

“The Beech Street Eats food truck will be onsite for refreshments,” Halsey said.

“This is a great family atmosphere, and we hope the people of Fort Scott, and the surrounding area, will bring their lawn chairs, kid’s bikes, enjoy the evening in beautiful Gunn Park,” he said.

“We could not do this without our volunteers and our generous sponsors, including:

  • Eric’s Bike & Board of Overland Park
  • The Lockton Companies
  • UMB Bank
  • Sharky’s Pub & Grill
  • Cheney Witt Funeral Home
  • Sonic and Typhoon Bay Car Wash
  • Landmark Bank
  • City State Bank
  • Keys
  • Mid-Continental
  • Brock Electric
  • Labconco
  • Ward Kraft
  • CK Pro Photography
  • New Wave Broadband”


NFL Watch Party At Woodland Hills Golf Course at 7 p.m. today

It’s Something New
at Woodland Hills Golf Course!
Dallas Cowboys vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
New Clubhouse Manager Steve Anthony
invites everyone out for some socializing,
good BBQ by Lewis “Dunk” Dunkeson,
cold beverages and fun!
Tonight, Thursday, September 9th
7pm until end of game
Dunk’s BBQ is by donation
Hot dogs also available for $2
Cold beer $2
Soda, Water & Gatorade also available
Any questions or to let Steve know you’re planning to attend, call 620-223-5060.
Everyone invited out for a great time!
NFL Watch Party
Come out and enjoy the game!
All are welcome ~
Dallas Cowboys vs. Tampa Bay Bucs
Enjoy Dunk’s BBQ
Have some pulled pork by Lewis Dunkeson, hot dogs also available as well as cold drinks!

FSCC Men’s Basketball sells game day merchandise

picture of basketball court with four other photos of basketball merchandise with

Fort Scott Community College Men’s Basketball team over the years have been able to accessorize their basketball gear with numerous shirts, hoodies, masks, and even shoes thanks to the dedication of the community and booster supporters. Now the Hounds want to give the community the opportunity to “shop their closet” and purchase memorabilia from over the years. These items were made only for the players and not available to the public at the time. Now everything from practice gear and hoodies to shoes and travel jackets can be yours to show your Hound spirit this season.


“This is a great opportunity to purchase items and support and show spirit to the program and the student-athletes,” says Coach Cook.


All items will be available to view and purchase by contacting Coach Cook at or follow them on social media. Proceeds from sales will go back to the FSCC Men’s Basketball Booster account for future purchases.


FSCC Women’s Flag Football Recruitment Begins

Women’s Flag Football is coming to Fort Scott Community College.

“Flag football is an emerging sport which has gained popularity across the country in recent years,” Tom Havron, FSCC’s Athletic Director said.  “Many NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) schools in the region have started the programs, and FSCC is proud to be one of the founding members at the NJCAA level.”

“Flag football will be a female sport, consisting of 15-20 team  members,” he said. “We will have students at FSCC fall of 2022, but the inaugural season will be a spring sport starting in 2023.”

Tom Havron is the FSCC Athletic Director. Submitted photos.

“Women’s Flag Football has been a growing commodity across the nation and FSCC intends to provide an opportunity for these student-athletes to continue their passion for the sport while pursuing their education at the collegiate level.”

“Similar to the Fort Scott youth flag football program, the FSCC team will feature women who play the game at a high level,” he said.

“FSCC is currently recruiting students to start competition in the fall of 2022,” Havron said.

Flag football. Submitted photo.


“As flag football is an emerging sport, there are not many people who have much experience in the region,” Havron said.  “We have communicated with the area NAIA schools who have started the program in the past few years and hope to learn and grow with them.  FSCC was awarded a $10,000 grant from the NFL and NJCAA.  Part of this will be used to seek professional development activities for our coaching staff. ”

“We will practice on the FSCC campus at the turf field, and hope to play our games at Frary Field as well as other regional institutions,” he said.


Bryce Eck: World Champion In Junior Rodeo Bareback Riding

Bryce Eck. Submitted photo.

Bryce Eck, 17, comes from a family of bucking horse riders.

“My Dad (Andy) rode bucking horses when he was younger,” Eck said. “My older brother, Colt (19 years old) rides as well.”

All that practice, and talent, paid off for Bryce when he won the 2021 World Championship Junior Rodeo in the bareback riding event, this year held in Guthrie, OK from July 29-31.

“The top eight (contenders) make it back to finals on the third day,” Eck said. “The winner rides on Thursday, Friday, Saturday at noon then that evening.”

“You have to be under 19 years old to go to this rodeo, (and) you have to make it back each round with your score and how well you rode,” he said.

“A good ride is to have the horse bucking and the rider spurring the ride,” Eck said. “You have to stay on for eight seconds.”

At home on the Eck farm, Bryce pitches in.

During the interview yesterday, he was hauling hay for his dad on their cattle farm, near Redfield.

The hay will be for winter feed for the animals on the Eck farm.

“We raise cattle and we have a colt training business,” Eck said. “We train the horses to be ridden.”



Wiffle Ball Tournament Today On Burke Street

The site of the Burke Street Classic Wiffle Ball Tournament, July 30, 2021. Submitted photos.

Some area youth have organized a tournament in their neighborhood.

The Burke Street Wiffle Ball Classic 2021 starts at 2 p.m. today and is estimated to run until approximately 7:30 p.m., according to event organizer Dryden Cosens, age 17.

The event is located on Burke Street, adjacent to the Cosens’ home at 1320 Marblecrest Drive.

“It’s on a lot between Ralph Hall’s and Frank Halsey’s houses, our neighbors,” Cosens said.

A wiffle ball is a light perforated ball used in a type of baseball.

“The rules are watered down,” Cosens said. “It’s a fun thing to do in the backyard with family and friends.”

But today it is a tournament, that approximately nine teams will be competing in, with around 35-40 people.

The name of the league is Burke Street Wiffle Ball, he said.

“Anybody can come and watch,” Cosens said. “There are some shade trees, but bring your own lawn chairs.”

To aid players on this humid July day with temperatures expected to be near 100 degrees, Cosens and his brother Cal, will have popcicles and a tent set up, along with water.


Cal and Dryden Cosens. Submitted photo.

The Cosen brothers have been playing wiffle ball since Dryden was in sixth-grade, he said. He is now 17, and Cal is 15.

“In 2015, we had our first tournament,” Dryden said. “We made a Youtube channel, but kind of gave it up when we got busy with playing baseball.”

A friend, Rocco Loffredo, came to Dryden, with the idea of restarting the tournament.

“I talked to Cal, and we decided it would be a good idea,” he said.


FSCC Gets Grant To Grow Women’s Flag Football Program

Fort Scott Community College (FSCC) has received a $10,000 grant from the NJCAA Foundation, NFL FLAG, and RCX Sports to grow a women’s flag football program, starting in spring 2023.


“The NJCAA Foundation is passionate about the value women’s flag football brings to institutions’ overall growth, the student-athlete experience, and equality across playing fields,” stated Brian Luckett, NJCAA Foundation Executive Director. “This is an opportunity for women of the association to compete at the highest level and we are fortunate to work hand in hand with NFL FLAG and RCX Sports during this exciting time.”


In March, the NJCAA announced the $150,000 grant, provided by the NFL, to support the initiative of expanding women’s flag football. Since then, 11 grants have been awarded to NJCAA member colleges to grow the sport and encourage other two-year colleges to consider adding the program.


“RCX is dedicated to creating opportunities for all athletes to play and so that every child can gain important life skills only learned through sports,” said RCX Sports CEO and NFL FLAG Executive Director Izell Reese. “Through NJCAA women’s flag football, young women will not only be able to compete, they’ll earn a valuable education that will set them up for success after college.”


Women’s Flag Football has been a growing commodity across the nation and FSCC intends to provide an opportunity for these student-athletes to continue their passion for the sport while pursuing their education at the collegiate level.


“Fort Scott Community College strives to be a leader in the emerging sport world. Bringing women’s flag football to campus will provide a stellar opportunity for student-athletes to pursue their education.  We are excited to pave the path for the future of flag football within the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference,” says Tom Havron, Vice President of Student Affairs. “Within the next five years, we hope to see numerous Jayhawk schools add this emerging sport”.


Recruiting is underway for the inaugural class lead by head coach Aprell Williams. Students who have interest in being a part of the first flag football class at FSCC are encouraged to contact Coach Williams at


“The NJCAA expanding NFL Flag opportunities for female student athletes at member institutions demonstrates clearly that football is for all,” said Executive Vice President of NFL Football Operations Troy Vincent, Sr. “The values, fun and competitive environment of football can be enjoyed by anyone and everyone who wishes to participate. It is exciting to see junior colleges offer NFL FLAG as a varsity sport to female athletes.”


For more information regarding the FSCC Women’s Flag Football program, please contact Tom Havron at Stay up-to-date by following us on all social media platforms.




The mission of the NJCAA Foundation is to enhance the NJCAA national organization, student-athletes, member colleges and local communities through financial support, scholarships, program initiatives and community service. 



RCX Sports is the premier youth-sports experiences business, running and operating leagues, camps, combines, tournaments and events.


RCX works with professional leagues, national governing bodies, sports-centric businesses and brands to reimagine youth sports experiences. RCX produces events with world-class partners including the NFL, Jr. NBA, NAIA, and the 2022 World Games.


RCX is committed to improving the accessibility and inclusivity of sports by enhancing the youth sports experience and creating opportunities for all athletes to play. We believe sports have the power to transform lives and that every athlete should have the opportunity to experience the value of sports. For more information, visit



NFL FLAG is an NFL-licensed property of more than 1,600 locally operated leagues and over 500,000 youth athletes across all 50 states. NFL FLAG is a fun and accessible non-contact program available for girls and boys ages 5-17. Players benefit by being physically active through non-contact, continuous action while learning the fundamentals of football as well as lessons in teamwork and sportsmanship. RCX Sports is the official operator of NFL FLAG.


Arndt, Laird and Traul To Compete In U.S. National High School Rodeo

Cowboys and cowgirls will compete at the national high school rodeo finals in Lincoln, Nebraska on July 18.

Miranda Arndt, Kelsey Laird, and Jaci Traul are the local cowgirls competing.

“These kids all compete in the Missouri High School Rodeo Association,” said Kasey Laird, Kelsey’s mother. “There might be more,  as there are several families from southeast Kansas that attend MHSRA.  These kids have worked hard for the chance to go to the national finals and compete against other states for the number one spot.”

Miranda Arndt. Submitted photo.

Miranda Arndt, 18, is a 2021 Fort Scott High School graduate, the daughter of Trina and Jason Arndt.

“I am going to compete in goat tying at nationals,” Miranda said.  “I went last year in goat tying also.”

“I’m looking forward to being more prepared and hopefully winning a national title,”  she said.

Arndt will be attending Northeast Oklahoma A & M this fall.


Kelsey Laird. Submitted photo.

Kelsey Laird, 15, is the daughter of Kasey and John Laird and is a sophomore at Fort Scott High School.

“Kelsey competes in barrel racing, poles, and goat tying, however, she is competing at national finals as a rodeo queen,” Kasey said. “She will compete against the other states in horsemanship, modeling, written testing, and personal interviews. This will determine the national high school rodeo queen.”
Jaci Traul. Submitted photo.
Jaci Traul, Fort Scott,  is the daughter of John and Nicki Traul, and granddaughter of Frank and Debbie Madison.
She is a 2021 graduate of Manhattan Virtual Academy.
“Jaci has qualified for nationals seven times., three times in junior high and four in high school,” her mother, Nicki said. “She was the Missouri High School Rodeo State Champion Breakaway Roper this year. She also qualified for nationals in the poles and was the Reserve Champion All-around Cowgirl.”
She will attend Northeast Oklahoma A&M in Miami, OK on a rodeo scholarship.


FS Tigers 13U Win Kansas State Championship in Lenexa

Coach Cannon, Coach Adams, Kade Cannon, Jeremiah Coulter, Colin Houlihan, Tyler Anderson, Jake Adams, Coach Miles, Coach Fly
Front row: Nate Mintz, Dayton Fly, Gavin Miles, Brady Sloan, Landon Hill, Caleb Hall.  Submitted photo


Fort Scott Tigers won the 13U Kansas State Championship in Lenexa this past weekend. They played six games in under 24 hours, battling rain delays most of the weekend.

They went 5-1 and avenged an earlier loss in pool play to beat that team for the state championship. Tigers went 13-2 to close out the month of June and earn the title as state champs.

Submitted by Coach  Mike Miles.


FS 13U Baseball Team Went 8 To 1 In Nine Games

Back row. L-R. Jeremiah Coulter, Nate Mintz, Tyler Anderson, Brady Sloan, Kade Cannon
Bottom row L-R. Jake Adams, Gavin Miles, Caleb Hall, Landon Hill, Dayton Fly. Submitted photo.

The Fort Scott Tigers 13u Baseball team won the Big League Summer Chew tournament in Lenexa going 5-0 on June 5-6th.

Then they competed for the championship in the Stars and Stripes in Lenexa on June 19-20 riding an 8-0 record but fell short to win 2nd place.

They went 8-1 over a 9 game stretch.

Top back L-R. Coach Fly Coach Adams, Jake Adams, Colin Houlihan, Nate Mintz, Tyler Anderson, Kade Cannon, Jeremiah Coulter, Coach Miles, Coach Cannon
Bottom L-R. Landon Hill, Dayton Fly, Brady Sloan, Gavin Miles Caleb Hall. Submitted photos.


Submitted by Mike Miles.

Tiger Track Team Send Off Today at 1 p.m.

FSHS Tiger Track
Sendoff to State!
Join along the route!
Wave & cheer to the qualifiers!
See information below.
Sendoff Details
Thursday, May 27th, 1pm
Celebrate the successful season and wish the
Tiger Track team good luck at the State Meet!
FSPD and the Fire Dept. will lead,
leaving the High School at 1pm.
Line National Ave. from 7th Street
going north to the end of National.
Go Tigers!
Ella Beth in the 800 (middle)
Kenzi Hardesty in the 1600 (left)
Kenzi and Mesa Casper (right) in the 3200.
4×100 Relay team Nate Adams, Donald Harper, Scott Tome, and Jamar Franks
Noah Martin, Disk Thrower
Bobby Kemmerer, High Jump – Missing pic of Chase Hyer, also High Jump

Fort Scott News

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