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Freeride Motocross Competition in Fort Scott on Sept. 17

FREERIDE MOTOCROSS DREAMLAND RETURNS FOR YEAR THREE WITH

RED BULL IMAGINATION

 

  • Leading Freeriders Tyler Bereman, Colby Raha, Josh Hill, and More Return
  • Limited Number of Tickets Available to Attend Competition in Kansas

 

Red Bull Imagination, the premier freeride motocross competition dreamt up by Tyler Bereman, is returning in September to Fort Scott, Kansas for its third year. The event brings together top freeriders for a week of some of the biggest and baddest tricks, whips and lines on a custom-built, life-sized “playground” course not found anywhere else in the world. New this year are more riders, more course updates, and for the first time ever, a limited number of tickets for spectators to witness the epic competition in person on September 17. Those that cannot make it to Kansas will be able to catch the highlights streaming on ESPN+ on September 25.

 

Drawing inspiration from sports like skateboarding and mountain biking with a pool-bowl style course and paying homage to Red Bull Imagination’s legacy of progressing the sport of freeride, the course will evolve yet again to take shape with features that offer riders more methods of creative freedom across the board.

 

The competition format, shaped from years past, will remain the same and inform the September 17 contest. In advance of the competition, riders will spend three days session-ing and fine-tuning their craft, followed by a rest day that precedes the competition day.

 

Leading freeride motocross rider and 10-time X Games medalist Bereman will be joined by returning riders and rookie riders, including 2022 X Games Gold medalist, 10-time X Games overall medalist Colby Raha and former AMA Supercross/motocross rider Josh Hill.

 

Tickets are limited to the first 1,500 guests and are available for purchase today at https://www.redbull.com/us-en/events/imagination starting at $45 for adults at $25 for kids. Ticket prices will go up on September 1.

 

All the action will stream in a one-hour show on September 25, from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. EST on ESPN+. More information on the course development, full rider roster and judging panel will be announced in the coming weeks. Through August 15, consumers who download and register Dirt Bike Unchained on mobile iOS and Android devices can earn entries for a chance to win a VIP experience with Tyler Bereman at Red Bull Imagination.

 

Catch up on all the action from last year’s Red Bull Imagination by visiting https://www.redbull.com/us-en/projects/imagination.

 

 

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Sports Training Available

Momentum Indoor Training Summer Offerings:

Sports Performance Training – Training designed specifically for an individual to increase general and sport specialized sports performance.  It is crucial to improving an athlete’s ability to master the skills of their chosen sport, reduce the risk of injury, and gain a competitive edge.  Scheduled individually or in small groups each athlete has training designed specifically to teach proper movement patterns that will improve their speed, power, agility, and more.  Athletes from any and all sports benefit from Sports Performance Training.

 

Sports Performance Training is scheduled on an individual or small group basis Tuesdays to Fridays.

 

Pricing –

7 to 11 years old – $50 for 12 sessions (2 sessions per week for 6 weeks)

 

12 years old and older – $75 for 12 sessions (2 sessions per week for 6 weeks)

 

Monthly pricing is available after the first 12 sessions

 

 

Skills Room Access

 

Volleyball – Utilize the Sports Attack Volleyball Skillz Attack machine.  This machine can Serve, Pass, Set, and Hit.  It allows any player to train any and all the positions by themselves anytime they want or need to.  The Skillz Attack can also be used in small groups.  Volleyball will be set-up for scheduling on Wednesdays.

 

Softball/Baseball – Train like an elite athlete with the Hack Attack Softball and Baseball pitching machine.  Both machines can pitch multiple pitches and simulate a live pitcher by throwing balls around the strike zone instead of just straight pitches.  20 minutes against the machine will allow an athlete to see an average of 75 pitches.  The Softball/Baseball machines will be set-up for scheduling on Tuesdays and Thursday for individuals and groups of less than 5 players.

 

 

All training is by appointment and on a first come first serve basis and will be the following:

Tuesdays – Softball/Baseball

Wednesdays – Volleyball

Thursdays – Softball/Baseball

Sundays, Mondays, Fridays, and Saturdays – Skills Room is closed to all scheduling

 

Skills Room Pricing

30 minutes – $25

1 hour – $40

A loyalty program will be in place for those who qualify

All previously purchased packages will continue to be honored

 

 

Emelia Whiteaker, MS, ATC, PES – Owner/Operator/Trainer

A native of Fort Scott, she received her Bachelor’s of Science in Athletic Training from Washburn University and a Master’s of Science in Health Promotion with an emphasis in Sports Performance and Injury Prevention from California University of Pennsylvania.  Emelia holds certifications from the Board of Certification in Athletic Training and the National Academy of Sports Medicine as a Performance Enhancement Specialist.  Over a 15 year career she has trained athletes ranging in age from 6 years old to the professional levels and sports that include: Football, Distance Running, Softball/Baseball, Volleyball, Track and Field, Basketball, Soccer, Golf, Rodeo, Hockey and more.  Many of Emelia’s athletes have gone on to be individual and team state champions and compete as elite athletes.  It is her belief that every child that has the heart to be an athletes has the potential to be an athlete and it is her job to help them get there.

 

Momentum Indoor Training can be reached by Call or Text at (620) 224-8442, e-mail: [email protected] or message the Facebook page: @mitrainingfs.

 

 

 

Greyhound Football Legacy Center Launching

Fort Scott Community College letter jackets are the first memorabilia to be placed in the Greyhound Football Legacy Center, 11 N. Main.

Supporters of football at Fort Scott Community College have filed for non-profit status from the State of Kansas and are in the process of setting up a Greyhound Football Legacy Center, Inc.

They have a board of directors, and set up by-laws.

“We just started the process of a 501 3c status,” Jack Milligan, president of the group, said. “We’ve hired an accountant firm.”

“We are setting up alumni chapters throughout Kansas and other states,” he said.

“We don’t have members, we have teammates,” Milligan said. “There is a lot of energy for it.”

“We are affiliated with the Fort Scott Community College Alumni  Facebook page,” he said.

They have joined the Fort Scott Chamber of Commerce, because the group wants “to be a part of the community,” Milligan said.

And they have a website: https://www.savegreyhoundfootball.com/

They have also rented 11 N. Main from Eddie Townley for a Greyhound Football Legacy Center, which will be a gathering place for the group.

11 N. Main.

 

Milligan is president of the organization, Doug Ropp is vice president; Jerry Witt is vice-president at large; directors are Steve Bowers, Jim Barrows, Jim Chapman, Matt Glades, Kevin Gundy and Steve Williams.

“We have a great network of business experience and success on the board and will use that to regain the football program and many other things in the community,” Milligan said.

“We will staff the center with volunteers, local and otherwise,” he said.

The center will house old football uniforms and trophies, along with computers and furniture. Currently there is a large conference table and chairs in the building.

The group plans to launch into the community during Good Ol Days, the annual homecoming event of Fort Scott on June 3-4.

The group is hopeful of bringing football back to the community college, following the recent closing of the program.

“The FSCC Board of Trustees unanimously voted to end the historic Greyhound Football program in November 2021,”  according the group’s website.

The group’s goal is to bring it back for the 2023 season.

 

Stepps Named SEK Girls Basketball Coach of the Year

Submitted photo. Pechone Stepps coaches the Fort Scott High School Lady Tigers Basketball Team.
Pechone Stepps is a Credit Recovery Teacher Aide at
Fort Scott High School and also a girls basketball coach.
This week, Coach Stepps was named the Southeast Kansas Girls Basketball Coach of the Year for the 21-22 season.
“The seven head coaches in the league vote for who they think deserves the award for that season,” Fort Scott High School Activities Director Jeff DeLatorre said. “The coach with the most votes is named Coach of the Year.”
FSHS Activities Director Jeff DeLaTorre.
With Stepps as a coach, the Lady Tigers finished the season with a record of 17-5 and finished as SEK League champions.
“There is a coach of the year selected for each sport in the SEK League each season,” DeLaTorre said.
“Through the years, Fort Scott High School has had several recipients of this award including Tracey Bogina for Boys Cross Country in the fall last year,” he said.  “Last school year (20-21) we had Bo Graham, football coach Tracey Bogina, girls cross country coach, Clint Heffern, boys basketball coach, and Josh Regan, baseball coach were recipients.

 

Tracy Bogina from the USD234 Online Staff Directory.
Bo Graham from the USD234 Online Staff Directory.
Clint Heffern.
Josh Regan. Submitted.
Josh Regan.

Questions To The Trustees on Decision To Shut Down the FSCC Football Program

Matt Glades
Matt Glades, a Fort Scott Community College Alumni, encourages attendance for interested parties at the next board of trustees meeting, which is at 5 p.m. next Monday, December 13 at Cleaver-Burris-Boileau Hall.
He will be there to ask the trustees some questions about the discontinuance of the college’s football program last month.
“I have talked to at least one Greyhound football player from every decade going back to the 1960s and numerous community members,” Glades said. “There’s a lot of people sad and disappointed that the program is shut down and how it was done.”
“FSCC football has been around for almost 100 years and has impacted thousands of lives from the players to the community,” he said.  “A lot of us were confused and frustrated that we didn’t even have an opportunity to speak on behalf of the program or donate to save it.”
“The alumni are asking for more transparency on concerns from the FSCC administration and the board of trustees, Glades said.
“Here are a few but not all of those concerns, he said:
  • How does the college plan to account for losing that many student-athletes who were living in the dorms, credit hours, etc?

 

  • Do they understand that this also affects local businesses and severs connections for a lot of people ranging from parts of the community to the alumni including four current NFL football players?

 

  • Why were the FSCC football alumni and community never made aware of the financial struggles of the program and were not allowed the opportunity to save it?

 

  • Why did the board feel compelled to add shutting down the program to the tail end of the board meeting instead of putting it on the original agenda?”

Football Program Information by Alysia Johnston

Fort Scott Community College President Alysia Johnston.

The decision to terminate the legendary football program at Fort Scott Community College was made with the best interest of student-athletes, coaches, FSCC, and Bourbon county taxpayers.

Fort Scott Community College

It was a very difficult decision, as it is hard to place a dollar amount on the value our football athletes have provided to our college and community.

Many of our football students bring needed diversity and perspective to our campus and community.

Our football students have provided many hours of community service, as evidenced by the recent downtown clean-up.

Although many things have changed in the last several years regarding the football program, the opportunity we provided to young men who wanted to advance their college education by means of a football scholarship was not one of the changes.

Although the football program has provided invaluable opportunities for FSCC and football athletes, we had to evaluate the financial impact the program has on the college, as well as the sustainability of providing football students with the best opportunity to play on a competitive team.

Below is a summary of information that was critical in the decision made by the FSCC Board of Trustees, and supported by myself, to close the program.

  • At this time the cost vs revenue analysis of the football program indicates the football program is losing approximately $400,000 annually.
  • The Jayhawk conference changed the rules in 2017 from allowing D1 community colleges sports programs to provide student-athletes with books and tuition scholarships only – to allowing scholarships for books, tuition, fees, room, board, and $500 in school supplies. The previous cap on the number of out-of-state players for football was removed allowing for up to 85 out-of-state players certified. Two years ago the number of out-of-state football players was changed again and now 55 out-of-state players can be certified. There are no other options to compete in the Jayhawk Conference for football, baseball, golf and track other than D1. The conference also changed the rules for D2 sports scholarships in 2017 from books and tuition only – to books, tuition, and fees only. At FSCC we are designated D2 in women’s and men’s basketball, women’s volleyball, women’s softball.

  • Gender equity and equity for all athletes, regardless of the sport played, is required by the Federal Government. We must spend approximately the same dollar amount per student-athlete which is very difficult when D1 and D2 sports have different rules for scholarships.
  • The bottom line is, any additional dollars we would add to the football program in an attempt to make them more competitive, we must also add to all our sports programs to meet equity in athletics requirements.
  • The 2021 FSCC football roster had 16 Kansas players, 1 player from Bourbon County who quit the program in September. There are 19 community colleges in Kansas of which 8 have a football program. Each school can certify 85 football players for a total of 680 players (this does not include red-shirts or medical red-shirts). The 8 football programs had 163 Kansas players listed for the 2021 season. Local and Kansas students are not as numerous on football rosters as they were before the rule change.
  • In 2014/2015 the FSCC football program had a deficit of more than $400,000 in their foundation activities account. It was determined in 2015 for every student credit hour generated, $1 in student fees would be used to reimburse FSCC Endowment for the deficit. Student fees have refunded FSCC Endowment approximately $35,000 to $40,000 each year since then. We currently have approximately $186,000 left of the original $400,000 deficit.
  • The cruel, false, and inaccurate accusations that have been shared on many social media platforms, by mostly anonymous individuals and groups, regarding the football program has severely damaged our reputation and negatively affected our ability to move forward with the recruitment of student-athletes.
  • FSCC has fewer football coaches than any other school in the Jayhawk Conference. For example at the last FSCC game vs Independence Community College, we had 6 coaches on the sidelines and ICC had 14 (some of which are volunteers as they currently list 9 on their website). Butler has 11 football coaches listed, Coffeyville -8, Dodge – 7, Garden – 8, Highland – 12, Hutchinson – 10, Independence – 8, and FSCC – 6. Fewer coaches means fewer people recruiting students and fewer experts working with individual players on key skills. It also means we would need to spend more money and hire additional coaches to be at a similar level as the other programs in the Conference.

If the money we lose on the football program each year was the only consideration in determining whether to continue the football program at FSCC, we would not have made the tough decision to terminate the program. However, the current losses are only a part of the financial picture in determining the sustainability of a competitive football program at FSCC. When putting together the financial figures for the Board I looked at our current budget, revenue, expenses, and economic impact of the football program. Previous to hiring the current coaching staff I consulted with a past Jayhawk Conference football coach to see what he believed a minimum football budget would be to allow us to be competitive in the conference. He provided me with a detailed breakdown of what he believed we would need to spend based on his past coaching experience in the Jayhawk Conference, and it was more than twice our football budget at the time, which was $273,000. That did not include the fact if we increased the football budget, we would have to do the same for all of our other sports programs. Our FY 2021 unaudited football budget is $365,000, which does not include all football program expenses.

I believe when considering all the financial needs to fund a competitive football program it would take at least an additional one million annually, which would be an additional 10 mils the Bourbon County taxpayers would have to bear. The FSCC Board of Trustees, and myself as president, do not believe continuing the football program would uphold the fiduciary responsibility placed in us by taxpayers. We will continue to provide multiple opportunities for students allowing them to earn a scholarship to advance their educational goals by participating in activities and athletics that allow them to learn and have positive, transformational experiences while at FSCC.

Respectfully,

Alysia Johnston

FSCC Football Program Is Terminated

Editor’s note: the minutes of last evening’s Fort Scott Community College Board of Trustees meetings were requested by fortscott.biz and the excerpt about the discontinuation of the football program is included below. The minutes are not approved until the next meeting.
Those present at the meeting were trustees: John Bartelsmeyer, Dave Elliott, Jim Fewins, Kirk Hart, Bill Meyer, and Robert Nelson.

Also present were Alysia Johnston, President, Juley McDaniel, Board Clerk, faculty, and staff.

“A motion was made by  Robert Nelson, seconded by Jim Fewins, and carried by unanimous vote to adjourn to executive session for 30 minutes beginning at 6:15 pm to discuss data relating to financial affairs or trade secrets of corporations, partnerships, trusts, and individual proprietorships as it relates to athletic programming, with action expected to follow. The Board invited Alysia Johnston and Tom Havron into executive session. At 6:45 the Board extended executive session by 10 minutes.

OPEN SESSION: A motion was made at 6:55 pm by Nelson, seconded by Fewins, and carried by unanimous vote to return to open session.

A motion was made by  Dave Elliot, seconded by Fewins, and carried by unanimous vote to add the consideration of continuation of the football program to the agenda.

A motion was made by Bill Meyer, seconded by Fewins, and carried by unanimous vote to discontinue FSCC’s football program.

ADJOURNMENT: There being no further business to come before the Trustees, a motion to adjourn was made at 6:58 p.m. by Elliott, seconded by Hart, and carried by unanimous vote.”

The following is taken from the FSCC Facebook page.

picture of a football on a football field with the FS logo

Football Program Termination

 

The termination of the historic and legendary Fort Scott Community College football program was a difficult and emotional decision.

A competitive football program at FSCC is not sustainable due to the cumulative effect of limited resources, changes in Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference (KJCCC) football eligibility rules in 2016, and the changing ethos of football in general.

We simply do not have the resources to maintain a football team that would be competitive in the Jayhawk Conference.

 

The FSCC football program has afforded thousands of young men the opportunity to attain a college education and was the positive, transformational experience that allowed them to be more successful in life.

The dedication, expertise, and contributions of the many outstanding coaches, community supporters, and support staff who have been part of the football program over many years is one of the reasons FSCC is loved by many of our alumni.

We would especially like to thank the current football players and coaching staff who have represented FSCC with honor, pride, and dignity this season in very trying competitive circumstances.

 

FSCC will honor scholarships for all football student-athletes who choose to stay at FSCC and continue their education.

 

Sincerely,

FSCC Board of Trustees

Alysia Johnston, FSCC President

 

 

Woodland Hills Golf Course: New Management

Steve Anthony, left, and Doug Guns. Submitted photo.

Steve Anthony, 49, is the new Woodland Hills Golf Course  Clubhouse Manager in Fort Scott. The course is owned and operated by the City of Fort Scott.

Woodland Hills Golf Course, 2414 S. Horton, Fort Scott.

He replaces Shannon O’Neil, who left in July.

Anthony feels that he and Doug Guns, the golf course superintendent,  are a good team.

“I feel I have a good grasp of things and if things come up that need two heads to make a decision, Doug and I make the decision as we are pretty much on the same page and we make our decision on what’s best for the club and or our member’s,” he said.

Anthony’s hometown is Parkersburg, West Virginia and he is married to Stephanie Anthony.

“I have been an avid golfer since I was a young kid back in West Virginia,” he said. “I have been in Fort Scott for nine years now.”

“I have always had a love for the sport of golf and when the opportunity came to pursue the golf course (position) here, I jumped at the chance to take it on,” he said.

“When I started, I knew I wanted to do some different things that had not been done here,” Anthony said.  “For example, having watch parties for National Football League games and it has grown each week. My hope is once the colder weather sets in we will have more folks come out to join us for games as they will be tired of just sitting at home.”

He enjoys coming to work each day, getting to do something that he loves, Anthony said.

“The Woodland Hills Golf Course is in really beautiful shape as Doug (Guns)and his crew do a great job making it look beautiful,” he said.

In the community, Anthony has been involved with Special Olympics, a large sports organization for people with intellectual disabilities.

“I, along with Bourbon County Undersheriff Ben Cole, host a golf tournament each year to benefit Special Olympics,” he said. “I am also on the Board of Directors for Special Olympics Kansas.”

He enjoys coming to work each day, getting to do something that he loves, Anthony said.

Anthony can be reached at 620-223-5060 or his cell phone at 620-215-2392.

 

Golf carts that can be rented are lined up near the entrance to the Woodland Hills Golf Clubhouse.

USD235 Volleyball Team Results

Adelay Martin. Submitted photo.

The Eagles’ volleyball team traveled to Marmaton Valley and Riverton last week, and to Pleasanton this past Tuesday. They were defeated by Yates Center (25-12, 25-14); Altoona Midway (25-12, 25-19), where Hannah Moore scored 5 points; Moran (25-15, 25-15); Galena (25-20, 25-18), where Kristy Beene scored 9 points and Gwen Fry was 7/8 with 2 kills; Columbus (25-17, 25-21), Madison Shepard scoring 6 points, going 7/8 on attacks and getting 1 kill; Riverton (25-4, 25-10); St. Paul (25-8, 25-9); and Pleasanton (25-16, 25-9). The girls are working hard to improve, but there’s a long road ahead of them this season. “The past few weeks have been busy with volleyball,” Coach Hall says. “We are continuing to work on improving our game.” The Lady Eagles are headed to Cherryvale on Saturday, September 25th.

-Adelay Martin, UHS Sports Media Reporter

Uniontown Saddle Club Ranch Rodeo 2021 Results

The annual Old Settler’s Co-Ed Ranch Rodeo was postponed from Labor Day to Sept. 13 because of the weather.

On that date, 15 teams of cowboys and cowgirls competed at the Uniontown Arena, just west of the town on Hwy. 3.

“We provide and promote horse-related events for the community,” Wayne Hall, president of the club said. “An each year we give a Warren McKinnis Scholarship to high school students. These are rural kids involved with agriculture.”

The club was established in 1967 as a family-oriented club that provides a large arena that hosts horse shows, rodeos, and roping practices, according to its’ Facebook page.

The 2021 the winners are:

Cutter Stevens, Fredonia, was the winner of the Uniontown Saddle Club Ranch Rodeo Top Youth award. Submitted photos.
Tristan Hensen, Lamar, MO, was the winner of the Uniontown Saddle Club Top Female Participant award. Submitted photos.
Trenton Umphenour, Pleasonton, is the winner of the Uniontown Saddle Club Top Male Participant award. Submitted photos.

In the team competitions:

May be an image of 5 people and horseBig Creek, comprised of Michell LaRue, Trent Eck, Cassidy Furhman, and Will Harding earned first place. Wayne Hall is on the right.  Taken from Uniontown Saddle Club Facebook page

 

Second place winners: Brock Hall, Julia Hall, Karlee Boots, Trenton Umphenour,  with Kactus K Trucking. Wayne Hall is on the right. Taken from the Facebook page.

 

May be an image of 5 people, people standing, horse and outdoors

Third place winners: Diamond S Cattle comprised of Kolby Boo, Britt Michaleis, Colby Brownrigg, and Mindi Holloway.

 

All prizes were purchased with sponsorship from the community.

 

UHS Eagles Beat Blu-Jays Sept. 17

Adelay Martin. Submitted photo.

The Uniontown Eagles’ football team played their Homecoming game against the Pleasanton Blu-Jays on Friday, September 17th. They beat the Jays 30-6. Treden Buckman had a total of 113 rushing yards over 14 attacks during the game. He made 2 of the 4 touchdowns. Andrew Buckman made 1 touchdown and Luke Perry made the other. Byron Fry had 4 knockdowns and Rylan Lee had 3. Matthew Poyner had 10 total tackles, Byron Fry had 9, and Korbin Miller had 9. “We stayed focused throughout the day with Homecoming distractions and got the job done,” said center defensive lineman Korbin Miller.

-Adelay Martin, UHS Sports Media Reporter