Smoky Valley spikers in first in CKL standings

By Steve Sell
September 30, 2020

Smoky Valley continues to lead the Central Kansas League volleyball standings that were updated today, including matches played on Tuesday.

Smoky Valley, 6-0 (17-1)

Halstead, 6-1 (16-6)

Hillsboro, 4-1 (13-2)

Hoisington, 4-2 (16-8)

Nickerson, 3-2 (13-8)

Lyons, 4-3 (13-7)

Pratt, 1-4 (7-11)

Hesston, 1-4 (4-8)

Haven, 1-6 (1-14)

Larned, 0-7 (0-21)

Will fans watch the NBA Finals?

By Steve Sell
September 30, 2020

Wednesday’s ramblings…

NBA FINALS AN AFTERTHOUGHT – With the NBA season ending in October now instead of the customary June – which is still way too late in my opinion -- the NBA Finals between the Los Angeles Lakers and upstart Miami Heat is getting lost in the shuffle.

The NFL is still, and will forever be, the king. We’re arriving at the quarterpole of the regular season and while fans aren’t allowed at nearly every stadium – Arrowhead will have fans on Sunday for the game with New England however  – it’s the sport most people want to watch.

The NBA also is going up against the Major League Baseball playoffs, which began on Tuesday. There are so many games to watch as MLB has gone to a three-game, first-round playoff format.

The NBA normally has the spotlight for The Finals because baseball is plodding along in June and football is in its offseason. But I’ll be interested to see the ratings. Granted, the Lakers are in a big market and LeBron is the face of the NBA, but Miami is a surprise finalist and most fans probably can’t name more than 3 or 4 players on the Heat’s roster. There is the intrigue that LeBron is going up against his old team, but that’s been so long ago it’s really not a major storyline. The NBA is counting on LeBron’s star power to make some bank.

What the NBA really doesn’t need is for the Lakers to take out the Heat in four straight. But this Miami team is gutsy and will probably steal a couple of wins before LA finishes it off. Hopefully more people will be watching than I expect.

FIRST-DAY SURPRISES – Just call it the homefield disadvantage.

On Day 1 of the Major League Baseball playoffs, the road team won 3 of 4 and the three home teams that lost have to be feeling incredible pressure since it’s a best-of-3 format.

The only team to hold serve was Tampa Bay, as it took care of Toronto. But Cleveland, Oakland and Minnesota all lost, with the Twins now having lost 16 straight playoff games – most of them to the Yankees.

The Cleveland loss had to shake it to the core. Shane Bieber had an amazingly dominating season with an 8-1 record and was virtually untouchable – especially against the Royals – but he was battered and bruised by a Yankees team that has been given up for dead by most experts – including me, though I’m hardly an expert. Oakland elected to save its best two pitchers for Games 2 and 3 and basically conceded Game 1 to Chicago ace Lucas Giolito. Minnesota’s playoff failures are still haunting it as Houston, which has been given no chance, struck in the ninth to break a 1-all tie.

The home teams play all their games in their home park, which is why I picked six of the eight series to go to three games. It’s hard to imagine the best teams losing two straight, but anything can happen. For the most part it was all about pitching as most of the games were low-scoring.

NFL GAME TO BE POSTONED? – We may have our first NFL game fall victim to COVID.

The Tennessee Titans, who are to host Pittsburgh on Sunday, have closed their training facility until Saturday as some players and staff have tested positive.

According to ESPN, however, the NFL is going to make every attempt to play, even if it means delaying the game until Monday to do more testing.

It’s been remarkable the NFL has had so few positive tests. I really thought by now a slew of games would have been postponed, but the teams are doing their best to stay healthy.

Bullpup kickers blanked by Rose Hill

By Steve Sell
September 30, 2020

The Rose Hill Rockets were as good as advertised.

Rose Hill’s soccer team invaded McPherson Stadium with a 7-1 record on Tuesday and having scored more than 6 goals a game. While the Rockets didn’t reach their average, they still scored a convincing 4-0 victory over the McPherson Bullpups, who fell to 4-6 on the season after their second straight loss.

MHS gave up two goals in a 3-minute stretch midway through the first half and could never recover. The Rockets added two more goals in the final 10 minutes as the Bullpups actually played well defensively except for a couple of breakdowns. Four different Rockets scored – Caden Dinkel, Gavin Strawn, Drew Leck and Daylin Janzten.

MHS had a chance early in the second half to cut the 2-0 lead in half with a flurry of activity in front of the Rockets’ goal, but couldn’t convert and that proved to be its last hurrah as Rose Hill controlled the action the rest of the way.

“I think it was a long throw or a cornerkick where they cleared two of our shots off the line,” MHS coach Chris Adrian said. “That would have changed things at 2-1. But the longer it stayed 2-0, it just got a little tougher for us. We just got a little more exposed in the back.”

Adrian did not come away discouraged after the loss as there were some positives.

“The guys really did play well in a lot of areas,” he said. “What we’ve been working on in practice is keeping the ball under pressure. This was a huge improvement in that and our passing in the midfield was much better. But in front of the goal, we just didn’t quite have that willingness to just put it on the line to score. I thought that was the biggest difference between the two teams. When the ball was in the box on defense and offense, you saw Rose Hill flying to win the ball.”

Rose Hill was a senior-dominated team, while the Bullpups have just two.

“You just saw the difference in experience,” Adrian said. “You saw it on defense and you saw it on offense. They’re a good team. You never know, we might see them again.”

After three straight home games, MHS is on the road Thursday at Mulvane.

MHS came away with a 3-1 victory in the JV game behind goals by Dayveon Crawford, Conor Eickbush and Jovanny Ontiveros. Joseph Witt and Adolfo Ontiveros notched assists.

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