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Butler, Iowa Western don’t mind rematch when it comes to bowl

Running through the options, which were many, Butler Community College football coach Troy Morrell kept coming back to one unshakeable fact as he tried to pick a bowl game for the Grizzlies.

Tabor, Baker fall in NAIA football quarterfinals

Tabor gave up 23 second-quarter points on Saturday and lost to Grand View (Iowa) 44-24 in the quarterfinals of the NAIA football playoffs in Des Moines.

Newman men pound Bethel 82-58

Trae Beck scored 15 points and made 5 of 9 three-pointers to lead host Newman to an 82-58 men’s non-conference basketball victory over Bethel on Tuesday evening.

Southwestern College player may not be able to keep $20K he made for half-court shot

Cameron Rodriguez won $20,000 for making a half-court shot during an Oklahoma City Thunder game last week. But he might not be able to keep the money because he is a basketball player at Southwestern College in Winfield.

Sterling hopes to keep 2013 magic going in NAIA playoffs

There was a man who came down from the bleachers to congratulate Sterling College football coach Andy Lambert after the Warriors clinched the KCAC title last Saturday with a 36-19 win over Kansas Wesleyan in Salina.

Fort Hays State tops Newman

Dwayne Brunson had 22 points and 14 rebounds and Craig Nicholson dished out 15 assists, leading Fort Hays State toa 96-87 win over Newman on Tuesday night in Hays.

Butler rallies to knock off No. 4 Hutchinson

Trailing by 11 points at halftime, the Butler Community College men rallied behind Shomari Triggs’ 23 points — 19 in the second half — for an 80-78 upset victory over No. 4 Hutchinson Community College on Monday night in El Dorado.

KCAC, ESU score playoff bids

The KCAC placed three schools in the NAIA Football Championship Series on Sunday, led by league champion Sterling (9-2) making its first appearance in the postseason with a game at Baker (10-1) on Saturday at 1 p.m. Baker plays in the Heart of America Athletic Conference.

Sterling captures first KCAC title

Sterling won the first KCAC title in school history on Saturday and clinched an NAIA playoff berth with a 36-19 win over Kansas Wesleyan on Saturday in Salina in the Warriors’ regular-season finale.

Saturday’s small-college games (Nov. 16)

No. 16 Sterling (8-2, 7-1) at Kansas Wesleyan (4-6, 3-5), 1 p.m. — The Warriors can clinch the first KCAC title and NAIA playoff appearance with a victory after being picked seventh in the preseason coaches' poll. Sterling's rise to the top of the league came with wins over Tabor and Ottawa when both were ranked No. 8 in the country.

Butler tops Hutchinson for another Region VI title

The more Robert Rawlings tried to block out the memory, the longer it lingered.

Ottawa puts damper on Friends’ playoff hopes

Time and time again, the Friends University defense has made big plays in key situations this football season.

No. 2 NW Missouri hands Emporia State first loss

Northwest Missouri taught Emporia State a lesson about MIAA supremacy on Saturday, one that started up front and ended with the Bearcats’ 48-21 win in a battle of undefeated teams at Welch Stadium.

As usual, Butler and Hutchinson meet with title on the line

There was a football game in El Dorado in 2010, between No. 1 Butler and No. 2 Hutchinson with national championship implications.

Saturday’s small-college games (Nov. 9)

South Dakota Mines (5-4) at Nebraska-Kearney (3-6), noon — After only running for 49 yards in Nebraska-Kearney’s first four games, former Hutchinson High star Romero Cotton has run wild since becoming the team’s feature back. The 5-foot-11, 215-pound sophomore leads the team with 625 rushing yards and is averaging 115.6 yards per game in the last five games. Cotton was also the NCAA Division II national runner-up in wrestling at 197 pounds last season.

Unbeaten Emporia State prepares for its toughest test

From where Emporia State coach Garin Higgins is sitting, 8-0 is pretty sweet.

Grizzlies roll into Region VI title game

The Butler Grizzlies were determined not to experience another Highland upset, and they used a strong wind to ensure that.

Emporia State improves to 8-0

Emporia State forced six turnovers, including the game-winning interception in the end zone by Gary Fortune with 11 seconds left to seal a 35-30 win over No. 12 Missouri Western on Saturday in St. Joseph, Mo.

Surprising Highland, Dodge City put different spin on Region VI football playoffs

Two football coaches, different as could be, but with one important thing in common.

Saturday’s small-college football games

No. 8 Washburn (8-0, 7-0 MIAA) at No. 2 Northwest Missouri (8-0, 7-0) 2 p.m. — The Ichabods go into this mega-matchup having played one of the weakest schedules in the nation. Washburn has yet to play a team with a winning record and four of their wins have come against either winless or one-win teams. The Bearcats, on the other hand, already own wins over two ranked teams — No. 7 Pittsburg State and No. 23 Saginaw Valley State.

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