Lady T-Birds pick up two wins over weekend

GREAT BEND — Overcoming some early adversity, the Cloud County Community College women’s basketball team defeated 20th-ranked Midland College 54-45 in the second round of the Highland Hotel & Pizza Hut Classic hosted by Barton County.
Cloud County had starting point guard Ajai Ford suffer a sprained ankle. Jayna Smith picked up two quick fouls, and Raneisha Duncan left the game with an injury.
“We overcame some adversity early in the game,” Cloud County coach Brett Erkenbrack said.
Cloud County, with a 73-61 victory over Coffeyville on Friday, opened its season with two wins.
The Thunderbirds got down 17-6 to start the game against Midland.
“We weren’t getting back defensively. We made some silly turnovers and got into a hole,” Erkenbrack said.
Cloud County was able to battle back to within three points, 25-22, late in the first half.
Duncan, who was able to return to the game, hit a three-point shot as time expired it the half to pull the T-Birds even with Midland at 25-25.
“That was probably a pretty big play in the game. For the things that happened to us in the first half, to be tied, it felt pretty good,” Erkenbrack said.
Cloud County grabbed the lead early in the second half and steadily built on it.
The T-Birds got up by as many as 12 points, and went on to defeat Midland in a low scoring game.
“I think there was a little bit of fatigue on the part of both teams,” Erkenbrack said.
It was a second game in two days for Cloud County and a third game in three days for Midland.
Jordyn Alexander, a 5-11 freshman, led three Cloud County players in double figures with 11 points.  She also had six rebounds.
Pearlrae Thomas, a 5-11 sophomore, scored 10 points and pulled down 10 rebounds.
“For the second day in a row we got good production out of Pearlrae Thomas and Jordyn Alexander,” Erkenbrack said.
Sophomore Aleesha Coulter also scored 10 points.
Duncan, a freshman, chipped in eight points.
“Overall, our freshmen played pretty well,” Erkenbrack said.
Achiri Ade paced Midland with 13 points.
“I wish we would have played better in the first half of both of these ball games. I think it was beneficial to have to play the full 40 minutes. We had to make some plays down the stretch in both games,” Erkenbrack said.
Barton County defeated Coffeyville 78-67 in the other game played Saturday.


Gilliland hired as SID at CCCC

 When the opportunity presented itself for Eric Gilliland to move back to his hometown of Concordia, he jumped at it. Gilliland, a Concordia native and graduate of Cloud County Community College, became the college's new sports information director (SID) in September.  “The... [More]

CHS has four girls finish in top nine

CHAPMAN — Four Concordia High School girls placed in the top nine in the Chapman Invitational cross country meet Thursday at Indian Hills Golf Course. Peyton Reynolds ran 24:15.87 to finish fourth for the Panthers. Britney Gilkeson placed fifth with a time of 25:11.34.... [More]

More Sports


Courthouse 10-9-15

District Court LIMITED CIVIL Settled: Central National Bank received a judgment of $68.43 from Walter P. Stimatze, Concordia. Mohawk Serving Inc. received $2,047.55 plus interest and costs from Rug & Wrap. Concordia. Central National Bank received a judgment of $317.05 plus... [More]

Commission approves demolition projects

 The City Commissioners were in a progressive mood Wednesday night as they approved resolutions and ordinances, and heard study sessions focused on and around the cleaning up and building up of the Concordia community.  The meeting opened with a public hearing concerning... [More]

Reading with Friends inspires children and parents to read

 For Chrissy Henderson, owner of Golden Rules Preschool, the Sisters of St. Joseph are a literal godsend to the Concordia community.  “We are so blessed to have [the Sisters] here,” Henderson said. “They see a need for something and they create the... [More]

More News


Letter to the Editor 10-9-15

Dear  Editor,  There have been a lot of different stories evolve in the news and Facebook lately regarding the flu vaccine.  The flu became more prevalent in the United States after the outbreak at Fort Riley, Kansas, among a group of soldiers in 1918. The conditions... [More]

Prairie Pondering

Screened Porch Memories . . .   All my life I have looked lovingly at screened in porches, the larger the better, and for a portion of my childhood and growing up and coming home to, it was part of our home life. Even our dog's who, since we were country, could sleep... [More]

More Opinions

Buy Photos