T-Birds blank Johnson County, advance to national tournament


TOPEKA — Pitching a third consecutive shutout, the Cloud County Thunderbirds used a postseason run to advance to the NJCAA Men’s Soccer Championships for the second time in three seasons.
Cloud County, the 2011 national champions, defeated Johnson County Community College 2-0 in the Region 6 Tournament championship match Friday at Hummer Park.
The T-Birds downed Dodge City 2-0 in the opening round and then blanked Barton County 2-0 in the semifinals.
Johnson County (13-7) defeated Allen County 4-1 in the opening round and beat Coffeyville in penalty kicks, 4-1, in the semifinals.
Sophomore Chris Lavery, who had both goals in the win over Barton County, gave Cloud a 1-0 lead at the 20:25 mark when he scored off an assist from Alexander Kunz.
The T-Birds (13-8) were clinging to the 1-0 lead when Kerbson Lubin knocked in a goal to up the lead to 2-0.
Cloud County limited Johnson County to just 14 shots, and just four on goal.
Saul Gutierrez was in goal for the T-Birds, and had four saves.
Cloud County had 22 shots, including 13 on goal.
Sam Sizemore allowed both goals, and had nine saves.
Guillermo Aguilar had two saves for Johnson County.
Cloud County will play in the national tournament in Tyler, Texas beginning on Nov. 18.
Pool play rounds will be Nov. 18-20 with the semifinals scheduled for Nov. 22 and the championship match set for Nov. 23.


Panthers drop pair of league games to Wamego

WAMEGO — Concordia's reign atop the North Central Kansas League is in jeopardy after suffering a pair of losses to Wamego on Thursday. The Panthers, who have won five straight baseball league titles, fell 6-5 and 6-0 to the Red Raiders, and are now 0-2 in league play. “Right... [More]

Rimrodt places second in singles


 Concordia's Marcel Rimrodt placed second in number one singles in the tennis quadrangular the Panthers hosted on Thursday. Rimrodt suffered his only loss 8-6 to Gabe Johnson, Abilene, in the opening round. He then shut out Jacob Drey, Marysville, 8-0 and Paul Meyer, St.... [More]

More Sports


Volunteers create mosaic for new playground

 Hundreds of volunteers wielding hammers and drills will descend on the construction site of Concordia's new destination playground next week, but much of the detail work began months ago.  The creators of Cloudville's most intricate feature, a 10-by-3-foot mosaic of... [More]

Medical Director of the Year


Cloud County Health Center Chief of Staff Dr. Justin Poore (left) was recently awarded the Kansas Emergency Medical Technicians Association's Medical Director of the Year award. This award honors special accomplishments, innovations, fresh ideas and significant contributions... [More]

For the record 4-18-14

Fire Dept./EMS Report At 8:47a.m., Thursday, Medic-5, Truck-1 went to the 400 block of West 10th and transported a 62-year-old female to Cloud County Health Center. At 2:08 p.m., Thursday, Medic-5, Rescue-1, Truck-1, Truck-2 went to Highway 24 and 90th Road for a one motor vehicle... [More]

More News


Letter to the Editor 4-18-14

Dear Editor,   Questions that need answers? 1. Why should we sign up for the Special Civility Pledge? 2. Isn't the “Bill of Rights” still acceptable?        3. Aren't the Ten Commandments still taught? 4. What happened to the... [More]

More Opinions

Buy Photos