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THE COWLEY PRESS

BASKETBALL PREVIEW

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Tigerette Danceline

Nov. 3, 2005

Smooth steps BY VICTORIA UKAOMA Staff Writer

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hen Lana Sleeper, founder of the Tigerette Danceline, first organized the group in 1988, it was open for anyone to participate. Just one year after that it became an official team that required an audition in order to be chosen. Since then the Tigerette Danceline has continued to blossom. Tigerette Danceline Coach Lindsay Sanderholm said this year’s team is unique because its size has been cut in half due to a change in the number of available dance scholarships. “We had 30 girls last year and then we slimmed down to 15 scholarships, meaning only 15 girls could be on the team, so that made auditions significantly difficult,” Sanderholm said. “A number of girls who had been around in past years couldn’t come back because we didn’t have the room for them.” This year’s Tigerette Danceline consists of seven freshmen and eight sophomores, each of whom privately auditioned. Sanderholm says she looks at technique and routine when she decides whether someone should be on the team. “If a girl is really great, I give her a scholarship on the spot at the audition.

Other times I have to think it over and give them a call after I’ve made my decisions,” she said. Sanderholm, who has been coaching the Tigerettes for eight years, was herself a member of the Danceline from 1995-97, as well as captain. This year’s appointed captain is sophomore Tiffany Miley, an Arkansas City native. A past member of the Arkansas City High School Dance Team, Miley knew she wanted to be a part of the Cowley Tigerettes since she was a sophomore in high school. “Being on the Danceline is something that I’ve really looked forward to and Cowley was pretty much where I knew I would end up,” she said. Miley said the smaller team is something that the dancers can use to their advantage. “It was fun to have a lot of girls in the past, but understanding the routines and getting them down in time for the games was a lot harder. I think this year we’ll definitely be more professional,” Miley said. “Understanding the routines at a faster pace will in turn help us to do a better job at competitions and hopefully even nationals.” Summer practices as well as camps at Kansas State University gave the dancers

The Tigerette Danceline performs for the fans during Cowley’s Midnight Madness on Sept. 30 in W.S. Scott Auditorium. (photo by Brady Bauman)

a chance to get to know each other and form a bond. Furthermore, it’s a time for the women to learn routines that they use at performances during the basketball games. Sanderholm also gives squad members a chance to choreograph a portion of the routines. “It’s a chance for the girls to gain some experience in making up their own routine, especially if that’s something that they plan on making a career out of,” she said. Competitions for the Tigerette Danceline start in January at Topeka at the Nation’s Best competition. Although it’s open to any college, the teams are broken into divisions. The Tigerette Danceline is

in the 2A division. Nationals take place in March in Texas, and Sanderholm is hiring a professional choreographer. Only a select number of Danceline members will perform. “I plan on having mini-tryouts for the girls to see who thoroughly understands the routine that the choreographer teaches them,” she said. Miley thinks most of the girls on the Danceline have an incredible amount of talent. “We have a lot of ability and a lot of potential,” she said. “I really think that if we work together toward achieving smoother and more enjoyable performances, then we’re looking at a better year overall.”

Danceline roster Stacia Barrera Sophomore Arkansas City

Kentra Rathgeber Sophomore Kiowa

Brandy Hallacy Freshman Wichita

Shawna Fuller Sophomore Tescott

Renee Vogel Sophomore Augusta

Carissa Kelley Freshman Winfield

Jessica Hudson Sophomore Haysville

Katie Williams Sophomore Arkansas City

Kaylee Kirstatter Freshman Haysville

Meagan Martinson Sophomore Tyler, Texas

Haylie Bybee Freshman Wichita

Stephanie Ramazzini Freshman Mulvane

Tiffany Miley Captain Sophomore Arkansas City

Ashley Hale Freshman Wichita

Jeana Wakefield Freshman Atlanta, Kan.

2005-2006 Tigerette Danceline

Instructions

NOT ON OUR COURT If you’re a basketball fan, you may want to keep this section for future use. It is specially designed to read while the visiting team is being introduced. Fans, especially those in the student section, can use the insert throughout the season.

Basketball Schedule Nov. 1 Men vs. Cloud County 7 p.m. Nov. 4 Women vs. Southwestern JV 7 p.m. Nov. 5 Men at Cloud County 8 p.m. Nov. 9 at NOC-Tonkawa 6/8 p.m. Nov. 12 St. Gregory’s JV 6/8 p.m. Nov. 15 Women vs. Barton County 7 p.m. Nov. 19 NOC-Tonkawa 6/8 p.m. Nov. 21 Women at Garden City 7 p.m. Nov. 22 Men at Brown Mackie 8 p.m. COWLEY THANKSGIVING CLASSIC - Nov. 25 Women vs. Friends JV 6 p.m. Men vs. Southwest Baptist JV 8 p.m. Nov. 26 Women vs. Penn Valley 6 p.m Men vs. Pratt 8 p.m. JAYHAWK SHOOTOUT COFFEYVILLE - Dec. 2 Women vs. Seward County 1 p.m. Men vs. Hutchinson 3 p.m. Dec. 4 Men vs. Garden City 3 p.m. Women vs. Hutchinson 5 p.m. Dec. 7 Women vs. Garden City Dec. 7 Men vs. Brown Mackie Dec. 10 at Pratt

6 p.m. 8 p.m. 6/8 p.m.

JAYHAWK CONFERENCE EASTERN DIVISON Jan. 4 at Highland 6/8 p.m. Jan. 7 Independence 6/8 p.m. Jan. 11 at Allen County 6/8 p.m. Jan. 14 Johnson County 6/8 p.m. Jan. 18 Kansas City Kansas 6/8 p.m. Jan. 21 at Labette 6/8 p.m. Jan. 25 Neosho 6/8 p.m. Jan. 28 at Fort Scott 5:30/8 p.m. Feb. 1 at Coffeyville 6/8 p.m. Feb. 4 Highland 6/8 p.m. Feb. 8 at Independence 6/8 p.m. Feb. 11 Allen County 6/8 p.m. Feb. 15 at Johnson County 5/7 p.m. Feb. 18 at Kansas City 2/4 p.m. Feb. 22 Labette 6/8 p.m. Feb. 25 at Neosho 6/8 p.m. March 1 Fort Scott 6/8 p.m. March 4 Coffeyville 6/8 p.m.

Home games in black. All home games are played in W.S. Scott Auditorium, corner of Fifth Avenue and Second Street.


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BASKETBALL PREVIEW

Nov. 3, 2005

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Action Jackson

New Tigers coach ready to show off team BY DAVID DEJMAL Staff Writer

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he pressure is starting to build on Brian Jackson. “All the weight is on my shoulders now,” says Cowley’s new head basketball coach. After five years of being an assistant at Cowley, Jackson is getting his shot at head coach. He has plenty of playing experience. Jackson played varsity for all four years at Heights High School in Wichita— home Tigers Head Coach of previous greats Brian Jackson Antoine Carr and Darnell Valentine. From there he went to play at Butler County for two years. He then transferred to Evansville, where he was the best three-point shooter out of all Division I schools, shooting a phenomenal 55 percent from behind the arc. “I like playing for Jackson, because he’s a young player’s coach,” says sophomore Marcus Watts. “Not too long ago he was playing ball.”

(Player profiles provided by Rama Peroo)

Jackson’s hopes this year’s team is different from last year’s team. Last year there were players who were individuals, but this year there is a lot of talent along with discipline on and off the court. “A definite team effort, it’s not just about one guy,” said Jackson If you watch any preseason scrimmages, injuries might look like a problem, but look a little deeper and you’ll notice that the injuries are only minor. Sophomore Marcus Watts is out with a bad ankle but will be back in a few days. Lionel Saban has suffered a shoulder injury and Julio Anthony has a sore knee, but both should be healthy soon. Also, James “Banner” Franklin may be out for two to three weeks due to shoulder surgery. Returning Tigers are Andy Sophomore Marcus Watts may be a major Bonczyk at guard, Jay Crayton at factor in the success of the Tigers this year. point guard, Saban at forward/ (photo by Morgan Williams) center, Dane Kelly at guard, James Franklin at point guard, Watts at guard/forward, and Anthony at mings, a quick guard with a consistent guard. shot. Incoming freshman include Santwon The Tigers have a preseason rank Latunde, who should have a huge inside of third in the Jayhawk Conference East presence; Matt Muncy, who has moves on Division behind last year’s champ, Cofthe inside and outside; and Josh Cumfeyville, and Independence.

Lionel Saban 6-8 Sophomore Forward/Center Paris, France Big, physical post player who has the ability to dominate the low block. Showed last season that he could be a force on the defensive end. His improved three-point shooting and ball handling will make him a match-up problem for the opposition.

Marcus Watts 6-8 Sophomore Guard/Forward Clinton, SC Long, lanky 6-8 guard who can play a multitude of positions. His versatility on offense will be a big weapon for the Tigers. Can shoot from the perimeter, as well as put the ball on the floor and create. Averaged 11.2 points and 4.7 rebounds as a freshman.

Jay Crayton 5-8 Sophomore Point Guard Wichita Took full advantage of his redshirt season a year ago and has improved his point guard skills tremendously. Small in stature, Crayton makes up for his lack of size with a huge heart and a strong desire to improve.

Dane Kelly 6-3 Sophomore Guard Arkansas City A hometown product, Kelly is a hard-nosed player who has a knack for being around the basketball. Hard worker who saw valuable playing time as a freshman. His toughness and competitiveness will be needed for the Tigers to make a run at a conference title.

1. Coffeyville

6. KCK

2. Independence

7. Neosho County

3. Cowley County

8. Highland

4. Allen County

9. Labette

5. Johnson County

10. Fort Scott

2005-2006 Cowley Tigers

Julio Anthony 6-4 Sophomore Guard Charlotte, NC Athletic wing player who is very skilled offensively. Possesses strong leadership skills; his maturity is well beyond his years. Known for his outstanding shooting ability, Anthony averaged 10.1 points and shot 42 percent from three-point range as a freshman.

James Franklin 6-0 Sophomore Point Guard Kansas City, Kan. Quick, heady point guard who understands the game and knows how to make people around him better. A disruptive force on the defensive end who creates havoc for opponents. His work ethic, enthusiasm and toughness will be relied upon heavily for the Tigers to become a championship contender.

Jayhawk East Coaches’ Poll

Andy Bonczyk 6-3 Sophomore Guard Newton Should challenge for playing time at the shooting guard position. The Tigers will look to Bonczyk to be a weapon from the three-point line. He is a coach’s son and possesses a great mind for the game. Santwon Latunde 6-6 Freshman Center Landover, Md. Big bruiser inside who could be a punishing presence in the paint. He has great hands and can finish around the basket. Has the potential to be a big-time rebounder for the Tigers as he averaged 13 points, 10 rebounds and 1.5 blocks as a senior at Flowers High School in Landover, Md.

Justin Houser 6-10 Freshman Center Shawnee Mission Has made vast improvement since arriving on campus. As his game continues to grow, he will become a solid inside/outside threat. Helped lead Shawnee Mission Northwest to the state tournament as a senior. Josh Cummings 5-11 Freshman Point Guard Chicago, Ill. Strong, explosive guard who has the ability to create shots for his teammates and get his own when necessary. Has the tough mindset to hit big shots and make key plays on both ends of the court. Was an all-area, and all-state selection as a senior at Thornridge (Ill.) High School where he averaged 16 points and six rebounds per game. Matt Muncy 6-5 Freshman Forward Maize Physical post player who will add much needed toughness to the frontline. Has power moves on the block, but also a nice touch from the outside. He helped lead Maize High School to the state tournament while averaging eight points, five rebounds and three assists as a senior. Dwight Page 6-4 Freshman Guard Camden, Ark. Big-time athlete who is dynamic in transition. He can run out and finish a fast break in electrifying fashion. Has the potential to be a great defender because of his length and athletic ability. He was named an all-conference and all-state selection as a senior at Fairview High School in Camden, Ark., as he averaged 17 points and eight rebounds per game.

Kyle Lake 5-8 Freshman Point Guard Belle Plaine Competitive point guard who does not like to lose. He led Belle Plaine High School to a record of 21-2 last season, while averaging 17 points and 7.2 assists per game. Should provide the Tigers energy and be disruptive on the defensive end. Anthony Love 6-9 Freshman Center Chicago, Ill. Strong post player who wears a size 18 shoe and still isn’t done growing, Will be a force defensively because of his ability to alter shots. Averaged 10 points, seven rebounds, and five blocked shots as a senior at Farragut High School in Chicago, Ill. Joe Harvey 6-4 Freshman Guard Great Bend Explosive, wiry, slasher on the wing. Helped Great Bend High School to a state championship a year ago. Adding the three-point shot to his game will make him more of an offensive threat. Averaged a little more than 10 points per game his senior year at Great Bend. Eric Hammond 6-0 Sophomore (Redshirt) Wichita Transfer from Coffeyville Community College, will have to sit out this season. Plans to work extremely hard and be a factor for the Tigers next year. Will be instrumental in challenging current players each day in practice. Assistant coaches are Cameron Beldon and Anthony Brantley


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BASKETBALL PREVIEW

Nov. 3, 2005

First Ladies

Lady Tigers are preseason conference favorites BY BRADY BAUMAN Staff Writer

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n the outside all the buzz of the Lady Tigers’ 30-2 season last year is still intact—as is evident by being ranked No. 1 in the Jayhawk Conference East Division preseason poll. However, ask head coach Todd Clark and he’ll tell you that the idea of sailing through the conference this year is simply fantasy. “It’s a tough conference,” Clark said. “It’s one of the best nationwide.” Although a No. 1 preseason ranking is flattering for any program, Clark is not going to buy it. “We’re way overrated,” Clark said. “We haven’t proven anything to deserve that.” Clark does not look too much into the ranking and said the only reason the Lady Tigers are ranked first is because of last year’s success, when they were 18-0 in division play. The Lady Tigers lost 11 of last year’s sophomores and have only one returning starter, guard Megan Schoenfeld. Clark hopes Schoenfeld—along with the other few returning sophomores— will take a leadership position on a team that will be dominated by freshmen. “Any time you have a sophomore that played all 32 games, the other players are going to look to her for leadership and direction,” Clark said. So far, Clark said the team seems up and down. “It depends on what day it is,” Clark said. “They are collectively struggling. It’s going to be hard for us for a little bit—we

(Player profiles provided by Rama Peroo) Courtney Grant 5-5 Sophomore Guard Olathe Appeared in seven games as a freshman. Quick guard, who also is a solid defender. Has made great strides since last season. Brittany Wilson 6-0 Freshman Forward Carson, Calif. Has the ability to play inside and out. Averaged 20 points, 14 rebounds, five blocks, three assists, and three steals as a senior at Banning High School. She was a three-time First-Team AllMarine League performer, and was Banning’s Most Valuable Player all four years at the school. Crysta Glenn 5-10 Freshman Guard San Diego, Calif. Athletic slasher who finds a way to get to the basket. This past season, she averaged 14 points and 11 rebounds as her high school team advanced to the quarterfinals of the state tournament. Vanessa Weir 5-11 Freshman Forward Herington Inside player who has the ability to step outside and shoot. She was a first-team All-Flint Hills League performer in both her junior and senior year.

have a lot of work to do. It’s going to take a collective effort for us to be competitive in this league.” Although there is talent on the roster, Clark knows it’s intensity and dedication that win games— just as it did to win 30 games last season. “We don’t have time to whine about it,” Clark said. “It’s getting to that time where we need to turn it up or not at all.”

And time is running fast. The Lady Tigers will play their first game of the season at home Nov. 4, as they will face Southwestern College’s junior varsity team. “We are going to have to be proactive,” Clark said. “We only beat Southwestern by seven last year. If we are going to look past that, then we better think again.”

Jayhawk East Coaches’ Poll 1. Cowley County

6. Johnson County

2. Coffeyville

7. Allen County

3. Labette

8. Neosho County

4. Independence

9. KCK

5. Fort Scott

10. Highland

Left: Lady Tigers’ head coach Todd Clark rallies the team during a home game last season. The Lady Tigers were recently picked first in the preseason coaches poll for the Jayhawk East. (photo by Morgan Williams)

2005-2006 Lady Tigers Alyssa Showman 5-7 Freshman Guard Centralia Point guard who has a good knowledge of the game. Showman helped lead Centralia to two state championships in basketball, and was a member of the four-time state title-winning volleyball team. She finished her high school career as the third-leading scorer in school history with 1,150 points. Tehani Goldsmith 5-8 Freshman Guard Phoenix, Ariz. Point guard who can get to the rim and create. She had a highly decorated high school career in Phoenix as she was named the Nike Tournament MVP, Metro Region Gatorade Player of the Year, first-team Metro Region, first-team East Valley Region, and a first-team defensive player in the East Valley Region. Shan Corbett 5-6 Freshman Guard Macon, Ga. Combo-guard who makes things happen. She helped lead Westside High School in Macon to a record of 4714 during her final two years at the school, and led the team to the state championship game as a senior.

Megan Schoenfeld 5-10 Sophomore Guard Manhattan, Kan. Slick shooting guard who started all 32 games as a freshman. She’s the team’s top returning scorer as she averaged 9.6 points per game, and shot a teambest 81 percent from the free-throw line. Jennifer Williams 5-11 Freshman Forward Pensacola, Fla. Big-time scorer who averaged 22 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks as a senior at Woodham High School in Pensacola. Was named the Pensacola NewsJournal Women’s Basketball Player of the Year. Lacey Rowe 5-7 Sophomore Guard Oxford Hard-nosed player who appeared in 17 games as a freshman. After battling injuries for most of her freshman season, the Lady Tigers are expecting big things from Rowe this season. Erin Oliver 5-10 Sophomore Forward Erie Returning forward who has demonstrated great team leadership qualities and will play a significant role in the team’s success this season. Appeared in 13 games as a freshman.

Chelsz Coggins 6-0 Freshman Forward Kiowa Comes from a great high school program in Kiowa. Hard worker who has good basketball skills. Averaged 18 points as a senior. Radoslava Bachvarova 5-10 Freshman Guard/Forward Varna, Bulgaria Talented athlete who is equally effective from the inside or outside. Has very good basketball skills. She played on her junior national team in Bulgaria. Ashley Burnett 5-10 Sophomore Forward Houston, Texas Having red-shirted last season, Burnett is expected to play a big role for this year’s team. She is a physically talented athlete who was one of the top rebounders in her district in high school. Assistant coach is Jeff Carter


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BASKETBALL PREVIEW

Nov. 3, 2005

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Spirit Squad

Cheer in high gear BY CHANSI LONG Staff Writer

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ome would argue that cheerleading is not a sport, but the people who perform the stunts know better. “Cheerleading should be an Olympic event,” sophomore Bryan Mott said. In any other sport, if you miss the catch you drop the ball. In cheerleading, if the male performers miss the catch, it can result in a fatality. According to Coach Kristi Shaw, who was inducted into the Cheerleading Coaches Hall of Fame in February, Mott is one of the best in ability. “He’s a great performer and all around best in dancing and tumbling,” she said. And it takes time to be the best. The squad practices for two hours, five days a week. This does not include the hours they spend on acts of community service. Bryan Mott The team teaches

and coaches children in cheerleading technique each Thursday. In addition to his scheduled practices, Mott invests at least four hours of personal time into mastering the skills. He also teaches a tumbling class to children each Tuesday. Even though they spend a lot of time teaching, the squad knows their primary purpose during basketball season is to support the team. “We try to keep the fans as riled as we can so they can pump the team up and keep em’ going,” Cameron Traxson, mascot CT, said. Shaw describes the squad as interacting like family and says they perform together well. “This is my sixth year coaching and this is probably the best squad I’ve had.” And they’re growing stronger. “We’ve definitely improved since last semester,” freshman Jeremy Stout said. The squad is competing in nationals through the United Performers Association in February and they plan to win. To prepare, they will increase the length of practices and create a routine to music. Competitions like nationals allow cheerleading to make headway into the sport industry. ProX is a platform designed to showcase the athletic skills of professional cheer athletes. Mott, among other members of the Cowley Spirit Squad, aims to become one of the professional elite.

The Tiger Spirit Squad pumps up the crowd at Cowley’s Midnight Madness held Sept. 30. (photo by Brady Bauman)

Spirit Squad Roster Mariah Pappan Sophomore Ponca City, Okla.

Adam Tate Sophomore Newkirk, Okla.

Brandon Burke Sophomore Newkirk

Casey Dunn Sophomore Winfield

Kendra Steckline Sophomore Wichita

Morgan Stoll Sophomore Mulvane

Lindsay Weems Sophomore Ponca City, Okla.

Jeremy Stout Freshman Winfield

Alison Alft Sophomore Wichita

Greg Tate Sophomore Blackwell, Okla.

Kristina Munson Freshman Newkirk, Okla.

Ashley Poage Freshman Belle Plaine

Annie Blackwell Freshman Blackwell, Okla.

Emily Brock Freshman Leon

Alex Derby Sophomore Wellington

Robben Stanley Sophomore Ogden, Utah

Daniel Brooks Sophomore Winfield

Bryan Mott Sophomore Udall

Saxon Leake Freshman Arkansas City

2005-2006 Tiger Spirit Squad

CT the Tiger, Cameron Traxson, gets fans going by slam dunking the ball at Midnight Madness Sept. 30. Cole Mills is the other mascot, Tank.

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Basketball Preview 2005