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Turner basketball player has college hopes by Shelby Brunk

McKenna “Rudy” Mortell has overcome a 1-19 girls basketball season at Turner High School this year. Regardless of the team’s results, Mortell decided to make achievements of her own, including playing college basketball and breaking multiple Turner girls’ basketball records. The Bears had a rough season, yet that did not bring Mortell down. A “pretty positive” feeling toward signing with Avila University and a spot in the All-Star basketball game on Friday, March 29, has eased the hurt of the overall season record. This year, Mortell broke the record of most free-throws in a game and most points scored in a single season. “I’ve worked hard to accomplish this goal and it feels really good to hit that milestone,” Mortell said. At the end of the season, Mortell currently sits at 1,067 points and averaged 17 points a game. Mortell was also the first girl in Turner’s history to reach the 1,000-point milestone while playing the Kaw Valley rival, Tonganoxie. Mortell stated that ever since the third grade, her passion has been basketball. Mortell was introduced to the game by her grandparents who are extremely proud of her accomplishments. “In the third grade we put her on a team through the programs at Turner,” Michael Sanders, grandfather of Mortell, said. “She was so good at the game. The coach had to take her out in order for the other kids to play and she couldn’t understand why she was being punished for being good.” It was at that point Sanders said he and his wife looked for tournament teams in which to place Mortell. Although Turner High School

has struggled with the girls’ basketball program in past years, Sanders was hopeful that it was the best place for Mortell in hopes of staying with her strong supporters and friends. “She lives and breathes basketball and has played with the best teams in the area,” Sanders said. Mortell has been raised by her grandparents and said that ever since she got her start in the third grade she cannot remember her grandfather missing a game. “My grandpa has been to all games and practice and my grandma comes too,” Mortell said. “They have been big supporters and I wouldn’t be where I was without them helping with basketball.” Basketball has not been the only area of expertise for Mortell. Breaking the record for the triple jump in track at Turner, Mortell also received college offers from McPherson. About an All-Star game last weekend at KCKCC, Mortell last week was looking forward to it, saying she was ready to compete with the best players in the area and was simply “ready to play.” “I’m excited for the game. It’s not just against my team, but all the good seniors in the area too,” Mortell said. Mortell is excited for the opportunity Avilia has presented her with. “Sunday I was up there working with them. We scrimmaged and I was also up there last summer and now we are beginning to practice every Sunday,” Mortell said. Mortell said that after the rough season, she is ready for the next step, not nervous, but ready to play.

Sporting KC stops Montreal win streak at four Sporting Kansas City defeated the Montreal Impact 2-0 in front of a sold-out crowd on Saturday, March 30, at Sporting Park. The victory snapped Montreal's four-game winning streak and extended Sporting Kansas City's shutout streak to 339 minutes, longest in MLS this season. Claudio Bieler notched his third goal of the season just five minutes into the match and Graham Zusi sealed the victory in the 80th minute with his second goal of the sea-

son. Benny Feilhaber provided assists on both goals while goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen recorded his league-leading third clean sheet of the season. Sporting Kansas City will meet Eastern Conference rival D.C. United at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 5, at Sporting Park. Tickets for the match are available through Ticketmaster and at Sporting Park Box Offices.

K-State wins Sunflower Showdown

One of the K-State women's rowing teams posed with the trophy after beating the University of Kansas rowing team in action Saturday, March 30, at Wyandotte County Lake Park, Kansas City, Kan. (Staff photo)

K-State women won the annual rowing Sunflower Showdown in a meet Saturday, March 30, with the University of Kansas at Wyandotte County Lake, Kansas City,

Kan. K-State won the first eight, varsity four varsity races, and also the freshman first novice eight. KU won the second eight varsity race,

and the freshman Novice A four. K-State's time for the first eight varsity race was 6:59.8, and KU's time was 7:01.2.

Blue Devils home for six of eight games this week by Alan Hoskins

Fans are hoping a return to the confines of the new baseball complex this week will be a lot friendlier to Kansas City Kansas Community College than the past weekend. Swept in four games at leagueleading Cowley, the Blue Devils then were scheduled to play eight games in the next six days including six at home. KCKCC returns home Saturday and Sunday for twin bills against Coffeyville at 1 p.m. There’s a reason Cowley is 18-0 and six games ahead of second place Coffeyville in the Jayhawk

East – pitching. Limiting the Blue Devils to just 18 hits in four games, the pitching-rich Tigers outscored KCKCC 28-5 in their four-game sweep to drop KCKCC to 8-8 in the league and 12-11 overall. Limited to just three singles in a 2-0 loss in the opener, the Blue Devils bounced back to take a 2-0 lead in the third inning of Friday’s nightcap. Pancho Amaya drove in both runs with a single after leadoff hits by Jacob Woods and Dean Long. However, Cowley rebounded with three runs in the bottom the inning against Derrick Winter in a 4-2 win. Zac Butler took the loss in the opener, allowing just six hits and two runs.

The Tigers brought out the big bats Saturday, winning 9-0 and 133. The Blue Devils were limited to four singles in the opener but got home runs from Amaya and Andrew Kreiling in the nightcap. Amaya finished the weekend with four hits while Wood, Long and Landon Teal had three each as they combined for 13 of the 18 weekend hits. “They’re a very good team and once you get behind, it changes everything,” said KCKCC coach Steve Burleson. “Right now they’re a much better team than we are but we have between now and the end of the season to get better.”

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