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Former MSSU Lion and NFL player Allen Barbre joins East Newton coaching staff

EAST NEWTON, Mo. – There’s an exciting new addition to East Newton’s coaching staff. Former NFL player Allen Barbre is returning to his alma mater to help lead the Patriots this season.

“I wanted to take the opportunity to see if I could help the program and give back to the kids,” Barbre says. “Maybe we can build back some tradition and start working in the right direction.”

Barbre played at Missouri Southern from 20030-2006, before getting drafted by the Green Bay Packers. He spent 10 years playing in the NFL.

Barbre never thought he had a future as a coach, but he says that he realized he has more to give.

“I’ve coached my little boys for a few years and I think the passion has grown from there,” Barbre says. “After being away from the game for a little while, it’s nice to now step back in and be a part of it again. Football has given me a great life and given me opportunity and now it’s time to give back.”

So, Barbre is passing down his wisdom as the offensive line coach at East Newton.

“I see a lot of myself in a lot of these kids,” Barbre says. “I want to teach these kids that hard work out here can carry on into your future. The work ethic that you develop can carry on for the rest of your life. It’s important to teach them to be accountable, teach them to be on time and show up. There’s so many life lessons you can learn here.”

And Barbre has learned a few things himself, now in a coaching role.

“It’s learning to communicate,” Barbre says. “You need to learn how to get it out of my mind and get it to where these kids can understand it.”

East Newton is a very young group this year, but Barbre is confident the Patriots are on the right track.

“We have a small senior class,” Barbre says. “We have a lot of young guys. We just have to continue to build. Everyday we have to come out here and work hard. I think we have the guys to do it.”

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Crowder’s Misiorowski drafted by Brewers; becomes program’s highest drafted player

NEOSHO, Mo. – Crowder College pitcher Jacob Misiorowski got the call he’s been waiting for Sunday night.

“It was surreal, really,” Misiorowski says, “To have the opportunity…it’s what I’ve been dreaming about forever. It’s just one of those surreal moments.”

The right-handed pitcher was selected in the 2nd round of the MLB Draft Sunday night, getting picked up by the Milwaukee Brewers with the 63rd overall pick.

He’s now the highest-drafted player in Crowder College history.

“He’s the most dominant arm I’ve ever seen in junior college baseball,” says Crowder head coach Travis Lallemand, “We’re so proud of him, and he deserves this opportunity.”

“I think I have a lot to live up to,” Misiorowski says of being the highest draft pick in program history, “I couldn’t ask to go to a better organization and a better pitching development staff. I’m more than excited to join their team. I can’t wait. I can’t wait to start pitching and to be in a clubhouse again.”

Misiorowski was undoubtedly one of the best in the country this year – his one and only season on the field for Crowder.

He was the Region 16 Player of the Year and was named an NJCAA All-American – going 10-0 in 15 appearances for the Roughriders, with a 2.72 ERA and 136 strikeouts in 76 innings pitched.

“When he came here, he had all the physical tools,” Lallemand says of Misiorowski, “His mental development over the last year has been outstanding. It was awesome to see and great to be a part of.”

“Lally (Lallemand) helped me so much,” Misiorowski says of coach Lallemand, “There were times I was going up and down, and he kept me smooth-sailing through it. I think that helped me a lot, with him being there giving me confidence and helping me through the ups and downs of baseball.”

Misiorowski says he will fly to Milwaukee either Tuesday or Wednesday and is likely to sign his contract with the organization.

In Milwaukee he’ll join another former Crowder pitching standout Aaron Ashby. Ashby was selected by the Brewers in the 4th round of the 2018 MLB Draft, and has spent time on the organization’s Major League roster in each of the last two seasons.

Ashby has thrown 69 innings this season for the Brewers, with 83 strikeouts and a 4.57 ERA.

“I’ve met him a few times, but I played with his younger brother, so I got to know his family,” Misiorowski says of Ashby, “but that’s the next goal, to be up there with him in the majors. I’m going to go out there and give it 100%. That’s what I do every game. I’m going to work my butt off to get to the majors as soon as possible.”

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PSU graduate Meyer-Lingner brings dragster to downtown Pittsburg, prepares to race at Mo-Kan

PITTSBURG, Kan. – (WATCH) Folks in southeast Kansas got a chance to meet a 2X NHRA world champion on Thursday.

Megan Meyer-Lingner, a 2015 Pitt State graduate, brought her dragster to downtown Pittsburg Thursday evening – spending a few hours visiting with fans, signing autographs and taking pictures.

Meyer-Lingner, who actually retired from racing a couple years ago, is coming out of retirement to race at the 60th Anniversary Nitro Chaos event this weekend at Mo-Kan Dragway.

“I raced at Mo-Kan when I was a kid. I would bring my junior dragster out here starting at 10 years old,” says Meyer-Lingner, who grew up in Spring Hill, Kansas, “I naturally wanted to go to Pittsburg State because the drag strip is right down the road, and they also have a really good program at the college of technology. It’s really special to have the Nitro Chaos come here to Mo-Kan for the first time. It’s something I had to do as soon as I heard it was going to be at Mo-Kan. Mo-Kan and Pitt State is my home track.”

At Thursday’s event, Meyer-Lingner, who earned her degree in graphic design, partnered with Pittsburg-based Pitsco Education on a paper dragster kit for kids – giving them the chance to build their own car.

There will be two qualifiers at Mo-Kan on Friday night at 7 PM and 9 PM. Races will resume at 2 PM on Saturday with the final qualifying session, before elimination races begin and will run the remainder of the evening.

Tickets are $20 for Friday, and $30 for Saturday, while kids 12-and-under can get in for free.

Click HERE for more information on this weekend’s event.

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Coffey finds his home in the boxing ring

CARTHAGE, Mo. – Bradley Coffey first got into boxing at 14 years old.

“I went to my friends house and they had gloves in the back yard, and we just started boxing,” Coffey says, “I would watch YouTube videos and I would just try to implement that into what I was doing.”

Coffey went to Webb City High School, where he graduated in May – but never suited up in any sport for the Cardinals.

“That was hard,” Coffey says, “I had friends who wanted me to go do wrestling and stuff like that, but it just didn’t intrigue me.”

So he wasn’t really part of a team, until an unexpected opportunity presented itself.

Local boxer Theran Crouch, who trains with Mosburg Boxing, saw Coffey’s senior presentation on boxing at Webb City High School.

“I look over and I see this kid has boxing on his board. I was like oh, that’s cool. You don’t see this often,” Crouch says, “I went over and just kind of hit it off with Bradley and I just told him hey man, you don’t have to go to college to box. He’s been in the gym with us ever since.”

“You could tell right there that he was a kid we wanted in the gym,” Crouch adds, “He’s a good kid to have. I got to talk to his parents and meet everybody. He hasn’t missed a day since.”

Coffey joined Crouch and started training with Mosburg Boxing in southwest Missouri, led by coach Ryan Mosburg.

“He came in here as a shy kid, but we saw him move around with all of my guys here and we knew he had potential,” Mosburg says of Coffey.

“Here I felt comfortable. This was like a safe place for me,” Coffey says of training at Mosburg Boxing, “They didn’t take away my style, they just embedded more stuff into it.”

Coffey had finally found his team.

“It felt like these guys were like my family,” Coffey says, “The only time I’ve ever felt that was either ROTC or at home.”

Coffey fought and won his amateur debut just two weeks ago, fighting at WFC 138 at Buffalo Run Casino.

“It was a good feeling getting my hand raised,” Coffey says of his first right, “It was scary. It was spooky for the first bit, but as soon as the bell rang I just got tunnel vision.”

“He cut off angles, he listened well and he put all of his combinations together,” Mosburg says of his new fighter, “Usually fighters in the first fight, it goes out the window as soon as they get in there. Not Brad, though. He stuck to the game plan.”

“Watching him win was almost better than me doing anything I could have done that night,” Crouch says, “I was so excited for him.”

Winning was a good feeling – but for Coffey, it meant just as much to have his new team in his corner.

“That feels very warming, knowing that I have someone to back me and knowing I have a future ahead of me, rather than just backyard boxing,” Coffey says with a laugh.

“To have Bradley come in here and work as hard as he does every day…it’s so cool to see the perfect story of how boxing can really build somebody’s confidence and put them on the map,” Crouch adds.

Coffey says he hopes to get in the ring for his second amateur fight in August.

Below are highlights of Coffey’s amateur debut, courtesy of WFC.

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Pitt State’s Gammon selected to Kansas Sports Hall of Fame

PITTSBURG, Kan. – Kendall Gammon almost missed the call from the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame.

“I almost didn’t take the call, because the number wasn’t in my contacts,” Gammon says, “For whatever reason, I guess I was playing roulette that day and decided to go ahead and answer it…it was kind of surreal.”

That call was to inform Gammon that he would enter the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame as part of the 2022 class.

“I’m a little speechless, and I’m not speechless very often,” Gammon says of being selected to the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame, “It’s just something you don’t expect and I didn’t have any idea that this was even in the works.”

Gammon, who is already in the PSU Hall of Fame and MIAA Hall of Fame, came to Pittsburg State in 1987. He played four seasons from the Gorillas, being named an All-MIAA offensive lineman in three of those years. He was an All-American for Pitt State in 1991, when he helped the Gorillas claim the NCAA Division II national championship.

He would go on to play 15 years in the NFL as a long-snapper between the Pittsburg Steelers, New Orleans Saints and Kansas City Chiefs – becoming the first pure long-snapper to earn a spot in the NFL Pro Bowl.

“I’m very grateful. First to Pittsburg and to Pittsburg State University,” Gammon says, “I call Pittsburg home. I’m from Rose Hill, and it was a great place, but Pittsburg has become that home for me. When you come here and you see what’s going on in the city and with the university, it’s something to really love.”

Gammon is one of ten individuals selected to enter the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame in 2022 – a class that includes NASCAR racer Clint Bowyer and former Kansas Jayhawks basketball coach Roy Williams.

“There’s unbelievably great talent that has come out of Kansas and will continue to come out of Kansas,” Gammon finishes, “You think about guys like Barry Sanders and folks like that, there’s special people who have come from Kansas or had their careers here in Kansas and are in the Hall of Fame. To be mentioned along with them in any sense is a wonderful thing, and I’m certainly very, very grateful.”

FULL RELEASE FROM PITTSBURG STATE ATHLETICS:

Former Pittsburg State University All American offensive lineman and NFL Pro Bowl long snapper Kendall Gammon (BSEd ‘94) has been chosen for induction into the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame as one of 10 members of the Class of 2022. 

The formal induction will take place on Oct. 2 in Mulvane, Kansas, at the Kansas Star Casino. 

“It certainly was humbling and something I never even imagined would happen,” Gammon said. “It’s made even sweeter by the fact that both my former coaches are members, and when it’s a Hall of Fame in your home state, that’s a really cool thing. I’d say it’s also very much a direct reflection of my time at Pitt State.” 

Gammon, a native of Rose Hill, Kansas, came to PSU in the fall of 1987 to play for the Gorillas and begin work on a degree in education. Coached his first two years by Dennis Franchione and his final two seasons by Chuck Broyles — both Kansas Sports Hall of Fame inductees — the Gorillas won four straight conference titles, including three straight MIAA crowns from 1989-91 as the university transitioned from the NAIA to NCAA Division II.  

His junior and senior years, he was captain of the team, and in 1991 the team earned a trip to Florence, Alabama, to play in the D-II National Championship game — a game the Gorillas won 23-6 over Jacksonville State University. 

While at PSU, he was a three-time All-MIAA football player, winning three MIAA Conference titles, with first-team All-American selection in 1991.   

After being drafted in 1992, he spent 15 years in the NFL on three teams: the Pittsburgh Steelers (1992-95), the New Orleans Saints (1996-1999), and the Kansas City Chiefs (2000-2006), before retiring.  

Among his NFL achievements: he played in 244 regular and post season games, including 218 consecutive games; appeared in Super Bowl XXX with the Steelers in 1995; and was the first pure long snapper to be selected for the Pro Bowl. 

Gammon also served as an NFL Players Association representative and completed the NFL Business and Entrepreneurial Program at Harvard Business School. For 12 years, he was the field reporter and pre-game host for the Kansas City Chief’s radio broadcasts. 

He was inducted to the Pittsburg State Athletic Hall of Fame in 2007 and the MIAA Hall of Fame in 2014. In 2008, he returned to his alma mater to serve as development director for intercollegiate athletics, and in 2015, he was named special assistant to the president by then-President Steve Scott. 

Gammon has two sons, Blaise and Drake; Drake was a tight end for the Gorillas. 

Gammon is joined in the induction class by:  

  • NASCAR championship driver Clint Bowyer from Emporia 
  • Emporia State University All-State basketball players Emily Bloss Carpenter from Wellsville and Tara Holloway Churchill from Moundridge 
  • Topeka native and Negro League Baseball all-star and coach Elwood “Bingo” DeMoss 
  • writer, historian, researcher, and creator of the term “sabermetrics” Bill James 
  • the winningest coach in Kansas girls high school basketball Jesse Nelson from Olpe 
  • professional groundskeeper for more than seven decades, including for the Kansas City Royals and over 50 Super Bowls, George Toma from Kansas City 
  • 18-time NCAA bowling championship coach Gordon Vadakin from Wichita 
  • former University of Kansas basketball coach, with nine Final Four appearances, Roy Williams 

About the KSHF 

 

 

This 10-member class raises the total number of Kansas Sports Hall of Fame inductees to 317. It has operated for 61 years and is located at the Wichita Boathouse. 

 

 

Online ticket sales for the induction ceremony go live on Aug. 1 at www.kshof.org. 

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Former Chief Tyreek Hill hosts youth camp in Joplin

JOPLIN, Mo. –  Dolphins wide receiver and former Kansas City Chief, Tyreek Hill, hosts a football camp today at Joplin High School.

“He’s my favorite player,” camper Chloe Parkers says. “He’s my role model and everything.”

“My mom is a Chiefs fan, my whole family is Chiefs fans,” says camper Jett Beal. “It’s pretty great to see him.”

“Any time that I can come out and be a spotlight in a kids life and push the game forward, I’m all for,” Hill says.

Hill was traded to the Miami Dolphins this offseason after spending the first six years of his career in Kansas City. He remains loyal to the area.

“I’m going to retire a Chief no matter what,” Hill says, “They’re they only team that believed in me when nobody else did.”

Hill says the community and fans in Kansas and Missouri will always be special to him.

“Coming back here is like home for me,” Hill says. “I got drafted here and I feel like I became a man here. So it feels great to come back. I’m going to always come back and give back to the community of Kansas City.”

Hill is already fulfilling that promise. Today’s camp consists of lectures, contests and a chance for these local athletes to learn from their favorite NFL player.

“It was pretty awesome. He dabbed me up and everything,” Parker says. “I’m loving it here.”

“I want to the see the game evolve,” Hill says. “That’s why I’m here. To teach these kids about being competitive and teach these kids about speed and stuff like that. You can have all the talent in the world but a good listener is always a winner in my book. Just being coachable, listening to small details and adding it to your game. I feel like anybody can play football you just have to put your mind to it.”

Today’s camp was the third of four camps led by Hill in the area. The final camp is scheduled for Sunday in Columbia, Missouri.

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Milton aims to stay unbeaten at “Rumble in the Heartland” in Neosho

NEOSHO, Mo. – Tulsa’s Jeremiah Milton has a chance to get to 5-0 in his professional boxing career this weekend in Neosho, Missouri.

“I feel great. I had an excellent camp. Coach and I came back and we sharpened up on what we need to do,” Milton says, “I got my whole team here and there’s a lot of love in the building already. I’m ready to execute and get the ball moving.”

Milton, who trains in Las Vegas and is signed with promoter Tony Holden out of Tulsa, will fight Carnell Giles at the “Rumble in the Heartland” event the Neosho Civic Center Saturday.

Giles is also undefeated, heading into the weekend with a 2-0 record.

“Every fight is my biggest fight,” Milton says when asked if he views Saturday as his biggest fight yet, “As we step up, that’s just part of the game. The key to my game plan is to just be myself. I’ve been working with the best, so I just have to do what I naturally do. Not too much on his part is going to be brand new to me.”

Milton was a silver medalist at the 2020 US Olympic Trials.

The undefeated heavyweight is also a former college football player.

He played defensive end in the MIAA at Northeastern State in Tahlequah, Oklahoma – before turning his attention to boxing.

“I never go in to something thinking I’m going to half-step it,” Milton says when asked if he’s surprised at his quick success in boxing, “I dabbled in boxing, but I never competed. Football was a different sport, but…boxing was always something that was in my heart. It’s a one-on-one sport. End of the day, it’s you and another man stepping in the ring. You find out a lot about yourself.”

Below is the full fight card for Saturday in Neosho. Doors open at 6 PM, with fights starting at 7 PM. (Card subject to changes)

PRO BOXING:

Robert Bartley (Grove, OK) vs. Frankie Sparks (Aurora, MO)

Albert Leyva (Azusa, CA) vs. Juan Hollingsworth (Winfield, KS)

Jody Linthicum (Joplin, MO) vs. Kris Renty (Oklahoma City, OK)

Jeremiah Milton (Las Vegas, NV) vs. Carnell Giles (Kimball, MI)

Cesar Marquez (Rogers, AR) vs. Eric Skylar Thompson (Conway, AR)

MMA:

Edward Ibarra (Joplin, MO) vs. Austin Swinney (Foyil, OK)

Kyle Davis (Galena, MO) vs. Case Ramirez (Foyil, OK)

Tyler Morgan (Rogers, AR) vs. Tykem Jackson (Foyil, OK)

Gaven Long (Rogers, AR) vs. Peyton Colbert (Foyil, OK)

James Roach (Grove, OK) vs. Kelly Bacon (Joplin, MO)

Lane Gaines (Fairland, OK) vs. Tyler Haines (Vinita, OK)

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Downstream hosts Travis Kelce Q&A with guest Doug Heady

QUAPAW, Okla. – Travis Kelce made a stop in the 4-States on Thursday.

Downstream Casino Resort hosted a Q & A with Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce. They sold tickets for the public to come in and as a question.

But there was also a well-known local Meteorologist up there! KOAM’s Doug Heady was invited to join in on the Q & A.

Throwback AFC Championship reaction.

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Pittsburg’s Browne earns black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

PITTSBURG, Kan. – Pittsburg’s Andrew Browne got a bit of a late start in his martial arts career .

“I had an epiphany around the age of 21. I had that thing growing up like most people, thinking that if something goes down I’m going to be able to handle it,” Browne says, “I had an epiphany that I don’t really know anything about anything, and I need to learn how to defend myself and take my life in a positive direction.”

Despite his late start Browne has worked at his craft for nearly 15 years – and last month earned his black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

“Right before my blue belt is when I stopped worrying about what belt I was going to get. I was just like I’m going to train and do this the rest of my life, and when it happens, it happens,” Browne says of earning his black belt, “These are all my peers. I don’t see myself as better than anyone in this room. If we’re in here working, we’re equal. They were all giving me crap calling me professor. I was like guys, It’s Andrew…come on.”

With the black belt comes a step up in competition for Browne.

“There are going to be guys in my division who were winning world championships when they were in their 20’s, and I’ll be 36 this year. Those guys have been black belts since they were 20 or 21 years old. I just got mine, so I’ve got some big shoes to fill. I’m up for the challenge,” Browne adds, “I want to lead by example for my students. I don’t want them to be afraid of stepping out of their comfort zone and getting out there and testing themselves.”

It also means more responsibility off the mat.

“It’s not just about getting the belt in the martial art or being tough or anything like that. You have to hold yourself to a higher standard around people. You have to lead by example,” he says, “I’ve got 30 adults and 10 kids in here. Whether I like it or not, they look up to me. If it’s in here or if its out there…I try to be cordial, polite and kind. You have to hold yourself to a higher standard, I believe.”

Browne spends most of his time passing along what he’s learned to his students at “Arise Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu” in Pittsburg.

He’s hoping to give the next generation something he didn’t have growing up – and maybe a chance to earn a black belt of their own.

“I don’t want to be the last. I want there to be more,” Browne says of helping others earn a black belt, “I want every person who comes in here to achieve that, if that’s what their goal is.”

“I wish I had access to Jiu-Jitsu when I first started,” he adds of teaching Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in his hometown of Pittsburg, “We were at the YMCA on wrestling mats looking up YouTube videos and learning takedowns from wrestlers. We have a great wrestling community here. If I had someone to instruct me the right way and show me the small details in the beginning, it would have been amazing.”

Below is a class schedule for Arise Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Browne’s gym is located at 311 S. Broadway in Pittsburg. You can contact the gym at 620-719-6018.

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USFL on FOX14: Former Gorilla takes the field

Pittsburg, Kan. – A former gorilla is drafted by the NJ Generals in the USFL as a Cornerback.  The US Football League season starts on April 16.

De’Vante Bausby played football at Pittsburg State University. He then went to play in the NFL for the Bears, Eagles and Broncos. His football history also includes the San Antonio Commanders in the AAF.

Take the field with the USFL on the season’s first game between the Generals and the Stallions, Next Saturday, April 16 at 7:30 ET on FOX14! (6:30 pm CT)