Crouch preps for toughest fight yet, aims for 4-0 start to pro boxing career

WEBB CITY, Mo. – Theran Crouch is about to face his toughest fight yet in his young professional boxing career.

“When we started looking for opponents, our main goal was somebody with experience,” Crouch says, “This guy has 3X as many fights as me and 9X as many rounds. I was like perfect, sign me up.”

“I’m not here for a long time, I’m here for a good time,” he adds, “I’m trying to climb the ladder as fast as I can. The only way to do that is fight these guys who are veterans of the sport and have been through it. Not a lot of fighters at this point would take this fight, but I fear regret a lot more than I do losing.”

Crouch will face Erasmo Garcia from Little Rock, Arkansas on December 3rd at Buffalo Run Casino.

Garcia is 5-3-2 overall in his boxing career with with 3 knockout wins.

“He’s tough. He comes forward,” Crouch says of Garcia, “They can all come forward, because once I land on them, it all stops.”

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While he’s confident – Crouch isn’t taking his next opponent lightly.

“I’ve had a little more fire in my belly this time. This is probably the most excited I’ve ever been for a fight,” Crouch says, “We extended to a 12-week camp. I have a personal trainer. We’ve taken things very seriously. There’s no cutting corners.”

He also has plenty of motivation – as he continues to try to make a name for himself both regionally and nationally.

“I need that big fight, and this is the way to get that – prove myself on the regional scene and then we’ll start making those trips to fight on the coast.”

“I’m a dad now, too. That definitely ups things as well,” Crouch adds, “Now, we’re looking at people taking food off the table for my daughter. If that’s the case, then you better be ready to kill me.”

He’s also motivated to once again put on a show for the home crowd.

“My people and my support group is unmatched,” Crouch says, “Hearing them chant and get after it for me, you can’t beat that.”

 

Andy Reid named 4th Handsomest Coach in the NFL

PITTSBURG, Kan. – There is no disputing Andy Reid’s excellence in football, however, the Chiefs Head coach now has an accolade causing other coaches to challenge the ruling on the field.

A recent study by Gambling.com used A.I. to score and rank all 32 NFL Head Coaches on the basis of ‘hotness’.

The top 10 are as follows with a score of 10 equating to a perfect beauty score:

  1. Kliff Kingsbury – Arizona Cardinals – 9.20
  2. Brian Daboll – New York Giants – 9.10
  3. Lovie Smith – Houston Texans – 8.98
  4. Andy Reid – Kansas City Chiefs – 8.72
  5. Frank Reich – Indianapolis Colts – 8.71
  6. Arthur Smith – Atlanta Falcons – 8.64
  7. Kyle Shanahan – San Francisco 49ers – 8.57
  8. Dennis Allen – New Orleans Saints – 8.44
  9. Nathaniel Hackett – Denver Broncos – 8.33
  10. Sean McDermott – Buffalo Bills – 8.10

>>NFL flexes Week 11 Chiefs-Chargers matchup to prime time

Whether or not his looks play into his schemes, there’s no doubt the 64-year-old bombshell earned his rank among the top 5.

NFL flexes Week 11 Chiefs-Chargers matchup to prime time

NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL has made its first change of the season to its “Sunday Night Football” schedule by moving the Nov. 20 game between the Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Chargers into prime time.

The game between the AFC West rivals will kick off at 8:20 p.m. EST on NBC with the matchup between the Cincinnati Bengals and Pittsburgh Steelers moving to 4:25 p.m. EST on CBS.

The Chargers will appear on Sunday night for consecutive weeks. They will travel to San Francisco to take on the 49ers in prime time on Sunday. The Bolts are also scheduled to host the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday night on Jan. 1 in Week 17.

The Chiefs will be making their third of four scheduled Sunday night appearances. They defeated Tampa Bay on Oct. 2 and Tennessee in overtime this past Sunday. Kansas City is also scheduled to play Denver under the lights on Dec. 11.

Bills QB Josh Allen gives local fan unforgettable birthday

CARL JUNCTION, Mo. – Carl Junction 10-year-old Cole White got his first taste of Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday.

“It was kind of loud,” White says, “It was kind of annoying, really.”

It usually is for fans of the visiting team.

Cole is a Buffalo Bills fan – and more specifically, a fan of Bills quarterback Josh Allen.

“He started watching Bills games and it was Josh Allen this and Josh Allen that,” says Cole’s mother, Erin Williams, “He was Josh Allen for Halloween last year. His number one ask from Santa last year was a Josh Allen jersey. It’s just been non-stop Josh Allen ever since he started watching.”

He got to see Allen and the Bills beat the Chiefs 24-20 to celebrate his 10th birthday.

But it was what happened in the minutes after the game that made the day truly unforgettable.

“He had a sign said Josh Allen, it’s my birthday, can I get a picture with you?” Williams says of Cole, “I just thought he was going to run in our direction and maybe slap some hands and run down the tunnel and get out of there.”

“I started going into shock like is he actually coming over here? Is it really happening?” Cole says.

Allen greeted Cole before he ran into the locker room after the game. Cole got a ball and a selfie with his favorite player.

“I could see Cole’s face. He was so happy,” Williams says, “It was so exciting.”

It was an unforgettable day – and an unbeatable birthday present for the young Bills fan.

“There’s nothing that’s going to top that,” Cole says.

“It was what he wanted. He just said so many hilarious things on the way back, like this was on my bucket list, this is the best birthday of my whole life and nothing will ever top this,” Williams finishes, “I said nope, you’re probably right. Nothing is ever going to top this.”

Cole’s family told us that he has slept with the football in his bed the last two nights since he got it from Allen.

Kansas collects $130,000 during first month of legal sports betting

TOPEKA, Kan. – Kansas kicked off sports betting in state-owned casinos last month and the industry says it has already generated $1.3 million in revenue after the first 30 days of operation.

Governor Laura Kelly says during the month of September, nearly $130,000 was collected for the State of Kansas as a result.

“These revenues reinforce what we already knew: Legal sports betting is a common-sense solution that keeps Kansans’ money in Kansas and supports Kansas businesses,” Governor Laura Kelly said. “While legal wagering is just in its infancy, these revenues will continue to grow and benefit the state over time.”

The four casinos contracted with the state to offer sports wagering through independent platforms are as follows:

  • Boot Hill Casino & Resort
  • Kansas Star Casino
  • Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway
  • Kansas Crossing Casino & Hotel

Tribal casinos are also working to align on contracts with the State of Kansas for sports wagering. According to Governor Kelly’s Office, these casinos will be authorized to launch as soon as they are ready.

“Sports betting has successfully kicked off in Kansas, and players could not be more excited to get in on the action,” Stephen Durrell, Executive Director of the Kansas Lottery, said. “The launch went smoothly thanks to the efforts of our casino partners, the sports wagering platforms, the KRGC, and our staff at the Kansas Lottery. We will continue to work to make sports betting in Kansas safe, secure, and fun for all players as we expand and grow.”

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Buccaneers, NFL discuss contingency plans for Hurricane Ian

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the NFL on Monday were discussing contingency plans for practice, as well as the possible relocation of next weekend’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs in the event Hurricane Ian makes landfall on Florida’s Gulf Coast.

“Right now we’re still monitoring things, but we’re working things out with the league and we should have a decision hopefully later (Monday) about what we’re going to do,” coach Todd Bowles said.

Tuesday is a regular day off for players. The team reconvenes Wednesday for the start of preparation for Sunday night’s game against the Chiefs.

Bowles said one of the things under discussion was the prospect of practicing in another city if the storm makes landfall near the Tampa Bay area.

Asked if there was talk of Sunday night’s game being moved, too, Bowles responded: “Possibly, if it gets to that.”

Meanwhile, the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning postponed preseason games scheduled to be played at home Wednesday against Carolina and Thursday vs. Nashville.

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.”

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.”

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.