Greyhounds brighten Kansas football

“Reeling Chiefs” was the slug line on a story coming from The Associated Press. No kidding. Mark Mangino “resigned” from the head coaching job at Kansas. Kansas State has an up year from its last three going 6-6 but isn’t eligible for college football bowl games.
Seems gloom and doom time for Kansas football. But wait.
A Kansas two-year college is playing for a national championship this weekend. No, Butler Community College is not back for a third time in the NJCAA title tilt.
It’s Fort Scott Community College’s Greyhounds going after the top spot. And as a local angle — former Marmaton Valley High standout Garret Ericson is on the Greyhound active roster.
Ericson is a freshman offensive lineman. According to information obtained from the Fort Scott Tribune sports editor, Ericson has seen limited duty as a backup offensive lineman and on special teams.
The 11-0 and No. 1 nationally ranked Greyhounds go into Sunday’s national title contest, against the Blinn College (Texas) Buccaneers, in the inaugural Citizens Bank Bowl at Carnie Smith Stadium on the campus of Pittsburg State University.
The Citizens Bank Bowl has been billed as the official NJCAA Football Championship Game by the organization, with the winner claiming the national title crown.
The Buccaneers, 10-1 and ranked second in the nation, will be going for a second title for fifth-year head coach Brad Franchione. Blinn won the championship in 2006 with a 12-0 record.
Kickoff for the Citizens Bank Bowl/NJCAA Football Championship Game is 1 p.m.
Tickets are still available at Citizens Bank locations in Pittsburg, Fort Scott, Iola, Mound City, Kincaid, Lenexa, and Overland Park, as well as at the Pittsburg State University ticket office. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students K-12 in general admission seating.
Game broadcasting will be on the radio station “The Ticket” 1340AM out of Pittsburg.
Fans can also see a live telecast of the game on the internet via NJCAA TV at www.njcaa.org/tv.

TONIGHT — actually Thursday night — area high school basketball season is getting under way. Iola High’s Fillies and Mustangs are still idle until Tuesday’s Southeast Kansas League openers at Labette County High in Altamont.
Southern Coffey County and Crest played each other Thursday. Crest —yes, the Lancer teams play again — Humboldt, Yates Center along with Uniontown at Marmaton Valley take to the hardwood tonight. The season is upon us so go out and support your favorite basketball teams tonight and throughout the 2009-2010 season.