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Saturday, February 26
Men's Basketball - at Great Bend, Kansas
Jayhawk West Contest
Barton 70, Cloud County 68

Wednesday, March 2
Men's Basketball - at Dodge City, Kansas
Jayhawk West Contest
Barton 43, Dodge City 41

Saturday, March 5
Men's Basketball - at Liberal, Kansas
Jayhawk West Contest
Seward County 69, Barton 63

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2005-06 Men's Basketball Schedule

Barton signs 8 in-state recruits for upcoming season
In one of his first moves as the new men’s basketball coach at Barton County Community College, Craig Fletchall began working his contacts and hitting the road to put together a recruiting class for next season. Fletchall has pretty much wrapped up the in-state portion of that class with the signing of 5 high school seniors to go along with three transfers from other conference schools – one who will have to sit out the season due to transferring within the conference. Two of the transfers are cousins who already have relation playing for the women’s team at Barton.
The Cougar coach is still completing his out-of-state class, which will only consist of 5 certified players for next season due to sanctions on the men’s program. The high school crop will feature 5 players who all played in a state tournament this past spring.

Whaley selected by Utah in 2nd round of NBA Draft
Former Barton County Community College All-American Robert Whaley was selected in the 2nd round of the NBA Draft Tuesday night. Whaley played for the Barton men’s basketball team during the 2001-02 and 2002-03 seasons when he was named All-American twice. He is the 3rd former Cougar selected in the draft.
The 6-10 center was selected late in the 2nd round by the Utah Jazz with the 51st overall pick. There were 60 players drafted in all. Whaley joins Kenny Williams and Alek Radojevic as the only other players from Barton County to be taken in the NBA Draft.

Fletchall named Barton men’s basketball coach
Craig Fletchall was named as the new men’s basketball coach at Barton County Community College Wednesday afternoon when the college’s Board of Trustee approved his hiring at its monthly meeting. Fletchall becomes the school’s 11th men’s basketball coach, replacing Dave Campbell, who resigned after two years at the Cougar’s coach. Coach Fletchall comes to Barton County from Neosho County, where he has spent the past 5 seasons as the coach of the Panthers. This past season Coach Fletchall guided Neosho to the Region VI finals for the 1st time in school history. His 5-year mark at Neosho was 101-58. This season the Panthers jumped to a 17-1 start to the season before finishing with a regular season mark of 23-7. Neosho then knocked off 3-time defending Region VI Champion Coffeyville in the semifinals, 74-59. Upstart Pratt ended Neosho’s season in the Region VI Championship game, 77-65. Neosho was ranked as high as No. 12 this year – the highest ranking in school history.

Campbell resigns post as Barton men’s basketball coach
Dave ‘Soupy’ Campbell resigned his post as the men’s basketball coach at Barton County Community College after guiding the program for two seasons. Barton’s Board of Trustees accepted Campbell’s resignation at a special Board meeting today.

Kavaliauskas inks with A&M, Salazar to Georgia Southern; 4 others to Division II
The Barton County Community College men’s basketball team has had six players from the 2004-05 team sign to play basketball at the NCAA Division I and II levels next season. Headlining the list is 1st Team All Jayhawk West player Antanas Kavaliauskas. Kavaliauskas signed a letter Monday to play basketball for Texas A&M University next season. Diogo Salazar was the only other Cougar to sign with Division I program, inking to play for Georgia Southern. In addition, four more players signed to play with Division II schools within the state.

Kavaliauskas named 1st team All-Jayhawk West; Bruner tabbed HM
Antanas Kavaliauskas capped off a great sophomore season for the Barton County Community College men’s basketball team by earning a selection to the All-Jayhawk West 1st team. Teammate Aubrey Bruner was also recognized for his play during his sophomore season, being tabbed an honorable mention selection by the coaches in the West. Kavaliauskas also earned a 1st team All-Region VI selection as well.

Tough season comes to an and for Barton men’s basketball
The Barton County Community College men’s basketball team completed a tough journey Saturday night, ending what has been a very trying basketball campaign. The Cougars finished the season with a 69-63 loss to Seward County at the Greenhouse in Liberal. Barton, which finished with a 13-17 mark, will not participate in the post season due to self-imposed sanctions by the college. The Cougars did, however, finish in a tie for 3rd place in the Jayhawk West with an 8-8 conference mark. Seward County finished 2nd in the West with an 11-5 record and will take a 22-8 record into Region VI playoff action.

Barton picks up road win at Dodge; moves into 3rd place tie in West
The Barton County Community College men’s basketball team has just one game left on the slate for the season. And with no post season in the future for the Cougars, Barton is doing all it can to finish as high as possible in the Jayhawk West. Right now the Cougars have their eye on 3rd place, exactly where they sit after picking up a 43-41 road win in Dodge City at the Civic Center Wednesday night. Barton moves to 8-7 in the West and in a tie for 3rd place with Cloud County with one game to play. The Cougars are 13-16 overall. Dodge City fell to 13-15 overall and 5-10 in West play. Barton wraps up the season with a trip to Liberal to take on Seward County Saturday.

Cougars wrap up home season with win over Cloud
The Barton County Community College men’s basketball team concluded its home season with a 70-68 thriller over Cloud County Saturday night at the Barton County Gym. The Cougars led for most of the game before having to rally then hold off the Thunderbirds for the win. Barton moved into a 3rd place in the conference in the loss column with the win at 7-7 in West play and 12-16 overall. Cloud is now 8-7 in the West and 15-13 overall. Barton still has two road games left at Dodge and Seward.

Barton drops home game to Butler, 63-59
The Barton County Community College men’s basketball team didn’t get the breaks in the 2nd half Wednesday night as Butler County came into the Barton County Gym and pulled off the upset over the Cougars in Jayhawk West action. Butler won the see saw affair by a 63-59 score over the Cougars. The loss drops the Cougars to 11-16 and secures a losing season for the Cougars. Barton is now 6-7 in West play with 3 games to play. Butler has now won 3 straight and improve to 5-8 in the West and 16-11 overall. Cloud County visits in the final home game of the season Saturday. It is Hall of Fame night as 3 Olympic Gold Medal winners take their place in the Barton County Hall.

Cougars rout Hutch, 81-48
The Barton County Community College men’s basketball team emphatically put an end to its brief 2-game losing streak with an 81-48 drubbing of Hutchinson Saturday night at the Barton County Gym. The Cougars jumped to an early lead and continued to put the pressure on the Blue Dragons the entire contest. The win moves Barton to an even 6-6 in the West and 11-15 overall while Hutchinson falls to 5-7 in the West and 15-9 overall. The Cougars are back at home Wednesday against Butler County in a 7:30 pm tip.

Cougars come up short in upset bid of West leader Garden City
The Barton County Community College men’s basketball team came up short in its bid for 3 straight wins for the 1st time this season. Barton battled with the West leading Garden City Broncbusters the entire game but came up on the short end, 57-54, Wednesday night at the Barton County Gym. The Cougars fell to 10-14 with the loss and 5-5 in the West while Garden City improves to 16-7 and 8-1. The Cougars will have Saturday off before traveling to Colby Wednesday for its next action.

Barton men's hoops capture road in at Pratt, 87-69
The Barton County Community College men’s basketball team earned a big road win Saturday night, rolling to an 87-69 win at the Beaver Dome in Pratt. The win at West’s 2nd place team’s home floor was the 1st time since the season-opening weekend the Cougars have put together back-to-back wins. Barton moved to within a game of 2nd place in the West with the win, now 5-4 in West play. Barton is 10-13 overall. Pratt fell to 6-3 and into a tie with Seward County in 2nd place in West play with the loss and 13-10 overall. Barton will host West leading Garden City (7-1, 15-7) Wednesday at the Barton County Gym.

Cougar men roll to win over Seward, 83-66
The Barton County Community College men’s basketball team jumped out to a big lead, lost that lead, then rallied for a 83-66 win over Seward County Wednesday night at the Barton County Gym in Jayhawk West play. The Cougars made it 3 in a row at home with the win and improved to 4-4 at the halfway point of the Jayhawk West race. Barton is 9-13 overall. Seward County fell to 5-3 in the West and 16-6 overall on the season. Barton will travel to Pratt Saturday for West play at 8 pm.

Barton handed tough loss at Cloud, 61-58
The Barton County Community College men’s basketball team continues to look for back-to-back wins for the 1st time since the opening weekend after falling on the road to Cloud County Saturday night. The Cougars lost to the Thunderbirds by a 61-58 count in Arley Bryant Gym at Concordia. Barton is now 8-13 on the season and 3-4 in Jayhawk West play while Cloud County keeps itself in the West race at 4-3 and 11-9 overall.

Cougars earn 71-56 win over Dodge City
The Barton County Community College men’s basketball team bounced right back from a tough loss Saturday night to win its 3rd game in the last four Jayhawk West outings. The Cougars knocked off Dodge City 71-56 at the Barton County Gym Wednesday night to even its West mark at 3-3 this season. The Cougars improved to 8-12 overall. Dodge City fell to 2-4 in the West and 10-9 overall with the loss. Barton will look to make it 4 of 5 West games Saturday with a trip to Concordia to take on Cloud County.

Barton lets contest slip away at Hutchinson
The Barton County Community College men’s basketball team led much of the night at the Sports Arena in Hutchinson Saturday, but in the end were not able to bring home a win. The Cougars lost the lead in the final minutes as Hutchinson rallied for a 75-69 win over Barton to end the Cougar’s 2-game winning streak in the West and conclude a 3-game road stretch for Barton. Barton, now 7-12 overall and 2-3 in the West, will return home Wednesday to take on Dodge City. Hutch is also 2-3 in the West and is now 12-5 overall.

Cougars make it 2 straight West wins with road win at Butler
The Barton County Community College men’s basketball team appears to be gathering itself from a tough beginning of January. The Cougars made it 2 straight West wins and earned their 1st West road win of the year with a 65-56 win over Butler County Wednesday night in El Dorado. The Cougars are now 2-2 in the West and 7-11 overall Butler falls to 0-4 and 11-7. Barton will look for its 3rd straight win Saturday when the Cougars travel to Hutch to take on the Blue Dragons in the Sports Arena.

Cougars put together best effort of West season with 83-61 win
The Barton County Community College men’s basketball team finally found the rhythm its had been missing since the announcement of sanctions on the team a week ago. After a pair of lackluster losses, the Cougars had new energy Wednesday night at the Barton County Gym, defeating West foe Colby, 83-61, for the 1st West win of the season. Barton is now 6-10 overall and 1-2 in the West. Colby fell to 10-6 and 1-2.