Saturday, February 24
Jayhawk West play at Hutchinson
Hutchinson 84, Barton 71
Wednesday, February 28
Jayhawk West play at Great Bend
Barton 87, Colby 69
Wednesday, March 7
Region VI 1st round at Great Bend
Barton 76, Fort Scott 61
Sunday, March 11
Region VI Quarterfinal at Wichita
Barton 69, Seward 66
Monday, March 12
Region VI Semifinal at Wichita
Barton 57, Dodge 54
Tuesday, March 13
Region VI Championship at Wichita
Coffeyville 69, Barton 61
Cougars look to New York, Texas for out-of-state class
The Barton County Community College men’s basketball has released its list of out-of-state singing as the Cougars come off a season which saw them come within one game of the NJCAA National Tournament. With the help of that finish, Barton has inked 5 out-of-state signings – with a very New York flavor and a bit of Texas. Four of the 5 signing come from New York with the 5th from Texas. One of the New York players attended school in Dallas as well.
Cougars men sign pair of in-state basketball players
The Barton County Community College men’s basketball, fresh off an appearance in the Region VI title game, began releasing its list of signees with a pair of instate players. Included in the list is a local product in Matt Simmons. Also signed was Derby senior Chip Steven.
Cougars season comes to end in Region VI Title contest
It has been a season to remember for the Barton County Community College men’s basketball. But that season, which brought the Cougars back to national prominence, ended short Tuesday night a game short of the NJCAA National Tournament. Barton made it to the Region VI title tilt, but came up short, falling to Coffeyville, 69-61 at Koch Arena in Wichita. The loss ended Barton’s season at 27-7. It was the 1st year the Cougars were eligible for the post season since the 2004 season, when Barton also lost to Coffeyville in the Region VI finals. It was the 2nd straight Region VI title for the Red Ravens and the 5th in the past 7 years.
Johnson delivers Barton ticket back to Region VI Championship game
No one that has followed the Barton County Community College men’s basketball team this year should have been surprised. But somehow, yet again, there was Omar Johnson coming with an improbable game-winning shot. This time the shot punched Barton’s ticket back to the Region VI Championship game – a place the Cougars have been very familiar with over the past 9 years. Barton held back a furious late rally by Dodge City in the Region VI semifinals at Wichita’s Koch Arena, beating Dodge 57-54 on Johnson’s 3-pointer to move into the finals against another familiar foe – Coffeyville. The Cougars and Red Ravens will hook it up in the title game for the 2nd time in 4 years and battle for the 4th in the past 9 season in Region VI play. Barton has not been eligible the past 2 season, so this is the 4th time in 7 post-season possibilities the 2 teams have matched up. In fact, it the 2nd straight time Barton has made the finals when it is eligible.
Johnson, Jackson come up big; Barton moves into Region VI semifinals
The Barton County Community College men’s basketball team received a pair of big plays in the closing seconds to send the Cougars into the Region VI semifinals with a 69-66 win over Seward County in quarterfinal play Sunday at Koch Arena in Wichita. The Cougars trailed by a point in the final minute before Omar Johnson and Chris Jackson hit baskets to give the Cougars the lead and the win. The win moves Barton into the semifinals, where the Cougars will tangle for a 3rd time this season with Dodge City. Dodge won the 1st 2 games, winning in Dodge as well as in Great Bend. Tip for the semifinal contest will be at 5 pm. The other semifinal pits Coffeyville and Cloud County. The winners will meet Tuesday at 8 pm at Koch.
Cougars advance to quarterfinals with win over Fort Scott
It wasn’t a cake-walk, but the Barton County Community College men’s basketball team is heading to Wichita and the quarterfinals of the Region VI tournament. The Cougars earned that spot with a 76-61 win over Fort Scott Wednesday night at the Barton Gym in 1st round Region VI action. The quarterfinals – the Region VI tournament in fact – is a place the Cougars haven’t been in 3 years after serving probation the past 2 seasons. Barton trailed in the 2nd half to the Greyhounds, but used a 20-0 run in the late stages to run its record to 25-6. Barton will now tangle with Seward in quarterfinal play, Sunday at 3 pm at Koch Arena at Wichita State. The two teams have split games this season.
Fletchall Coach of the Year; Johnson 1st team All-West
Barton County Community College men’s basketball coach Craig Fletchall and sophomore Omar Johnson earned high conference honors Monday as Fletchall was tabbed the Coach of the Year in the Jayhawk West and Johnson was picked to the All-West 1st team. In addition to those two selections, Thiago Cordeiro was selected to the 2nd team All-West and Ivan Evans honorable mention. Garden City’s Julian Allen was named the West Player of the Year while Ricky Jackson of Cloud was voted the Freshman of the Year. Johnson, along with Allen and Jackson, were joined on the 1st team by Kevin Goffney of Pratt and Nate Brumfield of Hutch.
Barton wraps up home playoff spot with win over Colby
The Barton County Community College men’s basketball team completed the regular season on a winning note, closing out Colby in the final minutes to open up a close game for an 87-69 win at the Barton County Gym Wednesday night. Barton never trailed in the contest, but had to struggle for the win. The win, along with a loss by Garden City at Hutchinson, wrapped up a home playoff spot for the Cougars, who will finish at least 4th in the West thanks to owning the tiebreaker over Garden. Barton ends its regular season with a 24-6 record and a 10-6 mark in the West. The Cougars could still finish as high as 3rd with a loss by Cloud Saturday. A Cloud wins give the Cougars 4th place. Colby is now 1-14 in the West and 5-24 overall this season. Colby still has one game to play. Barton will now wait to see who its opponent will be in the opening round of the tournament Wednesday.