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Emporia State football slips in national ranking, moves up in regional ranking

The Emporia State football team has slipped to 16th in this weeks National Coaches Poll and moves up to 6th in the regional rankings. That comes after the Hornets suffered their first loss, 48-21 at the hands of Northwest Missouri State.

 Minnesota State Mankato remains the top ranked team in the National Coaches poll followed by Northwest Missouri State at number 2. Colorado State Pueblo is ranked number 3, Henderson State 4th, Minnesota Duluth 5th and Pittsburg State 6th. Missouri Western is ranked 19th and Washburn 23rd.

In the this weeks regional rankings the Hornets moved up to 6th. Northwest Missouri State remains the top ranked team. Minnesota State Mankato is second. Henderson State is third, then its Minnesota Duluth and Pittsburg State. The top 6 teams after this weeks play will advance to the play-offs.

What started as a back-and-forth affair between the MIAA's top defense in No. 2 Northwest Missouri and the conference's top offense in No. 10 Emporia State saw Northwest Missouri take control shortly before halftime. The Bearcats continued to flex their muscle in the second half, cruising to a 48-21 win over ESU and claiming at least a share of the MIAA conference championship.

NWMSU used long, time-consuming drives and short fields to keep Emporia State at bay. Case in point: the first two Bearcat drives of the game. NWMSU started the game with the ball and drove the length of the field to the ESU 2 before the Hornet defense stiffened, but a blocked punt on Emporia State's ensuing possession gave the Bearcats the ball at the ESU 21. NWMSU punched the ball into the end zone in five plays but missed the extra point.

Quarterback Brent Wilson then connected with Kavaski Ervin on a 45-yard touchdown pass to give the Hornets a 7-6 advantage late in the first quarter. It was a lead the Hornets would take into the second quarter, but Northwest then took the lead for good in grind-it-out fashion, capping off a 17-play, 85-yard drive with a 5-yard touchdown pass from Trevor Adams to Jason Jozaites.

The Bearcats used a 74-yard touchdown pass on a third-and-13 to take a 20-7 lead before halftime. Adams scrambled, connecting with Bryce Young to give Northwest the momentum going into halftime.

Some charity by the Hornets helped at the start of the second half. A screen pass was intercepted deep in the Hornet end, and Adams hooked up with Robert Burton on a 6-yard scoring pass to take a 27-7 lead.

Emporia State had to punt on its following possession, but NWMSU quarterback Brady Bolles fumbled at the Hornet 31 and ESU responded -- driving 69 yards in 12 plays before Dozie Iwaugwa scored on  1-yard run. However, the Bearcats marched right back down the field, moving 75 yards in nine plays before Adams and Young linked up on a 5-yard pass to make the score 34-14.

Using a short field after a punt, the Bearcats moved 45 yards in six plays to take the 41-14 lead. Following a blocked punt deep in Emporia State territory, Billy Creason took it in from five yards out for a 48-14 advantage.

ESU quarterback Corben Jones threw a 44-yard scoring pass to Ervin to end the scoring.

Northwest dominated statistically, outgaining ESU 483 yards to 260, obtaining 25 first downs to Emporia State's 14 and holding the ball for almost 34 minutes. Individually, Wilson was 12-of-23 for 131 yards a touchdown and an interception. He was also sacked seven times. Jones was 2-for-2 for 78 yards and a TD in mop-up duty. Ervin led the receiving corps, catching five balls for 114 yards and two scores. Antonio Brown ran 13 times for 68 yards.

Defensively, Jordan Sanders led ESU with 11 tackles. Ashton Reichmann had 10.

The loss snaps Emporia State's 10-game winning streak dating back to 2012 and toughens the road for ESU to reach the playoffs. Emporia State entered Saturday seventh in Super Region III despite being 8-0 and the top six teams make the playoff field.

Now 8-1 overall and in the MIAA, ESU now prepares to host archrival Washburn on Nov. 16 to end the regular season. Washburn, meanwhile, is riding a two-game skid after losing to Northwest Missouri last week and to Missouri Western on Saturday. Pregame coverage will begin at noon on Mix 104.9 FM and KVOE.com.



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Broadcast Schedule


KVOE 1400am & 96.9 fm

8:10A - Sports Talk

10:45A -  Emporia High girls - Glaciers Edge Tournament

12:30p - Kansas vs Kansas State

9:00P - Seven Days to Sunday


12:00p - Kansas State at Kansas

3:00P -   Lyon County League Tournament 





KVOE 1400am & 96.9FM

1:00P -  NFL Preview

2:00P -  NFL Insider 

3:00P -  Super Bowl Sunday

4:00P -  Super Bowl New England vs Seattle

MIX 104.9, KFFX-FM

12:40P -  Emporia State women vs Nebraska Kearney

2:40P -   Emporia State men vs Nebraska Kearney 






KVOE 1400 am & 96.9

4:30p -  Emporia High Girls vs Olathe North - Glaciers Edge Tournament


4:00P -  Lyon County League Tournament - Also on kvoetv2.






Area Coaches Corner






Chase County

Osage City -


Boys - Kraig Schenker

Girls - Ron Slaymaker

Boys - Dennis Fort

Girls - Chris Kirkpatrick


Emporia High



Boys - Beau Welch

Girls - Carolyn Lee

Boys - Michael Massey

Girls - Brad Johnston





Boys - Matt Wolff

Girls - Duane Colwell

Boys - Patrick Gardner

Girls - Ryan Thomas





Boys - Mike Hevel

Girls - Tim Sipe

Boys - Lance Tally

Girls - Cody Ziegler



Northern Heights


Boys - Chris Schmidt

Girls - Jesse Nelson

Boys - Colten Barrett

Girls - Lanny Massey

Emporia State University Womens Basketball

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11/3/14 Kansas State L 54-50
11/6/14 Evangel W 73-47
11/14/14 Texas Womens University W 76-61
11/15/14 Midwestern State W 62-51
11/22/14 Southwestern College  W 91-40
11/25/14 Henderson State  W 93-53
11/29/14 Southwestern Oklahoma State  W 63-56
12/3/14 Northwest Missouri State  W 80-44
12/6/14 Newman  W 85-49
12/13/14 at Southwest Baptist  W 74-63
12/17/14 at Southern Arkansas  W 85-42
12/20/14 at Missouri Southern  W 75-53
1/3/15 Lincoln  W 99-57
1/5/15 Lindenwood  W 97-52
1/8/15 at Missouri Western  W 57-56
1/10/15 at Central Missouri  L 62-61
1/14/15 at Pittsburg State  W 65-61 OT
1/21/15 at Northeastern State  W 69-36
1/24/15 at Central Oklahoma  W 63-53
1/28/15 Fort Hays State  L 65-55
2/1/15 Nebraska Kearney  1:30p
2/4/15 Washburn  5:30p
2/7/15 at Fort Hays State  2:00p
2/12/15 Northeastern State  5:30p
2/14/15 Central Oklahoma  1:30p
2/19/15 at Nebraska Kearney  5:30p
2/21/15 at Washburn  5:00P
2/25/15 Pittsburg State  5:30p

Coverage of all games on Mix 104.9

Emporia High School Basketball





12/5/14 Girls and Boys at Lawrence

G: W 59-48

B: L 64-43

12/9/14 Girls and Boys vs Garden Plain

 G: L 45-30

B: W 52-28

12/12/14 Girls vs Hesston at Garden Plain

 L 36-30

12/12/14 Boys vs Hesston at Garden Plain
 W 57-50
12/13/14 Girls vs Rose Hill at Garden Plain
 W 59-20
12/13/14 Boys vs Rose Hill at Garden Plain  W 52-27
12/19/14 Girls and Boys at Topeka High

G- W- 65-28

B - W 58-53

1/6/15 Girls and Boys at Topeka West

 G-W 60-22

B-W 65-49

1/9/15 Girls and Boys vs Highland Park

G-W 51-26

B-L 58-53

1/13/15 Girls and Boys vs Seaman

 G-L 50-38

B-L 53-49

1/16/15 Girls and Boys vs Topeka West

 G- W 60-29

B-W 62-57

1/22/15  Boys vs Joplin at Ralph Miller Classic
W 62-52

Boys vs Olathe North at Ralph Miller Classic

W 41-36

Girls at Manhattan 

 L 53-44

Boys vs Shawnee Heights at Ralph Miller Classic

 L - 62-54

Boys at Manhattan

 L 59-48
1/29-31/15 Glaciers Edge Tournament
Lady Spartans vs Washburn Rural L 42-33 OT
Lady Spartans vs Olathe North 4:45P
Lady Spartans vs Derby/Great Bend 11:00A
2/6/15 Girls and Boys at Shawnee Heights
2/10/15 Girls and Boys vs Washburn Rural
2/13/15 Girls and Boys vs Topeka High
2/17/15 Girls and Boys at Topeka Hayden
2/20/15 Girls and Boys vs Junction City  
2/24/15 Girls and Boys at Seaman  
2/27/15 Girls and Boys at Highland Park  

Coverage of all games on KVOE AM 1400

Kansas Basketball





11/3/14 Washburn W, 85-53
11/11/14 Emporia State W, 109-56
11/14/14 UC Santa Barbara W 69-59
11/18/14 Kentucky L 72-40
11/24/14 Rider (Orlando Classic) W 87-60
11/27/14 Rhode Island (Orlando Classic) W 76-60
11/28/14 Tennessee  (Orlando Classic) W 82-67
11/30/14 Michigan State (Orlando Classic
W 61-56
12/5/14 Florida W 71-65
12/10/14 at Georgetown W 75-70
12/13/14 Utah W 63-60
12/20/14 Lafayette W 96-69
12/22/14 at Temple L 77-52
12/30/14 Kent State W 78-62
1/4/15 UNLV W 76-61
1/7/15 at Baylor W 56-55
1/10/15 Texas Tech W 86-54
1/13/15 Oklahoma State W 67-57
1/17/15 at Iowa State L 86-81
1/19/15 Oklahoma W 85-78
1/24/15 at Texas W 75-62
1/28/15 at TCU W 64-61
1/31/15 Kansas State 1:00p
2/2/15 Iowa State 8:00p
2/7/15 at Oklahoma State 1:00p
2/10/15 at Texas Tech 8:00p
2/14/15 Baylor 12:00p
2/16/15 at West Virginia 8:00p
2/21/15 TCU 3:00p
2/23/14 at Kansas State 8:00p
2/28/15 Texas TBA
3/3/15 West Virginia 8:00p
3/7/15 at Oklahoma TBA
3/11-14/15 Big 12 Tournament  

All games broadcast on KVOE AM 1400.

Emporia State University Men Basketball

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11/11/14 at Kansas L 109-56
11/14/14 vs Concordia St. Paul (Las Vegas) W 61-52
11/15/14 vs St. Cloud State (Las Vegas) L 87-77
11/18/14 at Newman L 86-80
11/25/14 at Northwestern Oklahoma State W 66-61
11/28/14 vs Eastern New Mexico (West Texas A&M) W 74-63
11/29/14 vs West Texas A&M W 68-63
12/3/14 Northwest Missouri State L - 63-57
12/6/14 Rockhurst W 92-63
12/13/14 at Southwest Baptist L 71-51
12/16/14 McPherson College W 87-71
12/20/14 at Missouri Southern L 84-69
12/31/14 Sterling College W 85-54
1/3/15 Lincoln W 75-54
1/5/15 Lindenwood L 67-49
1/8/15 at Missouri Western L 54-50
1/10/15 at Central Missouri W 84-78 OT
1/14/15 at Pittsburg State L 59-58
1/21/15 at Northeastern State L 67-57
1/24/15 at Central Oklahoma L 68-50
1/28/15 Fort Hays State L 66-44
2/1/15 Nebraska Kearney 3:30p
2/4/15 Washburn 7:30p
2/7/15 at Fort Hays State 4:00p
2/12/15 Northeastern State 7:30p
2/14/15 Central Oklahoma 3:30p
2/19/15 at Nebraska Kearney 7:30p
2/21/15 at Washburn 7:00p
2/25/15 Pittsburg State 7:30p
3/2-8?15 MIAA Tournament  
3/15-18/15 NCAA Regional  

Coverage of all games on Mix 104.9

Area High School Basketball





12/5/14 Peabody at Chase County

 G: Chase Co 59 Peabody 17

B: Peabody 70 Chase Co 64

12/16/14 Olpe at Hartford

 G: Olpe 63 Hartford 37

 B: Olpe 45 Hartford 28

12/19/14 Madison at Lebo

 G: Madison 41-37

B: Lebo 53-28

1/6/15 Olpe at Madison

 G: Olpe 56-30

B: Olpe 63-31

1/9/15 Madison at Hartford

G: Madison 56-21

B: Hartford 52-20

1/13/15 Chase County at Northern Heights

G: Northern Heights 50-43

B: Northern Heights 69-52

1/16/15 Olpe at Lebo

 G: Olpe 55-26

B: Olpe 54-41

1/22-24/15 Flint Hills league shootout  
2/6/15 Madison at Northern Heights  
2/13/15 Waverly at Chase County  
2/17/15 Northern Heights at Olpe  
2/20/15 Madison at Lyndon
2/24/15 Olpe at Chase County

Game times vary: Girls 6pm  Boys 7:45pm on Country 101.7 FM











Kansas State Basketball





11/9/14 Washburn W 68-56
11/14/14 Southern Utah W 98-68
11/17/15 UMKC W 83-73
11/21/15 at Long Beach State L 69-60
11/24/14 Purdue (Maui) W 88-79
11/25/14 VS Arizona  L 72-68
11/26/14 VS Pittsburgh L 70-47
12/2/14 Nebraska Omaha W 84-66
12/6/14 At Tennessee L 65-64
12/9/14 Bradley W 50-47
12/14/14 Savannah State W 73-53
12/20/14 Texas A&M (Sprint Center) W 71-64
12/28/14 Texas Southern L 58-56
12/31/14 Georgia L 50-46
1/3/15 at Oklahoma State L 61-47
1/7/15 TCU W 58-53
1/10/15 at Oklahoma W 66-63 OT
1/14/15 Texas Tech W 58-51
1/17/15 Baylor W 63-61
1/20/15 at Iowa State L 77-71
1/24/15 Oklahoma State W 63-53
1/27/15 West Virginia L 65-59
1/31/15 at Kansas 1:00p
2/4/15 at Texas Tech 8:00p
2/7/15 Texas 3:00p
2/11/15 at West Virginia 6:00p
2/14/15 Oklahoma 7:00p
2/18/15 at TCU 7:00p
2/21/15 at Baylor 12:00p
2/23/15 Kansas 8:00p
2/28/15 Iowas State TBA
3/7/15 at Texas TBA
3/11-14/15 Big 12 Tournament TBA

Games in BOLD are home games