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The Lyon County League has plenty of athletic legends. Coach's like Hevel, Gaydos, McClain, and players like Waverly's Sean Robbins and Kole Shankie at Madison just to mention a couple.

          But, for discussion let me suggest Olpe leads the league in legends.

          Football at Olpe is adding to that legend but can it top Olpe's Lady Eagle Basketball?

          Carolyn Richard was awesome at Emporia State and continues as a legendary coach.

          Jesse Nelson is obviously more than just an Olpe legend. His girls have won more games than anyone is Kansas high school history and he's still on the sidelines.

          Last Saturday two other Lady Eagle basketball legends added to their stories!

          Michelle Stueve was inducted into the Emporia State Athletic Hall of Honor in the very first year she was eligible! And, Kathryn Flott chose the same day to get married.

          Both ladies were All-State Basketball players for Nelson at Olpe and then matriculated to Emporia State where both had legendary basketball careers. And you can add academic excellence to both their resumes.

          Stueve's name is on one of 7 banners in White Auditorium indicating she’s one of the best ever Lady Hornet's. She is the all-time leading scorer in MIAA history and leads her own school is points, three-point baskets, free throws and is second in rebounding and was a multiple time All American.

          She married Jeremiah Corpening and they have twin girls and a little boy. Before the family, Michelle worked at Wolf Creek. 

          Flott playing in Stueve's shadow still managed to make a name for herself.

          After a solid freshman year at ESU Kathryn experienced two nightmarish years. On the first official day of practice her sophomore year she blew out a knee. Her rehabilitation work ethic is a legend all its own!

          She approached the first official day of practice a year later with amazing enthusiasm only to blow out the same knee again!

          Many would have thrown in the towel, but not Flotty.

          The record shows she played three more years – it took six years total!

          She was twice MVP of the MIAA Post Season Tournament; third in career rebounds for the Lady Hornets; played in 4 Sweet 16 tournaments and one NCAA Final 4.

          Flott, now Mrs. Jared Whitcomb teaches at the Emporia Middle School and we hear she's a great teacher!

          Congratulations to all the Lyon County legends and especially Michelle and Kathryn on their special day last Saturday and on their legendary lives.

          I'm Steve Sauder

          Let’s have some fun today!

          My topic is “HUGS.” You know those embraces so many people are now experiencing when greeting someone?

          My wife Bobbi is a “hugger.” She WILL hug you if you allow her to. Me, not so much.

          Time magazine weighs in with scientific data saying: “Hugs put a range of health benefits within arm's length……they boost the levels of the bonding hormone oxytocin and the feeling of social support…..leading to less stress, a stronger immune system, and even lower blood pressure. It’s a form of wellness you can share, especially when someone is hurting.”

          A new PLUS One study found that people experiencing relationship problems actually reported an “improved mood if they received a hug the day of the conflict!”

          But, Time also said “Hugs are not warm and fuzzy for everyone. Some people find them disconcerting.” Biggest factors are “the way we were raised, self-esteem and cultural norms.”

          Even the Emily Post Institute suggests skipping hugs that might make someone uncomfortable, especially in a business setting.

          So where are you?

          It’s interesting too that when Bobbi meets her lady golfing friends they almost always hug, but when they complete their round they often don’t even shake hands. Men, conversely never hug, but typically shake hands after a golf match.

          No doubt since meeting Bobbi my hug quotient has gone up a bunch.

          So next time you are involved in a hug try to determine - was that a positive or negative activity? I’m guessing most are positive as most hugs are sincere, fun and well received.

          After all, every one of us has a large need to feel wanted.

          I’m Steve Sauder.


This week's something to think about is in audio form.


          This past weekend’s Ryder Cup experience was a real bummer for fans of the USA like me. Winning was certainly the goal, but at least competing was a requirement.

          The best explanation the Monday Morning Quarterback crew came up with was – the Europeans wanted it way more than our boys.

          Makes me wonder if patriotism has taken a hit here?

          What I do know is I know is the ladies who played in the ECC Club Championship over the weekend were more dedicated to their task than some of the US boys!

          My wife Bobbi will serve as my model of how you plan and prepare for a golf tournament. She took this event seriously.

          This is cool because Bobbi only got serious about golf 12 years ago when we started dating.

          To watch her become a competitive golfer has been fun, but a bit unpredictable.

          Bobbi lost her mom before her fifth birthday leaving she and her 5 brothers – two older than her and three younger, all under 8 to be raised by grandparents.

          She graduated from Yates Center High School, attended Allen County Community College before transferring to Pittsburg State where she and some great roommates earned degrees in Nursing.

          She and her schoolteacher husband spent 9 years in Topeka where she taught at Washburn. She also earned a second Masters from KU. They moved to Kansas City where Bobbi became an elementary school nurse and health educator in the Blue Valley district.

          I met her about 12 years ago. We were both recent divorcees but our first date wasn’t that successful. I was clean shaven including my head and she thought she had a date with her grandpa!

          As we got serious her interest in golf grew as well. Today golf is one of her passions which also include gardening, grandkids and shopping.

          She has had to overcome several medical challenges like a knee replacement, shoulder repair on both sides and most recently a diagnosis of

Lyme Disease.

          But let’s talk golf.

          My thinking is if our Ryder Cup guys were as fired up as Bobbi the Brits would have been in trouble. She didn’t play great on Saturday but led the tournament by a stroke. Saturday night and Sunday morning she was a mess. She prepared her normal breakfast but only ate about 2 bites. She even called our neighbor, Jerrilynn seeking a “hug” for encouragement. Evidently, it worked!

          Bobbi shot the best round she’s ever recorded in a tournament and won the Club Championship. The other ladies played hard, but at the end were excited for Bobbi’s accomplishment.

          Golf is usually fun, but playing in a golf tournament can be stressful. Some thrive on that pressure. That’s my Bobbi and I am proud of her!

          I’m Steve Sauder.


            Gubernatorial candidate Kris Kobach has demonstrated an ability misinform citizens at a rate unmatched in Kansas politics.

           In June, a federal judge sanctioned Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach for "a pattern and practice . . . of flaunting disclosure and discovery rules" in litigation challenging controversial election reforms Kobach had championed

          Kobach made the erroneous claim that tuition hikes at state universities and community colleges wouldn’t have been necessary if the so-called Dreamers weren’t allowed to pay lower in-state rates.

          Kobach made a bogus claim at the State Fair asserting a Kansas high school had a large number of assistant principals. Turned out his number was correct but it was for two schools, not one.

          A pillar of his platform for election as governor of Kansas is an attack on spending in public education. While the total spent has been the subject of a major disagreement between the legislature and the Kansas Supreme Court, Kobach has taken a different tact suggesting not enough of state funds end up in the classroom.

          Obviously without any fact checking this sounds good, but the truth is Kansas does well in terms of efficiency when compared to other states and our peers.

          Kobach’s suggestion that 75% of funds should go to the classroom sounds great but is very misleading.

          Here’s a look at the numbers.

          53.6% of Kansas education dollars go for “Instruction.” Teachers, paras, aides, coaches, classroom materials and books.

          4.8 goes for “Student Support.” Counselors, health, attendance, social workers, psychology, speech and hearing services.

          “Staff Support” gets 3.3% - library, technology, and assessment

          That’s 61.7% straight to instruction!

          The balance goes for these areas: Transportation, Food Services, Administration (only 4.9%), Maintenance, Construction, Debt Service, Human Resources and related services,  and Superintendents and Board of Education staff (2.1%).

          Many of these other expenses like Transportation and Food Service are mandated.

          It’s popular for Kobach to suggest spending more in the classroom, but what do you cut? The library, technology, safety, maintenance?

          I’m thinking you get the picture.

          Kris Kobach is not to be trusted. He has chased imagined voter fraud, led several cities to adopt immigration laws that ended up not being enforceable and now is misleading Kansas voters about public education.

          He is not the leader Kansas needs.  

          I’m Steve Sauder and there’s something to think about!

Today an Open Letter to Dr. John Patton my Kansas City Royals season ticket partner the past few years.

          Dear John,

          Please allow me to reconsider my earlier statement to you saying I was not interested in sharing a twenty game season ticket package for the Royals with you next year.

          This past month our guys have won more games than they’ve lost including six in a row. That cost me a steak dinner with our friend David Murphy.

          Recently I spent some time looking at the Royals roster and discovered some exciting facts.

          First, Salvador Perez is only 28 years old and will be back along with Whit Merryfield who has become a truly amazing player.

          Joining them are several other youngsters who have the ability to make the Royals much better. They are led by Adalberto Mondesi who has become a very exciting player at shortstop and with the bat. A switch-hitter he’s changed his swing to take full advantage of his unique power. Add in his fielding expertise and stolen bases and WOW is the best word to describe him.

          Others who add excitement as position players are Ryan O’Hearn who has shown big-time power, but needs to hit lefties, newcomer Rosell Herrera, Jorge Bonifacio who should benefit from playing an entire season and Hunter Dozier.

          Supposedly there are lots of talented position players in the minors waiting their chance, but the pitching at the big club level over the past two months has really blossomed.

          No less than seven pitchers stand out! Names and ages: Heath Fillmyer (24), Jakob Junis (26), Jorge Lopez (25), Jake Newberry (23), Eric Skoglund (25), Jerry Vasto (26) and Brad Keller at only 23 getting Rookie of the Year attention.

          Heck John, the Royals re-building has started. Maybe our purgatory is going to be short-lived? And, supposedly our really hot prospects are in Single “A” where they won a championship.

          Next year it appears the Royals will be devoid of old-timers like Alcides Escobar. True Alex Gordon will likely still be left field, but he’s winning another Gold Glove this season and he has upped his production.

          This season was really awful until recently, but next year looks like fun. Doubtful the Royals will win the Pennant but I think they might win half their games and I want to be there.

          How about you?

          Raised a Royal and always a fan! I’m Steve Sauder.

          Today my feelings on the New York Times Op-Ed about President Trump and the White House. Not because I support the President because I do not, but because this whole Op-Ed episode is so deplorable.

          Understand this – we do not use anonymous letters here at KVOE. When I say “do not,” I mean Do Not!

          At KVOE we have on occasion gone to the person being singled out by an anonymous letter and ask that person if they wanted to respond, but we don’t use anonymous information on air.

          It was interesting that when the Times released the Op-Ed they said they knew the person who wrote it and that this person was “credible.”

          My reaction to that is: sorry New York Times, but you don’t get to judge “credible” because you gave your credibility away when you printed the anonymous letter!

          One TV commentator said – “the New York Times has lower standards than most local radio stations.”

          With that said it is interesting to speculate who might have written the Op-Ed.

          My first thought was this letter wasn’t particularly unique suggesting anyone, including me, could have written it after reading the book Fire and Fury and Bob Woodward’s new book Fear which incidentally came out almost simultaneously with the Op-Ed.

          Heck, the thought has passed by me that it could have been written internally by people at the New York Times.

          Evidently, a committee at the Times made the decision to print the letter. Do you suppose at the newspaper there is some level of nervousness that someone might break? If CNN came calling offering a million or two you’d think someone might squeal.

          And finally, there seems to be a pretty high level of agreement that writing this anonymous letter was a cowardly act. If these things are half true – and I think they likely are – then this person should have manned up, taken credit for telling the American people the truth and been prepared to suffer the consequences.

          The intrigue as to “who done it” is higher today that when we were trying to figure out who shot JR!

          The word “deplorable” was used earlier to describe my opinion of the entire event. Printing an anonymous letter is bad journalism and remember our standards here at KVOE are higher than those of the New York Times!

          I’m Steve Sauder and these thoughts are mine!



The National Football League kicks off tomorrow night.

Our President Donald Trump is not one of the NFL’s biggest supporter.

An article in The Atlantic titled: Trump’s Divisive and Relentless Politicization of the NFL helps me tell you why.

Mark Leibovich argues in his new book, Big Game, that the president has made the league central to his politics, pitting his largely white base against the mostly African American players.

Remember Colin Kaepernick? He's the former 49ers quarterback who started kneeling during the national anthem to protest racial inequality in America.

Silently he is Trump's hero because the NFL was clueless how to handle Kaepernick's protests so they gave Trump a new bully pulpit.

With the quarterback and our national anthem as his foils Trump has had a field day. His tweets were not only pleasing to folks who harbor racial prejudices but to those who were not fans of the NFL and to people who saw the connection between football and America becoming soft thus promoting Trump's "Make America Great Again!"

Adding to the confusion was the fact that many of the NFL owners were friends with Trump and had donated to his campaign. Leibovich points out in his book that leadership in the NFL is very weak and the owners while rich are not as a group all that intelligent.

In the meantime, Trump does everything he can to keep the controversy started by Kaepernick alive. He even stole much of the Super Bowl hype with the controversy about who would show up at the White House or not.

Recently when two of Trump’s top aides were pleading or being found guilty of crimes our President took on ESPN for announcing they would not be showing the playing of the Star Spangled Banner on their Monday Night NFL games.

His email to donors accused ESPN of "spineless surrender to the politically correct liberal mob."

Never mind that ESPN's policy on this was not a change from previous years.

As for Trump versus the NFL - this conflict is working well to propel his political career but it hasn’t been an effective remedy for one of his greatest underlying personal desires.

Since the 1980's Donald Trump has been rebuked several times in his quest to become an NFL owner.

So remember as the next episodes of Trump vs. the NFL unfold - revenge is always one of our President's top motivators!

Thankfully, it’s football season!

I’m Steve Sauder

With the passing of Senator John McCain, it seemed proper for me to try an define what a HERO is. I found this on the internet written by someone with the last name of Bartleby. It’s a good start because McCain certainly possessed all these traits.

            Characteristics of a Hero
“A hero is someone who has given their life to something bigger than oneself”. When we think of heroes most of us think of movie stars or professional athletes, but it’s not always about your popularity or talent it can also be about how you help society. What I think makes a great hero is someone who is able to overcome obstacles in life, is highly motivated, and has plenty of bravery.

Overcoming obstacles may be one of the hardest parts of being a hero. I think it’s the hardest because a lot of people when blocked from doing something just quit. A great example of this trait is Jackie Robinson. He was discriminated against because he was African-American, but he never quit.

In order to be a successful hero, you must be a highly motivated person. Without motivation, you would not be successful because you would have no ambition to try and make a difference in the world. I think Rodney Dangerfield is a great example of this because he started his career at 15 and died while making a movie. In one of his quotes, he stated, “At twenty a man is full of fight and hope and he wants to reform the world. When he’s seventy he still wants to reform the world”.

Bravery is a great hero trait. Bravery is a key quality because you don’t always know what lies ahead of you and you have to be brave to continue. A good example of this is Charles Lindbergh. He was the first person to fly across the Atlantic Ocean. That took a great amount of bravery because no one had ever made it across, so he didn’t know what lies ahead of him.
So as you may see overcoming obstacles, being motivated and being outstandingly brave are keys to becoming a great hero.

            End of essay.

            Overcoming obstacles was something McCain had to learn as his family was well positioned to say the least. Both his father and granddad were 4 Star Navy Admirals. McCain graduated almost last in his Naval Academy class, but then he got serious.

            You might find a picture of John McCain in the dictionary next to the word: motivation! The longer he lived the harder he worked.

            Bravery and McCain are well-documented bedfellows. Seems to me his willingness to take unpopular positions as a Senator demonstrated greatest acts of bravery.

            Hero is an apt term for Senator McCain’s legacy despite what anyone might suggest. Rest in peace Maverick!

            I’m Steve Sauder

Each week my challenge is to find something interesting to share with my KVOE listeners. Fortunately, Emporia has a lot going on so current events often fill the bill. For example, this week school starts at our local schools including Emporia State. I learned through a neat flyer in the mail they will be honoring my graduating class at Homecoming for having traveled 50 years since getting our diplomas. Yikes! 50 years since leaving college!

          Guess that brings up the topic of old age or senior citizens or over the hill gang, etc. I've probably spent too much time on this topic recently but actually, it's pretty high on my awareness list as I am growing older,!

          For those of you younger than me please understand this growing older thing gets very personal. While I am happy to be able to still play golf - although not very well I appreciate that I can still play golf.

          So, when I play with guys older than me who still can play well - you know like shooting their ages! Well, I'm jealous for a bit, but I get over it cause there are also guys my age who can't still play or have left us to the hereafter.

          I never dreamed how often I'd be quoting my dad, but that happens a lot. For example on Monday at a doctor's office waiting with several from my age group I said, "As my dad used to say -I'm in pretty good shape for the shape I'm in."

          Corny? Yes, but accurate too.

          Keeping in mind that I Love Lucy and Gunsmoke are still in my Top 10 favorite TV shows consider this list from Facebook of things you young whippersnappers missed out on.

          It was titled Older Than Dirt.

  1. Drive-In Movies
  2. Candy Cigarettes
  3. 45 RPM Records
  4. Party Telephone Lines
  5. Soda Pop in Glass Bottles
  6. Butch Wax
  7. Studebaker
  8. Blackjack Gum
  9. Home Ec
  10. 5 and Dimes
  11. Metal Lunchboxes
  12. Boone's Farm
  13. Metal Ice Trays
  14. Roller Skate Keys, yes roller skate keys!
  15. Milk delivered in glass bottles, and
  16. Wax Coke Bottle Candy

          Guessing some of these left you scratching your head. Ask around cause all these things were real once and remembering them is fun for us old folks. Relax, you'll have your chance.

          I’m Steve Sauder still enjoying my life experiences!