By Keyshawn McMahon
Football – vs McPherson College W-50-34
In their final regular season game, the No. 16 Sterling College Warriors traveled to McPherson to take on the Bulldogs, in a game that was a battle for the entire 60 minutes. After being tied at the half, Sterling pulled away in the second half to beat the McPherson College Bulldogs 50-34 to become the 2017 KCAC Champions.
Sophomore Eric Butler finished with 324 passing yards, going 25 for 39 with a touchdown, adding five carries for 29 yards and a touchdown for Sterling. Sophomore Aaron Chisolm had a career game, leading the Warriors with 208 rushing yards on 21 carries, scoring four touchdowns for the Warriors. Sophomore Darryl Terrell added 117 receiving yards on 11 receptions and a touchdown, while junior Jordan Dye finished with four receptions for 81 yards and a touchdown. The Warriors racked up a total of 573 yards of total offense on the day for the game.
Defensively, senior Swain Williams led Sterling with eight tackles and three pass break ups, while freshman Braden Scheulen added six tackles, including two for a loss. Sophomore Maurice Rucker finished with four tackles and two pass breaks ups, while seniors Kenya Edner, Dezmond Howard, and Dezmon Walker each forced a fumble in the victory. Senior Michael Winstead also connected on all six of his extra point attempts for the Warriors.
Sterling finishes the regular season 9-2 overall and with a KCAC record of 8-1 to earn the 2017 KCAC Championship, the second in school history. Sterling will battle against Morningside College in Soiux City, Iowa next Saturday in the first round of the NAIA College Football Championship Series.
Women’s Basketball – W vs Briar Cliff University 78-75/ L vs Central Methodist University 59-75
Opening day of the Warrior Classic, the Lady Warriors took on the Briar Cliff University Broncos. The game was closely contested all the way to the buzzer.
In the first half, neither team was able to get much separation. However, in the third quarter the Lady Warriors used a 29-point quarter to give them the largest lead of the game by 13 points. The Lady Broncos used a big fourth quarter to try to pull in close, but it wasn’t enough. The Lady Warriors would prevail win this one narrowly 78-75. The Lady Warriors used a balanced scoring effort to pace them finishing with 4 players in double digits.
Freshman Kylah Comley and senior Jordin Greer scored 19 points respectively and senior Kilee Harris and freshman Alexis Theus chipped in with 15 and 12 points.
On Saturday, the Lady Warriors squared off against the Lady Eagles of Central Methodist University. The Lady Warriors battled hard in this game, but it came down the making shots and getting defensive stops. A huge fourth quarter run by the Lady Eagles where they scored 26 points put this game out of reach. The Lady Warriors were defeated 59-75.
The Lady Warriors shot 0-11 from the three-point line and 38% from the field, as opposed to the Lady Eagles who shot 11-25 from three point range and 44% percent from the field. Senior Jessica Princ led the scoring efforts for Sterling with 20 points. While Harris tallied a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds. The Lady Warriors are now 1-2 on the season, their next matchup is a home game Wednesday facing off against the Ottawa University Braves.
Men’s Basketball- L vs Concordia University 79-75/ L vs Hastings College 70-86
On Friday evening the Warriors faced off with the Bulldogs of Concordia University. The Warriors were defeated 79-75.
The matchup was an edgy contest based on runs. The Warriors struggled offensively early on and found themselves in a big hole down 22-8. But they stormed back, going on a 17-3 run in the final 12 minutes of the half to tie the game at 25-25.
In the second half, the Bulldogs would pull away again going up by as much as 21 points. But the Warriors went on another charge to pull within four in the final six minutes but it wasn’t enough. Junior Tim Hendrixson led the Warriors in scoring with 15 points off the bench.
Saturday, the Warriors battled the Broncos of Hastings College. The Broncos simply executed better, defended better and outworked the Warriors on the boards. The Warriors loss this one 70-86 in result.
This contest was lopsided from all but the first ten minutes. Both teams started the game slow with a bit of sloppy play. However, the Broncos would start hitting shots and create separation from the Warriors. The Warriors couldn’t keep the Broncos off the boards as the Broncos outrebounded the Warriors by 17 rebounds. Freshman Jamiah Windom Haynes led all Warrior scorers with 20 points while also garnering 5 rebounds. The Warriors are now 2-3, their next matchup is Wednesday at home against the Ottawa University Braves.
Volleyball – L vs Saint Mary 3-0, (25-18, 25-21, 25-17)
Sterling finished up the KCAC tournament against Saint Mary. The Lady Warriors and Spires battled it out, but Saint Mary would finish with the victory, defeating Sterling 3-0. (25-18, 25-21, 25-17) Chelsey Riffel (Jr. Sterling, KS) would finish with 13 kills for Sterling, followed by nine kills from Makenzie Cork (Sr. Safford, Ariz). Mikaela Wells (Jr. Haven, Kansas) finished with 27 assists, while Alexandra Reid (Jr. Pheonix, Ariz) added 15 kills for the Lady Warriors.
Sterling finished the season 15-18 overall with a KCAC record of 10-12, finishing seventh in the conference.