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Thursday, October 4
Deuces Capture Heart of America Showcase
The NEK Lady Deuces basketball team took first place in the High School girls Open Division of the 2007 Heart of America Certified Showcase, Sept. 28-30 in Overland Park. Over 20 teams competed in and 70 women’s college coaches attended the NCAA-sanctioned event.
The Lady Deuces defeated the Lady Greyhounds, Hoop Service-Burgundy and the Lady heat in pool play and Hoop Service-Orange in the semifinals to advance to the championship game. Down 23 points at halftime, the Lady Deuces made a remarkable rally, overcoming a 20-point deficit with seven minutes remaining in the game to win by a point, to capture the title and finish the weekend with a 5-0 record.
The team was comprised of players from local high schools including Christy Nelson and Aresha Lige, Manhattan High; Dana Elliott and Amy Yenzer, Rock Creek; Katie Henry and Bry’Anna Underwood, Riley County; and Lauren Henry, Blue Valley. Additional team members included Nichole Naab, Emporia and Tina Clausen, South Haven.

Wednesday, July 25
Katie Wendland Signs with Bethany
NEK Lady Deuces 3-point specialist and former Riley County Falcon standout Katie Wendland, Leonardville, Kan., has signed a letter of intent to play basketball at Bethany for the 2007-2008 academic year.

Wendland, a two-year tri-captain with the Lady Deuces, served as co-captain on a Riley County team that advanced to the KSHSAA 3A state tournament. She hit a game-ending three-pointer to force overtime in Riley County’s 33-31 victory over Rock Creek in the substate championship game.

Good luck, Wendy!

Wednesday, July 25
Kari Smith Signs with MCC
Long-time Lady Deuce and former Manhattan High standout Kari Smith has inked a letter of intent to continue her basketball career at Manhattan Christian College, beginning in the Fall of 2007. Congrats, Kari!

Monday, June 4
Lady Deuces Place Third at Geary County Tournament
The NEK Lady Deuces opened the 2007 summer season with a third-place finish in the 2007 Geary County MAYB Tournament, June 1-3 in Junction City. The Deuces finished the weekend with a 4-2 record with wins over the Topeka Rim Rattlers, Green Wave, Belleville Lady Buffs and The Peak. The two losses included one to tournament champion Junction City and a heartbreaking, one-point setback to Riley County

The Lady Deuces return to action June 8-10 when they travel to Wichita for the MAYB Summer Kickoff Tournament.

Our schedule is:

Friday: 2:10 vs. Augusta @ WSU
        6:30 vs. Iowa Lightning @ WSU
Saturday: 8 AM vs. O&H Thunder @ Wichita East HS

After Saturday's first game we enter bracket play.

Wednesday, April 11
Monique Pitts Named Manhattan Mercury's Player of the Year
In addition to Moe being named Player of the Year, fellow Deuces Emily Dwerlkotte and Lauren Henry were named to the first team; Deuces Christy Nelson, JaNeil Robinson and Dana Elliott were named to the second team. Katie Henry and Amy Yenzer were named honorable mention selections.

Blue Valley coach Henry, Rock Creek's Pitts honored

Keener Tippin Sports Writer

If one could sum up Monique Pitts in a single word, "elusive" might be a good one.

Trying to track down the 5-foot-8 guard from the Rock Creek to inform her that she had been selected as The Manhattan Mercury's All-Flint Hills Player of the Year, was akin to the frustration Mustang opponents have known for some time — Pitts is a hard person to nail down.

"I can't get a signal," a text message from Pitts read.

Pitts was out camping in some remote area with friends for Spring Break, frantically trying to make contact with civilization. After finding a cell phone fully charged and a hill tall enough to receive a signal, she was ready for her 15 minutes of fame.

"I've been waiting the last two years just to see if I would get it," Pitts said excitedly.

A first-team selection a year ago, second team in 2005 as a sophomore and third team as a freshman in 2004, Pitts didn't leave her player of the year selection up to chance. She worked hard over the summer to improve. Mission accomplished.

Pitts, who averaged 13.5 points and 5.8 rebounds on the season as an All-Mid-East League and second team Class 3A All-State selection and helped lead Rock Creek to the sub-state finals, is joined on the first team by Emily Dwerlkotte, Frankfort; Lauren Henry, Blue Valley, Molly Bergkamp, Valley Heights and Beth Husted, Riley County.

Perine feels Pitts is deserving of the honor for no other reason than the lasting impact feels Pitts has made on the Rock Creek program.

"Her freshman year she came into a program that needed some help," Perine said of Pitts. "It didn't have much of a tradition; didn't have a winning season before she came. Four years later people know who we are. A lot of that is to her credit."

While the honor is an individual one, Pitts quickly gives credit to her teammates.

"I play a team game; I don't like doing everything by myself," she said. "I know we can't win games without a team effort. When teams key on me, I do what I can to get other people open."

Pitts is uncertain on her future plans for college. She is currently mulling over offers for both volleyball and basketball.

It's that same love of the game that propelled the Mercury's coach of the year, Bridgett Henry, and her Blue Valley girls to a fourth place finish in Class 1A.

"They love to play the game," Henry said. "That's what we talked about all season, play the game well. If you play the game well things will happen."
And good things did happen for the Rams, especially late in the season, when Blue Valley got on a roll winning eight games in a row and finishing the season with a 20-8 mark.

"We went farther than I expected to," the second-year head coach said. "Our first goal was to finish in the top four in the Twin Valley League. That was a realistic goal that we took fourth."

Henry had the number four correct, but the Rams didn't finish in fourth place in the TVL, but rather in a four-way tie for first with Centralia, Bern and B&B. But two things still remained on Henry's "to-do" list for the season: Avenging losses to both Centralia and B&B.

The Rams accomplished both of those feats on their march to the state tournament.

"They worked really hard for that," Henry said. "I knew they were going to come out good against B&B because they had beaten us by a last-second shot during the season.
But they really surprised me the way they came out against Centralia.

"You can talk all you want - 'we can get this; we can take it,' but we had been beaten by (the Panthers) three times but (Blue Valley) came out and wanted to win that game.

Henry said it that love of and respect for the game that carried her team this season.
"Whether you win or lose it doesn't matter," Henry said. "If you played the game well that's all that matters."

Player of the Year
Monique Pitts, Rock Creek

Coach of the Year
Bridgett Henry, Blue Valley

Monique Pitts
Rock Creek
The 5-8 guard averaged 13.5 points and nearly six rebounds per game this season for rock Creek. Pitts led the team in both categories and was second in assists with 54, second in steals with 45 and second in blocks with seven.

Lauren Henry
Blue Valley
Henry helped guide Blue Valley to a 20-8 overall record and fourth place finish in the Class 1A State Championship tournament in Hays. Henry led her team in scoring with 11 points a game, assists with almost four a game and in steals with three a game. She also led the team in 3-point shooting.

Beth Husted
Riley County
Husted led the Riley County girls in scoring this season with 10 points a game. She was part of a balanced attack that helped guide Riley to the Class 3A tournament in Hutchinson. Husted also led her team in rebounds per game (4) and in blocked shots (23).

Molly Bergkamp
Valley Heights
Bergkamp led Valley Heights in most statistical categories this past season, including points and rebounds, averaging 15 and seven a game, respectively. Bergkamp, a senior, played the guard and forward positions for Valley Heights.

Emily Dwerlkotte
Dwerlkotte led Frankfort in scoring with almost 12 points per game, while hauling down six rebounds a game as well. She was also the team-leader in assists and steals with 48 and 71, respectively. She was 25-of-89 from behind the arc as well.

      Kendle Henry (Blue Valley)
      Christy Nelson (Manhattan)
      JaNeil Robinson (Wamego)
      Lainey Uphoff (Riley County)
      Dana Elliott (Rock Creek)

    Amy Yenzer (Rock Creek)
    Katie Henry (Riley County)
    Amy Chambers (Wamego)

Wednesday, April 11
Emily Dwerlkotte Signs with Cloud County
Congrats to Lady Deuce captain Emily Dwerlkotte for inking a letter of intent to continue her basketball career and play for Cloud County Community College. Her parents, David and Deb, along with coach, Bruce Gunter, look on. Congrats, Emily!

Wednesday, April 11
Former Deuce Katy Davenport Named All-American

OVERLAND PARK, KS -- Johnson County Community College sophomore center Katy Davenport was one of 30 players to earn selection as a 2006-07 NJCAA Division II Basketball All-American. Davenport was named to the first-team. Her honor marks the 14th time a JCCC players has earned All-America honors, and just the fifth player to earn first-team honors. Davenport earned third-team All-American as a freshman. She is just the second player in team history to be honored as an All-American in both her freshman and sophomore campaigns. Davenport is also a candidate to earn NJCAA Academic All-American accolades at the end of the spring semester.

This season, Davenport led JCCC in scoring, rebounding and blocked shots. She scored 654 points, an average of 19.8 per game. That total ranks fifth on JCCC?s season chart. Her 19.8 per game average ranked eighth in the country. She also had 261 rebounds, an average of 7.9, and blocked 25 shots. Her 261 rebounds tie the 14th-best season in team history. She also hit .763 from the free throw line, which ranked her 45th nationally. This season, JCCC finished the regular season with 21 wins, the most since the 1991-92 season. They added two more in postseason, finishing the year 23-10. The record for most wins in a season is 25.

Davenport, a graduate of Manhattan (Kan.) High School, ends her career at JCCC ranked among the all-time career leaders in several categories. Most notably, Davenport moved into the No. 2 spot all-time in scoring with 1,293 points. She is just the third player in team history to score over 1,000 points in a career, joining former All-Americans Lisa Kirby and Tonya Baucom in JCCC?s 1,000-point club. Her 19.0 career points per game average is fourth-best in team history.

She also ranks second in career point field goals with 494, first in career free throws with 266, third in career free throw percentage at .762, nine in career rebounds with 476, and tied for 10th in career 3-point field goal percentage at .345.

In her two seasons, Davenport helped JCCC to back-to-back 20-win seasons, two Region VI D-II championships, a District title and a seventh-place finish in the National Tournament. In addition to her All-America honors, Davenport was also twice selected as an East Jayhawk Conference and Region VI performer, and was named to the NJCAA All-Tournament team her freshman year. Last summer, Davenport was also selected to play in the inaugural NJCAA Women?s All-Star Games in Lubbock, Texas.

Wednesday, April 11
"Original" Deuce Jolene Tamboue Honored
Former Lady Deuce Jolene Tamboue is enjoying success on the next level at Independence Community College.

"Jo Baby" was honored this season by being selected as the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Player-of-the-Week. She was also named the conference's "Freshman of the Year.

Tamboue was also named to the KJCCC First Team All-Confernce team.

Congrats to one of the *ORIGINAL* Deuces!!! Way to go, Jolene!!!!

Davenport to play for Johnson County CC
Katie D
Katy Davenport defends against a Lady Nikes player in the MAYB Summer Kickoff
By Keener Tippin
Manhattan Mercury Sports Writer

Katy Davenport had it all figured out. Or so she thought, anyway.

Following a standout basketball career at Manhattan High, Davenport had not planned to play at the college level. But it wasn't as if she didn't have any offers.

Rather than being a student-athlete, the 5-11 first-team all-Centennial and second-team Class 6A forward had planned on just being a college student, focusing on her academics rather than hoops.

But a funny thing happened as Senior Night came and went. Davenport had a change of heart.

"Come February and basketball season was winding down, I figured I was going to miss it a whole lot," said Davenport, who averaged 14.9 points and 7.7 rebounds in her senior year.

After Davenport decided she did indeed want to play college basketball, she opened up another window of opportunity for herself with a strong track season that culminated in a second-place finish in the shot put at the state track meet in Wichita. Davenport captured the silver medal with a heave of 38-feet, 6 inches after just taking up the shot put for the first time in March.

On Saturday, with her summer basketball team at the school for a tournament, Davenport inked a letter of intent to play basketball at Johnson County Community College, in front of her parents, Tim and Mary, and younger sister, Emily.

"It was a little bit closer to home," Davenport said of her decision to sign with Johnson County. "I was looking at Garden City, too, but (JCCC) is close, my sister can come visit me and my parents can watch me play."

Davenport also plans to be a member of Johnson County track program as well.

"Basketball is going to be my primary sport; that's the sport my scholarship is in, but I'm going to work really hard in track and see if I can do anything with that," she said.

Davenport will join former MHS teammate Shannon Howard on the Cavaliers' roster.

"That's going to be fun," Davenport said of playing with Howard, who will be a sophomore at the school. "We're two of the only post players. I didn't get to play a lot with her in high school, but I think it's going to be fun and I think we can do a lot together."

Katy Dav
Katy Davenport scrambles for a lose ball against Trenton.

One Silver + Two Bronzes = 5 Medals In 5 Tournaments
JCCC pic
The NEK Lady Deuces pose with their third place medals from the JCCC Tournament.
For the fifth time in as many tournaments, The NEK Lady Deuces basketball team again brought home a medal, capturing third place in the Johnson County MAYB Tournament held at Johnson County Community College. The Deuces racked up wins agains KC Blue and the Trenton (Mo.) Bulldogs in pool play, but fell to the KC Metros.

In bracket play the Black & Blue defeated the KC Lazers, but fell in semifinal action to the Independence Trailblazers. The Deuces rebounded to crush the Iowa Junior Lightning in the consolation matchup.

The previous week, the Lady Deuces took second place in the MAYB NEK Regional, defeating RCMS, Topeka Flamingoes, Horton and Seneca. In a rough and tough semifinal matchup, the Deuces got past Hanover to advance to an all-Manhattan final against the Manhattan Cadillacs.

The Lady Deuces settled for the silver as the Lady Cadillacs got past their rivals.

Three weeks ago, the Deuces took third place in the Southwest Missouri Basketball Classic in Columbia, MO. The Deuces slipped out of the gate, dropping a game to the Lady Storm but rebounded to beat Jackson (Mo.) and Excalibur in pool play. In bracket play the Lady Deuces fell to the Lady Rage but came back to trip up the Rockets in the consolation game to take third place.

Two Tournaments, Two Titles: Deuces win again
The NEK Lady Deuces captured their second championship in as many weeks, winning the C-Bracket Consolation Championship of the 74-team, 11th-12th grade division of the MAYB Summer Kickoff Tournament, June 10-12 in Wichita.

The Deuces struggled in pool play, dropping games to the Wichita Pacers and Monarch, Colo., but defeated Central of Burden Raiders. The Deuces also dropped their first game in bracket play to the Lady Nikes, but rebounded to win three straight over Valley Center, St. John and edging the Wichita Lady Rebels, 40-38, for the title and to finish the weekend with a 4-3 record.

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The NEK Lady Deuces opened the 2005 Summer season by capturing the Silver Division championship of the Riley County MAYB Tournament. The Deuces recorded wins over Junction City, Blue Fusion in pool play but dropped a game to Belleville. In bracket play, the Deuces beat Sweet Swishers and Kansas Storm to advance to the finals.

In the championship game the Lady Deuces avenged the weekend's only loss, downing the Lady Buffs, 44-34, to finish the weekend with a 5-1 record.


Ciara Swindell Named to Topeka Capital-Journal's All-City Softball First Team

Congratulations to Ciara Swindell for being named to the Topeka Capital Journal's All-City Softball First Team.

Way to go C!!!!

All-City Capsules:
CIARA SWINDELL, Topeka West, 2B, So.-- Led Topeka West with a .407 batting average (regular season), ranking fourth in the city. Had 11 RBIs. Was a first-team All-Centennial League pick.

All-City Softball
Photo by Thad Allton/The Capital-Journal
The All-City softball team, front row, from left to right: Brittany King, Ciara Swindell, Breeanna Bruton, Emily Heronemus. Second row, left to right: Grace Toelkes, Erin Humphrey, Katie Carr, Amber Hilderman. Back row, left to right: Ashley Shaffer, Rachel Schuh, Jamie Ditch, Bre Biswell, Amber Hazen, Candi Madill, coach Steve Giddens.

Oh, sooooooo close
Winter Finale
Undermanned and undersized, the NEK Lady Deuces fought valiantly but finished second on the B Bracket of the 11th-12th Grade Girls Division of MAYB's Winter Finale, April 2-3 in Wichita. The Deuces fell in the championship game to the Kansas Flashers.

Not pictured is Jenna Koster, who was injured in the semifinal game.

Good job, Deuces!!!

Jess signing
Lady Deuces' Jessica Zentner signs with Allen County
Rock Creek graduate Jessica Zentner signs her national letter of intent to play basketball at Allen County Community College in Iola, Kansas. Pictured along with Jessica are her parents Martin and Vicki Zentner, Rock Creek athletic director Kent Rogers and Allen County women's basketball coach Tony Turner.


Lady Deuces basketball...WE GOT GAME!

Is she safe or out? You make the call!
Janell & ciara

Lady Deuces Profile
What do hard work, dedication and commitment get you? Any thing you desire.

For Shannon Howard (No. 31), one of the original Lady Deuces, that translated into playing basketball on the college level.

Shannon just completed her freshman season at Johnson County Community College, living her dream of playing college basketball. She returns to the Lady Deuces this summer as a coach.

Shannon's advice: "Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss you'll be among the stars."

Way to go, Howie.

Check back often as we continue to profile members of the Lady Deuces family.

'01 Deuces
Summer 2001 Lady Deuces 7th/8th
Winter '02
Winter 2001-02 Lady Deuces 7th/8th

6th graders
Winter 2001-02 Lady Deuces 5th/6th

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Summer 2002 Lady Deuces 7th/8th, 9th/10th

Winter 2002-03 Lady Deuces 7th/8th
2003 Deuces 8th
Summer 2003 Lady Deuces 8th grade

2003 deuces7th
Summer 2003 Lady Deuces 7th grade

girls rule

Got Game?
pink hooper
WE DO!!!!


NEK Lady Deuces seeking players for 3rd/4th grade girls competitive team for Winter Season

Team will compete in local, regional and MAYB, Tournaments, as well as Wildcat League.




"For more information contact Keener Tippin, 539-8479
Cell phone: 770-4285   e-mail:

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— Coach K

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— Coach K

Blonde Coach K
Okay, here's the moment you all have been waiting for… Coach K "Finally" made good on that promise to dye his hair blonde for the Lady Deuces' first championship.

Check out the column below he wrote about his experiences as a blonde for the Manhattan Mercury.

More pictures available by clicking on the "Lady Deuces Album" icon in the left hand column.


My life as a blonde

By Keener Tippin
Mercury Sports Reporter

(Published in the Manttan Mercury on 7/6/03)

I'm not having a mid-life crisis, nor an iota of an identity crisis. Nor, despite what some people may think, am I having a bad hair day. I know exactly who I am.

No, my hair is the result of a "blonde moment."

That's not my phrasing, mind you. That's what my "daughters" Kari, Summer, Nichole and Kierstin call those little moments in life when the brain doesn't quite engage and you do things that aren't the most intelligent.

But what would you call it when a 40-something-young man who makes a promise to 11 middle school-aged girls, in desperate need of motivation, to dye a perfect, full head of naturally black hair (with just traces of gray) a shade that resembles Dru Hill? (Ask your kids if you're not familiar with R&B group Sisqo's front man.) And then follows through with it?

I'd call it being a proud father.

Those of you who know me are probably scratching your head about now. Daughters? Don't you have all boys? My daughter Nikkisa would beg to differ with you.

So would the 30-plus "daughters" I have adopted over the years who have played basketball for me. They are the surrogates for the sugar and spice and everything nice my household lacks, with all due respect to my other half.

When I first made the pledge four years ago, I never in my wildest dreams believed I would have to pay up. To say that my original Lady Deuces basketball team was bad would be generous.

Being on the losing end of 66-6 and 72-12 scores was commonplace. At one point, we endured a double-digit losing streak; another season we didn't win a game.

In all fairness to those players, many of whom now figure prominently in Scott Mall's basketball program at Manhattan High, they weren't that bad. It was simply a case of players -- and coaches -- making the jump from parks and recreation basketball to competitive. And being in over their heads. Call it growing pains.

So, in a failed attempt to lift their spirits and motivate them, I promised to dye my hair blonde for our first tournament championship. We never came close.

But that was then.

The names and faces have changed, but no longer do we get the proverbial sand kicked in our face -- sometimes we do the kicking. Where we once were happy to win a game, we now go into tournaments expecting to challenge for the championship, and we're disappointed when we don't.

But even though we win more often, our mission is the same:
To provide an atmosphere where girls can develop and improve their physical skills and learn lifelong values -- self-esteem, character, teamwork and sportsmanship.

See, it's more than just basketball for us. Developing confident young women is first and foremost, and developing athletes is second. Winning games is third. We've been successful by taking players regardless of their ability and refusing to cut players.

But back to the Reese Witherspoon-esque "Legally Blonde" look I'm sporting these days.

Blondes do have more fun -- I've had a blast. Just this week I celebrated my first and probably only National Blonde Day. Women have said the golden hue of my hair brings out the color in my eyes, or that the color highlights the color of shirt I'm wearing.

Heck, one parent from another team asked one of my players' parents what year I was in college. Although I'm accustomed to comments about my youthful appearance, thank you, whoever you are.

I promised to wear my blonde hair until my team failed to finish first in a tournament, and we finished second in our next tournament so I've been free to cut it. Until recently, however, I was unable to part with my fair-haired locks.

Despite the dumb blonde comments, in spite of the strange looks I get, notwithstanding the catcalls that have been tossed my way (OK, most of them have come from my wife), regardless of having to worry for the first time in my life if what I'm wearing clashes with my hair, my new 'do is a badge of honor; a source of pride.

No need to pull out a wallet and start boring people with photos; no need for a T-shirt that dares you to ask me about my daughters. The hair alone draws attention like a siren's song.

People may not see the signed basketballs in my office from each team, the plaques they won or the medals they earned. They may miss seeing our weekend results in the Mercury sports section. But when they stop me and make a comment about my hair it gives me the opportunity to brag about my daughters

And brag I do, no matter how ridiculous I look. I don't mind taking THIS one for the team.

Whitney Mosier
Our Miss Mosier THEN...
Our Miss Mosier...
Our Miss Mosier NOW!!
"Once a Lady Deuce *ALWAYS* a Lady Deuce!"

Congrats go to our own Whitney Mosier who was named the McDonald's/KMAN Student-Athlete of the Week. YOU GO GIRL!!!!!!!!!!!!

Whitney was one of the players who laid the foundation of this program and the MVP of the 2001 summer season. We miss her dearly but she's moved on to bigger and better things. Congrats, Whitney!!!!!!!! Good luck at State!!

McDonald's/KMAN Student - Athlete of the Week


Name: Whitney Mosier
High School: Riley County

Bio: As post-season play begins for area athletes, it's time for everyone to step up their game. There's no better example than this week's winner of the McDonald's/K.M.A.N. "Student-Athlete of the Week."

Riley County's Whitney Mosier wins this week's award after claiming her first career win at the Mid-East League meet, helping the Falcons claim the Mid-East League girls cross country championship. Mosier turned in a personal-best time of 12:55, breaking the 13-minute barrier for the first time in her career, to win the MEL at Mission Valley. Competing this season for the first time in her career, the sophomore broke the 14:00 minute barrier the week before with a 2nd place finish and a personal-best time of 13:03 at the Riley County Invitational. Mosier took that same approach in setting a new career-best time this past week and gave the Falcons their 3rd MEL title, their first since 1998. Congratulations to this week's winner of the McDonald's/K.M.A.N. "Student-Athlete of the Week", Riley County's Whitney Mosier!

girls rule
2003 Deuces 8th
Deuces Take Second in Little Apple

The NEK Lady Deuces 8th grade girls basketball team capped its most successful season ever by placing second in the 9th/10th grade division of the MAYB Manhattan Tournament, July 25-27 in the Little Apple. The Deuces finished the weekend with a 4-2 record with wins over the Independence (Mo.) Trailblazers, Topeka Paccers, Vipers and Kansas Flashers. The pair of losses on the weekend came at the hands of the tournament champion, the Mid-Kansas Thunder in pool play and again in a thrilling 51-48, four-overtime loss in the tournament championship.

Simply the Best!!!
The NEK Lady Deuces 8th grade girls basketball team capped its most successful season ever by placing second in the 9th/10th grade division of the MAYB Manhattan Tournament, July 25-27 in the Little Apple.

In eight tournaments this summer, the Lady Deuces finished the season with a 29-11 record, with first-place finishes in Lawrence, Topeka and Riley County MAYB tournaments; second-place finishes in the MAYB Salina and Manhattan tournaments; a third place finish and a fourth place in the MAYB Olathe tournament.

Team members are: front row (Left — right) Christy Nelson, Manhattan; Kierstin McNutt, Wamego; Monique Pitts, St. George, Cali Parker, Riley.

Second row: Coach Keener Tippin; Aresha Lige, Manhattan; Ciara Swindell, Topeka; Kari Smith, Manhattan; Summer Naab, Emporia; Janelle Burton, Topeka; Moji Hassan, Topeka, Nichole Naab, Emporia; and Sierra Upton. NOT PICTURED: Ashley Cushinberry.

Deuces On Fire
The NEK Lady Deuces 8th grade basketball finished first on the consolation bracket of the MAYB Sport Zone Challenge in Topeka, July 18-20 at Sports Zone in Topeka.

The Deuces finished the tournament with a 4-1 record with victories over the Fort Scott Lady Tigers, Wellsville and the Manhattan Express . The Deuces' lone loss was a crushing, 40-39 loss to the Stags III on a buzzer-beating 3-point prayer in pool play.

The Deuces defeated Wellsville for a second time to win the bracket championship.

Heading into this weekend's season finale, the MAYB Manhattan tournament, the Deuces are on fire, winning 11 of their last 12 games. However, the road ahead of them will prove to be challenging as the Deuces will move up to the 9th/10th grade level for this tournament.


The NEK Lady Deuces 7th-8th grade basketball team captured the 8th grade girls championship of the MAYB Lawrence Regional Tournament this past weekend at Sport 2 Sport in Lawrence.

The Deuces went 7-0 for the weekend with wins over the Topeka Mystics, Andover Blue Ice, Hays Hoopsters, Manhattan Express, Gerber Electric Sparks, and the Omaha Explosion. The Deuces defeated the McPherson Pups to claim the championship
The Deuces, now 21-8 on the season, will compete this weekend in the MAYB Topeka Regional Tournament.

The llth-l2th grade Lady Deuces placed third in the tournament, going 6-1 on the weekend with victories over the Lancers, Jags, Jeff West Tigers, Hays Hoopsters and two wins over the Topeka Tornados. The lone loss came against the Lady Spartans in the semifinals.

The 11th-12th grade Deuces also took third place in the MAYB Northeast Kansas Regional Tournament in Sabetha, July 4-6. The llth-l2th grade team finished its season with an 18-4 record.


Not to be outdone by their younger siblings, the Lady Deuces 11th & 12th grade basketball team captured the Bronze Division of the Emporia Regional MAYB Tournament, June 27-29 in Emporia. The Deuces completed the weekend with a 5-0 record, with victories over the Kansas Storm, Hartford Storm, Jeff West Tigers, Mustangs and Sweet Swishers.

The win built upon the Deuces' 5th place finish in the Topeka MAYB Tournament.

The NEK Lady Deuces 8th grade girls basketball team continued their sizzling summer, taking second place in the NCAA Tournament of the Salina Regional MAYB Tournament June 13-15 in Salina.

The Lady Deuces completed the weekend with a 4-2 record, defeating the Twin Lakes Stars 39-29; falling to the Kansas Chaos 47-35 and then defeating A-O Bullpups 48-8; Wild Women 32-27 and Clay Center, 42-29. In the championship game the Lady Deuces fell to Kansas Chaos again, 34-28.

The Deuces, 12-5 on the season, return to action this weekend as they travel to the MAYB tournament in Olathe.

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The Lady Deuces Basketball team began their 2003 Summer season on a strong note, capturing the championship trophy for the 8th Grade Girls Division of the Riley County MAYB Tournament, May 30-June 1 in Junction City.

After stumbling out the blocks in a 45-28 loss to The Kansas Dream Team, the Deuces ran off five straight victories enroute to the championship. Along the way they defeated the Kansas Aces, 33-31; the Topeka Storm, 27-25; the Hot Tamales, 41-23; and the NEK Shooting Stars, 35-33. In the championship game the Lady Deuces avenged an earlier loss to the Kansas Dream Team, 42-37.

The championship was a historic one for the Lady Deuces — their first tournament championship on the "A" Bracket of a tournament. As a result, Coach Keener Tippin was forced to FINALLY pay off a four-year promise to dye his hair blonde in honor of the team's first championship.

(EDITOR'S NOTE: Please check back frequently as pictures of Coach K as a blonde should be posted on this site in the near future.)

Rock Steady

The NEK Lady Deuces captured third place at the Midwest Youth Basketball Tournament in Johnson County, April 25-27. The Deuce's defeated the Lee Summit Fire and the Blue Springs Explosion, but fell to new-found rivals, the KC Select.

This tournament was a tune-up for the upcoming summer season and marked the first time the retooled Lady Deuces lineup had competed with each other.

Way to go Deuces!!!!!

The NEK Lady Deuces 7th/8th grade basketball team captured their second first-place finish in a tournament this season, winning the 8th grade girls B Division championship of Sport 2 Sport's MAYB Tournament in Lawrence, March 1-2.

On the road to the tournament title, the Lady Deuces defeated Junction City Lady Jays-White, 50-47, the Gerber Electric Sparks, 61-29, and KHAOS, 46-26. In a hard-fought championship game, the Lady Deuces defeated the KC Stars, 42-40 in overtime to finish the tournament with a 4-0 record.

Team members are Freida Buchanan, Tashayla Garrett, Aresha Lige, Kiersten McNutt, Nichole Naab, Summer Naab, Christy Nelson, Cali Parker, Monique Pitts and Kari Smith.


For the third consecutive weekend, the Lady Deuces 7th/8th grade team brought home medals, taking second place in the Salina Regional MAYB tournament in the Little Apple.

The Deuces finished the weekend with a 3-1 record with their only loss coming at the hands of the tournament champion, the Kansas Dream Team.


The Lady Deuces 7th/8th grade team captured the first championship in the program's history, capturing first place in the White Division of the Wamego Mid-Winter Tournament. the Deuces finished the weekend with a 3-1 record, along the way avenging a last-second loss the previous week to the Manhattan Express.

Team members are: Monique Pitts, Kierstin McNutt, Summer Naab, Nichole Nabb, Christy Nelson, Aresha Lige, Shay
Garrett, Frieda Buchanan and Cali Parker.


The Lady Deuces 7th/8th grade team captured 3rd place in the elite division of the Rock Creek Starz Tournament.

A mere 3 points separated the Lady Deuces from championship gold as they finished 4th in the championship bracket of the KC Premier MAYB tournament, June 21-23 in Kansas City.

The Deuces lost a heartbeaking 39-41
game to Hoop Service then lost an even more heartbreaking loss in the consolation game to the Lightning by a score of 35-36. The team's other loss came at the hands of the tournament champion. Leavenworth J-Birds, 24-30.

The Lady Deuces finished the tournament with a 3-3 record to raise their record to 13-7 on the season.

The tournament also marked the Lady Deuces' first appearance in a championship bracket of a tournament. WAY TO GO LADY DEUCES!!!!!! YOU'VE COME A LONG WAY!!!!!

Out manned but determined not to be denied once again, the Lady Deuces closed the book on a successful 7th/8th grade portion of their season by battling injuries and the heat to capture 3rd place in the MAYB Emporia Region Tournament, June 28-30th in Admire and Allen.

Without three starters and injuries to three other players, the Lady Deuces hung tough to capture their first medals of the season, finishing the tournament with a 3-2 record. Their lone losses came to the first and second place teams, the Lady Nets and Railers, respectively.

The Lady Deuces closed out their most successful season EVER with a 16-9 record. They will add six 9th and 10thgrade players to move up and do battle at the 9th/10 grade level.

Leading the Deuces to bronze medals this weekend were: Monique Pitts, Jolene Tamboue, Temieka Thomas, Amanda Easton, Chelsea Fowler, Kari Smith, Courtney Black, Emily Quinton, Tarilynne Ezzell and Cindy Harris.


The Lady Deuces 7th/8th grade basketball team continue to make history as they captured second place in the Bracket C consolation tournament of the MAYB National Invitational Summer Kickoff Classic, June 7-9 in Maize. The Deuces lost in the finals to Labette County by a score of 40-29.

On their way to their historic romp through this tournament, the Lady Deuces racked up victories over Coffeyville, Wichita Raptors, Ellsworth Extremes, Andale Blue Streak, Wichita Twizzlers, Goddard Lady Hoopsters and Mankato Hoopstarz. They finished the tournament with a 7-2 record. -- their best EVER record in this tournament.

The Classic, now in its ninth year, drew 805 teams from over 20 states to this year's competition. The 7th/8th girls division was comprised of 108 teams.

Lady Deuces team members are: Monique Pitts, Jolene Tamboue, Temieka Thomas, Christy Nelson, Jenna Koster, Amanda Easton, Chelsea Fowler, Alison Bates, Ashley Brown, Courtney Black, Brandice Bishop and Cindy Harris. The team is coached by Keener Tippin, Dereck Thomas, Clyde Howard and Sheila Tippin.

The Lady Deuces, now 10-4 on the season, return to action June 21-23 at the Olathe MAYB Tournament.

WAY TO GO DEUCES!!!   You were truly "ROCK STEADY" and proved "WE GOT GAME!"

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