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Brawl mars soccer game between Tonganoxie and Basehor-Linwood high schools

August 31, 2012

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The Tonganoxie boys soccer team earned its second-straight comeback victory Thursday at Basehor-Linwood, but most of the fireworks occurred before either team got on the scoreboard.

A first-half altercation led to three player ejections and left both teams shorthanded for the majority of the game, which Tonganoxie went on to win, 2-1.

Roughly 10 minutes into the first half, Tonganoxie senior Zack Tallent collided with Basehor-Linwood’s Trey Kincheloe when both players converged on a loose ball. Tempers flared among players on the field — and between several parents in the stands — before officials issued red cards to Tallent and Kincheloe, as well as THS senior John Lean.

Per Kansas State High School Activities Association rules, ejected players can’t be replaced, so Tonganoxie was forced to play with nine players and Basehor-Linwood 10 for the remainder of the match. Chieftain coach Brian Kroll said numerous fans from both sides were also ejected before play resumed.

Players began exchanging words about the game on Twitter as early as two days before it happened. Kincheloe sent a tweet at 9:14 p.m. Tuesday — shortly after Tonganoxie’s overtime win at Bonner Springs — that read “Tongies about to have a rude awakening Thursday... Thats all I have to say” (sic).

“It was unfortunate that there was an issue that overshadowed a great match between two talented teams,” Kroll said.

Basehor-Linwood coach Austin Knipp said both schools’ administrations were looking into the brawl, and that the Bobcats were taking it one step at a time.

“For me, I’ve coached that this behavior is inappropriate and is not accepted,” Knipp said. “It’s an unfortunate event that this happened, but I know that we’ll learn from it and move forward.”

Following the scrum, the Bobcats (1-2) went in front on a goal by Zach Ferguson and maintained a 1-0 lead for the rest of the first half.

The Chieftains (2-1) evened the score when senior Matt Saathoff caught the BLHS goalkeeper out of position with 17 minutes left in the second half. They went in front 10 minutes later when sophomore Asher Huseman headed a pass from Saathoff into the back of the net.

The Bobcats failed to answer in the final minutes and Tonganoxie picked up its second win in three days. For the Bobcats, the loss marked their second-straight defeat in four days.

“Even though we were down to nine and they were down to 10, it was a great, great game,” Kroll said.

Knipp added that he thought his team’s response to the prior distraction on the field was good, but that the Bobcats couldn’t move the ball well enough to avoid tiring faster.

“Tongie had great looks that they put away and they ultimately outworked us,” Knipp said. “Today we learn from yesterday and look forward to Topeka Hayden on Tuesday.”

Tonganoxie will open the home portion of its schedule at 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 4 against Atchison. Basehor-Linwood will be back in action on the same day at 5:30 p.m. at Topeka Hayden.

Comments

Kaws_Soccer12 1 year, 7 months ago

Perry is coming for ya Tongie, better watch your back!

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classclown 1 year, 7 months ago

If it weren't for the fight, no one would ever know or care there was a soccer game.

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classclown 1 year, 7 months ago

"naw I'm a Douglas County educated person"

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Ha!

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classclown 1 year, 7 months ago

Typical of third world kickball. They'll be shooting each other over missed goals next.

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Mike Ford 1 year, 7 months ago

naw I'm a Douglas County educated person

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blindrabbit 1 year, 7 months ago

Fight ended in the stands between parent groups when some unidentified townie broke open his cooler and shared the sunflower seeds, couple cans of snuff, a good supply of Mountain Dew and a 6 pack or two of Bud Light. During the fight a couple of participating "wrastlers" complained about chaffing of their rednecks. Southern Leavenworth County returned to it's normal regressive circumstances after all participants enjoyed the shared treasure trove; somehow the soccer game became an afterthought.

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Mike Ford 1 year, 7 months ago

hatfields and mccoys in billynoxie and bobbywood......with all of the hillybilly surburbia maybe there is some monster truck snobbery going on.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 1 year, 7 months ago

Maybe these kids should go out for (american) football next year, where the primary goal is to beat the crap out of each other.

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blindrabbit 1 year, 7 months ago

Two powerhouses fighting for the coveted Leavenworth County Class D trophy and bragging rights. A national sports news story I'm sure.

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Rick Aldrich 1 year, 7 months ago

Goes to show how much Smarter female soccer players really are. at least they don't go around beating their chest saying we're here to beat you up!!! grow up boys and be real "young men" no go play with your spotted balls lol

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Steve Jacob 1 year, 7 months ago

Soccer is fine, got to have a sport high school boys under six foot can be good at.

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Smarmy_Schoolmarm 1 year, 7 months ago

I find it just a wee bit amusing that next to the link for the story there is a photo and link for an article about boxing.

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twobigones 1 year, 7 months ago

Parents fighting just proves who should not ever have become a parent!!

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nate cleveland 1 year, 7 months ago

Well if the students are fighting on the field it doesnt suprise me one bit if the parents of those students were fighting in the stands... Way to lead by example parents!

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rgh 1 year, 7 months ago

That's what happens when you get a bunch of rich spoiled kids and their rich spoiled parents bickering. You would think they would then settle it with a good old debate instead of fists. It's funny yet sad at the same time. High school sports guys! Not life or death.

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Shelley Bock 1 year, 7 months ago

When red cards are issued, the player leaves the field and his / her team plays without a replacement. Not only is that the case for KSHSAA teams, it is the rule world-wide at any level. Parents fighting in the stands occurs with almost any sport, unfortunately.

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Keith 1 year, 7 months ago

With soccer comes soccer hooligans.

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Steve Jacob 1 year, 7 months ago

Parents fighting in the stands, sad.

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