Archive for Friday, August 31, 2012

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

August 31, 2012


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.


Shelley Bock 5 years, 9 months ago

Get real kujayhawk, soccer is here to stay and gets more popular every year.

jhawkinsf 5 years, 9 months ago

I've been hearing that for half a century now.

I wouldn't have even checked out this story of the word "brawl" didn't grab my attention.

Shelley Bock 5 years, 9 months ago

That's funny superswagg, really funny. Most of the world thinks that American football players are sissies because they go around playing in protective armor and can't play without it. I consider that to be a faulty opinion, as much as yours is. Football requires pure power, muscle and brute force while soccer players play with power, muscle, athleticism and skill.

Ever notice in Red Dog training, how difficult the tasks are for football players and a breeze for soccer players?

Maybe their mom's don't want them to have brain damage?

Each game has it's good points and bad points. Don't throw out the accusation that it is a "sissy sport". That only shows your ignorance.

kujayhawk2016 5 years, 9 months ago

They go around in protective gear because they collide at full speed.

Red Dog training is designed for endurance/aerobic/slow twitch muscle fiber development. Football is a sprinting game, therefore fast twitch fiber development is needed.

Head balls in soccer are proven to have more of an effect on the brain than football does (not including spearing or leading with the head)

Two totally different sports, soccer is not a contact sport, so don't try to compare it to football.

Shelley Bock 5 years, 9 months ago

To say that soccer is a non-contact sport only reinforces my opinion that you've never been to a soccer game.

Soccer players do collide at full speed. Some more skillfully than others. Seems as though the collision described in the article here was one of those unskillful collisions.

Head balls do involve some potential for trauma to the brain, but there's no class action suit against the professional leagues as is the case for football. (The results of this lawsuit may have an impact on all of football if there is a ruling in favor of the players.)

I will always compare soccer to American football because it is becoming more popular all of the time. Last statistics indicate that it is #5 popular sport for high school athletes of both genders. And, it continues to grow. And, because of Tea Baggers types, fiscal austerity in the various states causes problems for athletic budgets. Thus, the cost of football is far, far more than the expense for soccer. There will come a time when football is threatened more by excessive cost than any other factor. Soccer is a cheaper alternative.

Keith 5 years, 9 months ago

With soccer comes soccer hooligans.

Shelley Bock 5 years, 9 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.

parrothead8 5 years, 9 months ago

With that kind of reasoning, I'm afraid you're missing out on a lot of good things.

Shelley Bock 5 years, 9 months ago

Might it also be too South American, African and Asian for you, too?

rgh 5 years, 9 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.

Matt Schwartz 5 years, 9 months ago

Rich and spoiled in Tongie and Linwood-Basehor...ha! whatever you're smoking, put it down, and slowly walk away.

Sherry Warren 5 years, 9 months ago

Yeah... I am a bit confused what makes these folks rich and spoiled. Soccer? Tongie and B-L? Going to high school? Where you comin' from rgh?

Smarmy_Schoolmarm 5 years, 9 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.

Steve Jacob 5 years, 9 months ago

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

3up3down 5 years, 9 months ago

Wrestling, gymnastics, swimming, diving come to mind.

Sherry Warren 5 years, 9 months ago

My 2A Kansas HS had none of those. It was Football, Basketball, Volleyball, and Track. That was it.

Rick Aldrich 5 years, 9 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

blindrabbit 5 years, 9 months ago

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

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 9 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.

Shelley Bock 5 years, 9 months ago

Rockchalk, you apparently haven't been to any soccer games. Just as competitive as any other sport you've attended. Only very young recreational games are how you describe, but that's probably the same as in any recreational setting.

Soccer is as competitive as any sport. Seems like the game between Tonganoxie and Basehor-Linwood, was an example of when it got "too" competitive.

Mike Ford 5 years, 9 months ago

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

blindrabbit 5 years, 9 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.

Mike Ford 5 years, 9 months ago

naw I'm a Douglas County educated person

classclown 5 years, 9 months ago

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

classclown 5 years, 9 months ago

"naw I'm a Douglas County educated person"



classclown 5 years, 9 months ago

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

Kaws_Soccer12 5 years, 9 months ago

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

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