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A look back at the Top 10 Kansas City sports moments in 2017

As we start into the New Year, let’s look back at the Top 10 headlines and see what made 2017 great for Kansas City sports fans.

While 2017 was not as exciting as some previous years, like the Royals’ 2015 World Series championship, there was still so much that left fans of every team around the area happy at the end of the year.

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Articles inside this issue of KC Sports:

  • TOP 10 Kansas City Sports Moments of 2017
  • CHIEFS rookie KAREEM HUNT captures the NFL rushing crown
  • ROYALS enhance pitching depth with four additions
  • DEVONTE’ GRAHAM undeniably is JAYHAWKS‘ leader
  • MIZZOU‘s KEVIN PURYEAR is more productive with less court time
  • 5 star walk on MASON SCHOEN has accomplished his KSU goals
  • Notre Dame de Sion coach DANA HOEPER establishes girls golf dynasty
  • MAVERICKS goalie MASON MCDONALD has a NHL plan
  • HEARTLAND SOCCER awards gala set for February
  • The CHIEFS future looks fantastic with PATRICK MAHOMES
  • CHIEFS  “Brick Wall” linebacker REGGIE RAGLAND takes pleasure in stopping the run
  • What’s your exercise/health plan for 2018?
  • Seven ways to avoid injury in the gym in the New Year

Golf Hospitality Association highlights professionalism on and off the course

Golf Hospitality Association

One of the most important elements in the enjoyment of a round of golf is also one of the least predictable. While most golf hospitality workers – marshals, rangers, starters, etc. – do a good job of providing a quality experience for patrons, the manner in which they perform their tasks can be quite different from one course to another. Mike Abell of the Kansas City-based Golf Hospitality Association hopes his organization can bring some consistency.

Shjon Podein adds Instant Credibility: NHL player’s involvement shows KC Ice Center hockey programs are legit

Shjon Podein played 13 seasons in the National Hockey League. He won a Stanley Cup with the Colorado Avalanche in 2000-2001. He grew up in Rochester, Minnesota, where one of his buddies was Dean Nelson, now the general manager of the Kansas City Ice Center.

When Nelson came to the Kansas City area six years ago, he faced an uphill battle in growing youth hockey. He decided one of the best ways to do that was to enhance the camps and clinics schedule. There were fewer than 50 kids involved at the time. The number approached nearly 500 this summer.

Nelson knew hockey is mostly a series of one-on-one battles, so he decided a camp devoted to teaching kids how to win those battles would be a key part of his camp strategy. He created Battle Camp, and in one of the most strategic decisions he’s made in his six years, he invited his old friend to join him.

Chloe’s Corner Tennis Report: Q&A with Elliott McDermed of OP Raquet Club

Elliott McDermed and Eric Rand are the owners of Overland Park Racquet Club in Overland Park, KS. They have owned OPRC for three years.

It is the largest tennis facility in Kansas City with 24 courts- 14 indoor and 10 outdoor. Four new clay courts were also installed in April. Additionally, there is a full-service restaurant and pro shop.

OPRC was recently voted one of the top 50 tennis facilities in the United States by Tennis Magazine.

Chloe Norris sat down with Elliot McDermed for a one-on-one interview for Kansas City Sports and Fitness Magazine.

Johnson, Hunt, Hill and Jones are key Chiefs players to watch during the preseason

Some Chiefs players to watch during training camp that could make or break the 2017 campaign include Derrick Johnson, Kareem Hunt, Tyreek Hill and Chris Jones.

While there have been a lot of changes in the Kansas City Chiefs organization and front office this offseason, but the majority of the roster has stayed the same.

Apart from the draft and free agency moves, the core of the team has stayed together.

Certain players will have key parts in whether the Chiefs will return to the playoffs and make a Super Bowl run again, but there’s also some questions, like any year.

Here’s what to watch for with these key players:

Tom Watson is the perfect ambassador for his hometown and for the game of golf

Tom Watson

There are lot’s of celebrities who give back to their hometown, and Tom Watson is one of the best.

Last month dozens of celebrities played in the Big Slick celebrity softball tourney at Kauffman Stadium and we saw many local celebrities take part in the charity event.

Paul Rudd, Jason Sudeikis, Rob Riggle, David Cook, Randy Flagler, Eric Stonestreet and many other donned Royals uniforms to entertain and raise money for the Children’s Mercy Cancer Center.

Chloe’s Corner Tennis Report: Interview with top-ranked Brooklyn Olson

Brooklyn Olson

Brooklyn Olson, an 11-year-old girl, ranked very highly in MO Valley girls’ 12’s and 14’s. She also has a national ranking in the girls’ 12’s.

Brooklyn has been to many national tournaments, Sweet 16’s, Futures/Supers, and has won quite a few of them. She has been playing tennis for more than half her life and currently trains at Marchetti Tennis Academy, which just recently moved to Clayview Country Club.

Here is an exclusive Kansas City Sports & Fitness Magazine Chloe’s Corner interview with Brooklyn:

Chloe: How long have you been playing tennis?
Brooklyn: I started playing when I was five. We played with special red balls that are bigger and move slower than a yellow tennis ball. The courts we played on were half the size of a regular court.

Hot Take: Believe the hype, Mizzou basketball will rise back to the top

mizzou on rise

The last time the Missouri men’s basketball team made the NCAA Tournament was just 4 seasons ago, but for Mizzou fans, that seems like a lifetime. Just this summer, however, there has arguably been more buzz around the program than any other around the country. So much so that Mizzou is being recognized as a team to watch. With the additions of Cuonzo Martin, Michael Porter, Jr. and one of the best recruiting classes in the country, the Tigers not only look like they could be a threat in the SEC and the tournament this year and for years to come.

Countdown: Top 5 NBA players drafted from Kansas State University

kansas state basketball

As we continue looking at some of the best NBA players to come from our local schools, we now look at the best to come from the Little Apple. While Kansas State hasn’t had a continuously consistent basketball program, they still have found success, making 29 NCAA Tournaments, 4 Final Fours, and have been named 44th on the Associated Press’s All-Time Poll. Through the years the Wildcats have had some talented players that had great NBA careers, including a hall-of-famer. And as we get closer to the NBA Draft, we look at the best NBA players from Kansas State, based on their NBA success.