Category Archives: EXTRAS

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.

Chloe’s Corner: Q&A with Aaron Marchetti

Aaron Marchetti

Aaron Marchetti is a former professional tennis player. He was an All-American tennis player at Virginia Tech and later went on tour with top pro players, including Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras and James Blake.

He was inducted into the Virginia Tech sports Hall of Fame in 2009.

Today he runs the Marchetti Tennis Academy with his brother, Adam, and father, Gino. Marchetti Tennis is at KC Racquet Club, but in June the academy will be moving to Clayview Country Club.

Countdown: The Top 5 NBA players drafted from Missouri basketball

Missouri Basketball Top NBA Players

As the NBA playoffs continue and the NBA draft approaches soon, plus to get our fill of basketball in the area until the college season starts, we decided to look at the best players drafted to the NBA from Mizzou, Kansas State and Kansas. This is all based on their NBA careers and not what they did in college. To that point, most of these players had good college careers that caused them to get drafted to the NBA. Not only that, we are only including players that were drafted, meaning anyone that went undrafted will not be included. To kick things off, we start with the best to come from the University of Missouri basketball program.

Will May be better for the Kansas City Royals? They’re glad to be past April

Royals in May

Will May be better? It can’t be much worse than April was for the Royals.

When the Kansas City Royals hit a major league-worst .210 in April, you can expect a bad month. When you add to that a .270 on-base percentage and a .336 slugging percentage, also, all worst in the bigs, you know that is going to add up to a lot of losses.

When you score a big league-worst 63 runs, 24 fewer than the next club, it is going to be a long, long, month.

When your bullpen, once a strength, is 2-7 with a 5.67 ERA and with more blown saves, four, than saves, three, and you know it must be horrible month.

It was. Ending with a nine-game losing streak and the American League Central caboose.

Countdown: The Kansas City Chiefs top 1st-round NFL Draft Picks

1st round draft picks

With the the 2017 NFL draft coming up, we decided to take a look at and rank the top picks by the Kansas City Chiefs round by round, and this is easily the toughest with so many of the greatest Chiefs’ players taken in the first round. We are ranking this based on their time in Kansas City, not their overall career, and the impact they have had on the franchise. This also includes picks they had while in the AFL and the team’s brief time as the Dallas Texans. With all that said, here’s our list of the top first-round draft picks by the Kansas City Chiefs.

Countdown: The Kansas City Chiefs top 2nd-round NFL Draft Picks

2nd Round Chiefs Draft Picks

We are continuing our series on the Chiefs’ best draft picks, round by round, now going into the second round. Remember, this is based on their career as a Chief and the impact they have had on the franchise. Here’s our list of the top second round NFL Draft picks by Kansas City.

Chloe’s Corner: An interview with Scott Hanover

Scott Hanover

APRIL 2017 – Scott Hanover is the Director of Tennis at the Plaza Tennis Center. Hanover is responsible for all public tennis lessons, programs and events. Previously, he managed at Clayview Country Club.