Tuesday, April 19, 2016

2016 SHUKC 3 Point Contest (Boys)

Sam Lorenzen (Lansing) - Photo by Katrin Holden

by David Brox, davidbrox@shukc.com

I was really looking forward to this show down in the 3 point contest and Sam Lorenzen and Kasey Conklin did not disappoint.  Conklin joked at practice that he never did anything other than shoot the basketball.  He would get 300 "makes" a day.  That is something for all the young kids out there to let sink in.  Not shots but makes per day!  These two young men can shoot and going to overtime in the final just emphasized it even more.

Check out the event from Friday night at Piper High School.

Check out the skills of Mark Snyder giving you the split screen to see both sides shoot.

2016 SHUKC Dunk Contest

Brock Gilliam (photo by Katrin Holden)

by David Brox, davidbrox@shukc.com

2016 SHUKC Dunk contest is in the books.  Check out how the events unfolded.

Monday, April 18, 2016

2016 SHUKC All Star Game (Girls)

KVL Team (photo by Katrin Holden)

by David Brox, davidbrox@shukc.com

Mark Snyder - director
Rodney White - commentator
Chandler Herron - Camera
Cedric Clark - Camera

KVL vs KCAL girls game.

KCAL Team (photo by Karin Holden)

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Message from Vernon Birmingham

by David Brox, davidbrox@shukc.com

About 6 years ago I had a plan to go take a laptop and a head set to a basketball game with a camera and broadcast high school games.  I got a message from an old high school friend asking if he could join me and the rest is history.  Vernon Birmingham has been a trusted partner and friend to me with SHUKC and in life.  I am honored to call him my friend.

Below are his parting words from a SHUKC perspective and I wanted to post it and just tell him thank you!

"I've enjoyed my time and the ride with David Brox and SHUKC. We set out on a mission which was to spotlight the KCK kids in their athletic endeavors. This soon became adding the kids of the KVL. From media days, award ceremonies, game of the weeks (even on tv), track honor rolls, etc I think we've done some good things. Now it's time to focus on my kids. I've left countless volleyball and basketball games to go cover other kids and I said this season would be the last. So tonight it concludes with the KCAL vs KVL All-Star basketball game beginning at 5:30 at Piper High School with the girls followed by the boys with 3 point shootouts and dunk contest sprinkled in. It's been a great run and look forward to ending it with this dub! Come out and support these great kids! ‪#‎Vhamout‬ ‪#‎1stKobenowV"

2016 SHUKC All Star Game (Boys)

Sam Lorenzen (Lansing) - Photo by Katrin Holden
by David Brox, davidbrox@shukc.com

The 2016 SHUKC All Star game was a great success and a very entertaining game.  Sam Lorenzen went off from behind the arch to lead the KVL team to a 133-108 victory.  The KVL team sets a new single game record with 133 points.  I said heading into the game that this was going to be one of the best shooting displays we have seen.  With a starting back court of Kasey Conklin, Sam Lorenzen and Jahron McPherson which simply didn't disappoint.  So many fun moments in this game including Tyler Novotney who put on a display from well beyond the 3 point line.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Washington Girls Basketball Coach Resigns

Edward Tate

by David Brox, davidbrox@shukc.com

The challenge of coaching a girls team in the KCAL has been a challenge for anyone that has taken on the task.  Edward Tate took on a huge task at Washington high school and slowly but surely made positive change for the schools program.  I have been informed that Coach Tate is stepping down from the program.  He sent me a statement and I wanted to share.

"I decided to step down for several reasons:

1. The Lord has blessed me and my wife and we are expecting a baby in August!!!

2. I am now the Head Football Coach at Washington and we want to turn our program around - this will require a ton of my time and energy.

We have been able to do some great and exciting things the last four years:

- Top 25 team (#12) ranking in the metro last season

- Lady Cats Invitational Tournament

- First KCK girls team to BEAT Atchison Girls IN Atchison (since they came into the league)

To some this isn't a lot, but we are proud of what we have been able to do with what we were asked to work with."

I want to say first congrats to coach and his wife on the baby!  

I am guilty at times of sharing my opinion at the wrong times.  I did that last year when Coach Tate was voted the Coach of the Year in the KCAL.  Considering where this program started and the progress made overall is certainly commendable and should not be ignored.  I look forward to seeing him take on another difficult task at Washington and seeing the next coach continue his efforts the past 4 years. 

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

2016 Dunk Contest Rules

Photo by Instant Replay of KC
by David Brox, davidbrox@shukc.com

I will obviously explain this again during practice and the night of the event but I think it is important for the participants to plan ahead.  There is strategy involved here.


Photo by Instant Replay of KC
Each participant will get 3 opportunities to make a dunk.  The dunk will get a score from the judges on a 10 point scale.  If you are unable to get one of the first two dunks down then I will be honest, you are in trouble.  At this point I would recommend just enjoying the moment and giving it your best on the second dunk.

The scores for the first two dunks will be totaled and the top 2 scores will move to the dunk contest final.

In the event of a tie we will have another dunk to decide who moves to the final. 

Lets discuss the first round.  You need to have at the least 6 dunks in your tool belt.  Your 3rd and 4th dunk need to be good enough to move you to the final.   Using your best dunk in the first round is NO GOOD.  You want to save the best for last.


We will rotate.  The player with the top score in the first round will get to decide who goes first.  We will do 2 dunks (3 attempts) each round robin.  Top score takes the title.  In the event of a tie we will do a final dunk.


There will be no forgiveness on the 3 attempts.  If you have a bad toss and do not actually attempt the dunk then that will not count.  I will be the judge and jury on this.  All decisions by me are final.