Oh those second halves. It is those final 20 minutes in which the Barton Community College men's basketball team seems to thrive.
With the Jayhawk West title pretty much out of reach the focus for the Barton Community College women's basketball team has turned to finishing in the top four in the Jayhawk West and with it a home game to start Region VI play.
Perhaps it is the kind of win that will change the momentum.
This past weekend marked the halfway point of the indoor season for the Barton Community College women's track team. The Cougars traveled to Lubbock, Texas for the Masked Rider Invitational on the campus of Texas Tech University.
The Indoor track season continues to produce NJCAA qualifiers for the Barton Community College men's track team with another dozen earning a spot this past weekend at the Masked Rider Open on the campus of Texas Tech University.
No doubt winning at the Green House was going to be a tough task. Much like its most recent road trip to Arley Bryant Gym in Concordia, the Barton Community College women's basketball team had not won in the building since 2007.
That mid-conference grind. The time of the schedule where the early conference pep is gone and the closing excitement is still a few games away. It is the time of the year teams have to dig down and just grind.
Arley Bryant Gymnasium has been the site of some thrilling games between Barton Community College and Cloud County over the years. Several of those high-scoring affairs.
The bus ride home from Concordia has not involved much celebrating. In fact, it had been seven years since the Barton Community College women's basketball team enjoyed the ride back to Great Bend following a win over Cloud County.
The Barton Community College men's tennis opener was kind of like a comet. A one day comet that won't be back for another month.
At first glance on the schedule it might look like a scrimmage. But it wasn't. It counted for real and was the opener chapter to the 2015 women's tennis season at Barton Community College.
Some portions of a schedule are tougher than others. Thanks to a make-up reshuffling earlier this year, the Barton Community College women's basketball had about as tough a 3-game stretch as anyone in the nation will play this season.
On a night when Gene Butler, a member of the highest scoring team in school history, was inducted into the Barton Sports Hall of Fame, the current Cougars showed him they can score a few points as well. Barton hit triple digits for the third time in seven conference games in a 100-90 win over Pratt.
Finally a game against a team not ranked in the Top 10. And with it finally a win snapping a 4-game losing streak.
Another meet and a growing list of qualifiers. That is the strategy for the Barton Community College men's indoor track team and it worked perfectly this past weekend in Lincoln, Neb.
Trevor Rolfs will be the next head women's basketball coach at Barton Community College. He will take over for Carter Kruger who resigned at the end of the season, spending three years at the helm.
HESSTON- There is little doubt the Barton Community College men's tennis team plays in one, if not the toughest, regions in the NJCAA. Two of the top four teams in the nation are in the region.
LAWRENCE- It was a battle all day long. The second Jayhawk Conference men's golf tournament was a close contest the entire way at Alvamar Country Club in Lawrence.
It was a season full of honors for Ahmad Walker. The Barton Community College sophomore basketball star capped his post season honors by being named NJCAA second team All American.
HESSTON- In the final tune-up match for the Region VI Championships, the Barton Community College women's tennis team did not have the success it would have liked. In fact it was another day of fighting injuries for the Cougars as they lost to nationally ranked Cowley College 8-1.
SALINA- A perfect conference season is in the books. The Barton Community College women's golf team made it 6-for-6 in winning Jayhawk Conference tournaments this season. The final leg was completed with another easy win at the Salina Municipal Golf Course Monday and Tuesday.
WICHITA- It isn't often superstar Lydia Mato doesn't cross the finish line first. But it did happen Friday at Cessna Stadium in Wichita. Mato took second in the 5000m at a very competitive KT Woodman Classic on the campus of Wichita State University.
WICHITA – It was one of the largest meets of the season by sheer numbers. Several events had more than 70 entrants. The event included several junior college teams from Kansas as well as the Midwest.
It was just the weekend the Barton Community College baseball team was in need of.
STERLING- The weather seemed to be the only thing that was going to stop the Barton Community College softball team Saturday – and it did.
Lydia Mato has hit the jackpot...and shattered it! She met her fortune not panning for gold in a river bed or some lost tunnel in a mountainside but on a well laid path of pressurized rubber and Poly-Resin binders.
EL DORADO- The Barton Community College softball team headed to the Jayhawk West leader on a roll. Barton had won five of six conference games. But the hot streak came to a hault at Butler.
It was a good start to an important series.
It was perhaps her best week yet. So it was little surprise that Erica Harper won what is becoming a weekly honor for her - the Jayhawk Conference Player of the Week award.
DODGE CITY- Taking care of business when it mattered most. That is what the Barton Community College softball team did Wednesday afternoon in a sweep of Dodge City.