Men’s Basketball News Archive 2017-2018

Larks defeat Eagles

Down 39-41 at halftime, the men’s basketball team put in a solid second half to beat the Eagles of Rhema Bible College 89-78. The win moves the Larks to 11-4 and kicks off the second half of the season on the right note.

The first game after break was a back and forth affair with three ties and seven lead changes. But it was not until the 2nd half that the Larks really started getting into gear. A key point in the second half came with 7:24 left in the half. Aubrey Johnson hit a three to put Hesston College up 65-62. The Larks did not relinquish the lead.

Coye Campbell led the way, scoring 23. Starters Aubrey Johnson (11) and Zac Neely (13) joined Campell as starters with double digits and Cal Hartley (22) and Braden Handcock (10) came off the bench giving the Larks five players with double digit scoring. Campbell and Johnson also shared the basketball well with seven assists each.

The Larks play at McPherson tonight and have two games next week before kicking off NJCAA Region VI against Fort Scott CC on Wednesday, January 24.

Lark men break century mark again, move to 10-3

The Lark men’s basketball team has worked themselves into a bit of a hot streak, winning five consecutive games and moving their record to 10-3 on the season. They hosted the Warriors JV team of Sterling College Monday night, winning 114-90.

It was a back and forth game through the first 12 minutes with eight lead changes and two ties. With the Larks up 35-33, Braden Handcock made a jump shot at the 8:34 mark in the first half, spurring a 7-0 run that included two consecutive treys by Cal Hartley. Little spurts from the Larks coupled with aggressive defense allowed them to extend the lead to 64-47 to end the half.

The second half was more of the same, the Larks forcing bad shots and taking advantage of their aggressive style to keep the ball moving up and down the court.

The Larks were led by a big night from sophomore Coye Campbell – 30 points, 6 assists, 6 steals and 5 rebounds. Also with nice nights on the score sheet were Aubrey Johnson (19), Cal Hartley (15) and Shannon Cordes (13). Issiah Smith led the team with 11 rebounds, adding eight points of his own and three assists.

The Larks will look to extend their win streak at MCC-Penn Valley (Kansas City, Mo.) Thursday before returning to Yost Center on to take on Friends University JV on Monday, December 11, at 8 p.m.

Lark men push winning streak to four games

The Lark men’s basketball team won its fourth game in a row as they defeated Louisiana Christian School. The LCS Disciples made a late push to try to bring home a victory but the Larks were able to hold them off to win 82-71.

The first half went in spurts for both teams as the Larks led by as much as 16 but also allowed the Disciples to pull within one midway through the half. The Larks shot 66.7% from the field giving them an 18 point lead at halftime.

The second half was a different story for both teams as LCS tried to claw back into the game. Shooting percentage dropped to 47.6% for the Larks but they were able to gather more rebounds than the Disciples 31-22 in the second half, with 51 boards in the game. Aubrey Johnson lead the Larks with 17 points and Grant Harding pulled down 10 boards on the night. Zac Neely also had a solid night with 13 points and 7 boards.

The Larks will be back in action on Monday, December 4, at home against Sterling JV, tip-off at 8 p.m. They will be on the road Thursday, December 7, at Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley (Kansas City).

Lark men reach triple digits for seventh time in 11 games

The Larks men’s basketball team got their second consecutive win on the road Tuesday, defeating Rhema Bible College 116-93 in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.

Head Coach Dustin Gaylon was delighted with his team’s preparation. “I thought our guys did a great job of being the more focused team for 40 minutes.” He was also pleased with the execution of the game plan. “It was all about defense and rebounding,” said Galyon. “Our depth was a big difference in the outcome of the game.”

Rhema is a well-coached team and the Larks focus on shutting down their two best players and ultimately they got the reward with the win.

All of the starters did their part on the offensive side of the ball, combining for 81 of Hesston’s points. Coye Campbell led the way with 26, followed by Zac Neeley (23), Aubrey Johnson (18), David Ladwig (8) and Grand Harding (6). Off the bench both Shannon Cordes (12) and Cal Hartley (19) had big offensive nights. The team gathered 44 rebounds with Johnson leading the way with 11 and securing his double-double.

Next up for Hesston College is Louisiana Christian School at home on Thursday, tipoff at 8 p.m. Then they will host Sterling College JV on Monday, December 4, at 8 p.m.

Lark men sweep season series with Southeast CC

Down 29-43 at halftime to the Storm of Southeast Community College the Larks looked out of the contest on Saturday. However, a dynamite start to the second half saw Hesston take the lead before the 10 minute mark. The Larks never relinquished the lead, winning 89-81.

“We defended so well in the second half that we gave ourselves a chance to win after our unfocused and sluggish start,” said Head Coach Dustin Gaylon. “We went 22-28 from the free throw line, 18-21 in the second half and that really allowed us to seal the game.”

Zac Neely had a double-double with 20 points and 15 rebounds. Grant Harding had 16 points and 10 boards for a double-double of his own. Four other Larks scored in double digits, Aubrey Johnson (15), Shannon Cordes (10), Coye Campbell (10) and Cal Hartley who also added five assists. “We had SIX guys in double digits,” said Coach Gaylon, with his normal exuberance.

The win moves the Larks to 7-3 on the year. They travel to Rhema Bible College on Tuesday, November 28, before returning for a home game against Louisiana Christian School on Thursday, November 30.

Lark men defeat Moundbuilders JV

A clinical night from the Hesston College men’s basketball team as the Larks beat the Moundbuilders JV of Southwestern College 114-67. The Larks came out with high pressure and forced the Moundbuilders into early mistakes that they could not overcome. Aggressive defensive play allowed the Larks to force 26 turnovers throughout the game. This swarming defense resulted in 33 points from those turnovers.

With the high intensity on defense and as the lead continued to mount, Head Coach Dustin Gaylon was able to rotate his bench. “It was a great team effort” said Gaylon. “Every guy had a positive contribution.” This contribution manifested itself with every player on the active roster getting on the scoresheet. The bench accounted for 77 points on the night. Coye Campbell and Aubrey Johnson started and each scored in double digits (11 and 10) while that explosion off the bench yielded double digits for Cal Hartley (12), Braden Handcock (19), Shannon Cordes (10) and CR Curless (11). Adding to the dominant defensive and team play were nine different players with a steal. “I thought we were very focused,” concluded Coach Gaylon.

The Larks will next play at Southeast Community College (Beatrice, Neb.) on Saturday, November 25. They will follow that with another away game at Rhema Bible College on Tuesday, November 28. They will be home again on Thursday, November 30, at 8 p.m. against Louisiana Christian School.

Larks survive late Southeast CC rally

In a tale of two halves, the Lark men’s basketball team weathered the Storm as Southeast Community College made it a game late in the Yost Center. The Larks held on to win 98-96. The Larks get off to a quick start, going up 8-0 in the first 1:30. Hesston hit 7-15 from behind the arc the rest of the half. This allowed Hesston College to take a 53-39 lead into the half.

The Storm raged back and overtake the Larks 96-94 with just 24 seconds left in the game. Grant Harding needed just three seconds to tie the game back up for the Larks, taking it to the hoop for a reverse layup. After Harding partially blocked a three-point attempt from Southeast, Coye Campbell snatched the rebound. Slashing through the Storm defense Campbell finished at the rim, giving the Larks a 98-96 lead with just 2.7 seconds left in the game. The Storm were able to inbound the ball and actually got a good look from behind the arc but missed the chance to win the game.

Campbell’s game winning basket capped a tremendous night for him as he scored 44 points and had 10 rebounds. Harding also had a double-double with 13 points and 15 rebounds. Zac Neely added 17 points for the Larks and Cal Hartley came off the bench to score 10.

The Larks will be home on Wednesday, November 15, against Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley at 8 p.m., and will host Bethany JV on Friday, November 17 at 7 p.m. before going to Northern Oklahoma College-Enid on Saturday, November 18.

Lark men move to 3-0

The Lark men’s basketball team moved to 3-0 Monday night, defeating McPherson JV 102-81. The Larks won the tip and right from the start they proved they were going to attack the rim. Up 4-0, Grant Harding blocked a 3-point attempt from the corner. The ball fell quickly to Coye Campbell and he brought the ball up the far side of the court. Drawing the defender, he made a nice bounce pass to Cal Hartley who went over the defender with a floater. The opening five minutes were more of the same with Campbell hitting a three, putting Hesston up 16-4 over the visiting Bulldogs of McPherson College. The Larks kept the pressure on and led 54-22 at halftime.

Campbell led the team with 25 points and added eight rebounds, six assists a steal and a block. Zac Neely went for 17 with seven boards. Hartley, a new addition to the starting lineup, scored 16 points on the night as did fellow freshman Harding. Freshman Issiah Smith came off the bench and had six points and six rebounds.

The Larks will be back in action Wednesday night at Butler Community College (El Dorado) and at home against Southwest Community College on Saturday at 3 p.m.

Lark men’s basketball opens with win over Ottawa JV

Hesston College men’ hoops opened the regular season at home Nov. 1 against the Ottawa University Braves JV team. From the tip-off the Larks put pressure on the Braves by going to the hoop, drawing quick fouls and putting on the full-court pressure. It was a back and forth affair until the Larks made their first substitution. Cal Hartley came onto the court to make his collegiate debut and had an immediate impact. Hartley made his first three shots, all from behind the arc, and finished the game with 17 points. Hesston began to stretch the lead and did not look back.

The Larks fast paced offense was too much for Ottawa. “On offense I thought we controlled the pace,” said Head Coach Dustin Gaylon. “We made it an up-tempo game which is what we wanted.”

Sophomore Zac Neely quietly led the team with a double-double, 21 points and 10 rebounds. Coye Campbell added 18 points and six assists. Joining Hartley with an impressive debut was Shannon Cordes with 16 points.

“I was pleased with our effort tonight,” said Galyon. “We still have a lot of things to work on – on both sides of the basketball. Overall I was very pleased with our focus and intensity.”

The Larks head to Newton to play Bethel College JV tonight at 8 p.m. They will be back home on Monday, November 6, vs McPherson JV at 8 p.m.

Photo release – Special Olympics coaching clinics on campus Sept. 9

Hesston College played host to Special Olympics coaching clinics for basketball and soccer led by Andrew Stauffer, volunteer certified Special Olympics basketball and soccer coach, Saturday, Sept. 9. Stauffer made classroom presentations on philosophy, theory and practice drills for basketball and soccer, then worked with Larks men’s basketball players and women’s soccer players to demonstrate drills and modifications. More than 40 coaches from south central Kansas attended the clinics which were open to all Kansas coaches. All Special Olympics coaches must attend a face-to-face clinic in order to be certified. Hesston College photos by Larry Bartel

Hesston College men's basketball players demonstrate drills at a clinic for prospective Special Olympics coaches.
Hesston College men’s basketball players demonstrate drills at a clinic for prospective Special Olympics coaches.

Men’s basketball loses in Salina to end year

The Hesston College men’s basketball team traveled north to Salina and lost to Brown Mackie College on Saturday afternoon 102-77 in their final game of the season.

The Larks finish the year at 10-19, while the Lions have a final game remaining vs. Fort Scott on March 1. Hesston men’s basketball plans to return six freshman to next year’s roster. Brown Mackie College will close its doors at the end of the year, and playing their final game against Hesston College.

Coach Galyon will look to get back on track next season, in hopes of getting the Larks a return trip to the NJCAA National Tournament (2014-15).

The bounce back: A Lark gets back his winning wings

As a sophomore in high school, Heath Agnew was captain of his basketball team, averaging a double-double every game. Proven to be a young leader with immense potential, Agnew already had colleges begin the show interest in him. By his junior year he was getting calls from some of the biggest Division II schools in the country, several Division IIIs, and even a couple of Division Is. Agnew’s future was looking promising.

Basketball was year-round for Agnew. During the fall of his senior year, it became his sole focus. But there was one thing holding him back. He had started feeling shooting pains in his back the previous summer.

“I never thought anything of it,” he said. “When it started hurting I’d go see someone to loosen my muscles so I could still play. I never took time off. I thought ‘I’m 17 years old, I’m invincible, I’ll be fine.’ ”

So he kept training.

Then, in the middle of weight training, it happened.

He felt a pop while dead-lifting.

The next morning he wasn’t able to move his right leg. Agnew had suffered from a herniated disc, causing pinching in the sciatic nerve down his right leg. He was put in rehab, started physical therapy, endured shock pain management and hoped to be healthy by the time the season started.

However, recovery wasn’t going as well as expected and Agnew missed the first six games of the season. The DI and II schools who had been watching him called to say they chose to put him on hold for the spring. After seeing rehab wasn’t working, the doctors gave Agnew two options.

“Do you want to play or have surgery?”

“Looking back on it now, I should’ve had surgery,” said Agnew. “But it was my senior year and those guys were the teammates I’d been playing with since third grade. That was my team, my school, my people and I had to show loyalty to that.”

So Agnew played through the pain and contributed to the team the best he could. He returned to play for four games before he broke his ankle and ended up in a boot, benched for three more weeks.

He came back to play three weeks earlier than he should’ve, helping his team end the season by winning district.

Then he and his mom decided it was time for surgery. By then the nerve damage was so bad, he could no longer feel anything above the ankle in his right leg.

“At that point, all thoughts of playing college basketball were over,” said Agnew. “I decided I was just going to go to school and be a regular student at Texas State.”

But when he woke up from surgery, feeling like a new person, he reconsidered.

“I visited two DIIIs in Texas and got a good offer from a DII in Minnesota,” said Agnew. “I was really considering Minnesota, but after they found out about my back injury, things changed. I told the coach, ‘Minnesota’s too cold for that small offer.’”

Enter Dustin Galyon.

“I got a call from my dad saying that he had received a call from a NJCAA, DII school in Hesston Kansas,” said Agnew. “I wasn’t considering a junior college, but my dad said the coach was already in Texas, why not give it a shot?”

Agnew’s car ride to Texas Roadhouse, where he was meeting Galyon, was the first time he was able to sit up, let alone ride in a car for two weeks.

“We got there before they did so I went to the bathroom,” said Agnew. “I’m using the bathroom and Hurricane Galyon comes flying at me and starts greeting me, a hundred miles an hour talking to me. I thought ‘what am I getting myself into?’”

Two weeks later, Agnew endured a nine-hour drive to visit Hesston College.

“It was the perfect day, 70 degrees, chicken patties for lunch, everything was perfect,” said Agnew. “I met with the Jontray Harris, who I had known from playing against in high school, and instantly I could just see the maturity from just a year at Hesston. It was a testament to how coach can change people.”

On his way back to Texas, Agnew called his mom and told her he’s moving to Kansas.

“I committed and the rest is history.”

But that’s not the end of the story.

“He just keeps getting healthier and healthier,” said Galyon. “A guy who comes in as a freshman and didn’t play much while his body was getting right, to now as a sophomore, started every game this semester, unanimous team captain, I would say in some ways he’s won more than people ever thought.

“Heath Agnew’s story is incredible,” said Galyon. “When we talk about athletics, we talk about perseverance, toughness and winning. Yes, winning is important. But if you think about winning in a broader perspective, winning is not giving up, defying the odds and coming back from adversity.”

by Jasmine Pankratz

Larks miss shot at buzzer, Cardinals escape 

The Hesston College men’s basketball team dropped a heartbreaker to the visiting Labette Community College Cardinals, missing a game winning attempt at the final buzzer and falling 61-60 on sophomore day, Saturday at Yost Center. 

After a sluggish opening few minutes, Labette emerged with a seven-point advantage at 18-11. Sophomore Dillon Buchanan (Boerne, Texas) capped off a 10-0 Hesston run with an emphatic slam dunk. The Larks stretched their lead to 26-20 on a pair of free throws by freshman Zac Neely (Ada, Okla.). Hesston held Labette to 27% shooting from the field in the first half to lead 27-24 at the interval. 

The second half was a back and forth affair that came down to the last second. With a 58-56 lead with under 30 seconds on the clock for Labette, Lark freshman Collin Means (Deer Park, Texas) connected on two free throws to bring things even at 58-58. The Cardinals’ John Batts responded drilling a clutch three-pointer to give the Cardinals a 61-58 lead. After a missed shot for the Larks, freshman guard David Ladwig (Wichita, Kan.) cut to the hoop for an offensive board and put back to close the gap to 61-60 Cardinals with under 10 seconds. After an intentional foul, Labette missed the front end of a one-and-one and, after a quick scramble up the court, Hesston’s Collin Means’s long range three-point attempt bounced off the back rim as the buzzer sounded as a stunned crowed watched on at Yost Center.

Means finished with 13 points. Brian Allen (Houston, Texas) also had 13 points in the narrow loss. Zac Neely (Ada, Okla.) chipped in 11 for the Larks. Kevin Mack had 24 points, 20 of those coming in the second half for the Cardinals. Hesston drops to 10-16 overall (1-9 in region VI) clinging to postseason hopes.

Next up: Men’s Basketball will travel to Overland Park, Kan. on Wednesday, February 22, to take on Johnson County Community College. The Cavaliers squeaked by the Larks in their last meeting, 88-86 on January 28 in Hesston. Tip off from JCCC Gymnasium will be at 7:30 p.m.

Larks rally falls short

After trailing by 15 points in the second half, Hesston College men’s basketball rallied to within four only to lose 63-50 to the visiting Fort Scott (Kan.) Community College Greyhounds at Yost Center.

A defensive first half mixed with poor shooting saw both teams struggle to get any rhythm going. After things were knotted at 17-17 with under 3:00 to play in the first half, the Greyhounds responded with a 7-0 run to lead 24-17 and took a 26-20 edge at the break. The Greyhounds stretched their margin to 15 points at 44-29 midway through the second half. A 12-0 Hesston College run made it 44-41 Fort Scott before the Greyhounds responded. They came out of their timeout and rattled off their own 9-0 run to go up 53-41, taking control of the game and going on to win 63-50. Hesston College was held to 28% shooting for the game.

Fort Scott was automatic at the stripe, connecting on 17 of 18 free throws as a team. Freshman forward Heath Agnew (Mountain City, Texas) scored 12 points and three players added 9 points in the loss for Hesston, who dropped to 10-15. The Greyhounds received payback as they lost to the Larks 66-62 in Fort Scott last month. Tyler Zinn scored a game high 20 points (11/11 FT) to help secure the win for the Greyhounds.

“we rallied hard, again our defense was good enough all game, we just went through a stretch where we didn’t score,“ Head Coach Dustin Galyon said following the game.

Next up: The Larks will return to Yost Center on Saturday February 18 to take on Labette Community College. Tipoff will be at 3:30 p.m. against the Cardinals. Hesston College lost 75-63 at Labette on January 25.

Larks hang tight with Scotties, lose late

The Hesston College men&squo;s basketball team traveled to Ben Allen Fieldhouse and lost to Highland (Kan.) Community College 71-58 on Saturday in Region IV play. The Larks dug themselves a quick hole trailing 12-4 with only a few minutes gone. The Scotties enjoyed the lead for most of the half, and saw it reach double digits on a Collin Jasper three-point basket (33-22). Hesston got themselves back in the game going on an 11-4 run at the end of the half to bring things to 36-33 at the interval.

Highland turned up the defensive effort in the second half, holding Hesston to 25 points. The Larks didn’t let down, putting in a gritty effort, battling back to take the lead by four points. “I’m proud of how hard we played,” Head Coach Dustin Galyon commented. “We had the lead at one point in the second half and they hit three incredible contested shots and we just couldn’t get back from it.”

Shooting guard Carson Smith (Baytown, Texas) led the Larks with 16 points and seven rebounds. Freshman guard Caleb Harris (Dayton, Ohio), coming off a career high 27 points, added 12. Highland benefited from Stephon Jackson’s game hight 20 points.

The loss drops the Larks to 10-14 and the Scotties move to 18-7. Hesston College men’s basketball returns to action Wednesday night when they host Fort Scott (Kan.) Community College. The Larks defeated the Greyhounds 66-62 last month in Fort Scott. Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m. from Yost Center.