Craw-Kan Team of the Week: Frontenac Raiders

By: Sports in Kansas - Chet Kuplen
Feb 26, 2017

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The Craw-Kan "Your Community Technology Partner" Team of the Week from the Southeast Kansas area is the Frontenac Raiders boys basketball team after winning the CNC league title outright for the first time since the 2004 season. 

The Raiders, led by first year head coach Ryan Varsolona, who is in his second stint with the program as a head coach and was an assistant on the 2004 team, finished the regular season with only one CNC league loss. Frontenac (12-8) finished the league with a 6-1 record, with the only loss coming to Baxter Springs in CNC play. Galena, Colgan and Baxter all finished league play with a 5-2 record in 2016-2017. 

Frontenac finished its final regular season games by getting a share of the league title against Southeast on Tuesday with a 61-40 victory, before Galena would lose to Girard in overtime, giving the Raiders the outright title. On Tuesday, FHS was led by 4A-II all-state candidate Isaac Bicknell who had 29 points in the contest. Eian Mounsour had eight points, while Ryan Long and Hayden Pile each chipped in six. 

The second seed Raiders will be back in action this week on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in sub-state as they will take on three seed Girard in the 4A-II postseason at Girard. The winner will take on one seed Baxter Springs or  fourth seeded Columbus on Saturday in the 4A-II sub-state championship with a berth to state at Emporia on the line. The Raiders have not been to state basketball since 2004 when they made it in 3A. 

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Craw-Kan “Your Technology Partner" and Sports in Kansas will once again be in partnership over the 2016-2017 school year to release a "Craw-Kan Team of the Week". 

"I am again excited for this partnership with Craw-Kan and highlighting teams from the SEK area to not only a local platform but also giving them statewide reach on our network," said Sports in Kansas Managing Partner, Chet Kuplen. "Not only does this help athletes and teams to be promoted for their achievements, it also lets the area know what all the new products that Craw-Kan has to offer, including new gigabit fiber now in the the area. Also that Craw-Kan is now in Frontenac and Pittsburg” 

"Craw-Kan offers all your technology needs in the area from internet to web design and cell phones to security systems." said Craw-Kan Marketing Manager, Zach Adams. "We have a lot of new products including the fastest internet in the area in the new gigabit fiber, we are also in Frontenac and Pittsburg with our service. We are very excited with all the new products we have to offer to the area."

Nominations will be accepted from every Friday-Sunday, with the "Craw-Kan Team of the Week" being released every Monday on Sports in Kansas (Kansas-Sports.com). Teams must be nominated via email or twitter. 

Teams must be from the following leagues in the Southeast Kansas area to be eligible: SEK, CNC, TRL

Craw-Kan and Sports in Kansas will also partner in releasing a "All Craw-Kan Team" for the Southeast Kansas area after postseason play has wrapped up. 

How to nominate?

email: chetkuplen@kansas-sports.com