Memorial Day Blog

Dave Stewart shares his thoughts in the world of sports during Memorial Day weekend.

Ryan Donnelly's Impact

Dave Stewart recalls a certain hand shake from Ryan Donnelly that immediately spoke to his character.

NFL Needs to Graduate to a New Rule

Mick Shaffer explains the NFL's "graduation rule" and why it should be forgotten.

The Talent on Parkhill Street

There's some talent in Leif Lisec's neighborhood on Parkhill Street. He tells us about one talented Kansas golfer.

Happy Fowler’s Day

If you weren't watching the Player's Championship on Sunday, you missed out on some great golf. Mick Shaffer tells us why.

There's Something Special About James McGinnis

Dave Stewart has always enjoyed dealing with high school athletes and has come across many greats. He tells us why James McGinnis is one of those one-in-a-lifetime people he's met.

Royals, Ronda and Rickie

Brad Porter shares his random thoughts on the Kansas City Royals, MMA fighter Ronda Rousey and golfer Rickie Fowler.

Chiefs Draft Day

The first day of the NFL draft is an interesting case study, with Chiefs' staff buried in their "war rooms". Kennetra Pulliams observes the chaos that is NFL Draft Day.

Katie Falco's Top Five

In five days, Katie Falco will be a Mrs. In honor of her wedding being five days away and it being the fifth day in May, she gives us her top give KC sports figures.

How Did The Chiefs Do In The Draft?

So, how did the Chiefs do in the NFL Draft this year? Can you even really tell? Leif Lisec gives us his thoughts on the NFL Draft and how it could take a few years to see how a team really did.

Sideline Magic

This past weekend, KU held their annual Spring Game. Mick Shaffer was there and got to experience a little magic on the field. He recounts his interview with Coach Beaty.

Watson, Brett and Vermes

Three Kansas City champions from three very different sports chat after the Joe McGuff ALS Golf Tournament. Our Leif Lisec has more on what was discussed.

Getting Ready For the Big Day

Weddings are a lot like….baseball? Well, according to Leif Lisec and Katie Falco they are.

NFL Draft Madness

Dave Stewart compares the NFL Draft to March Madness. How far off is he in his logic?

What's Tops In Biggest Week In Sports?

A lot is happening in the sports world this weekend. Brad Porter tells us about a few of the viewing options.

Ernie Johnson: A Moment of Grace Was a Lesson

Brad Porter has nothing but respect for one of the best sports broadcasters in the business today.

Royals vs. New Haters

Brad Porter gives us his random thoughts and observations on everything from the Royals to Andrew Wiggins and more.

Don't Forget About Spring Football

With so many different sports going on in the Spring, it's easy to forget about preparation for the Fall. Katie Falco gives us a reminder that football is still very much underway.

Shaka Smart

Dave Stewart gives his thoughts on Shaka Smart being hired at Texas.

Porter's Perception in Sports

Dayton Moore vs. Billy Beane? Super Mario vs. Derek Rose? Brad Porter gives us his random thought and observations on the world of sports.

Why April Is An Underrated Sports Month

Our Katie Falco tells us why April is an underrated month for sports and what she's looking forward to.

University of Texas Changing the World

Kennetra Pulliams tells us how two hires at the University of Texas are changing the world.

TWC and Girl Scouts Promote STEM

Kennetra Pulliams reveals the partnership between Time Warner Cable and the Girl Scouts in an effort to help promote STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Match).

Opening Day Thoughts

Royals vs Samardzija, remembering Chris Perez, potty-gate and other random thoughts and observations from Brad Porter.

Pitch Fever

It may be spring, but the kind of pitch fever that Leif Lisec and his son, Drew, are after doesn't have to do with a bat and a ball. Their pitch is, instead, a soccer field.

NBA Hoop Dreams for Tyler Kalinoski

Dave Stewart spoke with Olathe East's Tyler Kalinoski about his basketball career and his hopes to continue on in the NBA.

Looking At KC Area Players Making A Name in College

There are plenty of former Kansas City-area high school basketball players who are making waves in college. Kennetra Pulliams takes a look at a few of those.

Tyler Lockett Ready For NFL

Kansas State wide receiver Tyler Lockett broke his father's records while in college and he hopes to follow in his father's footsteps by making it into the NFL. Dave Stewart has more.

The Bad Boys of Baseball

The Royals reputation is getting around fast, but it's not a welcome one from other teams. Kennetra Pulliams explains why the Royals are the new 'bad boys of baseball'.

Derrick Johnson Draft Anniversary

With the NFL Draft quickly approaching, Katie Falco takes a different view. One that celebrates a ten year career for a long time Chiefs' linebacker from Texas.

Spring Fever

Spring is here as Mick Shaffer gives us his thoughts on a great season of sports.

Soccer Starts Young in Kansas City

In just two years, three prominent soccer teams here in Kansas City have won championships; Sporting KC, FCKC, and the Missouri Comets. But where does it begin?

Don't Worry About FC Kansas City's 0-2 Start

FC Kansas City is off to a 0-2 start, but Dave Stewart says fans shouldn't worry.

Bean Balls, Bombs, Saban and Other Random Thoughts and Observations

Brad Porter gives us his thoughts and observations.

The Future of Golf

Leif Lisec tells us he's met the future of golf. Read more about 11-year-old Julia Misemer and her conversation with Leif.

The Royals Have Never Lost Yet

So far on the young 2015 baseball season, the Royals are undefeated. Mick Shaffer has more.

Jim Pfeffer

Leif Lisec chats with Jim Pfeffer and his work with a wheelchair tennis league.

March Madness is an American Pastime

What does U.S. politicians and the NCAA March Madness Tournament have in common? Dave Stewart has the answer.

Maclin Comes Home

Leif Lisec writes about the recent Kansas City Chiefs' signing of former Missouri standout receiver Jeremy Maclin.

Trip Down Memory Lane at KIAAA

Dave Stewart recently attended the 46th annual Kansas Interscholastic Athletic Administration Association State Conference and Meeting and he blogs about all the faces that he recalls and that have impacted his life.

Bracket Madness

Dave Stewart talks filling out NCAA brackets and gives a little info about local schools and their history with the NCAA tournament.

Turning it Up to 11

Mick Shaffer talks about Kansas men's basketball winning their 11th straight Big XII regular season championship.

James Franklin Blog

Dave Stewart recounts his memories of a former Olathe North football star, who passed away in a terrible tragedy.

Great Time To Be A Besler

If your last name is Besler, you're probably making waves in the sports world. Dave Stewart tells us what the youngest Besler, Nick, is up to.

SM South to Induct Sixth Class into Hall of Fame

It’s been nearly 50 years since SM South opened its doors in 1966. However, the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame is still a fairly new phenomenon. Friday, SMS will recognize its sixth HOF class.

Sweet Sixteen

Mick Shaffer gives us his input on why a 16-team football championship bracket makes more sense than the current 4-team scenario.

Kansas City is American Soccer

Brad Porter explains why Kansas City should be considered the heartland for American soccer.

Deflate Gate

Mick Shaffer gives us his opinion on the news of the New England Patriots most recent scandal, deflating footballs.

90's Team to be Honored at Halftime

Dave Stewart recaps a great memory from a 90's basketball team that will be honored during TWC's Game of the Week!

Go, Conference, Go!

Do you root for a team or a conference? Mick Shaffer tells us what he cheers for and why.

Kansas State's Best Player Also Most Troubled

It’s the one line in Marcus Foster’s bio that signals trouble. Favorite thing I like best about myself: Always smiling. Modern day Marcus rarely is.

Former Mizzou Players Have Connection to Chiefs

When former Mizzou players are inducted into the Athletics Hall of Fame next month, three of them will have ties to Chiefs. Dave Stewart explains.

Reality Replaces Romance for Royals

The run to the World Series was memorable but the 2015 Royals will be dramatically different than the team fans fell in love with over the past two months.

Messy Breakup at Olathe East

After 23 years of being the only head coach the football team has ever known, Jeff Meyers was fired by email this week.

Chiefs at 7-3

The Kansas City Chiefs are 7-3 so far on the season. Our Dave Stewart gives us a run down on their season so far.

Young Golfers Showcase at Vizant/Cosnotti Memorial

Golfers from the ages of six to 17 tee off in the Everett Vinzant/John Cosnotti Memorial Junior Golf Tournament at Skyes Lady Overland Park Golf Course.

Girls Rule at the LLWS

Kennetra Pulliams reveals that boys aren't the only ones impressing during the Little League World Series.

Time to Give Lance Armstrong a Second Chance

After hearing a discussion on talk radio, our Brad Porter wonders if it is time to give Lance Armstrong a second chance.

30 Years on TV

Dave Stewart celebrates a milestone—30 years on the air! He recalls some of his favorite stories and interviews from his career.

Enough of Silly Injuries

Dave Stewart gives his take on injuries caused by strange situations following Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles' minor foot roll.

Henderson, Wilson and the Head-First Dive

Driving home in a rainstorm, I listened intently on the radio as Mike Moustakas dove head-first into the bag to try to beat the relay, avoid the double play and get the Royals a much needed insurance run. He was saved by replay but not by the insanity of the move.

It Could be a Special Fall for Kansas City Sports Fans

Brad Porter shares his thoughts on Sporting KC's dominance, the Royals' chances at the postseason, a tough road for the Chiefs and more.

Casting Call Brings PA Announcing Into Spotlight

PA announcers fail to grab my attention, but they are kind of a big deal. At least that’s my takeaway from Monday’s visit to the Jayhawks’ brand new Track/Soccer/Softball venue.

KCK RBI Baseball Advances to World Series

KCK RBI claimed the Central Region Championship at Miller Park in Milwaukee. It’s the first time in the tournament’s 14 year history that a team outside of Chicago won the regional crown.

Chiefs Camp: Then and Now

Dave Stewart looks back at his first year covering Chiefs camp in 1979 and all of the changes that have taken place in the last 35 years.

Jeter's Curtain Call in Kansas City

I disregarded Derek Jeter Day when the Royals and Yankees were rained out on June 9 but was certainly not gonna miss the re-do. Apparently, a lot of other people had the same thought. Jeter appeared for the final time at Kauffman Stadium and 31,758 joined me to document it.

The Perfect Sport

It's officially football season. Mick Shaffer tells us why he thinks football is the all-around perfect sport.

Candidates for the Simone Award

The award is given annually to the metro's most outstanding player. In most cases, that means the MVP of the best team. Maybe not this year.

The Perks of Fantasy Football

Our Katie Falco gives us her take on Fantasy Football and why she loves it.

Royals Roughed but Relevant

The Royals have been in a recent slump, so close to the season's end. Dave Stewart gives his thoughts on the Royals' struggles but the silver lining within.

Charlie Weis Talks Kansas Football

Mick Shaffer sits down with Kansas head football coach Charlie Weis to discuss the upcoming Jayhawks season.

Fleenor Receives Hy-Vee Athlete of the Week Award

This Pembroke Hill Raider has been tearing up the course this Spring and has plans to keep things rolling next week at State and beyond.

Blue Valley West Runner Impresses

After being such a dominate force during the Cross Country season, Stuart McNutt is ready to take things further and claim gold at State. Dave Stewart plays catch up with this dominating distance runner.

Catching Up With Pat Fitzgerald

A staple of the Blue Valley School District, Pat Fitzgerald is preparing to retire. Kennetra Pulliams catches up with this mainstay of athletics in Johnson County.

Maranatha Baseball Keeps Improving

Maranatha baseball surprised everybody in the Crossroads Conference by going undefeated and taking the regular season crown. They almost doubled down in the conference tournament but fell in the championship game 9-8 in 12 innings. But there's still work to be done and a bumpy past to reflect on. Mick Shaffer has more.

James McGinnis On The Road To Recovery

After suffering head trauma on the football field this past September, James McGinnis has battled back and is defying the odds on his road to recovery. Dave Stewart checks up on the Olathe East Senior who's making major strides.

Lawrence Free State Swimmer Is Athlete of the Week

Spring sports can be strange for the Metro's high school seniors. State competition normally comes around after they've graduated. That's the case for Courtney Caldwell from Lawrence Free State who's going out in style, in swimming. Katie Falco has more on our Athlete of the Week, won who four events in her final home meet.

KU Golfer Still Swinging

One women's golfer at the University of Kansas is still playing in the postseason, with a chance to go far. She's from Thailand and they call her "Mook." We let Mick Shaffer handle the rest of her story - and the rest of her name.

Avila Softball Making Strides With First Year Coach

Samantha Honeycutt made the NCAA Softball Regionals three times as a player: Twice at MU, once more at Missouri State, where she set a number of school records. But now - as a first-year head coach at Avila - "Coach Sam" led the Eagles to their first-ever HAAC Tournament Championship. Kennetra Pulliams has more.

Seven Years Later

Jake Randa has grown up. After seven years, Mick Shaffer has the Joe Randa family story... Part two.

Keisha Bailey Eyes Track Record

The strategy at North Kansas City is to turn Keisha Bailey's individual talent into team success; Kennetra Pulliams has more.

Casey Campbell's Motivation

Casey Campbell always thought she would play softball in college, after being a record setter at St. Thomas Aquinas. That all changed with the passing of her father, who Campbell also saw as her coach.

Connor Kaiser Swings for Vanderbilt

Baseball and basketball star Connor Kaiser recently signed to play baseball at Vanderbilt. The shortstop enters his Senior season before heading to the next level.

Burke Seizes an Opportunity

Avila running back Kelwin Burke has a chance to become a member of the NFL this weekend. Nothing was guaranteed though, including even playing again in college.

Meet and Greet With Coach Beaty

KU head football coach David Beaty held a meet and greet with fans. Our Kennetra Pulliams tells us it got a little competitive.

Hamm Shines as Softball Star

The youth movement that Olathe Northwest used last year is paying big dividends for the softball team in 2015, some to perfection. Katie Falco has more.

Walsworth Eyes Third Championship

Tripp Walsworth is looking to add yet another championship trophy to his collection. Kyle Haas explains the magnitude of this feat.

Adams Runs with Hy-Vee Award

Clayton Adams of Kearney is the latest Hy-Vee Athlete of the Week; Katie Falco talked to the track star who broke a school record.

Patti Phillips Inducted to HOF

Patti Phillips is at the forefront of promoting women in sports; Mick Shaffer caught up with the newest Hall-of-Famer.

Liberty Gets Big Win Over Staley

The Liberty Blue Jay baseball team is coming off a big win over the nationally ranked Staley Falcons; Leif Lisec has the story.

JCCC Baseball Historic Year

JCCC baseball is making history this year, Mick Shaffer has more from Overland Park.

Schneider Introduced as New Women's Coach

Brandon Schneider was introduced as the new Kansas Women's Basketball​ coach on Tuesday; Mick Shaffer has more from Lawrence.

FC Kansas City's O'Reilly on World Cup

FC Kansas City's Heather O'Reilly stopped by the studio this week to talk about the upcoming World Cup.

Sauerbrunn Talks World Cup

FC Kansas City's Becky Sauerbrunn stopped by the studio this week to talk about the upcoming World Cup.

McKay's Homerun Wins It For KU

Connor McKay jacked a walk-off homerun this past weekend to give Kansas Baseball a big victory over the Texas Longhorns.

Anna Lillig is the Hy-Vee Athlete of the Week

Anna Lillig is one of the area's top goalkeepers. In her first three years at St. Pius X, she juggled soccer, volleyball and swimming. In her senior year, she dropped volleyball and swimming to center her focus on soccer. She is one of the eight players in UMKC's Spring Signing Class. Katie Falco has more with our Hy-Vee Athlete of the Week.

Michael Stigler Eyes Fourth Honor

Kansas track and field star Michael Stigler inches closer to achieving a new record. Leif Lisec has more on this Olympic hopeful.

Davidson Brothers Throwing Punches on Golden Glove Scene

Marcell Davidson might have to sacrifice his high school graduation for a national goal. But he'll have his brother in his corner. Kennetra Pulliams shares the golden standard.

Cynthia Pacheco's a Goal Scoring Sensation

Northeast senior Cynthia Pacheco is a scoring sensation, propelling the Northeast Vikings girls' soccer team to a 5 - 1 start to the season. Kennetra Pulliams has more.

Amy Rodriguez Comments on Making World Cup Roster

Amy Rodriguez came to the Time Warner Cable SportsChannel studio to talk about making the World Cup roster.

Blue Springs Track Sprinting Towards Another Title

Two weeks ago at the Rusty Hodge Invitational, the defending state champs in Missouri Class 4 Boys Track, Blue Springs, were back at it again. Mick Shaffer explains.

Shout Out From the White House

Every team, after it wins a state tournament, gets a big trophy and memories that will last a lifetime, but not many get a shout out from the White House. Mick Shaffer has the story.

Laura Kuhn Part of KU's Success

Laura Kuhn's fingerprints have been all over KU's volleyball success.

Belton Power Lifting Brings Home Four First-Place Finishes

Belton Pirate power led to four first-place finishes at the High School National Powerlifting competition.

Hy-Vee Athlete of the Week Honors Two

Park Hill South baseball and Grain Valley Track represent the Hy-Vee Athlete of the Week.

Opening Day for Royals

Even though there's no extra credit for the home opener, it's always something out of the ordinary, especially after a 29 year playoff drought. Katie Falco has more from the K.

2015 Dallas Cup

Watch some of the best in international soccer from the 36th annual Dr. Pepper Dallas Cup.

Royals Preparing For Home Opener

As expected, the groundskeepers have been working long hours prepping Kauffman for Monday. The main man in charge of keeping the lawn mowed to perfection, Trevor Vance, has been with the Royals for three decades. We got the chance to talk to him to hear his expectations for the K in 2015.

Kaitlyn Lewis Hy-Vee Athlete of the Week

Last week, there were 15 schools that competed in the Ron Ives Track Meet. The Liberty High School girls walked away with an overall fourth place finish. Head Coach Pamela Koch is excited about the results from their first meet, and she sees a lot of potential in one of the Blue Jays' young runners.

Hunter Hall

Hunter Hall may never win a high school track meet, but there's a good chance nobody else will ever get as a big a cheer as this 17-year-old triplet. Dave Stewart has more on the Lee's Summit North sophomore who shows us what a champion really looks like.

All-Metro Girls Basketball Team

Mick Shaffer and Katie Falco reveal the Time Warner Cable All-Metro Girls Basketball Team.

All-Metro Boys Basketball Team

Mick Shaffer and Katie Falco reveal the Time Warner Cable All-Metro Boys Basketball Team.

Second Annual Stateline Showdown

Two of Kansas City’s most prolific high school basketball products are leading the current crop of high school seniors in an all-star showcase. The boys' game will feature the Kansas Mr. Basketball, Dean Wade. The respective coaches provided a spirited, net-popping prelude.

Marquise Doherty's True Love

Everybody remembers their first love and for Marquise Doherty, it's baseball, a game that will lead him to a decisive fork in the road.

Liberty Girl's MSHSAA Class 5 Runners-Up

Join Mick Shaffer as he sits down with the Liberty girl's basketball team, following their appearance in the Class 5 Championship game.

Blue Springs South Wins State

The Blue Springs South boy's basketball team won the Class 5 State Championship as Kennetra Pulliams sits down with some of the team.

FCKC Ready for Season Opener

It's been an off-season of change for the NWSL Champions from FC Kansas City. Brad Porter has more with the reigning champs.

Blake Hocking is Big Blanco

Kennetra Pulliams gives us an inside look to UMKC's Blake Hocking, or as his shot put alter ego alias 'Big Blanco'.

All-Metro Area Wrestling Team

Wrestlers come in all shapes, sizes and specifically weights. From 106 to 285 lbs, Kansas City is a hotbed for high school wrestling talent. Only 14, however, are good enough to make the All-Metro Area Wrestling Team.

St. Thomas Aquinas Girls Soccer Team Ranked Third in Nation

You could say that the St. Thomas Aquinas girls soccer team is a dynasty. They've won five straight state titles and are currently ranked third in the nation. Our Katie Falco has more.

Kilgore's 23 Points Help Earn Him Hy-Vee Athlete of the Week Honors

Brandon Kilgore of Blue Springs South High School is this week's Hy-Vee Athlete of the Week. Kilgore was averaging 13.5 points per game throughout the season, but it was his 23 points in the MSHSAA Class 5 title game that helped his team earn that title.

Hogan Prep on the Right Track

Brad Porter takes us behind the scenes of the Hogan Prep track team, a program that has produced multiple college scholar athletes.

Golfer Jake Becker Eyes Record

Kennetra Pulliams introduces us to Chrisman golfer Jake Becker, an athlete who has overcome much and now looks at achieving a record.

Two From Liberty HS Trying To Make A Name On FC Kansas City Team

FC Kansas City has always had a local flavor. This year is no exception as Shea Groom and Kaysie Clark from Liberty High School are participating in tryouts. Dave Stewart has more.

Knights Bring Home State Crown

The Barstow boys captured the second state basketball title in school history. Kennetra Pulliams catches up with the Knights fresh off of their championship performance.

Leavenworth Ladies Repeat As 5A Champs

The Pioneer Ladies of Leavenworth repeated as KSHSAA 5A State Champions. Leif Lisec catches up with the champs.

With New Coach, Park Hill South Posts First Undefeated Conference Season

With new head coach Dan Parra at the helm, the Park Hill South boys basketball team went undefeated in conference play for the first time ever. Kennetra Pulliams has more.

Olathe North's R.J. Smith Hy-Vee Athlete of the Week

For just the second time since school history, Olathe North made the state playoffs in boys basketball, thanks to a last second shot and free throw by R.J. Smith who says he was not even the first option on the game's pivotal play.

Who is Lexi Hart?

Lexi Hart could be the best female athlete to ever come out of Eastern Jackson County. Dave Stewart explores why.

Kansas High School Wrestling Recap

Despite no team championships being claimed by Kansas City-area teams last weekend at the State Tournament, there were plenty of individual titles being won. Kyle Haas has your recap from the Kansas 6A and 5A Championships.

High School Roundup

It's playoff time in Kansas and Missouri High School basketball! Mick Shaffer and Kennetra Pulliams take a look at the three best games from Friday night's action.

Raytown vs. Lee's Summit

3/6/2015 -- The Raytown Bluejays and the Lee's Summit Tigers boys basketball teams meet in the Class 5, District 14 championship game.

Truman vs. William Chrisman

3/6/2015 -- The William Chrisman Bears host the Truman Patriots in this high school girls basketball Class 5, District 14 championship game.

Skepticism Lead to New Love

Brian McMillian is a multi-athlete, but it's his new found love for wheelchair tennis that has him most excited and eager.

Seth Pesek Wins Hy-Vee Award

Seth Pesek successfully defended his state wrestling title he won as a sophomore and junior, but that's only part of his story.

Stags Success Comes Fast

Dave Stewart brings us the story of a boy's basketball team who went from worst to first in just one season.

Park Hill South vs. Liberty Boy's

2/27/15 - The Park Hill South Panthers battle the Liberty Blue Jays in this boy's high school basketball game.

Park Hill South vs. Liberty Girl's

2/27/15 - Watch the second game between the Park Hill South Panthers and the Liberty Blue Jays!

High School Roundup

Mick Shaffer and Kennetra Pulliams bring you this week's High School Roundup.

Missouri High School Wrestling Recap

Kyle Haas recaps the 2015 Missouri state wrestling championships.

Lincoln Prep Boys Basketball Knows How To Have Fun On The Court

Katie Falco takes us to Lincoln Prep where the boys basketball team knows how to have fun on the court.

No Sophomore Slump for UMKC’s Martez Harrison

UMKC's Martez Harrison is having a great sophomore year. Kennetra Pulliams has more.

Samia Roark Hy-Vee Athlete of the Week

Congratulations to Samia Roark for being named our Hy-Vee Athlete of the Week.

Brock Johnson Has Record Night

SCA boy's basketball player Brock Johnson broke a new record on a night he and the community will never forget.

High School Roundup

Mick Shaffer and Kennetra Pulliams highlight the top three games in Kansas City Metro for Friday, Feb. 20.

Lawrence vs. Olathe North

2/20/15 - The Lawrence Chesty Lions (16-1) take they unbeaten league record to Olathe North (14-3) to battle the Eagles in this boy's basketball Hy-Vee School Game of the Week.