July 18th, 2019
Liberal Local News

Artamenko in at SCCC as new athletic director

dan artamenkoELLY GRIMM • Leader & Times


The abrupt resignation of Roy Allen as the athletic director at Seward County Community College left a big hole in the SCCC administrative family. Since then, Mike Davidson has been filling that position on an interim basis and recently, a new full-time athletic director was announced. 

Dan Artamenko will be starting his first year as athletic director this coming school year and brings a lot of experience to the table, having served in the same position for five years at Williston State College in North Dakota and having served as the athletic coordinator of academics and eligibility at Blinn College before that. 

“Prior to his arrival at Blinn, Artamenko worked at the NJCAA headquarters in Colorado Springs. During his three years working with the NJCAA, Artamenko worked in compliance, media, and sports management,” Artamenko’s bio noted. “In his duties, he performed eligibility audits of NJCAA member schools, assisted in creating the monthly NJCAA Review magazine, and managed the weekly sports rankings and player of the week awards.In addition to this experience, Artamenko has worked with multiple sport programs at every level.  He worked for USA Wrestling in the marketing department while also assisting wit the VIP program for the Olympics.  He also worked in ticket sales for the Colorado Avalanche and Denver Nuggets.”

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Liberal splits with Clearwater, gets title shot

9 safe at thirdLiberal’s Connor Emmet slides safely into third base Monday night at Brent Gould Field. Emmet and the Bee Jays won the series finale 11-1 by run rule in the eighth inning to split the four-game series and set up a Jayhawk Conference title showdown later this week. L&T photo/Earl WattBy EARL WATT

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While the Bee Jays were battling Clearwater this past weekend, they also had an eye on what was happening in Dodge City, and after Liberal split a four-game series with the Outlaws, they also received some help form the A’s Monday.

Liberal knocked off Clearwater 11-1 Monday, and the Dodge City A’s scored three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to knock off the Hays Larks 8-5.

The win by the A’s (4-9) kept Liberal’s shot at a Jayhawk Conference title alive. Hays (9-6) had previously defeated the A’s six times in a row, and despite Liberal having a 5-3 season advantage over the Larks, if Hays had swept the season series from Dodge City, Liberal (8-6) would have been locked out of a shot at the title.

But with Dodge City’s lone win against the Larks, the Bee Jays now have a chance to win, and that chance could improve if the A’s can win tonight’s game against the Larks as well.

If Dodge City wins tonight, the Bee Jays need to win one of the two games against Dodge City Wednesday and Thursday.

If Dodge City loses tonight against Hays, the Bee Jays will have to sweep the A’s in the final two games of the season to win the conference title.

The Jayhawk Conference winner automatically advances to the NBC World Series Championship Week.

The conference runner-up must play in a four-team Kansas Collegiate League tournament with the winner qualifying for the NBC World Series First Week tournament.

All other teams will be at the mercy of the NBC World Series Selection Committee in hopes of an at-large bid.

“We are definitely Dodge City fans for the next two games,” Liberal coach Eric Olmstead said after returning to the team. His son played in the 9-and-under state tournament Saturday and Sunday, and Olmstead went to watch the young Rattlers win the state title with an extra-inning victory.

“We had a blast at the state tournament,” he said. “It was one of those things you can’t miss as a dad. I appreciate the Bee Jay organization letting me go. But it was good to be back.”

Liberal won the series opener against Clearwater Friday but lost both nights Olmstead was gone. He returned Monday, and Liberal won by run rule 11-1.

“We will throw our best line-up at Dodge City and see where we are at,” Olmstead said after Monday night’s win. “Dodge is our best friend tonight and tomorrow, and hopefully we have a shot to win the division.”

The Bee Jays will be watching tonight’s result between Hays and Dodge City before traveling to Dodge City Wednesday.

The final home game of the season will take place Thursday, and it could be for the conference title.

“We want to come out, have a lot of fun and have a lot of fans out here to give back to them,” Olmstead said. “And get after Dodge City.”

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The deficit matters, but only a little



Congress is about to tie itself in knots and relitigate its favorite battle — the drive to rein in spending and hold down the deficit.

Now let the circus begin!

All the usual elements are there:

• Republicans who want to break the sequester caps for more defense spending.

• Democrats who insist on raising discretionary domestic spending in tandem with military increases.

• Experts who want to hold down the deficit.

•Alarmists who worry that a deadlock might delay raising the debt limit.

Just like always.

But let’s step back and ask the heretical question: How much do deficits really matter?