Nov 21, 2019 10:50 PM

John Sherman approved as new controlling owner of Royals

Posted Nov 21, 2019 10:50 PM

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - John Sherman has been approved as the new controlling owner of the Kansas City Royals, and his group plans to close its deal to purchase the last-place team from David Glass and his family next week.

Major League Baseball owners voted unanimously Thursday to approve the deal, which was announced Aug. 30 and was expected to be worth about $1 billion.

Sherman and his local co-investors will become only the third owners since Ewing Kauffman founded the club ahead of the 1969 season.

Sherman, 64, has lived in Kansas City for more than four decades, even after he bought a non-controlling interest in the Cleveland Indians.

He founded, built and then sold a series of energy companies. "He had a three-year indoctrination with the Indians. The Indians are regarded to be a very well-run and obviously very competitive on the field organization," baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said. "I think the opportunity to function inside a quality major league organization gives John a unique opportunity to take over in Kansas City, not miss a step."

Kansas City went 59-103, its second straight 100-loss season. Ned Yost, who led the Royals to their second World Series title in 2015, retired as manager and was replaced by Mike Matheny.

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Nov 21, 2019 10:50 PM
Three FHSU volleyball players earn All-MIAA honors

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Three players representing the Fort Hays State volleyball team earned All-MIAA honors for their performance on the court, announced Wednesday (Nov. 20) by the league office.

Delaney Humm picked up second team All-MIAA honors, while Tatum Bartels and Isabelle Reynolds received honorable mention accolades.

Delaney Humm earned a spot on the second team after a strong freshman campaign. The outside hitter totaled a team-best 336 kills on the year, breaking a 24-year-old record of kills by a freshman (Andrea Ladwig, 312 kills, 1995). Humm averaged 3.54 kills per set, third best in the MIAA. The Lincoln, Neb. native added 262 digs (2.76 per set), second most on the team. She tallied 13 double-doubles on the year, reaching double figures in kills 19 times and digs 14 times. Humm eclipsed 20 kills four times, including a season-high 22 kills on two occasions. She recorded a season-high 21 digs late in the season against Missouri Western (11/7). Humm also led the team with 21 service aces and ranked fifth with 27 total blocks (one solo).

Tatum Bartels picked up honorable mention status after leading the team with a .238 attack percentage, ranking 17th in the conference. The junior accumulated 184 kills, ranking third on the team. She totaled 51 kills on the year, including 10 solo blocks, ranking second on the team in both categories. The Phillipsburg, Kan. native also ranked second on the team with 16 service aces. Bartels recorded 10 or more kills nine times, including a career-best 22 kills in a win over South Dakota Mines (9/7). The middle blocker added a season-high six blocks in the victory over South Dakota Mines.

Isabelle Reynolds earned honorable mention recognition after accumulating 212 kills on the year, averaging 2.26 kills per set. Both totals ranked second on the team. The outside hitter eclipsed double figures in digs eight times, including a season-high 17 kills against Missouri Southern (10/18). She added 68 digs and 32 total blocks on the defensive end, including a season-best 11 digs against Missouri Western (11/7). Reynolds ranked fourth on the team in both total blocks and service aces with five.