Bethel women

4-0 for weekend

WEBSTER GROVES, Mo. — The Bethel College women’s tennis team finished the weekend 4-0 on a trip to the St. Louis area.

As previously reported, Bethel beat Westminster 8-1 Thursday.

Friday, Bethel downed Shawnee State 9-1 and Saint Louis College of Pharmacy 8-1 in St. Louis.

Saturday, Bethel downed Webster University 6-3.

The wins give Bethel a six-match winning streak, improving to 6-1.

Going 3-0 in doubles play were Kimberly Buzbee, Jennifer Harrison, Mallory Meier and Erica Ebenkamp. Buzbee and Brianna Rogers went 3-0 in doubles play. Samantha Koch and Ebenkamp went 2-0 in doubles play.

Buzbee, a senior from Topeka, was named the KCAC women’s tennis player of the week. It was the second straight week a Bethel player took honors.

Bethel hosts Concordia (Neb.) at 3 p.m. Thursday at the Marty Ward Tennis Center in the Threshers’ home opener.

Among the ceremonies is the dedication of the new tennis building at the courts.

Bethel 9, Shawnee St. 0

SINGLES — Kimberly Buzbee B def. Shelby Hay SS 6-3, 6-0; Jennifer Harrison B def. Jessica Willard SS 6-1, 6-2; Serena Wong B def. Abby Brinhman SS 7-5, 6-3; Mallory Meier B def. Caleigh O’Neal SS 8-0; Erica Ebenkamp B def. Katy Singer SS 8-4; Kaci Wilson B def. Mykalley Detty SS 8-0.

DOUBLES — Rachel Herzog-Jennifer Harrison B def. Jessica Willard-Katy Singer SS 8-2; Kimberly Buzbee-Breanne Rogers B def. Shelby Hay-Abby Brinhman SS 8-1; Samantha Koch-Erica Ebenkamp B def. Caleigh O’Neal SS 8-1.

Bethel 8, St. Louis-Pharm. 1

SINGLES — Emily Stevenson SLP def. Rachel Herzog B 6-4, 6-0; Kimberly Buzbee B def. Nicole Savant SLP 6-0, 6-2; Jennifer Harrison B def. Jenna Smith SLP 6-1, 6-1; Serena Wong B def. Holly Anderson SLP 6-2, 6-2; Mallory Meier B def. Dominique Vu SLP 8-0; Erica Ebenkamp B def. Kelsie Hutson SLP 8-0.

DOUBLES — Rachel Herzog-Jennifer Harrison B def. Emily Stevenson-Nicole Savant SLP 8-2; Kimberly Buzbee-Breanne Rogers B def. Jenna Smith-Holly Anderson SLP 8-0; Samantha Koch-Erica Ebenkamp B def. Dominique Vu-Emilia Gauher SLP 8-1.

Bethel 6, Webster 3

SINGLES — Monica Behrle W def. Rachel Herzog B 3-0, ret.; Kimberly Buzbee B def. Madison Watts W 6-3, 6-2; Jennifer Harrison B def. Jesse Steffens-Willis W 6-4, 6-2; Sara Rice W def. Serena Wong B 6-2, 2-6, 10-6; Mallory Meier B def. Maggie Federhofer W 6-4, 6-3; Erica Ebenkamp B def. Rubin Bolme W 6-0, 6-0.

DOUBLES — Monica Behrle-Madison Watts W def. Rachel Herzog-Jennifer Harrison B 8-4; Kimberly Buzbee-Breanne Rogers B def. Jesse Steffens-Willis-Sara Rice W 8-4; Kaci Wilson-Mallory Meier B def. Maggie Federhofer-Robin Bolme W 8-3.

BC men sweep

road trip

WEBSTER GROVES, Mo. — The Bethel College men’s tennis team is off to one of its strongest starts in recent years, finishing 4-0 on a weekend trip to the St. Louis area.

After a previously reported 8-1 win over Westminster College, Bethel topped Shawnee State 9-0, the Saint Louis College of Pharmacy 9-0 and Webster University 8-1.

finishing 3-0 in singles play were Gabe Johnson, Ryan LaCombe and Tyler Shima. Finishing 3-0 in doubles were the team of LaCombe and Dylan Miera, the team of Johnson and Jordan Singh, and the team of Zachary Shima and Shawn Bontrager.

LaCombe, a sophomore from Abilene, was named the KCAC men’s player of the week.

Bethel is 5-1 and hosts Concordia (Neb.) at 3 p.m. Thursday.

Bethel 9, Shawnee St. 0

SINGLES — Gabe Johnson B def. Zach Celley SS 6-0, 6-0; Ryan LaCombe B def. Nate Hinge SS 6-3, 6-0; Tyler Shima B def. Matt Bryant SS 6-0, 6-1; Jordan Singh B def. CT Bunte SS 8-0; Grant Bellar B def. Shane Hitchens SS 6-0, 6-1; Connick Roe B def. Rodney Spriggs SS 6-4, 6-2.

DOUBLES — Ryan LaCombe-Dylan Miera B def. Zach Celley-Matt Bryant SS 8-2; Gabe Johnson-Jordan Singh B def. Nate Hinge-CT Bunte SS 8-3; Zachary Shima-Shawn Bontrager B def. Rodney Spriggs-Shane Hitchens SS 8-0.

Bethel 9, St. Louis-Pharm. 0

SINGLES — Dylan Miera B def. Rahul Jilakara SLP 7-5, ret.; Gabe Johnson B def. Luke Winchester SLP 6-2, 6-0; Ryan LaCombe B def. Clark Berry SLP 6-1, 6-1; Tyler Shima B def. Naphtali Eke SLP 6-0, 6-0; Zachary Shima B def. Kyle Bai SLP 8-1; Jordan Singh B def. Mensur Koso SLP 8-0.

DOUBLES — Ryan LaCombe-Dylan Miera B def. Rahul Jilakara-Luke Winchester SLP 8-1; Gabe Johnson-Jordan Singh B def. Clark Berry-Naphtali Eke SLP 8-0; Zachary Shima-Shawn Bontrager B def. Kyle Bai-Mensur Koso SLP 8-0.

Bethel 8, Webster 1

SINGLES — Riley Muran W def. Dylan Miera B 5-2, ret.; Gabe Johnson B def. Austin Nation W 6-0, 6-0; Ryan LaCombe B def. Tom Shutzman W 6-1, 6-1; Tyler Shima B def. Charles McGhee W 6-3, 7-6 (8-6); Zachary Shima B def. Zachary Bliss W 6-0, 6-1; Grant Bellar B def. Nicolas Andrade SLP 8-1.

DOUBLES — Ryan LaCombe-Dylan Miera B def. Riley Muran-Austin Nation W 8-4; Gabe Johnson-Jordan Singh B def. Tom Shutzman-Charles McGhee W 8-3; Zachary Shima-Shawn Bontrager B def. Zachary Bliss-Nicolas Andrade W 8-2.

Bethel athletes

compete at nationals

PITTSBURG — The Bethel College track team sent a pair of athletes to the NAIA Indoor National Championships Thursday through Saturday at the Plaster Center on the campus of Pittsburg State.

Senior Julio Martinez finished 10th in the 1,000-meter run in 2:31.66. Martinez missed his season best by .55 seconds and missed a spot in the finals by .43 seconds.

Freshman and Newton High School graduate Jennifer Andres made her national debut taking 24th in the 60-meter dash in 7.90 seconds. Andres missed the finals by .32 seconds. The entire 27-runner field was separated by just .64 seconds.

Bethel opens the spring outdoor season March 15 at Southwestern.

BC softball

2-4 at Friends

WICHITA — The Bethel College softball team finished 2-4 during the weekend at the Friends Invitational at the Two Rivers Youth Complex in Wichita.

Bethel opened with an 11-2 loss to the University of Sciences and Arts of Oklahoma to snap a four-game winning streak. The game was called after five innings on the eight-run rule.

Bethel was held to five hits. Krystin McKelpin had two of those hits with a home run and two RBIs. Raegan Beckley took the loss.

Bethel was edged by Mount Mercy 15-12. Mount Mercy scored nine runs total in the sixth and seventh innings to win the game. Bethel led 8-1 after three innings.

Michelle Schrag went three for four with three RBIs. Katie Schrag went two for five with a home run and two RBIs. Madison McDowell also had a home run and three RBIs. Jordan Hill also drove in two runs.

Lizzy Mills took the loss for Bethel.

The Threshers ended the first day of play with a 12-8 win over Doane. Bethel broke the game open with six runs in the top of the third.

Katie Schrag went four for four hitting with a home run and three RBIs. McKelpin had two hits and three RBIs. Sydney Harper and Jeni Reichenberger each drove in two runs.

Rylie Scudder pitched 3.2 innings for the win, striking out five.

Bethel opened Saturday’s play with a 3-0 loss to Northwestern (Iowa). Northwestern scored all three runs in the top of the third. Beckley took the loss. Hill and Alexis Jordan each had two hits for Bethel.

The Threshers beat Bacone 5-3. Bethel scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth for the win. Scudder pitched three innings of relief for the win. Scudder and McDowell each struck out four. Hill and Wilson each had two hits with an RBI. Emalee Overbay and Kerrigan Simons each drove in a run.

Bethel closed out play with a 7-1 loss to 15th-ranked Morningside. Three runs in the third and two runs in the seventh paced Morningside. Baileigh Rager took the loss for Bethel. Scudder struck out three in relief. Leslie Hoffman and Katie Schrag each had two hits. McKelpin drove in a run.

Bethel is 7-7 and hosts Morningside at 1:30 p.m. today.

Friday's games

vs. USAO

USAO;261;11;—11;13;1

Bethel;010;10;—2;5;2

Detherage (W) and Chester, Hannah; Beckley (L), Rager 2 and K.Schrag. HR — U: Hall, Hatter. B: McKelpin.

vs. Mount Mercy

Mt. Mercy;010;053;6;—15;19;1

Bethel;251;040;0;—12;16;6

Menster, Oler (W) 3, Irwin (S) 7 and Miller; McDowell, Scudder 4, Rager 5, Beckley 6, Mills (L) 7 and K.Schrag. HR — MM: Menster 2, Miller. B: McDowell, K.Schrag.

vs. Doane

Bethel;016;002;3;—12;15;3

Doane;010;223;0;—8;13;3

Rager, Scudder (W) 4 and K.Schrag; Arthur (L), Faegler 3 and Dietz. HR — B: K.Schrag. D: Arthur, Stearns.

Saturday's games

vs. Northwestern (Iowa)

N-western;003;000;0;—3;9;1

Bethel;000;000;0;—0;8;1

Ubben (W) and Pennel; Beckley (L), Scudder 7 and K.Schrag.

vs. Bacone

Bacone;100;020;0;—3;5;2

Bethel;100;103;x;—5;9;3

Gilbert (L) and Ayze; McDowell, Scudder (W) 5 and K.Schrag.

vs. Morningside

Morningside;003;101;2;—7;13;0

Bethel;001;000;0;—1;8;0

Medinger (W) and Whited; Rager, Scudder 5 and K.Schrag. HR — M: Conner.

Stahly takes

academic honors

RUSTON, La. — Newton High School and Hutchinson Community College graduate Taylor Stahly was named to the Conference USA All-Academic Team for the 2017-18 season.

She was selected to the team by a vote of the conference sports information directors. She is the first Louisiana Tech player ever named to the team since the school joined the conference five years ago.

“We are proud of Taylor for being named to the All-Academic team,” Tech coach Brooke Stoehr said. “The honor is a result of her hard work and dedication on the court and in the classroom. I am appreciative of the efforts of Thomas Graham, our academic advisor, and our staff for continuing to encourage our students to pursue excellence in the classroom."

“Being named to the Conference USA All-Academic Team is a true honor,” Stahly said. “Our coaches have been so influential in my life, not only from the basketball aspect of things, but from the academic aspect as well. To them, giving your best in the classroom is just as important as giving your best on the court, and that is something not every student-athlete gets stressed to them.

“I'm so thankful for Thomas Graham as well. He puts in so much time and effort to get all of us in the best situation possible with our academics, and we are so grateful to have him. It's a true honor to be a part of something like this and all I can say is that I am truly blessed.”

Stahly holds a 4.0 grade-point-average. She is majoring in kinesiology and health promotions.

On the court, she holds a school record with 29 straight games hitting at least one 3-pointer. She has 82 this season, five shy of the school record with at least one more game remaining.

Stahly is averaging 11.1 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.6 assists a game and is a 93 percent free throw shooter.

Louisiana Tech is 19-10, 10-6 in conference play, and faces either Charlotte or North Texas at 2 p.m. Friday in Frisco, Texas, in the C-USA Tournament.

Lettau competes

at state bowling

WICHITA — Newton High School senior Adrianna Lettau completed the season Friday at the Class 5-4-3-2-1A state bowling tournament at Northrock Lanes in Wichita.

Lettau had games of 181, 135 and 118 for a 434 series. She finished 42nd out of 96 bowlers in competition.

Lauren Lust of Salina South was the top medalist at 690. She had the high game of 253.

Bishop Carroll won the team title at 3,115, followed by Shawnee Heights at 2,819 and Salina South at 2,784.