Middle school

netters fourth

HUTCHINSON — The Newton middle schools boys’ tennis team placed fourth Monday at the Pioneer League Division I Championships in Hutchinson.

Newton claimed four flight titles.

The team of Justin Franz and Otis Musser won the title at first doubles. The team of Payton McCord and Joe Slechta won the title at second doubles. Michael Graf and Luke Stenzel won the title at fourth doubles.

Sam Revel won the title at fourth singles.

Owen Myers finished third at third singles. Ben Friesen-Guhr placed fourth at first singles. Simon Koontz finished fourth at second singles. Jonah Remsberg and Michael Tyrell finished fourth at third doubles.

Newton finished 6-2 in dual meets, claiming wins over Derby, Derby North, Hutchinson, McPherson, Salina South and Arkansas City.

Also playing this season were Colin Hill, Jacob Schmidt, Ethan Neufeld, Xander Mitchell and Luke Libel. The team was coached by Dennis Flickner and Nick Sisson.

Newton 14U

finishes 1-2

The Newton 14U baseball team finished a slate of games 1-2 in recent play.

Newton downed the Pratt Junior Greenbacks 11-8. Jackson Swift had two hits and an RBI for Newton. Andrew Barron drove in two runs. Caleb Koontz pitched three innings for the win. Swift pitched the final two. Each had a strikeout.

The team fell to the South Central Gassers 10-4. Luke Hirsh and Brayden Monares each had an RBI for Newton. Jake Schmidt took the loss for Newton.

The team fell to the Butler County Bulls 12-2. Joe Slechta drove in a run for Newton. Cade Valdez took the loss.

Newton is 2-2 and plays Saturday and Sunday in El Dorado.

Berean senior

signs with Tabor

HILLSBORO — Berean Academy senior Toby Penner signed a letter of intent to compete in track and field at Tabor College beginning in the 2018-19 school year.

Penner competes in the hurdles for Berean Academy.

As a junior, Penner finished second at Class 2A state in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles. As a sophomore, he finished fifth in the 110-meter high hurdles and third in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles.

Bethel signs

volleyball player

Bethel College volleyball coach Stacy Middleton signed Nicole Klusener of Andover to a letter of intent to play for the Threshers beginning this fall.

A 5-foot-10 outside hitter, Klusener played the last two seasons for Butler Community College, where she averaged 2.09 kills a set with 18 assists and 14 total blocks. She played in 95 sets over 32 matches.

She helped lead Butler to a 25-11 record, 10-6 in Jayhawk Conference play. The Gizzlies lost in the first round of the NJCAA Region VI tournament to Garden City Community College. She was an honorable mention All-Jayhawk Conference selection.

Klusener also played for Andover High School, where she was a first-team All-Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail League Division II selection.

"I am very excited to join the learning environment here at Bethel, as well as having the opportunity to be a part of this team," Klusener said. "I hope to make a difference here and work hard to achieve personal and team goals.”

"We're excited to gain some leadership and experience that Nicole will bring to our front row," Middleton said. "She also comes from a winning program at Butler CC. She is competitive and will be a catalyst to get this program back on track. Nicole has a good work ethic both in the classroom and on the court and knows what it takes to be a good teammate."

Francis signs

with Bethel

Sedgwick High School senior Brayden Francis signed a letter of intent to play football at Bethel College.

Francis is a 5-foot-10, 145-pound wide receiver at Sedgwick.

Francis helped lead Sedgwick to a Class 2-1A state playoff berth in each of his four seasons with the Cardinals.

He was a first-team All-Heart of America League selection at both wide receiver and kicker as a senior.

BC signs


Bethel College women’s basketball coach Drew Johnson signed Kayla Newman of Halstead to a letter of intent to play for the Threshers beginning this fall.

Newman is a 5-foot-11 forward-post for Halstead High School, where helped lead the Dragons to an 18-3 record, one of the teams best finishes in recent years. The team finished 7-2 in Central Kansas League play.

Newman was a second-team All-CKL pick and a Kansas Basketball Coaches Association Academic All-State selection. She was an all-tournament pick for the Eli J. Walter Invitational and the Tri-County Invitational.

She has been on the honor roll all-four years.

"I have loved Bethel since my first visit," Newman said. "I truly believe this is where I'm supposed to be."

"Kayla is an extremely hard working player, who affects the game on both the offense and defense," Johnson said. "She will be a great addition to the program."

Bethel grad

wins at Penn

PHILADELPHIA — Bethel College graduate David Ortman of Seattle won two gold medals in his age division at the Penn Relays April 27 in Philadelphia.

Ortman ran the lead-off leg of the winning men’s 60+ 4x100-meter and 4x400-meter relays for the US Masters team.

He also placed third in the men’s 65 100-meter dash in 13.07 seconds for the Genesee Valley Harriers.

Tabor coach

takes honors

Tabor College softball coach Suzanne Unruh was named the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference Coach of the Year for the 2018 season.

Unruh, a Newton resident, led Tabor to a 29-19 record, winning the KCAC title at 17-5. Tabor also won the KCAC post-season tournament and has qualified for the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics tournament, which begins Monday. Tabor will play Grand View at 11 a.m. Monday at Ann Lacy Stadium in Oklahoma City.

It was the first time Tabor has ever won both the conference title and the conference post-season title.

Unruh is the first Tabor coach to be named conference coach of the year in softball.

Final season

at L-D set

WICHITA — The Wichita Wingnuts baseball team announced that the upcoming season will be the final season of baseball at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium in Wichita.

The stadium, built in 1934, is scheduled to be demolished and replaced at the conclusion of the season.

The stadium has hosted the Wingnuts since 2008. It also hosted the Class AA Wichita Pilots/Wranglers from 1987 to 2007, the Class AAA Wichita Aeros from 1970 to 1984 and the Class A Wichita Indians from 1950 to 1955.

It has served as the host of the National Baseball Congress World Series from its inception to the present. The tournament originally started for semi-pro teams and now is for summer college teams.

“Lawrence-Dumont Stadium has been such an integral part of not only the history of Wichita baseball, but the entire fabric of this community,” Wingnuts Owner and President Nate Robertson said. “The Wingnuts organization feels incredibly fortunate to have called Lawrence-Dumont home for the past decade, and for having the chance to continue adding to the rich history and tradition of baseball here in the Air Capital.”

During the season, the Wingnuts will honor former tenants including the Wranglers, Aeros, Pilots and Jobbers by wearing replica uniforms of those teams during Wichita Heritage Nights on four Saturday home games. The jerseys will be auctioned off at the conclusion of the games.

Aug. 28, the first 1,000 fans will receive a mini replica of the stadium.

The final professional opening day at the stadium is May 18 against the Kansas City T-Bones. The final home game of the regular season is Sept. 3, also against Kansas City.