Area softball players win tourney

HUTCHINSON — Jenna Rangel and Erin Boston, both of Newton, played for the Wichita Mustangs 16A softball team, which won the USSSA 18U Class B Championships, which ended recently in Hutchinson.
The Mustangs finished the tournament 9-0. In the championship semifinals, the Mustangs downed the Missouri Lightning 4-1. The Lightning returned to the championship final through the consolation bracket, but the Mustangs won 4-0.
Taylor Nikkel of Hillsboro also played with the team.
The Mustangs are playing this week in the ASA 16A Northern Nationals in Sioux Falls, S.D.

Sand Creek Station draws 2012 tourney

The Sand Creek Station golf course in Newton has been selected as the host of the 2012 Kansas Golf Association Amateur Match Play Championship.
The tournament will be July 16 to 22, 2012. It will draw 150 amateurs. It is the largest and one of the oldest tournaments in Kansas.
The tournament began in 1908 and has been held yearly, with the exception of three years during World War II (1943 to 1945).
“We’re thrilled that the KGA selected Sand Creek Station for the Amateur Match Play Championship,” General Manager Chris Tuohey said. “This event will help bring increased recognition to the golf course and to the communities of Newton and Harvey County.”
The tournament has been held at a variety of courses, including 11 times at the Wichita Country Club.
Cameron Bishop, the KGA player of the year, won the tournament in 2008. Gary Woodland won it in 2007.

Wingnuts drop game to Pelicans

WICHITA — The Pensacola Pelicans scored three runs in the top of the seventh and held on for a 5-4 win over the Wichita Wingnuts Monday night in American Association play at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium.
Marcos Rodriguez drove in two runs for Pensacola. Antoin Gray went two for five with a solo home run. Kevin Reynolds and Dallas Christison each went two for four hitting for the Pelicans.
Ron Hill, 2-0, pitched two innings of relief for the win. Hunter Davis pitched the ninth for his 17th save of the season.
Greg Porter led the Wichita effort, going four for five hitting with a home run and three RBIs. Nick Blasi went two for four with two runs scored, a home run and an RBI. Michael Thompson went two for five hitting.
Adam Cowart took the loss for Wichita, falling to 5-4.
The two teams meet again at 7:05 p.m. today.
WINGNUTS TO HOST ALL-STAR GAME — The Wichita Wingnuts have been selected to host the 2010 American Association All-Star Game at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium.
The Wingnuts are in the second year of play in the American Association. The game will pit the North Division stars against the South Division Stars. This year, the North won 6-2 with Wichita pitcher Derek Blacksher getting the win. Seven Wichita players were selected to the game.
There will be other festivities including the home run derby.
Pensacola    000    200    300    —5    10    3
Wichita    100    020    001    —4    11    2
Jackson, Wilson 6, Hill (W, 3-0) 7, Davis (S, 17) and Palmisano; Cowart (L, 5-4), Young 8 and Muich. HR — P: Gray (10). W: Blasi (5), Porter (12). Time — 3:07. Attendance — 4,466.

Wild playoff tickets now available

PARK CITY — Playoff tickets for the Indoor Football League United Conference championship game between the Wichita Wild and River City Rage are now on sale.
The game is 7:05 p.m. Saturday at Hartman Arena.
The Hartman Arena box office is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and 3:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets also are available at and by phone at (316) 927-3999.
Tickets also may be purchased at Sports Time Fan Shop locations at Cambridge Square and New Market Square, Leeker’s in Park City and Checkers, 1915 E. Pawnee in Wichita.
There will be free parking at Hartman Arena for any vehicle with four or more people and for hybrid vehicles.

Kansas Sport Hunting Association to meet

The Kansas Sport Hunting Association is hosting its annual convention Aug. 7 and 8 in McPherson.
According to the group’s release, “The Kansas Sport Hunting Association is a not-for-profit organization of hunting service professionals and game bird producers working together to promote sport hunting, shooting sports and game bird production in Kansas. KSHA’s mission is to make Kansas a premier destination hunting location.
“Each year KSHA conducts seminars on the business of running a hunting service and raising gamebirds and this year is no exception. This year’s topics include: knowing Kansas rules and regulations for hunting and providing food and lodging, liability and insurance, the nuts and bolts of putting on a hunt and gamebird nutrition. These sessions are open to members and persons interested in becoming a member.”
For more information, call (800) 672-4868, or e-mail