Newton grad Davis to play soccer for Larks

HESSTON — Newton High School graduate Jessica Davis signed a letter of intent to play soccer at Hesston College beginning this fall.
Davis, a defender-midfielder, was a four-year letterwinner for the Railers. She was a team captain as a senior.
“Jessica is a strong defender with excellent leadership skills,” HC soccer coach Kurt Hostetler said. “She influences others with her outstanding work ethic. She’s also a great student, and I’m confident she’ll make an immediate impact in our program.”
Davis earned four academic letters. She received an honors diploma. She was involved with the Health Occupations Student Association, the Circle of Friends, Key Club and the Dew Crew.
Ryan Wengerd of Goshen, Ind., signed to play tennis at Hesston. Wengerd was a three-year letterwinner at Goshen High School. He was a team captain and team MVP as a senior. He set a school record for most career singles victories. He was awarded the Tom Sovine Career Achievement Award.
Wengerd was 39-25 at Goshen, finishing 7-0 at second singles and 11-3 at first doubles as a senior.
 “I'm very excited about Ryan joining our team,” HC tennis coach Jeron Baker said. “Ryan has an energy that will bring tremendous upside to our program. His background in tennis and history with a great coaching staff at Goshen High School will bring nothing but positives. Ryan comes from a very supportive and encouraging family and will be a terrific addition to Hesston College.”
Wengerd spent all four years on the honor roll. As a senior, he was on the high honor roll and graduated with an honors diploma.
He is a member of the East Goshen Mennonite Church, active in his youth group, serving as an instrumentalist (violin) and serving as a Sunday school teacher.
Garrett Kurtz, a graduate of Sarasota (Fla.) Christian School, signed a letter of intent to play baseball at Hesston. Kurtz is a four-year letterwinner at shortstop at Sarasota Christian. He received the Coach’s Award as a senior and was an all-area selection. As a junior, he was named the team’s defensive player of the year.
He helped lead his team to regional and district titles in 2006 and 2007 as well as the Florida Class A final four.
Hesston had a Sarasota Christian player on the roster since 2006, including Drew Ebersole (2006 grad), Brad Rohaty (2007), Derek Ebersole (2009), Travis Ebersole (2009) and current player Tyler Yoder.
“I’m excited about playing baseball at the next level,” Kurtz said. “And I feel that Hesston will be a good fit for me.”
 “Garrett brings excellent baseball skills to our program as well as a competitive high school ball experience,” HC coach Art Mullet said. “He will do some pitching for us, as well as play an infield position. Garrett is another very fine student-athlete we have been fortunate to attract from Sarasota Christian School.”
Kurtz was on the honor roll for four years. He received Highest Academic Honors as a senior. He is a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes for four years. He is a member of the Bayshore Mennonite Church in Sarasota.