Thunder signs four defensemen

WICHITA — The Wichita Thunder signed four defensemen for the 2009-10 season.
Wichita re-signed Connor MacDonald and added Jordan Little, Arthur Fritch and Rickard Forslund.
Little is a six-year pro who spent last season with the Kalamazoo Wings of the International Hockey League, finishing +15 last season (goals for vs. goals against). He is a teammate of recently signed center Glenn Detulleo. Little played college hockey at the University of Manitoba and played four games with the Class AAA Edmonton Roadrunners of the American Hockey League.
Fritch was a rookie last season, playing in Europe with the Heernenveen Flyers. He spent four years at Colby College, an NCAA Division III team in Maine, scoring 119 points in 96 games. In his last two seasons, he scored 21 goals with 43 assists in 49 games. He was a first-team American Hockey Coaches Association All-American as a junior and senior.
Forslund has been playing in the top division of the Swedish professional league since 2004. Last season, playing for Ska IK, he scored three goals with 12 assists in 28 games.
MacDonald begins his fourth professional season, his second in Wichita. He played in 34 games last season before suffering a shoulder injury.
Wichita has 11 players under contract for the upcoming season.

Tournament slated for Fun Valley

HUTCHINSON — A USSSA men’s 11-inch softball tournament will be Aug. 15 and 16 at the Fun Valley Sports Complex in Hutchinson.
There is a three-game guarantee. There are unlimited home runs allowed.
The entry deadline is 5 p.m. Aug. 11.
For more information, call (620) 669-9999.

UA asks NCAA to restore wins

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — The University of Alabama has formally asked the NCAA to restore 21 vacated wins to the football program.
The university filed a 29-page appeal Tuesday that said the penalty was “so excessive as to constitute an abuse of discretion.”
The Committee on Infractions’ levied the penalties stemming from 201 student-athletes in 16 sports obtaining textbooks they weren’t entitled to under their scholarships.
The appeal also argued the penalties in football and men’s tennis and women’s track were a departure from precedent in similar cases and in vacating wins.
The violators included 22 “intentional wrongdoers” — among them seven football players — who obtained more than $100 in supplies for other students.