Coaching staff
to wear sneakers

LINDSBORG — Bethany College men’s basketball coach Clair Oleen and his staff will be wearing sneakers along with their normal attire as part of the National Association of Basketball Coaches and American Cancer Society “Coaches vs. Cancer Suits and Sneakers Awareness” during Saturday’s game against Bethel College at 7 p.m. in Lindsborg.
Fans also are encouraged to wear sneakers during the game. Free-will donations will be accepted at the ticket table with proceeds going to the local ACS chapter.

HC coach signs
first two players

HESSTON — Hesston College volleyball coach Kristin Rhodes signed her first two players for the 2010 season to letters of intent.
Players signed include Amanda Smith, a 5-foot-3 defensive specialist from Haven High School; and Becca Erb, a 5-11 opposite hitter from Hesston High School.
Smith served 86 percent for the season and had 226 digs, averaging 5.4 serve receptions a game. She was named to the all-tournament team of the Marion Invitational.
“Amanda’s character is defined by her drive to succeed and her ability to work with others,” Haven volleyball coach Katelyn Thomas said. “Her capacity to hold firm to her convictions and faith amidst the pressures that so many high school students fall victim to has impressed me. A bright, hard-working and caring individual, Amanda is a dedicated student-athlete.”
“Amanda is a passionate young lady, and her work ethic and drive will be great assets to us for the next two years,” Rhodes said. “She is a solid defensive specialist who will step right into our defense. I’m excited about her leadership capabilities and expect her to be a positive role model on and off the court.”
Smith also played softball at Haven, leading her team to a third-place finish at state in 2007.
She is a member of her church youth group, was on the honor roll at Haven and was named to the principal’s honor roll three times.
Erb is a two-year letterwinner at Hesston High School, leading the Swathers to a second-place finish in Mid-Central Activities Association play in 2008. The team placed third at the Canton-Galva Invitational in 2008. She led the team to a fourth-place finish at Canton-Galva as a senior.
“Becca has worked hard to become a strong left-handed hitting and blocking force on the right side,” Hesston High volleyball coach Jason Peters said. “She has been a great person to have on the team, and we wish her success as she competes at the next level.”
“I am excited about what Becca brings to the team on and off the court,” Rhodes said. “She is a solid player and a great student with natural leadership skills. I expect great things from her during the next two years.”
Erb played basketball one year and ran track two years.
She participated in the school musical, play and choir at Hesston. A member of the Hesston Mennonite Church, she was a part of her church youth group, which recently took a mission trip to Haiti. She was on the honor roll at Hesston High.

Softball players
sign with Hesston

HESSTON — Hesston College softball coach Andrew Sharp signed two players to letters of intent for the 2010-11 school year.
Players signed include Taylor Hoover of Souderton, Pa., and Cynde Postma of Dallas, Ore.
Hoover is an outfielder-first baseman from Christopher Dock High School in Lansdale, Pa., where she helped lead the team to a school-record 18 wins last season. The team finished second in the Bicentennial Athletic League in 2008 and 2009.
“Taylor will be a four-year varsity starter for us,” Christopher Dock coach Wayne Benner said. “She has always been a hard-working team player. Taylor has a strong arm in the outfield and will bring power and a good on-base percentage to the Hesston lineup.”
“Taylor is a special recruit for me in many ways,” Sharp said. “She was the first member of this class to whom we offered a roster spot, and I’ve known her for several years. Taylor is a competitor and will push for playing time immediately. I’m excited to see what she’s capable of.”
Hoover was a member of her high school’s volleyball team, leading the team to its first-ever state berth in 2009 and earning team MVP honors. She is a member of the Plains Mennonite Church, where she serves on the fellowship committee and youth-mentor programs.
Postma is a right-handed pitcher from Dallas High School, where she was named team MVP as a freshman. She was a 5A All-Mid-Willamette Conference second-team pick as a sophomore and junior. Last season, she helped lead her team to its first playoff berth in eight years. She also is a member of the Washington Illusion, an 18-under Gold travel team from Kelso, Wash.
“Cynde is an outstanding pitcher,” said Ron Sayer, Postma’s first pitching coach who has been a mentor and part of her softball career for nearly 10 years. “Her work ethic and dedication to softball have clearly paid off. She is a tough competitor and an excellent teammate. Cynde has all the tools to excel at the next level.”
“Signing a quality pitcher early in the recruiting process was a top priority for our staff this off-season,” Sharp said. “After her official campus visit, we felt it was a perfect fit and she immediately went to the top of our list. I’m thrilled to have her in the program. Athletically, she will help us tremendously, and off the field, she will be an asset to our campus community.”
Postma competed in volleyball, basketball and swimming in high school. She is a dean’s scholarship recipient at Hesston College. She is a scholar-athlete and senior class officer. She also is a member of the National Honor Society.

Sand Creek Station
gets honors

The Sand Creek Station Golf Course in Newton was honored by the National Golf Foundation in its eighth annual Customer Loyalty Awards.
Awards were given in two categories — managers of public facilities with high loyalty ratings in 2009 and most improved facilities from 2008 to 2009.
Sand Creek Station received the highest loyalty score in the standard category. It was the second straight year the course was honored.
“We are honored to have Sand Creek Station recognized by the National Golf Foundation in its annual Customer Loyalty Awards,” course general manager Chris Tuohey said. “These awards validate our staffs commitment to customer service excellence and we look forward to serving the Newton and Wichita markets for years to come.”

KCAC names player
of week honors

LINDSBORG — Eric Avant of the University of Saint Mary and Stephanie Frost of Kansas Wesleyan were named the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference players of the week in men’s and women’s basketball respectively for the week ending Sunday.
Avant is a 6-foot-5 sophomore guard from Olathe. In two games, he scored 51 points with 21 rebounds and three steals.
Frost, a 5-11 freshman forward from Assaria, scored 37 points with 22 rebounds, three assists, six blocked shots and seven steals in two games.

Newton club wrestlers
compete in tourneys

The Newton Wrestling Club competed in three tournaments last weekend.
Logan Treaster and Wyatt Hendrickson both competed in the 55th annual Tulsa Nationals in Tulsa, Okla. The tournament drew 1,800 wrestlers from 40 states.
Henrickson finished fifth to earn All-American honors. In a 15-wrestler bracket, Hendrickson lost in the first round, won his next three matches, lost in the consolation semifinals and won in the fifth-place match by fall.
Treaster won his first-round match in a 34-wrestler bracket, lost in the second round to the second seed from New Jersey and lost a 2-0 overtime match.
“This is the grand daddy of all youth wrestling tournaments,” Newton Wrestling Club coach Matt Treaster said. “The goal of every wrestler is just to get one win, it’s that tough. I couldn’t be more proud of both boys. It takes a lot just to step on the mat at this one.”
The Newton club sent 12 wrestlers to the Manhattan Invitational. Noah Ornelas, Kolby Clanton and Mike Vela each took second. Ornelas lost his first match of the year, falling 3-0 in the finals. Taking third were Boone Roberson, Brody Roberson, Gage Llamas and Ethan Hewitt. Taking fourth was Colby Beer. Also competing were Brennan Wald, Brody Harper, Dante Harper and Zach Roberson.
Four wrestlers competed at the Bishop Carroll Invitational. Brothers Zeke and Chazz Martinez both took second.
“This is great to see both these first-year wrestlers to have some success,” Matt Treaster said. “Both are good athletes.”
Jonah and Kade Remsberg also competed.
The team will send its experience wrestlers to the Salina Invitational this weekend. The novices will compete at the Augusta Invitational.

Newton grad finishes
regular season at MSU

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Newton High School graduate Brittany Winter, a freshman swimmer at Missouri State, finished the regular season with five meets.
In the Tunica Invitational Jan. 8 and 9 in Tunica, Miss., Winter placed 17th in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:24.73, 15th in the 200-yard butterfly in 2:23.17 and 20th in the 100-yard butterfly in 1:04.48. MSU won the six-team meet.
Jan. 16, Missouri State won a triangular against Truman State and Southern Illinois. Winter swam the 200-yard freestyle in 2:00.67 as an exhibition.
Jan. 21, MSU lost a dual meet against cross-town rival Drury147-94. Winter took seventh in the 200-yard freestyle in 2:02.73 and sixth in the 500-yard freestyle in 5:31.18.
Friday, MSU won a dual meet against Evansville 61-49. Winter took fifth in the 200-yard freestyle in 2:02.12.
Saturday, MSU won a four-team meet in St. Peters, Mo., against Lindenwood, Saint Louis and Illinois Tech. Winter swam the leadoff leg of the 800-yard freestyle relay B team, which placed second in 8:14.19.
The Bears compete in the Missouri Valley Conference championships Feb. 11 through 13 in Carbondale, Ill.

Martial artists
earn promotion

Two members of the Ultimate Martial Arts Academy of Newton were promoted to second-degree black belt — Etric LaRoyce Jones, 15; and Colten Bruhn, 14.
According to a release from the academy, the two were tested and promoted by five master instructors and were recommended to the rank of junior instructor.
The test included board breaking, self-defense, forms, weapons and olympic sparring. An informal test of WTF Olympic sparring also was held.
Instructors included grandmasters Todd Sexton (8th degree), Chris Rangel (7th degree), Catherine Taylor (6th degree), Machelle Nickel (5th degree), William Sexton (5th degree), Johnny Wiginton (3rd degree) and Tristin Torres (3rd degree).
“All-in-all, the kids did great,” Rangel said. “They received their new ranl and we bonded a strong group of Oklahoma black belts with Kansas defending state and 2009 national champion Tae Kwon Do team. The duo of teams will join together to compete at USSSA nationals, AAU nationals, AAU Junior Olympics and U.S. Open Championships. 2010 will be a great year.”