Send off slated

for softball team



There will be a send off for the Newton High School softball team at 10:05 a.m. today as the Railers head to the state tournament at Hummer Sports Park in Topeka.


Send off slated
for softball team

There will be a send off for the Newton High School softball team at 10:05 a.m. today as the Railers head to the state tournament at Hummer Sports Park in Topeka.
The caravan will begin at 12th and Main, head south to First Street and go east out of town.

Hiebert takes seventh
at NAIA nationals

MARION, Ind. — Bethel College junior Garrett Hiebert placed seventh in the javelin Thursday in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Track and Field Championships at Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion.
Hiebert had a best throw of 61.13 meters (200-7). Curtis Moss of the University of British Columbia won the event at 73.13 meters (239-11).
Bethel senior David Daugharty finished 18th at 52.40 meters (171-11).
Tabor sophomore Samantha Van Rankin finished sixth in the women’s javelin at 42.95 meters (140-11). Liz Gleadle of British Columbia won the event at 56.09 meters (184-0), a meet record.

Saltdogs fifth inning
tops Wingnuts

LINCOLN, Neb. — A three-run fifth inning for the Lincoln Saltdogs led to a 4-2 win over the Wichita Wingnuts Thursday in American Association play in Haymarket Park in Lincoln.
Phil Hawke had a three-run double for Lincoln, 8-5.
Jim Paduch went six innings for the win, allowing one run on seven hits with one walk and six strikeouts. Chris Thompson pitched the ninth for the save.
Argelis Nunez went two for three with an RBI.
Wichita’s Brandon Mathes took the loss, allowing three runs in five innings on seven hits, one walk and four strikeouts.
Wichita’s Steve Pearson went two for four with two RBIs. Mario Delgado went two for four. Ryan Patterson went two for five.
Wichita is 5-8 and returns home at 7:05 p.m. today to face Sioux City.
Wichita    001    000    010    —2    10    0
Lincoln    000    031    00x    —4    9    1
Mathes (L, 0-1), Hurn 6, Morgan 8 and Christy; Paduch (W, 1-1), Chestnut 7, Lane 8, Thompson (S, 7) 9 and PoVey. Time — 2:42. Attendance — 2,778.

Soccer camps
scheduled for Friends

WICHITA — The VGB Soccer Camps will be this summer at Friends University in Wichita.
The day camps will be 9 a.m. to noon June 7 through 11 and June 14 through 18 for boys and girls ages 6 to 16.
The elite and team camp for intermediate to advanced girls ages 13 to 18 is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 21 through 23.
For more information, call Victor Garcia-Bebek at (316) 650-9119 or e-mail soccer@vgbsports.com.

Artest’s miracle shot
leads Lakers past Suns

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ron Artest stumbled into Los Angeles Lakers playoff lore with one remarkable bank shot to beat the Phoenix Suns.
Artest rambled into the lane and beat the buzzer with a wild shot after rebounding Kobe Bryant’s miss, and the Lakers edged the Suns 103-101 on Thursday night to take a 3-2 lead in the Western Conference finals.
Bryant had 30 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists for the Lakers, but the improbable hero of Game 5 is the only new player on the roster of the defending champions, who are one win away from the NBA finals.
“I missed a lot of layups during the regular season,” Artest said. “I’m just staying with it and trying to stay focused and play my part, see what happens.”
Something incredible happened: Artest’s basket completed a 2-for-9 shooting night, an otherwise awful performance redeemed by one supremely heady offensive rebound.
Jason Richardson banked in a straightaway 3-pointer with 3.5 seconds left to tie it for the Suns. Phoenix clawed back from an 18-point deficit in the second half with a superb game by Steve Nash, who had 29 points and 11 assists.
Bryant then missed a difficult shot from the sideline, but Artest caught the ball and raised to his tiptoes while throwing up a hideous shot that somehow went in.
“It means a lot for him,” Bryant said. “I think for him emotionally, it’s a big boost. ... Once I released the ball, I saw Ron sneaking in.”

Artest, who missed two open jumpers just a few seconds earlier, grabbed Bryant in a joyous bear hug while the Staples Center crowd went nuts.
“I thought Kobe got fouled on the shot, so I figured it was going to be short,” Artest said. “And it was a little short.”
Game 6 is Saturday night in Phoenix, where the Lakers can clinch the chance to play for their 16th championship.
“Everything is OK,” Nash said. “We can’t knock a great effort. I think we deserved this game.”
Led by Nash’s stirring second-half effort, the Suns hacked away at Los Angeles’ lead throughout the fourth quarter. Phoenix trimmed its deficit to 95-94 when Nash converted a three-point play and then fed Amare Stoudemire for a layup that barely beat the shot clock with 2:52 left.
Lamar Odom had 17 points and 11 rebounds for the Lakers, who led 101-96 with 90 seconds to play before Nash hit another jumper and Artest missed twice, the home crowd yelling in frustration with each open brick.
“He has an uncanny knack of doing things, and sometimes it just works out,” Lakers coach Phil Jackson said. “He just has a knack for being around crucial plays.”
Stoudemire scored 19 points for the Suns, who had three looks at a 3-point shot in the final seconds. Nash and Richardson both missed, but Richardson then missed so badly that he banked it in from a long step behind the line.
“We just didn’t quite finish the game,” Suns coach Alvin Gentry said. “I have no complaints. They played great. We hung in. We did a great job against Kobe on the last shot, just didn’t come up with the rebound. To me, it’s a great effort by us, and they know we’re not going to go away.”
The Lakers already won on a last-second layup earlier in the postseason, when Pau Gasol sent home the Oklahoma City Thunder with an offensive rebound and a score in Game 6 of the first round.
Derek Fisher scored 22 points and Gasol had 21 points and nine rebounds for the Lakers, who rebounded from consecutive losses in Phoenix with their best defensive performance of the series, forcing 15 turnovers and holding Phoenix to mediocre shooting — yet the Suns still came agonizingly close to handing Los Angeles its first home loss of the postseason.
The Lakers improved to 8-0 at Staples Center, where they’ll play Game 7 on Monday night if the Suns hold serve in a series featuring five wins for the home team.
After dominating Game 4 while Phoenix evened the series, the Suns’ bench outscored the Lakers just 31-24 in Game 5, while Los Angeles reasserted its size advantage with a 49-40 rebounding edge. The Lakers surged to a 16-point lead in the first half with a 21-4 run led by Bryant, who hit three consecutive 3-pointers in less than a minute.
Gentry vomited into a trash can while sitting on the bench in the first half after apparently eating something that disagreed with him. Gentry, who reportedly received intravenous fluids at halftime, also didn’t care for the officiating, earning a technical foul midway through the Lakers’ big run.
Los Angeles jumped ahead 74-56 in the third quarter, but Phoenix made a 16-4 rally including a four-point play by Jared Dudley to trim the lead to six points heading into the fourth.
NOTES: The Lakers have won Game 5 the last nine straight times they’ve reached it in a playoff series, including last season’s title clincher over Orlando. Los Angeles also is the only team that hasn’t trailed in a series this spring. ... Nash was a 91 percent free throw shooter in the playoffs (61 for 67) before missing two in the first quarter of Game 5. ... Lakers G Sasha Vujacic’s 3-pointer in the fourth quarter was his first since April 13.