Friday's sports in brief
Valdez signs with ShockersWICHITA — Newton High School spring graduate Cristian Valdez signed a letter of intent to run track at Wichita State beginning with the 2011-12 school year.As a senior, Valdez helped lead Newton to Class 5A state titles in the 4x100- and 4x400-meter relays. He was the 200-meter dash regional champion and the 100-meter dash champion in the Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail League Division I meet.Valdez holds a personal best 10.91 in the 100-meter dash.“We are looking forward to our men’s signing class joining Shocker track and field,” said Steve Rainbolt, director of Shocker track and field and cross country. “Sixteen new athletes will certainly make a positive impact on the Wichita State track and field program.”Wichita State finished third in the Missouri Valley Conference in both men’s indoor and outdoor track.Hesston claims academic awardHESSTON — The Hesston High School volleyball team was one of four teams in Kansas to win an academic award from the American Volleyball Coaches Association.Hesston’s varsity team had a grade-point-average of 3.968 for the 2010-11 school year. Teams needed a 3.3 GPA on a 4.0 scale to win the award.There were 178 high school teams nationwide that received the award, four in Kansas — Ell-Saline, Hesston, Liberal and St. James Academy.Team members include Dominique Chew, Ali Jost, Keegan Kendrick, Taylor King, Ashley Martin, Rachelle McGehee, Mollie Nebel, Emily Schadler, Sam Short, Shelby Spencer and Megan Voth.Wild to have open tryoutsPARK CITY — The Wichita Wild indoor football team will have open tryouts for the 2012 season from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Nov. 19 at Hartman Arena.Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.Players will be evaluated in the 40-yard dash, the 20-yard shuttle, vertical jump, agility and position specific drills.Those wishing to tryout should wear shorts, T-shirt and turf shoes. No pads or helmets will be used.For more information, or to pre-register, call the Wild office at (316) 440-5044.