Thursday's sports in brief

Railer netters fifth at Collegiate

WICHITA — The Newton High School girls’ tennis team took fifth Tuesday at the Wichita Collegiate Invitational.

Newton was led by Hannah Carlgren, who finished second at first singles. Erin Graber took fourth at second singles.

Erin Doerksen and Jenny Boehm took sixth at first doubles. Stephanie Brown and McKenzie Senn took sixth at second doubles.

Newton competes at 3 p.m. today at the Winfield Invitational.

Halstead runners compete at meet

GYPSUM — The Halstead High School cross country team competed Tuesday at the Southeast of Saline Invitational in Gypsum.

Neither the boys or the girls had enough finishers to score team points in the varsity races.

A varsity medal went to Hannah Robinson, who finished 10th in 16:33.88, setting a new course record for Halstead orginally held by Grace Page (17:18) in 2006.

“Overall, I felt our runners gave a good effort and competed well,” Halstead coach Curtis Vermillion said. “Several of our runners had a personal best time on this course. Many people would agree that the Southeast of Saline course (is) probably the toughest course we’ve been on this year. We had some runners run better than they have all year, which was very encouraging. We need to continue to focus on the mental part of running and challenge one another to step it up. I've been pleased with the progress of most team members. The season is half nearly half over, so it is time to step up and make things happen.”

Halstead hosts the Halstead Invitational Thursday at the Wedgewood Golf Course.

Newton JV golfers third at meet

The Newton High School junior varsity girls’ golf team took third out of nine schools Tuesday at the Newton JV Invitational at the Fox Ridge Golf Course.

Maize won at 213-67, followed by Maize South at 213-80. Newton had a team score of 224.

Laine Evans of Maize South was the top medalist at 47. Newton was led by Hayley Cooper, who finished fifth at 51.

Seventh-grade B spikers take third

VALLEY CENTER — The Newton middle schools seventh-grade B volleyball team finished third at the Pioneer League B tournament Saturday in Valley Center.

Newton lost to Valley Center 25-11, 25-13; beat Prairie Hills 25-13, 25-21; beat Derby White 25-22, 25-21; beat Derby Red 25-16, 23-25, 15-5; and lost to Hutchinson 25-19, 25-14.

Eighth-grade gridders 3-1

The Newton middle schools eighth-grade football teams are 3-1 in recent play.

The A team lost to Goddard 28-8, beat Haysville West 26-6 and beat Valley Center 45-0,

The B team beat Haysville West 14-0.

“The boys played well,” Newton coach Earnest Johns said. “They are starting to understand what it is that we are trying to teach them and executing it. We have a big game coming up next week against Hutchinson. This will be the true measure of how good we really are. Hutchinson always has the numbers to produce a good team, so we will have to be ready.”

Area athletes honored by KCAC

WICHITA — Lindsey Koland of Newton was named the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference women’s soccer defensive player of the week.

A senior defender for Friends, Koland led the Falcons to a shutout win over Central Christian.

Tina Frick of Durham was named the KCAC volleyball player of the week. Frick had 38 kills and 10 total blocks for Tabor in two wins.

Hollister Wolf of Moundridge was named the KCAC volleyball setter of the week. Wolf, also a Tabor player, had 87 assists and 14 digs.

Tabor teams to hold food drive

HILLSBORO — The Tabor College men’s and women’s basketball teams will conduct a food drive during the Bluejays’ football game Saturday at Joel Wiens Stadium.

Each fan who brings a non-perishable food item will receive $1 off admission to the game against the University of Saint Mary, which kicks off at 7 p.m.

The food drive benefits the Main Street Ministries Food Bank, which helps families in Marion County.

Thunder signs five players

WICHITA — The Wichita Thunder signed five more players for the 2011-12 season — Chris Greene, Robin Richards, Dustin Donaghy, Justin Sawyer and Brady Leavold.

Greene, Richards and Donaghy are returnees.

Greene begins his fourth season with Wichita. Last year, he scored 24 points in 66 games.

Richards begins his second season with Wichita. Last season, he scored 11 points.

Donaghy begins his second season with Wichita, scoring 10 goals with eight assists in 33 games. He came to Wichita from Allen.

Sawyer is a defenseman, who begins his seventh pro season. Last season, he played 11 games with Cardiff of the British Elite Ice Hockey League, scoring one goal. He played in 33 games with Odessa of the CHL, scoring one goal with three assists. Sawyer will start the season with St. John’s of the Class AAA AHL, an affilate of the Winnipeg Jets.

Levold is a fourth-year pro. He played three games in the 2009-10 season and didn’t play last season. His best season came in 2008-09, playing four games with Norfolk of the Class AAA American Hockey League and 31 games with Victoria of the ECHL, scoring 10 goals with four assists.

Wichita begins its 20th season of play Oct. 21 against Rapid City.