Thursday's sports in brief

Halstead sweeps, Hesston splits


KINGMAN — The Halstead High School volleyball team swept a double-dual meet Tuesday at Kingman, while Hesston split.

Halstead downed Haven 25-15, 25-15; and Kingman 25-10, 25-18.

Hesston downed Kingman 25-19, 25-19; and lost to Haven 25-22, 27-25.

“It was a rough night, as we struggled to find consistency in both matches,” Hesston coach Jason Peters said. “We had trouble getting the ball to the setter and our hitters, and our lack of aggressiveness allowed Kingman to stay close and allowed Haven to make late runs in each of the sets. We played better in the second set against Haven and had a lead late, but Haven continued to attack and we backed off. Our mistakes snowballed, and we weren’t able to regain our composure.”

For Hesston against Kingman, Laci McCartney and Ali Jost each had seven kills, followed by Kelsey Unruh and Hannah Schmitt with three each. Taylor King had 10 assists, followed by Megan Voth with six. Taylor Esau had two aces. King had eight digs, followed by McCartney and Jost with six each. Unruh had two blocks.

Against Haven, Jost had 11 kills, followed by McCartney and Schmitt with three each. Voth had 12 assists, followed by King with six. Schmitt had 11 digs, followed by McCartney with 10, Jost with seven and Voth with six. Unruh had two blocks.

Hesston is 8-10, 3-2 in CKL play. Halstead is 19-7, 4-1 in CKL play. Both teams play Saturday at the Canton-Galva Invitational. Halstead hosts Hesston and Hillsboro Tuesday.

“We have the toughest part of our schedule coming up, with a very competitive Canton-Galva Tournament on Saturday and four of the top teams in the league coming up in the next two weeks,” Peters said.

Junior varsity

Haven def. Hesston 25-21, 25-12; Kingman def. Hesston 25-17, 25-18; Hesston C def. Haven 25-20, 25-13; Hesston C def. Halstead 25-16, 25-12.


Remington wins HOAL titles


ELBING — The Remington Bronco volleyball team finished Heart of America League play 9-0 after a pair of wins Tuesday at Elbing.

Remington downed Bennington 25-14, 25-18. Quin Tillotson had 17 blocks, downing six. Emma Hilgenfeld had 13 total blocks. Jessi Green had 19 good passes with three kills. Nicole Minder was 13 of 13 serving.

Remington then beat host Berean Academy 25-21, 26-24. Tillotson had 14 good attacks with eight kills and 15 total blocks. Green had 18 good attacks with 11 kills. Mandy McNeill set 15 assists and was 14 of 14 serving. Madison Janzen had 15 assists with seven good attacks and two kills. Chelsea Coats had 21 good passes. Emma Hilgenfeld had 12 total blocks with three kills. Lauren Berg had six good attacks with four kills. Minder had six good attacks with three kills.

Berean Academy opened the night with a 25-19, 25-22 win over Bennington.

Remington is 22-5 and plays Tuesday at Inman with Berean Academy. Berean Academy plays at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Burrton Invitational.


Moundridge splits league matches


MOUNDRIDGE — The Moundridge High School volleyball team split a pair of Heart of America League matches Tuesday at home.

Moundridge lost to Sedgwick 25-21, 25-17; and beat Canton-Galva 25-16, 26-24.

Moundridge is 9-10, 2-7 in HOAL play. Moundridge plays at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Canton-Galva Invitational.


Swather netters 15th at TOC


WICHITA — The Hesston High School girls’ tennis team placed 15th out of 16 teams Saturday at the Wichita Collegiate Tournament of Champions.

The doubles team of Rachel Shogren and Ashley Weaver placed 11th at 3-2. Danika Good and Morgan Schrock finished 1-2 in doubles.

In singles play, Brenda Sanchez and Elisabeth Wilder both finished 2-3.

“They don’t call this the Tournament of Champions for nothing,” Hesston coach Mark Dahlsten said. “This is a great tournament. I felt like our kids competed well all day, but there are no easy matches. We hope we can get some rest and get healthy for the post-season coming up.”

Hesston plays in the Central Kansas League Championships Saturday in Lindsborg.


Berean soccer squad wins


ELBING — The Berean Academy soccer team edged Wichita Independent 3-2 Tuesday in Elbing. Ethan Penner scored two goals for the Warriors, including the game winner with 29 seconds remaining in regulation, a penalty kick. Donny Wiebe added a goal.

Michael Kay and Ben Varenhorst scored for Independent.

Berean hosts Salina St. John’s Military at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.


Bethel golfers ninth at tourney


WINFIELD — The Bethel College golf team placed ninth at the 11-team South Central Kansas Fall Invitational at the Winfield Country Club.

Southwestern won the tourney at 596, followed by Bethany at 610 and Ottawa at 640. Bethel had a team score of 637.

Raleigh Hughes of Southwestern was top medalist at 76-69—145.

Bethel was led by Jordan Easu, who tied for 19th at 82-77—159; and John Reimer, who also tied for 19th at 82-77—159. Eric Regier tied for 44th at 84-84—168. Abram Rodenberg tied for 50th at 83-88—171. Trey Ronnebaum was 63rd at 95-97—192.

Bethel closes out the fall season Oct. 10 and 11 at the Sterling Invitational at Hutchinson’s Carey Park Golf Course.

In the women’s division, Halstead grad Chelsea Nemeth, a freshman at Southwestern, placed 17th at 98-94—192. Southwestern won the team title at 702.


BC men fall to Benedictine


ATCHISON — The Bethel College men’s soccer team fell to Benedictine 3-1 Saturday in Atchinson.

Benedictine is 9-0 and ranked 13th in the NAIA poll. Fernando Galvan, Joe Sbarro and Kyle Grieg each scored a goal for the Ravens. Jacob Fischer and Kenneth Clarizio each had an assist. Mark Saxby had four saves in goal.

Joe Fitch scored for Bethel, 5-3. Jose Ocampo had eight saves in goal for the Threshers.

Bethel is 5-3 and opens conference play at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at home against Ottawa.


BC women fall to Ravens


ATCHISON — The Bethel College women’s soccer team fell to Benedictine 4-0 Saturday in Atchison.

Benedictine, 8-1-1, is ranked 24th on the NAIA poll. Bethel falls to 2-6.

Ashley Washburn scored a goal with an assist for the Ravens. Melanie Petersen, Natalie Henson and Tara Russell each added a goal. Hannah Francescon and Cassie Trandahl each added an assist. Carissa Gregory had one save in goal.

Bethel’s Madison Wiles had 12 saves.

Bethel was outshot 38-2.

Bethel opens Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference play at 5 p.m. Saturday at home against Ottawa.


Railer JV golfers third


WICHITA — The Newton High School junior varsity girls’ golf team placed third Sept. 22 at the eight-team Goddard Eisenhower Invitational at the Tex Consolver Golf Course.

Maize won the tournament at 221, followed by Hutchinson at 232 and Newton at 233.

The Railers were led by Hayley Cooper and Alexis Martinez at 57 each. Martinez was ninth, and Cooper was 10th. London Orr-Thompson was 12th at 58. Alyssa Saenz shot a 61.


Bethel prof wins three medals


TOPEKA — Bethel College professor Allison McFarland won three medals at the Kansas Senior Olympics, which began Sept. 21 in Topeka.

McFarland, 50, won the shot put, discus and javelin. She was coached in the javelin by Bethel softball coach Stacy Middleton.

McFarland, a business professor, hasn’t thrown since 1979.

The state senior games is a qualifying event for the National Senior Games.


Pink Truck to appear


The Wichita Chapter of the Pink Heals Tour will have the Pink Breast Cancer Fire Truck at today’s Newton middle schools football games scheduled for 5 p.m. today at the Newton High School field.

The truck promotes Pink Ribbon Month, which begins in October, in awareness for all cancer patients. The Pink Fire Truck will have T-shirts for sale.


BC athlete takes KCAC honors


WICHITA — Bethel College volleyball player Jordan Gray, a 6-foot sophomore outside hitter from Sedgwick, was named the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference player of the week for the week ending Sunday.

In three matches, Gray had 40 kills.

Sedgwick High School grad Jennifer Hendrixson, a senior at Southwestern, was named women’s cross country runner of the week. Hendrixson finished second out of 64 runners Saturday at the Oklahoma City University Fall Classic, finishing the 5,000-meter course in 19:46.

Tabor sophomore midfielder Molly Coppadge was named women’s soccer offensive player of the week. Coppadge, of Matthews, N.C., scored two goals with an assist in two games.


Railers taking registrations


The Junior Railers youth basketball program is taking registration for players in grades three through six.

An informational and registration meeting will be at 7 p.m. Oct. 11 at Chisholm Middle School.

For more information, call 284-0354.


Thunder players in AHL camps


WICHITA — Five members of the Wichita Thunder hockey team will open the season in American Hockey League training camps.

The AHL is the top minor league for the NHL.

Forwards Matt Robinson, Thomas Beauregard and Matt Summers will be in camp with the Oklahoma City Barons, the Edmonton Oilers’ top farm team. Forward Erick Lizon will be in camp with the St. John’s IceCaps, the Winnipeg Jets’ top farm team. Goaltender Adam Russo will be in camp with the Rockford IceHogs, the Chicago Blackhawks’ top farm team.

THUNDER DEALS — The Thunder traded forward Jesse Bennefield to the Fort Wayne Komets for defenseman Craig Cescon and forward Alex Bourret.

Cescon is a sixth-year pro. Last season, he had six points in 60 games. He is in camp with the Chicago Wolves of the AHL.

Bourret was a first-round pick of the Atlanta Thrashers in 2005. He spent last season with the Ontario Reign of the ECHL, where he scored 12 goals and 25 assists in 42 games.


MISL team suspends operations


TAMPA, Fla. — The Chicago franchise of the Major Indoor Soccer League has suspended operations for the 2011-12 season because of the inability to secure a venue.

The league will proceed as a seven-team league in two divisions. The East Division will be Baltimore, Norfolk, Rochester and Syracuse. The Central Division will be Milwaukee, Missouri and Wichita.

Wichita’s game Dec. 2 at Hartman Arena now will be against the Syracuse Silver Knights. The Dec. 30 home game will now be against the Missouri Comets. The Jan. 4 road game now will be Nov. 27 at the Milwaukee Wave. The Feb. 4 home game will now be against the Rochester Lancers. The Feb. 23 road game now will be at Rochester.